Car Registrations and Transfers
This applies to the registration of second-hand
cars and renewals. If you buy a new car the dealer normally
obtains the registration for you the first time only.
Prior to purchase or registration of a car you
MUST have a valid UAE Driver's License and insurance.
Insurance rates are reasonable, and motor insurance is
compulsory. Car owners should note that comprehensive policies may omit
passenger coverage; this can be bought as a separate item. Usually full comprehensive
coverage will cost between than Dhs 1,000-3,000; but remember insurance is approximately 4%
of the value of the car.
If you are new to DUBAI
Bring a letter
from your insurance company stating you have no previous claims (or get
one sent to you ASAP)� it will
greatly reduce the cost of insurance.
Note: Echo Car Registration Services Ph 3969928 Fax
3969929 or the Manager on 0506752875 and Midland Cars Ph 3967521/22 Fax 3967523 will do all this
for you. I don't know much about these services, but some staff use them .
Speak to them.
There is also a
service through the Eppco Tasjeel Centres (See below). It is called
the Al Sayara service and for Dhs 200 a driver will pickup your vehicle
and return it after having it tested and registered. (It costs Dhs 100 if
you take it there yourself and let them do all the work). They will also carry
out any minor repairs with your permission, in order to get it through the
test. This Dhs 200 does not cover the test cost, registration fees,
traffic fines and any repair costs. Ph 800 4 258 .Documentation that must
be supplied for these services is your Registration Card and your newly
renewed car insurance papers.
Many of the
requirements below change often. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT CHANGES,
so I can keep this page up to date
is correct as at end of
October 01, 2013 be aware that things may have changed when
you go there!)
fines. Go to Dubai Police Headquarters web site, Online Services, Traffic Fines
Enquiry and Payment at
You will need
you car registration number and index letter or Driver Licence number to find
out how much money, if any, you owe in fines. Best to check both the car AND
your Driver Licence. This comes about because you don�t receive any fines in the
mail; you only find out by checking on the above web site, at �Dubai Police
Fines� ATM-like machines in most shopping malls, or at Eppco Tasjeel centres.
It�s better to know what fines are due beforehand rather than get a shock at the
processing desk! It should be noted that fines information can sometimes be
inaccurate and you should be prepared for this by taking extra cash when you go
to renew your registration. An ATM is located just outside the main door
into Reception, if you need it!
you the following:
- Copy of
though there are ATMs at the registration places. Have small notes
also as they usually ask for the exact amount
you leave home REMOVE ALL VALUABLES FROM THE CAR.
- At the
entry gate, give the attendant your Registration Card. You�ll receive back
the card with some details stuck onto it and two numbered slips of paper,
and he�ll tell you which Test Lane(s) you can go to. At this stage you can
elect to have it all done for you at a cost of Dh 150/- while you sit in the
waiting area,( I do this) but these instructions will help you do it yourself
if you wish and
nowadays this sort of thing is conducted in a most civilized way.
- Wait in
line until the attendant is ready to take the vehicle for testing � leave
the key in the ignition and receive from him one of the numbered tickets.
DO NOT LEAVE ANY VALUABLES IN THE
New Registration Card processing:
- Wait in
RECEPTION till you number is displayed. Go to the counter and pay Dh 50/-
(exact amount), for the Test and you�ll receive your papers back and a
colourful Tasjeel receipt.
- Go to the
Typing Counter and have a seat. When your turn comes, give the typist your
papers � he�ll ask you for your residential address (e.g. Villa 10,
Road 23c, Al Safa), phone number (usually mobile) and P.O. Box number
(suggest you write these clearly on a separate sheet of paper, it makes
things easier!). Pay Dh 15/- (exact amount), and return to the RECEPTION
desk. There, receive another numbered slip of paper (numbered 5xxx), the old
Registration Card and your ignition key. Go and sit in the next waiting area
behind the Reception Desk, facing the desks with numbers 5xxx.
- When your
number�s displayed, go to that counter for processing of your Registration
Card and payment of any fines.
You have to pay a
processing fee for fines on top of the total for fines. (Dhs10).
You now pay the Registration fee (Dh 370/-)
and any fines. Again, it helps to have the exact money.
(Dh320 if you car is not tested as it is only 12 mths old).
- Once this
process is complete, you�ll receive back the documentation and a receipt of
the total paid; take a seat and wait for your name to be called from an
unnumbered desk to the left of the numbered desks (when you�re facing them).
