How to Apply for Istimara Renewal Online?

Last updated on October 23rd, 2019 at 11:19 am

Istimara or vehicle registration expires every three years in Saudi Arabia and at that time you have to follow the Istimara renewal process. In this article, I have explained how to renew Istimara online. Later, you can collect it from the location of Istimara collection center in Riyadh, Jeddah or any other city where you live.

Requirements for Istimara Renewal

01. Istimara can be renewed only 180 days before its expiry

Istimara or Vehicle Registration renewal 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 for Istimara renewal. 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 renewal. 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 at the time of applying for Istimara renewal. In order to check the 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 Renewal Online?

Register for Absher: First of all, you must have an activated ministry of interior account to apply for Istimara renewal online. If you don’t have an account, create an account at this link. 

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Once the account is created, you need to login to it by entering your userID or Iqama number, password and the captcha code to apply for the Istimara renewal online. An SMS will be sent to your mobile number with an authentication code which you need to enter in the next screen. 

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Once you are logged into the MOI account, the next step for online Istimara renewal is to click on the “Services” tab given below the “Vehicle Services” section.

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After that, a new screen will open where you will have to click on the “Renewal Registration Vehicle” to renew Istimara online.

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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 or 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.

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In the next step to apply for Istimara renewal, a new screen will appear containing terms and conditions of vehicle registration renewal 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;

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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.

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Where to collect Istimara Card in Riyadh and Jeddah?

The new Istimara vehicle registration cards do not contain an 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. However, in case of an expiry date, you can collect your Istimara card from any of the below-mentioned offices in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Istimara collection center Riyadh

Many people who have been living in Riyadh are not aware from where to collect the Istimara card or the location of Istimara collection center 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.

  • Istimara collection center Riyadh location:
  • Timing of Istimara collection center Riyadh: 7 am to 2 pm
  • Istimara collection center Riyadh during Ramadan: 10 am until 3 pm

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.

User Experiences

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 or vehicle sequence 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 vehicle registration 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 vehicle registration 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)

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.