RTO Registration

RTO stands for “Regional Transport Office”. In India, 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. Every vehicle that is registered will 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.

As mentioned earlier, every vehicle is required to be registered with the local RTO by law. Once a new vehicle is registered with the Transport Ministry of India, a permanent RTO registration number is given. This is the permanent registration number of the vehicle forever. This number cannot be changed under any circumstances even when the vehicle is sold.

What is Temporary RTO Registration?

Unlike permanent RTO registration number, a temporary registration number is given by the dealer you buy the vehicle from. A temporary registration number is given to a brand new vehicle which is yet to be registered permanently. This temporary registration number is valid for a short time which is usually one month. WIthin this period, the vehicle should be mandatorily registered with the concerned RTO authority.

How to check your vehicle registration details online?

Vahan is an integrated software solution that is used mainly for vehicle registration in our country. Apart from vehicle registration, this system also performs other functions like renewal permit, issuing fitness certificate, and transfer of ownership of the vehicle which allows the Transport Department to focus on priority tasks.

DId you know that you can check your vehicle registration details online using Vahan? Yes. In case of any offence, you will be able to check vehicle registration details online through Vahan. All you have to do is send an SMS to Vahan to check the RTO details. Please send a SMS in the format - VAHAN{SPACE}VEHICLE NUMBER to 77382 99899 and you will get a reply in around 5 minutes. You will get the following information in the SMS:

  • Owner name
  • RTO office where the vehicle was registered
  • Fitness certificate expiry date
  • Ownership serial number ( If it is the first owner, second owner, or third owner)

You can visit Vahan official website and enter the vehicle number and click on the submit button to get all the information about the vehicle.

RTO Forms

There are many forms available on the official Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website that one can use for RTO-related work. Some of the RTO forms that are available for download are

  • Form 20- Application for registration of a motor vehicle
  • Form 21- Sale certificate
  • Form 23- Certificate of registration
  • Form 24- Registration of motor vehicle
  • Form 29- Notice of transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle
  • Form 38 A- Report of inspection
  • Form 50- Bill of lading
  • Form 51- Certificate of insurance
  • Form 54- Accident information report
  • Form 57- Certificate for foreign insurance

Please download the concerned RTO form and accurately fill it before you visit the RTO to save some time.

How to get a fancy number for your vehicle?

Everyone loves to have a fancy vehicle number. Do you know how to be successful in vehicle fancy number booking? In most cities and towns, VIP number actions keep occuring. Through the VIP number auction, people are allowed to bid for a fancy vehicle number in most of the RTOs. In order to do so, one has to register online on the MInistry of Road Transport and Highway.

The state government will reserve few fancy numbers out of the series 1 to 9999. These numbers will not be alloted in the computer generated numbers. To get a fancy vehicle number, a person has to bid and pay a special fee. On a given date, the concerned RTO will list the fancy numbers that are available and the minimum price for the same. The bidders will be required to login to the account and select the numbers they wish to have and make the payment. Once the bid is open, the bidders can make a bid for the numbers they choose to have online. The results will be declared online and if the bidder is selected, the balance payment has to be made or the payment made before will be refunded. A bidder can download the allotment letter for reference.

What is RTO fee?

To get your vehicle registered or to renew your registration, you will be required to pay the RTO fees. The RTO registration fees depends on the type of vehicle you want to register. Refer to the table below for some of the fees:

Issue of renewal of registration of vehicle Fees
Motorcycle and Invalid Carriage Rs.300
Invalid Carriage
Non Transport Three Wheeler/Quadricycle/Light Motor Vehicles Rs.600
Transport Three Wheeler/Quadricycle/Light Motor Vehicles Rs.1,000
Medium goods vehicle Rs.1,000
Medium passenger motor vehicle Rs.1,000
Heavy goods vehicle and Heavy passenger motor vehicle Rs.1,500
Imported motor vehicle Rs.5,000
Imported motorcycle Rs.2,500
Any other vehicle not mentioned above Rs.3,000

What is Vehicle Registration Process?

After buying a vehicle from the dealer, the buyer has to register it before a specific period of time, which is usually one month. However, most dealers register the vehicle for the buyer in order to save their time. But, if you choose to register your vehicle by yourself, these are the documents you will need to produce:

  • Application form CMV20
  • Sale Certificate of the vehicle
  • Active insurance certificate
  • Valid address proof
  • Temporary Registration issued by the dealer
  • Registration fee
  • A copy of your PAN

You can walk into the concerned RTO of apply online on parivahan.gov.in to get your vehicle registered.

News About Driving Licence and RTO Registration

  • Operations resume at Pune Regional Transport Office

    The Pune regional transport office (RTO) is slowly getting back to work. The RTO has increased the daily quota of learning and permanent license tests. As per the regional transport officer, 350 tests for learner’s license and 180 tests for permanent license will be conducted in the day. Registration of vehicles will also start at the RTO with 50 percent of its staff. It needs to be mentioned here that due to the state-wide lockdown in the last two months, driving tests and other related works had been stopped.

    15 June 2021

  • Linking Aadhaar Card-Driving Licence Will Reduce RTO Crowds

    RTO officials have welcome the Government of India’s decision to make it mandatory for those to get their Aadhaar authenticated while looking to apply for a new driving licence, renewing it, or looking to avail any similar transport related services.

    The RTO officials believe that this move will make less people come to their office hereby reducing crowd which is important as the outbreak of Covid-19 has made it important for more people to practice social distancing.

    12 February 2021

  • From 1 January, you need to carry updated registration certificate and driving licence

    If your vehicle registration certificate or driving licence has expired, you have to apply for the renewal because the last date for renewing the same is 31 December. Due to the pandemic and the lockdown, motorists had been exempted from challans if they were found driving with expired documents such like registration certificates (RCs), driving licenses (DLs), and fitness certificates.

    A few senior transport officials had said that after being in place for nine months, the exemption will be lifted from 1 January, 2021, unless there are directions from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

    21 December 2020

  • Odisha government ask cops to strictly deal with helmetless riders

    The State Government of Odisha has directed the police to strictly deal with riders who are found riding their vehicle without helmets. The government has also asked the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) to enforce the guidelines and ensure that anyone found violating the rule of riding with a helmet should have their driving license revoked immediately.

    20 November 2020

  • LMV Transport Category will not have Separate Driving Licence

    The Odisha Transport Authority had said that they will allow people who have driving licences for Light Motor Vehicles (LMV) to drive transport category LMVs. One office had also issued an order and said that vehicles like 407 Truck, TATA 407 Bus Auto Rickshaw, Taxi, TATA ACE and Auto goods vehicles can now be driven by LMV licence holders and they do not need to have a separate Transport endorsement

    The office order had said that in view of the position as settled by the Supreme Court, the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 requires people to get a transport licence and this arises in case of medium/ heavy goods and passenger vehicles only and no other vehicle drivers will need a separate endorsement.

    19 October 2020

  • Rs.4 lakh traffic challan reflects glitch

    Between the months of January and March, around 113 of the challans which had been issued in Delhi were accepted as for “review” out of more than 1.5 million challans that were issued during this period. Since May, when the virtual court had been set up for clearing these challans and also examine the complaints, around 1,528 e-challans were reviewed in 12 days out of around 18,000 which were admitted in the virtual courts.

    Two officials from the Delhi Traffic Police’s had said that the department had said that the glitches shown by the system fall into four groups: the vehicle which was sent as evidence does not match the one upon which the fine was issued, one photo is shared as evidence but challans for many violations had been issued, the same challan has been issued of the many times, the amount of the fine adds up to more than the total sum of challans.

    28 May 2020

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