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Why Is Vehicle Ownership Transfer Important And How Is It Done?

02 May 2024
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If you sell your car,  it is mandatory to get the ownership of vehicle transferred to the name of the buyer. Vehicle ownership transfer which is generally called the

RC transfer

is important because it ensures that the vehicle and all legal liabilities related to it are transferred to the buyer. If you are wondering, what needs to be done for the transfer of vehicle ownership, all it takes is an application to the concerned regional transport office (RTO).  Let's take an in-depth look at how to transfer car ownership. Here, we will be covering the following topics:

  • How to change ownership of a car?
  • What is RC transfer?
  • What are the documents required for RC transfer?
  • How to transfer vehicle registration?
  • How to check transfer status at the RTO?

See Also: What to do if you have lost your RC?

What is the process of RC transfer?

After selling your car, you have to apply for the RC transfer within 14 days of the

sale of the vehicle

. As mentioned earlier, you have to intimate the RTO and apply for the vehicle ownership transfer. There will be a set of documents that will come in handy for the entire transfer to happen. They are mentioned below:

Documents required to transfer vehicle ownership

As per the official RTO vehicle transfer procedure, the following documents will be required:

  • RC: The original registration certificate of the seller needs to be submitted to the RTO
  • Form 29 (Notice form to change ownership of a vehicle): Form 29 needs to be submitted along with passport size photograph of the seller and the buyer. The form should also be duly signed. Download RTO Form 29 here.
  • Form 30 (report of transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle): Form 30 needs to be submitted along with passport size photograph of the seller and the buyer. The form should be duly signed. Download RTO Form 30 here.
  • Form 28 (no objection certificate): It is required in case the vehicle has to be transferred to the RTO other than the one where the vehicle was registered. This form might not be required if the vehicle is being transferred from one city to another within a state. But, in some states like Maharashtra, it is mandatory.

Also Read - RTO Code of Union Territories

So, the usage of Form 28 when the vehicle is transferred in the same state varies from city to city. However, for the inter-state transfers, Form 28 is mandatory. Download RTO Form 28 here.

  • Residential Proof: An address proof (voter card/ passport/ telephone/electricity bill/ Ration card) is mandatory. You have to also attach two self-attested copies of the address proof.
  • Report of N.C.R.B:  It is mandatory to get NCRB report if your vehicle was involved in any anti-social activity. You can get it from the nearest NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) office
  • Insurance: You need to have a valid insurance certificate
  • PUC: You need to have the photocopy of a valid pollution certificate. You have to renew the PUC in every 12 months for the cars made after April 2010 but vehicles made before that have to renew the PUC every 3 months.
  • Transfer fee - Each RTO charges some fee for the transfer of the vehicle. It includes a fraction of the service charge and the transfer fee.

Also Read - Steps to RTO Hypothecation Removal from RC after Car Loan Closure

Generally, it is around Rs.300 for cars. If you choose to get your work done by an agent, they will charge you hefty amounts.

Ownership Transfer of vehicle

In case you want to sell your car and have queries about the documents required, you can find the details about

all the documents required to sell a car here.

How much time does RC transfer take?

Some RTOs claim that transfer of vehicle ownership takes place in 7 days, but the usual turn around time for the RC transfer is 21 to 30 days and it varies from RTO to RTO.

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Driving Licence Form List

How can you check your RC transfer status

Once you sell your car, it is important to find out if the RC has been transferred or not since legally you are still liable for the vehicle.

Vahan check can tell you about the ownership transfer. You can have this check done by two sources - Website & SMS Also Read - How to Get NOC from RTO – Step-by-Step Guidelines Check Your Vehicle Ownership Transfer Status Online

Usually, car registration number and chassis number are required while checking the RC transfer status online. Although required fields and vehicle details received might vary from state to state.

You can check your RC transfer status on Parivahan website by GOI

Check how you can transfer ownership of vehicle in different cities:

When you buy a

second hand car

, there are certain elements that needs to be taken care of from you. The transfer of ownership of vehicle is a specific process which involves transfer of vehicle ownership and transfer of insurance policy while intimating the RTO about the same. Know in detail about car ownership transfer in various cities:

You can also check the pending traffic challan on your vehicle from the traffic police website

 Check Your Vehicle Ownership Transfer Status On Phone Via SMS

In case vahan site is not working, alternate method to check vehicle details including hypothecation status is by SMS

  • The number for the service is 7738299899
  • The format for the SMS is 'vahan' followed by the registered number of the vehicle. e.g. vahan DL0CAB1234. This service will notify you about the RC transfer status and status of hypothecation on the vehicle

Also read - How to Check Your Driving Licence (DL) Status Online? vehicle ownership transfer by cars24

CARS24 RC Transfer Advantage:

Getting your

RC transferred

is quite a task because of the numerous follow-ups and you would need to pay agents to get this done. However, if you sell your car to CARS24, you get the best price for your car and all the documentation including the ownership transfer is

taken care of by us

. We hope you enjoyed reading about vehicle ownership transfer. Let us know in the comments section if you want any other information on selling cars and we will bring it to you.

Also read - Driving Licence (DL) Online Form

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