How-to-transfer-ownership-of-vehicles-in-Abu-Dhabi-and-Dubai

In the UAE, owning a vehicle is quite common for both residents and expatriates.

However, with vehicle ownership comes the responsibility of ensuring proper legal documentation, especially when buying or selling a vehicle.

In this guide, we will discuss the detailed process of how to transfer car ownership in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two major Emirates.

How to transfer car ownership in Abu Dhabi?

To transfer car ownership in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE follow the following steps:

Step 1: Gathering required documents

Before starting the ownership transfer process, make sure you have the following documents ready:

  1. Vehicle Registration Card (Mulkiya): This is crucial for the seller to possess.
  2. Emirates ID: Both the seller and the buyer need to provide their Emirates ID.
  3. Passport and Visa: Copies of the seller’s and buyer’s passports along with their UAE residency visas.
  4. Insurance Certificate: Ensure you have a valid insurance certificate for the vehicle.
  5. Sale Agreement: It’s important to have a sale agreement signed.
  6. No Objection Certificate (NOC): If the vehicle is financed, obtain an NOC from the financing bank.

Step 2: Inspection of the vehicle

Both the seller and the buyer should bring the vehicle to an approved inspection center for a thorough examination to make sure that the vehicle meets safety and environmental regulations. The inspection certificate obtained from this process is an important component of the ownership transfer procedure.

Step 3: Clearing outstanding fines

Before proceeding with the transfer of ownership, check if there are any outstanding fines associated with the vehicle. These fines must be cleared before the transfer can be completed. You can pay fines online through the Abu Dhabi Police website.  

Step 4: Visiting the Traffic Department

To complete the transfer of ownership, both the buyer and seller must visit the Abu Dhabi Traffic Department or one of the approved vehicle registration centers.

Step 5: Completing the Transfer Application

Collect and Fill in the Vehicle ownership transfer application form at the registration center and submit it along with the documents discussed in the first step.

Step 6: Making the Payment

Pay the fees for the transfer process. The fees may vary based on the type and age of the car.

Step 7: Collecting the new registration card

After the transfer has been approved, you will receive a new registration card (Mulkiya) in the name of the new owner.

How to transfer car ownership in Dubai?

To transfer car ownership in Dubai follow the following steps:

Step 1: Gathering required documents

Before starting the ownership transfer process, make sure you have the following documents ready:

  1. Vehicle Registration Card (Mulkiya): This is crucial for the seller to possess.
  2. Emirates ID: Both the seller and the buyer need to provide their Emirates ID.
  3. Passport and Visa: Copies of the seller’s and buyer’s passports along with their UAE residency visas.
  4. Insurance Certificate: Ensure you have a valid insurance certificate for the vehicle.
  5. Sale Agreement: It’s important to have a sale agreement signed.
  6. No Objection Certificate (NOC): If the vehicle is financed, obtain an NOC from the financing bank.

Step 2: Inspection of the vehicle

Before completing the transfer process, take the car for inspection at an RTA-approved vehicle inspection center to make sure it meets the safety and environmental standards.

Step 3: Clearing outstanding fines

Check if there are any unpaid fines associated with the vehicle before the transfer process. If yes, you can pay them online through the Dubai Police website.

The fines can be due to breaking the car parking rules.

Step 4: Visiting the RTA

Both the buyer and seller must visit the nearest RTA or vehicle registration centers in Dubai that are approved.

Step 5: Completing the Transfer Application

Collect and Fill in the Vehicle ownership transfer application form at the registration center and submit it along with the documents discussed in the first step.

Step 6: Making the Payment

Pay the fees for the process. The fees may vary based on the type and age of the car.

Step 7: Collecting the new registration card

After the transfer has been approved, you will receive a new registration card (Mulkiya) in the name of the new owner.

Where to go for Ownership transfer in Dubai?

  • Al Qusais
  • Al Barsha
  • Warsan
  • Jebel Ali
  • Hatta

You can easily find the nearest center by visiting the TAMM services.

What are the Fees for Car ownership transfer?

Here is a breakdown of the service charges for transferring vehicle ownership in Dubai, which vary depending on the type of vehicle:

  1. Private or public light vehicles: AED 350
  2. Private vehicles weighing between 3-12 tonnes: AED 400
  3. Public vehicles weighing between 3-12 tonnes: AED 650
  4. Private vehicles exceeding a weight of 12 tonnes: AED 800
  5. Public vehicles exceeding a weight of 12 tonnes: AED 1,000
  6. Private light mechanical equipment: AED 500
  7. Public light mechanical equipment: AED 700
  8. Private heavy mechanical equipment: AED 800
  9. Public heavy mechanical equipment: AED 1,000
  10. Trailers and semi-trailers: AED 120
  11. Buses with several passengers between 14-26: AED 300
  12. Buses with several passengers exceeding 26: AED 600
  13. Motorcycles: AED 200

Additional fees:

  1. Selling agreement: AED 50
  2. Short number plate fee: AED 35
  3. Long number plate fee: AED 50
  4. Dubai-branded number plate fee: AED 200
  5. Luxury number plate fee: AED 500
  6. Expiry sticker fee: AED 10
  7. Knowledge and innovation fee: AED 20
The Terms and conditions for car ownership transfer in Dubai

When requesting to transfer vehicle ownership, you must meet the following terms and conditions:

  1. The customer (new buyer) or their legal representative must be present in person to apply for the process.
  2. If the seller of the vehicle is not available, the new buyer must provide a letter from an accredited showroom.
  3. All outstanding traffic fines must be paid by the new buyer before they can receive the service.
  4. The new buyer must clear the fee for changing vehicle ownership.
  5. When applying to transfer vehicle ownership, the buyer must also apply for registration, export, possession, or transfer service.

By visiting the Abu Dhabi Police e-services portal.

Yes, you can sell your car from abroad to UAE.

The car registration renewal fee is AED 350.

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