TeamAckoDec 7, 2023
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) or Telangana RTO is critical for monitoring and supervising vehicle licensing and registration. Nearly four million people and one and a half million vehicles use Telangana's extensive transport network.
Learn all there is to know about the Telangana RTO with this thorough tutorial.
The Telangana RTO operates under the state's Transport Department to implement the Motor Vehicles Act. It is responsible for:
Vehicle registration and transfers
Issuing driving licenses
Collecting road taxes
Conducting fitness tests
Issuing permits for commercial vehicles
Implementing vehicle safety and emission norms
The RTO has offices in each of Telangana's 33 districts, making its services more accessible. The Telangana Transport Department's website also offers many RTO services.
The respective RTO offices are overseen on a daily basis by RTOs and DRTOs, who are known as regional transport officers.
They assist MVIs, inspectors, and other RTO staff members in ensuring that services are delivered efficiently.
Effective implementation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
Administering the registration process and issuing high-security registration plates.
Ensuring the roadworthiness of vehicles through fitness testing.
Granting driving licenses after conducting computerized tests.
Regulating permits for commercial vehicles.
Facilitating inter-state transport of passengers and goods.
Promoting road safety through awareness programs.
Maintaining databases and records of vehicles, licenses and permits.
Collecting revenue through taxes and fees.
By achieving these objectives, the RTO plays a critical role in ensuring that vehicles and drivers comply with legal requirements. It also enforces road safety regulations in the public's benefit.
Telangana has over 71 RTO offices mapped to each district and sub-division. Here is the list of all the RTO codes and offices in Telangana:
Reserved for Hyderabad
Kumaram Bheem Asifabad
You can locate your nearest RTO office using the RTO code finder on the Transport Department website. Key in your location details, and the site will display contact information for the RTO office serving your area.
The RTO in Telangana provides various services to vehicle owners and drivers. Here are some of the critical services offered:
Fresh registration: For newly purchased vehicles within the state
Temporary registration: For vehicles brought into Telangana from other states
Renewal of registration: Upon expiry of the 15-year registration period
Duplicate registration certificate: In case of loss or damage of the original RC book
Transfer of ownership: Upon sale of the vehicle to another party
Change of address in RC: When the owner shifts to a new address
Hypothecation termination: Upon full payment of the vehicle loan
Reassignment of registration mark: For retaining the old number on a new vehicle
Alteration of vehicle: Approval for modifications in vehicles
Trade certificate: For automobile dealers buying and selling vehicles for business
Learner's license - For new drivers aged above 16 (valid for 6 months)
Permanent driving license - For experienced drivers (valid for 20 years)
Renewal of driving license - On the expiry of the license validity period
Duplicate driving license - In case of loss or damage of the original license
Addition of another class of vehicle - For drivers trained to drive a new type of vehicle
Change of address in license
Change of name in license
International driving permit - For driving abroad
Permits for Commercial Vehicles
The RTO issues multiple types of permits for vehicles used for commercial or public transportation:
Stage Carriage permit: For buses plying on fixed routes
Contract Carriage permit: For private charter buses/taxis
Goods Carriage permit: For transport vehicles carrying goods
Private Service Vehicle permit: For employee transportation vehicles
National permit: For inter-state operations
All India Tourist permit: For tourist vehicles
Collection of motor vehicle taxes - Quarterly or annual taxes as levied by the state
Collection of fees - For services like registration, licenses, fitness certification etc.
Vehicle fitness testing - Testing for roadworthiness as per MV Act
Registration of automobile dealers - For dealers involved in selling new/used vehicles
Trade certificate registration - For vehicle dealers buying and selling vehicles
Issuing NOC for vehicles - No objection certificate for interstate transfer of vehicles
Authorization of inspection & certification centers - For authorizing fitness testing centers
Driving school licenses - For authorizing training schools as per MV Act
Scrap vehicle certification - For vehicles being discarded permanently
Records maintenance - Keeping databases of registered vehicles, licenses, etc.
Follow these steps to register your new or old vehicle with the Telangana RTO:
Step 1: Obtain Application for Registration - Form 20 Form 20 is the application form for vehicle registration, which the vehicle owner must fill out. It captures details like:
Personal information (name, address, phone number etc.)
Engine and chassis details
Details of the dealer selling the vehicle
Form 20 is available online on the Transport Department website or at the RTO office.
