Kerala Transport Motor Vehicles Department was established with the aim of carrying into the effect the provisions of India Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It is governed under the Government of Kerala. The department is directed by the Transport Commissioner.
RTO stands for Regional Transport Office, which is an essential part of Motor Vehicles Department of every state. It is responsible to keep a track of every vehicles plying on the roads and the functions or activities laid down in the Vehicles Act. This has made it mandatory for every vehicle to be registered with the concerned RTO of the location.
The list of various activities performed by RTO Kerala includes:
|RTO Location||RTO Address||RTO Code||Contact Details|
|RTO Trivandrum||Transport Bhavan, East Fort, Fort PO, 695023||KL01||0471-2469223|
|RTO Kollam||Civil Station, Anandavalle-swaram, 695013||KL02||0474-2793499|
|RTO Pathanamthitta||Parayil Building, College Rd, Makamkunnu PO, 689645||KL03||0468-2222426|
|RTO Alappuzha||Civil Station, Civil Station P.O., Alappuzha. PIN: 688001||KL04||0477-2253160|
|RTO Kottayam||Civil Station, Collectorate PO 686002||KL05||0481-2560429|
|RTO Idukki||Civil Station, Kuyilimala, Pinav PO, 685603||KL06||04862-232244|
|RTO Ernakulam||2 Floor, A 3 Block, Civil Station, Kakkanad, Ernakulam - 682030||KL07||0484-2422246|
|RTO Thrissur||Civil Station, Ayyanthole PO, Thrissur, 680003||KL08||0487-2360262|
|RTO Palakkad||Civil Station, S Fort Rd, Kenathu- parambu, Kunathurmedu 678002||KL09||0491-2505741|
|RTO Malappuram||Civil Station, Uphill, Malappuram 676505||KL10||0483-2734924|
|RTO Kozhikkode||Civil Station, Malaparamba 673020||KL11||0495-2371705|
|RTO Wayanad||Civil Station, Kalpetta, North Kalpetta PO 673122||KL12||04936-202607|
|RTO Kannur||Civil Station, Edapally-Panvel Highway, Kannur 670002||KL13||0497-2700566|
|RTO Kasaragod||Civil Station, Vidyanagar PO, 671123||KL14||04994-255290|
|RTO Nationalized Sector||Civil Station, Kudapanakunnu, Trivandrum||KL15||0471-2731339|
|RTO Attingal||AMC 16/218(1), Avittam Complex, Mamam, Attingal PIN:695104||KL16||0470-2626400|
|RTO Muvattupuzha||Mini Civil Station, Pazhapally, Mudavoor PO, 686669||KL17||0485-2814959|
|RTO Vadakkara||Mini Civil Station, Vadakkara Town, Kozhikkode, 673101||KL18||0496-2526234|
As per the rule of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, registering every vehicle in India is mandatory. This helps the transport department to keep a track of the vehicles driving on the roads. The RTO of every location is responsible to perform the registration process. Therefore, it is of great importance to have Kerala RTO vehicle registration details to drive a vehicle with ease.
There are two type of vehicle registration-
To drive a new vehicle with ease on the roads of Kerala and avoid penalties, one has to register it with the RTO Kerala. The process of registering a vehicle includes:
1. The vehicle owner has to fill up Form 20 and submit to the concerned RTO. He/she can register the same online as well by filling the form, taking out the printout of the uploaded form and physically submit to the RTO Kerala.
2. An inspection of the vehicle will be done. If the dealer does the inspection, the certificate issued by the concerned dealer has to be attached with the Form 20.
3. After the verification, respective RTO will allot a Registration number. A computerised number can be availed once the registration process is done.
4. The same will be intimated via SMA or email on the registered ID
5. Registration number is provided as Smart Card, which is sent through speed post.
To register a new or transferred vehicle in Kerala, the owner needs to fill the Form 20 and submit to the concerned authority. Kerala RTO Registration process should be initiated within 7 days from the date of purchasing a vehicle. Apart from this, the required documents to register a vehicle include:
In case the vehicle owner is having a temporary RC at the time of buying the vehicle, he/she must apply for a permanent one within 30 days from the date of purchasing. One can register and get Kerala RTO registration number details online as well by approaching the official website of the RTO Kerala by filling up the relevant application form online.
