How to Transfer Ownership of Vehicle in Chennai

How To Transfer Ownership Of Vehicle in Chennai

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How To Transfer Ownership Of Vehicle in Chennai

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Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is among the biggest car markets in the Southern part of our country. And, as is the case with almost all other car bazaars, the market for used cars in Chennai is substantially larger than the new car market. This is not only due to the lower prices second-hand cars are sold at but also due to the lower rate of depreciation they experience. Hence, for many, it’s a wise move to pick up a used car instead of a new one but it’s often a tedious procedure to get the used car you’ve brought re-registered in your name.

Also read – Regional Transport Office

This is exactly where many used car buyers take the help of a middleman. However, in this post, we will detail the entire process of the car ownership transfer in Chennai. To begin with, one should submit all the documents required for the ownership transfer to the local RTO within 30 days of purchase. Also, in case the car is not originally registered in one of the Chennai RTOs, the new owner will have to obtain a NOC from the original RTO and then start the ownership transfer process.

Also Read – How to Transfer Ownership of Vehicle in Gurgaon

List of RTOs in Chennai

There are as many as 12 RTOs spread across Chennai. They are-

  • K.K. NAGAR RTO (TN-09)

Also read – RTO Forms List

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for Transfer Of Vehicle Ownership in Chennai

After you have purchased a used car, you can start the process of transfer of ownership at the RTO in your area within 30 days of date of purchase. The RC transfer process comprises many steps, viz-

Step 1 – Procurement of No Objection Certificate (NOC) From The Traffic Department: (Required if seller and buyer of used car reside in different RTO area)

There are pretty good chances that the second-hand car that you’ve brought in Chennai is not registered in the Tamil Nadu state. In such a case, as a new owner, one will be needed to get the car de-registered in its original RTO and then, follow the below process-

  • Obtain a NOC by submitting a duly-filled Form 28 to the original RTO.
  • Also, if the second-hand car you’ve bought is not registered in any of the RTOs of Chennai, you will have to get a Form 29 from the original RTO.

Also read – What is Form 28, 29, 30, 35 of RTO?

Step 2 – Visit RTO With Relevant Documents

Once the NOC has been obtained, the new owner can approach the RTO with the following documents-  

  • Form 28
  • Attested copy of the Registration Certificate
  • Proof of payment of the road tax (Only for commercial vehicles)
  • Valid insurance policy
  • Valid PUC
  • NOC from traffic police
  • Clearance from NCRB
  • NOC from the financing bank in case the car is under hypothecation

The new owner should film all the forms carefully and simply write ‘N/A’ in the non-applicable sections instead of leaving them blank.

Also Read – Car Hypothecation Removal Process

Step 3- Submission Of The Documents

The new owner of the used car should next submit all the above documents to the RTO and pay the required fee. Once the NOC is obtained from the original RTO, the new owner can start the procedure of re-registration at the new state.

Step 4 – Vehicle Re-Registration After Interstate Transfer: (Required if the vehicle is from different state)

Following are the documents required for re-registration:

  • Original RC from another state
  • Form 20
  • NOC from previous RTO
  • Form 27
  • Form 33
  • Attested copy of address proof
  • Attested copy of the valid driving license of car owner
  • Attested copy of PUC Certificate
  • PAN Card, Form 60, or Form 61
  • Passport-size photos of the applicant
  • Lending bank NOC if the vehicle is under a loan

After submitting the above documents, the newly issued registration number is allotted in a few weeks.

Step 5 – Payment Of Road Tax

If the used car is from a different state, the used car buyer needs to pay the road tax again, which is calculated based on the original invoice. The new owner will have to pay the road tax through a demand draft. Please note that the new owner can claim reimbursed of earlier road tax by submitting the follwing documents-

  • Application for road tax refund
  • Updated and signed Form 16, which is essentially the applicant’s salary certificate from the employer
  • Copy of the new registration certificate
  • Copy of the old registration certificate
  • Insurance policy with new registration number
  • Proof of ID
  • Address proof

The reimbursement is based ot the age of the vehicle.

Also Read – Guidelines to get NOC of the vehicle

Documents Required for Transfer of Vehicle Ownership in Chennai

Following are the documents required for transfer of vehicle ownership in Chennai–

  • Original RC 
  • 2 copy of  Form no.29
  • 2 copy of  Form no.30
  • Copy of valid insurance
  • 2 nos. of  address proof of buyer
  • Copy of valid pollution under control certificate
  • Copy of G.I.R./Pan no. or Form no. 60/Form no. 61 (in case of cars only)
  • Form 28 – NOC in case of vehicles from outside address proof PUC certificate, Insurance region/state certificate,
  • Registration Certificate,Tax Certificate) accompanied by prescribed fees.
  • Photo along with finger print of right hand thumb,certified by notary or gazetted officer.
  • In case of foreigners proof of legal presence in India as Valid Passport and Visa, registration and residential permit from police authority and proof of residence.

Also Read – What is the procedure to change vehicle ownership?


Q: How do you transfer car ownership in Chennai ?

A.: Following are the steps needs to be followed in Chennai for transfer of ownership of the car :
1) Take the printout of form 29 & 30 and get the signature of seller and buyer on it .
2) Arrange supporting documents like RC, insurance, PUC, address proof etc.
3) Deposit requisite Govt. fees for transfer of ownership at concerned RTO  
4) Submit the application form along  with supporting documents and fees deposit receipt
5) Process completion will take approx 15 days time.
6) After completion of the process , collect the physical copy of RC from the RTO.

Q: I have purchased a used car in Chennai. Its registered in Coimbatore . I live in Ambattur. Do I need NOC from Coimbatore RTO for this ?

A.: To transfer ownership of car in Chennai  which is originally registered in Coimbatore, NOC from Coimbatore RTO is required in the name of buyer.  

Q: I am selling my car which I bought after taking a loan from a bank. Is it mandatory to repay the loan fully before selling it?

A.: Yes, it is mandatory to repay the bank and get the hyphothecation
 removed from the RC before selling the car.

Q: To transfer ownership of car in Chennai which is originally registered in Coimbatore, NOC from Coimbatore RTO is required in the name of buyer?

A.: Physical presence of seller is not required at RTO for the transfer of ownership of vehicle. Physical presence is required only in case where signature of the seller mismatches with the signature sample in the RTO record.

The RC transfer process is definitely not an easy ask. No wonder then that many people pay for the services of a middleman to get the job done by paying him thousands of rupees. However, CARS24 not only offers you a fantastic online platform to sell your used car online and get the best price for it but also takes care of all the necessary documentation, including the ownership transfer, absolutely free of cost. You can use our used car valuation tool to find out the correct resale value of any car on sale in India.