What is Vehicle Registration and Why is it Needed?
Vehicle Registration involves the recording of a motor vehicle in the official records after due verification. Vehicle Registration is mandatory under the law and is essential to prove the ownership of a vehicle. It is also required during the sale of a vehicle and transfer of its ownership.
The Legal Framework
The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988(External website that opens in a new window) is the principal instrument for regulation of motor vehicular traffic throughout the country, which falls under the Concurrent List of Schedule VII of the Constitution of India. The implementation of various provisions of this Act rests with the State Governments.
Registration of Motor Vehicles lies under the purview of this Act. The Act provides that no person should drive a vehicle, and that no owner of a motor vehicle shall cause or permit a vehicle to be driven, in any public place, unless the vehicle is registered and the certificate of registration of the vehicle has not been suspended or cancelled, and the vehicle carries a Registration Mark displayed in the required manner.
What You Need to Do to Register Your Vehicle
To register a new, private, non-commercial vehicle, you need to apply in the prescribed form (either available online or with the concerned local authorities) to the RTO (Regional Transport Officer)/Transport Department of the area of your residence. You will be required to produce the sale certificate issued by the vehicle dealer, the road-worthiness certificate issued by the manufacturer, an attested copy of a valid vehicle insurance policy, documents as proof of address, a print of the chassis number and such other papers as may be needed. In addition, you will be asked to submit one-time road tax and the required registration fee. The vehicle will be physically inspected by the Inspecting Authority and a unique Registration Mark assigned to the vehicle for display thereon.
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Register Vehicle: Andhra Pradesh
Every owner of a motor vehicle shall cause the vehicle to be registered by a Registrating Authority in whose jurisdiction he has his residence or the place of business where the vehicle is normally kept.
For more information, visit: http://www.aptransport.org (External website that opens in a new window).
Register Vehicle: Arunachal Pradesh
District Transport Offices (DTOs) located at each District HQ.
The fee charged differs according to the type of vehicle and the details may be obtained from the concerned DTO.
The application forms to register a motor vehicle are available at
http://chdtransport.gov.in/ServicesRLA.asp(External website that opens in a new window).
Register Vehicle: Delhi
A vehicle can be driven or allowed to be driven in public place only after registration by registering authority as under the provision of section 39 of motor vehicle Act 1988.
You have to approach your local zonal office of the Transport Department for registration of private/non-commercial vehicles. There are few dealers who have also been given the registration powers,delivers the vehicles after registration only. To locate your concerned zonal office press zonal offices. For registration of commercial vehicles you have to approach to office of M.L.O.(Head Qtr.),Transport Department,Under Hill Road,Delhi-110054. For registration of TaxiTSR you have to approach MLO (AR) inspection unit Burari.
Procedure for registration of new private/non commercial vehicle?
The registration procedure includes the vehicle to be inspected physically by Inspecting Authority at zonal office for its particulars and followed by registration.The documents required to apply the registration are as follows :-
After allocation of registration numbers, fee slip is given to the applicant on the same day and above documents are kept by the zonal office. The registration fee slip can be retained as registration proof till registration certificate is not delivered.
The registration certificate Form ? 23 can be collected on any subsequent working day after depositing the registration fee slip.
Procedure for Dealers to register the vehicles
Under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act,Transport Department has authorised few dealers to register the vehicles at their end for the benefit of public and to avoid the hassles in registration procedure.
The dealer cannot deliver unregistered vehicles to the customers. The dealer gets the vehicle registered in the name of customer first then will hand over the vehicle to the customer.A trade certificate is issued to the dealers to drive the vehicles to the zonal office for registration purposes. Un-registered vehicle if found plying on the Roads shall be liable to be prosecuted under MV Act.
Transfer of ownership of a vehicle
The transfer of ownership of a vehicle is to be applied in the concerned zonal office where vehicle is already registered and following are the documents to be submitted :-
Transfer of ownership in case of death of the registered owner.
In such case the application is to be made to the original registered authority by the first legal heirs/the person succeeding to the possession of the vehicle with following documents.
Endorsement of the hypothecation and its deletion
If a vehicle is purchased on loan from a financier the same could be endorsed in the registration certificate when the loan is repaid and following are the documents required :
Procedure for registration of new commercial vehicle
All commercial / transport vehicles are registered with the M.L.O at the Head Quarter of the transport department, where the application is to be made with the following requirement.
Procedure of re-registration of motor vehicles brought to Delhi from other states
If a registered owner of a vehicle brings the vehicle to Delhi, which is already registered in some other state after obtaining a N.O.C from the concerned state can apply for re-registration in Delhi, The documents required are as under:
Note : Such registration of vehicle are subject to clearance from National Crime Record Bureau. The Transport Department arranges the clearance certificate themselves.
