Step by step bike Registration Certificate (RC) transfer process

While transferring your bike from one state to another, you need to go through a systematic documentation process as prescribed by the RTO rules of your state. The main purpose is to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RTO where the bike was registered originally and register the vehicle with the RTO of the state where you are currently moving to. There is a specific expiry date of the NOC and you need to re-register your bike with the new RTO before the date of expiry. However, if required you can extend the validity of the NOC.

The steps involved in an interstate two-wheeler transfer are listed below:

  1. Procure a NOC from the RTO where the bike is currently registered
  2. Obtain a NOC from the bank if the bike was purchased on loan
  3. Transport the vehicle to the new location where you are moving to
  4. Re-register the bike with the new RTO in case of permanent relocation
  5. Cancellation of NOC in case the moving plan is cancelled
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Obtain the NOC From The RTO Where The Vehicle Is Registered Currently Get Your Bike Transported To The New Location Re-Register Your Bike In The New Location

Steps to follow for inter-state bike RC transfer:

Here is the detailed step by step process to transfer the Registration Certificate (RC) of your bike:

Pre-requisites to get a NOC from the RTO of your state:

In order to acquire a NOC from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) of your state, you need to submit the following NOCs:

  1. NOC from the traffic police of your current state to ensure that there are no pending fines associated with your motorcycle.
  2. Report from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) stating that the vehicle is not stolen, neither was it not involved in an accident
Note - This step might not be applicable to certain Indian states.

To acquire the NOC, you will have to go through a proper verification process. Keep all the original bike-related documents handy so that you can produce them when asked for by the traffic department. Once the traffic department successfully verifies your document, you will be provided with a NOC.

For Vehicles Purchased On Loan

In case you have purchased your bike with the help of a bank or a financing agency, you will also require an NOC from the bank. The bank will require you to submit essential documents supporting the fact that you are moving to a new city. These documents can be your job appointment letter, employment transfer letter, proof of address, and other records as stated by the bank. The bank will process your application and provide you with the NOC after due verification.

To understand the whole process better, read the following step by step process to transfer your bike RC.

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Step 1: Procure a NOC from the RTO where the bike is currently registered

When you are making an interstate transfer you are required to apply for a No Objection Certificate and Grant of Certificate through?Form 27 and Form 28 to the RTO of the state where you are currently residing. The forms should be properly filled with accurate details and duly signed by you. Update all the fields carefully, write 'NA' for the non-relevant fields. Submit all the essential documents to the RTO such as new employment letter, job transfer letter, new address proof, and other records which support the fact that you are moving to a new state. Next, pay the applicable fees to the RTO. Once the verification is done, the RTO will issue the NOC within a few days.

Alternately for faster processing, you can obtain a NOC from the local police and submit it to the local RTO.

If you have purchased the bike on loan, you need to obtain a NOC from the bank as well. Write an application to the concerned bank stating the reason for bike transfer and provide supporting documents. On successful completion of the verification process, a NO Objection Certificate will be issued to you within 7 to 10 days.

Documents required by the RTO to issue NOC:

  • Bike insurance paper
  • PUC Certificate/ Emission test certificate
  • Registration Certificate(RC)
  • Chassis imprint of the motorcycle
  • 4 photocopies of Form 28
  • An application requesting the NOC
  • NOC from Traffic Police
  • NOC from the financing bank (if the bike is under hypothecation)
  • Road tax payment documents
  • NCRB clearance (if applicable)

Step 2: Get your bike transported to the new location

Once you collect the NOC from the RTO of your current state, transfer your motorcycle to the new location either by train, carrier, or self-driving depending on your ease and convenience.

Step 3: Re-register your bike to the RTO of the new place

As soon as you transfer your bike to the new state, the next step is to re-register the bike to the RTO of that place. In order to apply for a re-registration of your bike in the RTO of the new state visit the RTO and submit an application along with all the essential documents.

Documents required to re-register the bike:

  • Duly filled Form No. 20, 27, and 33
  • Form 21 or Sale Certificate
  • Existing bike Registration Certificate
  • Bike insurance paper
  • Copy of the NOC received from the RTO where the vehicle was previously registered
  • PUC Certificate/ Emission test certificate
  • Chassis imprint of the motorcycle
  • Address proof of the applicant
  • Identity proof of the applicant
  • Driving license of the applicant
  • PAN Card, in case of not having PAN use Form 60 or Form 61 for declaration
  • Passport sized photos of the applicant
  • NOC from the financing bank, if the bike is under hypothecation

The registration process may involve certain charges. The Octroi will be ascertained based on the current estimated value of your vehicle after deducting the depreciation. Once the RTO performs its standard verification process successfully, it issues a new registration for your bike. The whole process may consume about two weeks.

