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.
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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