How to Apply for a blue NOL Card? ( 2024 )

The Nol card is your key to riding Dubai’s efficient metro and bus network. A personalized blue Nol card offers several advantages over anonymous cards, including eligibility for concessionary fares if you’re a student, senior citizen, or person of determination. Applying for a Blue Nol card is a quick process that can be done entirely online or at metro/bus stations. Let’s walk through the steps to get you started.

How to Apply for a blue NOL Card

Blue Nol card also gives you complete service when you use your card in the Dubai metro and taxis. With this card, you don’t need to worry about purchasing any separate trip tickets.

The Nol card is issued by Dubai Road and Transport Authority, which provides the best ways to pay your transport funds.

To obtain an NOL card, you can apply through an online website and use it through the RTA tickets center. Don’t worry; this guide will walk you through a complete manual on obtaining your blue Nol card.

Eligibility Criteria for Student Nol Card

  • Students between 5 and 23 years of age only apply for NOL cards.
  • Students can also apply for discounted Personal NOL cards.
  • To Use an NOL card, a Student must go to college/school/university daily in UAE.
  • Sometimes, students can enjoy up to 50% discount on Blue NOL cards.

Required documents for the personal NOL card

UAE Nationals

  • Valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  • An electronic copy of a medical report from an approved diagnostic agency confirming the disability (for disabled individuals)
  • An electronic copy of the People of Determination card issued by the Ministry of Community Development (for disabled individuals)


  • Valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Personal photograph
  • Authorization letter from the concerned educational institution

People with Social Security Benefits

  • Valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Personal photograph
  • Letter from the Ministry of Social Affairs (Adults)

People of Determination

  • Valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Personal photograph
  • Copy of the People of Determination card issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Community Development or Sanad Card issued for them by the Community Development Authority in Dubai.

People of Determination (Tourists)

  • Passport or ID card
  • Personal photograph
  • Official document from the applicant’s country confirming their status as a Person of Determination or requiring special assistance.

Students (Ages 5 to 23)

  • Valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Personal photograph
  • Official document confirming student status at a UAE school or university

Senior Citizens and Residents in the UAE (60 Years and Above)

  • Valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  • Recent personal photograph

How to apply for a personal or blue Nol card online?

There are many ways to do this, and many NOL cards are available. You can easily apply through the website and the RTA ticket office.

Apply through Website

  • Visit rta. ae
  • Go to the ‘Services’ section
  • Choose ‘View Public Transport Services’
  • Use the search bar for ‘Apply for Personal Nol Card.’
  • Click on the service
  • Access the application page
  • Click ‘Apply Now’ to start the process

Select your NOL card

  • Choose your travel class: ‘Regular’ or ‘Gold.’
  • Pick a card category from the dropdown menu:
    • Regular
    • Student
    • People of Determination
    • Senior Citizen
  • Now, select your card design. If you prefer a unique design, there is an extra charge of Dh30. Press ‘Select’ and then proceed by clicking ‘Next.’

Enter your details

  • Input your personal information matching your Emirates ID:
    • Complete name
    • Cell phone number
    • Email address
  • Provide delivery particulars:
    • Choose the Emirate of residence
    • Specify the locality
    • Street name or number
    • House or apartment number
    • Select ‘Next’ to proceed.

Upload the required documents.

  • Regardless of your category, submitting a recent personal photo against a white background and a valid copy of your Emirates ID is obligatory.
  • Both documents should be in JPG format and at most 2MB.
  • Following the upload of these two documents, additional supporting documents like a Student ID, enrollment letter, or Sanad card may be required.
  • Ensuring the accurate and timely submission of all documents is crucial to prevent delays or issues in the application process.
  • Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Confirm all your details and pay your fee.

  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of information in the application form.
  • Make the online payment using your credit or debit card after confirmation.
  • Receive a reference number upon submission for tracking your application progress.
  • Stay informed through SMS updates sent to your registered mobile number at each step.

Receive your NOL Card

  • Obtain the Azure Nol card through a courier service
  • According to details on the RTA site, the card will reach you in four working days after you submit your application.

Cost for NOL card with special design:

Standard personal NOL card:

  • Application fee: AED 50
  • Special design fee: AED 30
  • Card balance: AED 20

Total cost: AED 100

Personal gold nol card:

  • Application fee: AED 50
  • Special design fee: AED 30
  • Card balance: AED 20
  • Gold template design: AED 10

Total cost: AED 110

Apply through the Metro/bus station 

Here is the simplest way to apply for a Nol Blue card. Here is the step:

  • Go to the nearest Metro/Bus station.
  • Loo for ticket counters.
  • Ask them to apply for a Nol Blue Card.

Apply Through Schools/Colleges/Universities

Here is the simple way to apply for your card in school or college. Here are the steps:

  • First, you need your student ID, and then go to your school or college admin staff and ask them to apply for your NOl card on your behalf. Thats it.

How can I get blue Nol card in Dubai?

In person: Visit any RTA ticket office or metro station with your Emirates ID or passport. The card costs AED 70, which includes a AED 20 balance.
Online: Apply for a personalized blue Nol card through the RTA website or smartphone app. You’ll need to provide your personal information and upload your Emirates ID or passport. The card will be delivered to your registered address within 5 working days.

What are the benefits of blue NOL card?

Pay for public transport: Use your blue Nol card to pay for rides on the Dubai Metro, buses, trams, and water buses.
Discounted fares: Enjoy discounted fares for students, senior citizens, and people of determination.
Convenient top-up options: Top up your card online, through the RTA app, or at any ticket vending machine or authorized retailer.
Parking payments: Use your blue Nol card to pay for parking at RTA parking facilities.

What is the blue card in Dubai?

The blue Nol card is a rechargeable smart card that allows you to pay for public transportation and parking in Dubai. It’s the most widely used type of Nol card, and it’s accepted at all RTA ticketing points.