What You Must Know Before You Get Your Car For An Inspection By RTA

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE YOU GET YOUR CAR FOR AN INSPECTION BY RTA

The driver must ensure the following requirements are met prior to a vehicle test:

  • Clean vehicle.
  • Clean vehicle plate number.
  • Remove underside cover, if present.
  • Make sure the safety triangle, spare wheel and fire extinguisher (as applicable to your vehicle category) are in a visible/accessible location.
  • No advertisements and/or stickers of any sort on the vehicle without prior approval from the RTA.

What documentation do I need?

The following documentation must be present when performing a vehicle test:

  • Vehicle registration card. However to perform vehicle registration, you must:
  • Ensure that the vehicle test (if applicable) is performed and a valid vehicle insurance policy is obtained.
  • Present the following documents: o Emirates ID. Vehicle Registration card. Commercial license copy (applicable for commercial customers only).

What is the validity of the test?

The test certificate issued by the RTA is valid for 30 days from the issue date. You must complete the transaction following the test within the test certificate validity period.

What are the requirements before I visit the Vehicle Test Center?

The driver must ensure the following requirements are met prior to a vehicle test:

  • Clean vehicle.
  • Clean vehicle plate number.
  • Remove underside cover, if present.
  • Make sure the safety triangle, spare wheel and fire extinguisher (as applicable to your vehicle category) are in a visible/accessible location.
  • No advertisements and/or stickers of any sort on the vehicle without prior approval from the RTA.

What documentation do I need?

The following documentation must be present when performing a vehicle test:

  • Vehicle registration card.

However to perform vehicle registration, you must:

  • Ensure that the vehicle test (if applicable) is performed and a valid vehicle insurance policy is obtained.
  • Present the following documents.
  • Emirates ID.
  • Vehicle Registration card.
  • Commercial license copy (applicable for commercial customers only).

When is the last day I can test my vehicle?

For registration renewal, the vehicle test can be performed up to 6 months prior to the expiry of the vehicle registration. In the case where the vehicle test is not performed within 6 months of expiry of the vehicle registration, the test must be performed no later than 1 month after expiry of the vehicle registration in order to avoid penalties of any form.

What are the consequences if I do not pass the Vehicle test?  

In the event of a failed vehicle test, you must repair the vehicle defects within 30 days, in which 2 vehicle re‐tests are permitted. In the event, you do not obtain a valid test certificate, then you will bear the following consequences:

  • Road usage charge – the Customer will be charged with monetary fine by the RTA Vehicle Licensing department for every additional day the vehicle is not renewed.
  • No vehicle registration – You will not be able to renew your vehicle.
  • Fine from Dubai Police or other Emirates Police if unable to present a valid vehicle registration.
  • Renewal of commercial license – fleet operators will not be able to renew their commercial license if more than 10% of their fleet is not registered. Effective 01st Jan, 2013, only 1 re‐test attempt is permitted within 30 days of the issue date of the initial test certificate. Upon failure of the re‐test, you are required to perform a fresh vehicle test.

Where can I go for a re‐test?

The re‐test can be performed in any Vehicle Testing Center branch, but must be performed in within the same Vehicle Test Company as the initial test.  

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