For more information regarding the issue of No Objection Certificate, re-registration of private vehicles, duplicate registration certificate, temporary registration, etc., visit http://transport.delhigovt.nic.in
Register Vehicle: Goa
For registration of a new vehicle, the owner is required to produce the below mentioned documents to the Registering Authority.
Register Vehicle: Haryana
Apply on the prescribed form. Attach proof of purchase, insurance, Pollution Control Certificate, details of the vehicle, impression of the engine & Chessis no., etc. This is followed by inspection by the MVI. Deposit the requisite fee and road tax. Deposit the required documents. After a specified time, the registration certificate is issued.
Registration of vehicles is necessary since vehicles are allowed to be driven in a public place only after registration by the registering authority, as under the provisions of Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.
You have to approach your local Registering & Licensing Authority (RLA), who is the SDO(Civil)/ SDM in Himachal Pradesh, for Private and Commercial (Transport) vehicles. The Regional Transport Officers in Himachal Pradesh also register commercial vehicles including taxis. The SDMs do not register taxis and auto-rickshaws. Those are registered only by the concerned RTO of the area.
The registration procedure includes a physical inspection of the vehicle for its particulars, by the Inspecting Authority, and is followed by the registration of the vehicle. The documents required to apply for registration are as follows:
After collection of the fee the documents file will be kept by the RLA and the slip given to the applicant on the same day. The registration fee slip can be retained as registration proof till the registration certificate is delivered. The registration certificate Form-23 can be collected on any subsequent working day after depositing the registration fee slip. The vehicle numbers are allotted to the vehicles after the approval of the cases by the RLA.
All vehicles must be produced at the time of Re-Registration. All the private vehicles are required to be re-registered after 15 years. The vehicle will be re-registered for another five years and the tax on personal motor vehicles/ scooters/motor cycles used or kept for use in Himachal Pradesh for every further period of five years from the date of renewal of the certificate of registration, under Sub-Section (10) of Section 41 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, is charged at the rate of thirty percent (30%) of the tax already paid at the time of the first registration of such personal motor vehicles/ scooters/ motor cycles.
The seller’s Insurance Policy will be deemed to be transferred in the name of the transferee but he must get the document transferred in his name within 14 days.
Application to the concerned Authority in Form no. 18.
In case of Transport Vehicles, Clearance Certificate from RLA/RTO/AETC
Register Vehicle: Jharkhand
All Indian citizens who purchase a vehicle are eligible.
The District Transport Officer is the concerned authority for providing the service.
The owner first applies for the registration of his/her vehicle in Form – 20 along with the following documents.
Registration fee, Fitness fee, Choice Number fee (if registration number of one’s choice is opted for), Hire-purchase fee (if the vehicle is held under hire-purchase) are charged during registration.
Registration fee: Varies from Rs.20/- to Rs.600/- depending on the make, model, size of the vehicle and vehicle usage.
Fitness Fee: Varies from Rs.100/- to Rs.400/- depending on the make, model, size of the vehicle and vehicle usage.
Choice Number Fee: Rs.5000/-
Hire-purchase Fee: Rs.100/-
Form – 20 (Application form)
Form – 60 (Form of Declaration to be filled by a person who does not have either a permanent account number or a General Index Register Number)
Register Vehicle: Karnataka
Under the provision of Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, registration of a vehicle is mandatory, as vehicles are allowed to be driven in public places only after registration by the concerned registering authority,
Procedure for registration of new private/non-commercial vehicle
After purchasing the vehicle from a dealer, the applicant shall produce the following application/ documents/ fees and tax challan:
i. Ration Card
iii. LIC Policy
iv. Electricity or Telephone bill
v. Pay slip issued by any office of the Central Government or a State
vi. Government or a Local body.
vii. House tax receipt.
10. Registration Fee, Fitness Certificate, issue and permit fee in case of transport vehicle, hypothecation entry fee to be paid after assessment.
11. Income Tax PAN Number (PAN Card Xerox copy) or Form 60 or Form no. 61 (in case of Agriculturists).
12. Bonafide agriculture certificate issued by the Tahsildar in case of registration of Tractor-Trailer unit used for agriculture. In case of new trailer, design approval proceedings issued by the Commissioner of Transport to be produced.
13. Permit proceedings, if any, in case of transport vehicles.
14. Advance Registration allotment letter, if any, to be enclosed with fees-paid proof.
All the related applications shall be filed before the Registering Authority and the vehicle shall be produced for inspection in the premises of the R.T.O.
