Car Registration in Dubai 2018

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Important changes to car registration fees came into effect this month

The cost of registering a brand new car has gone down, while the price of registering a secondhand vehicle has nearly doubled…

Effective 1 December 2017, a number of the fees associated with vehicle licensing and registration have been updated.

These new changes were originally announced back in October by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, with the RTA saying that revenue raised via some of the extra costs will be funneled back into helping fund road safety initiatives around the city.

What are the changes and how do they affect me?

First up, the cost of registering and licensing a new vehicle in Dubai has been reduced to Dhs400 (rather than the previous fee of Dhs460) making it cheaper for anyone looking to purchase a brand new ride. Hooray!

However, if you’re looking at getting secondhand vehicle, you will need to eat a new charge of Dhs350 for a change in ownership (that’s either buying secondhand from a private seller or a car dealership). This amount is on top of the Dhs400 you need to pay for the vehicle licensing, bumping up the cost for buying a used car to Dhs750.

The price for registration renewals has also increased from Dhs300 to Dhs350. Plus, there is now an inspection charge of Dhs170 assigned to any vehicle over three years of age.

Those looking to transfer their license from another country over to the UAE will now need to pay Dhs600, which is up from the previous fee of Dhs400.

You can check out the full list of updated costs and fees by visiting the RTA website.


Looking to register your vehicle in Dubai, here’s how.


If you are looking to renew your car registration in Dubai, these simple steps will certainly come handy while making your application.

Moreover, the UAE residents will be able to renew their Motor Driving Licences (DL) and re-register their vehicles from anywhere in the country, irrespective of the origin of their documents or vehicles.

In addition, you can also renew your car registration from selected insurance companies including Noor Takaful, Oman Insurance, Fujairah Insurance & RSA Insurance. However, even the insurance companies will have to follow same procedures and online facilities that are being used by the RTA’s customer service centres and other approved agents like Tasjeel, Tamam etc.

Documents Required:

1. Motor vehicle insurance certificate

2. If required, your vehicle should be tested in one of RTA certified testing centers.

3. UAE nationals, or GCC nationals, or Residency in UAE.


1. Settle the payment of fines (if applicable); you can check and pay any fine at the Dubai Police website.

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2. Go to Dubai Traffic Department /other emirates traffic department or to (Tasjeel Eppco, Emarat Shamil or Belhasa’s Wasel to have the car tested

3. Pay the fees

4. Wait for your registration card (valid for one year). In case your car is no longer financed by a bank, show the bank clearance certificate.

5. Take a sticker with the new registration expiry date and place it over the old one (on the rear number plate)

How much do you pay?

. Car test Dh120

. Registration Dh340

(Service fees applies in accordance to the vehicle type and the commercial activity type for commercial customers.)

When will you receive your card?

.    We provide delivery or collection options for getting your registration card.

.    We aim to process your application within a minimum of 5 days.

Tips to remember:

. New vehicles are exempted from test for 2 consecutive years.

. Some companies will do all procedures for an additional fee, including collecting and returning the vehicle to you. You can also check with your insurance company, since many have introduced a free/paid service.

EPPCO Tasjeel 800 4258

Shamil 8004559

Wasel 04324552

. If you are time-tied, the RTA has a special service called ‘Personal Appearance Service’ wherein you have to only do a one-time visit to any RTA customer service centre, register your personal details and receive a personal identification number (PIN) on your mobile. You can then send a representative with this PIN to do your RTA licensing work, whether it is for one car or multiple cars under your name. Other transactions that can be done with a PIN include export, transfer and number plate sale, though it must be noted that after your representative’s visit, the PIN expires and for further visits, you will need to do another ‘Personal Appearance Service’ to get another PIN.  (Source: )

For more information, visit RTA website. Or call RTA’s toll free number on 8009090

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