If you have a Western name spelt like mine (Leigh), listen VERY carefully as
some pronunciations are a bit funny for example instead of lee I've had
legggeh or Gerrard ( my second name )
- Hand in
your documentation and you will receive your new Registration Card and a
Once you receive the new
reg card proceed to the number plates desk where you will be issued a
sticker to put onto your back number plate (this sticker is the month and
year until your reg is valid).
it!! Leave the building either through a single unmarked door at the end of
the building to your LEFT as you�re standing at the counter, or leave by the
main door to the Reception area through which you first entered. You�ll find
your car, unlocked, in the car park that�s behind the Reception building and
beyond the Test Bays.
Registration Card and Insurance Cover Note MUST be kept in your car at all
Maps showing Eppco Tasjeel Centres
Opening hours of the centres are on the maps.
If you go early
any day you should be finished in 30
Special Instructions if you are Buying/Selling a
car. This can be done at the Eppco Tasjeel Centres
If you are changing plates, then you must
remove the old ones and return them with your application.
If the car is from another Emirate then the
export (blue) plates must be returned with your application.
you are buying a second-hand car from a private
individual, then the person selling the car must accompany
you to the Registration Centre to sign off. This is MOST IMPORTANT, as the car may NOT be re-registered if outstanding fines exist. My advice is
that YOU DO NOT PAY FOR THE CAR until the previous owner has
accompanied you to the Registration Centre and paid off all
fines (if any).
Here is how to do it step by step ....
Transferring Ownership of a car / Selling a Car
When selling to a buyer you do not know ONLY sell a car for Cash.
I have heard of too many stories of cheques bouncing a couple of days
after a sale and then you have no car and no money.
- Go to insurance company and terminate the policy. They will ask for a copy
of the new registration card. You may be able to transfer the policy to the
- If policy not transferable, buyer gets insurance cover.
- Get car tested if registration is near expiry.
- Both parties go to Eppco Tasjeel Centre
- Get form. Have it filled out in one of the Typing booths, if you don�t
- You need :
- Registration card
- copy of drivers license (Buyer)
- copy of visa and passport (Buyer)
- Insurance certificate (Buyer)
- Hand in at the counter for processing in Registration office (they will
check for fines).
- Go to Cashier (about 100 Dhs for transfer or 390 Dhs for new registration)
- Hand in documents and receipt
- Wait for new registration card (It is handy for the seller photocopy this
to prove for insurance purposes that you sold the car).
- Swap new card for payment of vehicle.
Make sure that the plastic registration card is in the
new buyers name. I bought a car and somehow in the typing of the forms the
seller appeared as the new owner. This then appeared on the card. Check this
with someone who reads arabic. before you leave. You do not want the hassle
of paying for a car and then finding out it is not in your name. I write
Seller should photocopy the card as
seller is advised to send a copy showing the car is in someone else's name
to insurance company.
- Buyer gives copy of registration card to his/her insurance company.
you sell your car get proof of the sale at the time you do it - either a
photocopy of the new car registration card with the new owner's name on
it, or a deregistration certificate from the police. Your
insurance company can then stop the insurance on your old car and you can
get a credit against the insurance on your new car for the time left
on your policy. Without this proof they won't stop the insurance and
you'll pay twice!
I got this from a departing staff member
who pointed out...
The seller must get a letter from the bank
that the car has been paid off . Both the buyer & I thought we had
transferred a car until the police said "Ah need letter from
BUT if your registration card ( the white
one with the red text) shows on the back "Mortgaging Company
and Mortgaging Doc Type" as a
blank spaces this is the same.
Make sure that the plastic registration card is in
the new buyers name. I bought a car and somehow in the typing of the
forms the seller appeared as the new owner. This then appeared on the
card. Check this with someone who reads arabic. before you leave. You do
not want the hassle of paying for a car and then finding out it is not
in your name. I write from experience!
You can find out any traffic fines you have accumulated by ringing 04
2685555. You will need your car registration number or driver's licence number
to find out how much money, if any, you owe. This comes about because you don't
receive any fines in the mail you only find out by ringing or checking at the
"Fines ATM like" machines in the shopping malls or now at http://www.dxbtraffic.gov.ae
Traffic fines can be paid via credit card at
See also Parking in Dubai
This page was
last updated by Leigh Butler on
October 01, 2013