Having your own car can make life easier in this fast-paced world. But getting a driver’s licence is not enough. Car registration in Sharjah is a legal necessity that applies to all licenced drivers in the emirate. Anyone who buys a brand new or even a used car has to go through the process before he or she can take it out for a drive. Here is a quick guide to what to expect with car registration in Sharjah.
Getting Started with Car Registration in Sharjah
Cars can be registered in the name of an individual or an organisation. Driving a vehicle that’s not registered will lead to hefty fines and black points.
New Car Registration in Sharjah
Here is some good news for people who want to buy a brand new car. Registering a new car in Sharjah is the responsibility of the car agency. So if you’re buying a new machine, you need not worry about getting it registered for the first two years.
If you’re representing a car agency, the registration process, in fact, is simpler. Registering a new car in Sharjah has never been easier as everything is now digitalised. You can download the apps listed below or visit the websites to start the process.
- MOI smart application on Google Play or Apple Store
- MOI website
- Emirates vehicle gate website
The procedure for New Car Registration in Sharjah
One must follow a few steps to register a new car in Sharjah. First, you have to buy car insurance from an authorised company. Next, you can apply for registration from any of the service providers mentioned above and pay a car registration fee. You will be then be given a date to collect the car number plate, expiry sticker and Mulkiya (ownership card).
Usually, car owners have to clear all outstanding fines before getting the car registered. But this doesn’t apply to brand new vehicles.
Documents Required for Registering a New Car in Sharjah
You would require the following documents
- Emirates ID, passport copy and a residence visa copy
- Electronic car insurance
- Vehicle Clearance Certificate (VCC), possession transfer certificate or export certificate. You can also use the transfer certificate or possession certificate. In case the original export certificate is lost or misplaced, a replacement must be submitted.
- Add the mortgage electronically (if applicable)
- In case the car owner is a diplomat, he/she would need to submit a valid diplomatic ID and a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- To register your current vehicle in the name of your business, you will need an official letter in Arabic, endorsement of signature, an authorisation letter and a copy of the trade licence.
New Car Registration fees in Sharjah
You can expect to pay AED 400 as the new car registration fees in Sharjah.
Car Registration Duration in Sharjah
New Car registration remains valid for twelve months. Hence, it could be said that after the initial registration by the car agency, the car owner would have to go through the process again after a year. There is a thirty-day period where all maintenance and paperwork can be done. Insurance companies also offer a thirteen-month insurance period.
Car Registration Renewal in Sharjah
The process of car registration renewal in Sharjah is quite similar to getting the registration done for the first time. The only major difference is that after the initial two-year period, every car has to go through the inspection tests.
Car inspection in Sharjah
For the inspection, you will have to visit a vehicle testing centre. This assessment will confirm that the car is in a functional condition and will not be a hazard on the road. If there are any issues with the car tyres, brakes, steering, suspension systems, chassis or chassis attachments, they will have to be fixed.
Car inspection in Sharjah will cost you AED 170 per assessment. This means you’ll have to make the payment each time you visit the assessment centre. You can find car inspection centres in many Sharjah localities including Abu Shagara and Industrial Area 6.
Documents Required for Car Registration in Sharjah
You need to submit your valid Emirates ID, your driving licence, renewed insurance, the old registration card as well as the car assessment certification.
* Checking and clearing any pending Sharjah traffic fines before making the final application is also necessary.
Car registration renewal fees in Sharjah
You have to pay AED 350 as the car registration renewal fees.
How to submit for Car Registration Renewal in Sharjah
For in-person car registration renewal in Sharjah, you will have to visit the Car Registration Centres in Sharjah. Alternatively, online options include the MOI website, The MOI app and the Emirates Vehicle Gate website. Once your car is registered, you will be given a registration sticker. The process can take up to five working days.
If you have any questions, you can always call the Sharjah Police’s traffic management to get any clarity. The number is +971-6-566-0600.
Driving a vehicle that is not registered is a punishable offence. But fortunately, the authorities in the UAE have made the car registration process relatively seamless as long as you follow the right steps.
Before you go on to the road, read more about the traffic fines in Sharjah to avoid any hefty penalties and fines. Vehicle registration in Abu Dhabi is also a pretty simple process. The same could be said about Dubai car registration. To get to know more, read our Tasjeel Guide.