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Kerala (KL) RTO

Kerala’s RTO offices ensure that the regulations that are in effect as a result of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 are followed in the state. Apart from the license, registration, and permit services, Kerala RTOs are undertaking the development of the state’s road networks and improvement of motor vehicles management techniques. The RTO also provides online services that are easily accessible.

Day To Day Functions Of The Kerala RTO

Kerala’s RTOs are tasked with a set of responsibilities that are carried out on a daily basis.

Driving License

Kerala’s RTOs provide the following driving license services.

  • Learner’s license
  • New driving license
  • Renewal of driving license
  • Duplicate driving license
  • Change of address
  • International driving permit
  • Additional endorsement on driving license
  • Replacement of driving license
  • DL extract
  • Change of date of birth
  • Change of name
  • Change in biometrics

Registration of Motor Vehicles

The following motor vehicle registration services are offered by the Kerala RTO.

  • Registration of new vehicle
  • Transfer of ownership
  • Change of address
  • Addition, continuation, or termination of hypothecation
  • Fitness certificate renewal and re-application
  • Duplicate fitness certificate
  • NOC
  • Registration renewal
  • Registration certificate particulars
  • Cancellation of registration certificate
  • Vehicle alteration
  • Re-assignment of vehicle


The Kerala RTO issues permit for the following:

  • Stage carriages – temporary and special
  • Goods vehicle
  • All India tourist vehicles
  • Buses owned by educational institutions
  • Auto rickshaws


Taxes are collected by the Kerala RTO for the following.

  • Non-transport Vehicles and contract carriages kept in Kerala
  • Stage carriages
  • Transport vehicles other than contract carriages and the stage carriages
  • Newly purchased vehicles that are registered in the state or transferred from outside the state for permanent use in the state within the quarter


Kerala’s RTOs levy fees for the services it renders:

  • Learner’s license services
  • Fees for learner’s license test
  • Fees for driving license test
  • Driving license application
  • Vehicle registration – new, renewal, transfer of ownership
  • Fitness certificate – new, renewal, re-application
  • NOC
  • Change of name
  • Change of address
  • Change of date of birth
  • The additional endorsement in driving license
  • Conversion of a private vehicle to a commercial one


Penalties are levied for the following offenses. Few general offenses are as follows:

  • Disobedience of orders, obstruction, and refusal of information
  • Allowing unauthorized individuals to drive vehicles
  • License-related offences
  • The disqualified person holding conductors license or acting as a conductor
  • Driving at excessive speed
  • Allowing any person to drive the vehicle at excessive speed
  • Driving dangerously
  • Driving when mentally or physically unfit to drive
  • Racing and trials of speed
  • Violating the road safety standards and control of noise and pollution

Few driver-related offenses are as follows:

  • Driving a vehicle without a valid license
  • Driving a transport vehicle without authorization
  • Disqualified person driving /applying and obtaining a driver license
  • Driving a vehicle without a valid registration certificate
  • Driving a vehicle without valid CF
  • Driving a vehicle without insurance against third party risk
  • Using the vehicle in unsafe conditions and violating the standards of road safety
  • Driving a vehicle recklessly or dangerously

Few owner-related offenses are as follows:

  • Allowing the use of a vehicle without valid registration
  • Allowing the use of transport vehicles without a valid CF
  • Allowing use of transport vehicles without valid a third-party insurance
  • Allowing an unauthorized person to drive the vehicle(without a license, without a badge, or being underage)
  • Allowing an unlicensed or an unauthorized person to act as a conductor of a stage carriage
  • Allowing the use of vehicles to violate the standards of road safety noise and air pollution
  • Alteration of the vehicle without sanction
  • Leaving the vehicle in a dangerous position or causing inconvenience to others (only when the owner is in charge at the time)
  • Failure to fit the taxi meter, get it sealed, or running with a defective meter

A few conductor-related offenses are as follows:

  • Functioning as a conductor without a license
  • Disqualified person acting as a conductor
  • Giving false information or withholding information
  • Allowing passengers to be in the vehicle when the fuel tank is replenished
  • Not conduct duties and function of the conductor (dereliction of duty on the part of the conductor)
  • Disobeying lawful direction obstructing discharge of the function
  • Failure to produce license and badge on demand
  • Failure to wear the prescribed uniform
  • Failure to write trip sheet
  • Failure to keep first aid box

Environmental Due Diligence

Kerala has set up Pollution Under Control or PUC centres across the state. A PUC certificate is issued for vehicles to their owners if the pollution emitted is within the norms set by the law of the state and country.

