• RTOs in Tamil Nadu 

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    The Transport Commissionerate and State Transport Authority of Tamil Nadu is responsible for enforcing all traffic related rules throughout the state. This department oversees all the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in the state. Apart from strictly enforcing the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, the RTOs also engage in various other activities like tax collection, road safety promotion, etc. If you are living in Tamil Nadu, you have to visit the nearest RTO for any vehicle-related service you wish to have. 

    Functions of Tamil Nadu RTOs 

    RTOs have very specific duties irrespective of the state in which they are located. Tamil Nadu RTOs take care of all vehicle-related services for people living in the state. Some of the primary duties of these offices are listed as follows: 

    • Issue of license: Individuals who wish to drive must have a driving license. RTOs issue licenses to individuals after testing their knowledge about road traffic and driving skills. There are tests conducted by the RTOs to assess the capabilities of drivers. In addition to issuing licenses, RTOs also enforce this rule and penalise those who drive their motor vehicles without a valid driving license. 
    • Registration of vehicles: Motor vehicles that are being driven on Indian roads must be registered with the RTOs. Following their registration, these vehicles will have a unique number assigned. These numbers must be displayed on the vehicles all the time without fail. RTOs in a particular state are responsible for the registration of vehicles and maintenance of database with vehicle information. 
    • Enforcement of Motor Vehicles Act: RTOs in a state are responsible for the enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. This act is formulated by the government to establish a framework for road safety guidelines in India. By enforcing this act, the RTOs promote road safety among the general public. 
    • Tax collection: RTOs also engage in tax collection from the general public when they own vehicles. The road tax is mandatory for all vehicle owners in India. As of now, road tax must be paid once as a lifetime tax for all new vehicles. In addition to collecting taxes, RTOs also collect fines from those who violate the traffic rules. 
    • Vehicle permits: In addition to their registration certificates, transportation and commercial vehicles must have vehicle permits for certain activities. For instance, a national permit allows trucks and lorries to transport goods throughout India. RTOs assess these vehicles and issue vehicle permits when necessary. 
    • Vehicle fitness: Vehicles that are old must be assessed periodically for their fitness. RTOs check the vehicle for their road fitness and certify them accordingly. It is mandatory for vehicles over a certain age to have fitness certificate. This is important for commercial and transportation vehicles. 
    • Pollution control: The pollution output from a vehicle must be kept under check. RTOs check vehicles for their emission and issue the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. Vehicles that do not comply to these norms must be serviced properly to bring the emissions down. 
    • No objection certificate: If you are taking your vehicle while moving to a new state, you need to have a no objection certificate from the home RTO. Once you have this, you can re-register your vehicle in the new state. This certificate is valid for a period of one year. 
    • Road safety programs: RTOs also periodically conduct road safety programs to educate the general public on road safety rules. These programs help people understand various road safety guidelines and follow them accordingly. 

