Vehicle Registration: Facts

  • No person can drive a motor vehicle in a public place unless the vehicle has been registered by a registering authority of the government of India. The vehicle must clearly bear the mark or plates of registration and the certification of registration or RC book must be carried at all times when driving the vehicle
  • A vehicle’s registration certificate is valid for a period of 15 years from the date of issue and the same can be renewed thereafter for 5 years subject to inspection and  the vehicle’s road worthiness
  • Temporary registration certificated are valid for a period of one month only from the date of issue and cannot be renewed
  • Registration or its renewal can be denied if the registration authority has reason to believe that the vehicle is stolen, if it does not meet the prescribed mechanical fitness standards, if the vehicle does not meet emission norms or if the applicant fails to produce required documentation and past registration proof
  • The registration of a vehicle, in any state, that has been done in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Act , is effective and valid across all States and Union Territories of India
  • If a vehicle is kept in another State for over a period of 12 months then the vehicle must get a new registration from the state that it is being kept in. That is, if the owner of a car with a KA registration moves to Chennai and lives there for a period of over a year, the vehicle must have its registration changed to a TN plate
  • When transferring a registration to a State other than the state where the vehicle was originally registered, a No Objection Certification must be gotten

Reference Source: Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

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