RTA Renewal

Generally known as RTA, the Roads and Transport Authority, is the major independent government roads & transportation authority in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The RTA website is an online gate for all online services for Dubai traffic, fines, licensing, public transport, registration, NOL and transport business. Its main aim is to develop & manage integrated and sustainable roads & transportation systems at a superlative level, and support Dubai’s vision through shaping the future, developing policies and legislations, adopting technologies, innovations & world-class practices and standards.

Along with many other services RTA provides you with this facility that enables you to renew the driving license, vehicle registration, learner’s permit, parking card and ownership of a vehicle registered in Dubai.

Here we are going to help you provide with all the details you need to know about the Process, Cost, Time duration and Documentation you required to go through each renewal procedure.

RTA Driving License Renewal

This service enables you to apple for renewing driving license. So before discussing any other renewal process, it’s important to be aware of the eligibility criteria to get a driving licence in Dubai.

Eligibility

  • Residents aged 21 years and above are eligible for a driving licence in Dubai.
    • Residents younger than 21 years can apply for a probationary driving licence. You can apply for a driving test, six months after you get the first-time learner permit.

Required documents

  • For all nationalities
    • For customers younger than 21 years old
  • Original valid Emirates ID
  • For customers older than 21 years old
  • Original valid Emirates ID
  • Eye test according to the required category.

Validity

  • Below 21 Years old: 1 Year
  • Above 21 years old: 10 years for citizens and 5 years for residents and GCC citizens.

Service fees

For customers younger than 21-years-old

  • 100 AED for renewing a driver licence
  • + 20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

For customers older than 21-years-old

  • 300 AED for renewing a driver licence
  • + 20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Note: The fine for the delay in renewing the driving licence for less than 10 years is 10 AED per month, with a maximum of 500 AED. If it was expired for more than 10 years, the customer is only allowed to renew it after passing the road test.

Process time

  • 3-5 working days

Procedure

RTA has familiarised many ways to renew the driving licence online.

Website

The RTA official website offers an easy and comprehensive to use tool for online Dubai licence renewal. Either to apply for a new licence or renew a previous one just follow these steps:

  • Go to the RTA official website and browse through The Driver and Car Owner Services tab > click Driving License Service > Upload required documents > Pay Fees/ fines if applicable.
  • The applicant has to undergo a mandatory eye test at one of the eye test centres
  • You will receive a temporary driver’s licence that you can print for use until the original licence is ready
  • The temporary licence is valid for 5 to 15 working days
  • Receive your driver’s licence from Happiness Centres at Al Barsha or Deira
  • You can also get your new licence delivered by paying AED 25 in additional shipping charges.
  • MOBILE APP

The RTA ‘Dubai Drive App’ offers a convenient way to renew your driver’s licence. The app is available for both Android and iOS.

CALL CENTRE

Apply for renewal of driver’s licence from the official RTA Call Centre. Here are the different steps involved through call centre:

Call the RTA call centre at 8009090 and speak to the agent about licence renewal

  • Provide the agent with your RTA driver’s licence number
  • Pay the fees or fines with a credit card
  • Receive a temporary licence through email
  • The temporary licence is valid for 5 to 15 working days
  • Receive your driver’s licence from Happiness Centres at Al Barsha or Deira
  • Get your licence delivered by paying AED 25 in additional shipping charges.
  • SERVICE CENTRE

There are numerous driving licence renewal centres in Dubai. Some of these centres have eye testing facility as well. All you need to do is visit any eye test centre and get your eyes tested. Once your tests are clear, apply for driver’s licence renewal. Pay all the required fees and fines. Get a print out of the temporary licence from any of the Customer Happiness Centres. Here is a list of Customers Happiness Centres:

Customer Happiness Centre

  • Umm Ramool (Eye testing facility not available)
  • Al Manarah (Eye testing facility available)
  • Al Towar (Eye testing facility available)
  • Deira (Eye testing facility available)
  • Al Barsha (Eye testing facility available)
  • Al Kifaf (Eye testing facility not available)
  • Al Aweer (Eye testing facility not available)
  • Hatta Tasjeel Centre.

