How to Obtain a Temporary Vehicle Registration Number?
Updated On Oct 14, 2023
A temporary registration number for your car is crucial for a new car. Here’s everything you need to know to get one for yourself.
What is a Vehicle Registration Number?
A vehicle’s registration number is the one written on the licence plate, often called the number plate. The numbers on the plate often look like a random mix of numbers, when in reality they tell us a great deal about the vehicle. A license plate number in India has four parts. The first to letters, MH or WB, tell us which state the car insurance belongs to, the second two numbers tell us about the district according to its sequential number, the third part is the unique part of the number that is used to identify that particular vehicle, the final part is an oval logo which reads IND, along with other specifications making them tamper-proof.
Importance of Vehicle Registration Number
Vehicle registration is important not only in India but in most other countries as well. It is attached to a car for identification purposes. With this number, it can be checked if its owner has paid his taxes, it can be located in case it is stolen. It is also tied to insurance policies and is found on both public and private motor vehicles. Moreover, According to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, it has been mandatory for each vehicle to get registered and attach the number to both the front and back of the car on a metal plate.
When Do I Need A Temporary Vehicle Registration?
When you buy a new car, it does not get its permanent registration number immediately. Hence, a temporary registration number is assigned to the vehicle by the Regional Transportation Office (RTO). This number remains valid for a month, in which time the buyer is expected to have registered and received the permanent registration for their car.
Documents Required To Get Temporary Vehicle Registration Number?
Following are the documents you require to get temporary registration for your car:
- Form 21, Sale Certificate
- Form 22, Road Worthiness Certificate
- Owner’s Address Proof
- Car Insurance Documents
- Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC)
- Pan Card or Form 60 and 61 if unavailable
How Can I Get A Temporary Registration Number For My Vehicle?
Following are the steps you need to take to get temporary registration for your car:
- Download Form 20 and apply for temporary registration with the Regional Transport Office in your district.
- Provide the above-mentioned documents.
- Make the payment for the processing fee and tax. This amount varies from state to state.
A registration number is a unique code given to each vehicle in India and in most other countries. Though it often looks like an odd jumble of numbers and letters, the registration number can tell us a great deal about the car, such as the state it belongs to and the district. The registration number was made compulsory by the Motor Vehicle Act for both public and private vehicles and two-wheelers in 1988 and must be attached in the front and the rear. It is used for identification purposes and hence, you must have it even if your car is brand new. Thus, the temporary registration number is what you must apply for while you apply for the permanent one.
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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.