If you own a PWC, boat or yacht in Dubai it is mandatory that the boat is registered with the NTA and the Coastguard. If you are buying or selling a boat in Dubai then you’ll need to know the process to do this. Many UAE-expats will tell you that the process and procedures in the region can become lengthy and complicated – and boat registration is no exception.
We advise you get the following documents before you start the registration process. It is important you take all of the originals with you, and we suggest making 4 copies of each document.
Passport of buyer and seller
Residence visa of buyer and seller
Emirates ID of buyer and seller
Existing boat registration card*
NOC from the buyer’s sponsor
AED 200 from the seller
AED 7000 from the buyer (this is a refundable deposit for the new transponder)
AED 520 cash from the buyer
Once you have all of these documents together and the cash in hand, it’s time to get to work.
*Note that if the existing card is out of date, AED 500 will be required to issue a new card before it can be cancelled. Additionally, a fine of AED 50 per month will be imposed for every month past the expiry date.
Please note that if you plan to complete the full process within a day you need to get to the Coast Guard for 8:00 am to avoid disappointment.
Visit the Coast Guard in Bur Dubai on top of the Shindagha Tunnel and request two blank payment slips for ADCB Bank. Explain that they are for making the boat registration deposits.
Visit at any ADCB branch (the nearest is located on Bank Street, near the Four Points Sheraton Hotel) and deposit the two individual payments slips with the cashier – AED 200 from the seller and AED 7000 from the buyer, making sure you get the payment copies.
ake your boat, all of the documents mentioned above and the payment receipts from ADCB to the Coast Guard and request the following:
Bill of sale document
Existing transponder removal
Once all of the documents from the Coast Guard are in place you need to visit the National Transport Authority (NTA), located in Deira close to the City Centre Mall and Dnata, behind the Nissan showroom.
If you plan to visit the NTA on the same day, you can leave your boat at the Coast Guard dock, otherwise you can take the boat back to its berth and return another day once you have visited the NTA.
Upon arrival at the NTA, go to the third floor and take a ticket from the machine. Explain to Reception that you are transferring the ownership of a boat and they will direct you to the right people.
Once you are with the correct department, hand over all of your documents so the details entered into their system. While this is being done, ask for a payment card which you can take to the payment machine in the same office.
At the payment machine you will need to pay the AED 520 plus any outstanding fines that may be against the boat.
Once everything has been entered into the system and the payments made, you will be issued with the ownership transfer papers to be submitted to the Coast Guard. Make copies of these papers too. Sorry again to the trees.
Return to the Coast Guard with the paperwork from the NTA along with you other documents (this is why you need 4 copies) and ask for a new transponder to be fitted. You will need to present the AED 7000 deposit payment receipt as proof of payment for the new transponder.
The Coast Guard will check you have all the mandatory safety equipment on board – be safe, or be sorry!
Once the new transponder is fitted and everything has been checked and approved by the Coast Guard, you will be issued with another set of documents which you then need to take back to the NTA.
Before going back to the NTA, register your details and email address online ,making a note of the reference number.
Visit the NTA (for the penultimate time!) and submit all of your documents, your email address and your online reference number.
Wait for an email or SMS that your registration is complete and the card is ready to be collected. This can take anywhere from 4 hours up to 3 days.
Once your card is ready to collect, pick it up from the NTA. Your boat is registered!
Royal Yachts can simplify your life and do this process on your behalf, please send an e-mail to [email protected] for assistance.