• Jammu and Kashmir Transport and Vehicle Registration

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    The Jammu and Kashmir Transport Department is responsible for enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 in Jammu and Kashmir. It also issues permits for vehicles, collects taxes, licenses drivers and helps the public to register their vehicles. You can also get a fitness certificate for your vehicle, renew your Registration Certificate (RC), apply for a duplicate certificate, and transfer the ownership of your vehicle through the transport department.

    Why should new vehicles be registered?

    The Section 39 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, states that no person can ride or drive a motor vehicle and no person who owns a motor vehicle can permit the vehicle to be ridden or driven on public roads unless it is registered first. If you purchase a new vehicle, you have to get your vehicle registered at the district transport office.

    How to register a new vehicle?

    You should submit an application form to the district transport office within 7 days from the date of purchasing your vehicle. You need to submit the relevant documents as well. The transport department will verify your documents and register your vehicle. You will be issued an RC once the process is complete.

    Documents required for registering your vehicle in Jammu and Kashmir

    The documents required to register your vehicle are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 20)
    • Original sales certificate from the dealer (Form 21)
    • Original road worthiness certificate from the dealer (Form 22)
    • Duly-filled Form 34 (2 copies in case of finance)
    • Copy of the PAN card (2 copies) or duly-filled Form 60 (2 copies)
    • Temporary number (if applicable)
    • Affidavit (if vehicle not registered within one month from the date of temporary registration)
    • Police report (if the vehicle is not registered within 3 months or more from the date of temporary registration)
    • Engine pencil print and chassis pencil print (plate prints are not accepted)
    • Attested copy of proof of address (2 copies)
    • Attested copy of date of birth (2 copies)
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) if the vehicle was purchased from another state (excise duty)
    • Attested copy of a valid insurance certificate
    • Customs clearance certificate (for imported vehicles)

    Documents required for renewing your RC in Jammu and Kashmir

    As the registration certificate for private vehicles is applicable only for 15 years, you have to renew the RC after completing 15 years. After that, you need to renew the RC every 5 years. You also need to produce your vehicle for physical inspection at the district transport office. The documents required to renew the RC are:

    • Duly-filled application (Form 25)
    • Duly-filled Form 20
    • Certificate of fitness (issued by an authorised dealer or RTO)
    • Original registration certificate
    • Original valid insurance certificate (with attested photocopy)
    • Engine print and chassis print with complete letters (plate prints are not accepted)
    • Attested copy of proof of identity of the owner (PAN card or driving license or i-card with signature)
    • Attested photograph

    Documents required for applying for a duplicate RC

    You can apply for a duplicate RC when your RC is destroyed or lost. The documents required to apply for a duplicate RC are:

    • 2 copies of the duly-filled application (Form 26)
    • Duly-filled LLD form
    • Original DDR with attested photocopies (valid only up to 6 months)
    • Engine print and chassis print with complete letters (plate prints are not accepted)
    • Police report (for loss of old RC)
    • Valid proof of address (2 attested photocopies)
    • Attested signature identification of the owner of the vehicle
    • Attested photograph

    How to get a motor vehicle fitness certificate?

    You can procure a fitness certificate for your vehicle through the transport department. You need to complete and submit an application form (Form 38) to apply for the certificate. The transport department will issue the certificate only if your vehicle is in good condition, and if it passes certain tests. The following equipment of your vehicle would be tested:

    • Suspension, chassis and shock absorbers
    • Wheels and tires
    • Spark plug or suppressor plus
    • Engine and exhaust emission
    • Headlights, low and high beam lights, and other lights
    • Reflectors
    • Brakes and braking system
    • Speedometer
    • Horn
    • Silencer

    Terms of use of registration mark on two-wheelers in Jammu and Kashmir

    The registration mark on two-wheelers must be displayed parallel to the handlebar on the front and affixed on to the rear of the vehicle on the right-hand side at a distance that does not exceed one metre from the ground. The letters of the registration mark must be in English, and the figures must be in Arabic numerals. The size of the registration plate for two-wheelers must be 200 x 100 mm.

    Other services provided by the transport department in Jammu and Kashmir

    Apart from registering your vehicle, you can avail other services, such as getting a new registration mark and transferring the ownership of your vehicle on another person’s name due to the sale of the vehicle or death of the registered owner. You also can transfer the ownership of a vehicle purchased at a public auction. You can apply for a change of address on your registration certificate. If you are moving to a different state, you can obtain a no objection certificate to register your vehicle in the other state.

    List of RTOs and RTO codes in Jammu and Kashmir

    RTO Code RTO Code
    Srinagar JK 01 Poonch JK 12
    Jammu JK 02 Pulwama JK 13
    Anantnag JK 03 Udhampur JK 14
    Budgam JK 04 Bandipora JK 15
    Baramulla JK 05 Ganderbal JK 16
    Doda JK 06 Kishtwar JK 17
    Kargil JK 07 Kulgam JK 18
    Kathua JK 08 Ramban JK 19
    Kupwara JK 09 Reasi JK 20
    Leh JK 10 Samba JK 21
    Rajouri JK 11 Shopian JK 22

    The Bottom Line

    You can use the above information to register your two-wheeler, and for other purposes. Before registering your two-wheeler, you need to insure it first. It is also an offence to ride a two-wheeler without a valid insurance cover. You can easily compare quotes and purchase a two-wheeler insurance to meet your needs. You can even enhance the cover by buying a comprehensive plan and attaching optional drivers to it.

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