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How to Obtain a NOC from a RTO: A Step-by-Step Guide

What is a NOC for Vehicles?

A NOC or No Objection Certificate is a legal document that acts as permission for a concerned vehicle to be released from its current jurisdiction authority. NOCs are issued by the Regional Transport Office or RTO from where the vehicle was originally registered. A NOC ensures that a vehicle’s registration is cleared from its initial jurisdiction and is open to be registered at any other RTO in the country. The NOC also acts as proof of clearance of all liabilities such as taxes, Challan’s, and other dues.

When is a NOC Required?

According to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, anyone looking to relocate or sell their vehicle from one state/Union Territory to another, must have a valid No Objection Certificate prepared. Here are some of the cases where a NOC is required:

Transfer of Ownership

  • Purchase or sale of a vehicle.
  • Death of vehicle owner.
  • Auction of a vehicle.

If the buyer of a vehicle in these above-mentioned cases resides in a different RTO from the one in which the vehicle was registered, they must obtain a NOC from the RTO under their jurisdiction.

Re-Registration of Vehicle

  • Registration from one state to another.
  • Registration from one Union Territory to another.

Vehicle owners can even prepare No Objection Certificates when changing their address from one RTO to another while still in the same jurisdiction. This is not commonly done as it is not mandatory, but it is a great way to keep all vehicle documents updated. If a vehicle owner is travelling to another state but spending less than 3 months in the state, a NOC does not have to be obtained. If the duration of the stay is longer than 3 months, however, a NOC has to be obtained from the RTO in the jurisdiction.

How to Apply for a NOC from a RTO?

Here are some easy-to-follow steps for anyone to obtain a No Objection Certificate from a RTO:

Step 1 – The owner of the vehicle has to visit the RTO where the vehicle was initially registered.

Step 2 – Request for Form 28 which is the NOC Application Form as per the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 (Chapter IV, Section 48).

Step 3 – After filling Form 28 correctly, submit it with all the requested documentation at the RTO.

Step 4 – Pay the fees for the NOC. Fees for a NOC are specified in Rule 81 of the Central Motor Vehicle (CMV) Rules of 1989.

Step 5 – Complete all payments that may be pending against the vehicle including taxes, Challan’s, and EMI’s.

Step 6 – After submission, the RTO will complete verification to ensure that no dues are pending and will check with police to see if the vehicle was involved in an illegal activities.

Step 7 – If the verification comes back without any issues, the RTO will approve the NOC.

The entire application process for a No Objection Certificate takes about 3 working days from the date of application.

Documents Required for a NOC

As mentioned above, applicants for a NOC have to attach some documentation when submitting Form 28. Here are the documents required:

  • Original and attested copy of the vehicle’s Registration Certificate (RC).
  • Attested copy of the vehicle’s Insurance Policy.
  • Up-to-date receipts for tax payments.
  • Printed copy of the vehicle’s chassis and engine numbers.
  • A valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.
  • Signature of vehicle owner.
  • Address and photo identity proof of vehicle owner.

Validity of a NOC

A No Objection Certificate is valid for a maximum of 6 (six) months. Once the certificate is obtained, the vehicle has to be re-registered in the new jurisdiction RTO within those 6 months. If it is not done within that time, the document becomes invalid and a fresh application has to be made. It is the same with the buyer as in they have to obtain a NOC from the RTO in their jurisdiction and register the vehicle under the same before the 6 months are over.

Documents Required for Re-Registering a Vehicle (Interstate)

If you are about to take a vehicle from one state to another, here are the documents required for re-registering it:

  • Original Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle.
  • 3 (Three) copies of Form 28/NOC issued by RTO in previous state.
  • Form 20 – application form for registration of vehicle.
  • Form 27 – application form for assignment of new registration mark to the vehicle.
  • Attested copy of Address Proof.
  • Attested copy of a valid Insurance.
  • Attested copy of a PUC or Pollution Under Control certificate.
  • Form 60 and 61 or copy of PAN Card.

Once these documents are submitted to the RTO, a new registration number will be issued to the vehicle in a couple of weeks.

Can a NOC be Obtained Online?

While online NOCs have not been enabled by all states in India, many do offer the service through the Parivahan portal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website. If your state enables online NOC applications, here is the procedure to do so:

  • Hover over the “Online Services” and select “Vehicle Related Services”.
  • Select the State where you wish to re-register the vehicle.
  • Enter the RTO under your jurisdiction.
  • On the next page, select “Application for No Objection Certificate”.
  • Enter the Vehicle Registration No. and Chassis Number (Last 5 characters).
  • Click on “Verify Details”.
  • Check all the details and proceed to fill in all the details.
  • Upload all documents requested.
  • Pay the required fees for NOC application.
  • Once the payment is complete, save and print the application form and the receipt.
  • Submit the application form and the receipt when you visit the RTO in-person.

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