Vehicle registration

As per Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, no motor vehicle shall be driven any public place without valid registration. Application for registration shall be made before the Registering Authority in whose jurisdiction the applicant normally resides or has his place of business. The application shall be accompanied by the following documents:

1)      Application if form 20
2)      Sale certificate issued by the dealer in form 21
3)      Valid insurance certificate
4)      Road worthiness certificate in form 21 issued by the manufacturer
5)      Certificate in from 22  issued by the manufacturer in the case of a body built by a body builder other than the manufacturer
6)      Address proof
7)      Copy of the design approval in the case of a Semi Trailer
8)      Original sale certificate in form 21 in the case of an ex-army vehicle
9)      Temporary registration, if any
10)   Pencil print of chassis number
11)   Customs clearance certificate in the case of an imported vehicle
12)   Receipt of fee paid

      A temporary registration certificate which is normally valid for 7 days is issued to a new vehicle so as to facilitate the movement of the vehicle to the place of registration. In the case of a vehicle for which a body has to be constructed the validity of the temporary registration shall be 30 days. The application for temporary registration has to be made in form 20 and the fee for the same is Rs 50.00.

    Validity of temporary registration certificate issued to body built vehicle will be extended to another 30 days if application for the same is made before the expiry of the existing validity. Fee of extension of temporary registration is Rs 50.00. Extension of temporary registration will not be allowed for other vehicles for which no body has to be built.


  1. Hi, Sir,

    I had purchased a 2001 Model Maruti 800 from Maruti True Value in Janatha,Ernakulam. the request for Transfer of Ownership was given by them and when I checked the website with my car no KL-07-AD-5977 and Chassis No 50836 I could see that the vehicle has been changed to my name w.e.f 23/09/2013. However I still haven't received my RC Book through registered post. What can be done?

    Thanks and Regards,

    Anoop Aravind

    1. You contact the concerned office directly and find out what is the matter. You can contact the PRO of the office over phone or go there directly and explain your problem. They will definitely inform you what has happened to the RC

  2. Dear sir,
    I had purchased a 2006 model used Bike from merchant. vehicle no. is KL16 (attingal Rto). how i can change attingal reg no & address. to Kollam Reg. Like KL02****

    1. Registration number of a Kerala vehicle need not be and cannot be changed when the vehicle is sold to somebody within the State. You have to apply for transfer of ownership. Please see my article in this regard for further information

  3. Hi Sir,
    Am Bajesh Pillai Resident of Pandalam. I purchased new car from hyundai model Grand i10. My car registration time was 30 days. am working in ernakulam, so i purchased car from ernakulam. Unfortunately my car was hit by one volkswagon vento within 8 days of purchase. so i was unable to do the registration and my temp registration date is over. Sir is there any problem if i go now and do the registration coz my car is still in service centre and will be delivered within 3 to 4 days. please help me by guiding me.
    Bajesh Pillai

  4. This is a rare case. If your vehicle has been damaged in an accident when it was covered by a temporary registration, inform the fact to the concerned R.T.O. He will find out a solution to this situation and you will be able to get permanent registration for your vehicle

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  6. Hello Sir,
    I am planning to buy a bike from kerala and withing one week I will be registering it in karnataka. So could you please tell me about the formalities involved in it. Also should I pay sales tax and road tax in both states?

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  8. hello sir
    I bought a Maruti Ciaz from Popular cars Kannur,on 1st December 2014.Unfortunately i lost the temporary registration certificate..Can we get a duplicate of the same or is that possible to get the permanent registration without submitting the temporary registration?


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