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Why Is Two Wheeler Registration Certificate (RC) Important

Updated On Jun 06, 2022

Why Is Two Wheeler Registration Certificate (RC) Important

Getting a driver's license is important, but getting a registration certificate is just as important. An official document showing that your car is registered with the Indian government is known as a registration certificate, or RC. It serves as documentation for your vehicle's registration.
The Motor Vehicles Act mandates that all motor vehicles in India be registered with the registering authority based on the intended purpose of the vehicle. According to the MV Act 1988, no one can operate a vehicle on Indian roads without a registration certificate.
A private/non-commercial vehicle's registration certificate is valid for 15 years from the date of registration. After that, the registration certificate must be renewed every five years. All cars, regardless of their brand, make, or model, are required to be registered under the Motor Vehicles Act.

Why Is Two Wheeler Registration Certificate (RC) Important

RC can be of two types: 

1. Temporary RC: The dealer from whom the car is purchased assigns a temporary registration number when the vehicle is freshly purchased. According to the legislation, this must be registered on a permanent basis. The temporary registration number is normally good for one month, and the vehicle must be registered by the Regional Transport Office department within that time.
2. Permanent RC: This is a vehicle plate number, a legal document that proves the legitimacy of the vehicle's owner as well as all other pertinent information about the vehicle.

Every vehicle owner, whether it is a private or non-commercial vehicle, must register his/her vehicle at the nearest RTO office. The vehicle is inspected by an inspecting authority at the RTO office/zonal office as part of the registration process.

You can also register your vehicle through a motor vehicle dealer with registration authority. In this instance, self-registration dealers will only give the vehicle to the customer after it has been registered.

You can see the details of your vehicle on the RC card, and here are those details: 
1. Number Plate/Registration Number
2. Name and address of the vehicle's owner
3. Maker’s class and vehicle class
4. Month and year of vehicle manufacture
5. Fuel used
6. Chassis number and engine number
7. Type of vehicle's body
8. Cubic capacity
9. Seating capacity
10. Wheelbase
11. Colour of the vehicle
12. Unladen weight
13. Registration and expiry date of RC
14. Signature of the owner

You will be required to have a few documents to register your vehicle. Here is the list below:
1. Form 20, the application form for motor vehicle registration, must be completely filled out.
2. Form 21, which is a vehicle dealer's sales certificate.
3. Form 22, Form 22-A, i.e. the manufacturer's roadworthiness certificate.
Address Proof of the vehicle owner (any one)

  • Aadhar card
  • Ration Card
  • Passport
  • LIC Policy
  • Form 34 must be signed by the owner of the vehicle and the financier (if there is any).
  • ID Proof
  • Passport size photographs of the vehicle owner
  • Vehicle registration fee
  • One time road tax receipt
  • Vehicle receipt


The Registration Certificate, often known as the RC, is a vital legal document that not only contains critical information about your car but is also required by law. Failure to submit your RC can result in severe penalties, including the seizure of your car. It will be given to you in the form of an RC book or a Smart Card.

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This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.
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