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Changing Vehicle Ownership

This service enables you to transfer the ownership of a vehicle from the owner (seller) to the buyer and officially register it under the name of the buyer. An ownership certificate will be issued under the name of the new owner (the buyer).

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 individuals:

  1. From the seller: Vehicle ownership certificate + original Emirates ID (cannot be replaced by passport)
  2. From the buyer if he is a citizen or a GCC citizen: Original Emirates ID + copy of the valid passport to update the information
  3. From the buyer if he is a resident in Dubai or in any other emirate: Original Emirates ID + copy of the passport and the valid residence visa
  4. From the buyer if he is a diplomat: Valid diplomatic card + letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. From the buyer if he is a resident and his residence visa is sponsored by the Oilfields Supply Center: No Objection Certificate (NOC) to register vehicles
  6. Electronic insurance of the vehicle
  7. Adding the mortgage or redeeming the electronic mortgage at the bank if the vehicle is under mortgage
  8. Vehicle technical inspection certificate
  9. Plate numbers to be delivered to the center if the seller desires to keep them
  10. Report from the police if 1 or both plates are lost or if the motorcycle's plate is lost
  11. Classical vehicles technical inspection at the Automobile Touring Club Technical Centre

For companies:

  1. Official letter in Arabic + copy of the trade license + Endorsement of signature and Authorization letter.
  2. Vehicle ownership certificate
  3. Electronic insurance of the vehicle
  4. Adding the mortgage or redeeming the electronic mortgage at the bank if the vehicle is under mortgage
  5. Vehicle technical inspection certificate
  6. NOC from the authorities of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone and Jabel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)
  7. Plate numbers to be delivered to the center if the seller desires to keep them
  8. Report from the police if 1 or both plates are lost or if the motorcycle's plate is lost

If the customer does not have a traffic file:

  1. For citizens: Original Emirates ID
  2. For residents with a residence visa issued in Dubai or another emirate: copy of the valid passport + copy of the residence visa + copy of the Emirates ID
  3. For companies: Trade license of facilities and institutions + copy of the trade license of companies licensed by the Department of Economic Development

Output

  • Expiry sticker
  • New plates in case of changing the number
  • Vehicle ownership certificate.

Service fees

  • 350 AED Light vehicle private/public
  • 400 AED vehicle between 3 and 12 tonnes
  • 650 AED public vehicle between 3 and 12 tonnes
  • 800 AED vehicle exceeding 12 tonnes
  • 1000 AED public vehicle exceeding 12 tonnes
  • 500 AED light mechanical equipment
  • 700 AED public light mechanical equipment
  • 800 AED heavy mechanical equipment
  • 1000 AED public heavy mechanical equipment
  • 120 AED trailer and semi-trailer
  • 300 AED bus with a number of passengers between 14 and 26
  • 600 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.

Validity

This service has no validity.

Average processing time

  • Service centres and service providers: 10 minutes.

Ways to apply

Process

  • The customer submit the required documents at the centre
  • The customer is required to settle the fees to get the receipt
  • The customer receives the vehicle ownership certificate and the new plates if the plate numbers were changed.

Terms and conditions

  • The customer or the legal representative must be present in person
  • The customer must provide a letter from an accredited showroom if the seller is not available
  • The customer is required to settle all the traffic fines before receiving this service
  • Customers who have a residence visa from another emirate must meet the below conditions to register a vehicle:
    • The customer must be an investor in Dubai (property or facility owner)
    • The customer must be employed at a company that has a branch in Dubai
    • The customer must be a resident in Dubai (the customer must present a ratified tenancy agreement by the Real Estate Regulatory Authority or must present a recent electricity or phone bill)
    • The customer must be employed at a governmental or semi-governmental agency or at a regional organisation that has an office in Dubai
    • The customer must be an owner of a distinguished plate number before 27 January 2007
    • The customer must have an official letter from an university if he is a student in Dubai.

FAQs

  • Question 1: What is the procedure if a customer’s relative passed away and has a vehicle registered under his/her? How can the customer transfer the vehicle ownership and settle all the fines?

Answer 1: The customer must visit Dubai Court and get a letter along with a Death Certificate and all other documents provided by the court. After that, the customer presents all the documents at RTA Main Customer Service Center to perform this transaction using the Emirates ID.

  • Question 2: When is the ownership e-card implemented for individuals?

Answer 2: 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 3: What is permanent ownership and what details it includes?

Answer 3: Permanent ownership is an ownership card provided to the customer one time only and it includes all the vehicle’s details featured on the current license except for the expiry date and insurance details.

  • Question 4: What is ownership e-card and what details it includes?

Answer 4: The ownership e-card is an electronic document called (Vehicle License) sent to the customer via email. It includes all the ownership details including the expiry date, mortgage and insurance. This e-card is issued by the Road and Transport Authority and the customer has to print it or save it on their phone to show it to concerned authorities when needed.

  • Question 5: 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 5: 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 6: What details are featured on the vehicle license?

Answer 6: 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 7: What happens when police patrols or officers request the ownership card?

Answer 7: 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 8: How does the customer show the e-card to the licensing department?

Answer 8: 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 9: What is required when crossing the borders?

Answer 9: For UAE and GCC countries:

-Permanent ownership card and vehicle license.

-If the costumer is not from GCC countries: Permanent ownership card, vehicle license, tourist certificate, and trip ticket

For other countries:

-Permanent ownership card, vehicle license, tourist certificate, and trip ticket.

  • Question 10: How can the customer access the insurance details?

Answer 10: 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 11: How can the customer access the mortgage details?

Answer 11: Mortgage details are features on all the documents including the permanent ownership.

  • Question 12: What happens when the ownership details are amended?

Answer 12: In case any of the vehicle details get amended such as changing the plate number or the color:

-Details are updated on the permanent ownership and a new certificate is issued against the due fee.

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

  • Question 13: What happens in case of loss or damage of the permanent ownership certificate?

Answer 13: A new copy is issued against the due fee.

  • Question 14: When the individual phase is implemented and in case the customer doesn’t have RTA application, can the vehicle license be printed through the customer service center?

Answer 14: 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 15: Is the customer obliged to replace the vehicle license once the electronic ownership phase implemented?

Answer 15: 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 16: In case the customer’s phone number was registered wrongly, how can the link be resent to him?

Answer 16: 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 17: How can customers check the expiry date of their vehicle license?

Answer 17: 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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