How to change the colour of your car in UAE

How to change the colour of your car in UAE

White, black and grey are the three top choices when it comes to buying a car in the UAE, but what if you want something a little different, something more vibrant, something that stands out.

You can fix that by getting the colour changed by a professional company. But its much more than that.

Before we get started, note that changing the colour of your vehicle by respraying, wrapping or foiling it must be approved by the Police in the respected Emirate.

You can not change the colour of your vehicle without permission.

Now that’s covered, let’s jump into the guide; how to change the colour of your car in UAE.

How to change the colour of your car in Dubai

How to change the colour of your car in Dubai

In Dubai, you will first have to file a request with the CID in order to change the colour of your vehicle.

To obtain a NOC from the CID of Dubai Police, you can use the Dubai Police app and search for Vehicle Inspection Request. You can not use the Dubai Police Website to initiate a request. If you need more help, you can call the Dubai Police Customer Service hotline (901).

Click the first option, and you’ll be taken to the Applicant Detail screen. You’ll need the flowing documents handy;

  • Emirates ID (must be valid)
  • Email address
  • Vehicle plate number

The same screen will also ask you what colour you want to change the colour of your car to. You can choose up to two new colours – one for a single colour, two for a dual-tone.

Here is the list of colours you can select. They appear in order as they do in the app;

  • Silver Alloy
  • White
  • Gray (Translated from Arabic is graphite colour)
  • Black
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Milky (Translated from Arabic is off-white colour)
  • Gray (Translated from Arabic is ash colour)
  • Silver
  • Golden
  • Brown
  • Violet
  • Zuhri (Translated from Arabic is pink colour)
  • Beige
  • Maroon
  • Pearly (Translated from Arabic is Pearlescent White)
  • Poster (For stickers)
  • Unclear
  • Black carbon
  • Trade name (for company branding)
  • Bronze

You will also need five pictures of your vehicle in the following order – Front, back, left side, right side and a full picture.

To file the request, you’ll have to pay AED 120.

Note that it is possible to visit the police station with the right documents, but it is easier to use the application to apply for a clearance letter from Dubai Police.

Once you’ve got the approval, you can now go change the colour of the vehicle.

Once the vehicle colour has been changed, you while have to proceed to the nearest Tasjeel facility. Al Barsha is recommended as it has both a testing facility, Customer Happiness Centre and Dubai Police Station.

Here’s what you need to do to apply and register the changed vehicle colour with the RTA

  • Vehicle ownership certificate (registration card/mulkiya)
  • Vehicle technical inspection certificate (received from Tasjeel)
  • NOC from CID of the Dubai Police
  • Original Emirates ID (must be valid)

This request can not be done online. It must be done via a Tasjeel vehicle testing centre or

This will cost AED 170.

How to change the colour of your car in Sharjah

How to change the colour of your car in Abu Dhabi

In Abu Dhabi, the process on how to change the colour of your car in UAE is slightly different and is as follows. Before you change the colour of the vehicle, you will have to seek prior approval from the Authorities.

First, you’ll need to drive to the nearest Salama centre and speak to the supervisor. Here they will give you a permission certificate to change the colour of your car.

Once the permission certificate is obtained, you can now change the colour of the vehicle.

Documents required;

  • Emirates ID (must be valid)
  • Registration card (mulkiya)

Note that if a vehicle has had an accident, the permission will be automatically rejected without a valid SAAD/ Police report.

Permission will not be given to anyone but the owner of the vehicle in Abu Dhabi.

This will cost AED 40.

Once the vehicle colour has been changed, you’ll need to apply for new registration for your car.

Head back to a Salama branch and speak to the supervisor once again. They will inspect the vehicle. Once they approve a ‘colour test’ certificate will be issued.

After obtaining the certificate, head to the Police counter to get a new registration card. Not all Salama branches in Abu Dhabi have Police counters on-site to assist, so head to one that has.

Documents required;

  • Emirates ID (must be valid)
  • Registration car

This will cost AED 40.

How to change the colour of your car in Sharjah

How to change the colour of your car in Sharjah

In Sharjah, rules are similar to that of Dubai when it comes to how to change your car colour in UAE. Before you change the colour, you will have to seek approval from the Sharjah Authorities.

First, you need to go to the CID of Sharjah Police (Tahariat) and obtain a clearance letter. This will be required two give to the car colour changing company.

You’ll need the following documents

  • Emirates ID (must be valid)
  • Car registration (mulkiya)

This costs AED 150.

Once the CID has approved your request to change the colour, you can proceed to get your car colour changed.

Once you’ve got the vehicle colour changed, you need to go to the car registration facility and have the registration card changed to reflect the new colour of the vehicle.

Documents required;

  • Emirates ID (must be valid)
  • Registration card

This will cost AED 150.

How much does it cost to change the colour of your car in UAE?

When it comes to changing the colour of your car in UAE, you can either have the vehicle repainted or wrapped/foiled.

Having the car repainted starts at AED 1,500 and upwards.

Wrapping or foiling the car starts as low as AED 1,500. Prices go up as does the quality.

What about the interior?

Changing the interior of your vehicle does not require a permit. It is not advised to install anything that can impact or distract the driver.

And that’s how to change the colour of your car in UAE! Got any questions, or maybe other helpful tips comment down below.

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