How to Get a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate For Your Vehicle

Rahul Jha
Rahul Jha

Updated on: 5th March, 2024 IST

how to Get a PUC Certificate for your Vehicle

If you own a vehicle in India, you've probably heard about the importance of acquiring a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate in India. Why is it important? Because vehicular pollution contributes to 20-30% of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 in India. But what exactly is a PUC certificate, and how do you obtain it? 

In this blog, we will explain the significance of a PUC certificate, the simple steps to acquire it, either online or offline, the associated fees (PUC charges), how to check the status of your application and more. 

We'll also take you through the process of checking the validity of your PUC certificate and the importance of complying with pollution control regulations. By the end of this blog, you'll be well-versed in this essential aspect of owning a vehicle in India.

What is a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate?

This official document is like a badge of honour, confirming that your vehicle's emissions are under check to combat air pollution.

PUC Certificates are issued by licensed emission testing centres spread across the country. These testing centres conduct a thorough examination of your vehicle's exhaust gases and summarise the results in your pollution certificate.

Also Read : How to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

How to Get a PUC Certificate Offline & Online

Let's explore hassle-free ways to obtain your PUC Certificate. You've got two options: going offline or getting it online.

Offline Method

  • Drive to the nearest emission testing centre, often found at petrol stations 
  • A technician will connect a device to your vehicle's exhaust pipe to measure emissions
  • If your vehicle's emissions are within the limits, you'll receive your PUC certificate right there with the emission levels, testing date, and the next due date mentioned on it

Online Method

  • Visit the Parivahan website

    Visit the Parivahan website
  • Scroll down till you see the section with 'Other Products & Services' and click on the 'PUCC' tab

    How to Get a PUC Certificate
  • Once you click on the 'PUCC' tab, you'll be redirected to this webpage, where you have to click on the 'PUC Certificate' tab at the top right corner

    How to Get a PUC Certificate
  • Now you have to enter your vehicle registration number, the last five digits of the chassis number, and the verification code

    How to Get a PUC Certificate
  • Once done, click on the button that says, 'PUC Details'
  • Now you can download, check the status, and/or print your PUC Certificate

Please note that you can only obtain a PUC Certificate online if you already have an active one, but you can't use this method to renew or apply for a brand-new pollution certificate.

Also Read : RTO Form 28, 29, 30, and 35 — What Are They and How Are They Used

How to Check the Application Status for Your PUC Certificate Online?

Now that you know how to apply for a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate online, it's time for us to learn how to track its status.

Here's how you can check the application status for your PUC Certificate online:

  • Step 1: Visit the Parivahan Sewa website
  • Step 2: Choose your preferred language
  • Step 3: Select the "PUC Certificate" option
  • Step 4: This will direct you to the PUC certificate application status page
  • Step 5: Enter your vehicle's registration number or the last five digits of its chassis number
  • Step 6: Enter the captcha code displayed on the screen
  • Step 7: Click on "View Application Details" to get the current status of your PUC application

Possible PUC Statuses:

  • Application Submitted: You get this status when you application has been received and is pending approval
  • Forwarded to Concerned RTO: You get this status when your application has been sent to the relevant Regional Transport Office (RTO) for processing
  • Certificate Issued: You get this status when your PUC certificate has been issued and can be downloaded
  • Application Rejected: You get this status when your application has been rejected

Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate Charges

Let's talk about the costs of getting your Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate, which can vary depending on your vehicle and where you are in India. 

For two-wheeler owners, the cost of a PUC certificate usually ranges between ₹60-₹100, and it remains valid for one year for a new two-wheeler and six months for an older one. 

On the other hand, four-wheeler owners can expect to pay around ₹100-₹200 for their PUC certificate, which also has a validity of one year for a new four-wheeler and six months for an older vehicle.

Remember, these charges are subject to change based on the type of fuel your vehicle uses and can also differ from state to state. So, it's always a good idea to check the specific rates in your area to ensure you're paying the right amount.

Penalty for Driving Without a Valid PUC Certificate

In India, a PUC Certificate is a legal requirement, and not having one can result in fines. For example, if you're driving without a PUC Certificate in Delhi, you could face up to three months in jail, a hefty fine of ₹10,000, or both. It's important to remember that these penalties might differ from one state to another.

The Bottom Line 

India is home to 11 out of the 15 most polluted cities in Central and South Asia. The major culprits behind this air pollution crisis are vehicle emissions, industrial pollutants, stubble burning and construction dust.

To address these pressing issues, it's important for every vehicle owner to play their part. Obtaining a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate is a simple yet impactful step towards a cleaner environment and compliance with regulations. 

Whether you choose the offline or online route, the process is quick and convenient, and the associated fees are a small investment in the pursuit of cleaner air and a greener, healthier future for all.


Q. Do I need to obtain a pollution certificate for a new car?

Yes, even new cars require a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate in India. When you buy a new car, your PUC certificate is automatically valid for one year. 

Q. Can you renew your PUC Certificate online?

Yes, you can renew your PUC Certificate online as long as you already have an active one. However, if your PUC Certificate has expired, you have to go to your nearest testing centre to get a new certificate.

Q. How long is your PUC Certificate valid?

For new vehicles, the PUC Certificate is valid for one year, while for older vehicles, it's valid for six months or one year, depending on the age of the vehicle.

Q. Should I carry the PUC Certificate while driving the vehicle?

Yes, it's essential to carry your PUC Certificate while driving as it serves as proof of your vehicle's compliance with pollution standards.

Q. Can I get the PUC Certificate for my vehicle in another state?

Yes, you can obtain a PUC Certificate in another state.

Q. Is the Pollution Under Control Certificate valid all over India?

Yes, the PUC Certificate is valid throughout India, ensuring consistent emission standards compliance.

Q. Is there a late fee for renewing an expired PUC Certificate?

There is no late fee for renewing an expired PUC Certificate.

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