ATCUAE Endeavours to Curtail Fraudulent International Driving Licenses

14.11.2017: The digital age brings with it both conveniences and challenges. Eveything is at our fingertips from groceries to high end luxury items to government


The digital age brings with it both conveniences and challenges. Eveything is at our fingertips from groceries to high end luxury items to government documents. This has made our lives much easier and freed up time to spend at work or at leisure.



However, the advent of online shopping comes at a small price. The number of fraudulent vendors has increased over the years, producing false items or nothing at all. This comes as a particular challenge for official documents issued through online services.



In response to an increase of online sales in the UAE predicted to reach an estimated 6.6 billion AED in 2017, the ATCUAE decided to offer the International Driving License (IDL) online.



The ATCUAE is the only authorized issuer of IDL in the UAE to UAE residents. The ATCUAE warns all purchasers of IDL to make sure that they are acquiring the IDL from a credible source. Within the UAE, this means the ATCUAE or one of the authorized distributors such as Emirates Post, Emirates Driving Institute, Dnata as well as other affiliate organizations.



Fraudulent documents have always been an issue and continue to be. However, with the availability of such documents into the online marketplace, the responsibility for the consumer to be vigilant is ever increasing. Furthermore, the Press have to be cautious as well when advertising faulty venues and dealers for such documents.



There have been a number of cases over the years of travelers attempting to rent a car internationally and being turned away for possessing invalid documents. Or even worse, travelers fined exorbitant amounts of money for displaying falsified documents to government officials, completely unaware of the fact that their documents were fake.



A woman in Spain was recently fined 500 Euros for possessing a fake license. She claims she purchased her International Driving License from a reliable source and suffered the consequences.



The story was released by Spain’s The Olive Press in an article by Jed Neill on 26 October 2017. That is why ATCUAE is dedicated to spreading awareness on this issue, so that no one in the UAE becomes a victim of these crimes.



It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure their documents are coming from reliable sources. From the consumer to the press to the issuer, awareness is necessary to curtail these types of errors and prevent the proliferation of fraudulent documents such as the IDL.  





Full List of Certified Distribution Agents for IDL:



Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau, Ahmed Abdulrahman Almulla Office, Almasaood Travel and Services Abu Dhabi & Al Ain, Al Nahr Typing & Photocopying, Belhasa Advanced Motorist, Cox & Kings Global Services, Emirates Driving Institute, Emirates Post Office, Enoc, International Motoring Club, Omeir Travels, Orient Travels & Tourism, RAK National Travel Agency, Sharjah National Travel & Tourism Agency, Top Service, and Vasco Worldwide as well as AAA who is distributing the former document that is still valid.

-ATCUAE-

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