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Registering A New Vehicle

This service enables you to register a vehicle in an official way and issue an ownership certificate with a plate number under the name of the owner. The vehicle will then become a licensed vehicle.

Disclaimer

Reference to the UAE Cabinet Decision (30) of 2017 on traffic and traffic safety services, the fees of driving licenses and vehicles are changed. For more information please visit https://www.rta.ae/links/lic-updates.pdf or contact RTA call centre on the following number: 8009090.

Eligibility

Individual customers and companies are eligible to apply for this service.

Required documents

For citizens

  1. Customer’s traffic file
  2. Original Emirates ID to update the information
  3. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  4. Transfer certificate from other Emirates or possession certificate issued by the licensing agency
  5. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  6. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test).
  7. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer.
  8. Online insurance certificate from the vehicle’s insurer, valid for 6 months or more.
  • For residents
  1. Customer’s traffic file
  2. Original Emirates ID to update the information
  3. Copy of the valid passport or The ID if available
  4. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments.
  5. Transfer certificate from other Emirates or possession certificate issued by the licensing agency
  6. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  7. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer.
  8. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test)
  9. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Members of political and diplomatic bodies

  1. Customer’s traffic file
  2. Original Emirates ID + copy of the passport
  3. A letter for the ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments
  5. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  6. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer
  7. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test).
  8. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Customers under 18 years old and have a judicial decision to register a vehicle under their names:

  1. Customer’s traffic file
  2. Original Emirates ID + copy of the passport
  3. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  4. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test).
  5. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  6. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer
  7. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Governmental bodies and departments

  1. The traffic file of the governmental body or department
  2. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  3. Transfer certificate from other Emirates or possession certificate issued by the licensing agency
  4. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  5. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer
  6. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test).
  7. A letter from the governmental body addressed to the Vehicle Licensing Department, signed by the authorized signatory and stamped by the government entity
  8. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Parties related to Dubai government that hold no Establishment Decree

  1. The traffic file of the governmental department
  2. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  3. Transfer certificate from other Emirates or possession certificate issued by the licensing agency
  4. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  5. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer
  6. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test)
  7. A letter from the governmental body addressed to the Vehicle Licensing Department, signed by the authorized signatory and stamped by the government entity
  8. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Commercial companies and owners of fleets and facilities

  1. Traffic file of the company, establishment or facility
  2. Letter from the establishments, companies or dealers + copy of the commercial license
  3. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  4. Transfer certificate from other Emirates or possession certificate issued by the licensing agency
  5. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  6. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test).
  7. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Political and Diplomatic bodies

  1. Traffic file of the Diplomatic or political body
  2. A letter for Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  4. Transfer certificate from other Emirates or possession certificate issued by the licensing agency
  5. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer
  6. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test).
  7. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

International organization operating inside the UAE

  1. Customer’s traffic file
  2. Original Emirates ID + copy of the passport
  3. A letter for the ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. The vehicle’s customs card issued from one of the UAE’s Customs Departments. In case the vehicle was imported from a source other than the authorized dealer, the customer should transfer it from the concerned emirate to Dubai
  5. Electronic or physical selling agreement between the seller and buyer approved by the system
  6. Passing test results in case of used vehicle or if it was imported from a source other than the local dealer
  7. Gulf specification conformity form (UAE standards test)
  8. Electronic insurance of the vehicle valid for 6 months or more.

Output

  • Vehicle ownership
  • Vehicle plates
  • Expiry sticker.

Service fees

  • 400 AED Light vehicle private/public
  • 500 AED vehicle between 3 and 12 tonnes
  • 750 AED public vehicle between 3 and 12 tonnes
  • 900 AED vehicle exceeding 12 tonnes
  • 1,200 AED public vehicle exceeding 12 tonnes
  • 600 AED light mechanical equipment
  • 800 AED public light mechanical equipment
  • 1,000 AED heavy mechanical equipment
  • 1,300 AED public heavy mechanical equipment
  • 120 AED trailer and semi-trailer
  • 500 AED bus with a number of passengers between 14 and 26
  • 1,200 AED bus with a number of passengers exceeding 26
  • 200 AED motorcycle
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Note: Service fees vary according to the size of the plate: 35 AED for the short plate and 50 AED for the long plate, and 200 AED for Dubai branded plates.

