How To Get Duplicate RC Book Online & Offline - 2024

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Updated on: 25th April, 2024 IST

How To Get Duplicate RC Book Online & Offline

If you ever went looking through your glove compartment in a panic, searching for your car's RC (Registration Certificate) only to come up empty, you're not alone. A lot of us have been there! A missing RC can cause a headache, but fear not! Getting a duplicate RC is easier than you might think. 

Whether your RC is lost, stolen, damaged, or simply worn out, this blog will show you exactly how to get a replacement duplicate RC online or offline. We'll cover everything you need to know, including the duplicate RC fees and documents required for duplicate RC. 

So, buckle up and get ready to learn how to get back on the road legally with a brand new duplicate RC!

What is a Duplicate RC Book and When and Why Would You Require One?

A Duplicate RC Book, also known as a Duplicate Registration Certificate, is an official document issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) that acts as an exact replica of your original RC Book. It serves as legal proof of your vehicle's ownership and registration. 

You'll need a duplicate RC Book if your original RC is:


  • If you've lost or misplaced your RC somewhere, a duplicate is essential to avoid penalties for not carrying the mandatory document while driving


  • If your RC has been stolen, report the theft to the police immediately and obtain a First Information Report (FIR) as a document for your duplicate application


  • If your RC is torn, faded, or illegible, a duplicate ensures you have a clear and valid document for official purposes


  • In case of fire, flood, or any other incident that destroys your RC, a duplicate is necessary to continue using your vehicle legally

How to Apply For a Duplicate RC Online?

The Indian government has streamlined the process of obtaining a duplicate RC by offering an online application system. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  • Step 1: Head to the Parivahan Sewa website
  • Step 2: Select your state and the RTO office where your car is registered

    Select your state and the RTO office where your car is registered

  • Step 3: Enter your car's registration number and other information (if prompted)

    Enter your car's registration number and other information

  • Step 4: Select the option that says "Issue of Duplicate RC" and click on it
  • Step 5: Fill out the application form with details like your car type, chassis number, and why you need a duplicate RC (lost, stolen, etc.)
  • Step 6: Scan and upload copies of the documents needed (details in the next section)
  • Step 7: Use a debit card, credit card, or net banking to pay the fee for the duplicate RC
  • Step 8: You'll receive a confirmation with a tracking number to monitor the application status online
  • Step 9: In some cases, you might be able to download a soft copy of your duplicate RC after approval

Documents Required for Issuing Duplicate RC Online

According to The Motor Vehicles Act 1988 (Section 41 of Chapter IV) and The Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 (Rule 53), here are the documents that you need for a duplicate RC: 

  • Application in Form 26

    Form 26

  • FIR (if applicable) in case of a stolen RC, a copy of the FIR filed at the police station is mandatory
  • Pollution under control certificate
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Proof of Identity (any of the following: Aadhar Card, Voter ID card, Driving License, or Passport)
  • Proof of Address (any one of the following: Utility bill like electricity, water, or telephone, bank statement, or residence proof issued by a government authority
  • *Valid insurance certificate
  • *Proof of address
  • *Challan clearance from traffic police & Enforcement wing Transport Department in commercial vehicles
  • *Tax clearance from Accounts Department in commercial vehicles
  • *Attested copy of PAN Card or Form 60 & Form 61 (as applicable)
  • *Chassis & Engine Pencil Print 
  • *Signature Identification of owner 
  • *Affidavit stating that RC is lost and has not been impounded 

Please note that the documents marked with asterisk (*) may be required in some states.

How to Apply For a Duplicate RC Offline?

To begin the process of applying for a duplicate RC offline, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: In case of a lost or stolen RC, visit the nearest police station and file an F.I.R.
  • Step 2: Provide all essential details of the vehicle, including its model, make, colour, chassis number, registration number, and the owner's information
  • Step 3: Obtain a notarised affidavit on a stamp paper worth ₹20, confirming the loss of the RC
  • Step 4: Once the F.I.R is lodged, take a copy of the complaint to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) where the vehicle was initially registered
  • Step 5: Submit this copy of the police complaint at the RTO office
  • Step 6: Download Form 26 from the official RTO website and complete it with accurate information
  • Step 7: Attach a passport-sized photograph to the form
  • Step 8: Gather all necessary documents, including Form 26, the original notarised affidavit, F.I.R in case of RC loss, insurance certificate, NOC from the bank (if applicable), PUC certificate, and address proof of the owner
  • Step 9: Proceed to the RTO and submit these documents along with the application fees for the duplicate RC
  • Step 10: Obtain an acknowledgement receipt for tracking the status of the duplicate RC application

Documents Required for Issuing a Duplicate RC Offline

Here are the documents you would need to get a duplicate RC: 

