How to Get Euro Plates for your Car

Post by Mark

One of the first modifications I wanted to do for my new Lotus was to swap out the car plates. The car came with the squarish shaped U.S. plates but because of the low and wide stance of my car, I knew the much wider and slimmer Euro plates would look better on it. But I didn’t have any idea on what the process was to swap the plates, nobody I asked had any idea and I figured it probably meant I needed wasta or something. Turns out, all you need is a bit of time and patience.

A reader got in touch with me last week after he reading my Lotus post in which I requested info on plate swapping. He told me he was going to the General Traffic Department to get his damaged Euro plates swapped for new ones, and I could come along and swap my square plates for Euro plates as well. All I needed was:

– Civil ID Copy
– Car Registration Copy
– U.S. Sized Car Plates
– KD5 Stamp
– The Car
– Bdal Talef Loha Orobiya “بدل تالف لوحة اوربية” (you get this from the typing guys outside the traffic department)

I got this done at the Asma branch of the General Traffic Department. Not sure if you could do this anywhere else, the license plate printing facility is located in Asma and I don’t know if they have one located elsewhere. Below is the process to getting your plates swapped:

– First thing you do once you get to the traffic department is visit the container room outside that houses the typists. You need to request “بدل تالف لوحة اوربية” which is the European plates request form. They will request a copy of your car registration and civil ID. They charge KD1 for typing this request out onto the proper form.

– Once you get the form with all the copies stapled, you need to head inside the building and then upstairs. When you’re up you’ll find a stamp machine, buy a KD5 stamp and stick it on the top left of the document.

– Next you need to head over to the the raed’s office “رائد” (Police Major) who will need to sign the document. Now here things might vary for you. As the raed was about to sign my request, he asked what the car was and I told him a Lotus. He didn’t know what that was and so told me to take the car to the vehicle inspection area to have them confirm I could fit Euro plates on the car. I told him I had pictures of the car I could show him, but I think he just wanted me to do a little running around.

– The vehicle inspection area is right next door, so I took my car and headed there, gave them the papers and they just signed and stamped it for me.

– I then headed back to the raed, he took my paper and signed and stamped it as well.

– Now you’re nearly done. The next step is to make a copy of your signed document and then take both the original and copy of the document and head to one of the computers so they could insert your request. Depending on how nice the person handling your papers are, they might have on of the helpers make the photocopy for you which is what happened in our case.

– Once your request is inserted into the computer you need to leave the building and drive over to the car plates section which is located on the side of the main traffic department building.

– Make sure you have a copy of the request along with your old car plates. You need to remove them off your car yourself so make sure you have the correct tools with you. Hand over the final document along with your old plates to the guy sitting behind the desk and in around 10 minutes you will get your brand new plates.

The whole process took nearly 2 hours, it might take you less or more depending on the amount of people there and the steps that they make you take. No wasta is required though which is great and the new Euro plates look much better on my car now.


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  1. EXIGER35 says:

    Looks great! It suits the profile of the car better. Now I will have to do mine.

  2. Kuwait says:

    Sorry for the unrelated post, but this is just hilarious:

    Man deported for relieving himself in a basin used by another man’s chicken.

    http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/duo-arrested-installing-cameras-inside-girls-house/

  3. Salah says:

    Stupid question but honest one: your conversation with the raed, was it in English or Arabic?

  4. anonymous says:

    Heh, I always thought you would be randomly given any type of plate.

    Unrelated question but is anyone else experiencing extremely slow internet again, it took me ages to access this blog as well as a few other sites. Everything is sluggish as hell.

  5. Jake says:

    Very slow in Salmiya for some time back

  6. geo v says:

    Mabrook, MARK!!

  7. Raz says:

    Putting a post here for recovering a lost number plate (since people might land on this page searching for details regarding the same)

    In case you lose your number plate, here is the process:
    1. Take a photo of your car (front and back) – this way it is easier to explain what happened, esp. if you do not speak Arabic

    2. Go to the police station and file a report about the stolen/missing number plate
    They will require copies of your civil id, driving license and car registration
    After filing the report, you will get a one page FIR / report copy

    3. Take the report copy and head off to your muroor
    Type the papers for a missing number plate – KD 1
    They will ask you if you need one or two number plate
    You need to put stamps on this paper (KD 2.5 for one number plate and KD 5 for two number plates)
    You will also need to attach a copy of your civil id and car registration along with the original FIR

    4. Take the form filled in step 3 and take it for signature of the mudeer of the muroor

    5. Now you submit this at the counter (counter #15 if you are in Jabriya) and they will type out another form and attach a copy of the signed document
    They will ask you to wait

    6. Once they call out your name they will give you the form and ask you to go to one of the rooms behind the counter.
    Now is a good time to take a photo / photocopy of all the documents you have in hand before submitting them
    The officer in the said office will take the original FIR and leave you with two forms and a slip that is a request to print the number plate

    7. Take all this to the Asma muroor mentioned in Mark’s post. Go to the “Lauha” something department – the entrance is on the side and not from the main gate or back gate.
    There you give your paper to the guys at the counter – they will ask you if its a normal plate or a long one
    Print it out for you and you are done

    Notes:
    1. Try to file the FIR as soon as possible (they might request you to come during the morning)

    2. The Jabriya muroor processes these requests in the morning between 8am to 12pm

    3. Try to reach the Asma muroor by 8am – 8.30am – there is literally no one there. It took them just 5 minutes to print my number plate

    4. Check if they printed the same number and there is no typo


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