The government of India is responsible for keeping a record of all the vehicles being used on Indian roads. Therefore, under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the Motor Vehicles Department was formulated which overlooks the maintenance of records as well as the issuance of licences and registration certificates. The head of the department is the Transport Commissioner.
Each Indian state has a number of Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) that handle the registration and driving licence processes in that state. Typically, each district of a state has an RTO that will keep a track of the vehicles being registered and individuals obtaining a driving licence in the vicinity. There are more than 1,100 RTOs in the country and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways wishes to computerise all the data store by the RTOs for easy access and maintenance.
The responsibilities of each of the RTOs in the country are given below:
The services that can be availed in RTOs are as follows:
Each state is provided with an RTO code which is used to identify vehicles from the registration number. The RTO codes for each of the states and union territories in India are as shown in the table below:
|State/Union Territory||RTO code||State/Union Territory||RTO code|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||AN||Chandigarh||CH|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli||DN||Daman and Diu||DD|
|Jammu and Kashmir||JK||Karnataka||KA|
|Lakshadweep||LD||National Capital Territory of Delhi||DL|
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