Car registration in Qatar. All car owners must register their vehicle (this costs QR100) at the Traffic Department. Take the car, along with a completed (downloadable) application form, sponsor’s letter, and documents to prove the car is insured for one-year. Hukoomi provides plenty of information on vehicle registration procedures. Note that car registration plates are in Arabic and English.
Details on registering a vehicle in Qatar as well as information on vehicle tests for imported cars…
All cars in Qatar must be registered with the Ministry of Interior before they can be driven on the road. An application form can be downloaded from the Hukoomi website. It is in Arabic only, and can be filled out in advance or at the registration office as necessary. Non-Arabic speakers can fill in their details at the department and have the form typed up into Arabic for a fee of QR 15.
The form must be taken along with the vehicle to the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department at Madinat Khalifa. The offices are open from 07:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.
- Madinat Khalifa Traffic Department
At: Khalifa Street
Tel: 4489 0666
The registration process
Items required to complete the registration are:
- Insurance documents, which must have been obtained before beginning the registration process
- Qatar ID
- QR100 registration fee (payable by credit card only)
- Letter of no objection from the car owner’s sponsor
- Copy of sponsor’s ID
If the sale is between two private individuals (rather than from a used-car dealership), both the seller and the buyer must attend and complete a vehicle transfer form, and the car must be insured by the seller up to the point of transfer, as well as by the new owner from the point of transfer. Both parties need to bring their driver’s licences and residency permits. Car registration in Qatar
In either case, once the forms have been completed, the registering party or parties must take a ticket and queue to be seen at the main counter, where documents will be examined, and, for private sales, a check will be run on the vehicle’s licence plates to see if there are any outstanding traffic fines to pay. The seller is obliged to pay these at this point before the process can be completed. A transfer fee of QR 100 must be paid (by credit card), by either party (as agreed between the parties).
If the car is over three years old, it must have already passed the vehicle test (see below) before registration, which is normally the responsibility of the seller. Car registration in Qatar
Once all of the above has been finalised, the official transfer is completed (not counting payment between the two parties, which is a private arrangement) and a registration card (Istamara) is issued.
All cars must have their registration renewed annually. Owners of cars less than three years old only have to take the registration card and insurance documents to the Traffic Police or a Ministry of Interior kiosk (of which there are a number in Doha’s shopping malls) and pay the renewal fee of QR 100 by credit card. Cars three years or older must have the vehicle inspected (see below).
Imported vehicles also need to pass a vehicle test, which is carried out by Fahes (formerly known as QTIC), on behalf of the Traffic Police. This must be done before completing the registration process above. There is a fee of QR75 for the test, which can be completed at the test centres indicated on the Fahes website. There is typically a grace period to rectify any areas that fail the test, but checking with the Traffic Police about specific requirements before going to the expense of importing the car is a good idea.
After all this has been completed, a Road Permit for the vehicle is issued.
Individuals and companies can renew their vehicle registration online through the Ministry of Interior (MOI) website.
Request to Renew Vehicle Registration in Qatar
- Login with your smartcard to the e-services portal of MOI.
- Select “Traffic Services” from the list, then click on “Renew Vehicle Registration”.
- Identify the search method for the vehicle.
- Select the vehicle you need to renew the registration for.
- Choose the new card registration’s delivery option: Personally from the General Directorate of Traffic, or by mail courier via Qatar Postal Services Company.
- Pay fees and print/save receipt.
- Print and fill out the application form.
- Bring your car along with its original registration to the Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Traffic.
- Provide proof of successful vehicle inspection from WOQOD (FAHES).
- Give proof of car insurance, which should be valid for at least one year for all vehicles, or more than one year for new vehicles.
- Pay appropriate fees.
- Vehicle Registration should be expired.
- Insurance should be valid.
- Vehicle should pass the technical inspection test “in case it was manufactured three (3) years prior to current date”.
- For more details on FAHES vehicle inspection stations, please visit this link.
- Fees differ depending on the vehicle type.
- To check all the necessary fees related to the registration and licensing of vehicles according to their various categories, please visit this link.
- If you choose to receive the new registration card from mail courier, QR20 will be added to the original fees.
- You can also renew vehicle registration through Metrash2.
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