RTO Salem

Salem is known to be the hub for steel and handloom industries in Tamil Nadu. Due to this industrial development, there has also been a rapid growth in new vehicle registrations. To cater to these vehicle-related services, the government has set up three major RTOs in Salem. RTO Salem operates with the codes TN54, TN90, and TN30 and caters to all kinds of needs of the citizens of the region. 

These RTOs also enforce the rules and regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. You can find everything you need to know about the Salem RTOs in this post.

Latest Update

Beginning June 1, 2024, any eligible person can take the driving test from any private driving training centres instead of the RTOs. However, the application process should be done online via Parivahan website or through the RTO.

Source: parivahan.gov.in

List of RTOs in Salem

The details of the RTO offices in Salem are listed below:

Salem RTO Code

RTO Salem Address

RTO Salem Contact Number

Salem RTO Office Timings

TN30 (RTO Salem West)

Thirumagal Bypass Road, Siddhar Kovil Rd, TNHB Colony, Kandhampatty, Tamil Nadu 636005.


9:30 am to 5:00 pm

TN54 (RTO Salem East)

Kumaragiri Bye-Pass, PO, Kamaraj Nagar, Salem, Tamil Nadu 636014.


9:30 am to 5:00 pm

TN90 (RTO Salem South)

1/185-3-4, Nattamangalam Main Rd, Amanikondalampatty, Mallaka Nagar, Salem, Tamil Nadu 636010.


9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Services Provided by RTO Office Salem

The primary roles and services provided by the Salem Regional Transport Office include:

  • Motor Vehicle Registration

RTO Salem manages all aspects related to motor vehicle registration, such as issuing and renewing vehicle RC, transfer of vehicle ownership, updating registration details, removal of hypothecation, and conducting fitness checks for vehicles.

  • Motor Vehicle Tax Collection (MVTC)

Collecting motor vehicle taxes, commonly known as road tax, in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. 

  • Issuance of Driving Licence

RTO Salem provides comprehensive services related to driving licences, such as issuing a learner's license and conducting driving tests before issuing a permanent DL. It also provides licences for driving instructors, conductors (for commercial vehicles), and professional motor vehicle driving schools.

  • Mechanical Inspection of Vehicles

Salem Regional Transport Office also conducts thorough mechanical inspections of vehicles to determine their fitness, emission rate, and insurance validity and issue Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates.

  • Issuance of Permits

It is also responsible for the issuance of various road permits, including-

  • International Driving Permits
  • Inter-state and national permits for commercial vehicles
  • Permits for passenger-carrying vehicles such as school buses.
  • Authorization for All India Tourist Vehicles.

How do you register a vehicle through RTO Salem?

Step 1: Go to the designated RTO centre in Salem with your new vehicle.

Step 2: Collect Form 20 or the vehicle registration form from the RTO centre. One can also collect this form online through the Parivahan portal.

Step 3: Fill out the application form and hand it to the authorities along with the required documents. The submitted documents will be verified by the RTO officials. 

Step 4: Pay the registration fees at the payment counter.

Step 5: Your vehicle will be inspected by an RTO agent for safety and accuracy.

Step 6: The vehicle information will be entered into the RTO's database after the inspection.

Step 7: After successful verification, the RTO officials will start the registration process upon approval.

Step 8: Your Vehicle Registration Card/Smart Card will be delivered to the registered address within 30 days.

Documents Required for Vehicle Registration at RTO Salem

Here is a list of the documents required for vehicle registration at the Salem Regional Transport Office:

  • Proof of Identity (Aadhaar Card, Passport, Voter ID Card, PAN Card)
  • Proof of Address (Aadhaar Card, Utility bills (electricity, water, gas), Rental agreement, Passport)
  • Vehicle Documents (Sale invoice from the dealer, Temporary registration certificate (if applicable), Insurance certificate, Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, Roadworthiness certificate)
  • Proof of Tax Payment (Receipt of road tax payment)
  • Form 20/Application Form
  • Form 21/Sales Certificate
  • Form 22/Roadworthiness Certificate (Issued by the manufacturer of the vehicle.)
  • Form 34/Hypothecation Clearance (If the vehicle was bought on loan, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the financing bank is required.)
  • Passport-size Photographs

Note: In case of company-owned vehicles, the company's registration documents and authorization letter are required for registration.

RTO Salem Fees for Vehicle Registration

Listed below are the fees for vehicle registration at the Regional Transport Office, Salem:

Types of Vehicles

Salem RTO Fees 

Motorcycle/Scooter/Two Wheelers


Light Motor Vehicles (Non-TPT)


Light Motor Vehicles (TPT)


Medium Goods Vehicle




Medium Passenger Motor Vehicle


Heavy Goods Vehicle (Stage Carriers and lorries)


Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle


Imported Motor Vehicle


Imported Motorcycle


How to get an RTO Driving License in Salem?

The steps to obtain a driver's license in Salem Regional Transport Office are as follows:

Step 1: Visit the mParivahan portal

Step 2: Select "Online Services" > "Driver License Related Services".

Step 3: Choose "Tamil Nadu" from the drop-down menu. Select the region as “Salem”.

Step 4: Proceed to "Apply Online" > "New Driving License".

Step 5: Fill in the application form online and upload the necessary documents.

Step 6: Submit the application online.

Step 7: Print out the application form and acknowledgement.

Step 8: Schedule a driving test slot and pay the application fees online.

Step 9: Visit the nearest RTO office in Salem and submit the printed application form. 

Step 10: Take the driving test. The applicant will get their driving licence within 2-3 weeks if they pass the driving test.

Also, read our blog to know “How to Link Aadhaar with Driving License?

Documents Required to Apply for a Driver's License in Salem

The documents required to apply for a driver's licence in Salem are as follows:

  • Passport-size photos
  • DL Fees
  • PAN Copy 
  • Birth of Date proof
  • Address Proof
  • Application form
  • Medical fitness certificate
  • LL Copy

Fees for Licence Application in Regional Transport Office Salem

RTO Driving License Fees in Salem

Type of License

RTO Fees

Learner's Licence


Permanent License for a single class of vehicle


Permanent License for more than one class of vehicle


International Driving Permit


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