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Documents Required To Drive A Car In India

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Driving a vehicle on Indian roads is nothing short of an adventure. With the condition of city roads in a plight, it is necessary that you are armed with the most effective insurance policy when you go out for a drive. To add to the woes, the drivers on Indian roads do not seem to understand the significance of defensive driving. Instead, switching lanes without indication, overtaking from the wrong side, and jumping signals are the semblance of normalcy.

According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, every driver is required to be in possession of certain documents. Here, we elaborate on the significance of each of these documents.

Documents That All Car Owners Should Have:

Every car owner should have the following documents pertaining to the vehicle. Not being in possession of these papers can invite heavy fines.

  1. Registration Certificate (RC) - The registration certificate of a vehicle is an official document that serves as proof of its registration. It is used by the government for ensuring that all vehicles on the road are recorded in the vehicle register that is maintained at a national level. The registration certificate should be applied for by the owner of the vehicle at the Regional Transport Office (RTO). The application should be made within 7 days of purchase of the car. This is also the most important document that you should carry with you when driving.
  2. PUC Certificate - The Pollution under Control (PUC) Certificate is provided to a vehicle that passes an emission test. The certificate indicates that the car meets the pollution control norms. The PUC Certificate is a mandatory document that every vehicle should have. Failure to produce the same at the time of an inspection can result in penalties. There are specific ways in which the emissions are evaluated. The PUC test can be conducted at authorised testing centres that are mostly seen at petrol pumps.
  3. Driving License - In order to drive a two-wheeler or four-wheeler in India, it is mandatory to have a driving license (DL). This is defined in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It is not possible to receive a permanent license right after an individual applies for it. He/she will have to obtain the learner’s license first. After a month of issuance of the learner’s license, the individual has to appear for a driving test. An RTO personnel will examine the driving of the individual and declare whether he/she has passed the test or not. The DL will be issued only if the individual has passed the test. After issuance, the DL is a document that should be carried by the driver at all times. This also serves as a valid identity proof for various purposes.
  4. Insurance Policy - The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, mandates that every vehicle is insured to legally be on the roads. The minimum level of insurance mandated is the third-party liability coverage. However, if the car owner requires additional protection, he can opt for a comprehensive car insurance plan. The comprehensive policy, apart from providing exhaustive insurance protection, can also be enhanced through add-on covers that can be bought separately from the insurer. It is necessary to carry the certificate of insurance when the vehicle is on the road. The actual policy documentation can be kept in some safe place.
  5. Certificate of fitness/Required permits - If you own a vehicle that is used for commercial purposes, you should have the necessary permits. Another important document that is needed is the fitness certificate. This is an official document that certifies that the car is fit for being used in public places.

If you have been asked to pull over by a police official, you should be able to provide the aforementioned documents, as per the law. The original documents or attested photocopies should be produced. If you do not have the necessary documents, you are liable to pay a fine. If you drive without a valid license or car insurance policy, you may face heavy fines or even a jail term.