LICENSE RENEWAL FROM KIOSKS

Apart from online services and RTA Service centres across Dubai, another option is to apply for a licence renewal at the RTA kiosks. The procedure is same as licence renewal through any Service Centres. Various kiosks for driver’s licence renewal in Dubai are:

  • Umm Ramool
  • Deira
  • Al Barsha
  • Al Manarah
  • Al Towar
  • Al Aweer
  • Al Kifaf
  • Speed Fit
  • Tasjeel Al Tawar
  • Barsha Tasjeel
  • Quick Cars Testing
  • Muhaisna Shamil
  • Tamam Vehicle Testing
  • Al Qusais Tasjeel
  • Wasel Belhasa

Eye testing centres

As an essential part of the Dubai driving licence renewal process, here are the various eye test centres in Dubai.

  • Dubai Optical
  • Yateem Optician
  • Malak Typing – Photocopying & Optical
  • Emirates Driving Institute – Eye Test
  • Salik Optical
  • Barakat Optical
  • Belhasa Driving Centre – Eye Test
  • Al Jaber Optical Centre
  • Executive Optical Centre
  • International Optical
  • Leen Optics
  • Grand Optics
  • Rivoli Eye Zone

RTA Car/Vehicle Renewal

This service allows you to renew the ownership of your car/vehicle registered in Dubai.  Individual customers and companies are eligible to apply for this service.

Required documents

For individuals (citizens and residents), political and diplomatic bodies and their members, agencies and institutions, commercial companies and owners of fleets and facilities

  1. Passing the traffic safety test
  2. Vehicle insurance certificate.

Service fees

Service fee applies according to the vehicle type and the commercial activity. Fee range between 120 AED to 1300 AED. But if the ownership has been expired for more than a year, the fees increase accordingly from.

Process time

  • Online channels: 3 working days
  • Self Service Machines: 5 minutes
  • Service providers: 5 minutes
  • Call centre: Instantly.

Average waiting time

  • Online channels: instantly
  • Self Service Machines: instantly
  • Service providers: 5 minutes
  • Call Centre: instantly.

Validity

  • 1 year.

What you will get

  • Vehicle ownership certificate
  • Vehicle ownership registration expiry sticker.

Process channels

You can process through any one of the 5 channels.

  • Website (www.rta.ae)
  • Mobile app
  • Self-service machines
  • Service providers
  • Call centre (800-9090)

Online car renewal

  • The customer enters the required information.
  • The customer is required to settle the service fees by credit card.
  • The customer receives the ownership certificate and the sticker through 1 of the following channels:
    • Through the Customer Happiness Centre in Deira or Al Barsha
    • Through self-service machines by entering the details of the transaction. The customer receives the service from the printer of the self-service machine.

Self-service machines

  • The customer chooses online services.
  • The customer proceeds to the desired service and enters the vehicle’s details.
  • The customer receives the ownership certificate and the sticker from the printer of the self-service machines.

There are 12 self service machine centres from where you can renew your car registration.

Service providers

  • The customer heads to the service provider where he submits the required documents.
  • The company inspects the vehicle.
  • The customer is required to settle the service fees.
  • The customer receives the ownership certificate and the sticker.

Service provider throughout in Dubai are following:

Call centre

  • The customer contacts the call centre on the following number: 8009090.
  • The customer requests the renewal of the vehicle ownership certificate.
  • The customer is required to pay the fees by credit card.
  • The customer receives the temporary ownership by email.
  • The customer receives the certificate and the sticker through 1 of the following channels:
    • Through the Customer Happiness Centre in Deira or Al Barsha
    • Through self-service machines by entering the details of the transaction. The customer receives the service from the printer of the self-service machine.

RTA Car Mulkiya renewal

Mulkiya is an old vehicle registration card (Mulkiya) from the seller. The course of Car Mulkiya renewal is very simple. There are several car insurances companies which provide this service. Get your vehicle tested at the any test centres first and have all your dues cleared to the authorities.

Required documents

  1. Your old Mulkiya
  2. Driving License
  3. Emirates Id 
  4. Valid residence visa 
  5. Valid insurance of next year. 
  6. You should pass all your vehicle mandatory tests and 
  7. Recipient of any related fines. 

Delivery Time

  • 3-5 working days.

Service fee

The fees for the renewal of the Vehicle license is AED 350

PROCESS

1-    Get Car Insurance

Once you have the required documents, purchase the insurance online from any insurance company which provide the services for renewal. There is also a facility for taking car insurance in advance. The car insurance companies can set the date according to your requirement. You can get the quotations from the car insurance companies and according to your requirements.

 If your vehicle registration expires you get a grace period of 30 days from the date expiry. The grace period is issued to maintenance work for the vehicle. Moreover, it is illegal to drive with expired insurance. If you are caught then you will be penalised hefty fines minimum AED 500. There will be four black points added to the violator and the vehicle will be impounded for 7 days. 

