Resources
Minus/plus icon
ResourcesExplore the full ACKO experience and make the most of your plan

Home / Motor Insurance / Articles / RTO / Punjab Regional Transport Office - Punjab RTO List, Services & Registration Charges

Punjab Regional Transport Office - Punjab RTO List, Services & Registration Charges

TeamAckoDec 7, 2023

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) of Punjab or Punjab RTO is in charge of registering and licensing vehicles all over the state. The Punjab RTO is in charge of transporting a lot of vehicles. The state has more than 30 million people and more than 14 million registered vehicles.

Punjab

This comprehensive guide will provide detailed information on the Punjab RTO, including:

  • Overview of the Punjab RTO

  • Complete list of RTO offices in Punjab

  • Key services offered by Punjab RTO

  • Vehicle registration process

  • Registration charges and fees

  • Checking vehicle registration details

  • Renewing registration certificates

  • Transferring vehicle ownership

  • Obtaining driving licenses

  • Getting permits for commercial vehicles

Contents

icon

Overview of Punjab RTO

The Punjab RTO functions under the state's Transport Department to implement the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. 

It is responsible for:

  • Registration of motor vehicles

  • Issuance and renewal of driving licenses

  • Collection of road taxes

  • Conducting fitness certification tests on vehicles

  • Issuance of permits for commercial transport vehicles

  • Implementing vehicle safety and emission regulations

The RTO has over 90 offices spread across all 22 districts of Punjab to facilitate access to RTO services across the state. Many services are also available through the Punjab Transport Department's Parivahan Sewa portal for convenience.

The RTO offices are managed by Regional Transport Officers (RTOs), Deputy RTOs and Motor Vehicle Inspectors (MVIs) who oversee day-to-day operations and coordinate with various agencies for vehicle fitness testing, registration database management, permit issuance and more.

List of RTO Offices in Punjab

As of 2023, there are over 90 functional RTO offices in Punjab mapped to various districts and sub-divisions. Below is the complete list of RTO codes for Punjab along with the cities where the offices are located:

RTO City

RTO Code

Amritsar

PB02, PB17, PB89

Bathinda

PB03, PB45, PB51

Faridkot

PB04

Ferozepur

PB05

Gurdaspur

PB06

Hoshiarpur

PB07, PB24

Jalandhar

PB08, PB37, PB90

Kapurthala

PB09, PB57

Ludhiana

PB10, PB91

Patiala

PB11

Ropar

PB12, PB16, PB71

Sangrur

PB13, PB64

Ajnala

PB14

Abohar

PB15

Batala

PB18

Barnala

PB19

Nawanshahr

PB20, PB32

Dasuya

PB21

Fazilka

PB22

Fatehgarh Sahib

PB23, PB52

Jagraon

PB25

Khanna

PB26

Kharar

PB27

Malerkotla

PB28

Moga

PB29, PB69

Muktsar

PB30

Mansa

PB31

Nakodar

PB33

Nabha

PB34

Pathankot

PB35

Phagwara

PB36

Patti

PB38

Rajpura

PB39

Rampura Phul

PB40

Sultanpur Lodhi

PB41

Samana

PB42

Samrala

PB43

Sunam

PB44

Tarn Taran

PB46

Zira

PB47

Amloh

PB48

Khamanon

PB49

Budhlada

PB50

Malout

PB53

Mukerian

PB54

Payal

PB55

Raikot

PB56

Dera Baba Nanak

PB58

Dhuri

PB59

Gidderbaha

PB60

Jalalabad

PB61

Jaitu

PB62

Khadoor Sahib

PB63

Mohali

PB65, PB70

Nihal Singh Wala

PB66

Shahkot

PB67

Dhar Kalan

PB68

Pattran

PB72

Tappa Mandi

PB73

Nangal

PB74

Lehragaga

PB75

Ahmedgarh

PB76, PB82

Guru Har Sahai

PB77

Banga

PB78

Kotkapura

PB79

Maur

PB80

Majitha

PB81

Dudhan Sadhan

PB83

Bhawanigarh

PB84

Kalanaur

PB85

Dirba

PB86

Morinda

PB87

Bhikhiwind

PB88

The full list has over 90 RTO codes for Punjab. Vehicle owners can locate their nearest RTO office using the find RTO option on the Transport Department website.

