Whether you are the seller or the buyer, there are certain important aspects of car sale and purchase that you must keep in mind. Starting from a detailed background check to a thorough inspection of the vehicle, the buyer and the seller should be completely satisfied with what they are getting into. Particularly in case of motor vehicles, one important factor to be considered is updated and correct paperwork. This includes the vehicle’s registration certificate, insurance papers, Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, a valid driving license, to name a few. In case you are found with incorrect or old information on your vehicular documents while driving, you can be issued an e-challan. So to avoid that, in this article we will tell you all you need to know about registration certificate transfer of motor vehicles in India.

It is critical to have your RC details updated when the ownership of a vehicle is transferred, as under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, section 39A, a vehicle can only ply on the roads only after it has been duly registered by the authorities. It is also important to keep in mind that it is mandatory to have your vehicle registered within 7 days from the date of delivery of the vehicle. The first key point to remember is that when you sell your vehicle, you must apply for an RC transfer within 14 days from the date of sale, along with providing a certain set of documents to the Regional Transport Office (RTO), which include:

  • Your vehicle’s original registration certificate
  • Form 28, to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the original registering RTO
  • Form 29, to announce the transfer of ownership of the vehicle
  • Form 30
  • Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
  • Insurance papers
  • Address proof
  • Identification proof
  • In case of imported vehicles, the authorisation certificate from the Customs department
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Form 34, in case of Hire-Purchase (HP) authorisation

Apart from selling, there is another scenario when the process of RC transfer will have to be undertaken, that is in the event of death of the vehicle owner. In that case, the vehicle would have to be re-registered by the legal heirs of the deceased. The following documents would then be required to transfer ownership to the new buyer:

  • Original registration certificate of the vehicle
  • Death certificate of the vehicle owner
  • Succession certificate (for re-registration), issued by the concerned authoritative figure
  • Form 30, to notify about the RC transfer
  • Chassis inscription of the vehicle
  • Form 31, that denotes the transfer of ownership of the vehicle in the event of death of the original seller
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the lending authorities, in case the vehicle has been taken on loan
  • Copy of insurance details
  • Address proof of the buyer
  • Form 20
  • Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
  • PAN card, or Form 60 and 61
  • Transfer fee

After the formalities are completed, the updated registration certificate to the buyer will be sent to their home address within a week. You can also check for the RC status of your vehicle online on the Parivahan Sewa portal curated by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).