Are you due to renew your vehicle registration (Istimara) soon? Perhaps you aren’t sure how the process works or what documents you need. It can be a bit of a hassle, but it’s important to make sure your car is registered and up-to-date.
This blog post will walk you through the steps needed for Istimara Renewal Online in Qatar and explain the requirements, including how much it will cost. Keep reading for all the details!
- What is Istimara in Qatar?
- Istimara Contents
- How To Check Vehicle’s Istimara Validity in Qatar
- Istimara Renewal Grace Period in Qatar
- Istimara Renewal Location
- MOI Qatar Istimara Renewal Fee
- How To Renew Vehicle Registration (Istimara) in Qatar
- What To Do If Istimara is Lost
- FAQ On Qatar Istimara Renewal
What is Istimara in Qatar?
“Istimara” is the Arabic word for registration. In Qatar, the term Istimara is popularly used for a vehicle registration card. The Istimara (vehicle registration card) is issued by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) to a vehicle’s owner. Istimara is also known as a vehicle license but should not be confused with a driver’s license.
While driving in Qatar, a driver is legally required to carry his driving license as well as the vehicle’s registration card. You can be penalized if you drive a car without a valid registration card (Istimara) and driving license.
The front side of the Istimara will have the vehicle’s plate number, registration type, owner’s name, QID number, nationality, renewal date, expiry date, date of first registration and any special legal permission (tinted glass, stickers etc.).
The back side will have technical details like the vehicle’s make, model, year of manufacturing, type, chassis number, engine number, insurance details etc.
While driving a vehicle in Qatar, you must ensure the vehicle’s Istimara is valid. If the renewal date is approaching, give yourself plenty of time to complete the renewal process.
How To Check Vehicle’s Istimara Validity in Qatar
You can see the validity of your Istimara on the card itself. It will be marked as “Exp. Date” on the front.
You can also check the Istimara validity on the Ministry of Interior website by following the below steps:
Step 1: Go to the “Traffic Violations” page on the MOI portal
Here is the link to the “Traffic Violations” page.
Step 2: Enter your plate number and select the vehicle type
Step 3: Enter the verification code and click on “Search”
Step 4: Enter the vehicle owner’s ID number and click on “Submit”
You can see the validity of the Istimara as well as any traffic violation.
Istimara Renewal Grace Period in Qatar
The grace period for the renewal of vehicle registration (Istimara) in Qatar is 30 days after the expiry date. If you fail to renew your vehicle registration after the grace period, you may be subject to fines and other penalties.
Istimara Renewal Location
Istimara renewal can be done online using the Metrash2 mobile app or on the MOI e-services portal. You can also do it at any Traffic Department office. This service is also available at most Fahes Technical Inspection stations.
MOI Qatar Istimara Renewal Fee
Below is the annual fee for Istimara Renewal in Qatar:
|Private light vehicles||QR 100|
|Private transport vehicle for passengers (Bus)||QR 150|
|Taxi car/ limousine||QR 200|
|Private transport vehicle for goods, items and animals||QR 150|
|Public transport vehicle for passengers, goods, items and animals||QR 200|
|Constructional, agricultural and industrial vehicles||QR 250|
How To Renew Vehicle Registration (Istimara) in Qatar
The process of renewing a vehicle registration (Istimara) in Qatar is relatively simple and can be done online or in-person at the Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department offices. However, there are a couple of requirements that must be met before you can renew the vehicle’s Istimara.
Requirements for Istimara Renewal
Following are the requirements for Istimara renewal:
(1) The vehicle should have passed the annual technical inspection (Fahes). In the case of private passenger cars and private transport less than 3000kg, this requirement is waived off for the first three years. Here is our complete guide to Fahes vehicles inspection:
How To Do Fahes Vehicle Inspection in Qatar
(2) The vehicle should have valid third-party liability insurance. The car insurance should be valid for at least one year for all vehicles or more than one year for new vehicles.
Istimara Renewal Online Using Metrash
By renewing your Istimara online, you save time and avoid having to go to the Traffic Department Office. Here is how you can renew your vehicle’s Istimara in Qatar using Metrash mobile app:
Step 1: Complete your Fahes vehicle inspection
This is required for most vehicles after three years of first registration.
Step 2: Renew your vehicle insurance for one year
For most insurance providers, this can be done online.
Step 3: Open the Metrash2 mobile app
If you have not used Metrash2 mobile app before, here is your guide to Metrash app registration.
Step 4: Click on “Traffic Services”
Step 5: Click on “Vehicle Services”
Step 6: Click on “Renew Vehicle Registration”
Step 7: Enter your plate number and choose vehicle type
You may also be prompted to enter your mobile number. Click on “Next” after entering these details.
Step 8: Confirm insurance and Fahes details
The next screen will show your insurance and Fahes test details. If the insurance is valid and Fahes is passed, you will see green circles. If any of these is not completed, then it would be a red circle, and you cannot proceed with the renewal. This page will also show your vehicle details and the amount to be paid.
Step 9: Select the card delivery option
You can collect the card personally from any Traffic Department office or by mail via QPost. For QPost, you need to give your address as per the Qatar National Address system.
There is an additional fee of QR 20 for QPost delivery, but it is more convenient as the card will be delivered to your address within 3 working days.
Step 10: Pay the renewal fee online
You can pay using a debit or credit card. Once the payment is completed, you can save or print the receipt. You can also receive the receipt by email.
The above steps can also be done using the MOI e-services portal but would require a smart card.
Istimara Renewal Offline at Traffic Department Office
If you opt to do your renewal directly, you can go to any branch of the Traffic Department. As explained earlier make sure your Fahes inspection is passed and insurance has been renewed.
Go to any Traffic Department office, take a token from the reception counter and wait for your turn. Once your number is displayed, go to the service counter and give your old Istimara and Qatar ID.
You will also need a debit or credit card for payment. You don’t have to take the insurance document as it would be already updated in the MOI system. Once the payment has been made, you will get a new istimara card printed in a few minutes.
Renewing your vehicle registration is a relatively easy process, but there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. By following these simple steps, you can make the renewal process quick and easy.
What To Do If Istimara is Lost
If the vehicle registration card (Istimara) is lost, the vehicle owner needs to visit any Traffic Department office and request a new one. Make sure to carry the QID and a bank card for payment. There will be a charge of QR 100 for replacement.
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FAQ On Qatar Istimara Renewal
How much is the renewal of Istimara in Qatar?
The annual renewal fee for Istimara (vehicle registration) in Qatar is QR 100 for private light vehicles. You would also need additional fees for Fahes inspection and insurance renewal.
Where can I renew my Istimara in Qatar?
Istimara renewal can be done online using the Metrash2 mobile app or MOI portal. You can also renew Istimara at any Traffic Department office.
How can I update my information on the Istimara?
To update any information on the Istimara, you need to visit any Traffic Department office.
What documents are needed for Istimara renewal?
For renewing your Istimara online, you only need a debit/credit card for payment. For offline renewal, you need the old Istimara, Qatar ID and a debit/credit card.
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2 thoughts on “How To Do Istimara Renewal Online in Qatar (2023 Guide)”
How many days before the the car registration renewal can be done in qatar(before the expiry of the registration).
Hi Jonty, There is no defined time period on official websites. Normally people do this within 1 month of expiry as you need to renew your insurance also.