Step 2: Fill out Form 20 with vehicle and owner details The vehicle owner must accurately fill in all the details in Form 20. Leave no field blank to avoid issues later. Enter the 17-character chassis number correctly as per the vehicle invoice.
Step 3: Submit Form 20 along with supporting documents Some key documents required along with the registration application Form 20 are:
Proof of identity and address of owner - Aadhaar card, PAN card, etc.
PAN card copy
Vehicle invoice - From the dealer selling the vehicle
Valid insurance certificate
Emission test certificate - Obtained after testing by an authorized centre
Old RC copy - In case of renewed registrations
Self-attested photocopies of documents must be provided. Invalid or incomplete documents can delay the registration process.
Step 4: Pay the registration fees and applicable taxes The applicable registration charges and road taxes have to be paid at the RTO. This includes:
Registration fees - Rs. 600 for new two-wheelers and Rs. 1200 for new four-wheelers
Road tax - Between 9% to 20% of vehicle cost price
Fee for trade certificate - If purchasing from a dealer
Fee for temporary registration - If it is not a fresh registration
Green tax - For transport vehicles older than 8 years
The RTO calculates taxes based on the Form 20 details. You can pay via demand draft, cash or debit/credit card at the RTO.
Step 5: Get your vehicle inspected by the RTO Once you submit Form 20 and the documents, the RTO will allot a date for the inspection of your vehicle. On the given date, you must bring your vehicle to the RTO premises. The RTO inspector will:
Verify vehicle details against submitted documents
Check critical safety components
Look for any unauthorized modifications
Conduct emission testing using meters
Take photos of the vehicle
Assign an engine and chassis number if not already engraved.
Step 6: Collect the registration certificate (RC book) from RTO If your vehicle clears the RTO inspection, you will receive the registration certificate (RC book) within 1-2 weeks. It will have the registration number assigned to your vehicle.
Step 7: Get high-security registration plates installed The RC book must be accompanied by registration number plates issued by an authorized vendor as per the prescribed design and dimensions. These high-security plates come with a unique registration mark.
Only after fixing the number plates can you legally drive your registered vehicle on the road.
Registration fees: Rs.600 for new two-wheelers and Rs. 1200 for new four-wheelers
Temporary registration: Rs.300 valid for 1 month
Renewal of registration: Rs.300 for every 5 years
Duplicate RC: Rs.50
Number reservation: Rs.300
Fancy/special number: Rs.5000 extra
Fitness certificate: Rs.200
Transfer of ownership: Rs.300
NOC fee: Rs.50
HP termination: Rs.100
You can check the registration details of any vehicle registered in Telangana with its registration number through these methods:
Online verification - Visit www.aptransport.org and enter the registration number to get the vehicle owner's name, address, registration date, tax status, fitness, etc.
SMS service - Send the registration number to 7738299899 to get key vehicle details via SMS.
Mobile app - Use the mParivahan app and enter the registration number to view complete registration details along with insurance validity.
Vahan portal - Visit vahan.parivahan.gov.in and search with the registration number to get pan-India registration data.
RTO inquiry - Visit your nearest RTO office and inquire in person with the registration number to get verbal confirmation of details.
Legal verification - Apply for an official Certificate of Registration from the RTO by submitting relevant documents.
The Regional Transport Offices across Telangana provide essential services related to vehicular regulations. From fresh registrations and license renewals to permit issuance and tax collection, the RTO offices facilitate compliance with the Motor Vehicles Act.
Knowing the documentation, fees and processes applicable for different RTO services will help you avoid any hassles or delays.
A: As of 2023, there are over 71 regional and sub-regional RTO offices covering all the districts and sub-divisions of Telangana.
A: You need the original RC, insurance papers, NOC from financier, signed Form 29 and Form 30, address proof, transfer fee receipt and signatures of the seller and buyer.
A: Driving a vehicle in Telangana without renewing its expired registration can attract a minimum penalty between ₹2000 - ₹5000. The vehicle may also be impounded.
A: You can obtain a duplicate RC in Telangana by submitting an FIR copy of the document loss along with prescribed fees to the RTO. The cost is ₹50.
A: Like other states, the permanent driving licenses issued in Telangana have a standard validity period of 20 years from date of issue before requiring renewal.
A: Yes, a valid PUC certificate from an authorized test center is mandatory across Telangana for renewing old vehicles and obtaining fitness certificates.
A: You can instantly check Telangana registration details of any vehicle using its registration number on the Parivahan portal or mParivahan app.
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