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Registration and Re-Registration of Your Vehicles

Thinking Of Registration and Re-Registration of Your Vehicles?

It’s great to finally purchase your dream car or bike. It’s an occasion for celebration, isn’t it? But before you go around taking all your friends for a short-test drive, you need to make sure of your vehicle registration. Registration, is mandatory, as per the laws laid out by the Government of India. No motor vehicle can operate on the road without a valid vehicle registration. But, most of us, already knew that, didn’t we? So, what we are going to do in this post is try to explain what vehicle registration is. We will also talk about what the process of it and finally how to re-register a vehicle.

For most of us, when we buy a new vehicle, the dealer goes through the entire process of vehicle registration on our behalf. So, it’s safe to assume that most of us haven’t experienced registration of a vehicle first-hand. However, it’s always good to know how things work, rather than depending on another person or company for your needs. Let’s look at what registration is and how the process works:

What Is Registration?

Registration of your vehicle is like getting an Aadhaar card or a PAN Card for yourself. It’s a unique identification alphanumeric ID specifically for your vehicle. Registration contains information about the vehicle and also about the owner of the vehicle.

Registration of the vehicle includes the following details:

– Chassis Number.

– Engine Number.

– Body Type.

– Fuel Type.

– Color of Vehicle.

– Name of Manufacturer.

– Make/Model.

– Registration No.

– Details District-RTO which issues registration card/certificate.

– Full Name & Address of Owner of Vehicle.

The reason to know who the owner of a vehicle is, could be many. But the government states that the most important one is to create a database for the same. A database can be referred to if any illegal, criminal or anti-state activities were carried out using a particular vehicle.

How Does The Process Of Registration Work?

The process for registration of your vehicle has become much easier now as compared to before. There is an emergence in the digital revolution around the world, and India isn’t behind. The Indian government now let’s you get all the necessary forms for the same, online. The website to carter to all your vehicle registration needs is aptly called, Vahan. The website is also helpful in letting applicants know what documents they need along-with the forms.

Once the applicant collects all the documents and fills up the forms, he/she must take the vehicle to the Registration Authority Office (RAO). The registration of a vehicle cannot be granted unless the vehicle has been physically checked and analyzed. The RAO checks for pollution and emissions levels of the vehicle. They also check for a valid insurance cover and a proper identification of the owner of the vehicle.

After all the vehicle is physically checked and deemed ‘OK’ by the concerned authorities. It is followed up by the next part of the registration process, which is to pay all the necessary fees. Every state has a different rule regarding this, as different states have different taxation policies. However, the common trend is, the higher the ex-showroom price of your vehicle, the higher the fees applicable to it.

After all the payments are done, the RAO allots a ‘Temporary-Registration’ (TR). This can be used on the vehicle until the permanent registration is received. The permanent registration number is sent within 30 days to the owner’s door-step via post. This registration number is included on a registration card.

What Is Re-Registration?

Re-registration is the process of registering your motor vehicle with the concerned authorities, again. You might need to re-register your vehicle for a number of reasons as listed below:

  1. Re-Registration of Vehicle Due To Ageing

Your vehicle just like you, ages over time too. And, just like with your driving license which needs to be renewed after 20 years, vehicle registration needs to be renewed after 15 years. The 15 years is calculated from the date of issue of the registration. This process is known as re-registration of the vehicle due to ageing.

When a vehicle is 15 years old, the risks with the vehicle are high. Mainly in terms of safety and emissions. Therefore, any vehicle which has to be re-registered is looked at carefully, and is either deemed safe or unsafe. If it gets deemed safe, re-verification of documents is also required to start the process of re-registration.  

So, your vehicle is old now, but you’re still rockin’ it, right? And you plan on continuing to own your vehicle for some more time now! So, what documents do you need to re-register your vehicle?

The common vehicle registration documentation requirements for every state are as under:

– Original registration card/certificate of the vehicle.

– Form 25, which can be obtained from the Vahan website.

– Proof of payment of road-tax till date.

– Latest PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate copy of the vehicle.

– Copy of a valid insurance copy of the vehicle.

– Fees required to re-register your vehicle. This varies from state to state.

– Copy of the vehicle-owner’s PAN Card. If the owner does not have a PAN Card, he/she can fill Form 60/61 which is available online too.

  1. Re-Registration of Vehicle Due To Moving Of Territories

There are a lot of parallels which one can draw between the driver’s license and the registration card/certificate of a vehicle. But there are some differences too.

The main one would be that since every state or union territory have different taxation policies, road taxations and processes. Therefore, registration certificate isn’t valid throughout India, i.e.: Registration certificates differ territory to territory. Hence, anytime someone moves from one state to another, permanently, they would have to re-register their vehicle.

So, what if you’re moving to another state, what documents do you need to re-register your vehicle at your new address? Let’s take a look!

– Original registration card/certificate.

– Form 28 (No-Objection Certificate),

– Duly filled out Form 27.

– Duly filled out Form 20,

– Proof of payment of road-tax till date.

– Proof of address of new address (Aadhaar, Passport, etc.).

– Latest PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate copy of the vehicle.

– Copy of a valid insurance copy of the vehicle.

– Fees required to re-register your vehicle. This varies from state to state.

– Copy of the vehicle-owner’s PAN Card. If the owner does not have a PAN Card, he/she can fill Form 60/61 which is available online too.

  1. Re-Registration of Vehicle Due To Other Reasons

One could have to re-register their vehicle, in-case they are selling it to someone or if they are changing their address. They will also have to re-register the vehicle if in-case the owner of the vehicle passes away.

Below are the documentation you would require for any of the mentioned scenarios:

Documents Required For Change in Ownership of Vehicle (Selling of Vehicle)

– Original registration card/certificate.

– Form 29 & Form 30.

– Address proof of new owner.

– Latest PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate copy of the vehicle.

– Copy of a valid insurance copy of the vehicle.

– Copy of the new-owner’s PAN Card. If the new-owner does not have a PAN Card, he/she can fill Form 60/61 which is available online too.

– Charges required for transfer of ownership of vehicle. This varies from state to state.

Documents Required For Change of Address (Same State)

– Original registration card/certificate.

– Form 33.

– Latest PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate copy of the vehicle.

– Copy of a valid insurance copy of the vehicle.

– Copy of the vehicle-owner’s PAN Card. If the owner does not have a PAN Card, he/she can fill Form 60/61 which is available online too.

– Charges required for transfer of ownership of vehicle. This varies from state to state. Usually most states don’t charge for this type of ownership transfer.

Documents Required If Owner Passes Away

– Original registration card/certificate.

– Death certificate of owner.

– Certificate of succession in the name of the new-owner.

– Declarations & No-Objection Certificates from all family members who could possibly inherit the vehicle.

– Address proof of new owner.

– Copy of the new-owner’s PAN Card. If the new-owner does not have a PAN Card, he/she can fill Form 60/61 which is available online too.

– Charges required for transfer of ownership of vehicle. This varies from state to state. Usually most states don’t charge for this type of ownership transfer.

Most states have started letting you apply for re-registration online itself by building on the ‘Vahan’ infrastructure created by the central government. The website also lists any documents you need in-case of re-registration of your vehicle, under any of the above-mentioned reasons.

We hope that you now know how important registering your vehicle is and how this process works. We also hope that you learnt some quick-facts about re-registration of your vehicle! Remember to go out there and spread the information! Information, after-all is power!


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