Procedure to Buy Car in Saudi Arabia


Below simple steps and procedure to follow and understand how to purchase or buy a car for personal use in Saudi Arabia. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the women are not allowed to drive the vehicle. Women can purchase a car on her name, but she needs to hire a family driver Because only men can drive in Saudi Arabia.

Card purchasing procedure in KSA
Card purchasing procedure in KSA

Individuals Own Cars

Individuals can own the standard car & Sedan. Vehicles that families can only own more than five seats as well as SUVs &4 wheel drives.

Pickup vehicles or Lifting vehicle are considered commercial vehicles and are set aside only for the Saudi citizens or national ownership.

Before to Buy a Car or Vehicle you should know Some of the terminologies below.


The word Istimarah is used for registering your vehicle. You will be received with a laminated card which you always required to keep in your self-possession. The Istimarah card bears the vehicle license plate as well as the name of the owner. The Istimarah must be renewed for every three years.


Fahs is a road test inspection that is carried out to make sure that the car is safe and fit to drive. Fahs is generally in the form of a round sticker and will be showing nearby on the Car's windshield.

Al Moror:

Traffic police (شرطة المرور) during the buying or selling performing of proper paperwork by the expatriates a car will get familiarized with their city traffic police station.


Without License, you are not allowed to purchase any vehicle in Saudi Arabia. You will to add funds against Iqama and apply for driving license. You may check the remaining Iqama fund here.

Saher Traffic or Traffic violation 

You may also need to know the traffic fines in Saudi Arabia. Before buying a car to know if there is any penalty against the vehicle. Check traffic violation here.


All the required information must be filled in the form of car license.
  1. Offer the Custom card
  2. To provide the paid fees with receipt.
  3. Submit all the required documents.

Essential Document for Purchasing a Vehicle or Car.

In Saudi Arabia as an expat if you want to buy a car you needed some of the documents for the official records.

Permission Letter

For the expatriate, it is must get the letter from his or his sponsor or organization or company to buy a car. Most of the employers are aware of writing those letter, and the are familiar with the right format to be used ( for example the Iqama number should be included together in the title position, stamps of sponsor required and the permission letter to be written both in Arabic as well as English languages).

Chamber of Commerce

The letter needs to stamp from the authorized by the (COC) Chamber of Commerce in a case of your sponsor is not a government company.

Insurance Proofs

Before or at the time of closing of the deal, the Insurance tests must be acquired and furnished. You need to select your own insurance company. The showroom or person or dealer who sells the cars will help you to decide the right insurance company.

Needed Documents

  1. Original NIC card(National Identity Card)
  2. A copy of National Identity Card.
  3. Iqama's Non-Saudis (Check Iqama expiry and validity)
  4. Purchase Contract of Car Showroom center
  5. Approved Letter by the Chamber of Commerce for the Enterprises & Organizations.
  6. Custom Card for the Organization & Establishments.
  7. From Ministry of Trasport's letter for the Organizations & establishments.
  8. Fee payment receipt
  9. Duly filled car registration form (is Tamara) 
  10. An authorization is written on standard paper.
  11. An authorization or license that is not signed by the witnesses

Contacts & Office Locations

Located Public Security Department
Contact No: 00966114419688
City Riyadh
Fax No: 00966114419688
E-mail Address:



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HowGear: Procedure to Buy Car in Saudi Arabia
Procedure to Buy Car in Saudi Arabia
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