Ok, now this particular process describes the process for my specific scenario – the fact that I am driving the car out of the country. If you are shipping / transporting the car through an agent, the process may be slightly different.
NB – When an expat leaves Saudi Arabia permanently, this is known as a Final Exit or Exit Only. Here , the individual has to relinquish any official residency documentation. Before we can leave the country, we must not have any vehicle registered against my name. Most people therefore sell their car prior to the Final Exit.
Step 1 – Make sure the car has all the required minimum documentation:
Registration Card ( Istemara) is valid.
MVPI is valid
Iqama is valid
Insurance is valid ( Third party minimum ) .
Step 2 – Company Support
Here, you will need your employer ( or sponsor ) to prepare a Letter of No Objection. This is a simple one page letter, in which the sponsor sates they have no objection to you exporting your car. This is essential, without this letter, the Traffic Police ( Muroor ) will not process anything. The Letter must be attested by the Chamber of Commerce with an official stamp.
Step 3 – Online Payment
Go to your online banking service, and make an online payment ( through the SADAD system) for exporting a vehicle. The cost is 100 SR. You will need your vehicle sequence number ( it is printed on the Istemara, an eight digit number ) .
When you make the payment, insert an extra ‘0’ in front of the vehicle sequence number, so that it becomes a nine digit number. Make the payment for 100SR.
Step 4 – Visit Traffic Police
In Riyadh, there are a couple of main offices, so you will have to find the one closest to you. Take copies of the following documents
1 – Iqama ( Residency Permit )
2 – Saudi Driving Licence
3 – Vehicle Registration ( Istemara )
4 – MVPI certificate
5 – Passport
6 – Driving Licence for any other country or if you have an International Driving Licence
7 – Third Party Insurance evidence
Step 5 – Export Licence
1 – Go with your company / sponsor advisor to the Traffic Police, and as far as I know, go before 10am. Here, the Traffic Police will carry out a technical inspection of your vehicle.
2 – Remove the original number plates from your vehicle and hand them over with the paperwork. The Traffic Police then give you a new set of plates that you have to fit.
NOTE – The Export Plates look at first glance very similar to the normal plates, with the following observations:
A – The side panel is a silver / grey colour as opposed to the usual white.
B – The Large black circle is replaced with a black triangle
C – It’s a totally different number, which is used in the Export Papers
3 – The car will then be de-registered against your name, so you are now able to proceed on a Final Exit departure ( See point 7 )
4 – You have 14 days to export the vehicle.
5 – The Traffic Police will issue you with an Export Licence which you will need to keep with you.
6- You relinquish the Istemara ( registration card ) and keep the export papers with you at all times.
7 – You will need to visit the Passport Office to obtain the Final Exit visa . Usually this is done through the electronic “Muqeem” system, but as I will be taking the car with me, this needs a special visit to the Passports Office.