Regional Transport Office West Bengal or RTO West Bengal is responsible to carry forward the provisions laid down in the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. It ensures the enforcement of every rule effectively and works towards the betterment of the transport services. The main function of the RTO West Bengal is to register every vehicle plying on the streets of WB. However, issuing DLs, collecting road taxes or issuing permits also come to its kitty.
RTO West Bengal is majorly involved in performing the following tasks:
There are more than 80 RTO offices actively functioning in the different areas under the umbrella of RTO West Bengal. The details of these RTOs areas given below:
|RTO Location||RTO Code||RTO Location||RTO Code||RTO Location||RTO Code|
|Kolkata Salt Lake||WB08||Burdwan||WB42||Bankura||WB67|
|Alipore, South 24 Parganas||WB19||Bolpur||WB48||Darjeeling||WB77|
|Alipore, South 24 Parganas||WB20||Nadia||WB51||Kalimpong||WB78|
|Alipore, South 24 Parganas||WB22||Nadia||WB52||Kalimpong||WB79|
There are two types of registration process to be followed in the state of West Bengal; Temporary Registration and Permanent Registration. Temporary registration can be availed at the dealer's point at the time of purchasing a vehicle and it is offered for a limited period. On the other hand, one has to register its vehicle permanently by approaching RTO West Bengal. Permanent registration is issued for 15 years, after which the vehicle owner has to renew the policy.
In West Bengal, no vehicle owner is authorised to drive his/her vehicle without registering it with the RTO West Bengal. The registration procedure requires physical inspection of the vehicle to be registered. The vehicle owner has to duly fill an application form in regard to register the vehicle and submit along with the following documents. After a thorough verification, the Registering Authority shall issue the registration number which can be availed as Smart Card.
The RTO officials will verify the received documents and inspect the vehicle. On basis of the final report of the official, a registration number will be issued. One can also obtain a fancy number through an auction.
Similar to temporary registration, there is a validity period for permanent registration card as well. A permanent registration is valid for 15 years in case of a private vehicle. The transport vehicle owners have to produce fitness certificate after 2 years in order to avoid penalties on roads. To renew an expired RC, one will require filing an application along with the following documents:
The vehicle will be inspected by the RTO office. If the vehicle is found to be fit to drive on the roads, the renewal of the registration certificate is authorised for 5 years.
In order to transfer the ownership of a vehicle plying in West Bengal the owner has to make an application by approaching RTO West Bengal and submit along with the following documents:
If the registered vehicle owner dies, the process of transfer of ownership requires to make an application by the legal heirs of the vehicle and submit along with the below documents:
If the owner has obtained a vehicle at a public auction conducted under state and Government authority shall apply with following documents:
If the vehicle owner changes his/her present address, he/she must apply for updating the new address. To initiate the same, a NOC in Form no. 28 is required from the previous registering authority. In case such changes are due to change in state, the RC number has to be changed to a local RC number as well. To initiate a change in address, the following documents are required:
In case the original RC is lost or worn out, the vehicle owner can apply for duplicate RC. The applying for duplicate RC will require filing an application along with the following documents: