Renewing RC for your car: A step-by-step guide


22 Nov 2023

Navigating the Legalities: Your Essential Guide to Car Registration Certificate (RC) Renewal

When you purchase a new vehicle, there are certain documents that you must have to fulfill legalities and safety. Among these are car insurance, driver's license, and most importantly, the registration certificate, RC, of the vehicle. As per the Motors Act of 1988, all vehicles must be registered with the government by paying the road tax. Upon doing so, you are provided with the RC card. It has details of the vehicle and the owner.

The registration certificate of your vehicle has to be renewed before expiry to keep up with the legal formalities. Read on to learn more about car RC renewal.

How can you renew your car RC? Steps to be followed

RC of the car has to be done every 15 years. Before the registration certificate expires, you must get it renewed. Here is the process for car RC renewal:

  1. Online process

    • Visit the official website of Parivahan Sewa

    • Click on vehicle-related services

    • Select your state and nearest RTO to proceed

    • From the options available under RC-related services, choose Renewal of Registration

    • You will be required to enter the vehicle registration and chassis numbers

    • Click on detail verification

    • Make the payment to finish the process. After successful payment, the RC gets updated.

The online RC renewal process is not available for all the states. So, check if your state allows online renewal of RC or not before proceeding.

  1. Offline Process

    • Visit your nearest RTO and get Form 25

    • You may also download Form 25 from the Parivahan Sewa website

    • Fill out the form and submit it along with the required documents

    • Pay the RC renewal charges to complete the process.

Know about RC renewal charges

Here are the different RC renewal charges applicable for different vehicles:

Type of vehicle

RC Renewal Charges

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LMV/Three-wheeler (Transport and non-transport)

₹1000 and ₹600

Passenger vehicles (medium)


Goods vehicle (medium)


Heavy passenger or heavy-duty vehicle


Imported cars


Imported motorcycles


Other vehicles


If you have an RC smart card, an additional charge of ₹200 is charged in Form 23A.

What happens when you fail to renew RC before expiry?

Once you have received the registration certificate of the vehicle, you need to renew it after 15 years. After renewal, the RC is again valid for the next 5 years. Renewing RC is essential. If you fail to do so, the RC will expire, and you may face legalities. However, you can still go for RC renewal after expiry. For this, you have to pay the following late fees.


Late fees


₹300/ month

Other non-transport vehicles

₹500/ month


Keeping up with all the essential documents of the vehicle including car insurance gives you peace of mind while driving. Registration certificate is a mandatory document so make sure it is up to date and renewed on time. Also, if you haven't yet invested in car insurance, you may surf the options available with Kotak car insurance today and enjoy comprehensive coverage.





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