It’s all digital: Renew your car registration online

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  • The world is going digital, and so is the RTA with their new online vehicle registration.
  • The idea behind is to make the process much smoother, without having to visit a center, unless your car needs to be tested.
  • It’s important to have all documentation, original and scanned, to make the process of renewing and receiving your registration that much easier.

With the everything in life going digital, from ordering food to delivering your laundry, it’s no wonder the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) have chosen to move 8 of their existing services onto “smart” platforms including, renewals of car registrations.

Why do I need to renew my car registration?

As part of the Dubai law, every car owner has to renew their car registration annually. The reason for this is that all the cars on the roads or on the RTA system must be deemed as ‘road-worthy. It’s also important to use this time to consider a variety of things, such as changing insurance providers, fixing any issues you may have with your car or even changing ownership.

When do I renew?

The process is relatively simple and is something that should be conducted annually. Every 11 months, the RTA will send a reminder, giving you the opportunity to look for other insurers, etc. There are also ideal times to renew your registration, for better and more comfortable service. The idea behind renewing timeously is to save money, but also ensure that possibly should any issues arise; you have enough time to rectify them.

So, why online?

It’s not that the process was difficult before – in fact, renewing a car registration is probably one of the easiest things to do. But with the introduction of the online process, renewing your car registration has become effortless. Not only can people do at the time that suits them best, but it also eliminates the need for having to go to a specific place or wait in a line for your paperwork.

How do I renew online?

Vehicle renewals and their process depend highly on the age and purpose of the vehicle – if your car is less than 3 years old, you wouldn’t need to have a road-worthiness test done. If not, or if the vehicle is used for commercial purposes, you would need to visit a testing center to receive a certificate stating that the car has passed all tests and is safe for driving on the roads.

From here, the process is relatively simple

Once you’ve received a certificate that says you’ve passed the vehicle inspection test, you will need to contact your insurance company about the renewal. This is the time to shop around if you’re interested in a new insurer or inquire about specials and discounts you’re possibly entitled to. Read more about timing your car insurance renewal to understand how this process can be made as easy and as rewarding as possible.

After this:
  1. Log in to www.rta.ae (for those renewing in Dubai)
  2. Select the “Drivers & Vehicles” tab
  3. Enter the required details.

Remember, they generally have all they need to know on their systems, but it’s good to have your details on hand, in case there’s missing or new information required.
Documents you will need are:

  • Your original passport
  • Emirates ID
  • Copies of your existing car registration (Mulkiya)
  • UAE driver’s license
  • A No-Claims Certificate (if you’re changing insurers).

Since the entire process is now online, it’s a good idea to keep digital scans of each document, so that the upload process is quick.

Finally, all you need to do is print out your temporary registration and arrange for your new Mulkiya (registration card) to be delivered via courier. Always make sure to have your temporary registration in your car or on hand, in case you need it before the official card is provided.

An important note to remember is that before you can renew your car registration, all fines against your existing number plate need to be paid. Without paying these, you won’t be able to renew. And just like online renewals, paying fines can be done via e-payment or through the apps available within the emirate. When it comes to paying your fines, make sure to check those against your car registration (for example, speeding or traffic violations), as well as those against your actual license number (these could be fines incurred after an accident).

With the world moving forward so swiftly, the RTA aims to make the process of renewal registrations (and others) that much easier. The entire process can be completed within 45 minutes or less, from uploading documents to receiving your temporary new registration card. Always remember to have every detail of your car and personal information in order, from insurance and road-worthy certificates, and ensure that fines are paid up well in advance.

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