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Tamil Nadu (TN) RTO

The Tamil Nadu RTO makes certain that the rules of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 regarding road safety and transport are employed strictly in the state. The RTO is directed by the Transport Commissioner and comes within the purview of the Transport Department of Tamil Nadu.

Functions Of The Tamil Nadu RTO

  • Driving license – Issuing and renewing driver licenses and driving school licenses
  • Vehicle registration – The RTO covers initial registration and renewal of registration of vehicles, ownership transfer, granting fitness certificate for private and transport vehicles.
  • Permits – The RTO issues permits for commercial vehicles such as merchandise carriers, passenger buses, cabs, school buses, etc.
  • Taxes, fees, and penalties – Collection of road tax, IMV fees, fees for licenses and registration and departmental irregularities penalties, etc. to ensure implementation of transport regulations.
  • Inspection of the vehicle at check posts – Inspection of vehicles on the road so that they comply with the conditions set by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
  • Environmental protection – Keeping a check on air pollution due to exhaust fumes from vehicles by regularly scrutinizing Pollution Control (PUC).
  • Upgrading the procedure for convenience – RTOs across the country have adopted web-based services for the convenience of vehicle owners.

Process Of Vehicle Registration In Tamil Nadu RTO

According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 an unregistered vehicle cannot be driven in Tamil Nadu. The owner must apply for registration to the regional transport officer within a week of its purchase providing the following documents:

  • The vehicle for inspection
  • Properly filled Form 20 with passport size photograph
  • Sale certificate and original invoice
  • Temporary registration from dealer
  • A copy of vehicle insurance policy documents
  • KYC documents like PAN card or Aadhar card
  • PUC certificate
  • Relevant fee and road taxes receipts

Subsequent to inspection and validation of the application the vehicle will be allotted a registration number.

Transfer Of Vehicle Ownership With Tamil Nadu RTO

For transfer of ownership, an application must be submitted to the RTO with approval of both buyer and seller of the vehicle to avoid legal hassles. You need a couple of documents like:

  • The vehicle registration certificate
  • Necessary forms available at the RTO
  • Chassis number
  • Copy of the vehicle Insurance policy
  • Necessary ID proofs and photographs
  • Most recent PUC certificates
  • A NOC if the vehicle has to be transferred to a new RTO.

Tamil Nadu (TN) RTO Codes

RTO LOCATIONS RTO CODE RTO LOCATIONS RTO CODE RTO LOCATIONS RTO CODE
CHENNAI (CENTRAL) TN01 SULUR TN42Y UTHAMAPALAYAM TN60Z
CHENNAI(NORTH-WEST) TN02 COIMBATORE-NORTH TN38 ARIYALUR TN61
CHENNAI(NORTH EAST) TN03 TIRUPPUR(NORTH) TN39 SIVAGANGA TN63
CHENNAI(EAST) TN04 AVINASHI TN39Z KARAIKUDI TN63Z
CHENNAI(NORTH) TN05 METTUPALAYAM TN40 MADURAI (CENTRAL) TN64
CHENNAI(SOUTH-EAST) TN06 POLLACHI TN41 RAMANATHPURAM TN65
RTO CHENNAI(SOUTH) TN07 VALPARAI TN41W PARAMAKUDI TN65Z
CHENNAI (WEST) TN09 TIRUPUR (SOUTH) TN42 COIMBATORE (CENTRAL) TN66
CHENNAI(SOUTH-WEST) TN10 KANGAYAM TN42Y VIRUDHUNAGAR TN67
TAMBARAM TN11 OOTY TN43 ARUPPUKOTTAI TN67W
POONAMALLE TN12 GUDALUR TN43Z KUMBAKONAM TN68
AMBATTUR TN13 TIRUCHIRAPALLI (WEST) TN45 TUTICORIN TN69
SHOLINGANALLUR TN14 MANAPPARAI TN45Z KOVILPATTI TN69Z
ULUNDURPET TN15 PERAMBALUR TN46 HOSUR TN70
KALLAKURICHI TN15Z RTO KARUR TN47 TIRUNELVELI TN72
TINDIVANAM TN16 UO MANMANGALAM TN47X UNIT OFFICE – VALLIOOR TN72V
GINGEE TN16Z ARAVAKURICHI TN47Y RANIPET TN73
REDHILLS TN18 KULITHALAI TN47Z ARAKKONAM TN73Z
GUMMIDIPOONDI TN18Y SRIRANGAM TN48 NAGERCOIL TN74
CHENGALPATTU TN19 UO LALGUDI TN48X MARTHANDAM TN75
MADURANTAKAM TN19Z UO MUSIRI TN48Y TENKASI TN76
THIRUTHANI TN20 THURAIYUR TN48Z AMBASAMUTHIRAM TN76V
KANCHEEPURAM TN21 THANJAVUR TN49 ATTUR TN77
SRIPERUMBUDUR TN21W PATTUKOTTAI TN49Y VALAPADI TN77Z
MEENAMBAKKAM TN22 THIRUVARUR TN50 DHARAPURAM TN78
VELLORE TN23 THIRUTHURAIPOONDI TN50Y UDUMALPET TN78Z
GUDIYATHAM TN23T MANNARGUDI TN50Z SANKARANKOIL TN79
KRISHNAGIRI TN24 NAGAPATTINAM TN51 TIRUCHIRAPALLI (EAST) TN81
TIRUVANNAMALAI TN25 SANGARI TN52 THIRUVERUMBUR TN81Z
CHEYYAR TN25Y METTUR TN52Z RTO, MAYILADUTHURAI TN82
ARANI TN25Z SALEM (EAST) TN54 SIRKALI TN82Z
NAMAKKAL (NORTH) TN28 PUDUKOTTAI TN55 VANIYAMBADI TN83
RASIPURAM TN28Z ILLUPPUR TN55Y AMBUR TN83Y
DHARMAPURI TN29 ARANTHANGI TN55Z TIRUPATTUR TN83Z
PALACODE TN29W PERUNDURAI TN56 SRIVILLIPUTHUR TN84
HARUR TN29Z DINDIGUL TN57 SIVAKASI TN84Z
SALEM(WEST) TN30 OTTANCHATRAM TN57R KUNDRATHUR TN85
OMALUR TN30W VEDASANDUR TN57V RTO ERODE (WEST) TN86
CUDDALORE TN31 BATLAGUNDU TN57Y SRIPERUMBUDUR TN87
PANRUTI TN31Z PALANI TN57Z NAMAKKAL (SOUTH) TN88
VILLUPURAM TN32 MADURAI(SOUTH) TN58 PARAMATHI VELUR TN88Z
ERODE-EAST TN33 USILAMPATTI TN58Y SALEM(SOUTH) TN90
TIRUCHENGODE TN34 THIRUMANGALAM TN58Z CHIDAMBARAM TN91
GOBICHETTIPALAYAM TN36 MADURAI(NORTH) TN59 NEYVELI TN91Y
BHAVANI TN36W VADIPATTI TN59V VRIDDHACHALAM TN91Z
SATHYAMANGALAM TN36Z MELUR TN59Z TIRUCHENDUR TN92
COIMBATORE(SOUTH) TN37 THENI TN60 METTUR TN93

