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DUBAI – The switch to online vehicle registration and renewal in Dubai took effect on Sunday, a day after the transport authority announced that only virtual cards will be issued from August 1.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced that the permanent online registration cards are valid for a lifetime.
The virtual registration cards will not have an expiry date.
“The new system will ensure that no plastic cards are issued every year, while the virtual cards will also come without an expiry date. This means a person will register his vehicle once when he buys it and later it is renewed annually after purchase of insurance and passing of the technical test,” said Sultan Al Marzouqi, director of Vehicles Licensing at RTA’s Licensing Agency.
Once the vehicle inspection is completed, the renewal of registration can be done either through the RTA’s Dubai Drive mobile application, through its website www.rta.ae or through its call centre (8009090).
As soon as the registration renewal is done, the motorist will get an email copy of the e-registration card and it will also reflect on the personal dashboard of the RTA’s app, Al Marzouqi said.
The fees for the first online renewal and registration of the vehicles remains at Dh400, while the annual renewal costs Dh350.
The e-registration card will be accepted at all borders and other foreign countries, Al Marzouqi said.
Motorists who want to avoid the annual renewal process can opt for the auto-renewal option using the e-wallet.
The e-wallet could be topped up either using the Nol card or any credit card. GAD/Expat Media
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