RTO Kerala

Kerala is a state with a population of 3.46 crores, where for every 1,000 people, there are 425 motor vehicles. To govern this major population and the vehicular strength of the State, the Regional Transport Authority has 84 Kerala RTOs located within the State across all of the districts.

The primary motive of the regional transport authority to set up RTO Kerala is to govern and manage the functions and provisions that are mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. 

The MVD Kerala (Motor Vehicles Department of Kerala) facilitates the computerisation of these RTOs and handles the registration of vehicles in Kerala, issuance of driving licenses and various permits, and collection of road taxes.

Role of RTO Kerala

Kerala RTO was established to carry out the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, taking into account the development and changes in road transport technology, patterns of passenger and freight functions, development of road lines in the state, and, in particular, improved techniques in motor vehicle management.

It contains 18 district RTO offices, which are also part of the Kerala Motor Vehicles Department and are led by the Transport Commissioner.

List of RTOs in Kerala

The codes with respective locations are mentioned below in detail:

Location

RTO Kerala Code

Thiruvananthapuram

KL01 RTO

Kollam

KL02 RTO

Pathanamthitta

KL03 RTO

Alappuzha

KL04 RTO

Kottayam

KL05 RTO

Idukki

KL06 RTO

Ernakulam

KL07 RTO

Thrissur

KL08 RTO

Palakkad

KL09 RTO

Malappuram

KL10 RTO

Kozhikode

KL11 RTO

Wayanad

KL12 RTO

Kannur

KL13 RTO

Kasargod

KL14 RTO

Kerala

KL15 RTO

Attingal

KL16 RTO

Muvattupuzha

KL17 RTO

Vadakara

KL18 RTO

Parassala

KL19 RTO

Neyyattinkara

KL20 RTO

Nedumangad

KL21 RTO

Kazhakkoottam

KL22 RTO

Karunagapally

KL23 RTO

Kottarakara

KL24 RTO

Punalur

KL25 RTO

Adoor

KL26 RTO

Thiruvalla

KL27 RTO

Mallappally

KL28 RTO

Kayamkulam

KL29 RTO

Chengannur

KL30 RTO

Mavelikara

KL31 RTO

Cherthala

KL32 RTO

Changanassery

KL33 RTO

Kanjirappally

KL34 RTO

Pala

KL35 RTO

Services Offered at Kerala RTO

  • Motor Vehicle Registration Certificates issuance and renewal
  • Transfer of Ownership in a Motor Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Hire-Purchase/Lease/Hypothecation in R.C. Book entry/termination
  • Updating the Registration Certificate
  • A temporary Registration Certificate issuance
  • Certificate of No Objection (NOC)
  • Trade Certificate issuance and renewal
  • A vehicle Fitness Certificate issuance
  • Conduct the test and award the learning license
  • New and renewed driver's licenses issuance
  • International Driving Permits issuance
  • The addition of a new vehicle class to the Driving Licence
  • License issuing and driving license renewal at Motor Driving School
  • Renewal and issuance of a Professional Driving Instructor's Licence
  • The issuance of a conductor's license
  • Reliable and efficient service at the counter system to provide various public services at  all offices
  • The policy of only accepting one application form per individual has been implemented
  • For applications and records, a computer-generated acknowledgement slip has been introduced
  • To reduce long lines and crowding in front of Regional Transport Offices, the procedures for taking motor vehicle tax and fees have been streamlined
  • Vehicle tax and levies for private automobiles are now payable through the FRIENDS Citizens Integrated Service Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and other district offices.
  • Physically challenged people, including the blind and deaf, with more than 40% disability, are excused from paying motor vehicle tax on their own automobiles
  • Every office in the Department has a Public Grievance Redressal Cell
  • The implementation of a one-time tax system has reduced the frequency with which car owners visit Regional Transport Offices to pay tax
  • With effect from April 1, 1998, a one-time fee of up to 15 years was imposed on newly registered motor vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, three-wheelers, and so on
  • Owners of two-wheelers under 95cc have the option of paying vehicle tax in one lump sum for five years, ten years, or 15 years


Visit https://mvd.kerala.gov.in/ for more information about the services and other details.

