Get Driving License

Procedure for Obtaining Somaliland Driving License:

Transport Department of the Ministry of Transport & Roads Development is responsible for issuing driving licenses n Somaliland.

  • Complete Application    Form   (Available       at         the      Transport Department Office);
  • Copy of National Identity Card;
  • Two passport size photos;
  • Sight test and blood group testimony, $10 is charged for it;
  • Passing Driving Test;
  • Pay license fee of SL Shillings 468,000 or SL Shillings 601,000 for driving licenses of light vehicles and heavy trucks respectively;
  • Driving license valid for one year will be issued for you;
  • Annual renewal fees for driving licenses are SL Shillings 96,000 for light

 vehicles, and SL Shillings 130,000 for heavy trucks;

The whole process may take 2-3 days.


·        Foreigner holding passport with residence visa can apply in the same process;

·        If you fail in the driving test, $10 is charged for retest;

·        A citizen holding foreign driving license can take same-sized license without passing driving test according to Article 72 under the Somaliland Traffic Law;

Get Temporary Driving Permit:

Although the country’s traffic law allows driving with foreign licenses, traffic policemen sometimes find difficult to identify the far- off driving documents, since Somalilanders from the Diaspora hold driving licenses of various world countries, and at the same time written in different languages such as Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch etc which are not spoken in Somaliland. In this case, if you may like to stay short time and may not decide to have Somaliland driving license issued for you as stated above, then you have option to request Temporary Diving Permit from the Transport Department. The procedure is simply as follows:-

  • Complete Application    Form   (Available       at         the      Transport Department Office);
  • Copy of your foreign driving license (It must valid document);
  • Two recent passport size photos;
  • You will be issued Temporary Driving Permit Letter;
  • Both nationals of Somaliland Diaspora and foreigners can apply.

Losing your Driving License:

If you lose your driving license, inform the Traffic Police Headquarter, and register your name and number of your lost driving license. The Traffic Police can issue Temporary Driving Document upon request.