  • Form 26 for the application for duplicate RC
  • NOC from your financier (if any)
  • Original “Registration certificate,” in case of damage
  • Affidavit specifying the loss of the RC
  • Insurance policy certificate
  • PUC certificate
  • Fitness certificate (for transport vehicles)
  • Passport size photographs
  • F.I.R (if the RC is lost)
  • Address proof of the vehicle owner

Duplicate RC Fee Structure

According to the Motor Vehicle Act, Rule Number 53(2), here is the fee structure for a duplicate RC:

Vehicle TypeFee for Duplicate RC
Invalid Carriage₹25
Non-Transport Light Motor Vehicle₹300
Transport Light Motor Vehicle₹500
Medium Goods Vehicle₹500
Medium Passenger Motor Vehicle₹500
Heavy Goods Vehicle₹750
Heavy Passenger Vehicle₹750
Imported Motor Vehicle₹2,500
Imported Motorcycle₹1,250
Other Types Of Vehicle₹1,500

How to Track the Status of a Duplicate Registration Certificate?

Here's how you can track the status of a duplicate Registration Certificate: 

  • Step 1: Visit the official Parivahan official website
  • Step 2: Go to the “Online Services” section and select “Vehicle-Related Services”
  • Step 3: Choose your State from the drop-down menu under the “Select State” section 
  • Step 4: Select your “RTO”
  • Step 5: Click “Proceed”
  • Step 6: Now, select the “Status” tab
  • Step 7: Type your application number and press the “Submit” button
  • On your screen, you’ll see your vehicle ownership transfer status and other data.

Difference Between RC Renewal and Duplicate RC

When it comes to the difference between RC Renewal and Duplicate RC, the answer is in the question itself. If your RC is past its official duration, you need to renew it as soon as possible. However, if your RC is damaged, lost, stolen, or misplaced, you need to get a duplicate RC using the methods highlighted above.

Problems in Getting a Duplicate RC

While obtaining a duplicate RC online or offline can be a relatively smooth process, there can be a few bumps in the road. Let's take a look at some of the challenges you might face:

Incomplete Documents

  • Missing any required documents can delay your application processing
  • Ensure you have everything on the list provided by your RTO

Verification Issues

  • In some cases, there might be discrepancies between your application details and the RTO records
  • This could be due to typos, missing information, or ownership changes not reflected in the system
  • Be prepared to clarify any discrepancies and provide additional documents if needed

Network Issues During Online Applications

  • If you're applying online, technical glitches or slow internet connectivity can disrupt the process
  • Ensure you have a stable internet connection and double-check your application details before submitting

High Demand and Backlogs

  • During peak seasons, RTOs might experience higher application volumes, leading to processing delays
  • Submitting your application well in advance can help minimise wait times.

Disclaimer: Remember, if you encounter any issues, don't hesitate to contact your local RTO for assistance. They can guide you through any specific requirements or troubleshooting steps based on your situation.

Processing Time to Get a Duplicate RC

The processing time to get a duplicate RC depends on several factors. However, in most cases, you should be able to get your duplicate RC between 2 weeks and 1 month. 

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The Bottom Line

In conclusion, navigating the process of obtaining a duplicate RC doesn't have to be daunting. Whether you opt for the convenience of online application or the traditional offline route, the steps are clear and manageable. Remember to gather all necessary documents and follow the outlined procedures diligently to ensure a smooth experience.

Despite potential challenges like incomplete paperwork or verification issues, staying proactive and seeking assistance from your local RTO can help resolve any hurdles along the way. With a bit of patience and preparation, you'll soon have your brand new duplicate RC in hand, ready to hit the road with confidence. So, don't let the fear of paperwork hold you back – you've got this!


Q. How much does it cost to obtain a duplicate RC?

The cost of obtaining a duplicate RC varies depending on the type of vehicle, ranging from ₹25 to ₹2,500.

Q. How long does it take to receive a duplicate RC?

Typically, it takes between 2 weeks to 1 month to receive a duplicate RC after the application is processed.

Q. How can I get a duplicate RC from parivahan?

To get a duplicate RC from Parivahan, visit their website, select your state and RTO office, fill out the application form, upload required documents, pay the fee, and track your application status.

Q. How to apply for a duplicate RC if the original RC is lost or stolen?

If the original RC is lost or stolen, file an FIR at the nearest police station, obtain a notarised affidavit confirming the loss, submit the necessary documents including Form 26 and FIR copy to the RTO, and pay the application fee.

Q. Can I obtain a duplicate RC for a vehicle that is still under a loan or lease?

Yes, you can obtain a duplicate RC for a vehicle under a loan or lease by following the same process, but you might need a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the financier.

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