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The Regional Transport Offices (RTO) or Regional Transport Authorities (RTA) in Tamil Nadu have been established by the Transport Department. The Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 outlines the rules & obligations that the RTO office of Tamil Nadu is responsible for carrying out. The RTO office in Tamil Nadu, like other regional offices, is controlled and administered by the appointed Transport Commissioner.

The major duties of an RTO Office in Tamil Nadu include maintaining a comprehensive database of all vehicles registered in a certain city or state. Let's learn the functions in detail.

Functions of RTO Office - Tamil Nadu

The following functions are performed primarily by the RTO in Tamil Nadu.

• It is in charge of granting various types of licences and obtaining motor vehicle tax from state residents who own vehicles.

• Tamil Nadu RTOs are in charge of providing permanent and provisional driving licences to applicants under their purview.

• RTO also handles ownership transfers, No Objection Certificates for vehicle transfers, tourist permits, road tax collecting, and duplicate driving licence issuance.

• Obtaining a conductor's licence, renewing an existing one, obtaining a duplicate, and changing an address on an existing one.

• The RTO office also performs duties related to traffic control, appropriate road sign installation, and road safety.

• The Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate is given by RTOs when a vehicle's emissions are inspected.

• A fitness certificate for a transport vehicle and its cancellation if required.

• Issuance of temporary registration of motor vehicles, duplicate registration certificate, renewal of registration, and transfer of ownership.

List of ARTO & RTO offices in Tamil Nadu

Location RTO Code
CHENNAI (CENTRAL) TN01
CHENNAI(NORTH-WEST) TN02
CHENNAI (NORTH EAST) TN03
CHENNAI(EAST) TN04
CHENNAI(NORTH) TN05
CHENNAI(SOUTH-EAST) TN06
RTO CHENNAI(SOUTH) TN07
CHENNAI (WEST) TN09
CHENNAI(SOUTH-WEST) TN10
COIMBATORE-NORTH TN38
OOTY TN43
NAGAPATTINAM TN51
SULUR TN42Y
TAMBARAM TN11
SALEM(SOUTH) TN90
CHIDAMBARAM TN91
THENI TN60
POONAMALLEE TN12
AMBATTUR TN13
MANAPPARAI TN45Z
KOVILPATTI TN69Z
KALLAKURICHI TN15Z
GINGEE TN16Z
ARAKONAM TN73Z
NAGERCOIL TN74
SHOLINGANALLUR TN14
ULUNDURPET TN15
PERAMBALUR TN46
RTO KARUR TN47
ARAVAKURICHI TN47Y
TUTICORIN TN69
MADURAI (CENTRAL) TN 64

Types of Driving Licence (DL) issued at RTO office - Tamil Nadu

Driving Licence in Tamil Nadu is classified into non-transport and transport vehicles categories:

Non-transport vehicles

• Motorcycles with gear

• Motorcycles without gears

• Light Motor Vehicles

Transport Vehicle

• Light motor vehicle

• Heavy motor vehicle

• Road Roller and Trailer licence

The RTO also issues the learner's licence for new applicants who want a permanent licence after passing the driving test. Moreover, it issues duplicate licences to those whose DL has been lost or stolen.

Conclusion

As per state government norms, car insurance coverage is the legal requirement for any vehicle registered with the Tamil Nadu RTO Office and running on public roads. You need to be a responsible citizen and follow all the regulations, along with having every essential document required for driving a vehicle. If you lack and want to issue or change info in any document, visit the nearest RTO in Tamil Nadu. The RTO office also offers the facility to apply online for a driving licence via the "mparivahan" app or website.

Disclaimer: The content provided is for education and informational purpose only, none of the information contained in our blog amounts to any form of opinion or advice. Please go through policy related documents carefully or consult an expert before making any insurance-related decisions.

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