After inspection of the new vehicle, the application, along with documents, shall be submitted in the new registration branch for allotment of a new registration mark.
For further information, visit : http://rto.kar.nic.in
The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 prohibits driving of a motor vehicle in any public place or in any other place without registering it. It is essential that the particulars of every vehicle and its owner should be available with the concerned department or office of Government and the vehicle also should be distinguishable from other vehicles by sight with the help of the Registration Mark displayed on the vehicle.
The registration mark should be displayed in specified places and in specified manner.
Application for registration of a new vehicle has to be submitted before the Registering Authority in jurisdiction, in which the applicant is residing or having his business and the place where the vehicle is normally kept.
The application for registration shall be made in Form 20(External website that opens in a new window) within a period of 7 days from the date of delivery of such vehicle excluding the period of journey.
After inspecting the vehicle, the applicant shall be given an acknowledgment receipt. The allotted vehicle number will be displayed on that day itself in the notice board and the department website at: www.keralamvd.gov.in(External website that opens in a new window).
The Registration Certificate shall be delivered within 3 days by Speed Post to the registered address
Regional Transport Offices and Sub Regional Transport Offices
Fees & Tax Deposition Time: 10.30 am to 1.00 pm.
Inspection of vehicle: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm
|Fees||Class of Vehicle||As specified in Rule 81 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules||Service Charge (As per G.O. (Rt) No. 129/05/Tran dtd 31.03.05 &
G.O. (MS) No. 39/2007/Trans dtd 05.10.2007)
|a) Invalid Carriage||20.00||–||20.00|
|b) Motor Cycle||60.00||50.00||110.00|
|c) Light Motor Vehicle|
|ii) Light Commercial Vehicle||300.00||150.00||450.00|
|d) Medium Goods Vehicle||400.00||200.00||600.00|
|e) Medium Passenger Vehicle||400.00||200.00||600.00|
|f) Heavy Goods Vehicle||600.00||300.00||900.00|
|g) Heavy Passenger Vehicle||600.00||300.00||900.00|
|h) Imported Vehicle||800.00||150.00||950.00|
|i) Imported Motor Cycle||200.00||50.00||250.00|
|j) Any Other Vehicle||-||-||-|
|i) Light Motor Vehicle||300.00||150.00||450.00|
|ii) Medium Motor Vehicle||300.00||200.00||500.00|
|iii) Heavy Motor Vehicle||300.00||300.00||600.00|
Anyone above 18 years of age can register his/ her vehicle.
Vehicle owners have to remit challans for Rs.60 for two wheelers, Rs.300 for LMVs, and Rs.400 for heavy motor vehicles.
Form – 20, along with challan, Sales certificate, pollution certificate, insurance certificate, and proof of address, has to be submitted to the RTO/SDO/ASDO office in the respective islands for registering the vehicle.
Vehicle owners can submit the form during office hours. After submitting the form, the owner has to bring the vehicle for inspection to the RTO office in Kavaratti island, and to the SDO/ASDO office in the other islands. They will inspect the vehicle and allot a number with the RC book.
The Regional Transport Officer is the issuing authority.
Vehicle registration is done at the R.T.O office located in each district. The vehicle is to be taken for registration to the RTO office, along with proof of residence and documents of the purchased vehicle.
Vehicle owners have to fill up the registration form and submit it to the concerned DTO along with 2 passport-size photographs, Purchase Certificate, Pollution Control Certificate, Proof of Certificate and the necessary fees depending on the type of the vehicle.
Register Vehicle: Meghalaya
No motor vehicle shall be driven or be permitted to be driven in a public place unless it is registered.
An application for registration has to be made in Form 20 (16 KB)(PDF file that opens in a new window) , enclosing the following documents :-
i. Form 21, Form 22.
Form 34 (8 KB)(PDF file that opens in a new window) if the vehicle is under hypothecation.
ii. Address proof.
iii. Sale Letter.
iv. Insurance Certificate.
v. Vehicle for registration is needed to be produced before the registering authority for inspection.
The registering authority shall register the vehicle on realisation of motor vehicle tax and the prescribed fee for registration.
The registering authority shall assign to the vehicle, for display thereon, a distinguishing mark (Registration Mark).
For renewal of the Registration Certificate, an application has to be made in Form 25 along with the Registration Certificate and Insurance Certificate.