Key Services Offered by Punjab RTO

The Regional Transport Offices across Punjab provide the following key services:

Vehicle Registration

  • Fresh registration: For newly purchased vehicles

  • Temporary registration: For vehicles entering Punjab from other states

  • Renewal of registration: Upon expiry of the 15-year registration period

  • Duplicate RC: In case of loss or damage of original RC certificate

  • Transfer of ownership: Upon sale of the vehicle

  • Change of address in RC: When the registered owner shifts residence

  • Alteration of vehicle: Approval for modifications to vehicles

Driving Licenses

  • Applying for new learner's license

  • Getting full permanent driving license

  • Renewing driving licenses

  • Making changes to license details

  • Getting international driving permit

  • Duplicate license for lost/damaged license

Permits for Commercial Vehicles

  • Goods carriage permits: For transport vehicles carrying goods

  • Private service vehicle permits: For private employee/school transportation

  • National permits: For inter-state operation of transport vehicles

  • Temporary permits: For visits to other states

Other Services

  • Vehicle fitness certification

  • Registration of automobile dealers

  • Collection of taxes and fees as per state laws

  • Trade certificate registration

  • NOC for interstate vehicle transfer

  • Records management

Vehicle Registration Process in Punjab RTO

Follow these steps for registering your new or used car with the Punjab RTO:

Step 1: Get Form 20 from the RTO

Form 20 is the application form for vehicle registration capturing owner, vehicle and dealer details. It is available on the Transport Department website or at RTO offices.

Step 2: Fill Form 20 with correct details

Provide accurate personal, vehicle and insurance information in Form 20. The 17-digit VIN/chassis number must match the vehicle invoice.

Step 3: Submit Form 20 along with documents

Some key documents to submit along with Form 20 are:

  • Aadhaar Card and address proof

  • PAN Card copy

  • Vehicle invoice

  • Valid insurance papers

  • Emission test certificate

  • Old RC (for renewed registrations)

Step 4: Pay applicable registration fees and taxes

Fees payable include:

  • Registration fees: Rs. 600 for new two-wheelers, Rs. 1200 for four-wheelers

  • Road tax

  • Fee for trade certificate (if purchased from dealer)

  • Green tax for older vehicles

  • Temporary registration fee

Step 5: Get vehicle inspection done

On the allotted date, take your vehicle to the RTO for inspection.

 The RTO inspector will:

  • Verify chassis, engine numbers against documents

  • Check critical safety and emission components

  • Take photos

  • Assign a registration number

Step 6: Collect smartcard registration certificate

If your vehicle passes inspection, you will receive the smartcard RC within 1-2 weeks containing the allotted registration number.

Step 7: Get high-security number plates fixed

High-security number plates with the registration number must be installed on your vehicle to legally drive it.

Vehicle Registration Charges & Taxes in Punjab

  • Registration fee: Rs. 600 (two-wheelers) & Rs. 1200 (four-wheelers)

  • Road tax: 9% to 12% of vehicle cost

  • Temporary registration: Rs. 300 (for 1 month)

  • Duplicate RC: Rs. 100

  • RC renewal: Rs. 600 (for 5 years)

  • Fitness certification: Rs. 400

  • Transfer of ownership: Rs. 1000

  • Other fees as applicable

Checking Vehicle Registration Details in Punjab

You can check the registration details of a vehicle in Punjab through the following methods:

  • Parivahan Sewa portal – Search vehicle details by registration number

  • Vahan Portal – Pan-India registration database search

  • mParivahan – Mobile app for searching vehicle registration details

  • SMS – Send registration number to 7738299899 to get vehicle owner name via SMS

  • Online Insurance Aggregator – Enter registration number to view insurance, RC, tax validity status

  • Legal Verification – Apply for official Certificate of Registration from RTO

The registration details that can be viewed/verified include:

  • Name and address of registered owner

  • Registration date and validity

  • Vehicle specifications

  • Tax/fitness status

  • Permit details

Renewing Registration Certificate in Punjab

According to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, a motor vehicle registration is valid for 15 years, after which it must be renewed for continuing usage.

