How to renew vehicle registration in Qatar

How to renew vehicle registration in Qatar

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By mohdnoor

Many residents in Qatar dread when the time comes for renewing their vehicle registration because it is such a hassle to get it done, especially if you own a car that is more than 3 years old.

Qatar Living wanted to know how much of a hassle it is really to renew a vehicle registration (locally referred to as 'Isitimara').

The procedure is quite clear and straightforward - if your car is older than 3 years, you need to pass a stringent technical inspection. If you own a car that is not yet 3 years old, head straight to your insurance agent.

First Scenario: Car is less than 3 years old

As per the latest update (May 2015), vehicle registration for new vehicles are valid for three years. However, if you bought a car before the new law was issued, you will have to renew your vehicle registration at the end of the period.

If you own a car that is less than 3 years old, head straight to your insurance agent. You do not require a technical inspection. Your insurance agent will then give you a document that you may take to any traffic department and renew your permit. And you're done.

Alterantively, you may also visit a Fahes branch where you can insure and renew your vehicle registration at the same place. (Scroll down for Fahes location map)

Second Scenario: Cars older than 3 years

The procedure used to be a hassle before if you owned a car older than 3 years. A few years ago, there was only one place for you to inspect your vehicle in Industrial Area, and we all know what a hassle that is. However, it's much easier and quicker now with several Smart Fahes (owned by Woqod) outlets spread out in the country.

Step 1: Find a Smart Fahes outlet using the map below.

There are five places in Qatar where you can get your vehicle inspected - Al Khor, Wadi Al Banaat, Industrial Area, Mesaimeer and Al Wakra. Please note that some of these branches have different timings.

Step 2: Pay for the technical inspection

Once you get to your preferred outlet, present your vehicle permit card at the gate and pay for the technical check up. They only accept cash payment so make sure you carry some with you. Here's a price list so you can plan how much cash to carry.

The 'main inspection' fees above includes one 'free of charge' re-inspection within 30 days of the main inspection for all vehicle categories.

If the first re-inspection is a 'FAIL' then the subsequent following re-inspection is a paid inspection at the normal main inspection rate, any inspections after this follows the pattern of one paid and one free if they are within the 30 days from the original main inspection.

If a vehicle doesn't PASS within one month of the first main inspection all previous reports and repairs will be ignored and a new fresh main inspection will take place checking every item again. To avoid these delays, go to a mechanic first for a general check-up and fix all major techical faults.

If your vehicle passed the inspection, you should get the following SMS from Woqod.

Step 3: Collect your report and go to traffic department

Previously, Fahes was not equipped with a insurance and traffic department. However, now they have all you need in one place that will make your life easier.

Take your token and head to the insurance counter. Although you're at Fahes for insurance, the policy you will be getting is from Qatar Insurance Company.

Once you get your insurance policy, get another token for Traffic services to renew your permit. Pay for the renewal, which was QAR100, and you are done.

Alternatively, if you wish to get a policy from a different insurance agent, you may leave Fahes following the inspection and go to an insurance agent of your choice. However, you will have to make another trip to a traffic department if you choose this route.

We hope this information was useful. If you have any queries, leave comments below or visit Fahes. Did you renew your vehicle registration recently?

By moideen 007• 1 month 1 week ago.
moideen 007

When my father left from qatar six years ago he didn’t change his owned Vechicle is there is any possibility to renew istimara

By moideen 007• 1 month 1 week ago.
moideen 007

When my father left from qatar six years ago he didn’t change his owned Vechicle is there is any possibility to renew istimara

By Jagertje• 3 years 9 months ago.
Jagertje

5 Aug 2018: I had my car inspected today.

I used the FAHES station on Al Wakra Road. It's a brand new centre, you drive in and get your car checked straight away. The FAHES entrance is signposted and if you have Waze to navigate, the address is in there. Just type FAHES. Traffic Department is in the same building, and there even is an insurance company as well. The whole thing took less than one hour and it's worth driving a little further to get instant service. So this is your one-stop-shop for everything!

Don't go to Woqod in the industrial area, there are hundreds of cars waiting and you can't turn around because of the one-way entrance. This is probably just temporary, because of the road works, but I had to off-road to get out of there because I wasn't prepared to wait an hour in the blistering heat.

So in short, go to Al Wakra Road, next to Woqod fuel station. Easy to find, clearly signposted, no hassle. Happy motoring!

By aa@aaqatar.com• 4 years 1 month ago.
aa@aaqatar.com

Hi...if someone don't have time to go through all these procedure you can contact us A A Roadside Assistance for inspection and registration of your

Call on : 44449935 / 44449945

Book service on : www.aaqatar.com

Our staff will come and collect the vehicle and once inspected and passed will drop the to your location

By Mine Ko• 5 years 9 months ago.
Mine Ko

thanks for the info. im done for my Car renewal only now

By cross_112877@yahoo.com• 5 years 10 months ago.
cross_112877@yahoo.com

what if i passed the technical inspection only and failed the tint do i need to go thru inspection again or just straight to police, most of the time theres a lot of cars lining up.

the 100 riyals for the registration card is it cash or card? thanks in advance

By ajay p• 5 years 10 months ago.
ajay p

GOOD INFO.. THANK YOU

By fabseb60• 5 years 11 months ago.
fabseb60

Wrt the previous post: Just renewed my istimara at the Wadi Al Banaat Fahes, it is indeed operative, and pretty efficient. What I find fairly absurd is that, when a car is three years old or more, you have to undergo this test EVERY YEAR; that seems pretty absurd.

By fabseb60• 5 years 11 months ago.
fabseb60

Google Maps lists the Wadi Al Banaat Fahes as "permanently closed"; anybody can confirm if it is operative or not?

By sknazir123• 6 years 4 months ago.
sknazir123

Could someone tell me how much to insure sedan type car in fahes ?

By r_ahmed• 6 years 4 months ago.
r_ahmed

I did my car fahes on 24.12.15 and it pass already, my present istimara valid till 03.01.2016 , within how many days i should renew my istimara

By shuneer khan• 6 years 8 months ago.
shuneer khan

helpful information.. but if isitimara is finish.how many days will get for renew isitimara??

By flare• 6 years 11 months ago.
flare

why Fahes in Al Khor doesn't look like in this picture. The Fahes in this picture looks more comfortable,nice & pleasure. The one in Al Khor just like an old junk yard. :p

By keeppurathu• 6 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
keeppurathu

Very informative. Thank you.

By rejiputhooran• 6 years 11 months ago.
rejiputhooran

Thank you

By mishijos• 6 years 11 months ago.
mishijos

I have used new FAHES and it makes our lives a lot easier when renewing car registrations. Industrial area is a chaos now

By ishu369• 6 years 11 months ago.
ishu369

its still hassle free my dear

By saadi703• 6 years 11 months ago.
saadi703

What exactly is now considered as hassle free? Five places are still too low for such number of cars. There are still lots of very long queues and it still remains a hassle and some times the cause of failed inspection is very irritating and in other words considered a non-issue in most advance countries.

By lcapall• 6 years 11 months ago.
lcapall

Yes you have to pay any fines before you register.

By hasif86• 6 years 11 months ago.
hasif86

If i have any violation charges ( Fines ) i have to pay it before the istimara >??

By daddynemo82• 6 years 11 months ago.
daddynemo82

Systematic information ...i have renewed just now and its same.. and far easy now a days

By rmkvcivil• 6 years 11 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
rmkvcivil

Really very good information and your service mind...it is very useful...

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