UAE’s Cross-Emirate Vehicle Transfer Process Simplified: Here’s How to Apply

Selling your vehicle to someone in another emirate in the UAE? The process of transferring vehicle ownership across Emirates is now streamlined, as long as the car doesn’t have unpaid fines or loans. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to navigate this hassle-free procedure.

Step 1: Check for Pending Fines and Loans

Before selling your Vehicle, ensure there are no pending fines. If fines exist, clear them with your local police and secure a Vehicle Clearance Certificate, valid for a month. Any unpaid loans on the vehicle must also be settled; obtain a clearance letter from your bank to proceed.

Step 2: Gather Essential Documents

For a seamless transfer, gather these documents:

  • Vehicle Clearance Certificate
  • Bank Clearance Letter
  • Original Emirates ID
  • Valid Vehicle Registration Card (mulkiya)
  • Valid Driving Licence

Step 3: Visit a Vehicle Registration Centre

Both buyer and seller must be present at a vehicle registration center, such as Shamil, Tasjeel, or Vehicle Inspection Centres (VIC) in Abu Dhabi.

Step 4: Obtain the Vehicle Transfer Certificate

Present the required documents, pay the service fee, and surrender the car’s number plate. You’ll receive an electronic ‘Vehicle Transfer Certificate’ via SMS and email within 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5: Buyer Completes Transfer

The buyer should take the transfer certificate to their emirate’s vehicle registration center to finalize the process. While there, they’ll purchase car insurance, undergo vehicle inspection, and receive a new license plate and registration card.

Cost Breakdown:

  • Dh100 – Vehicle Transfer Certificate (light vehicles)
  • Dh500 – Service fee for cross-emirate vehicle ownership transfer

Total: Dh600

This simplified procedure ensures a smooth transition of vehicle ownership across emirates, enhancing convenience for sellers and buyers alike.

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