Dubai: Car registration expired? How to renew it, avoid Dh500 fine in 3 easy steps

Motorists have a grace period of one month post expiry within which the vehicle owner is exempted from paying fines

By Laraib Anwer

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Published: Tue 21 Nov 2023, 8:19 PM

Is it that time of the year again? Did you happen to glance on your car registration and realise it will be expiring soon?

Fear not for Dubai motorists have a grace period of one month post expiry during which the vehicle owner is exempted from paying fines. However, once this period elapses, a fine of Dh35 is imposed monthly on the individual by the RTA.


If a motorist with an expired registration is found driving on the roads, a fine of Dh500 along with 4 black points will be levied against the violator. Additionally, the vehicle will be impounded for seven days.

However, motorists can steer clear of these penalties by renewing their car registration beforehand, or during the one-month grace period, ensuring their vehicle gets the tinkering it needs before hitting the road in its new year.


Vehicles more than 3 years old

Vehicles that are three or more years older require a physical inspection before moving onto other steps in the car renewal process.

  • Preferably, motorists must clear any fines pending against them before starting their renewal process to avoid any confusion later on.
  • After clearing any pending fine, customers must visit the RTA testing centre closest to them to get their vehicle physically inspected. This process takes up to 12 minutes for light vehicles, and 25 minutes for heavy vehicles.
  • Post the inspection, the customer is notified of the renewal fees and inspection fees.
  • After settling these costs, the owner can then receive the certificate through SMS or email, self-service machines, or through delivery services which have a separate charge.

Here are the testing centres in Dubai:

  • Al Qusais Tasjeel
  • Barsha Tasjeel
  • Al Warsan Tasjeel
  • Jebel Ali Tasjeel
  • Hatta Tasjeel
  • Al Tawar Cars Testing
  • Tasjeel Discovery Gardens
  • Al Aweer Tasjeel
  • Tasjeel City of Arabia
  • Tasjeel Motor City
  • Al Satwa AutoPro Centre
  • Al Mankhool AutoPro Centre
  • Al Adheed Shamil
  • Muhaisna Shamil
  • Nad Al Hammar Shamil
  • Shamil Al Qusais
  • Al Mumayaz Vehicle Testing - Aswaaq Mizher
  • Al Mumayaz Vehicle Testing - Al Barsha Mall
  • Wasel Vehicle Testing - Al Jaddaf
  • Wasel Vehicle Testing - Arabian Centre
  • Wasel Vehicle Testing - Nad Al Hammar
  • AG Cars Vehicle Testing Centre - Deira
  • AG Cars Vehicle Testing - Al Mamzar
  • Al Mutakamela Center - Al Aweer
  • Al Mutakamela Center - Al Quoz
  • Tamam Vehicle Testing
  • Al Yalayis Vehicle Testing
  • Tajdeed Vehicle Testing
  • Quick Registration Vehicle Testing Centre - Seih Shuaib

Vehicles less than 3 years old

Vehicles less than three years old do not require a physical inspection before renewal, making the process much more smoother and digitalised.

  • Customers can use the RTA website or Smart App to kick-start their vehicle registration renewal process. The website will ask the individual to enter the required vehicle information.
  • RTA will then verify the insurance and the existing technical inspection of the vehicle.
  • The customer can settle the fees through online transaction modes.
  • The owner of the vehicle can attain the certificate through SMS or e-mail, self-service machines or delivery services.

Customers can also use Mahboub Chatbot and self-service machines to renew their vehicle registration.

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