RC stands for a registration certificate. It signifies that your vehicle is registered under the of Govt of India. No vehicle can be driven without an RC and things get tough if you have lost your RC. But before we tell you how to get a duplicate RC when your RC book lost, it’s important for you to know that your Registration Certificate has certain abbreviations and paperwork associated with it which you should be knowing about. So, here is what all those abbreviations and forms mean:
|TO||Transfer of Ownership|
|ALT||RC update on same ownership|
|Form 26||To apply for duplicate RC|
|Form 28||To take State/RTO NOC from registering authority.|
|Form 29||Intimation to RTO registered owner has sold his vehicle.|
|Form 30||Intimation to RTO to transfer the ownership|
|Form 35||Provided by financier to terminate HP from RC (In case of HP)|
You will find the following details on your Registration Certificate:
1. Registration Number
2. Registration Date
3. Ownership Serial
4. Chassis Number
5. Engine Number
6. Hypothecation Status
7. RC Chip
8. Vehicle Class
9. Customer Details
10. Car Details
11. RTO Details
12. Road Tax Details
Other than the case where you have lost your RC, there are some more scenarios where you would need to get a duplicate RC. We have listed them here for you:
In case you have lost your RC and are wondering how to get a duplicate RC offline, you need to submit an application at the nearest police station. To be precise, the police station of the area where you have lost the RC. You can also launch a FIR online. The purpose is to get a Missing Registration Certificate challan for the lost RC as the challan stands as a testimony of the car RC being lost. The Challan is issued free of cost but you might have to provide the basic details like:
If your vehicle is leased/ financed, you will need an NOC from the bank for the RTO. This is required because the RTO needs a proof for the status of hypothecation on the vehicle. Next, you need to submit the following to the RTO:
You just have to pay the duplicate RC fee that is not beyond INR 500 and the new RC is sent to your registered address in a few days.
Following are the steps on how to apply for duplicate RC online. It may be noted here that the online procedure is limited only till the application stage, after which a visit to the RTO can’t be avoided .
Here are the documents required for Duplicate Registration Certificate-
Application form 26 (in duplicate and one copy duly attested along with the endorsement from the financier of Hypothecated)
The aforementioned copies need to be attested by an MLA/Nigam Parshad/Gazetted officer/Public Notary. Once all the documents are recieved and verified successfully, the registering authority will issue a duplicate RC.
Sometimes on the name of duplicate RC, you might get a fake RC from the agents. There are ways you can identify if the Registration Certificate is original or fake. Here are a few ways to verify whether the RC is original:
Exception: If the same spelling mistake in name is present on both the RC and Vahan Check website, then you might not require a duplicate RC.
There is a huge difference between RC Renewal and obtaining a duplicate RC. As you must have figured out by now, a duplicate Registration Certificate is required in case of loss of the original copy. However, Renewal of registration of vehicle is required in case the original RC has expired.
For re-registration of vehicle or its RC renewal if it’s more than 15 years old:
For re-registration of vehicle or renewal of registration following inter-state transfer:
Most of the RTOs issue smart cards instead of paper based RC book. In case you have the old type of registration certificate, you can apply for Duplicate RC in a Smart Card format by filling RTO Form 26 in two copies with either of reasons as valid for request as applicable-
The procedure to converted RC book to RC Smart Card involves payment of a fee of roughly Rs 300, along with submission of the following documents –
So, the above guide should answer your question of how to get a duplicate RC in an event where your RC book lost. Also, in case your vehicle is turning old and you want to sell your car after getting the duplicate RC, CARS24 is here for you. We offer the best price and we also provide a simple hassle free way of to sell a car. Reach out to us at 1800-112233 for more 🙂