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The process of buying a vehicle in the UAE is fairly straightforward, particularly when buying a new vehicle as the car dealer will typically handle most of the paperwork. New vehicles must be insured and registered annually, but they don’t need to be inspected at a test centre for the first two years.


  • Be a UAE resident
  • Have your UAE driving licence
  • Have the finances in place to purchase a car
What to bring
  • Passport with residence visa (original and copy)
  • Resident ID
  • UAE driving licence (original and copy)
  • Finance (loan, credit agreement or cash)

Visit www.adcb.com to apply for a car loan.


  • Find a vehicle you would like to purchase.
  • Arrange vehicle finance if necessary.
  • Request number plates from the licensing authority in your emirate.
  • Insure the vehicle and register it with the traffic police in your emirate.
  • The above procedures will probably all be done for you if you purchase the vehicle from a dealer.

The responsible transport authorities in the UAE include the Drivers Licensing Department (DLD) in Abu Dhabi, Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority, Ajman Public Transport Corporation, Fujairah Transport Corporation, Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority, and Umm Al Quwain Municipality will be able to provide further advice.