Buying a car or a two-wheeler is a dream for many. The comfort and convenience that a own vehicle gives is truly amazing. You no longer have to wait for a cab to pick you up or get almost strangled in a public bus. If you are planning on buying a new vehicle, you will have to know more about vehicle registration process.
What is Vehicle Registration?
In India, it is mandatory to register your new vehicle with the RTO. RTO stands for “Regional Transport Office”. Regional Transport Office is a government organisation that is responsible to keep a track of all the vehicles on Indian roads. For this purpose, every vehicle in India should be registered in the nearby RTO Office. Every vehicle that is registered will be given a vehicle registration card. Apart from vehicle registration or vahan registration, RTO is responsible for issuing driving licences, inspect vehicle insurance, and keep a tab of pollution created by vehicles.
The RTO assigns a permanent registration number to your vehicle that you will not be allowed to change under any circumstances. As soon as you buy the vehicle, the dealer will assign a temporary registration number which is usually valid for a month. Within one month, you should get a permanent registration number for your vehicle.
Why is Vehicle Registration Needed?
Vehicle registration is needed for many purposes. Firstly, it proves the ownership of the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle is the name of the person on whom the vehicle is registered as per the RTO records. It is required if you decide to sell the vehicle. Without a valid registration certificate, you do not have the legal rights to sell the vehicle or transfer the ownership of the vehicle. Also, in case of an accident, you will be able to track the driver or the owner of the vehicle through the vehicle registration details. This helps people in identifying the people involved in an accident and settle claims peacefully. Transport Ministry of India keeps a track of the number of vehicles in the country and registering every vehicle helps them get the statistics right.
The Legal Aspects
Registering a vehicle is a not a choice but a legal requirement in our country. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 makes vehicle registration mandatory in our country. Registration of vehicle falls under this Act. According to the Act, a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not registered and the registration number should be displayed on the vehicle at all times.
Documents required for vehicle registration
Some of the documents that you have to produce to get your vehicle registered are:
- Duly filled application form
- Original sale certificate
- Copy of valid vehicle insurance
- Identity proof
- Proof of residence
- Customs Clearance Certificate if the vehicle has been imported
- Challan receipt