Situated in North India and bordered by Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Haryana, Punjab is the 20th largest state in the country and is on the 16th spot with regard to population or the number of people residing in the state. Punjab is divided into 4 regions, and each region has a dedicated Regional Transport Office that function under the guidelines of Section 68 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Punjab State Transport Department functions under Section 213 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
All vehicles that are purchased will need to mandatorily be registered, in order to comply with the laws of the Motor Vehicles Act. Individuals who are looking to get their vehicles registered in Punjab will need to do so with the respective Registering Authority. In Punjab, Registering Authorities oversee and manage several functions including temporary registration of vehicles, permanent registration of vehicles, renewal of the certificate of registration, issuing duplicate certificates of registration, change in residence, termination of hire-purchase agreement, and endorsement of hire-purchase agreement. In this article, we will look at the procedure that you need to follow to register your vehicle in the state of Punjab.
Listed below are the Regional Transport offices in the state of Punjab and their RTO code where two-wheeler vehicle owners can register their vehicle:
|Location of the RTO||RTO code|
|Rampura Phul||PB 40|
|Sultanpur Lodhi||PB 41|
|Talwandi Sabo||PB 45|
|Tarn Taran||PB 46|
|Bassi Pathana||PB 52|
|Anandpur Sahib||PB 16|
|Baba Bakala||PB 17|
|Dera Baba Nanak||PB 58|
|Fatehgarh Sahib||PB 23|
|Khadoor Sahib||PB 63|
|Nihal Singh Wala||PB 66|
|Dhar Kalan||PB 68|
|Bagha Purana||PB 69|
|Dera Bassi||PB 70|
|Chamkaur Sahib||PB 71|
|Tappa Mandi||PB 73|
Chapter IV of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 specifies that no individual with a motor vehicle, be it a two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler, transport vehicle, or private vehicle, will be permitted to drive/ride their vehicle in a public place without having a valid certificate of registration. Thus, it is necessary to get your vehicle registered as soon as you purchase it.
In order to get a vehicle temporarily registered, vehicle buyers are required to submit the following documents:
For permanent registration of a two-wheeler, the concerned individual will need to submit an application for the registration of the vehicle in Form 20 to the Registering Authority. This will need to be done within 7 days from the vehicle’s date of delivery, excluding its period of journey. The application will need to be submitted along with the following documents:
Upon receiving the vehicle registration application from a vehicle owner, the Registering Authority will assign a registration number or registration mark that follows a serial order after the assignment of the last registration number.
In case the two-wheeler owner wishes to reserve or book a VIP registration number, the Registering Authority will assign a VIP registration number of the vehicle owner’s choice after conducting an auction. After the auction, the highest bidder will be allotted the VIP registration number of his/her choice, post payment of the specified fee.
If a vehicle owner who holds a particular registration number from a previous series, as mentioned in the Sixth Schedule, wishes to retain that registration number for his/her new vehicle, the concerned individual will be charged only half the fee that is fixed for that particular number. The Registering Authority can also allot unutilised special registration numbers to vehicles owned by the State Government of Punjab without charging any extra fee.
If a two-wheeler owner wishes to renew his/her vehicle’s certificate of registration, the concerned individual will need to submit an application (Form 25) for the same 60 days before the expiry of the vehicle’s current certificate of registration. The vehicle owner will also need to pay the prescribed fee, as specified in Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, to the respective Registering Authority along with the following documents:
If a vehicle owner wishes to obtain a duplicate copy of the certificate of registration, the individual will need to submit an application for the same by submitting Form 29, or Form 30 if the vehicle is covered by any financier. The vehicle owner will also need to pay the specified fee to the concerned Registering Authority along with the following documents:
If a two-wheeler owner wishes to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in order to register his/her two-wheeler in another state, the concerned individual will need to make an application for the issue of the No Objection Certificate in Form 28 to the respective Registering Authority that had previously registered the vehicle. The two-wheeler owner will also have to submit the following documents:
Given how important it is to register your vehicle with the concerned Registration Authority, it is necessary that you go thrGiven how important it is to register your vehicle with the concerned Registration Authority, it is necessary that you go through the vehicle registration procedure and prepare for the same in order to avoid any hassles after purchasing your two-wheeler. Further, you should also make sure to purchase a two-wheeler insurance policy for your vehicle since all motor vehicles are required to have a valid bike insurance policy at all times, as per the Motor Vehicles Act. While the law only requires you to have a third-party liability insurance policy, it is a smart choice to purchase a comprehensive two-wheeler insurance plan and customise the policy with riders for a more enhanced coverage.
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