Abu Dhabi Salik Registration - Comprehensive Guide

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Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Center has taken several steps towards enhanced traffic and road safety. One of the outstanding examples of such technological advancement has come in the form of automated toll collection systems. which operational since January 02, 2021. In this regard, the transport authority has also requested vehicle owners to register for DARB toll gates on priority to avoid any charges or fines. 

After the introduction of those new systems, if you want to drive in and around Abu Dhabi, registering with the Abu Dhabi Salik is now compulsory.  Yet, several people are unaware of the whole Abu Dhabi Salik Registration process.

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Like the Salik Toll Gate system in Dubai, Abu Dhabi also has an automatic toll gate system called the DARB. This system was introduced by the Department of Transport in 2018. 

The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) have activated 4 DARB toll gate bridges in Abu Dhabi —

  • Al Maqtaa Bridge
  • Sheikh Zayed Bridge
  • Musaffah Bridge
  • Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bridge

Note — All drivers in the city need to have Abu Dhabi toll gate registration. Read on to find out how to register your vehicle at DARB toll gates. 

Abu Dhabi Salik Registration Process in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Salik registration can easily be done online by visiting the DARB official portal. After you have collected your prerequisites, you need to follow the steps mentioned below. 

  • Step1- Log on to the DARB Abu Dhabi website. Alternatively, download the DARB mobile app from Google Play Store or App Store.
  • Step2- Once downloaded, under the ‘Create New Account section’, select service type as Individual.
  • Step3- Enter your email ID and press the ‘submit’ button. 
  • Step4- Enter the one-time password (OTP) that you receive on your registered email address for verification.
  • Step5- After successful account verification, select the Emirates where your vehicle is registered.
  • Step6- Later, you will be required to enter your traffic code number and select your registered mobile number.
  • Step7- An OTP will be sent to your registered phone number for verification. 
  • Step8- Enter the OTP and set your account password. 

Once you have successfully confirmed your password, your Abu Dhabi Salik registration process concludes. You can later activate your account, register your vehicle, and top up your DARB wallet using the account. 

You may note that you need to pay a registration fee of AED 100 for Abu Dhabi toll posts registration. Out of that amount, you will receive AED 50 as your starting balance for your Abu Dhabi Salik account. 

Abu Dhabi Toll Gate Registration Online for Private Vehicles

To register your private vehicle at an Abu Dhabi toll gate, follow the steps mentioned below —

  • Step1- Check out the DARB website or download the DARB mobile application from Apple Store or Google Play Store. 
  • Step2- Select the service type as ‘Individual’ under the section for ‘Create New Account’. 
  • Step3- Enter your valid email address and click on the ‘Submit’ tab. 
  • Step4- You will receive an OTP on the registered email address. Enter the OTP in the specified field. 
  • Step5- Select the Emirate in which your vehicle is originally registered. 
  • Step6- Provide your traffic code number. 
  • Step7- Enter your registered mobile phone number — once you get the OTP on the number, enter it in the specified field. 
  • Step8- Enter and confirm the password. 

Once done, your DARB registration is completed for Abu Dhabi Salik Registration. Click on the Register button on the dashboard and register your vehicle. Select the payment method (either Amwal wallet or credit card) and hit Pay

To initiate the Abu Dhabi Salik registration process, provide the documents and details below —

  • Emirates ID
  • Debit/credit card details
  • Your car’s number plate
  • An active phone number and email ID

Note — Here are some things you should know —

  • The initial vehicle registration charge is AED 100 per vehicle. Of this, AED 50 gets credited to the registered account as the starting balance for your DARB toll gate account. 
  • If you are a car owner from outside Abu Dhabi, you should create an account at least 10 days before crossing an Abu Dhabi toll gate. 

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Abu Dhabi Salik Registration Online for Company's Vehicles

To register your company vehicle with the DARB toll gate, follow these steps —

  • Step1- Head to the DARB toll website or download the DARB app. 
  • Step2-Select the service type as ‘Establishment’ to create an account. 
  • Step3-Enter your valid email address — you will get an OTP there. Enter that OTP in the specified field. 
  • Step4-Select the Emirate in which your vehicle is originally registered.
  • Step5-Enter the Establishment’s traffic code number. 
  • Step6-Provide your registered mobile number. Enter the OTP received on the same in the asked field. 
  • Step7-Create a password to complete the registration process. 
  • Step-Provide the important details asked about your company and click on the Register tab. 

Note — The information required includes the company’s trade licence copy and an official letter with the following details —

  • Company’s stamp
  • The company’s email address
  • Traffic code number (TCN)
  • Company’s details or details of the corporate officer
  • Company’s cell phone number

To initiate the DARB registration process, you will be required to provide the following details and documents —

  • Licence number plate
  • The plate’s colour or code
  • The plate’s source —
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    • AUH - Abu Dhabi
    • UAQ - Umm Al Quwain
    • FUJ - Fujairah
    • SHJ - Sharjah
    • AJM - Ajman
    • RAK - Ras Al Khaimah
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What Are the Steps for Abu Dhabi Salik Account Activation?

