Purchasing an automobile is a dream for many. The day you bring home your vehicle can be a joyous occasion; however, you do need to keep certain formalities and bureaucratic procedures in mind. But this isn't the case with just new vehicles. Even 15 years after you have purchased your two-wheeler, you may still need to fulfil certain procedures, the most important being re-registration.
You may remember that you “registered” your two-wheeler when you first purchased it. This registration has an expiration date, and according to the Motor Vehicles Act, you need to register the two-wheeler once more.
Fortunately, re-registering your two-wheeler has become much simpler than it was earlier. The government website “vahan.nic.in” provides the necessary information to complete your re-registration, and you can also download the required forms.
In this article, we’ll take you through the process of re-registering your two-wheeler in India.
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What is Registration?
Every vehicle must be “registered” with the state government before hitting the streets. This is because the government needs to be able to connect your vehicle with you (the owner). It is imperative that the government be aware of who each vehicle belongs to for road safety, pollution control, tax, etc.
If you haven’t registered your vehicle, then you won’t be legally allowed to drive it and will also not be issued a number plate. This makes it easy to spot an illegal vehicle by the traffic police, who can question you about your registration documents. Further, if you’re caught driving an unregistered vehicle, you may need to pay a hefty fine, and your car may also be impounded.
While registration is necessary, why is re-registering your vehicle important?
Every automobile has a limited lifespan; after 15 years, your two-wheeler may not still be fit to drive. Hence, the government has mandated that every vehicle be re-registered after 15 years, thereby ensuring safety.
The Process of Re Registering Your Two Wheeler
The situations in which you will need to re-register your two-wheeler are:
- Passage of 15 years from the time of original registration
- Change in the ownership of the vehicle
- Transfer of the vehicle to a different state
- Change in the address of the owner of the vehicle.
You should re-register your two-wheeler as soon as possible in any of these circumstances, as it is illegal to drive it without a valid registration.
We’ve provided the steps that you need to take to re-register your vehicle below:
- Obtain all the forms that need to be filled from vahan.nic.in. These forms must be printed and then filled out.
- Compile all the necessary documents that are required for the re-registration process. You will find the complete list of documents below, and you can cross-check the list with the information available on the website.
- Take the documents and your two-wheeler to the Registering Authority Office in your area. You must visit the RAO that originally registered your vehicle.
- Lastly, provide all the documents to the concerned officer who will inspect your vehicle to ensure safety.
Once you have completed the process, you will receive a document which can be used as proof of re-registration.
Documents Required to Re-register Your Two Wheeler
The documents required for registration and re-registration are mostly the same, except that the form is different and the fee may differ. Here is a list of all the documentation that you will need for re-registration:
- The application form (Form 25) accurately filled out.
- The registration certificate of the vehicle originally provided.
- Proof of payment of road tax. Submit the latest challan to show that there are no payment dues.
- An attested copy of the pollution control certificate and the two-wheeler insurance.
- Re-registration fee - The exact fee will differ from state to state.
- An attested copy of your PAN card. In case you do not have a PAN card, you can use Form 60 or Form 61 to declare that you do not have one.
Re-registering Your Two Wheeler in a Different State
If you have moved your two-wheeler to a different state, you will need to re-register your vehicle as all vehicles are registered with the respective state government. Here is a breakdown of the various documents you will need.
- A copy of the original registration certificate of the vehicle.
- Form 20, 27 and 28 accurately filled.
- Copy of proof of address in the new state which has been attested.
- An attested copy of the road tax payment challan, pollution control certificate and insurance validity.
- An attested copy of your PAN card. In case you do not have a PAN card, you can provide either Form 60 or Form 61.
- Payment of the applicable fee.
- Copy of Form 28 accurately filled to obtain a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).
Re-registering Your Two Wheeler Due to Change in Ownership
As mentioned earlier, you will need to re-register a two-wheeler if it has changed ownership. For example, if you purchase a second-hand two-wheeler, you will still need to re-register it in your name.
Here are the documents that you will require:
- The original certificate of registration. You must ensure that you receive this document from the previous owner.
- An attested copy of Form 29 that has been accurately filled.
- Two copies of Form 30 that have been accurately filled.
- An attested copy of your two-wheeler insurance, a certificate for pollution control and proof of address of the new owner.
- An attested copy of your PAN card.
- The required fee for re-registration due to transfer of ownership.
Please note that the form required to be filled and submitted depends on the purpose of your re-registration. There are different forms for each kind of re-registration. You should ensure that the correct form has been submitted, or else your application will be rejected.
Re-registering Your Vehicle in case of Address Change
If you change your residential address, then you'll need to re-register your vehicle to reflect this change.
Here are the documents that you'll need to produce:
- Form 33 that has been accurately filled.
- The original certificate of registration.
- An attested copy of proof of insurance and pollution control.
- An attested copy of proof of address.
- An attested copy of your PAN card.
- If you've financed your vehicle, then you'll need a No-Objection Certificate from your financier.
Completing these formalities may be a tiresome process. However, they are necessary to ensure your safety while driving. If you have any doubts regarding the process, you can visit vahan.nic.in to get the latest information. You can also check the website to find out the address of the nearest registration office.
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