The December 6, 2017 Arab News reported the following. A link to the story is here and the text is below.
JEDDAH: (December 6, 2017) Saudi daily Al-Watan, according to its sources, said that the
number of driving licenses obtained by Saudi women from the UAE, Bahrain
and Jordan has reached 7,550 licenses with a total cost of SR11.627
million ($3.1 million) — or SR1,540 for each license.
The women obtained their licenses after attending training courses for 22 hours, as well as passing compulsory tests.
Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) in Riyadh organized
the first forum on women’s driving, with female members of the Shoura
Council, to discuss the importance of driving for women. The forum will
be followed by workshops at the university to educate female students
and raise their awareness about driving.
The decision to allow women to drive in the Kingdom will come into effect in June 2018.
The spokesman for (IMSIU), Ahmed Al-Rakban, told Al-Watan: “We
appreciate what the university has been doing for women who will start
driving next year. An agreement has been signed between the university
and the General Department of Traffic in this respect, and the director
general of traffic visited the university and discussed the issue with
many engineering and safety specialists,” Al-Rakban said.
Al-Rakban also noted that driving schools for women have been
established at many universities, and there may be other schools outside
universities to enable female students and staff to easily get their
To obtain a driving license in the Kingdom, applicants should:
• Be at least 18 years old for a private license/20 years old for a public license
• Have no drug-related convictions
• Be healthy
• Pass the driving test
• Pay the prescribed fees
• Have legal residence in the Kingdom (for non-Saudis)