The Department of Transport Motor Vehicles, Kerala, was established to enforce the provisions, regulations, and rules mentioned in the Central Motor Vehicles Act 1988. It is the responsibility of the department to work for the modernization and development of road transport. The department is also responsible for other transport-related procedures in Kerala to make the people safe and secure while on the roads.
It offers useful services like issuing vehicle fitness certificates, vehicle registration, issuing driving licenses and two-wheeler insurance and collecting fines and taxes. The article covers all you need to know about registering a vehicle in Kerala.
It is important to understand the importance of vehicle registration, irrespective of where you reside. Registration of all vehicles is compulsory in India, according to the Central MV Act, 1988. No drivers are supposed to drive their vehicles anywhere in the country unless registered. Thus, it is extremely crucial to register your motor vehicle to avoid any legal trouble.
What are the documents required for registering your vehicle in Kerala?
The owner must fill out Form 20 for Kerala registration with the relevant registering officials. They also need to submit certain documents along with their application. It is important to note that the vehicle registration application must be made within a week from when you bought the car.
The following are the documents to be submitted along with Form 20
- Sales Certification of the vehicle in Form 21
- You should fill up your application details in Form 20
- PUC Certificate
- Vehicle insurance paper
- Form 22, which you will receive from the vehicle seller
- Address proof
- Passport-sized photos
- Application fee
- You should take the vehicle for a physical presentation
- Custom clearance certificate
- Form A
- Temporary registration certificate
Process for receiving duplicate registration certificate of a vehicle
There can be a scenario when a vehicle owner has misplaced their original RC. They can use Form 26 to apply for the issue of a duplicate RC. The applicant must submit the following documents and their application for a duplicate of the Kerala Registration Certificate.
- Duly filled up Form 26
- The vehicle owner has to submit an affidavit mentioning that the Vehicle Registration Certificate is missing.
- A copy of the FIR lodged at the police station
- Insurance paper
- Receipt of fees payment
How to renew the registration certificate?
When a motor vehicle is fifteen-years-old from its first date of registration, it is time to renew its registration. However, first, you should present it to the RTO for a visual inspection. The RTO tests whether you can still use the vehicle and then issues a fresh Kerala registration certificate. You need to do the following tasks for the renewal:
- Duly filled up Form 25
- Present the vehicle to RTO for physical inspection
- Address proof of vehicle owner
- Road Tax receipt
- Vehicle insurance certificate
- PUC or Pollution Under Control Certificate
- RC or Registration Certificate of the vehicle
How to record hypothecation cancellations?
Hypothecation is crucial if you have purchased a vehicle on loan. The Registration Certificate has this detail on it. Additionally, if the vehicle owner repays the loan fully, the hypothecation has to be cancelled in the Vehicle Registration Certificate.
- Apply in Form 34 to enter the hypothecation details in the vehicle RC.
- Apply through Form 35 to remove the hypothecation details from your vehicle RC.
- Vehicle insurance, chassis, Registration Certificate, and PUC Certificate.
- INR 100 as the application fee
How to transfer ownership of a vehicle?
To transfer the ownership of your vehicle to another individual through inheritance or sale, submit the following documents
- Registration Certificate of the vehicle
- Apply through Form 30 & Form 29
- Fees as applicable, according to rule 81
- Vehicle insurance paper
- NOC (in case the registration of the vehicle took place in another Indian state)
- Certificate of tax clearance
- Passport-sized pictures of the purchaser and the seller
If there is a transfer of a vehicle to a successor after the vehicle owner passes away, these documents are mandatory
- Insurance certificate
- Succession proof
- Passport size photos
- Vehicle RC
- Death certificate of the vehicle owner
- Form 31
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