List of Documents Required for Vehicle Registration at RTO

Have you got a new car for yourself? Do you own the most amazing two-wheeler? Well, you still can’t drive it if you have not yet registered them. Ideally, any new vehicle should be registered with RTO within seven days of purchasing it. Registration of your new car or bike actually makes you the owner of that vehicle. Without registration, a person does not have any legal rights on the vehicle. Vehicle registration has proven so beneficial even in occasional scenarios such as tracking the driver or vehicle by using the details present with RTO. Even vehicles that caused any accidents or any unfortunate incident can be tracked using the Vehicle registration & RTO information database. In short, it is crucial for every vehicle to have a registration number and RTO must record all the statistics for managing all the fleet operations.

As per the Motor Vehicle Act, every vehicle should hold a Registration Certificate commonly known as RC. Those who do not have an RC cannot drive their vehicles on Indian roads. It should be noted that an RC is valid only for 15 years after which it needs to be renewed. RC can only be renewed for 5 years of time. A permanent RC is issued within a month’s time however a temporary RC is provided to the applicant for a short-term basis. A Temporary RC is valid only for 30 days. 

Getting your vehicle registered becomes an easy job if you know what essential documents are required to complete all the formalities. Here’s the list of documents required for vehicle registration at RTO:

  • Form 20 or basically the application form for vehicle registration
  • Form 21 i.e. sales certificate given by the seller or dealer
  • Form 22 i.e. roadworthiness certificate handed over by the dealer
  • Identity Proof
  • Address Proof
  • Age proof documents
  • Passport size photographs
  • Customs Clearance Certificate if the vehicle is imported
  • Copy of Vehicle insurance documents
  • Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
  • Sales tax certificate in case the vehicle is bought from another state
  • PAN Card copy
  • The temporary registration number issued by RTO
  • Vehicle invoice
  • Registration fee receipt

To complete the registration formalities, you need to visit your local RTO. It is advised to go through all the details about your local RTO including the fees and timings of RTO as these can vary from one state to another. Everything has digitized with time and almost all information is available online for the convenience of people. Thus, a person living in Karnataka can check the RTO Office details in Karnataka online before planning a visit to make the whole procedure convenient. Once the above documents are submitted to the local RTO, the concerned officer checks them and gives approval after which a permanent registration number is issued to the applicant. A registration certificate is provided by the RTO once everything has been verified. It is important to carry either a soft copy or a hard copy of RC while driving or else your vehicle can be seized by the traffic police.