Inspection fees:

  • 150 AED light vehicle
  • 200 AED heavy vehicle
  • 120 AED motorcycle
  • 120 AED quad bike
  • 120 AED light mechanical equipment
  • 150 AED heavy mechanical equipment
  • 120 AED trailer and semi-trailer
  • 100 AED export technical inspection
  • 420 AED technical inspection of classical vehicle
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Validity

1 year from the date of the vehicle registration.

Average processing time

  • Service centres and service providers: 10 minutes.

Ways to apply

Process

Through centers and service providers

  • The customer submits the required documents at the service centre
  • The customer is required to settle the service fees
  • The customer receives the vehicle's ownership certificate, the plate numbers and the expiry sticker.

Terms and conditions

  • The customer or the legal representative must be present in person
  • The customer is required to settle all the traffic fines before receiving this service
  • Customers with disabilities are exempted from the registration fees of maximum 1 vehicle after presenting the required documents relevant to the service and the card of the Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Customers who have a residence visa from another emirate must meet 1 of the following conditions:
    • The customer must be an investor in Dubai (property or facility owner)
    • The customer must work for a company that has a branch in Dubai
    • The customer must be a resident in Dubai (the customer must provide a ratified tenancy agreement from Dubai's Real Estate Regulatory Agency or a recent electricity or phone bill)
    • The customer must be an employee at a governmental or semi-governmental agency or at a regional institution that has an office in Dubai
    • The customer must own a distinguished number before 27 January 2007
    • The customer must present a letter from the university if he is enrolled at any educational institution in Dubai
  • GCC citizens who want to register a vehicle must present the original Emirates ID and are not required to meet the previous conditions
  • Individuals can register new imported vehicles through an agent for 1 year or 2 years or 3 years on the condition that they insure the vehicle over the requested period.

FAQs

  • Question 1: Is it possible to register a vehicle if the possession certificate is issued in another emirate?

Answer 1: Yes, it is possible to register the vehicle in Dubai on condition that the certificate includes the customer's name. However, the possession certificate issued for a company in another emirate cannot be used to register the vehicle in Dubai.

  • Question 2: What are the specifications to register a heavy vehicle (3 tonnes)?

Answer 2:

  • Height: 4.2 m
  • Width: 2.6 m
  • Length: depending on the vehicle.
  • Question 3: Can citizens enrolled in the army register a vehicle in Dubai? Are residents allowed to register vehicles?

Answer 3: Citizens are allowed to register vehicles in Dubai even if they are enrolled in the army. Residents are allowed to register the vehicle that should meet the Dubai conditions for registering a vehicle.

  • Question 4: What type of vehicles are citizens and residents allowed to register?

Answer 4:

Residents: Only light vehicles and motorcycles

Citizens: Light vehicles and motorcycles. The customer can register a light bus if the family is comprised of at least 10 members. The customer must present a proof (a family book for special reasons or a birth certificate).

  • Question 5: How many vehicles are customers allowed to register?

Answer 5: Customers are allowed to register an unlimited number of vehicles.

  • Question 6: For how long will the registration be valid in accordance with the insurance provided by the customer?

Answer 6: If the customer provides an insurance for more than 1 year, the registration can be valid for more than 1 year. The maximum validity is 3 years. This is only applicable for new vehicles.

  • Question 7: Is the customer with an investment visa allowed to register a vehicle?

Answer 7: Yes, but the visa must be valid for at least 6 months.

  • Question 8: Are customers allowed to register light pick-ups?

Answer 8: Customers are allowed to register 4-door light transport vehicles and 2-door vehicles (for citizens only). They will receive private plates and they are allowed to register fancy 4-door vehicles if they have residence visa from Dubai or from another emirate on condition that the vehicles meet the registration conditions.

  • Question 9: What are the cases applicable for technical inspection?

Answer 9: If the vehicles are purchased from a private enterprise other than the authorized dealers and also if the vehicles are imported or previously owned.

  • Question 10: What is the procedure if the customer loses the plate sticker?

Answer 10: if a customer loses for some reason the plate sticker, he can head to any Vehicles Renewal Services centers and pay 10 AED to receive a new sticker.

