As a vehicle owner, you are bound to be absolutely careful about your vehicle’s health and maintenance. You will always timely take it for its maintenance check-ups, and ensure that your motor vehicle is mechanically fit and healthy. The way you are cautious and attentive towards your vehicle, the same way you should be mindful and protective of the vehicle’s documents. The vehicle’s documents, such as the registration certificate (RC), the Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC), the vehicle insurance card, fitness certificate, etc., are the official documents that certify the ownership and the health status of your vehicle. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, it is mandatory for all vehicle drivers to carry these documents with them when the vehicle is running. Failure to produce these documents can result in you making hefty e-challan online payment, and/or imprisonment, or in some cases, both. So, it is important that these documents are always present with the driver and are appropriately taken care of.
Having said that, due to some unforeseen circumstances, you may end up losing your vehicle’s registration certificate. Since it is a very important document that declares that the vehicle belongs to you, you must immediately gear into action and apply for a new RC. In this article, we tell you how to go about getting a new RC for your vehicle if you have lost it.
The first and foremost thing you need to do in order to get a duplicate registration certificate is to file a First Information Report (or an FIR) at your nearest police station. The FIR is lodged such that the government is notified of the loss and anyone who finds your registration certificate is unable to misuse it. Along with the FIR, you also need to submit an application detailing the loss and request for a duplicate copy of the RC. Once that is done, you need to take the copy of the FIR and the application and visit your respective zonal RTO. There, you need to submit both along with the following documents:
- Form 26
- In case the vehicle is leased or financed, A No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the financier
- Chassis imprint of the vehicle
- Insurance certificate
- Copy of the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate
- Tax payment details for the past 4 quarters
- Affidavit to confirm the loss of the registration certificate
- Valid ID proofs
- Passport sized photographs
Once you have the documents submitted, you will be asked to pay an RC renewal fee, and will be given a receipt certifying completion of payment. Once the RTO officials review your application and documents, you will receive a duplicate copy of your vehicle’s registration certificate. It is not just offline, but you can apply for a duplicate RC online on the Parivahan Sewa website. Whether you choose to do it online or offline, you can easily check RC status online on the government’s Parivahan Sewa portal. The process is more or less the same whether you have a private vehicle or a commercial one, the only difference being commercial vehicles applying for a duplicate RC are required to submit a challan clearance certificate and tax clearance certificate as well.