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  • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
    "Need to reduce the premium"
    0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
    I had a car insurance with HDFC Ergo and I felt the premium is very high hence I changed my insurance provider. The customer service is very good. There was no claim experience. The policy period is one year. It is a zero dep policy which includes bumper to bumper and RSA. It is a first party insurance.
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  • New India Car Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance was recently purchased with New India Assurance through online. When I logged into the online site it gives better option with multiple insurer and I felt New India Assurance is good with reasonable premium and better benefits. I have paid 13,500 rupees for a year. I got the insurance paper. The claim experience is very good.
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    , hyderabad
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good Policy."
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have bought my car insurance with ICICI Lombard for last 5 years which I'm continuing for with the same company. The claim experience was better and when i applied for the same, they have given upto 80%. Its covered with bumper to bumper facility. They have given the claim in 1 week.
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    , bangalore
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  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Good policy "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance was purchased in the year 2014 with Royal Sundaram. My dealer has recommended me about this policy. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 14000 with the coverage value of Rs. 6.27 lakhs which covered with the bumper to bumper facility.
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    , ahmedabad
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  • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I had taken this insurance policy a while back and the premium amount has been quite good and not too high. The payment method has been easy and there has not been any sort of charges, and the policy covers bumper to bumper. Their customer support has also been responsive and was helpful as well.
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    There was no claim experience for my Tata Tiago with ICICI Lombard. I have renewed the car policy at last june, I paid the amount around Rs. 10,600 because its around 1.5 year old vehicle. I took comprehensive plan which includes loss , damage, ICICI Lombard got tie up many showroom.
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Best cover"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Very recently I took policy from Car insurance for my new Baleno car, it was done by ICICI bank, they deducted insurance fee from the loan. The loan department issued the policy copy on time. For first year its 100% coverage available its a bumper to bumper with ex showroom.
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    , new delhi
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Good Car Insurance policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have selected the ICICI Lombard for my car since the dealer has given me this insurance. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 15000. This is not covered for the bumper to bumper facility. They have given me a IDV value of Rs, 3.10 lakhs. They are providing the good garage facility all over the city.
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    , bangalore
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  • United India Car Insurance
    "Yet to experience the policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have applied the claim for my car recently. I have given the car into the showroom and they have asked me to inform in the insurance company. When i visited other branch they have asked me to the home branch. They have given me a sufficient IDV value. Its covered with a bumper to bumper facility.
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    , chennai
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Reliable Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Purchased my car insurance through ICICI Lombard and They have given me a low premium since i have taken a loan from ICICI bank. They have given me a good IDV value. This is a bumper to bumper covered policy. They have given me a road side assistance, no claim bonus benefits.
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    , chennai
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  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Good Insurance"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    My Honda amaze car got insured with National insurance for one year of tenure period. I think my old premium amount was around Rs.30,000. I took first party comprehensive plan it covers for loss, damage, theft. The customer support is good even the IDV is good.
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    , bhubaneshwar
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Competitive price"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken a car insurance from ICICI Lombard and the service is really good. I spoke wtih the customer care once for the claim. The garage people taken care of the full settlement process. The premium amount is nominal. They have given me a best claim what they can offer according to their norms.
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    , bangalore
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  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Economic offering and wide accessibility"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Because it was good comparison between other companies hence i have chosen the Royal sundaram. The premium amount is reasonable. The IDV value is good. This a comprehensive policy which covers third party insurance. They have tie up with most of the garages. They have cashless facility in most of the places.
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    , bangalore
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  • Royal Sundaram Car Insurance
    "Average"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my car insurance with Royal Sundaram. I never contacted the customer service. It is a default insurance from the showroom. The premium is high because I go for bumper to bumper offer, road side assistance, zeo dep. It is a first party insurance and no claim. The policy period is one year.
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    , bangalore
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  • SBI General Car Insurance
    "Good Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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    , new delhi
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  • National Insurance Car Insurance
    "Smart protection with National"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The major factor to chose National Insurance because of the premium is economic, I took the policy for 3 years the IDV value remains the same for the whole tenure. The customer support is good on time they activated the policy. I have Tata Tiago , its around four months vehicle. Its zero depreciation comprehensive plan. I taken the policy through showroom.
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Satisfied with the policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My car insurance is with ICICI Lombard. The customer services are good and I got the policy documents on time. The policy coverage is good and there are features of a road side assistance is there. The premium is economical too. Good overall.
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    , bangalore
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  • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
    "Need to reduce the premium"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I had a car insurance from ICICI LOMBARD which was offered by the showroom at the time of purchasing the vehicle. I felt the insurance premium is very high compared to others. I got a reminder call from the customer service at the time of renewal. It has zero dep for one year.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Tata AIG Car Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I took my car insurance from TATA AIG through online channel. They have given lesser premium with zero dep and it includes road side assistance. The customer service is very good. The policy period is one year. I have no claim experience. It is a first party insurance.
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    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Tata AIG Car Insurance
    "Satisfied policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    TATA AIG is the best company to take the car insurance. Since long time i have taken this insurance. The customer care people used to call me to renew the policy and they used to policy renewal letter. I will do payment through online. Several times i have claimed the policy and i have received very good response.
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    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
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