RC Book or the Registration Certificate book of a vehicle is one of the most important documents that has been made compulsory by the Government of India to be carried while driving a vehicle. This book indicates that your vehicle is authentically registered with the Regional Transport Office (RTO). This document stays valid for 15 years and needs to be renewed every five years. Nowadays, RC books are also available in the form of a Smart Card, making them easy to carry as well as long-lasting.
An RC book consists of all the vital and valuable information about your vehicle, such as - Registration number - Registration date - Engine number - Chassis number - Colour of the vehicle - Type of the vehicle - Seating capacity - Model number
There is absolutely no need to panic if this ever happens because you can easily apply for a duplicate RC book. The application process is simple and can be done both online as well as offline. It is very easy if you know exactly what to do and what documents you will need for the same. When you apply for the RC book online, the online procedure is limited only to the application stage, after which you will need to visit the RTO physically.
The duplicate RC book is generally delivered within seven days of registering the complaint. You can also check the status of your RC book online on the official website parivahan.gov.in/rcdlstatus. A word of caution! – Do not entertain agents who claim to help you obtain a duplicate RC book. The entire process itself costs around 500 Rupees, while these agents can charge service fees between 2000 – 3000 Rupees, especially if the consumer is ignorant. There is also the risk of getting a fake duplicate RC book.
It is also necessary to understand the difference between issuing a duplicate RC book and renewal of an RC book. A duplicate RC book is issued when the original one is lost or misplaced. An RC book needs to be renewed only after the expiry of the original RC book, that is, after 15 years. For the process of renewal of the RC book, Form 25 has to be downloaded from the RTO website instead of Form 26, and the procedure is slightly different.
In addition to a lost or misplaced RC book, there can be other indications for issuing a duplicate RC book, which include incorrect particulars on the original RC book, the difference in the information on Vahan Check and original registration certificate, illegible Chassis number, etc.
Thus, if you ever lose or misplace your RC book, once you know the exact procedure of obtaining a duplicate one, it is a simple, cheap, and hassle-free process.
Read more: Functions and registration process at RTO