Whether you purchase a new or used car, the vehicle must be registered every 12 months with the Dubai Traffic Police. If you have purchased a new vehicle from a dealer, the dealer will register the car for you.
When you buy a second-hand vehicle, chances are that the registration is still valid in the seller’s name; in this instance, see Transferring vehicle ownership.
You do not need to test a new vehicle for the first two years, though you must re-register it after one year. In some cases, second-hand dealers will register the car for you. But, if you are purchasing from a private dealer, chances are that you’ll have to do a lot of this yourself.
- UAE resident
- Insurance is valid for a minimum of 13 months
- Vehicle has been tested (see Testing a vehicle)
- To register a second-hand car in your name, you must first officially transfer vehicle ownership. A Dhs.3,000 fine is imposed on both the buyer and seller if a vehicle is sold unofficially (i.e. if ownership is not transferred through Dubai Traffic Police). See Transferring vehicle ownership.
What to bring
- Vehicle insurance certificate (original, valid 13 months)
Note: Your vehicle needs to be insured before it can be registered. You can arrange this through the dealer or it can be done independently
- Passport with residence visa
- Resident ID
- If second-hand, existing vehicle registration card
- Dhs.320 registration fee
- EPPCO Tasjeel, Emarat Shamil, or any RTA registration centre.
- Take the passed test certificate, and your insurance certificate to the typing counter.
- Your application form will be typed for you; pay Dhs.10.
- Submit all documents at the Dubai Traffic Police counter.
- Your application will be validated and entered into the system.
- Pay the registration fee.
- You will receive your vehicle registration card.
- You will also be given a date sticker for your rear licence plate, which needs to be affixed immediately.
- Keep the vehicle registration card and the insurance documents in your vehicle at all times.
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