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Vehicle Registration Certificate: Process & Documents Required

Published On May 02, 2021 10:00 AM By InsuranceDekho

Purchased a new car? Follow these guidelines to get your registration certificate.

Purchasing a car is a significant landmark in our lives. It can bring a great deal of excitement into our lives and make our day to day commutes significantly more comfortable. Moreover, all of us are attached to our cars and want to take care of them to the best of our abilities. When you purchase a car, there are also some less exciting things that need to be taken care of. This includes getting the paperwork for the important documents for your car ready. These documents include the registration certificate, the car insurance policy document, the pollution under control certificate and your driver’s licence. In this article, we will tell you how to get your registration certificate after purchasing a new car.

Vehicle Registration Certificate: Process & Documents Required

What is a Car Registration Certificate?

The registration certificate of your car is an official document that testifies that the car has been registered with the Indian Government. The certificate mentioned the certain particulars of the car such as the engine number, the chassis number, fuel type, cubic capacity  and the category of the vehicle. The Registration certificate of your car will be valid for fifteen years after which it will need to be renewed every 5 years. If your registration certificate is a temporary one, then it is valid for only one month.

What are the Documents Need for Getting a Registration Certificate for Your Car?

Following are the documents you will require to get a registration certificate for the car:

  • Proof of identity
  • Invoice of car, as proof of purchase
  •  Copy of the Car Insurance Policy Document
  • Copy of PAN card
  • Temporary Registration Number
  • Registration Fee Receipt/ Challan
  • Form 20, 21 and 22 duly filled

What is the Procedure to Get the Registration Certificate?

Following steps will guide you in filing for your car’s registration certificate:

Step 1: Visit your nearest RTO with the car. Get your car inspected by the inspecting authority there.

Step 2: Fill in the application form, i.e. form 20 for registration certificate and submit it with all the other important documents.

Step 3: The inspectors at the RTO will take an imprint of your chassis number. Lastly, pay the registration fee and collect the receipt.

What is the Cost of the Registration Certificate?

The cost of getting your car registered for the first time is Rs 600 regardless of where the registration is done. However, if you are transferring the registration of the car from one RTO to another you will need to pay the difference in Road Tax.


Keep in mind, the registration certificate of your car is an essential document. YOu are required to carry the document at all times when driving your car. Failure to do so will lead to a fine of Rs 500 the first time andRs 10,000 for a repeated offence. Lastly, also make sure to check with your Motor Dealer as some have the trade certificate which allows them to complete this entire process online after which the state RTO will simply dispatch the registration certificate to your registered address, saving a lot of your time.

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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.

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