Contact Details Of Kerala RTO

You can contact the various departments of Kerala RTOs.

Helpdesk – Online Services

Contact Number: 0471-2328799

Timing: 10:15 AM – 05:00 PM

Lunch break: 01:15 P.M – 2:00 P.M


General Inquiry – PR Officer

Transport Commissionerate: 0471-2333317

Timing: 10:15 AM – 05:00 PM

Lunch break: 01:15 P.M – 2:00 P.M



Contact: +91 88961100

Timing: 10:15 AM – 05:00 PM

Lunch break: 01:15 PM – 2:00 PM


Vahan Helpdesk – Vehicle Registration/Fitness/Tax/Permit/Fancy Number, Dealer

Contact: +91 120-2459168

Timing: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Sarathi – License

Contact: +91 120-2459169

Timing: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Helpdesk – eChallan

Contact: +91 120-2459171

Timing: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Helpdesk –mParivahan

Contact: +91 120-2459171

Timing: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Kerala RTO Codes

Office (RTO Code) Designation Mobile & e-mail Address Phone email
Alappuzha (KL-04) RTO 8547639004 Civil Station, Civil Station P.O., Alappuzha. PIN: 688001 0477-2253160
JRTO 9188861904
MVI 9188961404
Attingal (KL-16) RTO 8547639016 AMC 16/218(1), Avittam Complex, Mamam, Attingal PIN:695104 0470-2626400
JRTO 9188961916
MVI 9188961416
Ernakulam (KL-07) RTO 8547639007 2nd Floor, Civil Station, Kakkanad, Thrikakkara PO, 682030 0484-2422246
JRTO 9188961907
MVI 9188961407
Idukki (KL-06) RTO 8547639006 Civil Station, Kuyilimala, Pinav PO, 685603 04862-232244
JRTO 9188961906
MVI 9188961406
Kannur (KL-13) RTO 8547639013 Civil Station, Edapally-Panvel Highway, Kannur 670002 0497-2700566
JRTO 9188961913
MVI 9188961413
Kasaragod (KL-14) RTO 8547639014 Civil Station, Vidyanagar PO, 671123 04994-255290
JRTO 9188961914
MVI 9188961414
Kollam (KL-02) RTO 8547639002 Civil Station, Anandavalle-swaram, 695013 0474-2793499
JRTO 9188961902
MVI 9188961402
Kottayam (KL-05) RTO 8547639005 Civil Station, Collectorate PO 686002 0481-2560429
JRTO 9188961905
MVI 9188961405
Kozhikode (KL-11) RTO 8547639011 Civil Station, Malaparamba 673020 0495-2371705
JRTO 9188961911
MVI 9188961411
Malappuram (KL-10) RTO 8547639010 Civil Station, Uphill, Malappuram 676505 0483-2734924
JRTO 9188961910
MVI 9188961410
Muvattupuzha (KL-17) RTO 8547639017 Mini Civil Station, Pazhapally, Mudavoor PO, 686669 0485-2814959
JRTO 9188961917
MVI 9188961417
Nationalized Sector (KL-15) RTO 8547639015 Civil Station, Kudapanakunnu, Trivandrum 0471-2731339
Palakkad (KL-09) RTO 8547639009 Civil Station, S Fort Rd, Kenathu- Parambu, Kunathurmedu 678002 0491-2505741
JRTO 9188961909
MVI 9188961409
Pathanamthitta (KL-03) RTO 8547639003 Parayil Building, College Rd, Makamkunnu PO, 689645 0468-2222426
JRTO 9188961903
MVI 9188961403
Trivandrum (KL-01) RTO 8547639001 5th Floor, KSRTC Terminal, Thampanoor, TVM, 695023 0471-2339223
JRTO 9188961901
MVI 9188961401
Thrissur (KL-08) RTO 8547639008 Civil Station, Ayyanthole PO, Thrissur, 680003 0487-2360262
JRTO 9188961908
MVI 9188961408
Vadakkara (KL-18) RTO 8547639018 Mini Civil Station, Vadakkara Town, Kozhikkode, 673101 0496-2526234
JRTO 9188961918
MVI 9188961418
Wayanad (KL-12) RTO 8547639012 Civil Station, Kalpetta, North Kalpetta PO 673122 04936-202607
JRTO 9188961912
MVI 9188961412