2-    Prepare your Car

Now prepare your car for the test. Wash it clean your car and put all safety equipped tools. Check the air pressure of tyres and make sure that it is accurate. 

3-    Pay all pending penalties

Motor insurance is valid for twelve months. You have to pay all your pending fines before applying for Mulkiya renewal. Make sure you clear all your penalties in case if you have any black points or blocked fines. The black points can be paid only at the vehicle registration centres.

4-    Car Testing 

For first two years there is no need for car testing, if your car is new. But if your vehicle is older than three years you have to get the car tested at the testing centre. For this, you can visit RTA vehicle testing centres or Tasjeel Centre.

The car inspector will inspect your car at the testing bay. You have to show your emirates id and driving licence and to pay the testing fee of AED 170. It approximately takes 20 to 40 minutes to complete the test and the test is valid for 30 days. If the test fails then the owner must get all the required repairs and pass the test again.

Once you have completed the car test and have all documents ready then you can go renewal through the online or in person. 

RTA Vehicle testing Centres

  • Taman
  • Tasjeel
  • Shamil
  • Wasel
  • Mumayaz
  • Shirawi

Online Mulkiya Renewal

  • Download the Abu Dhabi Police app 
  • Register on the app. 
  • Enter your Emirates id number to get registration. 
  • You will get the option for renewing the registration card. 

After you pay the fee you have to submit the relevant documents, give your address, contact number and other details for shipment of your document.

Also Read: Dubai Metro Map

RTA’s Seasonal parking card

The RTA has introduced virtual parking cards which will replace the physical cards, by being certain that the payment is updated on the centralised system. This service by RTA enables you to obtain seasonal cards for light vehicles to use public parking in Dubai according to the code applied to the plate without having to settle the fees every time you use parking.

Required documents

  1. Copy of the valid vehicle ownership certificate.

Validity

The validity varies according to the subscription 30 days, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.

Service fees

Subscription card “General” that allows its holder to park in public parking (Zone A, B, C and D)

  • 500 AED for 30 days.
  • 1,400 AED for 3 months
  • 2,500 AED for 6 months
  • 4,500 AED for 1 year.

Subscription card “Plots” that allows its holder to park in public parking (Zone B and D)

  • 250 AED for 30 days.
  • 700 AED for 3 months
  • 1,300 AED for 6 months
  • 2,400 AED for 1 year.

Process time

  • Mobile application: few minutes
  • Website: 2 working days in case it was related to more than one vehicle and the costumer asked to receive it through a courier company
  • Self Service Machines: few minutes
  • Customer happiness centres: 10 minutes depending on the centre’s workload.

Average waiting time

  • Website: instantly
  • Mobile application: instantly
  • Self Service Machines: few minutes
  • Customer happiness centres: 10 minutes.

Process

Step-by-step process on how you can apply for your parking card in Dubai:

Open the website (www.rta.ae) > Click on ‘Driver and Car Owner’ > Select the ‘Parking’ category > Click on ‘Seasonal parking card’ > In Step 1, you have to add the vehicle details > Then Select your ‘parking category’ > Enter your personal details like your full name, contact details and email address > And confirm your credit card details and make the payment.

RTA Learner’s permit Renewal

This service enables you to apply for renewal of your driving learner’s permit within Dubai. You can renew your learners driving permit by visiting any driving institute in Dubai. There are at least 18 driving institutes from where you can renew your learner’s permit. To apply you will need to submit your expiring / expired learning permit. You may also renew your permit through the mobile application.

Eligibility

Any Individual, citizens and residents are eligible to apply for this service.

Required documents

  1. Original Emirates ID.

Service fees

  • 100 AED for renewing a driving learning permit for the following categories: motorcycle, light motor vehicle, light automatic vehicle, light equipment
  • 200 AED for renewing a driving learning permit for the following categories: heavy vehicle, heavy bus, light bus, heavy equipment
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Process time

  • 1 visit to the driving institute.

Average waiting time

  • Up to 10 minutes.

Validity

3 months.

Process

Through driving institutes

  • The customer submits the original Emirates ID.
  • You are required to settle the fees.
  • Now you receives the renewed learning permit from the driving institute.

Through mobile app

  • Simply upload the required documents.
  • Settle the fees through your credit card.
  • Once your application and payment is processed you will receive your learning permit via email.

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