Vehicle Registration in Kerala

To register a motor vehicle in Kerala, an individual must go to the Kerala RTO, provide the required documents, and pay the corresponding application fees.

A registration number is provided to the applicant once the documents are verified, and the vehicle is inspected by RTO personnel. The RTO has an 'any service any counter' policy, which indicates that anyone can obtain any transportation-related service from any counter.

Documents Required for Vehicle Registration in Kerala

  • Form 20: It is a car registration application form
  • Form 21: It is often known as a sales certificate
  • Form 22: It is a certificate of roadworthiness
  • PUC authorisation
  • Certificate of insurance for a vehicle
  • Invoice for the vehicle that will be registered
  • Documents proving age and address
  • Passport size photographs
  • A customs clearance certificate is required for the registration of an imported automobile
  • Fees for application and road taxes must be paid
  • If applicable, Form 34 for Loan Hypothecation
  • The vehicle must be approved in terms of design

Motor Vehicle Registration Charges in the Regional Transport Office of Kerala

Bike

₹300

Non-Transport Vehicle

₹600

Transport Vehicle

₹1000

Heavy Good Vehicle

₹1,500

Medium Goods Vehicle

₹1000

Medium Good Passenger Vehicle

₹1000

Imported Vehicle

₹5,000

Imported Bike

₹2,500

Heavy Passenger Vehicle

₹1,500

Application for a Driving License at RTO Kerala

You could simply follow the steps mentioned below to get a License:

  • Step 1: Begin the process by applying for an LL or Learner's Licence on the Parivahan portal (https://parivahan.gov.in/parivahan/).
  • Step 2: Navigate to "DL Services" from "Online Services," which will lead you to the Sarathi digital portal.
  • Step 3: To return to the home screen, pick "Kerala" as your state of residence.
  • Step 4: Submit your application under "Apply for Learner Licence" and set a test slot. 
  • Step 5: When taking the LL test, enter your application number. You will most likely receive this license the same day you pass the test.
  • Step 6: Now, you can go ahead and start to apply for the permanent license through the same Sarathi portal by selecting the "Apply for DL" option.
  • Step 7: To arrange your driving test, provide the required documents and pay the application/test fees. Please print or download the acknowledgement slip.
  • Step 8: On the day of the test, bring your acknowledgement sheet and follow the directions of the RTO inspector.

Documents Required to Apply for the License

The following are the documents that an applicant must present in order to obtain a driving license in the state of Kerala:

  • If the applicant is under 50 and is applying for a non-transport vehicle driving license, fill out Form 1 (the physical declaration form).
  • Form 1A is the medical certificate form that must be received from a doctor. If the applicant is over 50 and seeking a non-transport vehicle driving license, this form must be completed.
  • Form 4, the application form for a driver's license, requires an eye test certificate from an ophthalmologist.
  • Attested copies of age and address verification documents such as an election card, passport, Aadhar card, and so on.

Fees and Costs of License Application in Kerala RTO

Driving Test

Rs.50

LL

Rs.30

DL

Rs.200

Renewal of DL

Rs. 50

Service Charges

Rs. 50

Transferring Vehicle Ownership through RTO Kerala

Transferring a Vehicle Ownership occurs when you intend to sell the vehicle outside your RTO's jurisdiction yet within the state. The seller must record the transfer to the RTO, where the vehicle is registered, within 14 days of the transfer.

The following is the procedure:

Step 1: Like every state, Kerala has several RTOs. Assume a car is sold within the state but outside the jurisdiction of the RTO where it is registered. In that situation, a No Objection Certificate (NOC)/ Clearance Certificate (CC) must be obtained from the RTO where the vehicle was previously registered.

Step 2: Once the NOC is obtained, use the following documents to apply for ownership transfer at the new RTO.

  • CMV 29 (Notice of Transfer of Motor Vehicle Ownership) in duplicate
  • If the vehicle is covered by a Hypothecation/Lease/HPA, Form no. CMV 30 must be completed in duplicate with the financier's approval
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