Thousands of people move to Dubai every year to make their livelihood and to travel around the city most of them prefer their car. Having a license is not sufficient but having your car registered is also very important. Using a simple and efficient process you can register your car. The Road Transport Authority (RTA) has facilitated car registration services to the customers round the clock. To make this convenient to the motorists the RTA operates four centers in Dubai. The services include vehicle registration and testing which is done at any time in these centers. The statistical data by RTA shows that there is a huge increase in the registration of new vehicles. As there is a huge waiting time to get vehicles registered, to reduce the burden night working hours have been started by the authorities.  

24/7 Car registration service centers in Dubai

The service centers in Dubai are 

  • Tasjeel Centre Al Barsha, 
  • Tasjeel Centre Al Twar, 
  • Tamam Vehicle Testing Centre in Ras Al Khor, and 
  • Al Ghusais. 

Among these, three centers will be facilitating services for light vehicles. Tamas Ras Al Khor will be providing services for heavy and light vehicles. This was done because of the increase in demand from the customers and also to provide seamless services to the customers.   

The RTA has introduced an electronic kiosk to endeavor registration services. There are a total of eight partner firms that provide registration services and twenty-two centers in Dubai provide Car examining services.

Smart solutions are provided through mobile and the internet and other physical office services are provided after regular working hours. Motorists can avoid day time rush as they can get their vehicles tested and registered at any time.

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Car Testing services and Registration

To register your car you have to first get your car inspected at authorized testing centers. For this, the RTA also provides 24/7 vehicle testing services. Vehicle testing can be skipped if the car is manufactured in the past three years prior to the registration date.  Registration is possible if only the test result comes positive. 

You need to have the car insurance and clear any penalties if applicable. You have to apply for the car registration and pay the fees. You can get your number plate expiry sticker with the date and Mulkiya card.

24/7 Vehicle testing services in Dubai

If you purchased a new car or you want to transfer the ownership of your car inspection is done at authorized centers. This is done to make sure that vehicles that move on the road are in good condition and car registration is mandatory prior to registration.

There are four centers for car examining services in Dubai: Tasjeel Centre Al Barsha,,  Wasel Belhasa Vehicle Testing Centre in Al Jaddaf, Tasjeel Centre Al Twar and Al Ghusais.
Car owners can select testing their vehicles in any of these places at any time of their choice. They can avoid long queues and save time. The RTA provided this facility as there was a huge demand from the customers. To provide efficient service and convenience to customers, 24 hours Car Registration was provided by the authorities. 

If the car testing result comes negative then the defect must be repaired in 30 days and get tested again. During this one month time period, one retest is allowed. After this test, if your car does not pass the test you will not be allowed to register and the penalty for each day will be levied as the car is not registered. 

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Charges for vehicle testing

The charges for vehicle testing are AED 170. The average time for vehicle testing is 30 to 45 minutes. If a vehicle gets a negative remark in the test then the car owner should resolve the issue. It is best advised to resolve all the car issues prior to going to the test center. 

Documents required for car registration

The following are the documents required for registration of a car in Dubai are 

  • Car ownership documents and vehicle clearance certificate.
  • Emirates ID, copy of Passport and visa (if required)
  • Car insurance
  • Mortgage documents(if required)
  • Diplomats should provide a valid diplomatic ID. A supporting letter from the ministry of foreign affairs should be provided in Arabic and signature endorsement with an authorization letter with a trade license certificate. 

The validity of car registration

The car registration is valid for twelve months and a 30 days grace period will be provided after twelve months. Car inspection, repairs, and maintenance should be done within this period. For thirteen months, all insurance policies are valid. When you purchase your car, the first registration of the car is done by the dealer and later on the following annual car registration should be done by the car owner. 

Conclusion

Car registration is mandatory in Dubai. The RTA facilitates providing SMS services and reminding customers about the vehicle registration expiry date so that they can register on time and avoid penalties. There is a 30 days grace period for renewal of registration without any penalty. After 30 days there will be a late fee and an additional monthly fee which will be charged from the date of expiry of vehicle registration. Car testing and registration facilities are provided round the clock. If your car registration renewal is nearing then get your vehicle tested. Register your vehicle, avoid penalties, and have a safe drive. 

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Vinay Kumar Goguru is a finance professional with more than 8 years of diverse experience as a researcher, instructor and Industry work experience with both public and private entities. Prior to MyMoneySouq, he spent 6 years in Berkadia, It's a commercial mortgage banking company. He has a "Doctoral Degree in Commerce" and two master's degrees with a specialization in Finance, one as Master of Commerce and other as Master of Business Administration. He has written several articles on personal finance, published by different International journals. He loves traveling, reading and writing is his passion. He has a dream of writing a book on his favorite finance topics.

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Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar Goguru is a finance professional with more than 8 years of diverse experience as a researcher, instructor and Industry work experience with both public and private entities. Prior to MyMoneySouq, he spent 6 years in Berkadia, It's a commercial mortgage banking company. He has a "Doctoral Degree in Commerce" and two master's degrees with a specialization in Finance, one as Master of Commerce and other as Master of Business Administration. He has written several articles on personal finance, published by different International journals. He loves traveling, reading and writing is his passion. He has a dream of writing a book on his favorite finance topics.

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