Registering Your Motorcycle in the UAE After a Delay

Learn about penalties for delayed UAE motorcycle registration

This article is specifically for those who own a motorcycle in the UAE that they haven’t registered for a few years. You might be wondering if are there any penalties involved if you try to sell or register it now?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Driving/riding a motorcycle with expired registration means fines, black points and motorcycle being impounded
  • In the UAE, there are typically fines associated with late vehicle registration renewals. This applies to motorcycles as well. If you renew your motorcycle registration after the expiry date, you will be subject to a monthly late fee of AED 25. The late fee will be calculated from the day after the expiry date.The exact amount can vary depending on the Emirate you’re in and the duration of the delay.
  • The good news is that these fines are usually not excessive. Common delays of a few years typically result in manageable penalties.
  • Instead of dwelling on potential fines, prioritize getting your motorcycle officially registered. This ensures you’re road-legal and avoids any complications while riding.
Photo credit: MOI UAE

Here’s what to do:

  1. Contact your local traffic authority: Each Emirate has its own traffic authority. Find the one in your area (Dubai Traffic Police, Sharjah Traffic Department, etc.) and contact them directly. They’ll provide the most up-to-date information on registration fees and any applicable late penalties.
  2. Gather required documents: This typically includes your passport, motorcycle ownership documents (purchase receipt or registration certificate from another country), and proof of insurance.
  3. Pay the fees: Once you have all the documents, head to the traffic authority office and settle any outstanding fees, including registration and potential late penalties.
  4. Get registered: With the payments settled, you’ll be able to finalize the registration process and receive your official motorcycle registration documents.
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Remember: It’s always best to avoid registration delays. But if you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to get registered. The process is straightforward, and the penalties are usually manageable.

Ride safe!

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