RTO Visakhapatnam

The Regional Transport Department of Visakhapatnam or RTO Visakhapatnam functions under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. The foremost objective of the department is to implement the various rules and regulations laid down under the M.V Act, 1988. Moreover, also assists the other departments in the developmental works to improve the transportation facilities. It works hard to ensure efficient, adequate and economic services easily accessible to the common people. The department functions under the supervision of Transport Commissioner and ensures successful enforcement of every rule.

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Functions of Regional Transport Office Visakhapatnam /RTO Visakhapatnam


  • Issuance of learner’s driving license
  • Permanent driving license
  • Renewal of driving license
  • Issuing duplicate license
  • Issuing international driving permit


  • Issuing temporary registration
  • Issuing permanent registration
  • Renewal of registration card
  • Issuing duplicate registration card
  • Transfer of Ownership
  • Initiating address change in RC
  • Issuing duplicate registration certificate 


  • Issuance of permits to radio cabs
  • Permits to Motor Cab, Luxury Cabs, Maxi Cab, Bus, Radio Cabs, City Cabs, Prepaid Taxi
  • Issuing temporary permit
  • Permits private service vehicles
  • Permits to education institution buses
  • Permits to stage carriage
  • Permits to Goods Carriage

Road Taxes:

  • Collection of Quarterly Tax
  • Life Time Tax
  • Green Tax
  • Border tax
  • Toll tax

Collection of Fees

  • Collection of Licence
  • Pollution testing
  • Registration fee
  • Fee for issuing permit and model approval
  • Other penalties related to vehicle and registration

RTO Visakhapatnam

RTO Visakhapatnam is one of the functional RTOs operating under the provision of Andhra Pradesh Transport Department. The detail is as below:

RTO Name

RTO Address

RTO Code

RTO Visakhapatnam


AP 31

How to Register a Vehicle with RTO Visakhapatnam?

As per the rules of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, every vehicle owner has to register his/her vehicle with RTO Visakhapatnam. The registration process can be initiated by applying through Form no 20 and submitting to the Registering Authority. The concerned RTO officer will inspect the vehicle and verify the submitted documents and finally allot the registration number. The permanent RC can be availed as a smart card and needs to be carried all the time.

Documents Required for Registering a Vehicle

The vehicle will need to furnish the below documents in order the registering a vehicle with concerned RTO:

  • Form 20/ application form
  • Form 21/Sales Certificate obtained from the dealer
  • Form 22/Roadworthiness certificate from the manufacturer stating about the roadworthiness of the vehicle
  • Form 22A/if the vehicle body is fabricated
  • Vehicle insurance document
  • Valid address proof of the vehicle owner
  • STA design approval if it a trailer or semi-trailer vehicle
  • Form 21/Original Sales Certificate if the vehicle was owned by an ex-army
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate or PUC
  • Custom Clearance Certificate in case of an imported vehicle

Types of Vehicle Registration in Visakhapatnam

Similar to other cities, there are two types of registrations to be followed in Visakhapatnam; Temporary and Permanent Registration: 

Temporary Registration

 Temporary registration can be availed at the time of buying a vehicle through dealer’s point of registration. Temporary registration is offered for a limited period, starting from 7 days to a maximum of 1 month. However, the vehicle owner is entitled to extend the temporary registration by making an application to RTO Visakhapatnam.

Permanent Registration

As temporary registration can be used for lifetime, one has to avail permanent RC or register his/her vehicle permanently with RTO Visakhapatnam. The same can be done by approaching the RTO officer and applying in the Form no 20 and submitting as per described.

Documents Required for Availing Permanent Registration

  • Form 21/Sales Certificate
  • Form 22/Roadworthiness certificate
  • From 22/for the bodybuilder
  • Valid insurance documents
  • PUC pr Pollution under Control Certificate
  • Any of the valid address proof
  • STA approval of the design for trailer vehicles
  • Form 21/original Sales Certificate in case of an ex-army vehicle
  • PUC certificate
  • Customs clearance certificate for imported vehicle
  • Applicable fee
  • Applicable tax

Renewal of Registration Certificate in Visakhapatnam

As one can’t afford to carry an invalid registration certificate or to pay a huge penalty, it is better to renew the RC before it expires. The renewal of RC can be done by approaching the concerned Registering Authority and making an application in this regard. The application form must accompany the below documents. A proper vehicle inspection will be conducted by the RTO office to renew the RC.

Documents Required for RC Renewal in Visakhapatnam

  • Form 25/application for renewing the RC
  • Original Registration Certificate
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC)

How to Issue Duplicate RC with RTO Visakhapatnam?

As you already know the importance of carrying a valid RC and why it is essential to keep with at all time, one should not dare the risk of driving a vehicle with it. Hereby, if the original RC is lost or worn out, the vehicle owner should apply for a duplicate one by making an application to the RTO Visakhapatnam. The application form must be accompanied with the following documents:

Documents Required to avail Duplicate RC in Visakhapatnam

  • Police FIR in case of lost
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC)

How to Update Change in Address in Registration Certificate

The reasons for changing one’s address can be manifold. However, whether it is for a new job change or shifting to a new city, a vehicle owner has to update the new address to the registration certificate without a fail. The process of change of address can be done by approaching the concerned RTO and filing an application for the same.

Documents Required to Change Address in RC

  • Registration Certificate
  • Proof of address of the vehicle owner

Registration Process in Case of Vehicle Transferred to Another State

Under the provision of Section 47, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, a new registration mark is essential if a vehicle is transferred to a state other than Andhra Pradesh. The new registration mark can be availed by making an application in Form 27 of CMV rules. The application should be submitted along with the below documents within 12 months from the actual delivery date of the vehicle.

Documents Required

  • Registration Certificate
  • Address proof of the vehicle owner
  • Insurance document of the vehicle
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC)
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC)
  • Proof of Tax payment

Process of Transferring Ownership in Visakhapatnam

When a vehicle is sold to another party, the ownership also has to be transferred which is called RC transfer. It requires an easy application process to be completed with the RTO Visakhapatnam, along with the below documents:

  • Form 29 and Form 30/ vehicle transfer application
  • Form 31/in case of inheritance transfer
  • Form 32/in case of a public auction
  • The original impression of the chassis number
  • An affidavit stating about the deal
  • NOC if the vehicle is bought from another state and registered with another RTO
  • NOC from the financer for loan hypothecation
  • Original copy of the Registration certificate
  • Pollution Under Control certificate
  • Vehicle insurance document
  • Age proof of the owner
  • Address proof of the vehicle

How to Avail Motor Insurance in Visakhapatnam?

There is no dearth of insurance companies in Visakhapatnam, even in the entire state. Insuring vehicle is as important as registering it to provide optimum protection against eventualities. When third party insurance is a mandatory buy as per the M.V Act, 1988, there are comprehensive insurance, personal accident insurance and other add-on coverage that provide complete protection. One can buy insurance either offline or online.

However, online insurance will be the most convenient yet cost-effective. It allows the insurance seeker to compare the plans in terms of certain parameters such as claim settlement ratio, coverage, features, premiums etc. which further enables him/her to take a firm decision. However, people still consider buying insurance offline either directly approaching the insurance company or through an agent. Well, whatever is the mode, one must be careful to avoid fraudulent activities.