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The new rule

The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) kicked off a campaign making it mandatory for all motorists to upgrade to the new plates. RTA has requested that all car owners with owned registered number plates from A to Z to upgrade to the new plate design.


Why are we upgrading?

According to an earlier Gulf News report, Sultan Al Marzouqi, director of RTA’s Vehicle Licensing said “the RTA has developed a new strategy for number plates resulting in a new generation of number plates with double codes. This has accordingly resulted in the number plates to be changed to adopt the single and double codes with the same design language.”


How does the new number plate look like?

New Number Plates


How much will it cost to change it?

Depending on the size of the plates and colour of the logo, the prices of the plates vary.

New Number Plates


What is the process?

The RTA is enforcing the replacements to happen within the next two years.

The replacement will happen in phases.

Beginning in January next year, plates with codes D, E, F, G, H and I will have to be replaced, while in January 2020 replacement for codes J, K, L, M, N and O will start and following that in January 2021, it will be the turn of all unowned plates with codes P to Z as well as other types of plates.

Al Marzouqi also said that motorists with owned number plates willing to get the plates replaced can either proceed immediately to any of the RTA-affiliated vehicle testing and registration centres or get it replaced at the time of their scheduled renewal, while those with unowned number plates can wait till May to do the same.


How to change your license plate

Log on traffic.rta.ae  and follow the steps.

1. You will need your vehicle details including plate details.

2. Then you can select your style

3. You can add the coloured Dubai logo as well for an extra cost

4. Once you choose your new plates, you then have to select from a list of RTA centres, at which you can go and exchange your current number plate for the new one.

5. Make your payment on directly on the site, depending on which shape and colour you choose.