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Easy Steps to Apply for Duplicate RC Online and Offline Explained

By Juhi Walia
29 August 2022, 1:16 PM

An RC or Registration Certificate is an important document that every vehicle owner needs to have. Without a registration certificate, you cannot drive your car out of the city or state, just like how you cannot drive without car insurance. And once you own a car, it is advisable to keep RC at all times and not leave it at home. Although now the Government has made it not compulsory to carry it in a physical form. You can have it digitally through a wallet or mobile app.

Many people in India are unaware of duplicate RC and how to get one without any hassles like bike insurance and car insurance policy.

An official certificate proving vehicle ownership is a registered certificate issued by the State Transport Authority. It contains all the details such as engine number, chassis number, and other related information about the vehicle. If your car gets stolen or broken beyond repair, this document becomes extremely important for buying a new one. Read on to know more about how to apply for one!

Steps to Get a Duplicate RC Certificate Offline

  • Visit the RTO Office: If you misplace your RC or it is damaged, you need to visit the RTO office and apply for a duplicate RC certificate.
  • Fill in the Duplicate RC Application Form: The application form in duplicate RC differs from the original RC application form. So you must make sure you apply for the duplicate RC certificate by filling out form 26A.
  • Pay the Duplicate RC Fees: You need to pay the prescribed fees as per the RTO rules; it varies depending on the vehicle type. Once you pay the fees, you can proceed further with the application.
  • Submit the Documents: You need to submit the original RC lost report, car insurance policy/bike insurance policy, and RC application form, along with the prescribed fee.
  • Collect the Duplicate RC Certificate: Once the RTO processes your application, you can collect the duplicate RC certificate from the RTO office.

How to Get Duplicate RC Online?

Applying for a duplicate RC certificate online is the same as that applying offline. 

You need to visit the RTO website and complete the online application form 26. You have to submit the online application form with the RC fees. 

Steps to apply online:

  1. Visit the official Parivahan Sewa website.
  2. Choose online services from the drop-down menu and select vehicle-related services from the list.
  3. Select the state.
  4. Enter the registration number and click on proceed.
  5. Fill out form 26.
  6. Verify auto-generated owner details.
  7. Pay the prescribed fee online.
  8. Submit the generated receipt with other documents to the officer at the governing transport authority.

Important Documents Required for Duplicate RC

It is essential to have all the documents ready before you get started with the procedure. The documents required for obtaining a duplicate RC certificate are: - 

  • RC Application Form: This form is available at the RTO office. You need to fill out this form and submit it to the RTO to apply for the duplicate RC certificate.
  • Registration Certificate Lost Report: If you have lost your RC, you must submit a report at the police station. This report is the most important document required to apply for the duplicate RC certificate.
  • Car Insurance Policy or Bike Insurance Policy: You need to produce the RC of the vehicle and the car insurance policy or bike insurance at the time of application.
  • RC fee: You will have to pay the prescribed fee to get a duplicate RC.

Documents Required to Apply for Duplicate RC in a Nutshell:

  1. Application form no.26 (A duplicate of the registering authority’s concurrent endorsement that it will serve as the financier)
  2. Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC)
  3. Address proof
  4. Attested copy of PAN card or forms 60 and 61(as applicable)
  5. Attested copy of insurance coverage
  6. FIR original copy (In case the vehicle is stolen)
  7. Challan clearance copy from the traffic officials
  8. Owner’s signature
  9. An affidavit stating that RC was lost
  10. Chassis and engine pencil print

Few of the above documents (numbered 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10) might be required in some states.

Duplicate RC Fees

Duplicate RC fees depend on the vehicle type.

Vehicle TypeFees (in INR)
Non-transport light motor vehicle300
Imported motorcycle1250
Imported motor vehicle2500
Other vehicles1500


Anyone can apply for a duplicate RC given if they have all the required documents to prove. Get an RC smart card to store it in your wallet. Like this, you are less likely to lose yours. Now that you know the process for getting a duplicate RC certificate, it is time to go to the RTO office or visit the official website to obtain one. 

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1. Is there any difference between original RC and duplicate RC?

The original RC is issued after 15 years of expiration, and the duplicate can only be issued in case you lost/misplaced it.

2. How to check/download RC from the Vahan website?

  • Visit the Vahan website and select online services from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on vehicle-related services from the list.
  • Select your state.
  • Select the RTO registration number and click on proceed.
  • Select the Know Your Application option from the Status menu on the next tab.
  • On the new page, select the registration option and enter the vehicle registration.  
  • Click on submit.

3. How long does it take to receive a duplicate RC?

The processing time is essential to get the duplicate RC, and it depends on many cases and some requirements in a state, but it may take around 15-30 days from submission to receive the duplicate RC. 

4. Can I download RC online?

You can download RC online from the DigiLocker website or app by providing your vehicle registration and Aadhar numbers.

5. Can I sell/transfer your vehicles without an RC copy?

No, you cannot sell or transfer your vehicle without an RC copy. You need to get a new/duplicate RC before selling or transferring your vehicle; for that, you need to follow a few online or offline procedures. 

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