  • Question 11: Are customers allowed to register a vehicle without holding a driving license?

Answer 11: It is possible to register a vehicle without holding a driving license on condition that the customer has a Dubai residence visa.

  • Question 12: Can the customer register a vehicle on the condition of providing property documents?

Answer 12: This is possible if the property is owned by the customer. He must present the Emirates ID and the original passport.

  • Question 13: In which cases is the technical test undertaken in other emirates accepted?

Answer 13: It is accepted in the cases of registration, renewal transactions and transfer certificates of light vehicles from Dubai to other emirates.

  • Question 14: Can the customer upload the results of the technical test online?

Answer 14: RTA electronically uploads the result of the test.

  • Question 15: Are customers allowed to register vehicles if they have 2 traffic files?

Answer 15: Yes, customers can register the vehicle after requesting from RTA to merge the 2 traffic files into 1. After having 1 traffic file, the customer can register the vehicle.

  • Question 16: When was the ownership e-card implemented for individuals?

Answer 16: Phase 1 on January 1, 2018: Government, rental and taxi vehicles.

Phase 2 on May 1, 2018: diplomatic and corporate vehicles.

Phase 3 on September 1, 2018: Individuals vehicles.
  • Question 17: What is ownership e-card and what details it includes?

Answer 17: The ownership e-card is an electronic document called (Vehicle License) sent to the customer via email and an sms . It includes all the ownership details including the expiry date, mortgage and insurance. This e-card is issued through the service of "Authenticating The Validity Of An RTA Document" on the RTA website and Dubai Drive application and the customer has to print it or save it on their phone to show it to concerned authorities when needed.

  • Question 18: How can customers print the ownership e-card or any other document in case they didn’t receive an email or they wanted to verify the vehicle details, renewal date and insurance details?

Answer 18: The ownership e-card may be printed as follows:

-Login to rta.ae.

-Select Licensing services.

-Scroll down the Certificate Verification service and press (Click Here).

-Select service type (Vehicle License) then enter the vehicle details to show the print order.

  • Question 19: What details are featured on the vehicle license?

Answer 19: The vehicle license features all the details related to the vehicle including the expiry date, the mortgage and the insurance details. It is sent via email to the customer in a printable format.

  • Question 20: What happens when police patrols or officers request the ownership card?

Answer 20: The customer shows the ownership e-card featured in RTA applications and saved on his phone, or shows the printed copy of the e-card.

  • Question 21: How does the customer show the e-card to the licensing department?

Answer 21: The customer shows the ownership e-card featured in RTA applications and saved on his phone, or shows the printed copy of the e-card.

  • Question 22: How can the customer access the insurance details?

Answer 22: The insurance details are featured on the ownership e-card accessible through RTA mobile application, or on the printed copy of the vehicle license.

  • Question 23: How can the customer access the mortgage details?

Answer 23: Mortgage details are feature on all the documents.

  • Question 24: What happens when the ownership details are amended?

Answer 24: In case any of the vehicle details get amended such as changing the plate number or the color:

-Details are updated on the ownership e-card and the vehicle’s license.

  • Question 25: In case the customer doesn’t have RTA application, can the vehicle license be printed through the customer service center?

Answer 25: There is no need for the customer service representative to print the vehicle license. The customer may print it through the link sent via email.

  • Question 26: Is the customer obliged to replace the vehicle license once the electronic ownership phase implemented?

Answer 26: The ownership certificate is replaced only upon its renewal, or in case of replacement of lost/damaged license or change in ownership document such as change of color or plate number or adding or redeeming a mortgage.

  • Question 27: In case the customer’s phone number was registered wrongly, how can the link be resent to him?

Answer 27: The customers shall update their personal details though RTA Call Center: 8009090. Also he can print the ownership e-card as follows:

-Login to rta.ae.

-Select Licensing services.

-Scroll down the Certificate Verification service and press (Click Here).

-Select service type (Vehicle License) then enter the vehicle details to show the print order.

  • Question 28: How can customers check the expiry date of their vehicle license?

Answer 28: The vehicle’s expiry date can be checked in several ways:

-Through the details featured on the vehicle’s license.

-Through the short messages sent to the customers’ mobile numbers.

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