UAE | Traffic and Transport

UAE vehicle licensing, registration now uniform

Procedures can be completed in any emirate

  • By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 November 26, 2009
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • The new driving licences and registrations (pictured above) will soon be unified among all emirates.
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Abu Dhabi: Essential traffic services such as payment of traffic fines incurred in any of the seven emirates, renewal of car registrations and renewal of driver licences may be completed in any emirate from December 6.

Authorities unveiled a service on Wednesday called Injaz, which allows 13 traffic services to be accessed through any traffic department in the country.

Motorists may avail of these services regardless of the place of issue of their licence or the place of residence/employment of the driver. There will be no additional charges to use the services.

"With Injaz drivers will not have to travel to the emirate where their licence was issued to avail of these basic services. This will make procedures easy and smooth for motorists", said Colonel Gaith Hassan Al Za'abi, Director of the Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior.

Up until now, fines incurred in a particular emirate could only be paid in the respective traffic department. Also, drivers who held a licence or vehicle registration card from one emirate could only renew or replace it in the same emirate.

However, Injaz, which means accomplishment in Arabic, unifies the services.

Major Saif Al Za'abi, of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Section, said the preparations for the project had been going on for several months. "It is the result of collective efforts of all traffic departments", he said.

Meanwhile, also beginning December 6, driving licences and vehicle registration cards issued by traffic departments in the country will sport the same look.

"Earlier each emirate-issued card looked different, but now every driver in the country will have similar looking licences and vehicle registration card", said Colonel Anwar Abdullah Al Mulla, Director of IT and Telecom department at the ministry.

The new cards are not just uniform in appearance, but come with enhanced security features such as a hologram label and UV tagging, Colonel Al Mulla said. These will help detect fake or altered cards.

He said older cards could peel, either due to wear and tear or a deliberate act, but any attempt to peel the new cards would lead to the information coming off. Number plates in each of the emirates will continue to be different.

Earlier this year officials conducted two workshops, with the participation of all stakeholders, to come to a consensus on the unification of driving licensing procedures across the country.

Methods of training and conducting tests were found to be widely different by expert consultants hired by the ministry.

Moves to simplify insurance

Abu Dhabi: In another move to simplify services, the ministry is coordinating with insurance companies. When people approach insurance companies to insure their vehicles the data entered will automatically be available electronically to the traffic departments.

"This will speed up the process for motorists. To date, we have entered into an agreement with 13 insurance companies. Over time, our aim is to link with all insurance companies. Work is progressing on this front", said Colonel Gaith Hassan Al Za'abi, Director of the Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior.

The companies include Al Wathba insurance, Fujairah insurance, Al Ain Al Ahlia insurance, Ras Al Khaimah insurance, Al Dhafra, Takafal, Emirates insurance, Dubai insurance, Iran insurance, Abu Dhabi national insurance, Buhaira insurance, Dar Al Takaful and Arabian Scandinavian Insurance.


Payment of traffic fines

Renewal and replacement of driver licences

Renewal of vehicle registration card

Issuance of duplicate cards

Replacement of damaged cards

Permission to change colour of vehicle

Permission for vehicle modification

Reservation of number plate

Issuance of ownership certificate

Certificate for vehicles to be taken outside the country by tourists

Export certificate

Import certificate

Clearance certificate for number plates from GCC and Arab nations

Source: Interior ministry

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Comments (11)

  1. Added 18:26 November 26, 2009


    Jowher, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:52 November 26, 2009

    Difinitely it is fantastic move to have such a facility to have my car registered anywhere in the emirates. Really the effort by the authority is commendable.

    Mansour Bari, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:51 November 26, 2009

    This is a real good initiative taken by the Traffic Dept. Appreciate the positive step the Govt. takes to ease life of residents.

    Lewis, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:56 November 26, 2009

    Its a good move from the authorities

    Aniyanmon, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:38 November 26, 2009

    It's a really nice move by the authorities to unify the licensing system. This can reduce a lot of hassles for the motorists.

    Anirudh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:49 November 26, 2009

    Really a good move but learining new driving of car in abu dhabi is very far and only one approved center in mussafah. but more driving centers are required in abu dhabi inside city and learning car should and can be done in any emirate.

    Balasubramanian, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:12 November 26, 2009

    Its really a good news for me and I hope this will be a great job that the authorities have come forward with. Now people holding a different emirates licence can even get all facilities from the current emirates they live in. I’m having a RAK license and I live in Dubai, so far as the law is going to be implemented it will be a great thing. having a unified licence is very good so that the further procedures in any matters can be done without any delay and people who change job from emirates to emirates doesn’t need to keep on changing the licence now. Good job.

    Shemeer Babu Ummer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:13 November 26, 2009

    Unifying the traffic system is a fantastic idea. This will ease the lives of the people. Thank you for this great initiative.

    Syed Tahir, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 07:56 November 26, 2009

    This is a wonderful move.

    Mohammad Naqi, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 07:45 November 26, 2009

    Excellent approach. Its a real good move. What about the vehicle registration and renewal fees? In Abu Dhabi and Al Ain the registration renewal fees is only Dh100, but in Dubai it is Dh350.

    Abraham Joseph, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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