Driving Licence Registration Certificate(RC)

In you are the owner of a vehicle, you must know the importance of the RC card/book. The Government of India has made it mandatory to carry a copy of the RC card/book while you are driving. A Registration Certificate copy or RC is a document that proves your vehicle is registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) authorities. Nowadays, you can avail your Registration Certificate copy in the form of a Smart card.

The smart card will have the following information on it:

  • Registration Number
  • Registration Date
  • Engine Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Colour of the vehicle
  • Type of the vehicle
  • Seating Capacity
  • Model Number

How to Apply for a Vehicle RC?

Follow the steps mentioned below to apply for a Registration Certificate:

  • Visit the RTO nearby.
  • The officer at RTO will inspect your vehicle.
  • You will have to submit a completed Form 20 at the RTO along with other required documents.
  • The RTO officer will take an imprint of the vehicle chassis number.
  • Pay the fee for registration.

Documents Required to obtain a RC

You will need the below mentioned documents to get your vehicle registered:

  • Form 20 (Filled up application form).
  • Form 21 (Sales certificate issued by vehicle dealer).
  • Form 34.
  • Form 22 and 22A.
  • PAN card.
  • Passport size photographs.
  • Vehicle invoice.
  • Address proof.

How to Renew vehicle RC?

A Registration Certificate is valid for 15 years from the date of issuance. After expiry, you can apply for RC renewal and get it renewed every 5 years for as long as vehicle is deemed fit by the RTO.

Follow the steps mentioned below for RC renewal:

  • Fill the required details in Form 25.
  • Submit a completed Form 25 at the RTO where you had got your vehicle initially registered.
  • Pay the fee.

Documents required for RC renewal:

  • Form 25 for application.
  • Vehicle’s Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.
  • R.C.Book
  • Vehicle Fitness certificate
  • Certificate of registration*
  • Documents proving the timely payment of the road tax.
  • Vehicle’s insurance certificate
  • A copy of PAN card or Form 60 & 61 (as applicable).
  • Chassis & Engine Pencil Print.
  • Vehicle owner’s signature identification.

But what should you do if you lose your smart card (original)? Well, do not worry or panic. As long as you know the process well, it is not difficult to get a duplicate smart card issued. You must also have all the required documents in place before you apply for the duplicate smart card.

How to Apply for Duplicate RC?

  • Firstly, you need register a complaint with the police at the nearest police station. You must provide all the details about how and where exactly you lost your RC card. You must also mention the registration number of your vehicle, model, your name and address, chasis number of the vehicle, engine number, etc.
  • A challan will be issued to you that says ‘RC Card Lost’.
  • Download Form 26 and fill it up. You will easily find this form on the official website of RTO.
  • If you purchased the car or bike on loan, you will have to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the bank that gave you the money.
  • A triplicate copy of Form 26 should carry the endorsement of vehicle registering authority.
  • You must carry a photocopy of your vehicle insurance, emission test paper and driving licence.
  • Submit all of these documents to the vehicle registering authority.
  • Pay the required amount for your duplicate smart card.

Documents Required for a Duplicate RC

  • Form 26 for application.
  • Police certificate.
  • Vehicle’s PUC certificate.
  • Vehicle’s insurance certificate.
  • Address proof.
  • Challan clearance from traffic police & Enforcement wing Transport Department in case of commercial vehicles.
  • Tax clearance certificate from Accounts Department in case of commercial vehicles.
  • A valid copy of PAN Card or Form 60 & Form 61(as applicable)
  • Chassis & Engine Pencil Print.
  • Signature Identification of owner.
  • Affidavit stating that RC is lost and has not been impounded.

FAQs on Driving Licence Registration Certificate

  1. How can I check pending transactions against my vehicle?
  2. To check pending transactions against vehicle, follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Step 1: Visit https://vahan.parivahan.gov.in/vahanservice/vahan/
    • Step 2 Select "Status" and Select "Check Pending Transaction"
    • Step 3: Fill your Registration No., Chassis No. (Last 5 Digit) or Transaction Number
    • Step 4: Select "Show Details" tab.
    • Step 5: Select "Transaction Number" and check the pending transactions.
  3. How can I change details mentioned on vehicle RC?
  4. Follow the steps mentioned below to change details mention on RC:

    • Step 1: Visit https://vahan.parivahan.gov.in/vahanservice/vahan/
    • Step 2: Enter your "Vehicle Registration Number"
    • Step 3: Select "Proceed"
    • Step 4: Select the "Basic Services" Option
    • Step 5: Enter your Last 5 Digit of chassis No and Click on "Validate Regn_no/Chasi_no"
    • Step 6: Generate OTP, Enter correct OTP and Submit
    • Step 7: Select "Change Of Address"
    • Step 8: Enter "Service Details"
    • Step 9: Update "Insurance Details"
    • Step 10: Pay fee as it Shows
    • Step 11: Upload Doc and take Appointment
  5. How to surrender the RC?
  6. Follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Step 1: Visit https://vahan.parivahan.gov.in/vahanservice/vahan/
    • Step 2: Enter your "Vehicle Registration Number"
    • Step 3: Click on "Proceed"
    • Step 4: Select on "Online Services" and choose "RC SURRENDER"
    • Step 5: Feed Last 5 Digit of Chassis No and Click on "Validate Regn_no/Chasi_no"
    • Step 6: Select Generate OTP and Enter OTP to Submit
    • Step 7: Enter "Service Details"
    • Step 8: Update "Insurance Details"
    • Step 9: Review Fee Panel and Proceed
    • Step 10: Pay fee as it Shows
    • Step 11: Upload documents and take appointment.

