New Bike Registration Through RTO & Vahan Portal

Motor Vehicles were introduced in India at the beginning of the 19th century. At that time, Britishers were ruling India and passed the Motor Vehicle Act,1914. Later on, Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 replaced it and state governments were given the responsibility of registering as well as licensing the motor vehicles. This act made vehicle registration mandatory that permits vehicle owners to drive the vehicle on road legally.  Now that we live in the 21st century and everything is done digitally, let us tell you everything related to it.

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RTO: Vehicle Registration

RTO stands for Regional Transport Office. To abide by the Motor Vehicle Act, every two-wheeler owner must register their vehicle. Since RTO regulates all the vehicles of the country, vehicle owners can go to their nearby RTO and get their vehicle registered after purchasing it. At the RTO, the inspectors will inspect your vehicle, verify and then allot a registration number.

The registration process is different for commercial and private vehicles. RTO registration process can be done in two ways: Self or Dealer. The new bike registration can be done by your dealer or you can do it yourself by visiting the nearby RTO.

How To Apply For New Bike Registration Certificate At RTO 2021

You can get your bike registered by your dealer but you can also do it. Both private and commercial vehicles can be registered at the RTO without any involvement of the dealer. Here are the steps that you can follow to get your bike registered:

  • Go to your nearby RTO office with your new bike
  • Ask for form 20, fill it up and submit
  • RTO superintendent will take a look at the documents and inspect them.
  • Once documents are verified, you will have to pay the registration fee at the counter
  • Then Inspector of a motor vehicle will inspect your new bike
  • Then the data of your bike will be stored in the central database
  • Once the data is uploaded, the RTO superintendent will verify it
  • Then ARTO who is Assistant Regional Transport Officer will approve it
  • The RTO office will send you the Smart card once they print it.
  • They will deliver it to your registered mailing address

Note: It is advised that once your bike gets registered, purchase two wheeler insurance policy to protect it from unforeseen incidents.

Forms Required For Vehicle Registration

Apart from understanding the process of registration of your new bike, it is important to understand the registration forms that have to be filled and submitted along with the registration form. You can download the registration form from the VAHAN website. Here is a list of RTO forms that you are required with the registration:

  • From 20: New vehicle registration application
  • Form 21: Certificate of sale
  • Form 23: Registration certificate
  • Form 24: Motor Vehicle Registration
  • Form 29: Vehicle ownership transfer notice
  • Form 38A: Inspection report
  • Form 50: Lading bill
  • Form 51: Certificate of Insurance (Two-wheeler insurance policy)
  • Form 54: Report of accident information
  • Form 57: Foreign insurance

Vehicle Registration Number In India

There are two types of vehicle registration numbers in India. One is temporary and the other one is permanent. The temporary registration number is provided to the bike owner before getting the permanent registration number that is valid for one month. However, once RTO assigns a permanent vehicle registration number, it means that the ownership of the vehicle has been established and identification of the vehicle has been done based on its chassis and engine number.

Documents Required For New Bike’s Registration

Here are the documents that you need to submit along with the registration form:

  • Form 20 is a new vehicle registration application.
  • Form 21 is the sale certificate that is provided by the vehicle dealership.
  • Form 22 is a roadworthiness certificate provided by the manufacturer of the bike.
  • PUCC is pollution under control certificate provided by the dealer of the bike.
  • Address proof like electricity bill, ID proof with the address on it.
  • A temporary registration certificate is provided by the RTO until you get the permanent registration certificate.
  • Form 34 is required if you have purchased the vehicle from a bank loan. It contains the hypothecation details of the bike.
  • From 60/PAN Card: Copy of your PAN card. In case you do not have it then fill the form 60 and submit it.
  • Invoice of Dealer/Manufacturer: The purchase invoice by the dealer as well as the invoice provided to the dealer by the manufacturer.
  • Passport size photographs.
  • Date of birth proof. Copy of driving license, passport, PAN card, etc.
  • Engine and Chassis number print by pencil sketch.

