• Permanent Registration Procedure for Two Wheelers in India

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    According to Section 39 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is necessary for all vehicle buyers to get their vehicles registered before using it in public places. The permanent registration number is an identification number that is issued by an RTO in your jurisdiction. This number is unique to your vehicle.

    Registration of motor vehicles is mandatory since it is linked to the details of the vehicle buyer. Thus, in the event of a vehicular theft or crime, it can become easy for the authorities to trace the vehicle back to the vehicle owner.

    The permanent registration of a motor vehicle should be completed within 7 days of the delivery of the vehicle to the concerned buyer. If the vehicle has been temporarily registered, the vehicle owner will need to apply for a permanent registration number before the expiry of the temporary registration number. Keep in mind that the temporary registration number is only valid for a period of 30 days. The procedure to register your vehicle and the documents that you will need to provide when registering your vehicle are as follows:

    Procedure for Permanent Registration of a Two-Wheeler

    • The vehicle buyer will need to make an application for the permanent registration of their vehicle to an RTO that is located in the area of their residence or business.
    • The vehicle owner will need to choose whether to apply for a general registration number or a fancy/VIP/choice registration number.
    • To make the application, the concerned individual will need to visit the RTO and submit Form 20 along with the required documents and fee.
    • The applicant should take their vehicle along with them to the RTO. The permanent registration number will not be issued by the RTO until the vehicle is physically inspected. Certain states also authorise automobile dealers to inspect motor vehicles. In this case, the applicant will need to attach the dealer’s inspection certificate along with the application form. If the automobile dealer has not provided an inspection certificate, the applicant will need to get the vehicle inspected at the RTO. During the inspection, the vehicle pollution and emission levels, insurance policy, etc., will be checked by the Registering Authority.
    • If all the details mentioned in Form 20 and the attached documents are found to be accurate, the RTO will issue a registration number for the vehicle. Unless the vehicle owner has opted to apply for a special or VIP registration number, the RTO will allocate a random number. Also, the vehicle owner will need to pay the relevant fee for the registration number.
    • The applicant will be notified of the permanent registration number via email or SMS.
    • Post this, the RC book of the two-wheeler will be sent to the vehicle owner through speed post.

    Documents Required When Applying for Permanent Registration

    To obtain the permanent registration number, the vehicle owner will need to submit the relevant application form (Form 20) to the RTO. Along with this form, the documents mentioned below will have to be submitted:

    • Sales certificate (Form 21)
    • Roadworthiness certificate (Form 22)
    • Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
    • Applicant’s ID proof with photographs
    • Insurance certificate of the vehicle
    • Applicant’s proof of address
    • If the vehicle is imported, the bill of entry will have to be submitted
    • If the vehicle is not a CBU vehicle, Form 22 Part 2(A) will have to be submitted
    • Copy of the vehicle’s temporary registration
    • Chassis imprint
    • Design approval copy, applicable only in case of trailer or semi-trailer vehicle
    • Form 34, applicable in case of hire purchase endorsement
    • Copy of the applicant PAN card or Form 60 and Form 61, based on whichever is applicable
    • Manufacturer and dealer invoice
    • Recent passport-size photographs

    Getting a permanent registration number for a two-wheeler is a convenient and hassle-free process. Make sure to keep the above-mentioned points in mind before applying for a permanent registration number for your vehicle.

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