The Government of India has the responsibility of keeping a database of all the vehicles and the drivers in India and this responsibility is carried out by each State and Union Territories through their RTO or Regional Transport Authority. The head of an RTO is the Transport Commissioner who supervises all such activities related to safekeeping the data of vehicles plying on the Indian Road, issuance of licenses and permits in India and all related certifications.
Motor Vehicles Department was formed under section 213(1) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and is the main act which is pertinent to the motor vehicles and its related services all over India. The motor vehicle department is in control of imposing several requirements of this act. Every state and city in India have their own RTO or Regional Transport Office and RTA or Regional Transport Authority.
As per the act, every RTO or RTA is responsible to carry out certain roles and activities. RTO or RTA is a Government organization with the purpose of keeping the record and monitor all the motor vehicles in different States and various Union Territories. The main intention is to ensure the proper functioning of vehicles which are allotted under specific series in a particular state. The RTO office identifies the vehicles that are not taxed. The role also involves identifying cars entering different Indian states.
An RTO also keeps a tab of vehicles exceeding the prescribed speed limit on the roads as caught on the speed cameras. Hence, RTO or RTA or any State provides many facilities and services both offline and online to the general public like you and me for our convenience and ease.
Every department or office has certain duties and responsibilities in any organization. Likewise, any RTO has also some important jobs and activities to carry out. Let us see how the main functions and activities which an RTO or RTA does for you to understand the role of an RTO.
As you know there are 29 states in India with 8 Union Territories and each State as well as the Union Territories has its own RTO offices with a certain designated code and their respective website. You must be aware of these codes for your knowledge. So, let us see the RTO code list in a tabular format as below:
India RTO code for STATES
Name of the State
Code of RTO
Official website of RTO
Jammu & Kashmir
India RTO code for UNION TERRITORIES
Let us see the Union Territories now as below:
Name of the Union Territory
Code of RTO
Official website of RTO
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Daman and Diu
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
National Capital Territory of Delhi
Vehicle Registration is a procedure whereby after buying the vehicle you obtain the number plate of your vehicle and the same is registered under records of the government. The main purpose of registration is to establish a linkage between you as the owner and the vehicle by a distinct identification number which is nothing but the registration number plate. It is of utmost importance to register the vehicle keeping in mind the uniqueness which is given to you and your vehicle. Also, without proper registration, you will not get the insurance coverage.
There is a list of necessary documents that need to be submitted in order to register your vehicle with the RTO. There is a fee that needs to be paid as well for the same. After the documents have been authenticated and your vehicle is scrutinized, a vehicle number will be issued to you. And after 7 days the registration certificate will be issued and this will stand as proof for the registration of your vehicle. Let us see the documents now for this process.
Cost of registering different types of vehicle
There will be an additional charge of INR 200 if the Registration Certificate is a smart card that is being issued or may have been renewed under Form number 23A which is a certificate of registration in electronic mode.
It is beneficial for you to have a smart card that has all the necessary details of the vehicle along with the details of you as the owner like your name, date of birth, address, blood group. Let us take you through the cost as below:
LMV or Light Motor Vehicle used for Non-Transport
LMV or Light Motor Vehicle used for Transport
Vehicles for medium goods
Vehicles for medium passengers
Vehicles for heavy goods
Vehicles for heavy passengers
Motor vehicles which are Imported
Motor Cycles which are Imported
Other vehicles not in the above list
How to get vehicle fancy number through RTO?
Some people have a fascination for a fancy number for their vehicle number plate like 1111, 9999 or maybe a bond number 007. Others might have some astrology or numerology reasons for the same as well. However, a fancy number plate or a specific number plate can surely be requested and there is a procedure for the same as well.
How to get a driving license through the RTO?
You have seen above that issuing driving license is one of the critical activities performed by an RTO or RTA. Here, we will briefly explain to you how to get your driving license.
So now you are aware of the duties and the responsibilities of an RTO and you can easily go and visit as per your need. You do not have to get hassled or worried from now on. Get the right information and know exactly what you need to do and make things easier for you.
PSV number or Public Service Vehicle -PSV badge is issued to drivers of public transport vehicles. PSV badges are being issued by the RTOs.
Yes, you can pay your vehicle tax online by going the respective state government’s transport website where your vehicle is registered
Yes, you can, note that RTOs remains closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month
If you want to be an RTO officer, you are required to give an entrance test, known as the RTO exam. This exam is usually held in all states in India and is directed on their respective state rules.
RTO is the association of the Indian government in charge of registration of all motor vehicles, issuance of a drivers’ licenses and associated with many more functions and activities. The entire control of all vehicles in a state is in the hand of the respective RTO.
You need to apply for a duplicate license though form LLD which is the notification of loss or damage of driving license and an application for duplicate with necessary documents like FIR from a police station ( First Information Report) d, your age and address proof, photographs, details of your driving license, attested copies of your original driver’s license in case it is lost.
You must carry the below valid document always in your vehicle and if needed you can show the same to a traffic police officer or any officer from the motor vehicle department like: