How to Transfer Vehicle Ownership in Kolkata

Buying or selling a second-hand car comes with its own set of mandatory legal procedures. The most important aspect of this is the transfer of the ownership of the vehicle. This has to be done within 30 days of the vehicle's purchase. You can do this in Kolkata at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) where you reside.

Laws for Vehicle Ownership Transfer

It is mandatory that the owner of the vehicle completes the transfer of vehicle ownership within 30 days of purchase. If the owner has bought a car which is registered at an RTO that is not at the place where they reside, then an NOC has to be obtained from the RTO where it was registered. This has to be submitted along with other documents for vehicle ownership transfer to the RTO where they reside. There is a fine of Rs.500 if the transfer is not completed within 30 days.

List of RTOs in Kolkata

Given below is the list of RTOs in Kolkata with the kind of vehicles that are designated under them for registration:

RTO Name RTO Number Type of Vehicle
Beltala WB-01 Two-Wheeler
Beltala WB-02 Private Four-Wheeler
Beltala WB-03 Goods Carriage
Beltala WB-04 Commercial Vehicle
Beltala WB-05 Commercial Vehicle
Beltala WB-06 Private Vehicle
Beltala WB-07 Private Vehicle

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for Transfer of Vehicle Ownership in Kolkata

These are the stages in the process of vehicle ownership transfer:

Stage 1 – Obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the traffic department

This is applicable if the buyer and seller are residing in different RTO jurisdictions in the city. If the car is not registered in the state of West Bengal itself, then it will have to be de-registered in the state where it is currently registered and then the process of transfer of vehicle ownership can be initiated.

If you have to get an NOC from another state, then submit the duly filled in Form 28 to the original RTO. Also, you must obtain a Form 29 from the same RTO.

If the vehicle is registered in Kolkata but not in the RTO where you reside, then you will also have to obtain an NOC from the original RTO before you initiate the transfer of vehicle ownership process.

Stage 2 – Submit the required documents at your RTO

  • Submit the following documents at your local RTO:
  • Original Registration Certificate (RC)
  • NOC from the original RTO
  • NOC from the bank if vehicle was bought with a loan
  • Form 20
  • Form 27
  • Form 33
  • Form 60 or Form 61
  • PAN Card
  • Attested copies of the following:
  • Passport-size photos of the applicant

Stage 4- Payment of fees

Once you have made the payment of the required fees the transfer at the RTO, the ownership will be transferred within 30 working days.

Stage 5 – Re-Registration following an interstate transfer if the car is from another state

To re-register a car from another state, it has to be de-registered first. Here are the documents required for re-registration:

  • Original RC
  • NOC from the previous RTO
  • NOC from the bank if the car was bought with a loan
  • Form 20
  • Form 27
  • Form 33
  • Attested copy of address proof
  • Attested copy of the owner's valid driving license
  • Attested copy of PUC Certificate
  • PAN Card
  • Form 60 or Form 61
  • Passport-size photos of the applicant

The new registration number will be allotted within 30 working days of submitting the above-mentioned documents.

Step 5 – Payment of Road Tax

If the second-hand car was not registered in West Bengal, you will need to pay the road tax to the local RTO, which is calculated on the basis of the original invoice. This can also be claimed as a refund if you had already paid road tax in the original state. The refund amount is calculated on the basis of the vehicle's age.

These are the documents required for it:

  1. Latest and signed Form 16
  2. Copy of the old registration certificate
  3. Copy of the new registration certificate
  4. Insurance policy with new registration number
  5. Proof of address
  6. Proof of identification

Documents Required for Transfer of Vehicle Ownership in Kolkata

These are the documents required for vehicle ownership transfer in Kolkata:

  • Original RC
  • 2 copies of the following:
    • Form 29
    • Form 30
    • Proof of address of the buyer
  • One copy of the following:
    • Valid vehicle insurance
    • Valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
    • G.I.R./Pan number or Form 60 or Form 61 (only for cars)
  • Form 28 – NOC for vehicles from other states along with proof of address, insurance region or state certificate, and PUC certificate
  • Registration Certificate
  • Tax Certificate
  • Photo with fingerprint of right-hand thumb that is certified by a notary or a gazeted officer.

Transfer Ownership of Vehicle in Kolkata FAQs

  1. Should the registered owner be present at the RTO for transfer of vehicle ownership in Kolkata?

    No, the owner need not be physically present at the RTO at the time of vehicle ownership transfer.

  2. For vehicle ownership transfer, are the signatures of both the owner and seller required?

    On Form 29 and Form 30, the signatures of both the owner and seller are required.

  3. Can I sell my car even if I haven't repaid the car loan and transfer ownership of the vehicle?

    You can only transfer ownership of the vehicle after you have removed the hypothecation from the vehicle's RC book, which can only be done after the entire loan has been repaid to the bank. This means that you can only sell a car once you have repaid the loan to the bank in full.

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