Registration is the process of listing a vehicle with a specific person’s name. It is a mandatory process that happens at the time of vehicle purchase. Hence, it is illegal to drive in India without valid vehicle registration. Once the vehicle is registered, you can drive it officially anywhere within the geographical boundaries of India.
Registering a motor vehicle in someone’s name was supposed to be a tedious process, but that now seems like a distant past. The Government of India has launched its official website ‘Vahan’ as part of the ‘Digital India’ campaign. Now, similar to motor insurance online, the whole process has become easier. Therefore, it will be much easier for you to follow the process without any hassles.
According to the Central Motor Vehicles Act, all private vehicle owners are required to re-register their vehicle after 15 years from the date of initial registration. Thereafter, the registration will be renewed for a period of 5 years until the RTO declares that the vehicle is safe and suitable for driving on the roads of India.
Steps for renewal of car registration
Here are the 3 comprehensive steps of car registration renewal that you need to follow:
- Fill out form and obtain No Objection Certificates (NOC)
An NOC is essentially a declaration that the vehicle that has applied for re-registration is safe to drive on roads. This means that it will not raise safety concerns for the owner or other drivers on the road. Here are some important things to look for when getting a NOC:
- Notarized Self Declaration Affidavit to be submitted by you on a ₹ 10 stamp paper stating that all the documents related to the vehicle are genuine and there are no arrears for the vehicle.
- Obtain a No Objection Certificate from the National Crime Records Bureau or the NCRB confirming that this is not a stolen vehicle
- No Objection Certificate from the financier on Form No. 35 if the vehicle was purchased using a loan and the loan has not yet been repaid.
You must provide 3 copies of all these documents filled in correctly:
- Form no. 27, i.e. application for a new registration
- Form no. 28
- The Issuance of No Objection Certificate
- No Objection Certificate from Traffic Police,
- No Objection certificate from NCRB
Other vehicle documents such as PUC certificate, smart card copy, chassis print copy, proof of identity and proof of address must be submitted. RTOs issue the Interstate Automobile Transfer NOC within 2-3 weeks.
- Show original documents
Just like vehicle insurance renewal, there are a specific set of original documents that you need to show for car registration renewal. Documents to be shown in original include Smart Card, Insurance Document, Pollution Control or PUC Certificate. You also have to show the original challan of the vehicle purchase so that the RTO can calculate road tax based on vehicle depreciation.
- Re-registration of the vehicle and payment of road tax
After the above step, you can finish the application part of the process of re-registration of the vehicle. You can then pay the appropriate road tax along with the specific documents related to the vehicle like your personal documents, NOC etc. Here are other documents that you need to submit to the RTO:
- Vehicle Re-Registration Form No. 20
- Form No. 33 if you are re-registering your car at a different address
- Documents related to transfer of ownership if you own a used vehicle
Once you have submitted all these documents, you can make the payment of the road tax and your re-registration will be completed. Just like vehicle insurance online payment, you can pay road tax through debit card, net banking, etc. Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation. For more details on benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms and conditions, please read sales brochure/policy wording carefully before concluding a sale.