A-Z of Your Motorcycle Registration Certificate


If you already are an owner of a motorcycle, or are planning on buying one, you must know that one of the most important documents to have is your motorcycle’s registration certificate or the bike’s RC book. The registration certificate is a mandatory document to have, according to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, that serves as proof that your vehicle is duly registered with the government of India and acts as a unique identifier for your motorcycle. It is illegal to drive a vehicle on the road in India if it does not have a valid registration certificate. A motorcycle’s RC book consists of the bike RC details such as:

     Registration number

     Registration date

     Chassis number

     Engine number

     Owner’s name

     Vehicle class

     Fuel type

     Vehicle maker / vehicle model

     Fitness / REGN expiry date

     MV tax details

     Insurance expiry date

     PUCC expiry date

     Emission norms

     RC status

     Whether the vehicle is financed or not

If in case you are purchasing a second hand motorcycle and need to verify the RC details, you can do so online as well. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) created an online website, known as the Vahan e-service portal, that serves as a centralised national register for all registered vehicles in the country. By means of the Parivahan Sewa website, people can get to know all details about a vehicle online with the help of the vehicle’s registration number itself. This portal serves as a great way to verify government records of a vehicle, and to also apply for official vehicle related documents. There may be times when you are left wondering about how to download fitness certificate of vehicle online, or how to get a duplicate copy of your Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. In such cases, the government’s Vahan e-service portal comes in very handy.

After you purchase your motorcycle, you can obtain your registration certificate by either approaching your zonal Regional Transport Office (RTO) yourself, or by asking your vehicle dealership to get it done for you. In case you move to another state in India for a time period of more than a year, you need to transfer your registration certificate of the motorcycle from the original state to the new one. Also, if you are selling your motorcycle, or buying a second hand one, in such a case too you need to transfer the bike’s ownership. In both the cases mentioned, you can get the process done either offline at the RTO, or online at the government’s Parivahan Sewa portal.

To register your vehicle online or offline, you need to submit the following documents:

     Copy of PAN card

     Passport sized photographs

     Purchase invoice of the vehicle

     Address proof

     Attested copy of vehicle insurance

     Temporary registration details issued by the dealer

     Valid identification proof

Along with that, the following filled up forms need to be appended to your application:

     Form 20

     Form 21

     Form 22

     Form 22 - A

In case you are found to be driving a motorcycle without a registration certificate, you can be fined an amount of Rs. 5,000 for the first offence, and Rs. 10,000 for the subsequent offences.

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