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    Steps to Transfer Car Registration from one City to Another

    Steps for Car Registration Transfer

    • Get a NOC from the Bank

    • Get a NOC from the RTO where you vehicle is registered

    • Re-registering process in the new city

    • Refund of road tax

    • Cancellation of NOC if you have not moved your vehicle


    For those who are moving from one city to another, transferring their car registration from one city to another might seem like an arduous task. While the whole procedure might seem complicated and lengthy, knowing where to start and what exactly needs to be done might help you along the way. To start with, if one is shifting from possibly Delhi to Bangalore, the first step that the car owner needs to do is to re-register his/her car in the state/city he/she is moving to. This has to be done before you get a NOC (No-objection certificate) from the where the car has been registered originally. That said, the re-registration needs to be done before the NOC expires. To help you step by step, the whole process has been explained in detail.

    Step 1: Get a NOC from the Bank

    If you have availed a loan to finance the car you own, you would first need to contact the bank and attain a NOC from them. Visit the bank and submit the necessary documents - address proof of new location, reason for transfer (job transfer, etc). The bank will then verify your application of transfer and if all the documents are legitimate, they will hand you a NOC.

    Step 2: Get a NOC from the RTO where you vehicle is registered

    After you have got your hands on the NOC given by the bank which you have availed a loan from, the next step will be to obtain a NOC from the RTO where your car has been registered. For example, if you are moving from Delhi to Bangalore, you would need to obtain a NOC from the RTO in Delhi. To get this done, Form 27 and Form 28 will have to be submitted along with the copy of the NOC you obtained from the bank and the below listed documents:

    • NOC application for interstate transfer.
    • Next, you will have to submit the certificate of registration, insurance document, tax slip, and your current emission test certificate.
    • The original chassis imprint of the vehicle will also have to be submitted.
    • A few copies of CMV Form 28.
    • To speed up the process, attain a NOC from the police department as well. This will prove that you have no pending cases and you are eligible to continue with the process of making the transfer.

    As soon as the NOC is obtained from the RTO, you are good to start the process of transferring your car from one city to another.

    Step 3: Re-registering process in the new city

    As soon as you have transferred your car, the first step you will have to take is to re-register your car in the new city. Most RTOs give customers a time of 6 months to a year to carry out the registration, but ensure that you complete the process before the NOC expires. Locate the RTO your area of residence falls under and carry the below listed documents to initiate the process.

    • Original RC copy
    • Copy of Insurance of the car.
    • Copy of the NOC you obtained in previous steps - from the bank, police department and the RTO.
    • Form 29-30 for re-registration.
    • Emission test certificate
    • Photo ID and local address proof.
    • Applicable fees like road tax, octroi charges.
    • Original chassis imprint of the vehicle.

    As soon as you have submitted the documents, the RTO will take a few days to issue your registration number. For this, going through an agent will surely speed up the process and the agent will make the process simpler. That said, if you are moving temporarily, do not go through the hassle of re-registration. As mentioned above, you can drive for a maximum of 12 months in a new city without the need of going for a re-registration - as per the rules of the RTO.

    Step 4: Refund of road tax

    For example, if the original place of registration is in Delhi, and you have paid a lifetime road tax and have then decided to move, you can actually file for a refund as you would either way need to pay road tax in the city you have moved to. To do this, you will have to first re-register your car in the new city then file for a refund from the RTO you originally registered your vehicle. Listed is the process that you would have to undergo to get a refund of the road tax. One will have to submit the following documents:

    • Road tax refund application.
    • RTO Form 16 which has been self-attested.
    • RC copy with new registration number.
    • Next, RC copy with old registration number.
    • Insurance certificate with new registration number.
    • Finally, Photo ID proof and proof of address.

    As soon as the documents have been submitted, both the RTOs - handling the old and new registration will contact each other to authenticate whether the re-registration is complete. The RTO of original registration will then request for a CRTI, only on receival of the CRTI will then initiate the process of refunding your road tax. The whole process is lengthy and could take up to 6 months for you to receive your refund.

    Step 5: Cancellation of NOC if you have not moved your vehicle

    If for some reason you have decided against moving to another city, you will have to apply for the cancellation of your NOC. To do this, you will have to follow the steps mentioned below.

    • Obtain a NUC (Non Utilisation Certificate) of NOC from the RTO where you got the NOC initially - this certificate validates the reason for not continuing the process of transferring your registration and cancellation of the NOC.
    • Next, you have to get an Affidavit stating the reason and certifying that there is no misuse of the vehicle and you want to cancel the NOC.

    If you are new to the whole process of interstate transfer of the registration of your vehicle, the process will seem complicated initially. You can diligently follow the steps mentioned above and get the job done, although it might take at least a month for the whole process to reach a wrap - considering that you would need to obtain NOCs from the police department, bank, RTO, etc., and then the process of re-registration of the vehicle in the new city that you have moved to. If you find yourself lost and unable to handle it on your own, you can always hire an agent to guide you through the whole process - though it might cost you a bit. Out of experience, getting the process done through an agent might be a little expensive, but the job will get done faster, saving you valuable time.

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