Vehicle Ownership Transfer

A vehicle's ownership can be transferred to a new owner only in three circumstances: on the owner's death, on the vehicle's auction, or during the vehicle's resale. A registration certificate certifies that the car belongs to a specific individual. Vehicle ownership transfer can now be done online using the Parivahan website.

RTO Form 29 must be downloaded for reselling, and Form 30 must be completed if it is sold within the state. Form 31 must be completed in the event of death, and Form 32 must be completed in the event of an auction. You can obtain these forms from the Parivahan website and submit them along with the necessary documentation and fees to the nearest RTO.

When to Transfer Vehicle Ownership?

One can transfer vehicle RC or ownership during the following circumstances:

  • Reselling the Vehicle - If you are reselling your car or another vehicle, you must transfer ownership in the buyer's name. The vehicle ownership transfer enables the RTO to record information about the new owner in its database.
  • Auctioned - If the Vehicle is auctioned to pay off debts, the new owner must ensure that all vehicle name transfer formalities are fulfilled.
  • Death - When the owner dies, ownership of the vehicle is transferred to the lawful heir of the dead. The inheritor must, however, seek a change of ownership of the vehicle.

Documents Required for Vehicle Ownership Transfer

Given below is the list of documents required for vehicle RC transfer:

Documents for Vehicle RC Transfer


Registration certificate

The seller's original registration certificate (RC). The RC might be a smart card as well.

Address-proof documents

These can include the most recent utility bill (electricity, telephone, water, gas, and so on), any KYC document showing the permanent address, and so on.

Vehicle insurance certificate

This includes the vehicle's valid insurance certificate.

PAN Card:

Both the seller's and the buyer's PAN cards. PAN is only required if the car is worth more than Rs. 50,000.

Form 28

Before selling a car, one must fill out Form 28 and obtain a No Objection Certificate from your local RTO. It is only required during an interstate property transfer. 

PUC Certificate:

A certificate proving that pollution is under control.

Form 29 30 RTO 

Notification of ownership transfer of a motor vehicle.

Form 30 RTO

Intimation and transfer of ownership of a motor vehicle application.

Form 31

Transfer of ownership application in the name of the person succeeding to possession of the Vehicle.

Form 32

Application for ownership transfer in the case of a motor vehicle bought or acquired at a public auction.

Form 35

Notification of termination of a hire-purchase/lease/hypothecation arrangement. If the Vehicle to be transferred is hypothecated to a bank, Form 35 is not required.

Cost of Vehicle Ownership Transfer

The cost of transferring ownership of a car/bike varies depending on the Regional Transport Office (RTO). It may also vary depending on the age of your vehicle. An automobile ownership transfer charge might range between Rs. 300 and Rs. 2,000 or even more. The following is a breakdown of the fees for moving cars and bikes in India.

a. Car Ownership Transfer Charges

Car Type


Light Motor Vehicles for Non-Transport

Rs. 300

Medium Goods for passenger vehicles

Rs. 750

Heavy Vehicle for goods

Rs. 750

Light Motor Vehicles for Transport

Rs. 500

Medium Vehicle for goods

Rs. 500

b.Bike Ownership Transfer Charges

Bike Type


Regular Bike

Rs. 30 - Rs. 35

Imported Bikes

Up to Rs. 100

Smart Card 

Rs. 200

Note: These are the general charges of RTOs, but the prices can vary based on the age of the vehicle and several other factors.

How to Transfer Vehicle Ownership Online?

You can also do the vehicle ownership transfer online through the Parivahan website. It is important to note that one must apply for an RC transfer online in favour of the buyer. This procedure also includes certain offline phases. 

Given below are the steps that must be followed after visiting the Parivahan website:

Step 1: Choose "Vehicle-Related Services" from the "Online Services" tab.

Step 2: Input your vehicle registration number and press the "Proceed" button.

Step 3: Choose Miscellaneous (TO/CoA/HPA/HPS/HPT/DupRC).

Step 4: Input your mobile number and press the "Generate OTP" button.

Step 5: Enter the OTP and then click "See Details."

Step 6: Under "Application Selection," select "Transfer of Ownership."

Step 7: Fill in the following information under "Transfer of Ownership Details":

  • New owner's details.
  • Insurance details.
  • Permanent address.
  • Current address.

Step 8: Choose "Payment" and enter the required fee. After paying the fee to change car ownership online, two payment receipts, as well as Forms 29 and 30, will be generated.

Step 9: The hard copies of these documents must be signed by all parties.

Step 10: Along with them, the original registration certificate, copy of insurance policy, PUC, and other papers must be submitted to the new RTO either personally or via mail.

Following satisfactory verification of these documents, the buyer will get a new registration certificate in the mail. In the event of a discrepancy, the RTO head may summon the buyer and seller for verification.

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