Re-Register a vehicle in Abu Dhabi

When you first buy a car in Abu Dhabi, you must register it at the Vehicle Licensing Department, you must also re-register each subsequent year.

If your car is 3 years or older you must have an inspection carried out before you can re-register.

This post provides information on the process, cost and documents required in order to re-register your vehicle, as well as getting around some common problems.

First of all you will need the following:

  • Your vehicle
  • Insurance certificate, with your insurance starting on the same day as the day (Some readers have recently confirmed they successfully registered 7 days after getting their insurance) you want to re-register your vehicle
  • Driving license
  • Vehicle registration card
  • 100 AED for registration fees
  • 5 AED for the year sticker
  • 10 AED for any late registration fees (10 AED for every month)
  • 120 AED for an inspection if your car is over 3 years old

Location of Vehicle Licensing Department

Location of license an traffic department: on murour rd (4th or new airport rd) in between 25th and 27th street

The opening hours are: Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Google Maps Link

You will not be allowed to re-register your car unless all fines for all vehicles registered to you are paid. It is strongly recommended to check for fines and pay online before visiting the licensing department. The easiest way to pay, check and keep up to date with traffic fines is by registering on If you have any fines that show “Un-Payable” on the website, please see the related section below.

If you need to know the location of any of your traffic fines, you can check this article here.

If your car is less than 3 years old you can skip the inspection section and jump straight to Re-Registration.

Vehicle Inspection Process

  1. Pay 120 AED at the cashier, he will give you a piece of paper to give to the testing engineer
  2. Take your Vehicle to a workshop lane, the testing engineer will rip the bottom off your piece of paper and hand you back the top of it
  3. Once the test is complete take the piece of paper you were given to the vehicle test reception and you will be handed a piece of paper with passed or failed on it.
  4. If it fails for anything you can take it to the workshop just across the car park to get the work done. If the work can be done quick enough you can normally ask the testing guy to wait for the work to be done before he issues the test result. Otherwise you will need to go to the cashier and pay 50aed for a retest after you have correct the fault. Normally a retest does not need to be done, instead have a chat with the testing supervisor, explain the corrective work you have done and he should pass your car without a full retest.

Vehicle Re-Registration Process

  1. Take your Vehicle Registration Card, Insurance Certificate and Inspection Pass Certificate (if your car needed a test) to the main reception to get a ticket with a number on it
  2. Once your number is called, hand in everything at the registration desk
  3. You will be asked for the money and asked to pay any fines
  4. Once complete you will receive a sticker with the month and year of expiration and a new Vehicle Registration Card
  5. Place the sticker on your registration plate (For the location of the sticker, there is a small picture on each registration desk showing the correct location)

Un-Payable fines

You will be unable to pay the fine for some driving offenses online or at the registration desk, these are normally the more serious offenses such as driving 60+kph above the limit, there are also some occasions where they request to impound your car.

Update 2013: To pay un-payable fines you must now go to the Traffic engineering and road safely building which is on Street Number 21, just past Street number 4 on your right hand side (Google Maps Link).
You need to take your vehicle registration card and driving license to the traffic violations department. They will add your black points to your driving license there and this will allow you to pay your fine. You can pay by credit card or cash.

If they request to impound your car, you can normally pay a fine for each day they suggest it should be impounded to avoid loosing your car for a while.



  1. timmy Said:

    Great and very helpful post. I read this before i went today and it saved me some time.

    I would just add to make it more detailed.

    From the entrance to the test yard, park your card in any available spot and go the main reception to the right with your vehicle registration and pay AED 120 to get your receipt.

    Then take your vehicle and queue up outside the bay.
    You will not be allowed to queue up until you have the receipt.

    If you have someone to go instead of yourself to the reception to pay the money, you could save at least 20-30 mins in the queue, depending on the nos. of cars waiting.

    Once in the queue, and you have reached the exhaust testing area, you leave the car, keys to the attendant and wait at the end of testing area for the car to finish all the testing.
    Follow the rest of the steps above.

    Do factor in at least 2 hrs for the whole process, if you are going on a weekday, morning and assuming your vehicle has passed the test.

    • timmy Said:

      OR, you could just get your insurance provider, Auto assist, autopal to do this renewal, testing for you ;-).
      They come and pick up your car and get it done for you. Just have to pay them the standard fees. The service is FREE.

    • Zakki Said:

      Can anybody tell me that is there any vehicle usage/age limit to renew the vehicle license. I mean until what period the vehicle license can be renewed in UAE like 20 years old or 30 years old vehicle etc?

      Or there is no such rule, as long as vehicle is working good and passed from Licensing Authority we can use it and renew it.

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