For further information, visit : http://megtransport.nic.in/
Register Vehicle: Mizoram
A vehicle can be driven in a public place only after registration is done by the registering authority, under the provisions of Section 39 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
The procedure for registration includes physical inspection of the vehicle for its particulars, by the Inspecting authority, at the D.T.O. Office, and is followed by registration.
For further information, visit: http://transmizo.nic.in/vehicle.htm(External website that opens in a new window).
Register Vehicle: Punjab
Every owner of a motor vehicle shall cause the vehicle to be registered by a Registering Authority in whose jurisdiction he has his residence or place of business, where the vehicle is normally kept.
Types of Registration Services
10. State Codes
11. Categorization of vehicles
12. Form and manner of display of registration marks on the motor vehicle
Note: Various relevant forms required for these services are available at
An application for Temporary Registration, under the Act, shall be made on a plain paper, marked “Temporary”, to the Registering Authority or to the dealer dealing in the sale of New Motor Vehicles, appointed by the Government as a Registering Authority.
Extension of Temporary Registration
An application for the extension of the period of Temporary Registration shall be made to the Registering Authority, specifying the period upto which extension is necessary and shall be accompanied by the Temporary Registration Form C.R.Tem.
10. Tax as specified in the Schedule of the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act
An application for registration of a Motor Vehicle shall be made in Form 20 to the Registering Authority within a period of 30 days from the date of delivery of such a vehicle excluding the period of journey and accompanied by the following documents:
Assignment of Registration mark
On receipt of an application, the Registering Authority, while assigning registration mark as laid down in Rule 80, shall assign the registration number which falls in serial order after the last registration mark assigned.
Assignment of a registration mark of one’s choice: The Registering Authority shall assign a registration mark of his choice to the owner of a motor vehicle, from amongst the registration marks reserved for choice in each series on payment of such additional fee as may be fixed by the Government from time to time provided that:
Punjab = PB, followed by the code number of the Registering Authority to be allotted by the State Government, not exceeding four figures, to be used as the registration mark.
Where the four figures referred to in paragraph 1 reaches 9999, the next series shall begin, with alphabet ‘A’ followed by not more than four figures and thereafter with alphabet ‘B’ followed by not more than four figures and so on, until all the alphabets excluding ‘I’ and ‘O’ are exhausted.
Provided that the letters shall be in English and the figures shall be in Arabic numeral and the letters and figures shall be painted in reflecting colours and shall be shown:
Renewal of Certificate
An application for the renewal of the Certificate of Registration shall be made in Form 25, not more than 60 days before the date of its expiry, by paying the appropriate fee as specified in Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, to the Registering Authority in whose Jurisdiction the vehicle is.
Duplicate Certificate of Registration
An application for the issue of a duplicate Certificate of Registration shall be made in Form 26. If covered by Finance/ Hire Purchase/ Lease, with the signatures of the Financier must be obtained on Form 26 in duplicate, duly paying the appropriate fee as specified in Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, and the form submitted to the Registering Authority in whose jurisdiction the vehicle is.
Transfer of Ownership
An application for the issue of a Transfer of Ownership shall be made in Form 29 (in Duplicate) and Form 30, in Duplicate if covered by Finance/ Hire Purchase/ Lease, with the signatures of the financer, duly paying the appropriate fee as specified in Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, to the Registering Authority in whose jurisdiction the transferor and transferee reside or have their place of business.
Issue of No Objection Certificate
An application for the issue of a No Objection Certificate shall be made in Form 28(in triplicate) to the Registering Authority by which the vehicle was previously Registered/ transferred.
Change of Residence
An application for recording of change in residence in the Certificate of Registration of a Motor Vehicle shall be made by the owner of the vehicle in Form 33, duly paying the appropriate fee of Rs.20/-.
Assignment of new registration mark on removal of vehicle to another state
Section 47 of the M.V. Act, 1988 provides for the assignment of a new registration mark on the transfer of a vehicle to another state.
The application for assignment of a new registration mark to a motor vehicle shall be made in Form 27 of the CMV rules, along with the N.O.C. specified under Section 48 of the M.V. Act, 1988, issued in Form 28 of the CMV rules, 1989.
A period of 12 months is provided for the re-assignment of a registration mark to a vehicle, under Section 47 of the M.V. Act.
Hire-Purchase, Lease or Hypothecation agreement
An application for making an entry or Hire-Purchase, Lease or Hypothecation agreement in the Certificate of Registration of a Motor Vehicle shall be made in Form 34, duly signed by the registered owner of the vehicle and the financier, duly paying the appropriate fee of Rs.100/-.
