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RTO Chennai

The RTO of Chennai performs various tasks under the provisions of Section 213 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. This department was formed to implement the rules of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the Andhra Pradesh Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1963. RTO Chennai mainly permits the road transport of the city to behave exceptionally for becoming the best transport mode for shorter distances that can help to link rural, sub-urban region to cities. Andhra Pradesh Transport Department offers a helping hand with the motive to offer economic, excellent and sufficient transport services and enables the RTO Chennai to perform its duty entirely.



Functions of Chennai Regional Transport Office (RTO)

The various functions of RTO Chennai involve:

  • Registration of vehicles
  • Temporary/permanent registration
  • Renewal of registration
  • Re-registration or transferring RC
  • Issuing duplicate registration certificate
  • Updating a new address in RC
  • Issuance of driving license to commercial and private vehicles
  • Issuance of learner’s DL
  • Permits for various routes
  • Collection of road taxes

RTO Chennai Details

There are four RTO offices actively functioning in the city of Chennai. RTO details are as mentioned below:

S. No. RTO Name RTO Code RTO Address RTO Contact Details
1 RTO, Chennai (North West) TN02 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (North-West), Plot No.3623, New Avadi Road, Anna Nagar East, Chennai - 600102 044-26215969
2 RTO, Chennai (North East) TN03 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (North-East), No.147, Balakrishna Street, Thiruvetriyur High Road, Tondiarpet, Chennai-600081 044-25911133
3 RTO, Chennai (East) TN04 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (East), Power Mills Road, Pulianthoppu, Chennai-600012 044-26670993
4 RTO, Chennai (North) TN05 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (North), No.9, Inner Ring Road, Sastri Nagar, Kolathur, Chennai-600099 044-25562700

How to Register a Vehicle with RTO Chennai?

As per the norms of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 every vehicle plying on the roads needs to be registered with the concerned RTO, failing which will lead to penalties. Chennai is no exception. The capital city of Tamil Nadu witnesses a huge number of registered vehicles on a daily basis. The registration can be avail either temporary basis or permanent registration. When temporary RC is offered for a limited period, the vehicle owner needs to register the vehicle to avail a permanent RC within a specific time. Temporary registration is offered for 7 days to a maximum of one month. The application process is done with the dealer's point at the time of buying a vehicle by giving the below documents:

  1. Form 20/ application form to register the vehicle with RTO Chennai
  2. Form 21/Sales certificate from the dealer stating about the purchase
  3. Form 22/Roadworthiness Certificate from the manufacturer saying that the vehicle is perfect for the road and in compliance with the road safety standards, pollution, and worthiness.
  4. Form 22 A if the body of the vehicle is fabricated
  5. PAN Card details or Form 60/61 whichever is applicable
  6. Vehicle insurance document
  7. Address proof of the vehicle owner

The registration is done at the dealer’s point of registration where the documents are submitted and further present to the RTO office. The Registering authority verifies the documents and allots the temporary registration number

How to Avail Permanent Registration Certificate in Chennai?

A vehicle owner can apply for permanent registration certificate itself only of the vehicle is temporarily registered already. The process will require the owner to duly fill and submit an application form to the RTO Chennai. The permanent registration number will be allotted after a thorough inspection of the vehicle and verification of the documents. The permanent Registration number is to be availed as Smart Card which contains the details like registration number, date of registration, chassis number, colour of the vehicle etc. the below documents are required to avail a permanent RC number:

  • Form 20/ application form to register the vehicle with RTO Chennai
  • Form 21/Sales certificate from the dealer stating about the purchase
  • Form 22/Roadworthiness Certificate from the manufacturer saying that the vehicle is perfect for the road and in compliance with the road safety standards, pollution, and worthiness.
  • Form 22 A if the body of the vehicle is fabricated
  • PAN Card details or Form 60/61 whichever is applicable
  • Vehicle insurance document
  • Address proof of the vehicle owner
  • ‘Unladen weight certificate’ in case of transport vehicle
  • Temporary registration certificate if the vehicle is temporarily registered at the time of purchasing
  • An inspection of the vehicle will be done by the RTO officer

Process of Updating New Address to Registration Certificate in Chennai

There might be situations when the vehicle owner wishes to change the address in the RC Book. He/she might relocate or due to a job change, change in address may be required. In this case, a new address can be updated to the RC by filling an application form and submit to the RTO Chennai. However, the applicant will have to submit an application form along with the required fee for change in address.

  • Form 33/application for intimating the change of address
  • Any address proof of the vehicle owner such as LIC Policy, Voter ID, Passport, Utility bill etc. along with passport sized photographs
  • Original Registration Certificate

How to Apply for Duplicate RC in Chennai?

Applying for duplicate RC in Chennai is easy. When the Transport Department in Chennai ensures efficient transportation facility, availing a duplicate RC is just a matter of filling a form and submit to the RTO Chennai. The duplicate RC will be delivered to the mailing address of the vehicle owner so that he/she can drive the vehicle without any hassle. The below documents are required to be furnished in order to avail a duplicate RC:

  • Form 26/Application for applying a duplicate registration certificate
  • Police verification certificate, in case of loss
  • Receipt of paid road tax
  • Vehicle insurance documents
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the financier if the vehicle is bought on loan

The applicant will have to submit all the documents either vehicle inspector or to the Regional Transport Officer at Chennai. The duplicate RC will be issued with 5 working days.

