Your vehicle’s RC or Registration Certificate is legal proof of the authentic registration of your vehicle under a specific RTO that is the vehicle registration authority of the Government of India. Your RC is valid for a period of 15 years, post which it has to be renewed every 5 years. An RC is one of the most important documents that is the identity of your vehicle and losing it can be very problematic. 


What are the conditions when you would need a duplicate RC?


In case you lose your RC due to any reason, you must apply for a duplicate one as soon as possible. Here are few instances when you would need a duplicate RC-


  1. There may be instances when you have an original RC but it has a broken or missing chip in an RC card which makes the RC invalid.
  2. You may need a duplicate RC if due to a misprint it has incorrect details like HPA / HPT, Ownership serial, MFG year, etc.
  3. You may also have to apply for a duplicate RC if the information on the Vahan Check and your RC do not match.
  4. A duplicate RC may also be required if the CHASSIS number is not readable.
  5. In case you want to avail a two-wheeler insurance cover or a car insurance cover, having an RC is extremely necessary. In case you have lost your RC, you can still avail of an insurance cover but with a duplicate RC. To know the details of how to avail a motor insurance cover with a duplicate RC you can visit the Bajaj Finserv website.


So, there are not one but several reasons why you would need a duplicate RC. Here are some ways that you can avail a duplicate RC offline/online


Avail duplicate RC online or offline


  1. Submit an application to the nearest police station stating that your RC is stolen or lost. You can also file an online FIR. What you need is a Missing Registration Certificate challan which you will get once you register a complaint in the police station. This challan is a testimony stating that your RC is lost. Once done you can proceed on applying for a duplicate RC, but you would need the following documents-


– Name 

– Address 

– Chassis details

– Engine details

– Car Model

– Car Color

– Registration number of your car

–  ID proof

– Address proof

– Driving license

You can fill the application for a duplicate RC online but after that, you will have to visit the RTO. To register for a request for duplicate RC follow the following steps-


– Login to the Parivahan Sewa website and fill in the application form. This form will require the FIR details.

– Pay the service fee online through any online modes of payment

– You will get an online receipt for the application which you will have to submit at the RTO.


Documents that will be required at the RTO will include-

– FIR/Police certificate

– Pollution under control (PUC) certificate- Attested copy

– Insurance certificate- Attested copy

– Address proof- Attested copy

– PAN Card- Attested copy

– Pencil Print for Chassis & Engine

– Signature of the owner

– Affidavit mentioning that the RC was lost and has not been held


With the above documents, you can now visit the RTO and get a duplicate copy of your RC. The process may be cumbersome but is necessary for maintaining the legal ownership of your vehicle.


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