If you sell your car,  you have to get the ownership of vehicle transferred in 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. All it takes is an application to the concerned regional transport office (RTO).

How is the RC transfer done?

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:

  • RC: The original registration certificate of the seller needs to be submitted to the RTO
  • Form 29 (Notice of transfer of ownership of a motor 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.

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.

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 to transfer the RC 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.

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

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

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

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CARS24 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.

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