Renewal of Registration in Chennai

Every registered vehicle has to be re-registered as the registration card is valid for only 15 years. After that one has to renew the RC by approaching the concerned RTO officer. In case of Chennai, the vehicles registered are to be produced to RTO Chennai for inspection. The renewal process requires filling and submitting Form no. 25 to the Registering Authority, which further allots the renewed registration number to the owner. The below documents are required to be submitted:

Form no. 25/ Application for renewal of registration certificate

Registration Certificate of the vehicle

Insurance documents of the vehicle

Receipt of paid road tax

All the aforementioned documents have to be furnished to either Grade 1 Motor vehicle inspector or the Regional transport officer at RTO Chennai.

Re-registration of Vehicle Bough from Another State

In case a vehicle is bought from another state, the ownership also has to be transferred and the vehicle needs to be re-registered with RTO Chennai again. All this takes to fill an application form and submit along with the required documents to the concerned RTO office. The required documents include:

  • Form 20/Application form to re-register or transferring the ownership
  • Form 27/ application form for new registration mark
  • Form 28/ No Objection Certificate from the previous owner of the vehicle
  • Form 33/for update the new address
  • Form 30/ for transfer the ownership
  • Original Registration Certificate
  • Insurance document of the vehicle
  • Paid road tax receipt
  • Certificate from the local police, if required
  • Address proof of the vehicle owner
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate

All the aforementioned documents have to be submitted to either Grade 1 Motor vehicle inspector or the Regional transport officer. It will take certain days to receive the registration number.

How to Get Vehicle Insurance in Chennai

Availing vehicle insurance in Chennai is not difficult. Similar to other cities in the state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai also has a handful of insurance companies offering various motor insurance policies. However, to ensure a right deal one must compare the plans available on the grounds like coverage, premium, claim settlement ratio of the insurers, add-on covers etc. The most basic cover that one can opt for is third party insurance which protects the insured against legal liability arises out of an accident. Yet, the experts always suggest to opt for a comprehensive cover that includes own damage, which means any damage to the insured vehicle due to man-made or natural calamity along with the third party liability.

Chennai RTO FAQ's

What is the process of getting the preferred number while registering a new vehicle in Tamil Nadu?

Advance registration numbers are allotted by the registering authority within 1000 numbers. If the vehicle owner wishes to apply for a number of his/her choice and if that number falls within the 1000 numbers from the series of the RTO, the number will be given on submission of a requisition letter along with the copy of sale invoice.

Who can apply for advance RC number?

The vehicle owner is eligible to apply for an advance registration certificate.

What are the documents to be given to avail advance number?

  • Sales certificate in Form-21
  • Requisition letter

To whom should one apply?

To apply for a registration number of your choice, you will have to approach the concerned Regional Transport Officer

What is the time limit for service to be rendered?

The process is done the same day.

What if I bring a vehicle form a state other than Tamil Nadu? Do I need to register it again?

In case a vehicle bought from another state, obtaining a re-registration number is essential. In order to ensure the same, you will have to file an application to the concerned RTO of the area and submit along with the following documents:

  • Form-20, application form
  • Form-27, application for obtaining a new registration number
  • Form-28, application for granting No Objection Certificate
  • Form29, notice of transfer of ownership
  • Form33, application for change of address
  • Application for intimation and transfer of ownership in Form-30 (Form-60/61 except for 2 wheelers for T.O. only)
  • Police Certificate
  • Registration Certificate
  • Valid Insurance Certificate
  • Proof of address of the vehicle owner
  • Affidavit signed by an Executive or First Class Judicial officer or Notary public
  • Valid proof of paid road tax
  • Applicable fee
  • Valid Pollution under Control Certificate
  • Private Service Vehicle
  • Goods carriage
  • All India Permit for Tourist Vehicle
  • Contract Carriage
  • Stage Carriage
  • Educational Institution Bus

To whom should one apply to avail the re-registration mark?

  • Regional Transport Officer/ Motor Vehicle Inspector Grade I.
  • The vehicle should be produced for inspection
  • Duly filled Form 20, registration application form
  • Form 21, sales certificate obtained from the dealer, stating about the deal
  • Form 22, Road Worthiness certificate from the manufacturer, stating that the vehicle is in compliance with pollution and road safety terms
  • Valid insurance policy of the vehicle (attested)
  • Address proof of the vehicle owner
  • Form 34 duly signed by the owner and the financer
  • Proof of paid Road tax
  • Prescribed registration fee
  • Valid Fitness Certificate, in case of commercial vehicle
  • PAN Card or Form 60 & Form 61 (as applicable)

Within how many days the process of re-registration should be done?

90 days

Why is No Objection Certificate Required?

No Objection Certificate is required in case a vehicle is bought from another state. The application for the same can be made on Form no 28 and submit to the RTO Office.

Who can apply for NOC?

NOC can be applied by the vehicle owner.

What are the documents do I need to submit for availing NOC?

  • Application in Form-28 (in 4 copies) if covered by HP
  • Tax Clearance for Transport Vehicles
  • Registration Certificate
  • Valid Insurance Certificate
  • Police Certificate
  • Valid Tax

What is the time limit for service to be rendered?

30 days

How do I get the termination of the Hire Purchase agreement in the R.C.Book?

If a vehicle is bought on loan and if the repayment of the loan amount is done, the same has to be updated on the registration certificate as well. The process requires you to submit the following documents along with the application form to the registration office:

  • Notice of termination of the agreement in Form-35 (in Duplicate)
  • Registration Certificate
  • Insurance Certificate
  • No objection certificate from financier
  • Valid Tax
  • Pollution under control certificate