Kerala Transport and Vehicle Registration Process in Kerala

The Kerala Transport Motor Vehicles Department has been established to bring into effect the rules, regulations, and provisions made under the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The department undertakes the development and modernisation of road transport and related procedures in the state for better convenience of the citizens. It provides services such as vehicle registration, issue of vehicle fitness certificates, two wheeler insurance and driving licenses, and collection of taxes and fines to contribute to the revenue of the state. Below mentioned are the process and documents required for vehicle registration and related procedures:

Importance of Vehicle Registration

Registration of motor vehicles is mandatory in India as per the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. The act prohibits vehicle owners whose vehicles are not register from driving vehicles in any public place in India. Therefore, it is of great importance to get your vehicle registered in order to avoid any legal troubles.

Functions of Kerala Motor Vehicles Department
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Documents Required For Vehicle Registration

To register a vehicle in Kerala, an application in Form 20 has to be made to the registering authority along with other necessary documents. The application for vehicle registration should be made within a period of 7 days from the date of vehicle purchase

  • Duly filled application Form No.20
  • Vehicle Sales Certificate in Form 21
  • Form 22 supplied by vehicle seller
  • Insurance paper of the vehicle
  • PUC Certificate
  • Passport sized photos
  • Proof of address
  • Temporary registration certificate (if any)
  • Form A (Taxation Act, 1997)
  • Certificate of custom clearance (In case of imported vehicles)
  • Vehicle needs to be presented for physical inspection
  • Applicable fee

Renewal of Vehicle Registration Certificate

After a vehicle completes 15 years of age after it was registered for the first time, the registration must be renewed after getting the vehicle inspected at the RTO. The RTO will check if the vehicle is fit to be used and will issue a new registration certificate. The following documents are needed for the purpose.

  • Application Form No.25
  • Registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle
  • Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate
  • Insurance certificate of the vehicle
  • Receipt of road tax
  • Vehicle owner’s address proof
  • Vehicle needs to be presented for physical inspection

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Process To Get Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate

In a situation when the vehicle owner has lost their original registration certificate, they can make an application in Form 26 for the issue of duplicate registration certificate. The documents mentioned below are to be submitted along with the application.

  • Application in Form 26
  • Fees payment receipt
  • Insurance paper
  • FIR copy by the police
  • Affidavit by the owner of the vehicle stating that RC of the vehicle is missing

Transfer of Vehicle Ownership

If the possession of the vehicle needs to be transferred to another person by way of sale or inheritance, the changes should also be recorded in the registration certificate. The process requires the following documents:

  • Application in Form No.29 and Form No.30
  • Vehicle RC
  • No Objection Certificate (if the vehicle is registered in another state)
  • Insurance paper of the vehicle
  • Applicable fees as per rule 81
  • Passport sized photos of vehicle seller and purchaser
  • Tax clearance certificate

For transfer of vehicle to the legal successor due to death of the vehicle owner, the following documents will be necessary:

  • Form 31
  • Vehicle owner’s death certificate
  • Vehicle RC
  • Passport sized photos
  • Proof of succession
  • Insurance certificate

Recording or Cancellation of Hypothecation

For vehicles purchased on loan, hypothecation is an important process. The same should be recorded in the Registration Certificate. Also, when the loan is fully paid off by the vehicle owner, the hypothecation should be cancelled in the RC.

  • For entering hypothecation in the Registration Certificate, an application can be made in Form 34
  • To remove hypothecation from the RC, an application can be made in Form 35
  • Additional documents required: Pollution Under Control Certificate, Registration certificate, print of chassis, Vehicle Insurance document.
  • Fee: Rs.100

Change of Address in Vehicle RC

For recording change in the address of the owner of the vehicle, an application should be made in Form 33 along with the following documents:

  • Application Form No.33
  • No Objection Certificate from the financer (if the vehicle has been purchased on loan)
  • Chassis print
  • Vehicle RC
  • PUC Certificate
  • Insurance document
  • Address proof
  • Application fee: Rs.20

Kerala RTO Location and KL RTO Codes

KLRTO Location KL RTO Code KLRTO Location KL RTO Code KLRTO Location KL RTO CODE
Thiruvananthapuram KL01 Kottarakara KL24 Kodungallur KL47
Kollam KL02 Punalur KL25 Wadakkancherry KL48
Pathanamthitta KL03 Adoor KL26 Alathur KL49
Alappuzha KL04 Thiruvalla KL27 Mannarghat KL50
Kottayam KL05 Mallappally KL28 Ottappalam KL51
Idukki KL06 Kayamkulam KL29 Pattambi KL52
Ernakulam KL07 Chengannur KL30 Perinthalmanna KL53
Thrissur KL08 Mavelikara KL31 Ponnani KL54
Palakkad KL09 Cherthala KL32 Tirur KL55
Malappuram KL10 Changanassery KL33 Koyilandi KL56
Kozhikode KL11 Kanjirappally KL34 Koduvally KL57
Wayanad KL12 Pala KL35 Thalassery KL58
Kannur KL13 Vaikom KL36 Taliparamba KL59
Kasargode KL14 Vandiperiyar KL37 Kanhangad KL60
Kerala KL15 Thodupuzha KL38 Kunnathur KL61
Attingal KL16 Thripunithura KL39 Ranni KL62
Muvattupuzha KL17 Perumbavoor KL40 Angamaly KL63
Vadakara KL18 Aluva KL41 Chalakkudy KL64
Parassala KL19 North Paravur KL42 Thirurangadi KL65
Neyyattinkara KL20 Mattancherry KL43 Kuttanadu KL66
Nedumangad KL21 Kothamangalam KL44 Uzhavoor KL67
Kazhakkoottam KL22 Irinjalakuda KL45 Devikulam KL68
Karunagapally KL23 Guruvayur KL46 Udumbanchola KL69

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