Namma Bengaluru is home to people from across the country. While a good number of people depend on public transport or company-arranged travel to commute around the city, there’s likely to be an equal number driving around in their own vehicles. Given the fact that Bangalore has a sizable migrant population, there are many vehicles from other states entering the city now and again.
Getting your own vehicle from your home state is perfectly all right, provided all your documents are in place, you get the vehicle re-registered in Karnataka and pay the prescribed tax.
The Karnataka Motor Vehicles Act 1957 makes it mandatory for all vehicle owners to change their address to a local address within 30 days from the day the vehicle enters a city, followed by a change in the registration number/number plate.
Procedure for re-registering a vehicle
Step one: In your home state
You will need to procure two documents from your home state, where your vehicle has been previously registered:
1) Police report from any police station at your hometown to authenticate your records.
2) No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the original Registered Transport Office (Transferor) in CMV Form 28.
Step Two: In Karnataka
Approach your area’s concerned Regional Transport Office (RTO) office. Here you are required to submit the following documents. Those items that are starred (*) are compulsory.
NOC in the CMV Form 28 or a postal acknowledgment that states that you have applied for the issue of NOC with the registering authority (in quadruplicate) *
CMV Form 27 – Application for Karnataka Registration Mark *
CMV Form 33 – Change of Address (will cost around Rs 300) *
KMV Form 27 – Intimation of Migration *
State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) report – can be obtained from 7th Floor, MS Building, KR Circle and costs about Rs 20 *
Tax card with proof of payment of tax
Vehicle Insurance Certificate
Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate
Consent of financier (if applicable)
Fitness Certificate and permit in case of transport vehicle
Purchase invoice (for RTO to arrive at tax amount) *
Three passport size photographs
ID Proof of applicant (Pan card/Voter ID card/Passport ID/Ration card) *
Present Address Proof (Rental agreement, Employee contract letter) *
Electricity or telephone bill of local premises
Self addressed postal envelope with adequate stampage (for RTO to mail documents)
Form KMV 14 – Payment of Tax (this will be given to you once you submit all the documents over the counter)
Demand Draft for tax amount to be paid in favour of Regional Transport Officer (Cash payment can be made for tax amount up to Rs 3000)
In case the vehicle has not been inspected earlier, the RTO may ask to produce it for inspection as well.
The forms above can be obtained from the RTO office or can be downloaded online free of cost. There are typically several shops near the RTO office which sell the form as well.
How long will the re-registration take?
The RTO website mentions that the new registration mark will be assigned on verification of application and documents and have stated that the documents will be delivered in two days time. A post on Quora.com on the re-registering process stated that it while the website stipulated two days for processing the documents, in reality it could take 15 to 20 days. In case the applicant does not receive the documents within that time, he could go to the RTO to figure out the status of application.
D R Prakash, a social service activist and member of Osborne Road Area Resident Welfare Association says that while the change in address takes place with immediate effect, the re-registration will happen only on receipt of COA (Confirmation of Authenticity) from the previous registering authority. Sometimes there is delay in the process, and this might take a few months, but it will not exceed 11 months.
He adds, “A vehicle can run for a maximum period of one year in another state with the old number, from the date of entry into the state. If COA is not obtained even within the stipulated period, the registration will stand invalid and vehicle will be liable for seizure.”
How much tax are you liable to pay?
For re-registration of your vehicle in the state that you migrate to, you need to pay Lifetime Tax. It is referred to as LTT as the life of a vehicle is considered to be 15 years. This was also earlier referred to as Road Tax in the late 1980s, where it was being collected once a year. The RTO found out that it was losing out on income as a result of tax evasion and implemented payment of tax at one shot in the form on Lifetime Tax.
D R Prakash, adds, “LTT is calculated on the basis of invoice value and age of the vehicle. In absence of the invoice, the current value of the vehicle is considered for deriving the quantum of tax. However, it is advisable to submit your invoice while paying LTT.”
As per Part A1 and A5 of CMV Act, the LTT tax is applicable as follows:
A vehicle is considered as new for first two years from the date of purchase mentioned in purchase invoice. The older the vehicle, the lesser the road tax one needs to pay, as the value of the vehicle depreciates.
Other payments applicable:
Payment of the tax must be made across the counter in cash and a receipt will be provided immediately. This is applicable for cases where the tax amount is below Rs 3,000. If the tax amount exceeds Rs 3000, a demand draft must be drawn in favour of the “Regional Transport Officer”.
For change of address within 30 days from the date of change in residence, the applicant is required to pay Rs. 20. In case of delay, Rs 100 needs to be paid.
Issue, renewal of RC or assignment of new registration mark costs Rs 60 for motorcycles and Rs 200 for light motor vehicles used for non-transport purposes.
In the State Budget for 2013 – 2014, provisions had been made to introduce an electronic payment facility in order for people to make the payment of tax and fees without visiting the Regional Transport Offices. This is yet to be implemented.
As per the State Budget for 2014-12014, amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, to prevent vehicles registered in other states, from plying in Karnataka without paying the LTT have also been suggested.
Obtaining a NOC from the previous RTO
To obtain an NOC from the previous registering authority (transferor), the applicant must apply with CMV Form 28 (in quadruplicate). The NOC must then be submitted at the RTO in Karnataka for re-registration.
If the previous registering authority fails to provide an NOC even after 30 days from the date of application, you can legally apply for a new registration number in Karnataka (the state that you have moved to). For this, you must provide a copy of the Form 28 that has been submitted with the previous registering authority, a postal acknowledgement of the same (For e.g. registered post receipt), and a declaration with the following statement, ‘The application for NOC has neither been rejected nor any reply received from the previous registering authority’. This needs to be submitted to the registering authority in Karnataka and signifies that the original authority has no problem with you applying for a new registration number.
Verification of documents
- The registered owner will be required to be present along with the vehicle at the time of inspection .
- The required documents are to be produced along with challans for verification in front of the Superintendent . These papers are required to be submitted at the inward counter and an acknowledgement can be obtained for the same.
- New registration number will sent by post
- New registration number or “Mark Card” will be issued by post. To get this applicants need to submit a self addressed, secured envelope (light green with cloth lining) with adequate stampage).
- Once the RTO office verifies the documents submitted, a new registration number will be issued in 15 days.
What if you are caught without re-registration?
When you are pulled up by the Traffic Enforcement Authority, you can show the acknowledgement issued by RTO; this will prove that you have applied for the registration.
If you have not applied for re-registration, you will be penalised as per the rule under Section 44 read with Section 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act, which states that failure to register the vehicle for more than 12 months, can lead to penalty of Rs 100 for the first offense and Rs 300 for the second and any subsequent offences. This is in addition to the tax that needs to have been paid from the vehicle’s time of entry, along with interest.
On receiving new registration number, you can apply for refund of Life Time Tax to the original RTO office in the state which you have migrated from. Here, the sooner you apply, the higher the refund you will get. The refund amount can be ascertained here.
For application of refunds from the Karnataka RTO, click here.
RTO office timings: 10 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5 pm
Cash transactions : Only between 10 am to 2:30 pm
A migrant from Gurgaon shares his experience of re-registering his bike in Bangalore on his blog.
A Chennai-ite shares the list of documents one needs to carry to re-registering a vehicle.