The government of the UAE has made the process of transferring the ownership of a vehicle rather simple and if all the paperwork is in order it should only take a short time to complete. If you are buying a new car and need to sell your old car, leaving the country and want to give your car to a friend or relative or whatever the reason may be, if you do not complete the procedure to transfer the ownership of the vehicle, it could result in a fine. If a car is being sold to a buyer in a different emirate, the car must be deregistered in the current emirate and then marked for export.
The first thing you need to do before you transfer the ownership is to clear any pending traffic fines or Salik (electronic toll road system) dues that are associated with the vehicle. The current owner and the new owner will have to be present at either the Dubai Traffic Police HQ or RTA licensing centre to complete the process of transferring vehicle ownership. Let’s take a step-by-step look at the transfer process.
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As with all transactions, documentation plays an important role.
The seller must have the following documents in place to start the process:
1) Emirates ID.
2) Mulkiya (vehicle registration card).
3) Original passport copy.
4) Residence visa.
5) The final loan payment confirmation (if the car was bought using a bank loan).
6) NOC (no-objection certificate) from the bank if the car loan is not fully paid off.
7) Vehicle’s technical inspection certificate.
The buyer must have the following documents ready:
1) Emirates ID.
2) Drivers license.
4) Valid residence visa (for non-GCC expats)
5) insurance policy (must be terminated or transferred to the buyer).
What to do at the Dubai Traffic Police HQ or an RTA licensing centre?
Once both the seller and buyer are at the Dubai Traffic Police HQ or an RTA licensing centre, submit all the relevant documents and the filled-out vehicle permit application form for the new owner at the registration desk. If all the documents are in order and all the fines are paid, it takes less than 10 minutes to process and print the new registration card (mulkiya) with the new owner’s name. There is a transfer fee that needs to be paid by the new owner depending on the type and size of the vehicle.
The previous owner will get a copy of the new registration card so that he/she can submit it to their insurance company to claim a refund. It is advisable to keep a copy as proof that the car has been sold in case any problems arise later. In cases where the owner of the car has passed on, a representative has to get a letter issued along with a death certificate from a court to transfer the ownership of the car.
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