Vehicle Registration - Facts you must know

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Where to register?

Every state has RTOs in taluks that fall under the state jurisdiction.


Why to register?

The vehicle can be driven or allowed to be driven in public place only after registration by registering authority as under the provision of section 39 of motor vehicle Act 1988


Important Points to Remember:


  • A vehicle’s registration certificate is valid for a period of 15 years from the date of issue and the same can be renewed thereafter for 5 years subject to inspection and  the vehicle’s road worthiness
  • The registration of a vehicle, in any state, that has been done in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Act , is effective and valid across all States and Union Territories of India.

Validity of Temporary Registration:

  • Temporary registration certificated are valid for a period of one month only from the date of issue and cannot be renewed

Renewal and Registration: 

  • Registration or its renewal can be denied if the registration authority has reason to believe that the vehicle is stolen, if it does not meet the prescribed mechanical fitness standards, if the vehicle  does not meet emission norms or if the applicant fails to produce required documentation and past registration proof


Transfer of Registration:

  • If a vehicle is kept in another State for over a period of 12 months then the vehicle must get a new registration from the state that it is being kept in. That is, if the owner of a car with a KA registration moves to Chennai and lives there for a period of over a year, the vehicle must have its registration changed to a TN plate
  • When transferring a registration to a State other than the state where the vehicle was originally registered, a No Objection Certification must be gotten


Most importantly No person can drive a motor vehicle in a public place unless the vehicle has been registered by a registering authority of the government of India. The vehicle must clearly bear the mark or plates of registration and the certification of registration or RC book must be carried at all times when driving the vehicle.

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