Follow these steps to renew an expired registration certificate in Punjab:

  • Obtain Form 25 from the RTO and fill in vehicle details

  • Submit Form 25 along with original RC, insurance papers, PUC certificate, applicable renewal fees

  • Pay any pending vehicle taxes

  • Get fitness inspection done if required

  • Collect renewed registration certificate with updated validity

The registration can be renewed within 60 days from its expiry date by paying late fees. Beyond that vehicles are deregistered and must go through the full registration process again.

Transferring Vehicle Ownership in Punjab RTO

To transfer ownership of a vehicle when selling it to another party, follow these steps:

Step 1: Apply to the RTO in Forms 29 and 30

Step 2: Submit transfer application with buyer details

Step 3: Provide original RC, insurance papers, PUC, and NOC from financier

Step 4: Get Forms 29 and 30 signed by both parties

Step 5: Pay transfer fee and applicable taxes to RTO

Step 6: Remove old number plates and affix no-objection stickers

Step 7: Transfer motor insurance policy to new owner

Step 8: Collect updated RC from RTO with new owner details

On completing these steps, the vehicle registration will stand transferred to the new buyer.

Obtaining Driving License from Punjab RTO

Follow these steps to obtain a new driving license or renew an expired license in Punjab:

For New License

Step 1: Apply online on Punjab Transport Department website

Step 2: Book learner's license test slot and pass computerized test

Step 3: Undergo learner's license test and obtain LL valid for 6 months

Step 4: Learn driving and enroll for permanent license test

Step 5: Pass RTO driving test and obtain full license valid for 20 years

For Renewal of License

Step 1: Obtain Form 9 from RTO

Step 2: Fill details and submit Form 9 with medical certificate

Step 3: Submit old license, passport photos, fees

Step 4: Get renewed license with updated validity of 20 years

Getting Permit for Commercial Vehicles

Here is the process to obtain a permit for commercial goods or passenger transport vehicles from the Punjab RTO:

  • Step 1: Apply in Permit Application form

  • Step 2: Select permit type – goods, private service, national, etc.

  • Step 3: Submit vehicle papers – RC, insurance, fitness certificate

  • Step 4: Pay applicable permit fees

  • Step 5: Get permit inspection done if required

  • Step 6: Collect permit certificate to attach on vehicle

Conclusion

The RTO of Punjab provides essential and mandatory services related to vehicle regulations as per Central Motor Vehicle Rules. Understanding the documentation, fees and processes applicable for vehicle-related transactions with the RTO will help ensure smooth compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions on Punjab Regional Transport Office

FAQs

Icon

Q: How many RTO offices are present in Punjab?

A: As of 2023, there are over 90 functional regional and sub-regional RTO offices covering all the districts in Punjab.

Q: What documents do I need for transferring vehicle ownership in Punjab?

A: You need the original RC, insurance papers, PUC certificate, NOC from financier, transfer fee payment receipt, and signed Form 29 and Form 30 from both the seller and buyer.

Q: What is the penalty if I drive my vehicle in Punjab with an expired registration?

A: Driving a vehicle with an expired registration in Punjab can attract a minimum fine of Rs.2000. The vehicle is also liable to get detained until you renew its registration.

Q: How do I obtain a duplicate registration certificate (RC) in case the original gets lost?

A: You can obtain a duplicate RC certificate from the Punjab RTO by filing an FIR of the loss and submitting a copy along with the applicable fees. The cost for a duplicate RC is Rs. 100.

Q: What is the validity period of a permanent driving license issued in Punjab?

A: The permanent driving licenses issued by Punjab RTO are valid for 20 years from the date of issue before requiring renewal.

Q: Is a pollution under control (PUC) certificate mandatory in Punjab?

A: Yes, all vehicles registered in Punjab must possess a valid PUC certificate from an authorized test center during their renewals and while transferring ownership.

Q: How can I get the contact details of my local RTO office in Punjab?

A: You can find the contact information of your nearest RTO office in Punjab by using the 'Find RTO' option and entering your location details on the Transport Department's portal.

icon

Want to post any comments?

icon

Upto 85% off on Car Insurance! Starting at Rs. ₹2,094*

Buy or Renew Car Insurance in 2 Minutes ⚡

Car number

Looking to insure brand new car?

Zero commissions, big savings

quote icon

Get Quote

quote icon