Documents Needed to Avail a Permanent RC in Kerala
To avail a permanent RC, the following documents need to be furnished:
As permanent vehicle registration may take a little time, the vehicle owner is offered with a temporary registration card at the time of buying a car or bike. However, he/she allotted with the permanent number within one month by RTO Kerala.
The below steps are to follow to avail a temporary RC:
Every vehicle needs to be renewed after an interval of 15 years. Basis on the Kerala RTO vehicle details and a thorough inspection, the concerned authority renews the registration certificate. The vehicle owner needs to submit the below documents at the time of renewing the vehicle:
If the vehicle’s original RC Book is lost, destroyed or completely worn out, the owner can apply for a duplicate copy of the same. A compliant has to be lodged to the concerned police station before approaching the RTO authority. Hence, when the owner has lost the original copy, to avail another copy, Form 26 along with the Police Certificate has to be submitted to the registering authority of the area. However, availing duplicate RC is subjected to certain other documents as well:
Documents Required to Avail Duplicate RC
When the possession of a vehicle needs to be transferred to another person, it is called ‘RC Transfer’. When a vehicle is sold or purchased, transfer of ownership is important which indicates that the vehicle and the liabilities are completely transferred. The changes are updated in the registration certificate as well.
To transfer ownership, one needs to provide the below documents:
If the vehicle is transferred to a legal successor due to the death of the registered owner, the below documents are required:
To update a new address or change the current one, the owner will require to submit an application form along with the following documents to the RTO Kerala:
Registering a private vehicle in Kerala is simple. You can register a vehicle thorough the dealer or approaching the concerned RTO directly. To register your car or bike to RTO Kerala, the basis documentation required is:
Documents to be Furnished-
*Note: the list of documents may vary from one state to another.
The Motor Vehicles Act requires the vehicle owners to pay certain fees in order to register their vehicles successfully with the concerned RTOs across the country. Except the road tax, the charges are quite affordable. The below are the types of charges applicable in the process of registering a vehicle with the RTO:
The eSewa Portal of RTO Kerala enables the users to make the maximum benefits of online services. With eSewa portal one can avail the facilities such as:
Kerala has many things to cheer about. A state with the highest literacy and lowest population; a state with the highest life expectancy, sex ratio and lowest corruption. Adding to the list, it is one of the preferable tourist destinations in India. The never-ending coastline, calm backwaters spotted with houseboats, hill stations and wildlife, everything has made it God’s own country. The state brags for high quality spices which have been trading across the globe. The tea plantation of Munnar is world famous. The list also includes the healthcare in Kerala which mostly defines the fineness of Ayervedic spas, the traditional dance form Kathakali and martial arts form Kalaripattu.
If someone is blessed to be a resident of this enchanting place and own a car or bike, he/she should insure it before the onset of monsoon or winter. There are various insurance providers that have come with innovative insurance plans to cater to the needs of its customers. These plans are available online as well. One just needs to search for “Car insurance or Two Wheeler insurance in Kerala” or compare the available plans on the various online comparison platforms. These comparison websites enable the insurance seekers to avail the right plans at an affordable rate.
In order to avail an adequate plan, one should analyse his/her requirement. The minimum coverage that one can avail is third party liability insurance, which is mandatory by the law to ply a vehicle on the roads. This policy covers the insured against third party liability arises out of an accidental damage to the property, bodily injury or death of a third person. Apart from this, one can opt for comprehensive car or bike insurance which offers optimum protection to the vehicle against own damage, natural and manmade damages to the vehicle etc.
Moreover, by adding add-on covers such as zero depreciation, roadside assistance, NCB protector, the insured can enjoy the policy coverage to the fullest. The only mantra is to carry out a well-versed research, compare and buy!
On issuing of temporary RC, the concerned RTO will send an email or SMS to the applicant. The details of the registration number and the process of printing out the same will be mentioned on the respective mail. The receiver will need to follow the instructions given to retain the registration number. The same can be done by logging on to MVD portal of RTO Kerala.