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  • Himachal Pradesh Transport and Vehicle Registration Process

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    The Himachal Pradesh Transport Department plays an important role in enhancing the state economy by improving the efficiency of distributing and accessing goods and services. The department helps you get your vehicle registered, acquire a licence, pay road tax, and avail other services related to transportation.

    Why is it important to get your vehicle registered?

    You should not drive or ride a motor vehicle on public roads in Himachal Pradesh without a valid Registration Certificate (RC) as per the Motor Vehicle Act 1988. Not only do you need to get your vehicle registered but also need to get a valid insurance certificate for your vehicle as well.

    How to register your vehicle?

    You need to visit the local transport office in the jurisdiction of your residence address to register your two-wheeler. You also need to present your vehicle for a physical inspection by the assigned official. There is a set of documents that are required to apply for various services, such as registration, transfer of ownership, and renewing the registration certificate. You will receive the registration certificate through mail once the documents are verified. Read on to learn more about the documents required for each service.

    Documents required for registering your vehicle in Himachal Pradesh

    The documents required to register your vehicle are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 20)
    • Sales certificate (Form 21)
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Proof of address
    • Temporary registration (issued by the registering authority) or trade certificate (issued by the dealer)
    • Road worthiness certificate (Form 22)
    • Custom clearance certificate with bond (for imported vehicles)
    • Certificate of tax clearance (Form 60) or a declaration
    • Payable tax (based on the category of the vehicle)
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)

    Documents required for renewing your RC in Himachal Pradesh

    The registration certificate for private vehicles is valid for 15 years. You need to renew the registration upon completion of 15 years, and thereafter upon completion of every 5 years. You need to apply for a renewal within 60 days before the expiry date of the original certificate. The documents required to renew the RC are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 25)
    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Certificate of Pollution under Control (PUC)
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)
    • Tax card

    Documents required for applying for a duplicate RC

    You can apply for a duplicate RC if you have lost your registration certificate. The documents required to apply for a duplicate RC are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 26)
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Copy of the FIR stating the loss of RC
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)

    Documents required for transferring the ownership of the vehicle

    When you sell your vehicle or want to transfer the ownership of the vehicle to someone else, you need to inform the Regional Transport Office (RTO). The RTO will issue a new RC in the name of the new owner. The documents required for this process are:

    • Duly-filled Form 29 and 30
    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • NOC of the vehicle (if registered outside Himachal Pradesh)
    • Certificate of tax clearance
    • Passport sized photographs (seller and purchaser)
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)

    Documents required for transferring the ownership of the vehicle in the event of death

    • Duly-filled Form 31
    • Valid death certificate (deceased owner)
    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Proof of succession
    • Passport sized photographs (new owner)

    Documents required to assign a new registration mark on removal of vehicle to another state

    You can apply for a new registration upon removal of your vehicle to another state. You will have 12 months to get your vehicle re-assigned. The documents required are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 27)
    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • NOC of the vehicle (Form 28) or postal acknowledgment of the submission of application for NOC
    • Tax card
    • Consent of the financier
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)

    Documents required for obtaining the No Objection Certificate (NOC)

    You need a NOC to transfer your vehicle from another state to another. If you are transferring your vehicle from Himachal Pradesh to another state, you need to obtain a NOC from the respective RTO in Himachal Pradesh. The documents required to obtain a NOC are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 28)
    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Certificate of tax clearance
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)

    Documents required for changing your address on the RC

    You need to update your home address on the RC when you change your place of residence. The documents required to update your address are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 33)
    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Certificate of Pollution under Control (PUC)
    • Applicable fees (specified in Rule 81)
    • Proof of address (new)

    Lists of RTOs with RTO codes in Himachal Pradesh

    RTO Code RTO Code
    Shimla-Urban HP03 Kangra HP40
    Rampur HP06 Kaza HP41
    Chaupal HP08 Keylong HP42
    Theog HP09 Udaipur HP43
    Rohru HP10 Churah HP44
    Arki HP11 Pangi HP45
    Nalagarh HP12 Bharmour HP46
    Kandaghat HP13 Dalhousie HP47
    Solan HP14 Chamba HP48
    Parwanoo HP15 Banjar HP49
    Rajgarh HP16 Shimla-Rural HP51
    Ponta Sahib HP17 Baijnath HP53
    Nahan HP18 Jawali HP54
    Amb HP19 Naduan HP55
    Una HP20 Jaisinghpur HP56
    Barsar HP21 Chowari HP57
    Hamirpur HP22 Manali HP58
    Ghumarwin HP23 STA Shimla HP62
    Bilaspur Sadar HP24 Shimla HP63
    Kalpa HP25 Solan HP64
    Nichar (Bhabanagar) HP26 Mandi HP65
    Pooh HP27 Kullu HP66
    Sarkaghat HP28 Hamirpur HP67
    Jogindernagar HP29 Kangra HP68
    Karsog HP30 Bilaspur HP69
    Sundernagar HP31 Nahan HP71
    Gohar HP32 Una HP72
    Mando Sadar HP33 Chamba HP73
    Kullu HP34 Bhoranj HP74
    Anni HP35 Paddhar HP76
    Dehra HP36 Dodra Kawar HP77
    Palampur HP37 Bangana HP78
    Nurpur HP38 Sangrah HP79
    Dharamshala HP39

    The Bottom Line

    Each area in Himachal Pradesh falls under the jurisdiction of a specific RTO. You need to check for the relevant RTO before visiting it to avail any services. Since riding a two-wheeler without insurance is a legal offence, get your vehicle insured before applying for a registration certificate. Read on two-wheeler insurance for the suitable plans that offer sufficient coverage.

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