Registration Vehicle Fee In RTO, India

Here is the fee for RTO vehicle registration of private vehicles:





Light Motor Vehicles/Cars

Non-Transport: Rs.600

Imported Cars


Imported Bikes


Smart Card


Issue of Duplicate Certificate of Registration

50% of New Vehicle Registration Charges

How To Check New Vehicle Registration Status Online?

VAHAN Portal launched by the Central Government of India can be accessed by the vehicle owner. It has all the details related to vehicles running on Indian roads. You can follow the steps below to check the status of your new bike’s registration:

  • Visit the VAHAN web portal and click on the application status
  • Enter the application number and then click on “View report.
  • It will show you the application status

How To Get A Duplicate Registration Certificate Of Bike?

The registration certificate of your bike is one of the most important documents. As per the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, it is mandatory for a vehicle owner to have RC of the bike with them while riding/driving a vehicle. In case you lose the RC or it gets stolen then you can get a duplicate copy of the RC by visiting the Parivahan Sewa or the RTO office. Here are the steps that you can follow to get a duplicate copy of your RC:

Documents Required To Get Duplicate Registration Certificate

  • Form 26, an application Form.
  • FIR from the local police station
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate
  • Copy of your two-wheeler insurance policy.
  • Address Proof, driving license, PAN Card, Aadhar card, etc.
  • Copy of PAN Card
  • In case you do not have PAN card then form 60 and 61
  • Pencil sketch of chassis and engine number of the bike.
  • An affidavit is required that states the vehicle registration certificate is lost.

Step To Follow To Get Duplicate Registration Certificate Online:

  • Visit the Parivahan web portal
  • Then click on ‘Online Services’ and then click on ‘Vehicle Related Services’.
  • You will get the option to select either ‘Delhi & Sikkim State’ or ‘Other States’, select accordingly
  • Then enter the vehicle registration number and click on ‘Proceed’.
  • Click on ‘Basic Services’ that includes the issuance of Duplicate RC.
  • Now you will have to enter the last 5 digits of the ‘Chassis Number’ of the bike and then click on ‘Validate’
  • Fill in your mobile number and click on ‘Generate OTP’
  • Enter the OTP received on the mobile number.
  • Then you can click on ‘Show Details’ and tick on specific ‘Application Selection’.
  • Enter required details on the application
  • Chose the payment option according to your convenience
  • Once the payment is done you will get a fee receipt.
  • Take a print of the receipt
  • Go to the RTO office with all the required documents to get the duplicate RC.

Renewal Of Vehicle Registration

When the vehicle registration is about to expire then the vehicle owner has to get it renewed within 60 days from its due date to the renewal. Here are the steps that you can follow to get your Registration renewed:

  • Visit the VAHAN web portal online
  • Click on the vehicle-related services from the ‘Online Services’ drop-down menu
  • Enter the vehicle registration number
  • Click on ‘Proceed’ then click on ‘Renewal of Registration’
  • Enter the last 5 digits of the vehicle’s Chassis Number
  • Click on Validate Registration Number/Chassis Number’
  • Fill in your mobile number and you will receive the OTP
  • Enter the OTP received to your mobile number and click on ‘Show Details’
  • Verify the owner details, latest tax details and insurance details
  • Then click on ‘Payment’
  • Once the payment is done, you will get a receipt. Take a print of it.
  • Go to the RTO where the vehicle is registered.
  • Keep the printed fee receipt with you as well as supporting documents to get the registration renewed.

Documents Required

Here are the set of documents required for the renewal of the vehicle registration:

  • Application Form 25
  • RC Book
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate.
  • Two-wheeler insurance policy
  • Copy of PAN Card
  • If you do not have PAN Card then Form 60 and 61
  • Pencil sketch of the vehicle’s engine and chassis number.
  • Fitness certificate of the bike


It is mandatory for a new bike owner to get the bike registered by the respective RTO as per the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. As much as a registration number for a bike is important, a two-wheeler insurance policy is a must to protect the bike from unforeseen incidents that can cause financial pressure on the bike owner.

Written By: PolicyBazaar - Updated: 16 September 2021
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