The Regional Transport Office Karnataka operates under the Motor Vehicles Act of India. It is responsible for the collection of road taxes and ensuring that the rules and regulations of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 are stringently followed. The RTO Karnataka comes under the Karnataka Transport Department which is supervised by the Transport Commissioner.
For those residing in the state of Karnataka, if they wish to drive their vehicle on the roads of the state, they need to have a valid driving license. The driving license will be issued by the Regional Transport Office only once the candidate clears the driving license test which is conducted in the Regional Transport office in the jurisdiction of the candidate. For every area or jurisdiction in the state, a Regional Transport Office is present, and for driving-related services, vehicle users need to visit the RTO in their area.
Not just the issuance of a driving license, Regional Transport Offices carry out services such as issuance of the learner’s license test, issuance of duplicate driving license, and renewal of a driving license. In addition, all vehicles in the jurisdiction of the RTO need to be registered with it for it to be deemed road legal. For this, the registration of the vehicle is done at the RTO, re-registration, payment of road tax and other services that the State Transport Department of Karnataka carried out.
Listed below are the services carried out by Regional Transport Offices across the state of Karnataka on behalf of the State Transport Department:
Listed in the table below are the Regional Transport Offices in Karnataka and their code:
|RTOs in Karnataka||Regional Transport Office code|
|Bangalore (West)||KA -02|
|Devanahalli, Bangalore (Rural) District||KA-43|
|Ramanagara, Bangalore (Rural) District.||KA-42|
|Tiptur, Tumkur District||KA-44|
|Sakleshpur, Hassan District||KA-46|
|Hunsur, Mysore District||KA-45|
|Honnavar, North Kannada District||KA-47|
|Gokak, Belgaum DistrictKA-49||KA-49|
|Jamkhandi, Bagalkote District||KA-48|
|Nelamangala, Bangalore District||KA-52|
|Electronic City, Bangalore||KA-51|
|Nagamangala, Mandya District||KA-54|
|KR Puram, Bangalore||KA-53|
|State Transport Corporation (STU) - Autorickshaw, Bangalore.||KA-57|
|RT Nagar, Bangalore||KA-60|
|Surathkal, Dakshina Kannada||KA-62|
|Dharwad (East), Dharwad District||KA-63|
|Dandeli, Uttara Kannada District||KA-65|
|Madhugiri, Tumkur District||KA-64|
|Tarikere, Chikmagalur District||KA-66|
|Ranibennur, Haveri District||KA-68|
|Chintamani, Chikkaballapur District||KA-67|
|Ramdurg Belgaum district||KA-69|
|Bantwal, Dakshina Kannada District||KA-70|
Depending on the jurisdiction of the vehicle user, he/she needs to approach any of the Regional Transport Offices for any driving related services or services related to his/her vehicle. To drive legally on the roads of the state and the rest of the country, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the vehicle user as well as the vehicle have to be registered in the RTO of his/her jurisdiction. Once the RTO issues the permanent driving license and the registration certificate of the vehicle, the vehicle user has to carry the documents when driving on the roads of the state.
There are two types of vehicle registration in the country – temporary registration and permanent registration. Driving a vehicle without getting it registered first is an offence in India under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. This is applicable for both two wheelers and four wheelers.
Temporary registration: The dealer issues a temporary registration number at the time that the vehicle is purchased. The vehicle has to have a permanent registration under the RTO Karnataka within 30 days of issuance of the temporary registration.
Permanent registration: Permanent registration of a vehicle is issued for 15 years. At the end of the tenure, registration is to be renewed.
To avail a temporary registration, the following documents are required:
For permanent registration, you would need to fill up an application form which is in Form CMV20. This has to be submitted to the RTO Karnataka. This process has to be started within 7 days of the vehicle’s delivery. The following documents are required to apply for a permanent registration of a vehicle in Karnataka:
The entire process can be done online through the website of the RTO Karnataka. Once the documents mentioned above are submitted, a registration number is provided to the owner which is based on ongoing series that is generated electronically. Once the number is registered, a registration certificate is sent to the owner’s registered address via speed post. The Registration Certificate (RC) is allotted in a Smart Card format. The registration numbers can also be accessed online.
Fancy numbers are available with the Karnataka RTO at a higher cost than automatically generated numbers as mentioned above. This is made available through an auction at which the highest bidder wins the number.
For renewal of registration, the documents required are the following:
A registration certificate for vehicles in Karnataka is valid for 15 years. The application for renewal is made in Form CMV 25 along with the fees as per applicable. This should be initiated within 60 days of expiry of the registration certificate. This follows Rule 81 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1981. The form and fees have to be submitted with the RTO Karnataka.
If your RC book has been lost or damaged or misplaced, you can apply for a duplicate RC book. This has to be done using Form 26. The documents listed below are required for this:
To update the vehicle owner’s new address in the RC book, an application form has to be submitted using Form 33. The following documents have to be submitted along with the application form:
To sell or transfer the vehicle legally, an application has to be submitted using Form 29 and 30. If the ownership is transferred as part of an inheritance, then the application has to be submitted using Form 31. If the vehicle is transferred through an auction, the application has to be submitted using Form 32.
The following documents are required for transfer of ownership of vehicle in Karnataka:
If the vehicle is being transferred to another due to the death of the owner, the following documents are required along with an application made with Form 31:
The application for fitness certificate has to be made using Form KMV 20 along with the following documents and applicable fees:
The certificate will be issued after the vehicle has been inspected by a senior inspector and if it complies with the norms under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1981.
Individuals who have recently purchased cars for commercial purposes have been awaiting registration in the city of Bengaluru. The delay has been caused by the refusal of registration by RTO officials to register new cabs without the panic button and vehicle location tracking device. The Karnataka government, however, had informed the Transport Ministry that the implementation would take about 6 more months. Transport Minister D.C. Thammanna had started the programme to install the panic button and VLT in commercial cars around the first week of January. However, many argued that the idea could not be implemented without the necessary infrastructure. Since no command and control centre has been set up to drive the programme, the state government stated that it would implement the idea in the last week of July. Cab owners have been severely affected by the non-registration of cabs as they cannot use the vehicle until the registration is done. This has left about 1,000 new vehicles unregistered.
22 February 2019
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