Termination of Hire Purchase Agreement
An application for making an entry of Termination of Hire Purchase, Lease or Hypothecation agreement in the Certificate of Registration of a Motor vehicle shall be made in Form 35., duly signed by the registered owner of the vehicle and the financier, duly paying the appropriate fee of Rs.100/- only.
Line of letters and numerals of the registration mark
The dimension of letters and figures of the registration mark and the space between different letters and numerals and letters and edge of the plain surface shall be as follows.
Provided that when the registration mark is exhibited in one horizontal line, there shall be a hyphen between the letters (including the code number of the Registering Authority) and the numerals. The length and thickness of the hypen shall be not less than three-fourth and one-fourth of a centimeter respectively.
Fees for Issue or Renewal of Certificate of Registration
|S.No.||Type of Vehicle||Amount|
|Light Motor Vehicle|
|ii) Light commercial Vehicle||Rs.300/-|
|Imported Motor Vehicle||Rs.800/-|
|Imported Motor Cycle||Rs.200/-|
|Any other Vehicle not mentioned above||Rs.300/-|
|2.||Issue of duplicate certificate of registration||Half of the fee mentioned against Serial No. 1|
|3.||Transfer of ownership||Half of the fee mentioned against Serial No. 1|
|4.||Change of Residence|
Issuance of Vehicle Registration is a service that is extended by the Transport Department through their District Transport Offices. The designated registration authority, after verification of eligibility, issues the registration certificates.
The details can be accessed from http://transport.rajasthan.gov.in/registration.htm.
Meet the Motor Vehicle Inspector who will give you the required forms on payment of Rs. 40. He will also ask you to produce a Bank Receipt of a certain amount, according to the category (private, taxi, goods carrier, etc). A certificate from the Commercial Tax office stating that the sales tax for the new vehicle has been paid, should also be obtained.
Two copies of pencil imprints of the Chassis number are also required. With these documents, the applicant will meet the concerned MVI, who will allocate a registration number. He will give a receipt with the engine number, chassis number and registration number and a validity date within which your registration will be finalised. After this receipt is received, one can display the given registration number on the vehicle. Before the expiry date, the department will give a duly filled form with all the vehicle details and details of the owner. This form should be produced in the computer section of the RTO?s office. Once the details of the form are entered into the computer, the smartcard is printed and given. One has to pay for the smartcard separately according to the category of vehicle registration.
Register Vehicle: Tamil Nadu
Related Forms can be downloaded from http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/ApplicationForms.html(External website that opens in a new window)
Documents to be enclosed
Fees to be paid
i. upto 30 days Rs.40
ii. upto 60 days Rs.75
iii. above 60 days Rs.150
For other details, refer the Citizen Charter document at http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/eng cc/REG.html(External website that opens in a new window).
Register Vehicle: Tripura
Registration of vehicles is necessary since vehicles are allowed to be driven in a public place only after registration by the registering authority, as under the provision of Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
The Department of Transport, Government of Tripura, is the provider for this service, as also the office of the Deputy Transport Commissioner (at the State level) and the District Transport Officers (3 numbers).
Procedure for registration of a new private/non-commercial vehicle
The registration procedure includes physical inspection of the vehicle for its particulars, by the Inspecting Authority at the Transport local office, and is followed by the registration of the vehicle. The documents required for applying for registration are as follows:
After allocation of registration numbers, a fee slip is given to the applicant on the same day, and the zonal office keeps the above documents. The registration fee slip can be retained as registration proof till the registration certificate is delivered. The registration certificate Form ? 23 can be collected on any subsequent working day after depositing the registration fee slip.
Relevant Websites for more information
Register Vehicle: Uttar Pradesh
Registration of vehicles is necessary since vehicles are allowed to be driven in public place only after registration by registering authority, as under the provision of section 39 of motor vehicle Act 1988.
The vehicle owner has to approach the local RTO/ARTO office of the Transport Department for registration of his/her vehicle.
For registration of the vehicle, one has to apply to the Registering Authority within seven days of purchase along with the following documents:
Register Vehicle: Uttarakhand
Anybody with a local address
Assistant/Regional Transport Officer
Form 20 and Form A which can be downloaded from http://gov.ua.nic.in/transport
Register Vehicle: West Bengal
Registration of vehicles is necessary since vehicles are allowed to be driven in a public place only after registration by the registering authority, as under the provision of Section 39 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
The person has to approach the local Regional Transport Office (RTO) of the Transport Department for registration of private/ commercial vehicles. After payment of necessary fees and inspection, the vehicle is registered and a unique registration number is given.
The registration procedure includes physical inspection of the vehicle for its particulars, by the Inspecting Authority at the RTO, and is followed by registration of the vehicle.
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