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How to Get a Vehicle Registration Certificate (RC)

TeamAckoApr 10, 2024

A vehicle Registration Certificate (RC) is a crucial document that serves as proof of ownership and legality for vehicles in India. Whether you are purchasing a new vehicle or transferring ownership, understanding the process of obtaining a vehicle RC is vital. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide on how to get a Registration Certificate for your vehicle, outlining the necessary steps, requirements, documents and relevant information.




What is a Vehicle Registration Certificate?

A vehicle Registration Certificate, often referred to as RC is an official document issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) that serves as proof of ownership and registration of a vehicle. It contains important details about the vehicle, such as its registration number, make, model, engine number, chassis number, and the vehicle owner's information. This document plays a vital role in ensuring the legality and identification of vehicles on the road.

Documents Required for Registration Certificate

You must have the following documents to obtain an RC for your vehicle.

  • Proof of Identity

  • Proof of Age

  • Vehicle Purchase Invoice

  • Copy of Vehicle Insurance

  • Copy of PAN Card

  • Temporary registration issued by the dealer

  • Receipt for registration fees

  • Form 20

  • Form 22 and Form 22-A

  • Form 21

  • Form 34

How to Apply for a Vehicle Registration Certificate

Here are the steps to apply for an RC.

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest RTO office along with your vehicle.

  • Step 2: Upon arrival at the RTO office, the inspecting authority will examine your vehicle.

  • Step 3: Complete application form 20 for the Registration Certificate (RC).

  • Step 4: The authority will make an imprint of the chassis number.

  • Step 5: Submit all the required documents.

  • Step 6: Make the payment for the registration fees and obtain the receipt.

  • Step 7: The RTO will dispatch your RC through the post.

Alternatively, you can also get the Registration Certificate through your vehicle dealer. The dealers must possess a valid trade certificate from the state RTO and have been provided with login credentials. They can access the website from their location. By entering the necessary details and submitting the documents, the RC request can be processed.

The original RC document will be issued and dispatched by the state RTO. This entire procedure saves you time.

How to Get a Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate

Here are the steps to get a duplicate RC.

  • Step 1: The initial step would involve lodging an FIR at the nearest police station.

  • Step 2: Next, complete Form 26 to request a duplicate Registration Certificate (RC).

  • Step 3: In the case of a vehicle under a loan, provide the duly signed form from the financier.

  • Step 4: Submit Form 26 along with all the necessary documents.

Documents Required for Duplicate Registration Certificate

Here are the documents required to get a duplicate RC.

  • FIR copy

  • Proof of road tax payment

  • Certificate of insurance

  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the financier (if applicable)

  • Pollution Under Control Certificate

How to Track RC Status Online

Following are the steps to check the status of your RC application.

  • Step 1: Begin by visiting the official Parivahan e-service portal. Locate the 'Online Service' section and click on it.

  • Step 2: Proceed to the 'Vehicle Related Services' option. From the provided drop-down menu, select your state of registration.

  • Step 3: Now, choose the appropriate 'State RTO' from the drop-down menu. Within this menu, you will find the 'Status' option. Give it a click.

  • Step 4: Select the 'Know Your Application Status' option. Enter your application number and click on 'Submit'.

  • Step 5: Finally, click on the 'View Report' option. This will display the RC details on your screen.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are a few frequently asked questions and their answers related to the vehicle Registration Certificate.


Why is it important to obtain a vehicle Registration Certificate?

Obtaining an RC is crucial as it establishes the legal ownership of the vehicle and ensures compliance with the rules and regulations of The Motor Vehicles Act.

How do I determine the appropriate Regional Transport Office (RTO) for obtaining a vehicle Registration Certificate?

The RTO responsible for vehicle registration depends on the jurisdiction of the location where the vehicle is primarily used or where the owner resides.

Are there any fees associated with obtaining a vehicle Registration Certificate?

Yes, there are fees involved in the process of obtaining a Registration Certificate. The fee structure varies depending on factors such as the type of vehicle, its age, and the state regulations.

How long does it take to receive the Registration Certificate after submitting the application?

The processing time for the vehicle RC varies depending on the workload of the RTO and the completeness of the application. It typically takes a few weeks to a month to receive the certificate.

Can I transfer the vehicle Registration Certificate if I sell my vehicle?

Yes, when selling a vehicle, it is essential to transfer the Registration Certificate to the new owner. Both the seller and the buyer need to follow the prescribed procedure for transfer of ownership.

What should I do if I lose my Vehicle RC?

In case of loss or damage to the vehicle Registration Certificate, you should immediately file a police complaint and apply for a duplicate RC at the respective RTO by following the necessary procedures.

Disclaimer: The information mentioned on this page is compiled from different websites and may be updated from time to time. Please refer to the respective government websites before making any decisions related to vehicle Registration Certificates.


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