Everything you should know about car registration renewal in the UAE.

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  • If you’re a new car owner, sit back and relax for 2 consecutive years.
  • If you have purchased a pre-owned car from its previous owner, you need not worry about car registration for one year.
  • For everyone else, here’s how to go about renewing your car registration annually.
  • RTA is making registration cards virtual starting Aug 1st, 2018.

If your car registration renewal due date is just around the corner, you need to read this first. Here are the steps for car registration renewal in UAE; easy and straightforward.

First things first! New cars are exempted from the test for 2 consecutive years. So, every new car owner can enjoy those 24 test-free months!

If you have purchased your car from its previous owner, they usually take care of the registration for the first year.

For everyone else, you need to renew your car registration once every year. You get a 30 days grace period after your registration expires.

This period will allow you to repair any damages inspected during the test, which you should do before applying for car registration renewal. Not renewing your registration will lead you to pay an AED 500 fine.

Make sure your car has no fines or black points pending

To check those, visit the Dubai police website.

  • To renew your vehicle registration, here are the documents that you will need:
  • Emirates ID
  • Driving license
  • Renewed motor vehicle insurance
  • Old registration card
  • Car test certificates that state that your car passed the test*

*Visit one of the ADNOC or RTA vehicle testing centers to have your vehicles assessed to get your car test certificates. The test costs AED 170 and takes up 20 to 40 minutes and is valid for 30 days. In case your car fails the test, you must repair the damages and get it tested again. You’ll have to pay the fees again.

After you get your car tested and have all the documents ready in hand, you can either renew your registration in person or online.

In person

If you choose to personally go and renew your car registration you have to go to the registration center, pay the renewal fee, which is AED 350, pick up the renewed registration card and the registration sticker with the new expiry date.

Make sure to place the sticker on the rear number plate over the old one.


You can choose to renew your registration from the comfort of your home or car seat! Just visit RTA’s website. The steps are easy and simple:

  • Select your vehicle
  • Submit the relevant documents online
  • Confirm a delivery method

After you have paid the service fees, your application will be processed within five working days.

You could also use UAE-MOI mobile application! Watch this video to learn how to use the app to renew your car registration: https://youtu.be/ymdKppZblgQ.

Soon, you will only be able to renew your registration online

Digitization is an expected move in the UAE.

In fact, the RTA has announced back in July that registration cards will be issued virtually starting August 1st, 2018. This system is in place to reduce plastic waste from plastic card issuance. Also, RTA states the virtual cards will be initiated without an expiry date; meaning, people will need to register their vehicles once bought, then annually after insurance renewal, and after the passing of technical tests (for cars that are 3 years plus). The process can be done through the RTA app or through their website.

Happy driving on the SZR highways and beyond!


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