Purpose of the application forms required during the process:

  • Form No.20 - Application form for registration of a motor vehicle
  • Form No.27 - Application form for assignment of new registration number and certificate after an interstate transfer
  • Form No.33 - Application form to intimate the change of address for updating in Registration Certificate and office records

You may have to pay a certain amount of registration fee to get the new Registration Certificate. The registration amount usually differs from one state to another and will be decided by the RTO of the concerned state. Moreover, you will also have to pay the applicable road tax. The RTO will determine the Octroi depending on the current estimated value of your motorcycle after deducting the depreciation. Once you pay all the necessary fees including the registration charges and the applicable road tax the.

Here is an estimated range of the tax that you will have to pay while re-registering your vehicle:

Vehicle Price Taxes
Rs.5 lakh 5% to 10%
Rs.5 lakh to Rs.10 lakh 8% to 15%
Rs.10 lakh Around 10% to 20%

Once you submit all these documents to the new RTO and pay the necessary fees, it will verify all the documents and after successful completion of the verification process it will issue a new registration number and a Registration Certificate for your bike. The RTO may take around two weeks to complete the entire process.

Bike RC transfer not required in case of a temporary shift

Transfer of the Registration Certificate of your bike isn’t required if you are moving your motorcycle to a new state within the country just for a few months. According to the Motor Vehicle law, if you own a two-wheeler and have registered it properly with the RTO of the place where the motorcycle was purchased from, you can drive it across the country for 12 months even without transferring the Registration Certificate.

Road tax refund and steps to apply for it

You will have to pay the road tax in the new state once again as per the calculation of the RTO based on the original invoice of your motorcycle. The road tax must be paid through Demand Draft (DD). However, the road tax charges might vary from one state to another. If the tax in the new state is higher than that of your previous state, you will have to pay in excess to the amount that you have paid earlier to register your bike. Similarly, if the road tax in the state where you have moved to is lower than the amount that you have paid earlier, you may apply for a tax refund from the new RTO along with all the relevant documents. The refund will be subjected to the age of the vehicle and the applicable value of depreciation. The excess amount will be refunded within 6 months from the date of application.

Documents required to apply for the refund

  • An application requesting a tax refund
  • Duly filled Form No.16
  • Bike Registration Certificate
  • Bike Registration Certificate issued by the previous state
  • Bike Insurance paper
  • Address proof of the applicant
  • Identity proof of the applicant

Note - You will have to provide the attested photocopies of all the documents listed above for various steps. However, make sure to keep the original documents handy as you might be asked by the authorities to produce the same.

What To Do If The NOC Is Unutilized

For any reason, if you change your mind and cancel your plan to shift. You will be needed to cancel the NOC that you have obtained. The process can get a bit complicated as you will be needed to get a Non Utilisation Certificate (NUC) from the RTO for which the NOC was issued. The NUC is a document confirming the fact that the NOC remained unused by the applicant. However, the NOC cancellation process may vary from one state to another.

Get a NUC if the NOC remains unutilized

If due to some reason you cancel or postpone your plan to move to a new state, you must cancel the NOC that you have obtained from the RTO of your state. In order to cancel the NOC, you will have to get a Non-Utilisation Certificate (NUC) from the RTO which issued the NOC. This document will confirm that you haven’t use the NOC. The process of NOC cancellation may vary from one state to another.

Before you initiate the interstate bike transfer process it is important to know the basic process. The process is not very complicated, and you can get it done without taking help of the agents or brokers. The registration process will take a few weeks to complete and once you get the new Registration Certificate and number you can start riding your bike.

Is Bike RC Transfer Required If The Vehicle Is Moved Temporarily?

If you are moving your bike to a new place for a few months, you may do it without transferring your vehicle RC. In fact, you can ride in any other state for about a year with no issues.

Refund Of Road Tax

In case the road tax in the city you have moved to is lower than what you have paid to resister your vehicle earlier, you may apply for a tax refund from the new RTO. The refund would be subjected to the age of the vehicle and the depreciation applied to it. The refund process may take about 6 months’ time. To apply for the refund, you will be needed to submit the following documents:

  • Application requesting tax refund
  • Duly filled Form No.16 (self-validated)
  • RC copy with bike registration number
  • The copy of RC with past vehicle number
  • Insurance document and new registration number
  • Proof of address
  • ID proof

Conclusion

For those who are not aware of the bike RC transfer process, things can get really complicated. Though they can take help of agents or brokers who deal with such cases on a regular basis, it would require them to spend unnecessarily. By knowing the basic process, they can save significantly. On the other hand, the whole process may take up several weeks. If you do not have enough time to devote to the bike RC transfer, you may approach an agent or a broker who can help you with the whole process.

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