    List of RTOs in Tamil Nadu  

    RTO Location   RTO Code 
    CHENNAI NORTH ZONE    
    CHENNAI ( C ) - Ayanavaram  TN01 
    CHENNAI (NE) - Tondiarpet  TN03 
    CHENNAI ( NW ) - Anna Nagar  TN02 
    CHENNAI ( E ) - Basin Bridge  TN04 
    CHENNAI ( N ) - Vyasarpadi  TN05 
    REDHILLS  TN18 
    Ambattur  U.O.  TN18Z 
    TIRUVALLUR  TN20 
    Poondamallee U.O.  TN20Y 
    CHENNAI SOUTH ZONE    
    CHENNAI ( S ) - Tiruvanmiyur  TN07 
    CHENNA(SE) - Mandaveli  TN06 
    CHENNAI ( W ) - K.K.Nagar  TN09 
    CHENNAI ( SW ) - Valasarawakkam  TN10 
    MEENAMBAKKAM - Alandur  TN22 
    Tambaram  TN11 
    Solinganallur U.O.  TN11Z 
    KANCHEEPURAM  TN21 
    Sriperambadur  TN21W 
    CHENGALPATTU  TN19 
    Madurantagam U.O.  TN19Z 
    VILLUPURAM ZONE    
    VELLORE  TN23 
    Vaniyambadi U O   TN23Y 
    Gudiyatham U O   TN23T 
    RANIPET  TN73 
    Arakkonam  U.O.  TN73Z 
    TIRUVANNAMALAI  TN25 
    Arani U O  TN25Z 
    CUDDALORE  TN31 
    Neyveli U O   TN31Y 
    Chidambaram U O   TN31U 
    Virudhachalam U.O.  TN31V 
    VILLUPURAM  TN32 
    Kallakurichi  TN32W 
    Ulundurpet U O   TN32Z 
    Tindivanam    TN16 
    SALEM ZONE    
    SALEM (W)  TN30 
    Omalur U.O.  TN30W 
    SALEM (E)  TN54 
    SANGAGIRI  TN52 
    Mettur U.O.  TN52Z 
    ATTUR  TN77 
    Vazhapadi  U.O.  TN77Z 
    DHARMAPURI  TN29 
    Palacode  TN29W 
    Harur U O  TN29Z 
    KRISHNAGIRI  TN24 
    HOZUR  TN70 
    THANJAVUR ZONE    
    THANJAVUR  TN49 
    Pattukottai U.O.  TN49Y 
    KUMBAKONAM  TN68 
    NAGAPATTINAM  TN51 
    Mayiladuthurai U O  TN51Z 
    TIRUVARUR  TN50 
    Mannarkudi U O  TN50Z 
    PUDUKKOTTAI  TN55 
    Aranthangi U.O.  TN55Z 
    TRICHY ZONE    
    TRICHY  TN45 
    Tiruverumbur U.O.  TN45Y 
    Manapparai U.O.  TN45Z 
    SRI RANGAM  TN48 
    Thuraiyur U.O.  TN48Z 
    KARUR  TN47 
    Kulithalai U.O.  TN47Z 
    PERAMBALUR  TN46 
    ARIYALUR  TN61 
    ERODE ZONE    
    ERODE  TN33 
    GOBI  TN36 
    Bhavani U.O.  TN36W 
    Sathiyamanagalam U O  TN36Z 
    PERUNDURAI  TN56 
    NAMAKKAL  TN28 
    Rasipuram U O  TN28Z 
    Paramathivelur U.O.  TN28Y 
    THIRUCHENGODU  TN34 
    COIMBATORE ZONE    
    COIMBATORE (C )  TN37 
    COIMBATORE ( N )  TN38 
    COIMBATORE ( S )  TN66 
    POLLACHI  TN41 
    METTUPALAYAM  TN40 
    UDAGAMANDALAM  TN43 
    Gudalur U O  TN43Z 
    TIRUPPUR (N)  TN39 
    Avinashi U O  TN39Z 
    TIRUPPUR (S)  TN42 
    Kangayam U O  TN42Y 
    DHARAPURAM  TN78 
    Udumalpet U O  TN78Z 
    MADURAI ZONE    
    MADURAI ( N )  TN59 
    Melur U O  TN59Z 
    Vadipatti U.O.  TN59V 
    MADURAI ( S )  TN58 
    Tirumangalam U.O.  TN58Z 
    MADURAI (C )  TN64 
    PERIYAKULAM  TN60 
    Uthamapalayam U O  TN60Z 
    DINDIGUL  TN57 
    Vedachendur  TN57V 
    Palani U O  TN57Z 
    Bathalagundu U.O.  TN57Y 
    Oddanchattiram U.O.  TN57R 
    VIRUDHUNAGAR ZONE    
    VIRUDHUNAGAR  TN67 
    Srivilliputhur U O  TN67Z 
    Sivakasi U O  TN67U 
    SIVAGANGAI  TN63 
    Karaikudi U O  TN63Z 
    RAMANATHAPURAM  TN65 
    Paramakudi U.O.  TN65Z 
    TIRUNELVELI ZONE    
    TUTICORIN  TN69 
    Kovilpatti U O  TN69Z 
    Tiruchendur U O  TN69Y 
    TENKASI  TN76 
    Sankarankoil U O  TN76Z 
    Ambasamudram  U.O.  TN76V 
    TIRUNELVELI  TN72 
    Valliyur U O  TN72V 
    NAGERCOIL  TN74 
    MARTHANDAM  TH75 
    State Tranport Undertakings  TN- /N 
    State Government vehicles  TN- / G 

    Things to note 

    If you wish to avail the services of the RTO, you need to visit the nearest RTO in your jurisdiction. It is not possible to select these RTO offices randomly. For many of the routine tasks, RTOs have now computerised their services. For instance, it is now possible to schedule your learner’s license test online and appear just for the exam. Similar services can be availed for license renewal, personal details modification, etc. You may visit the state Transport Department’s official website (https://tnsta.gov.in/) to get more details about the required services. 

     

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