Motorists in Dubai can now have their vehicles registered automatically via the e-wallet service of the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai. The service includes private as well as commercial, and is currently limited to light vehicles only.

The Roads and Transport Authority announced on Wednesday that the automatic renewal service is now available for the aforementioned class of vehicles and can be availed free of charge. The service will also enable people to avoid fines for missing the due date for registration every year.

The online registration renewal service is especially helpful to owners of vehicles that are less than three years old which don’t require annual testing. Older vehicles can also avail the facility with the renewal processed automatically once the vehicle passes inspection. The move comes in the wake of RTA digitising vehicle registration and renewal services. “The automatic renewal of vehicle registration service is part of our plan for migration to online services. The service is now live for both commercial and personal vehicles through RTA’s website (www.rta.ae),” said Jamal Al Sada, Director, Vehicle Licensing, at RTA’s Licensing Agency.

To avail the renewal service, motorists have to first sign up for RTA’s e-wallet and top up the account at www.nol.ae. The account can be recharged using a credit card or via Al Ansari Exchange. “The e-wallet is a free service enabling clients to pay for the service fees. To be able to use this service, the client needs to first create an e-wallet account, then fill out the required information, link the e-wallet with the licensing services and add credit to the account,” added Al Sada.

Once you have signed in to the e-wallet, you can apply for automatic renewal service. It can be accessed from RTA’s list of licensing services from its online portal under the tag ‘automatic renewal’. Motorists can opt to renew their vehicles’ registration up to 90 days before the expiry date. The service also allows people to choose what amount fines to pay through the e-wallet.

“If you have more than one vehicle registered under your name and you have fines for all the vehicles, you can complete the registration of the vehicle that is due, without paying the fines for the other vehicles,” said Al Sada. After the activation of the e-wallet, applicants need to verify their e-mail address, select delivery mode for the new registration card, add vehicle details and confirm the subscription to the service. Once the application is processed, applicants will receive a text message confirming their subscription to the facility.

Al Sada added, “The plastic registration card will be sent only to those who don’t have the lifetime vehicle registration card. Those who have the lifetime card will only receive a virtual card on their RTA smartphone app dashboard and they will also receive a certificate will all vehicle details through email.” Renewal of vehicle registration costs Dh350 and new vehicle registration costs Dh400.