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Know Everything about Car Registration Renewal in Dubai

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If the date of your car registration renewal is just around the corner there is nothing to worry as the car registration renewal in Dubai has become quite easier. Car registration in Dubai is the most recent service to be maintained by the government of Dubai to take a move towards digitization as well as Smart city Initiative. The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) offers all car owners with a wide range of option to choose from.

You get a grace period of 30 days to renew your car registration every year after it gets expired. Therefore, the car registration in Dubai is totally valid for 13 months including one penalty-free month. Well, this is the reasons why car insurance in Dubai last for thirteen months. Car owners who do not renew their car registration within the grace period have to pay a fine of AED 500. Also, some drivers may have lost their driving license or their cars can be retained for 7 days if the car registration expired over 3 months ago.

So, if you don’t want to experience all this, you should renew your car registration on time by following these easy and simple steps.

Pay Fines

First of all, you need to ensure that there are no outstanding fines on your vehicle. If, in case, there are any unpaid traffic fines, you need to settle them first. You can either do this by going through the RTA official website or via the RTA Dubai app on your phone. However, if you have any black points on your car then you will have to visit the police in order to resolve this before registering your vehicle.

Getting Your Car Tested

New cars are exempted from the test for the first two years. Thus, every new car can enjoy those twenty-four test free months.

After that, you will have to pay a visit one of the RTA or ADNOC car testing centers to have your vehicle evaluated and avail the ‘passed certificate’. The sole aim behind this test is to check that your vehicle is roadworthy, ensuring your car’s steering, tyres, braking, chassis, suspension systems, and chassis attachments are up to the mark.

The cost of this test is 170 AED and it takes around 20-40 minutes completely depends on the volume of customers and it is valid for thirty days.

Please note that if your vehicle gets fail in a test, you will need to repair all the damages and then get your car tested again. Thus, you will have to pay the test fees again.

Documents List

In order to renew your car registration, you will need to prepare the following documents:

  • Emirates ID

  • Driving License

  • Renewed Car Insurance Policy

  • Old Registration Card

  • Car Test Certificate (It should mention that your car has passed the test successfully).

Renew Your Car Registration Online

After you get your car tested successfully and have prepared all the documents, you can easily renew your car registration online from the comfort of your home. All you need to visit the official website of the RTA or use the RTA Dubai App. In order to proceed with your application, you will have to submit a valid proof of UAE residency as well as car insurance.  

And then, you will need to select your vehicle and pay the service fee which is AED 350 for all the light vehicles. Upon the successful car registration renewal, a copy of the e-registration card will be mailed to you on your registered email id. Make sure, you keep a printed copy of the e-registration card if you drive your vehicle outside the UAE borders.

Say Good Bye to Plastic Registration Cards

Now say goodbye to those plastic car registration cards that RTA issued annually, and the hassle of getting them every year. The RTA is getting replace these plastic registration cards with e-registration cards which come with a validity of lifetime. Well, yes, you read it right. That digital e-registration card won’t have any expiry date.

The RTA has started offering these e-registration cards for private vehicles from 1st August, 2018. But note that you will still need to renew your car registration in Dubai every year and take your vehicle to one of the RTA or ADNOC car testing centers for testing your vehicle.

Final Verdict

By following the aforementioned steps, you can easily renew your car registration in Dubai. Also, don’t forget the expiry date of your car registration as well as one month grace period otherwise you will need to pay a hefty penalty. However, it is also very important to renew your car insurance policy every year as you won’t be allowed legally to drive your car on the roads of the UAE. So, renew car registration as well as car insurance in Dubai on time to avoid any hassle.