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Apply for Changing a Vehicle Ownership

This service enables you to transfer the ownership of a vehicle from the owner (seller) to the buyer, and register it officially issuing an ownership certificate under the name of the new owner.

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

For individuals:

  1. From the seller: original Emirates ID (If the Emirates ID is not valid it can be replaced by the 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 diplomat: Valid diplomatic card + letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. From the buyer if he is a resident and his residence visa is sponsored by the Oilfields Supply Centre: No Objection Certificate (NOC) to register vehicles
  5. Electronic insurance of the vehicle
  6. Adding the mortgage or redeeming the electronic mortgage at the bank if the vehicle is under mortgage
  7. Vehicle technical inspection certificate
  8. Plate numbers to be delivered to the centre if the seller desires to keep them
  9. Report from the police if 1 or both plates are lost or if the motorcycle's plate is lost
  10. Classical vehicles technical inspection at the Automobile Touring Club Technical Centre

For companies:

  1. Official letter in Arabic + copy of the trade licence + Endorsement of signature and Authorisation letter certified by the court.
  2. Electronic insurance of the vehicle
  3. Adding the mortgage or redeeming the electronic mortgage at the bank if the vehicle is under mortgage
  4. Vehicle technical inspection certificate
  5. NOC from the authorities of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone and Jabel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)
  6. Plate numbers to be delivered to the centre if the seller desires to keep them
  7. Electronic report from the police if 1 or both plates are lost or if the motorcycle's plate is lost.
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
  • 1,000 AED public vehicle exceeding 12 tonnes
  • 500 AED light mechanical equipment
  • 700 AED public light mechanical equipment
  • 800 AED heavy mechanical equipment
  • 1,000 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
  • 50 AED selling agreement
  • 35 AED short plate fee
  • 50 AED long plate fee
  • 200 AED Dubai branded plate fee
  • 500 AED luxury plate fee
  • 10 AED expiry sticker fees
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.
Process time
  • Through RTA website: Instantly.
  • Through Customer Happiness Centres or Vehicle Registration and Inspection Centres: 5 minutes.
Process

Through RTA website

  • The customer logs in using UAE Pass.
  • The customer logs in to his account on RTA website.
  • The customer applies for the service and uploads the required documents.
  • The customer settles the required fees.
  • The customer receives the vehicle's ownership certificate, the plate numbers and the expiry sticker from the service centre.

Through Customer Happiness Centres or Vehicle Registration and Inspection Centres

  • The customer heads to the front desk employee.
  • The employee sends a link to the customer.
  • The customer uploads the required documents through the link.
  • The customer receives the transaction code.
  • The customer submits the transaction code to the front desk employee to complete the service process, check and electronically sign the application.
  • The customer settles the required fees.
  • The customer receives the vehicle ownership certificate and the new plates if the plate numbers were changed.
Average waiting time
  • Through RTA website: N/A
  • Through Customer Happiness Centres or Vehicle Registration and Inspection Centres: 10 minutes.
Validity

This service has no validity.

What you will get
  • Expiry sticker
  • New plates in case of changing the number
  • Vehicle ownership certificate.
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.
  • When applying for changing a vehicle ownership the customer must apply for registration, export, possession or transfer service.
  • Customers who have a residence visa from another emirate must meet one 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 special plate number before 27 January 2007.
    • The customer must have an official letter from an university if he is a student in Dubai.
  • If the customer does not have a traffic file he must submit the below documents when applying for the service:
    • For citizens: Original Emirates ID
    • 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
    • For companies: Trade licence of facilities and institutions + copy of the trade licence of companies licensed by the Department of Economic Development.
  • If the vehicle ownership was expired, the seller must pay a non-renewal fine.
FAQs
  • Question 1: What is the procedure if a customer’s relative passed away and has a vehicle registered under his/her name? 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, he must present all the documents at one of Partners and Service Providers in Dubai to change the ownership.

Changing a Vehicle Ownership request should is entered by the court into the e-traffic system.

  • Question 2: What is ownership e-card and what details it includes?

Answer 2: The ownership e-card is an electronic document called Vehicle Licence 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 3: How can the customer 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 3: The ownership e-card may be printed through the Document Validation service, by selecting service type "Vehicle Licence" then entering the vehicle details to show the print order.

  • Question 4: What details are featured on the vehicle licence?

Answer 4: The vehicle licence 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 5: How can the customer show the ownership e-card to the police patrols or officers, or the Licensing Department?

Answer 5: The customer shows the ownership e-card featured in RTA applications and saved on his phone, or the printed copy of the e-card.

  • Question 6: What is required when crossing the borders to GCC or other countries?

Answer 6:

  • To GCC countries:
    • UAE and GCC Citizens: Hard copy of the vehicle licence
    • Non-GCC Citizens: Hard copy of the vehicle licence, tourist certificate, and trip ticket
  • To other countries:
    • All customers: Hard copy of the vehicle licence, tourist certificate, and trip ticket.

  • Question 7: How can the customer access the insurance details?

Answer 7: The insurance details are featured on the ownership e-card accessible through RTA mobile application, or on the printed copy of the vehicle licence.

  • Question 8: How can the customer access the mortgage details?

Answer 8: Mortgage details are featured on all the documents including the permanent ownership.

  • Question 9: What happens when the ownership details are amended?

Answer 9: In case any of the vehicle details get amended such as changing the plate number or the colour, details are updated on the ownership e-card and the vehicle’s licence.

  • Question 10: When the individual phase is implemented and in case the customer doesn’t have RTA application, can the vehicle licence be printed through the customer service centre?

Answer 10: There is no need for the customer service representative to print the vehicle licence. The customer may print it through the link sent via email.

  • Question 11: Is the customer obliged to replace the vehicle licence once the electronic ownership phase implemented?

Answer 11: The ownership certificate is replaced only upon its renewal, or in case of replacement of a lost/damaged licence or a change in ownership document such as change of colour or plate number or adding or redeeming a mortgage.

  • Question 12: In case the transaction was completed and the customer did not receive a text message or e-mail with the vehicle licence, how does the customer know the expiry date of the ownership?

Answer 12: The customer can check his personal details though RTA Call Centre on 8009090, or print the ownership e-card through the Document Validation service, by selecting service type "Vehicle Licence" then entering the vehicle details to show the print order.

  • Question 13: How can customer check the expiry date of their vehicle licence?

Answer 13: The vehicle’s expiry date can be checked through the vehicle licence, or the short messages sent to the customer's mobile number.


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