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How to Get Temporary Vehicle Registration in India

Team AckoApr 30, 2024

A Temporary Registration means registering a vehicle for a limited period of time, usually ranging between 7 to 30 days which allows you to drive legally on roads before you get the permanent registration number.

The temporary or provisional registration number consists of a unique alpha-numeric combination and is usually a sticker or a temporary number plate. Read on to learn more about how to get a temporary vehicle registration number in India.




Getting a Temporary Vehicle Registration Number in India

To get the temporary registration number, you need to follow these simple steps.

  • Step 1: Visit the RTO of the state with the required documents, including proof of ID and valid address, and vehicle ownership proof.

  • Step 2: Fill out Forms 20 and 21. You can get them from the RTO of your state.

  • Step 3: Provide the necessary documents and submit the fee.

  • Step 4: RTO will inspect the vehicle, ensuring it meets the safety and emission protocols.

  • Step 5: Upon approval, you will get a temporary registration number for your vehicle from the RTO.

  • Step 6: You will be given a temporary registration certificate; you must keep it while driving the vehicle as a legal permission certificate.

Check your local RTO for further information.

Temporary Registration: Documents Required

Here are the documents required to get a temporary registration number.

  • Form 20( Application for registration of the vehicle)

  • Form 21( Sale certificate for the vehicle)

  • Valid Vehicle insurance certificate

  • Pollution under control (PUC) certificate

  • Sales invoice or a transfer certificate to show as an ownership proof

  • Vehicle owner’s ID proof, a driver's license, PAN card, or Aadhaar card

  • Utility bill or a bank statement for address proof

  • Payment of fees for temporary registration

How to Get a Temporary Registration Extension

To extend your temporary registration, you need to follow these steps.

  • Visit the local RTO before the expiration date of temporary registration.

  • Get Form 25 from RTO, fill it up and submit it with the necessary documents.

  • RTO will inspect the vehicle and give a new extension of the temporary certificate.

Temporary Registration Extension: Documents Needed

You need these documents to apply for the extension of the temporary registration.

  • Form 25, which is the application form for the renewal of a vehicle registration

  • Original temporary registration certificate

  • Vehicle’s Valid insurance certificate

  • Pollution under control (PUC) certificate

  • Proof of ownership of the vehicle, the ID of the owner, and the address

  • Payment of applicable fees

Downloading the Form for Temporary Registration

To download the temporary registration form of the vehicle online, follow these steps.

  • Step 1: Visit the website

  • Step 2: Click ‘Online Services’ in the top menu, and select ‘Forms’

  • Step 3: Click ‘Form 20’ from the scroll-down list

  • Step 4: In the new window, you will get the PDF version of the form, download and print.

Easy Guidelines for Filling the Form

  • Step 1: Fill out Form 20 and submit it to the Registering Authority in whose territory the vehicle is located or to the dealer selling New Motor Vehicles Approved by the Transport Commissioner.

  • Step 2: Deliver copies of the Certificate of Sale, Insurance, and Roadworthiness.

  • Step 3: To register a vehicle temporarily, you must pay the appropriate taxes and fees as outlined in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.

Temporary Vehicle Registration Fees

The temporary registration fee depends on the type of vehicle you may wish to have the certificate for. As a general rule, the following fees can give you a rough estimate of the temporary vehicle registration fee.

  1. Temporary registration fee: Rs. 300 to Rs. 500

  2. Temporary registration certificate fee: Rs. 50 to Rs.100

  3. Number plate fee: Rs. 200 to Rs.300


Getting temporary vehicle registration in India is a relatively easy process. All you need to do is head to your Regional Transport Office, fill out the necessary forms, pay the fees, and you are ready to travel! Just remember to get the registration renewed if you plan on using it longer than the allotted period of time. Following the above steps will help ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about Temporary Vehicle Registration.


How is Temporary Vehicle Registration different from Permanent Vehicle Registration?

Temporary Vehicle Registration is valid only for a limited period of time and needs to be re-registered to drive legally. Whereas a Permanent Vehicle Registration refers to registering at the RTO, which will be valid for a period of 15 years (private vehicle) and needs to be re-registered only 15 years for every 5 years or when the ownership is changed.

Can I ride a bike without a Registration Certificate(RC)?

Yes, provided you have a valid Driving License and a Temporary Vehicle Registration number. However, after you obtain the permanent registration number, riding the bike without an RC is an offence.

What is the validity of Temporary Vehicle Registration?

The Temporary Vehicle Registration is valid for a maximum period of 1 month. Within this time period, the owner is expected to complete the Permanent Registration for the vehicle. Failure to do so will result in paying a penalty.

Can I use FASTag for my Temporarily Registered Vehicle?

As the vehicle still needs to be registered with the government, you cannot use FASTag. Creating an account on FASTag requires all information, including your Registration Certificate. 

Can I travel to different states with a Temporary Registered number plate?

Yes, you can travel to different states with a Temporary number plate for a limited period, provided you carry original temporary registration papers, vehicle insurance, vehicle invoice, etc. However, these documents may vary from state to state.

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Disclaimer: The above content is for informational purposes only. It is recommended to take the help of an expert before making any related decision.


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