Vehicle Registration: All You Need To Know

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Quite often taken for granted, the process of registering your vehicle is very important. When you buy a new vehicle, it is mainly the dealership guys who get the paperwork done for you, but have you ever wondered what does it take to get your new vehicle registered yourself? Here is a breakdown of some of the major steps involved in doing so. The process may vary a bit in every state, so do get in touch with your local RTO to know more about the same.

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Before we go on discuss the documents you need to get a brand new vehicle registered, here are some points you must keep in mind:

  • No vehicle can ply on Indian roads without registration
  • No dealer can give you an unregistered car
  • A dealer, however, may deliver a vehicle with temporary registration
  • If you have a temporary register vehicle delivered to you, make sure to get a permanent registration within 7 days
  • Despite registering a brand new vehicle, you still have to present it at the RTO for inspection
  • It is recommended to have the vehicle registered by the dealer, on his trade certificate
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With these basic rules in mind, you can now go ahead and collect the following documents, before heading out to the RTO and getting yourself a brand new registration number.

  • Form number 20
  • Sale certificate in form number 21 (Given by dealer)
  • Roadworthiness certificate in form 22, 22-A (Given by the manufacturer)
  • Purchase invoice (for vehicles attracting lifetime tax)
  • Temporary registration if any.
  • PAN number (or 2 copies of form 60)
  • Bill of entry for imported vehicles
  • Octroi receipt if registering in municipal limits
  • Manufacturers certificate for invalid carriage
  • Customs clearance certificate in case of imported vehicles along with License & bond if any

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The cost of registering an imported motorcycle like this is significantly higher

Now with the documents sorted out, the next step is to head to the RTO and get the car registered. This process also involves you to pay a fee, which is determined by the type of vehicle you are registering. Below is a list of the fees for various types of vehicles. Do bear in mind that these fees are applicable for vehicle registration in Maharashtra, do check with your local RTO for an accurate fee structure.
  • Invalid carriage – INR 50
  • Motorcycle – INR 300
  • Imported motorcycle – INR 5,000
  • Light motor vehicle – INR 600
  • Medium goods & passenger vehicle – INR 1,000
  • Heavy goods/passenger vehicle – INR 1,500
  • Imported motor vehicle – INR 5,000
  • Any other vehicle not mentioned above – INR 3,000
  • Erickshaw / Ecart – INR 1,000
  • Light Commercial Vehicle – INR 1,000
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In case, you want to get a number of your choice, while registering the car, the RTO would be happy to do so at an additional cost. For example, in Maharashtra, a number ending with 0001 could cost you as much as INR 3,00,000 on a four-wheeler and as much as INR 50,000 on a motorcycle. Moreover, if more than one applicant applies for a particular number, that particular number shall be auctioned off to the highest bidder. With all this done, you shall receive a brand new registration number and then, you can take your brand new vehicle to wherever you like and enjoy your brand new purchase.

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