Once you complete the Abu Dhabi toll gate registration process, you need to activate your DARB tolling system account in the following manner —

  • Access your account through the website or the Abu Dhabi toll gate app.
  • Click on the ‘Register Vehicle’ tab on your dashboard.
  • Provide your vehicle information.
  • Pick your payment method (Credit card/Amwal Wallet).
  • Choose your wallet and press ‘Pay’.
  • A successful transaction will finalise your account activation.

Once you activate the account, you can log into the account whenever you want. You can use the account to top-up or recharge your wallet, check your fines, and track your transaction history. 

Note — If you're unsure how to register for an Abu Dhabi toll gate account after being on the ITC website, follow these steps —

  • Go to the toll gate system website or use the DARB app.
  • Log in with your Traffic Number or Emirates ID.
  • Enter your valid email address and submit.
  • Check your email for a one-time password (OTP) and enter it.
  • Choose your registered mobile number and click on ‘VERIFY’.
  • Enter the OTP sent to your phone.
  • After creating and confirming your chosen password, click on ‘Submit’.
  • Add your vehicle(s) to the account and finish the activation process.

How to Verify If You Have Already Registered for Abu Dhabi toll Gate?

If you are already registered on the ITC website, you may find it confusing whether you need to register separately for the DARB toll gate account. Here is what you need to do for verification and account activation. 

  • Log on to DARB official portal or use the mobile application,
  • Sign in to your account using your traffic number or Emirates ID,
  • After logging in to your account, submit a valid email address. You will receive a one-time password at your email address.
  • Enter the OTP in the designated field on the official portal and press the Submit button. 
  • Select your registered mobile number and press the Verify button.
  • Another OTP will come to you (this time on your mobile number). Enter the OTP in the marked field. 
  • Choose a password for logging in to your account and press the Submit button. 
  • Add your vehicle/vehicles to your DARB toll gate account and proceed with account activation.

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What are the Abu Dhabi Salik Charges?

Listed below are the Abu Dhabi Salik gate charges —

  • For peak hours from 7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday – AED 4
  • No toll charges on off-peak hours
  • Maximum toll fee per day per vehicle — AED 16
  • The first vehicle on your account will have a monthly toll cap of AED 200
  • The second vehicle will have a monthly cap of AED 150
  • Additional vehicles will be capped at AED 100 per month
  • Toll charges are waived during off-peak hours on Sundays and public holidays

DARB Abu Dhabi Toll Gate Fines

If you enter any Abu Dhabi Toll Gate in an unregistered vehicle, you get a 10-day grace period for vehicle registration. 

However, if you don't register within this period, you can incur fines such as —

  • AED 100 on the first day after the grace period
  • AED 200 on the second day
  • AED 400 on the third day
  • The maximum fine is up to AED 10,000

How to Apply for Abu Dhabi Salik Exemptions?

ITC Abu Dhabi has exempted senior and retired Emiratis, and individuals with low monthly wages from paying toll gate charges in Abu Dhabi. However, you will be required to apply for the exemption to avail of the benefits. Here are the steps you need to follow for the Abu Dhabi toll posts exemption. 

  • Log in to your DARB account through the official portal or the mobile application. 
  • Choose the ‘Request’ option on the dashboard and click on the ‘Submit Request’ button.
  • Select ‘Exemption Request’ from the services panel. 
  • Specify the category, sub-services, and vehicle number plate here.
  • Fill in the request description followed by adding requisite documents. 
  • Once done, tap on the ‘Submit button. 

The authorities will verify your request based on the documents you have submitted and will grant you the toll gate exemptions if fulfilling the criteria. 

Who All Are Exempted from Abu Dhabi Toll Gate Charges?

People and vehicles belonging to the following categories are exempted from the DARB toll gate system in Abu Dhabi —

  • Ambulances
  • Towed vehicles 
  • Public buses carrying 26 or more passengers 
  • Police vehicles in the city
  • Armed forces vehicles
  • Senior or retired Emiratis, people with determination, and Emiratis with limited income
  • Taxis with Abu Dhabi licence
  • School buses registered in Abu Dhabi
  • Electric vehicles
  • Ministry of Interior Vehicles
  • Civil Defence vehicles and motorbikes
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use your Dubai Salik in Abu Dhabi?

You cannot use the Dubai Salik tag at the DARB toll gate system.

What are the Abu Dhabi Salik timings?

The peak hours in Abu Dhabi toll gate timings are Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 7 pm. In this period, motorists incur an AED 4 charge. However, on non-peak hours of weekdays, Fridays, and public holidays, no DARB toll charges apply.

How to apply for a DARB toll gate charge exemption?

Even if you're exempted from toll fees, you still need Abu Dhabi Salik registration. Activate your DARB account and apply for exemption with these steps:

  • Log in to your DARB account.
  • Choose ‘Requests’ then move to "Submit Request."
  • Select ‘Exemption Request’ and provide your vehicle details.
  • Describe your request, attach the necessary documents, and submit.

Your request will be reviewed and exemptions will be granted, if eligible.


Who should apply for the DARB Abu Dhabi toll gate system?

Anyone with a car registered outside Abu Dhabi and a valid Emirates ID can go for Abu Dhabi toll gate registration.

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