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How To Get Car Pollution Under Control Certificate?

Published On Mar 12, 2021, Updated On Mar 25, 2021

This article mentions how you can obtain a Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC) in India. It begins with an introduction of why a PUC Certificate is necessary and then explains the process of obtaining one in both the offline and online formats.

Climate change and increase in pollution levels has now made it almost compulsory for all vehicles to have a pollution control certificate. In India, all cars have to undergo emission tests to conform to the norms laid down by the government. Failing to provide the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate can lead to a fine and it is your duty as a responsible global citizen to keep your car’s emission levels in check for a better future. But let’s find out first what a PUC Certificate is. 

How To Get Car Pollution Under Control Certificate?

What Is A Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate For Cars? 

A Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC) for cars is an approval document that contains information about the emission levels of your car and they need to match the emission levels as outlined by government pollution norms. It is issued by the Government of India after checking the emission level of your car at authorized emission testing centres that are found in most petrol pumps across India. As per the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1989, it is obligatory for a car owner to carry a PUC Certificate in their cars at all times. 

Getting a PUC certificate in India is fairly easy and can be obtained without much hassle and in this article we are going to tell you how you can obtain one by following the steps given below. 

How To Get Car Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate?

You can obtain a PUC for your car by following the steps as under - 

  • Offline Method 

To obtain a PUC Certificate offline you need to -

  1. Take your car to the nearest emission test centre, petrol pumps, licensed auto emission testing centres with a computerised facility or a fuel station across India 
  2. Scan your exhaust pipe with a device to check emission levels
  3. Pay the required fee 
  4. Receive your PUC certificate and a test reading 
  • Online Method 

If you are not too comfortable with the offline method, you can also opt to get your pollution levels checked online. Simply follow the step below - 

  1. Visit the official website of the ministry of Transport and Highways, Government of India at 
  2. Go to the Parivahan section
  3. Enter your car’s registration number and the last 5 digits of the Chassis Number
  4. Enter the security code provided and click on ‘PUC Details’
  5. If you have an active PUC certificate you will be redirected to a new page where you can view the emission test result and other details
  6. Click on ‘Print’ to have a hard copy of the result or download it for later

Take Away 

These are the two methods by which an individual can get their Pollution Under Control Certificate. You can choose to obtain it by either the offline or the online method and make sure to submit it as required. However, merely getting a PUC certificate does not mean that you can let go of all responsibilities. Having a car insurance policy is as important as a PUC certificate and you should take special care to secure your car against unforeseen accidents. 

Disclaimer: 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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