When you buy a vehicle, you have to get the vehicle registered with the local RTO (Regional Transport Office). This is called vehicle registration. Vehicle Registration is a process whereby you get the number plate of any vehicle and the same is registered under the list and records of the government. The main intent of registration is to link the owner and the vehicle through a distinct identification number and shows a vehicle registration number plate. It is of utmost importance to register the vehicle keeping in mind the identity which is given to the vehicle and its owner.
Also without proper registration, you will not get the coverage for insurance. Most importantly a vehicle is permitted to be driven on public roads after registration by the respective authority for registration as per the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, section 39. Therefore, registration certificate or RC book is a certified paper which proves that the vehicle registered with the Transport division of Government of India. One has to mandatorily register his or her vehicle within 7 days from the delivery date of the vehicle.
RC* can be of 2 types as follows:
When you buy a new vehicle, the respective car dealer can do the registration on behalf of you with or you can do it yourself as well. In India, mostly the registration is done by the car dealer with the necessary charge (depending on the type of the vehicle) to save time and effort.
Now that you clear as to what is meant by vehicle registration and its importance, let us have a look at the documents which are needed for getting an RC.
As mentioned earlier, the dealer will make the arrangements of getting all the required documents for getting the RC * book for you, however, it is important for you also to know what forms and documents are essential to get the registration done as you will be signing the forms and need to submit your identity documents along with all these documents.
A very common question which can come to your mind next is, what happens if you lose the RC * book?
The thought itself probably will make you a little uncomfortable, but let me tell you, there might be a situation where you may lose the RC * book or it may be damaged. There is no need to worry at all as there is a process of getting a duplicate registration certificate whereby you can get the same very easily. All you have to do is to follow certain steps which will enable you to get the same. Let us see below how it works.
The below-mentioned process to be followed if the RC is, lost or damaged and you can obtain a duplicate Registration Certificate:
Fees for RC*
The following is the comprehensive list of RC* fees for some of the main categories of vehicles:
Type of Vehicle
Light Motor Vehicle used for Non-Transport
Light Motor Vehicle used for Transport
Vehicles carrying medium goods
Vehicles carrying medium passengers
Vehicles carrying heavy goods
Vehicles carrying heavy passengers
A motor vehicle which is Imported
Motor Cycle which is Imported
Other vehicles not appearing in the above list
Point to note here that an extra charge of INR 200 will be applicable if the RC is a smart card which has been issued or may have been renewed under Form number 23A- It’s a certificate of registration in an electronic form. Nowadays every vehicle owner has a smart card which has all the details of the vehicle along with the details of the vehicle owner like name, date of birth, address, blood group.
You have often heard about the NOC and must be wondering how a NOC ** is applicable in getting an RC * book. Well, here is the reason given below.
The owner may want to take away or sell the vehicle outside the dominion of the registering authority inside or in any other State. In such situations, the owner will have to put an application for the issuance of authorization certificate to go ahead with the registering department where the vehicle was originally registered.
As a buyer, you must keep in mind the below vital points for RC*
What happens if you wish to change your address in the RC* book or the smart card, in case you are shifted to a different place. Let us see below how and what documents are needed to do the same.
The Motor Vehicle Act 1988 allows the owner of the vehicle to register the new address in case there has been a change of the address of the residence in the certificate of registration.
So now don’t be worried when you are buying a new vehicle, be aware of the rules and regulations and follow the steps for registration and enjoy the ride with your family without any stress with your smart card.
Yes, you can transfer your registration certificate from Kolkata to Bangalore, however you will first have to obtain a No Objection certificate from the RTO which had registered your vehicle while buying.
For all non-transport vehicles like a two-wheeler and car the registration certificate is valid for 15 years from the date of its first registration and is renewed after every 5 years thereafter. For transport vehicles, for goods and passenger, the registration certificate is valid till the validity of the certificate of fitness. Usually, for Transport Vehicles, Certificate of Fitness is effective for 2 Years initially and thereafter this certificate of fitness to be renewed on an annual basis.
The Registering Authority will be (1) for Kolkata, the Director, Public Vehicles Department, (2) Any other place in the State, the District Magistrates.
Your RC gets delivered at your registered address within 7 working days. In the mean timei if you want to see the status of the RC, then you can go to the official link of parivahan.gov.in/rcdl status and plug in your registration number and the status will be shown.
Currently, all the registration certificate is given electronically by way of a smart card and hence it has become mandatory.
* RC- Registration Certificate
**NOC-No Objection Certificate
*** PUC- Pollution Under Control Certificate
**** CMVR- Central Motor Vehicles Rules