Do you undergo nostalgia on remembering the beloved vehicle that you use to drive in your home country?

Or maybe you desire to bring it here in UAE? But the very first question stopping you from such an idea is “HOW to?” Do not worry, as you read along you’ll get to know the full details of the processes which are required to import the vehicle in UAE.

Firstly, if you’re planning to relocate to the UAE need to know the country drives on the right side of the road (driver’s seat on the left of the cabin). Hence, cars from countries with other side driving can’t be registered in the UAE. Moreover, you should possess a valid UAE resident visa and a local driving license if you are to import the car in UAE.

Lastly, the age of the car must be no less than 10 years. Otherwise one will have to check with Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) prior to shipping.

Now before initiating the import process, ensure the following documents:

  • Original invoice of the vehicle to prove ownership and value.
  • Certificate of Origin to validate the origin of the vehicle.
  • Your original passport, driving license and visa.
  • Original shipping receipt.
  • Cash or cheque to pay for the customs fees.

Collection of the vehicle


Once the vehicle is shipped to UAE, they ought to go through clearance procedures at the given point of entry such as Ajman Port, JAFZA, etc. Import officers will validate the vehicle and once satisfied, they would set a fee of 5% of the cars worth in the UAE. After clearing the upfront fee, they’ll issue a clearance certificate costing around 4,700 AED + 700 AED for container inspection. After clearing, blue export plates will be given to attaching to the front and rear bumpers. These plates come at the cost of 60 AED and an additional 10 AED for the clearance certificate.

Vehicle Testing


Okay, now you’re good to go and it’s time to get the vehicle inspected, insured, and finally registered. Vehicle inspection companies are all over the Emirate. However, the top two Vehicle Testing Center recommendations from RTA are:

  • Tasjeel
  • Tamam

These are the documents which you’ll have to submit prior testing:

  • Your passport, Emirates ID and driving license.
  • Custom clearance papers.
  • Import credentials.

The vehicle will go through several tests in order to prove it’s safety and durability to drive within the country. After the test, you should submit a required amount depending on the type of the vehicle.

Registration and Insurance of the Vehicle

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After your car qualifies the inspection, you can start the registration and insurance process. UAE has an enumerating list of companies who ensure imported cars. And, if your car is more than ten years old, then you have to opt for a third party insurance.

These Documents are required for insurance:

  • Vehicle Testing Report.
  • Original Passport, Driver’s license, and Emirates ID

Once your car is insured, you are left with a step away to drive it legally in UAE’s roads. The last of the step is to get registered with RTA (Road and Transport Authority).

Ensure these things before you go for RTA’s registration:

  • Proof of purchase.
  • Complete application form.
  • Blue export number plates.
  • Insurance documents.
  • Customs clearance letter.
  • Original driving license, passport and visa.
  • Additional proof of residency e.g utility bill or rental agreement
  • Vehicle testing clearance

Submit these documents in the RTA office. Once done, finally, you’ll receive white number plates and a registration card for your vehicle. Please do not forget to keep this registration card in your vehicle at all times.

Congratulations! Now you can proudly drive your pride all over the seven Emirates legally.

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