New Istimara Fees in Saudi Arabia: All You Need to Know

By Mohammed Ameen

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New Istimara Fees in Saudi Arabia: All You Need to Know

Introducing the New Fee System

Saudi Arabia has decided to revise the fee for vehicle registration licenses, popularly known as Istimara. Starting Oct. 22, 2023, the new fee structure took effect. The new fees are primarily tied to a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. This article will discuss the details of the new Istimara fee structure.

Who’s Affected and When?

Those of you planning to purchase a 2024 model light vehicle will be the first to experience this new fee system. However, it’s essential to note that by 2024, all vehicles, be they light or heavy, will come under this fee structure.

Vehicle TypeTimeline
2024 Model Light VehicleStarting Oct. 22, 2023
All Vehicles (Light and Heavy)Starting the year 2024

Criteria for the Fees

The Istimara annual fee is based on two key factors. For light vehicles from model year 2015 and earlier, as well as all heavy vehicles, the fee is determined by engine capacity. However, for light vehicles from model year 2016 onwards, fuel efficiency becomes the deciding factor. This fee is segmented into five tiers based on fuel consumption rates, with the most fuel-efficient vehicles exempt from any fee.

Light and Heavy Vehicles Made in 2015 and Earlier

Classification levelEngine capacity (litres)Annual Fee (SAR)
1or less 1.90
22.4 – 1.9150
33.2 – 2.4185
44.5 – 3.21130
5Higher than 4.5190

Light Vehicles Made in 2016 Onwards

Classification levelFuel Economy (km/l)Annual Fee (SAR)
116 and Above0
5Less than 10190


In conclusion, Saudi Arabia’s new Istimara fee structure emphasizes the importance of fuel efficiency in vehicles. Whether you own an older model or plan to purchase a new one, it’s crucial to understand these changes. Remember, choosing a more fuel-efficient vehicle might save you money in registration fees. Stay informed and make the best choice for your needs!