New Vehicle Registration Guide – Fees, Rules & How to Check Status?

Vehicle registration is required by the Motor Vehicles Act, of 1988, to identify the vehicle and its owner or user.

It is imperative that you visit your nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO) on a priority basis in order to register your new vehicle. 

You should know that all motor vehicles in the country are regulated by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) or the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). In this article, we will explore the RTO’s new vehicle registration process, its fee, and other details. 

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What Is RTO Vehicle Registration?

Your brand-new vehicle registration signifies a unique identity for your car or bike and a way to distinguish it from others. You need to get your vehicle registered at the RTO. A permanent registration number will be assigned to your vehicle after it has been inspected and verified. No matter who owns the vehicle, this number remains the same.

After you purchase a new vehicle, you must first register it with the RTO. The Motor Vehicles Act mandates that each motor vehicle be registered at the local RTO in accordance with the rules and regulations.

Read on to find out the detailed process for registering your new vehicle.

New Vehicle Registration Process:

You can register your brand-new car at the RTO or through the dealership. A vehicle can be registered either by the dealer or by a self-registration procedure. However, the registration process completely differs from that of a commercial or a private vehicle. 

Vehicle owners can get the Registration Certificate (RC) for their vehicles from the vehicle dealership, but they can also register them at the local RTO. Vehicles such as buses and trucks can be registered at the RTO. 

Steps to Get New Vehicle Registration Certificate:

  1. Visit the Zonal RTO office with your new bike.
  2. Get Form 20 from the officials and fill out the application with it.
  3. Submit Form 20 and the application to the RTO office.
  4. After scrutiny, you will be asked to pay the fees and tax. (Inspector of Motor Vehicle carries out the standard procedure for inspection)
  5. Vehicle information and details are officially entered into the RTO database.
  6. Finally, the Assistant Regional Transport Officer(ARTO) approves the registration.
  7. Once the smart card is produced by RTO, it will be delivered to your doorstep via post.

New vehicle registration requires a physical vehicle examination, so online registration is not possible. The Parivahan portal does not allow individuals to register their vehicles online. Online registration renewals are the only way to renew your vehicle.

How to register your new vehicle?

A new vehicle’s registration number can be obtained easily. Once you have the form numbers and the required documents that you need to submit, the registration process is comparatively simple for you. Here are the main ways through which you can obtain a registration certificate:

  1. First Way: With the Help of a Dealer

During the registration process, the showroom delivers their new vehicles only after they have been purchased from a dealer. Registration will be handled by the dealer. You simply need to submit the required documents and details.

  1. Second Way: Independently 

When you want to register a new vehicle in another city or state, you can register it yourself. You must submit the application and documents, pay the fees and taxes, and present the vehicle for inspection at the RTO. 

RTO New Vehicle Registration: Temporary Vs Permanent

At the time you purchase your vehicle from a dealership, the dealer will already have it registered at the RTO. As soon as you purchase the vehicle, you will have to register it under your name. There are two types of vehicle registration status:

Temporary Registration of Vehicle at RTOPermanent Registration of Vehicle at RTO
It refers to the registration number that the dealer assigned you, which will only be valid for a particular timeframe. RTOs need to be contacted during this period in order to issue your vehicle a permanent registration number.If you submit an application with your nearest RTO, your vehicle will be permanently registered under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Re-registration is required when moving from one state to another since this number can’t be changed. Parivahan’s new registration option allows you to register your vehicle.

Documents Required For New Vehicle Registration:

The vehicle owner must carry the following documents with them during the registration of their car or bike at the RTO:

Form 20It is the new vehicle registration application form.
Form 21It is the sales certificate given by the bike/ car dealership.
Form 22It is provided by the bike/car manufacturer. It is the certificate to prove that the vehicle is fit to drive on road.
Form 34If you have bought the vehicle via a loan from a bank, this form must be submitted as it contains details of hypothecation.
Form 60In case you don’t have a PAN card, you must submit Form 60.
PUCCIt is provided by the dealership. It is the Pollution Under Control Certificate.
InsuranceVehicle insurance proof or policy document.
Address ProofAs part of the verification process, you can provide a ration card, electricity bill or any other document stated in the rule and guidelines for registration.
Invoice from DealerMandatory as proof of transaction and genuine dealership.
PhotosPassport-size photograph of vehicle owner only.
DOB proofA driving license or passport can be submitted as date of birth proof.
Chassis numberPencil sketch of the chassis number present on the vehicle.

New Vehicle Registration Fees:

  1. For a two-wheeler, the vehicle registration fee is Rs.300.
  2. For cars, LMV(Light Motor Vehicle), four-wheelers, or three-wheelers, the fee is Rs. 600 and Rs. 1,000 for non-transport and transport vehicles respectively.
  3. Heavy goods must provide a fee amount of Rs.1,500 for registration whereas medium goods must give Rs.1,000.
  4. Imported vehicles that are cars, need to pay a fee amount of Rs.5,000.
  5. Imported vehicles that are bikes, need to pay a fee amount of Rs.2,500.

New Vehicle Registration Rules in India:

In order to learn about the newly-implemented rules for India’s vehicle registration number plates refer to the points below.

  • Yellow lettering with red backgrounds should be used for the temporary registration number.
  • Number plates cannot contain regional languages.
  • It is not permissible to use fancy registration numbers that are sold or auctioned by states or UTs (Union Territories).
  • Registration numbers should be displayed on dealer vehicles in white letters on a red background.
  • In BS-VI, vehicle number plates (for four-wheelers) should be green by one centimetre and there should also be stickers on the green layer of BS-VI vehicle number plates (for four-wheelers). Vehicles running on diesel must display an orange sticker, and those running on petrol/CNG need to display a blue sticker.
  • It is illegal to drive a new vehicle with a paper-printed registration number plate.

How to Check New Vehicle Registration Status?

With the help of the online VAHAN portal, you can readily check the application status. Simply, click on the application status section of the VAHAN portal and enter the application details asked. Next, click on the “view report” and the application status will be displayed.


The RTO online registration procedure is now complete, so now you should start researching motor insurance policies for your two-wheeler or four-wheeler.  

You and your vehicle can both benefit financially from a good motor insurance policy. Ontrack will assist you throughout the process and make sure you get the most benefits out of the insurance plan. For speedy claim approval and simple claim settlement, connect with us!

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