Transfering Vehicle Ownership

If you buy a second-hand vehicle, you will need to transfer ownership to your name. If you fail to do this, you are liable to pay a Dhs.3,000 fine by Dubai Police.


  • Buyer is UAE resident
  • All outstanding fines have been paid by previous owner/seller.
  • Both seller and buyer must be present.
  • The seller has terminated their insurance policy or transferred the policy to the buyer. Either way the buyer must pre-arrange insurance for the vehicle, which is valid for 13 months.
What to bring
  • UAE driving licence (original and copy) 
  • Insurance certificate (original)
  • Passport with residence visa (original and copy)
  • Resident ID 
  • Dhs.400 transfer fee for light vehicle or motorcycle


  • Vehicle registration card (original) 
  • Settlement of loan certificate from finance company (if applicable)
  • Resident ID
  • Passport with residence visa (copy)


  • Dubai Traffic Police HQ or RTA licensing centre.
  • Both parties go to the typing counter, where the clerk will fill out the vehicle permit application form for the new buyer.
  • Submit all documents at the registration counter where a check for outstanding fines will be run.
  • Seller must pay all outstanding fines before proceeding.
  • Buyer pays the transfer fee. 
  • The new registration card will be issued within five to 10 minutes.
  • Buyer sends a copy of the new registration card to finance company (if applicable) and insurance company.
  • Sellers keeps copy of new registration card as proof that the car has been sold and ownership officially transferred.

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