*Disclaimer

News About Driving Licence Registration Certificate(RC)

  • Karnataka Government seeks Centre's permission to issue DLs in digital format

    The Karnataka Government has sought permission from the Central Government to start issuing driving licenses (DLs) in the digital format. Registration Certificates (RCs) in the digital format have been issued by the state's transport department since 1 November 2021. The state had stopped the issuance of RCs from 1 November and will stop issuing DLs in the smartcard format next. If approved, the digitally signed documents can be used through DigiLocker or shown as a printout which can also be laminated. Diglocker or mParivahan can be used on smartphones to show these documents from 1 October 2020.

    24 November 2021

  • New vehicles in Bangalore won’t need RC cards

    According to a new rule by the Transport Department in Bangalore, the authoritative body has decided that new vehicles will not be requiring registration certificates (RC). The owners of new vehicles instead of being assigned a smart card will be getting their RC in a digitised format.

    Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday launched close to 30 transport related online services which also included services such as issuing of driving license, new vehicle registration, getting an international permit for driving, etc.

    A new owner can simply get their vehicle registered online by providing the necessary details and paying the fee online making the whole process simple and hassle-free. This will also help in reduction in use of paper.

    2 November 2021

  • Central Government to make Aadhaar mandatory for driving licence and RC

    In a drive to ensure safety in online services, the Central Government has recently introduced a new amendment wherein Aadhaar card will be made compulsory for obtaining driving licence and registration certificate of a vehicle across the country.

    The step has been taken to ensure that the registration of vehicle on benami names is kept under check. It will also keep a check on the production driving licence by providing fake documents.

    4 February 2021

  • Social distancing norms not being followed at the Regional Transport Office

    In Bareilly, as the transport department started allowing driving license applicants to apply for their licenses and other services at the RTOs, social distancing rules have been neglected to a great extent. With a higher number of applicants increasing at the driving license counter, the guidelines which were put up to adhere with to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were not followed. Queues were formed without maintaining social distancing norms without wearing masks. The regional transport authorities had mentioned that the adequate measures were being taken by the department and people who only wear masks can be permitted to enter the RTO office. The Senior Assistant Regional Transport Officer of Bareilly, RP Singh, stated that all services were suspended due to COVID-19, and now some of the services resumed after Unlock 1.0. There are around 180-200 people who are coming to the RTO to get a permanent driver’s license as the online driving license software is not functioning.

    The RTO works in three shifts which are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and only 10 people are allowed to stand near the driving license counter to maintain social distancing.

    22 June 2020

  • Government takes a forward step in abolishing the need of carrying hard copy of driving related documents

     With the introduction of allowing the general public to store the electronic form of documents such as the driving licence, pollution under control certificate and the registration certificate of the vehicle, the government has taken a step forward in abolishing the need of carrying hard copy of these documents. The central government has issued a Statement of Purpose (SOP) which states that the electronic form of the documents would be accepted in the same manner as the hard copy of those documents.

    With the documents now being stored online, he whole process of issuing challan to the offenders has also shifted online. The move of introducing a system where the documents can be stored online in the mParivahan or the Digilocker app will not only benefit the general public but also the authorities as they can easily keep track of every offence conducted on the road. The amount of paperwork will be reduced to the minimum as well.    

    24 December 2018

  • DL and RC digital forms to be accepted in the digital form says the transport ministry

    The transport ministry has directed the police departments of all the states to accept the digital form of the driving licence and registration certificate that is stored on the mParivahan or the Digilocker. Hard copies of these documents need not be carried anywhere which will relieve the riders from the hassle of carrying it in the vehicle everytime they go out on the road. As per the Information Technology act of 2000, all the documents that are carried in digital form have to treated with the same terms as the hard copies of those documents.

    As per the Motor Vehicles act of 1988, any person who is driving a vehicle on the roads of India has to carry the driving licence and registration certificate of the vehicle mandatorily. The new advisory issued by the central government to the police departments of all the states has come after many people complained about the non-acceptance of the digital copies of the documents through the Right To Information Act.     

    16 August 2018

  • In a new initiative by the Government, vehicle drivers can carry soft copy of pollution control certificates

    The government has announced that vehicle drivers are not required to carry a hard copy of the pollution control certificate with them saying that a digital copy of the same will suffice. Also, the need for fitness registration certificate at the time of the registration of the vehicle has been discarded by the government. Some of the other changes that have been implemented by the government include changing the validity of the duration of the fitness certificate. For a vehicle that is not more than 8 years old, the fitness certificate will be valid for a period of two years and for a vehicle that is more than 8 years old, the fitness certificate will be valid for a period of a year.

    20 July 2018

  • In a new initiative by the Government, vehicle drivers can carry soft copy of pollution control certificates

    The government has announced that vehicle drivers are not required to carry a hard copy of the pollution control certificate with them saying that a digital copy of the same will suffice. Also, the need for fitness registration certificate at the time of the registration of the vehicle has been discarded by the government. Some of the other changes that have been implemented by the government include changing the validity of the duration of the fitness certificate. For a vehicle that is not more than 8 years old, the fitness certificate will be valid for a period of two years and for a vehicle that is more than 8 years old, the fitness certificate will be valid for a period of a year.

    20 July 2018

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