Step by step guide Vehicle registration and re registration

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02 Aug 2023

Why Vehicle registration is an important process and step by step process

Vehicle registration is an important process as it is a legal requirement for all vehicles operating on public roads. The process of registration of vehicles in India is governed by the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. Any individual or organization that owns a vehicle must register it with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in their respective state/region.

Registration of vehicles in India

1. Application for vehicle registration: The first step is to apply for registration of the vehicle to the RTO. The application should include details such as the name and address of the owner, the make and model of the vehicle, and the engine and chassis number.

2. Vehicle inspection: The RTO will inspect the vehicle to ensure it meets the safety and pollution control standards set by the government. You must also have taken valid vehicle insurance online or offline at the time of inspection.

3. Payment of fees: Once the vehicle has been inspected and approved, the owner must pay the registration fees, which vary based on the type and age of the vehicle.

4. Temporary certificate: After all the payments have been made, the vehicle registration certificate is typically mailed to the registered address within one month of completing the process, while a temporary registration is provided for the duration of this period.

5. Issuance of registration certificate: Once the fees have been paid, the RTO will issue a registration certificate (RC) for the vehicle. The RC is a legal document that serves as proof of ownership and is valid for 15 years.

Re-Registration of vehicles in India

According to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, private vehicles must undergo re-registration every five years after the initial 15-year period as long as they are deemed roadworthy by the RTO. Re-registration may also be necessary if the vehicle or ownership is being transferred to another state other than the registered one or if there is a change of address to another state.

The process of re-registration is similar to that of initial registration, with a few additional steps:

1. Application for re-registration: The vehicle owner must apply for re-registration to the RTO at least 60 days before the expiry of the existing registration certificate.

2. Vehicle inspection: The RTO will inspect the vehicle to ensure that it meets the safety and pollution control standards set by the government. The vehicle must also have valid insurance policy coverage at the time of inspection.

3. Payment of fees: The owner must pay the re-registration fees, which are typically lower than the initial registration fees.

4. Issuance of new registration certificate: Once the fees have been paid, the RTO will issue a new registration certificate (RC) for the vehicle. The new RC will have a validity period of 5 years.

The process of vehicle registration and re-registration in India is important for ensuring the safety and legality of vehicles operating on public roads. It is important for vehicle owners to comply with the regulations set by the government and to ensure that their vehicles are registered and re-registered on time.

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