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Karnataka RTO

The Transport Department of Karnataka implements the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Rules and collection of tax.

The main responsibility of the Transport Department of Karnataka is enforcement of the provisions of regulation of Motor Vehicles Act in the State, the collection of tax on Motor Vehicles, Road Safety, Control of Air and Noise pollution as per the various provisions of the following acts and rules:

  • The Motor Vehicles Act 1988 (Central Act 59 of 1988)
  • Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989
  • The Karnataka Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989
  • The Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation Act 1957 (Karnataka Act 35 of 1957)
  • The Karnataka Motor Vehicles Taxation Rules, 1957

Functions of Karnataka Transport Department

The Karnataka Transport Department is mainly involved in the following functions and duties:

1. Registration of Motor Vehicle -

a. Temporary Registration

b. Issuance & Renewal of Trade Certificate

c. Registration of New Vehicle and providing B- register extract (Registration Details)

d. Noting change of address

e. Transfer of ownership of vehicles

f. Re-registration of vehicle

g. Renewal of registration certificate of non-transport vehicle (personal vehicles like motorcycles, cars, jeeps etc.)

h. Renewal of fitness certificate for transport vehicles

i. Noting and terminating hypothecation / hire purchase/lease agreement

j. Providing Clearance and no objection certificate

k. Duplicate registration certificate

l. Fresh registration certificate

m. Alteration / conversion

n. Refund of life time tax

o. Surrender and release of vehicle records

p. RC Cancellation and Scrap

2. Issue of driving and conductor licenses – Issuance of learner license and driving license. Issuance of duplicate and renewal of driving license and international driving permit. Issuance and renewal of conductor license.

3. Issue of permits for goods and Passenger vehicles - Issuance of permits to Autorickshaw, Cabs - Luxury Cabs, Maxi Cab, Radio Cabs, City Cabs, Prepaid Taxi. Issuance of Temporary Permit. And also to Private Service Vehicles, Education Institution Buses, Goods Carriage Permit, etc.

4. Collection of Motor vehicle taxes - Collection of various tax - Quarterly, Life time, Green Tax, Composite Tax, Border Tax, etc. Looking into Tax Exemptions matters.

5. Enforcement of Motor Vehicle Acts and Rules – To ensure that the provisions under the Motor Vehicles Act is enforced.

6. Road safety measures – Enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.

7. Vehicular pollution control measures – Checking noise and air pollution. Enforcing rules and regulation to maintain the same.

Contact Details of Karnataka RTO

Address: Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety , 1st Floor, 'A' Block, TTMC. Building, Shantinagar, Bengaluru-560027

Phone: 080-22210994

Fax: 080-22235804


Karnataka RTO Codes with Office Locations

RTO LocationsRTO CodeRTO LocationsRTO Code
Rajajinagar, BangaloreKA02HospetKA35
Indiranagar, BangaloreKA03RaichurKA36
Yeshwanthpur, BangaloreKA04KoppalKA37
Jayanagar, BangaloreKA05BidarKA38
Kolar Gold FieldsKA08KengeriKA41
MysoreKA09Ramanagar, BangaloreKA42
ChamrajnagarKA10Devanahalli, BangaloreKA43
MandyaKA11Tiptur, Tumkur districtKA44
MadikeriKA12Hunsur, Mysore DistrictKA45
HassanKA13Sakleshpur, Hassan DistrictKA46
ShimogaKA14Honnavar, Uttarakannada DistrictKA47
SagarKA15Jamkhandi, Bagalkote DistrictKA48
ChitradurgaKA16Gokak, Belguam DistrictKA49
DavangereKA17Yelhanka, BangaloreKA50
ChickmagalurKA18Banneraghatta, BangaloreKA51
MangaloreKA19Nelamangala, Bangalore DistrictKA52
UdupiKA20K.R.Puram, BangaloreKA53
PutturKA21Nagamangala, Mandya DistrictKA54
BailhongalKA24Shantinagar, BangaloreKA57
GadagKA26Chamrajpet, Bengaluru Dist - 560019KA59
HaveriKA27R.T. Nagar, Bengaluru DistrictKA60
BagalkotKA29Surathkal, MangaluruKA62
KarwarKA30Hubballi - 580026KA63
SirsiKA31Madhugiri, Tumakuru District - 572132KA64
KalaburagiKA32Dandeli - 581325KA65
YadgirKA33Tarikere, Chikkamagaluru DistrictKA66

Vehicle Registration Process in Karnataka

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 prohibits an individual from driving a motor vehicle in Karnataka without a valid vehicle registration. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for a vehicle owner to register his vehicle at the Karnataka RTO to freely drive in the state.

Vehicle Registration Process in Karnataka

  • PUC certificate
  • Sales certificate in Form 21
  • Roadworthiness certificate Form 22
  • Age and address proof documents
  • Copy of design approval by State Transport Commissioner for semi-trailer or trailer vehicles
  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • Applicable application fees
  • Passport size photographs
  • Road tax
  • Customs clearance certificate in case of registration of an imported vehicle
  • In the case of loan hypothecation, Form 34 is to be filled and submitted
  • Invoice of the vehicle
  • Temporary registration number

The vehicle registration number is allotted by the Karnataka RTO on submission of the above documents. The vehicle number is electronically generated on the basis of the ongoing series at RTO Karnataka. Karnataka RTO also keeps a few numbers aside for individuals looking to obtain a fancy number for their vehicle. A fancy number is allotted through an auction. The highest bidder receives the desired number. Once the vehicle is registered with the Karnataka RTO, a registration certificate is sent to the vehicle owners registered address via speed post.

Transfer of Ownership of Vehicle at Karnataka RTO

If a vehicle owner in Karnataka wishes to transfer the ownership of his vehicle legally to another person, then he will have to visit the Karnataka RTO and do the following:

  • Vehicle transfer application in Form 29 and Form 30
  • Form 31, in case of vehicle transfer due to inheritance
  • Form 32, in case of vehicle transfer through a public auction
  • Original copy of vehicle chassis number
  • An affidavit stating the sale and purchase of the vehicle has to be submitted
  • If the vehicle ownership is transferred from another state, NOC has to be obtained from the original registering authority
  • NOC has to be obtained from financer if the owner has purchased the vehicle on loan
  • Registration certificate
  • PUC certificate
  • Age and address proof documents
  • Vehicle insurance certificate

Temporary Vehicle Registration Process in Karnataka

A temporary vehicle registration number is provided by a car dealer in Karnataka. A temporary number is issued at the time of vehicle purchase for a period of 30 days during which the vehicle owner has to make an application for a permanent registration number. The above documents mentioned for permanent vehicle registration have to be submitted along with the applicable tax and fee.

How to Register a Vehicle Brought From Other State to Karnataka?

In case if you have purchased a second-hand vehicle from another state, then you can register the vehicle at Karnataka RTO by submitting the below-mentioned documents:

  • Application in Form FT and Form 27
  • Print of the chassis copy
  • Form 28 i.e. NOC obtained from the RTO where the vehicle was originally registered
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Age and address proof documents
  • PUC certificate
  • Form 29, 30 and 33 to be filled and submitted for a change in address and ownership

How to Get Vehicle Insurance in Karnataka?

You can buy insurance for your vehicle in Karnataka online or offline. It is mandatory to insure your vehicle with third-party vehicle insurance as per the rules of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Third party insurance covers an individual against damages caused to a third party or property. One can also get covered against damages caused to self, vehicle or third party by opting for comprehensive vehicle insurance.