Are you buying or selling a car in the UAE and would like to transfer your car ownership to your name?

Be aware: If you didn’t transfer the car under your name and you are caught by the police, you will have to pay a fine of AED 3,000.

The process is not difficult but it can get long and exhausting if you are not prepared with the right documents, therefore, we created this article to list all the things you should keep in mind and bring with you.

Tips for the seller

  • Make sure you pay all your fines for all the cars under your name
  • If the car loan is not paid off, you need to obtain a no-objection certificate or a release letter from the bank to transfer the remaining debt to the buyer
  • Get your car tested

What are the required documents?

  • Original Emirates ID, driver’s license and a copy of the passport for both buyer and seller
  • A new car insurance contract in the name of the buyer
  • The vehicle’s current registration card

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Note: All of the documents must be valid. Any that are not updated or expired will be rejected.

Process and Fees

The new owner will need to pay a 400 AED transfer fee for light vehicles. A knowledge/innovation fee is usually applied at AED 20.

Transferring vehicle ownership to any party must be done either at the Dubai Traffic Police HQ or an RTA licensing centre, both parties (current owner and new owner) must be present.

You should head to the typing centre to fill the vehicle permit application form filled out for the new owner. Once everything is filled, you’ll need to submit all documents including the vehicle permit application at the registration desk.

A check for outstanding fines will be checked; if there are any, they must be paid off by the seller before vehicle ownership can be transferred. Once given the all-clear, the new owner must pay the transfer fees.

The new registration card (Mulkiya) will be printed with the new owner’s name printed on it which usually takes a few minutes. Now that the card has been printed with the owner’s new name, a copy must be sent by the previous owner to the insurance company and the finance company to confirm the vehicle has been sold.

Note to previous owners/sellers: Keep a copy of the new registration card to prove the vehicle has been officially sold/transferred as you may need it for a refund on your insurance policy.

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