How To Purchase Motor Insurance In Kerala?

The Kerala RTO overlooks the validity of the motor insurance as outlined in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. All vehicles that ply on Kerala’s roads must be insured by at least a third-party liability cover. This cover can be purchased directly from insurance companies. A copy of the insurance policy must be carried at all times with the vehicle.

To purchase insurance for a vehicle registered in Kerala –

  1. Visit the company’s official website or log into your Probus account.
  2. Provide your personal details along with the details of your vehicle.
  3. Select the type of insurance you want to purchase.
  4. Choose any add-ons that you might want.
  5. Pay the premium quoted and receive the policy document in your email inbox.

Kerala (KL) RTO FAQs

1. What are the main functions of Kerala's RTOs?

Kerala’s RTOs are mainly responsible for –

  • Enforcement of the regulations outlined in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
  • Registration of vehicles in the state.
  • Collection of the taxes levied and fees charged for various services.
  • Providing services – driving license, issuing fitness certificates, grant permits, among others.

2. Does the Kerala RTO undertake environmental due diligence responsibilities?

Yes. The Kerala RTOs have ensured the establishment of PUC centers across the state and have pollution testing centers in the following places.

  • Trivandrum
  • Kollam
  • Pathanamthitta
  • Alappuzha
  • Kottayam
  • Idukki
  • Ernakulam
  • Thrissur
  • Palakkad
  • Malappuram
  • Kozhikode
  • Wayanad
  • Kannur
  • Kasaragod

3. How can I apply for transfer of ownership of a vehicle online in Kerala RTO?

The transfer of vehicle ownership can be applied online by going to the official website of Kerala RTO by clicking on Vehicles under the apply online tab. A new window will open listing the different online services available. Under those, you can scroll down to Transfer on Ownership and then follow the procedure. Also, add these two required forms to be filled. Like:

Form 29Notice of Transfer of Ownership of a Motor Vehicle
Form 30Application for Intimation and Transfer of Ownership of a Motor Vehicle

4. What are the documents required for RC Book address change in Kerala?

The vehicle owner will need to fill and submit the following documents for address change in the RC book.

  • Form 33 with chassis print
  • NOC of financer if the vehicle has got loan pending
  • Original RC book
  • Insurance certificate
  • PUC certificate
  • Address proof

5. What are the documents required for transfer of ownership of a vehicle from other state to Kerala?

The following are the documents which are required for transfer of ownership of vehicle from other state to Kerala.

  • Form FT and Form 27
  • Chassis print
  • Original RC book
  • NOC
  • Proof of address
  • Insurance certificate
  • PUC
  • Form 29 and 30

Please note – Inspection is mandatory when the vehicle is transferred from one state to another.

6. How can I get insurance for my vehicle in Kerala?

Insurance for the vehicle can be obtained by visiting branches of any of the general insurance companies or by visiting the insurance company’s official website. Today with the advent of technology insurance quotes of various companies can be compared on insurance aggregator websites and selected can be done based on the best-suited insurance coverage for the respective vehicle.

It is advisable to get a comprehensive insurance cover which will also take care of the vehicle’s own damage in accidents. The comprehensive insurance also covers damage due to natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, fire, etc or man-made perils like theft of the vehicle or vandalism.