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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
As mentioned above, applicants for a NOC have to attach some documentation when submitting Form 28. Here are the documents required:
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.
If you are about to take a vehicle from one state to another, here are the documents required for re-registering it:
Once these documents are submitted to the RTO, a new registration number will be issued to the vehicle in a couple of weeks.
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: