A registration certificate of a motor vehicle is one of the most important documents that a vehicle owner must possess. A vehicle’s RC is an official document that serves as proof that your vehicle is duly registered with the government of India. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is mandatory for all vehicle owners to have a valid registration certificate for their vehicle to drive it, with updated and accurate RC details.
However, there may be instances where you may either misplace your registration certificate, or it is torn, or your registration certificate unfortunately gets stolen. Other times, your original RC may have a broken or a missing chip, has incorrect particulars, or have illegible information. In all such cases, you should get a duplicate copy of your registration certificate as soon as possible.
If you are found to be driving a vehicle without its registration certificate and other vehicular documents, you can expect an e-challan issued against you and the vehicle by the traffic police. To avoid that, here is how you can apply and get a duplicate registration certificate for your vehicle.
If you wish to get a duplicate RC for your vehicle via offline means, you will first have to submit an application for the same at your nearest police station and file an FIR. After doing so, you need to apply for a duplicate registration certificate at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) and submit the following documents:
- Form 26
- Copy of the FIR
- A No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the bank, in case your vehicle is leased/financed
- Chassis imprint of the vehicle
- Copy of the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
- Valid ID proofs
- Affidavit to confirm the loss of the registration certificate
- Tax payment details for the past 4 quarters
- Insurance certificate
Post submitting documents, you need to pay a fee, depending on the type of vehicle. After that, you can expect the duplicate registration certificate to be delivered to you in a few days at your registered address.
In case you wish to apply for a duplicate registration certificate for your vehicle online, you can do so by first filing an FIR at your nearest police station with an application for the same. Then, you can visit the Parivahan Sewa portal, by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), and fill out the form to procure a duplicate copy of your registration certificate. You will also have to provide details of the FIR filed and insurance of the vehicle. You would then be asked to pay the requisite fee, which you can do online.
You need to then submit the receipt, along with the required documents, at the RTO. Once the process is complete, a duplicate RC of your vehicle will be delivered to you at your registered address in a matter of days. An important point to note is that in the case of commercial vehicles, you will also need to submit a challan clearance from the concerned traffic police and transport department and tax clearances along with the aforementioned documents.