RTO Kerala

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.

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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.

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Functioning of RTO Kerala

The list of various activities performed by RTO Kerala includes:

    • Vehicles registration within the state
    • Collection of road tax
    • Issuance of licenses for public transit and cargo traffic
    • Conducting driving tests and issuing learners’ driving licenses, renewing of Driving Licenses
    • Marinating the record of registered vehicles
    • Vehicle transfer and registration of mortgage transactions
    • Keep a constant check on the validity of vehicle insurances
    • Inspection of vehicles damage in accidents
    • Approving fitness certificate to transport vehicles
    • Issuing international driving permits

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Number of RTO Offices in Kerala

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

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Types of Vehicle Registration in Kerala

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-

  1. Permanent Registration: Under the provision of Section 39 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988, if a new vehicle is bought or transferred, the same has to be registered with the concerned RTO permanently. The application From 20 has to be submitted within 7 days to register a new or transferred vehicle with the RTO Kerala.
  2. Temporary Registration: As per the Section 43 of M.V. Act 1988, the vehicle owner can register his/her vehicle for a temporary basis, maximum for one month. However, the vehicle should be registered permanently within one month to avoid penalties. Temporary RC can be availed from dealers as well.

How to Register a Vehicle in Kerala

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.

Documents Required for Kerala RTO Registration

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:

  • Duly filled application Form No. 20
  • Vehicle Sales Certificate in Form No. 21
  • Form 22 obtained from the seller
  • Vehicle insurance document
  • PUC Certificate
  • Passport sized photos of the owner
  • Address proof
  • Temporary RC (if any)
  • Form A (Taxation Act, 1997)
  • If it is an imported vehicle, certificate of custom clearance is required
  • Physical inspection of the vehicle
  • Application fee

Process of Availing Permanent RC from RTO Kerala

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:

  • Application Form 20
  • Sales certificate in Form 21
  • Form 22 as roadworthiness certificate of the vehicle
  • Vehicle insurance document
  • Form 22A in case the vehicle is body build from the builder
  • If it is trailer or semi-trailer vehicle, copy of designed approved by the STA
  • Sales Certificate in case of an ex-army vehicle
  • If the vehicle is imported, Custom Clearance Certificate
  • PUC Certificate
  • Address proof (Utility bills, Voter ID, Passport etc.)
  • Applicable fee
  • Road tax receipt
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Temporary RC if any
  • Inspection of the vehicle
  • Pencil print of chassis number

Process of Temporary Registration with RTO Kerala

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:

  • The vehicle owner needs to fill up Form 20
  • The duly filled form needs to be submitted to the concerned authority
  • The same has to be submitted to the dealer as well, from where the vehicle is bought
  • A relevant fee will be applicable for availing a temporary registration card, as per the rule of Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

Documents Required for Temporary RC

  1. Application form or Form 20
  2. Sales Certificate containing required details of the purchase via Form 21
  3. Roadworthiness Certificate of the vehicle via Form 22. This declares that the vehicle has cleared all the tests to prove its capability to be operational on the roads
  4. Valid vehicle insurance document
  5. A valid address proof to indicate the RTO Kerala vehicle owner details
  6. PUC Certificate
  7. Copy of PAN card of the vehicle owner/ Form 60 or 61, whichever is applicable

Renewal of Vehicle Registration Certificate

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:

  • Application Form No.25
  • RC of the vehicle
  • PUC Certificate of the Vehicle
  • Insurance document of the vehicle
  • Paid road tax receipt
  • Address proof of the vehicle owner
  • Physical inspection of the vehicle will be done by RTO Kerala

Process to of Getting Duplicate Vehicle Registration Certificate

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

  • Application in Form 26
  • Vehicle insurance document
  • Fees payment receipt
  • Police FIR copy
  • An affidavit from the owner stating that the RC has been lost

How to Transfer Vehicle Ownership

 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:

  • Application in Form No.29 and Form No.30
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (RC)
  • No Objection Certificate (in case the vehicle is bought from another state)
  • Insurance document of the vehicle
  • Applicable fees as per rule 81
  • Passport sized photos of the seller and buyer
  • Road tax clearance certificate

