• Sikkim Transport and Vehicle Registration

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    The main objective of the Sikkim Transport Department is to improve transport services across the state. It is responsible to issue permits for vehicles and collect road tax. It also provides licences for drivers and riders, and assists the public to register their vehicles. You can avail services, such as getting a Registration Certificate (RC), transferring the ownership of your vehicle, and applying for a duplicate RC

     

    Why should new vehicles be registered?

    It is an offence to ride or drive a new motor vehicle without getting it registered. This rule is implemented all across India based on the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

     

    How to register a new vehicle?

    You need to visit the nearest RTO to register your vehicle. The registering authority will inspect your vehicle and verify the documents you submit. Once your vehicle passes the test and your documents are verified, you will be issued an RC.

     

    Documents required for registering your vehicle in Sikkim

    You need to register your vehicle within 7 days from the purchase date. The documents required to register your vehicle are:

    • Sales certificate (Form 21)
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Custom clearance certificate (for imported vehicles)
    • Proof of address
    • Income tax clearance certificate
    • Another other document required by the state government

     

    Documents required for transferring the ownership of the vehicle

    If you sell your vehicle or decide to transfer the ownership of the vehicle to someone else, you need to inform the Regional Transport Office (RTO) where the vehicle was originally registered. The application should be submitted within 14 days from the date of transfer. The RTO will then issue a new RC in the name of the new owner. The documents required for this process are:

    • Original registration certificate
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Proof of payment of tax

    The new owner must inform the RTO within 30 days from the date of transfer. The documents required by the new owner are:

    • Registration Certificate for the endorsement of ownership in the name of the new owner
    • Valid insurance certificate
    • Proof of payment of tax
    • Proof of address
    • No Objection Certificate (NOC) if applicable

     

    Procedure for change of address

    You need to update your home address on the RC when you change your place of residence. The application must be submitted within 30 days from the date of change. If your new residence falls under the jurisdiction of another RTO, you need to inform both the RTOs. If you are moving to a different state, the procedure differs based on the duration of your stay in the new state.

    If you are staying for more than three months, but less than 12 months, you need to inform the respective RTO in the new state within 30 days from the date of moving. If your stay is going to be more than 12 months, you need to get your vehicle registered at the concerned RTO in the new state where you would be issued a new RC. You need a NOC from the RTO in Sikkim to register your vehicle in another state.

     

    The Bottom Line

    Each RTO in Sikkim covers a particular area. Your place of residence would determine the RTO that you need to visit to register your vehicle. Do keep in mind that you cannot register a vehicle without a valid proof of motor insurance. Check for suitable two-wheeler insurance plans and insure your vehicle before applying for registration.

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