How to Register Your New Car by Yourself?

ByTeam Ackodrive2, Jun, 2021
Registration is the first thing you need to do when you buy a new car. Typically, the car dealer or an agent will register the vehicle at the RTO (Regional Transport Office) on your behalf, but you might have to shell out an additional service charge. If you are not willing to spend that extra money, the obvious question on your mind would be, how to register your new car by yourself? Read ahead as this article covers all the steps involved in registering a new car.
How to Register Your New Car by Yourself?

How to Register Your New Car?

Before you initiate the registration process, there are a few documents that you need to collect from your car dealer. Without those documents, you cannot approach the RTO to register your new car. Below is the list of documents you need to collect from the car showroom.

Documents to be Collected from the Car Dealer

  • Original Invoice (Retail invoice and Manufacturer invoice)
  • Car insurance policy document issued by the dealer
  • Sale certificate (Form 21)
  • PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificate (Form 22)
  • Temporary registration number
  • Form 34 to add details about loan hypothecation (If applicable)
After collecting the above documents from the car showroom, you can go ahead with the registration. But you need to carry a few more documents to register your new car at the RTO. Below are the additional documents you need to submit to initiate the car registration process.

Additional Documents to be Submitted at the RTO

  • Car registration application (Form 20)
  • Identity proof (Driving licence, Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter ID, etc.)
  • Address proof (Aadhar card, Passport, Voter ID, Ration card, utility bill, rental agreement, etc.)
  • Photographs
  • Sales tax clearance certificate (Only if the vehicle is bought in one state and registered in another state)
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate) issued by the RTO and car dealer (Only if the vehicle is registered in another state)
Note: The list of required documents may vary from one state to another.

Car Registration Fees

Once you have a clear idea about the required documents, you need to know about the vehicle registration charges. You have to pay certain fees at the RTO during the time of registration. Apart from the road tax, the rest of the charges are almost standard across the country. Below are the fee details you need to know to register your new car.
  • Road Tax: It is one of the crucial aspects of the car registration process. Road tax accounts for the chunk of the fee you need to pay while registering your car. The road tax charges differ from one state to another. If your car dealer has already charged you for the payment of road tax, do collect the receipt for the correct tax amount. You have to submit the road tax payment receipt to the RTO along with other documents.
  • Registration Fee: The registration fee for new cars varies depending on the value of the vehicle. The registration charges may also vary depending on the state/city in which you are registering the vehicle. In simple words, the higher the value of the car, the higher the registration fee.
  • Hypothecation Fee: The hypothecation charge only applies if you have taken a loan to purchase your new car. RTO may collect some additional charges to process the hypothecation. For the exact fee structure, you can contact your respective RTO.
Note: Apart from the fees and charges mentioned above, there might be some additional charges related to the registration process. You can check the registration fee structure by visiting the RTO website or contacting an official at the RTO.

New Car Registration Process

Once you are ready with all the required documents and are aware of the registration charges, you can visit the RTO office and initiate the car registration process. Make sure that you carry photocopies of the documents to avoid any inconvenience. Follow the steps below to register your new vehicle.
  • Visit the RTO office with all the documents and duly filled and signed forms. Also, you need to have a demand draft if you are paying the road tax.
  • Submit the vehicle registration form and other documents. Pay the registration fee and other charges at respective counters.
  • RTO may take 2-3 days (depends on the state/city) to process the documents.
  • After the documentation process is complete, you will receive the vehicle registration number.
  • Collect all the registration-related documents from the RTO (Registration certificate/Smart card).
The process of new car registration is simple and straightforward, provided you have all the necessary documents. Each RTO will have a set of guidelines for registering a new vehicle. Do go through the guidelines before visiting the RTO. Make sure that you collect all the documents from the car dealer as soon as you get the delivery of your new vehicle. With proper documentation, you will have a hassle-free experience when registering your car.


You need not depend on your car dealer or any agent to register your new car. Registering a vehicle is a hassle-free process, provided you are well aware of the documentation and procedure before visiting the RTO. You can also visit the RTO website for all the information related to vehicle registration. With proper knowledge of documentation, the registration of a new car can be hassle-free and simple.

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How to Register Your New Car by Yourself?

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers related to new car registration.
Why do I need a temporary registration number before registering my car?
A temporary registration number is required if the vehicle has not been assigned with a permanent registr
ation number. A temporary registration number is valid for a month, and it can be used to identify your new car until it’s registered.
Does a car dealer collect additional charges for registering my new car?
Yes, most car dealers collect extra charges for registering your new car. You can ask for proper receipts for the RTO
-related payments to avoid any extra charges.
How many days will it take to get my car registration number?
The timeline for getting your car registration number depends on the state/city in which you are registering the car. Typically, an RTO may take around 2-3 days to issue the permanent registration number. The timeline may extend up to a week if there is a long waiting list of vehicles.
Can I pay the road
tax while registering the car, or will the car showroom do it for me?
You can pay the road tax when you are registering the car at the RTO. If the car dealer has already paid the road tax, do collect the proper receipt. You have to submit the receipt along with other documents during the registration process.
Where can I find the details about registration charges?
You can visit the RTO website for a detailed list of fees for registering a car. Alternatively, you can also visit the RTO and get in touch with an official to find out the registration fee and other charges.