Unlike many RTOs in the country, the Kerala state RTO’s culture is very different. The government has made sure that the authorities and officers at the RTOs are helpful and friendly. No broker or agent are welcomed inside the premises of the building, and this has helped them to prioritize applications according to the date of submission and not due to recommendation.
The Kerala Motor Vehicle Department has made ‘any service any counter’ and ‘one person one application’ rule as mandatory across all the RTOs. This was implied to serve the customers instead of them running to different counters for different services. Like any other RTO, the date and location of the DL test is informed immediately after the completion of learner’s permit test. This is why the long lines in-front of the RTOs are seen almost never as it is a very systematic process. The road tax payment is valid for 15 years for new bikes. If the vehicle is less than 95cc engines, then the owners can choose to pay the taxes for 5, 10 or 15 years according to their comfort.
If the owner of the bike/scooter has moved permanently from another state to Kerala, then he/she has to re-register the vehicle in the local RTO in Kerala. If it’s a temporary reallocation, then this step is not needed. Here are the documents you will need:
For transfer of the vehicle ownership in case of death of the owner, Form 31 has to be submitted by the legal heir of the vehicle along with the death certificate of the owner. If it’s a public auction owned vehicle, then Form 32 has to be submitted for transfer of ownership into the name of the new owner.
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