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The new vehicle registration cards issued by the traffic police do not mention the expiry date and therefore, you need to check Istimara validity online using the Absher system in KSA.
What is an Istimara?
The vehicle registration card is called Istimara in the Arabic language. This card contains vital information about the vehicle such as the name of the owner, his Iqama number, vehicle number, registration number, vehicle name, model number, etc.
The Validity of Istimara
The maximum validity of an Istimara is 3 years.
- Istimara for a brand new car is issued for a period of 3 years.
- Istimara is renewed for a period of 3 years.
Check Istimara validity in KSA
After that, a new screen will open where you will have to click on the “Renewal Registration Vehicle” to check the vehicle registration expiry date in Saudi Arabia.
As soon as you will click Renewal Registration Vehicle, you would be able to check the Istimara Validity or vehicle registration expiry date in KSA.
If you find out that your Istimara is going to expire in the next 6 months, you can renew the Istimara online.
The fine for the late istimara renewal
If you don't renew Istimara within its expiry date, there is a fine of SR 100 per annum. In this way, a delay in renewing Istimara for 3 years would cost you SR 300. To avoid fines in KSA, you should keep on checking the Istimara validity online.
It is also important to mention here that you need to have a valid Istimara to transfer the ownership of a car in Saudi Arabia.