Now there is no more need to go through the manual procedure of applying for renewal of Istimara since online istimara renewal process (Vehicle Registration) has been launched by the Saudi Government. It will reduce the burden on the Maroor office and ease up the process.
The car registration card is expired after every three years in Saudi Arabia. It is illegal to drive your vehicle without having a valid Istimara (Vehicle Registration) under your name.
Requirements for Istimara Renewal (Vehicle Registration)
01. Istimara can be renewed only 180 days before its expiry
Istimara Renewal (Vehicle Registration) can be done only 180 days before its expiry. The car registration will be renewed for 3 years from the date you renew it in the system. In other words, the overlapping time of 6 months would not be considered.
02. The fee for Istimara Renewal
You also need to deposit SR 300 from SADAD payment either through your ATM or Internet Banking. We have explained the procedure to pay it through SADAD internet banking. Recommended: Payment of Fee to Renew Istimara
03. Fahas (Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection)
The Fahas of your car should be valid at the time of applying for Istimara (Vehicle Registration) Online. If Fahas of your vehicle is not valid, you can apply for it by following the instructions given in this article. “How to do Fahas in Saudi Arabia”
04. Valid Insurance of Vehicle
You should have valid insurance for your vehicle. In order to check expiry of vehicle insurance online, please follow this link. If you want to get a third party or comprehensive vehicle insurance for your car, I would suggest you read this article. “Matters to Consider for Vehicle Insurance”
How to Apply for Istimara (Vehicle Registration) Online
Register for Abshier: First of all, you must have an activated ministry of interior account. If you don’t have an account, create an account at this link. I have explained the step by step procedure to create a Ministry of Interior Account in this article.
Login to Abshier: If you already have an account with MOI, you need to login to it. The procedure to log in to MOI has been changed significantly. The new procedure is explained in this link “Process to log in to MOI (Abshir) account”
Click on the “Dashboard” tab on the upper side of the screen. The dashboard on your MOI account will be opened. Now you need to locate the “Vehicle” tab for it. Once you find the “Vehicles” tab, just click on the “More Details” button as shown in the below screenshot.
A new window will appear on your computer screen containing details of all your vehicles. You need to locate the vehicle for which you want to renew Istimara (Vehicle Registration). Once you are there, just click on the “More Detail” as shown in the below screenshot.
A drop down screen will appear containing details of the vehicle. You can see if the insurance of your vehicle is valid there. If everything goes fine, just click on the “Renew Vehicle Registration” button.
A new screen will appear containing terms and conditions of Istimara Renewal (Vehicle Registration) as well as details of the vehicle. You need to confirm the details by clicking on the “Confirm Vehicle Registration” button.
In any case, if you want to find out the vehicle sequence number of your car, this is the page from Abshir you can get this detail. Terms and conditions are given below;
Istimara (Vehicle Registration) will be renewed for 3 years from the date of renewal (not from the date of expiry of car registration).
Congratulations! Your Istimara (Vehicle Registration) has been renewed. Now you need to visit the Traffic Police Center. It will not take more than 30 minutes to get your car registration printed from there.
Where to collect Istimara?
Istimara collection center Riyadh
Many people who have been living in Riyadh are not aware of the Istimara collection center, Riyadh as there are many maroor offices in Riyadh. After following the above-mentioned procedure, you need to collect it from the Istimara collection center or you can call it istimara renewal office. We have given the istimara collection center Riyadh location for the ease of readers.
Update: The new vehicle registration cards do not contain any expiry date. If your Istimara does not contain an expiry date, you don't need to visit Traffic police office to collect it as it will remain valid for the rest of the time.
Istimara collection center Jeddah
If you have been living in Jeddah and not sure about the Istimara Collection Center in Jeddah, we are here to help you out. You can collect your car registration from the Traffic Police office situated on Sahafa Street in Jeddah. In other words, Traffic Police office situated on Sahafa Street is the Istimara Collection Center Jeddah.
The fine for not the late istimara renewal
A fine of SR 100 is imposed if you don’t go to the traffic police station to pick your new Istimara (Vehicle Registration) card.
Khaleel Mohammed, You cannot renew the registration of this car. Please visit the nearest Traffic office, I am getting this message.
Khaleel Mohammed, Alhamdulillah yesterday I renewed my car registration. Just print this message and go to the traffic police office. Go directly to Manager and show him the message.
He will ask you to go to the counter. Take token and go to the counter. They will renew it, Insha Allah. Just make sure you have paid 300 riyals and print that message in Arabi for them to understand.
INSPECTION CERTIFICATE NOT FOUND: If the MVPI not appearing on MOI Portal: Take a copy of MVPI certificate, car registration card, Insurance, Iqama, and SCREENSHOT OF MOI Portal with vehicle serial number details. From Traffic department reception/information counter, you will get an application form in Arabic.
Fill it out with name details of vehicle etc. Submit all these documents to the reception/information counter. After this go to the Istimara renewal counter along with original car registration card. You will get your new Istimara (Vehicle Registration) card in a couple of minutes.
Jimson Chakramakal: At the time of online Istimara renewal, I got an error “MV3852E: Invalid vehicle model”. It went through when I did it from the Arabic screen (changed the language to Arabic)