How to Get Duplicate RC Online & Offline?

A Registration Certificate or RC is as important as the Driving License (DL) or two-wheeler insurance policy for riding a two-wheeler in India. It ascertains that your vehicle is registered legally by the RTO. In case your RC gets stolen, what would you do next? Find the answer in the below article.

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When & Why Would You Require Duplicate RC?

Duplicate RC Online and Offline

Usually, in India, people prefer parking their bikes outside the house to avoid the hassle. This put their bikes at risk of getting stolen. When their bike gets stolen, they lose the significant document kept inside the bike, including an RC.

Now at this point, having two-wheeler insurancewould come in handy. Only if you have a comprehensive insurance policy, the insurance company will compensate an equal amount for your stolen bike's monetary value if the bike is not recovered.

So, in order to raise the claim for the stolen vehicle, your insurance company will require the FIR for the stolen vehicle. Therefore, to file an FIR in the police station, you need to have proof of ownership of that stolen vehicle. In this case, you will have to go to the RTO office where your vehicle was registered in the first place. Let's understand the procedure to get a duplicate RC.

How to Apply for Duplicate RC Online?

There is an online procedure to apply for a duplicate RC of your vehicle. Follow the below steps to apply for duplicate RC-

  • Visit the Parivahan Sewa website portal
  • Fill out the application form
  • Fill in required information like police FIR and bike insurance policy details
  • Submit the fee amount displayed on your phone. The fee depends on the vehicle’s category
  • Download and print the receipt generated on the successful payment
  • Then submit the receipt along with other documents at the RTO office.

Documents Required for Issuing Duplicate RC Online

You must submit the following documents along with the application form to the RTO office.

Note- the Documents marked with * might be required in some of the states.

Read on to find the required documents-

  • Application form no 26. (From the financier of hypothecated, a copy attested to the endorsement and in duplicate)
  • Get the original FIR copy. Once you register an FIR at the police station if your vehicle is stolen or lost
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC) attested copy.
  • Valid Two-wheeler Insurance certificate attested copy*.
  • Address proof*
  • Challan clearance from traffic police*
  • PAN card attested copy or form 60 & 61*
  • Chassis & Engine pencil print*
  • Identification of signature of owner*
  • Affidavit that states you lost the RC and has not been recovered

Note- All the document copies must be attested by Nigam Parshad/MLA/Public Notary/Gazetted officer.

How to Apply for Duplicate RC Offline?

To apply for duplicate RC offline, you need to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • The first and foremost thing to do is to file an FIR at the local police station. Mention everything about the vehicle like Owner details, chassis number, engine number, and registration number
  • Visit the RTO office where the vehicle was originally registered
  • Issue the RC extract. An RC-Extract is the vehicle owner’s information about the registered vehicle and driving license
  • Fill in the application form for duplicate RC
  • Do this along with Form 26
  • Get your vehicle financier to attest that the two-wheeler was on loan
  • Choose the type of vehicle. Then submit the form at the RTO office and take the receipt.

Documents Required for Duplicate RC Offline

You would require the following documents when applying for the duplicate RC offline-

  • Tax token along with tax payment details of the last year
  • Motor insurance documents
  • NOC from financier
  • Valid PUC certificate

Now, apart from applying for a duplicate RC online and offline, many people think that it same as renewing the RC. Let's understand the difference between these two.

Difference Between RC Renewal and Getting Duplicate RC, In Case You Lost It

The basic difference between these two is that you can apply for a duplicate RC when the original RC is lost, stolen, burnt, or misplaced. But you will have to renew your RC after 15 years when it expires.

Now that you must have understood how to apply for duplicate RC online and offline, let's learn the process of renewing your RC.

Steps to Follow for RC Renewal or Vehicle Re-registration

If the vehicle is more than 15 years old, the registration of the vehicle expires. So here are the steps that you can follow to renew it or re-register it-

  • Along with form 25 submit the application form at the RTO office.
  • An RTO inspector will inspect your vehicle to see the engine’s condition.
  • Pay the fee at the RTO office.
  • After the documents are verified, a new registration certificate will be issued to you.

How to Covert RC Book to RC Smart Card?

There was a time when the RTO office provided the RC book to the vehicle owners which is a hard copy of the Registration certificate. In this case, there is a risk of text getting worn away or the RC book getting torn apart.

Keeping these hassles in mind, the RTO launched an RC smart card option for vehicle owners that resolves this problem.

So, the people who want to convert their RC book into an RC smart card can follow the procedure mentioned below-

  • Write an application addressing the Traffic Police Superintendent of your city
  • Write that you wish to convert your RC book to an RC smart card
  • Take the PUC and motor insurance papers to the RTO office
  • Submit your Old RC book along with the documents required
  • At last, the RTO will verify and issue an RC Smart card to the registered address.

Documents Required to Convert RC Book to RC Smart Card

You will have to submit the following documents and a fee of roughly Rs. 300. The supporting documents required are as follows-

  • Original RC
  • ID Proof
  • Proof of Address
  • Motor Insurance Certificate
  • PUC copy
  • Chassis imprint
  • Application for smart card issuance


It is always a great idea to get an RC smart card instead of holding a whole book. Hence, you can keep the RC smart card in your wallet just like you keep your DL. Also, having a comprehensive bike insurance policy for your vehicle is important because it plays a huge role in applying for a duplicate RC and raising a claim for your stolen two-wheeler.

Disclaimer: Policybazaar does not endorse, rate or recommend any particular insurer or insurance product offered by an insurer.

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