If the vehicle is transferred to a legal successor due to the death of the registered owner, the below documents are required:

  • Form 31
  • Death certificate of the vehicle owner
  • RC of the Vehicle
  • Proof of succession
  • Passport sized photos
  • Insurance document

How to Update Address in Vehicle Registration Certificate

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:

  • Application Form No.33
  • No Objection Certificate from the financer, in case the vehicle has been bought on loan
  • Chassis print
  • PUC Certificate
  • Vehicle RC
  • Address proof
  • Insurance document
  • Application fee of Rs.20

Process of Registering a Private Vehicle in 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-

  1. Original invoice from the dealer
  2. Form 20, registration application
  3. From 21/Sale certificate
  4. Form 22/Roadworthiness Certificate of the Vehicle
  5. Vehicle insurance documents
  6. PUC Certificate
  7. Form 34 in case the vehicle is purchased on loan
  8. Temporary Registration no. if any
  9. ID proof of the owner (PAN Card, Adhaar Card, Passport, Election Card, DL etc.)
  10. Address proof (Utility bill, Voter ID, Adhaar Card, Ration card, savings bank statement etc.)
  11. Recent passport sized photographs
  12. Sales tax clearance certificate in case the vehicle purchasing and registration state is different
  13. NOC certificate from the RO and dealer in case the vehicle is bought from another state and registered in another state
  14. Application fee

*Note: the list of documents may vary from one state to another.

Applicable fee for Registering the Vehicle

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:

  1. Registration fee: As per the latest amendment of Motor Vehicles Act in the year 2017, the registration fee has been increased up to Rs. 600 for non-transport vehicle and Rs. 1000 for transport vehicles. Moreover, an additional fine is imposed in case of delay in applying RC, up to 3 to 6+ months, ranging from Rs. 200-500. To check the complete list of fees, one can refer the official website of RTO Kerala.
  2. Road Tax: For driving a vehicle, one needs to pay road taxes. There are different slabs introduced by the M.V. Act for paying a tax. Road tax receipt needs to be submitted to the RTO along with other documents.
  3. Hypothecation Charges: in case the vehicle is bought on loan, the owner has to pay an additional charge subjected to processing of the hypothecation. One can check with the concerned RTO to know the amount applied for the state.
  4. Cost for Number Plate: To avail a high security number plate, one has to pay a certain fees ranging from Rs. 230 to Rs. 400.

eSewa Portal of RTO Kerala

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:

  • Pay road tax online
  • Can print eTax Token
  • Apply for temporary RC
  • Duplicate RC
  • Change of Address in RC online
  • Transfer of ownership
  • Apply for No Objection Certificate
  • Online cancellation of Hypothecation
  • Renewal of registration online and so on

How to Get Vehicle Insurance in Kerala?

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!

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RTO Kerala FAQs

How to take a print out of my temporary registration certificate?

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.

  • Click on the ‘temporary registration number’ button
  • Mention the number received through SMS or email and click on ‘Get’ button to view the registration number.
  • Once the detail is appeared click on the ‘print’ button.
  • A pin number will be snet via SMS, Enter the number and click on ‘continue’
  • The temporary RC details will be opened in a separate window as PDF and one can take the printout of it directly

How many regional transport offices are available in Kerala?

There are 18 RTOs available in Kerala state.

How can I obtain a DL in Kerala?

In order to drive your prized passion in Kerala with ease you will need a valid driving license. The driving license can be obtained from the RTO Kerala upon submission of relevant documents.

What are the vehicle inspection timings?

The inspection timings are from 10am to 12pm. You should plan your slot to avoid the rush.

What are the documents required to register a vehicle in Kerala?

The documentation process includes: • Form 20, 21, 22 • Vehicle insurance document • Receipt of paid road tax • Temporary registration certificate, if any • Chassis number pencil sketch • Vehicle invoice from the dealer • Fancy number reservation proceedings, if any • Adhaar card of the owner • PAN card copy