Contact Details

RTO, Chennai(Central) – Ayanavaram

Regional Transport Office, Chennai (Central),

No.4, Anderson Road, Ayanavaram,

Chennai-600023

Phone number – 044-26745959

E-mail – rtotn01@nic.in

Website – https://tnsta.gov.in

Acquiring A Vehicle Insurance Policy Tamil Nadu

According to the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, it is an offense to drive an uninsured vehicle. An owner can select the mandatory third-party liability only insurance policy that does not provide cover to the owner’s vehicle but safeguards injury and damage to third party persons and property. The vehicle owner can opt for a comprehensive insurance plan that includes wide-range of protection that includes third-party cover as well.

Tamilnadu RTO FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers about Tamil Nadu RTO​

1. There are two types of vehicle registration. What are they?

The two types are permanent registration and temporary registration.

  • Permanent registration allotted by the RTO.
  • Temporary registration is given at the time of purchase by the dealer. It is valid only until a permanent registration is acquired from the RTO.

2. What are the extended forms of the acronyms RC, NOC, PUC, and IMV?

The full forms are as follows:

  • RC – Registration Certificate
  • NOC – No objection Certificate
  • PUC – Pollution Under Control 
  • IMV – Instant Market Value (of the vehicle in the retail market).

3. I lost my driving license, what shall I do?

You must make a police complaint immediately and provide the same reference to your RTO for the issue of a duplicate driving license.

4. What is the required age for getting a car driver learner’s license in Tamil Nadu?

An individual should have completed the age of 18 years to apply for a car driver’s learner license.

5. What are the documents required for RC Book address change in Tamil Nadu?

The following documents are required for the change of address:

  1. Intimation of change in address in Form-33 in Duplicate (in Triplicate if it is covered by HP.
  2. Aadhaar Card
  3. Certificate of Insurance
  4. Registration Certificate
  5. Proof of address (any one of the following):
    • LIC Policy
    • Pay slip issued by Govt. Office or a Local Body
    • School Certificate
    • Passport size photo
    • Birth Certificate
    • Electoral Roll
    • Ration Card
  6. The affidavit is sworn by the applicant before an Executive or First Class Judicial Magistrate or Notary public.
  7. No objection certificate (NOC) from the Financier (if the vehicle with Hire Purchase)
  8. Valid Tax
  9. Valid Pollution under Control Certificate

6. What are the documents required for transfer of ownership of a vehicle from another state to Tamil Nadu?

The owner of the vehicle can apply for the transfer of the ownership of the vehicle from another state; the owner must provide the following documents:

  • Application for new registration mark in Form 27
  • Notice of transfer of ownership in Form 29
  • Application in Form 20
  • Application grant of the No Objection Certificate (NOC) in Form 28
  • Intimation of an address change in Form 33
  • Application for transfer of ownership and intimation in Form 30 (Form 60/61 expect two-wheeler for T.O. only)
  • Address proof (any of the following): Ration Card, Electoral Roll or LIC Policy
  • Valid pollution under control certificate
  • Valid tax
  • Passport size photographs
  • Evidence for the payment of the entry tax
  • Police certificate, Registration Certificate, Insurance Certificate

7. How can I get insurance for my vehicle in Tamil Nadu?

In India, a two-wheeler insurance policy is mandatory for all motor vehicles. A third-party liability cover is the minimum form of insurance that all motor vehicles must have as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. This insurance policy provides you with coverage against damages or losses that are caused to a third party or their properties due to your vehicle. Since the third-party policy comes with limited coverage, it is always advised to go for a comprehensive insurance policy that offers a better scope of coverage in a range of incidents including third-party liabilities.

8. How to apply for a duplicate RC Book in Tamil Nadu?

The vehicle’s owner can apply for a duplicate registration certificate in Tamil Nadu by writing an application to the Regional Transport Officer or Motor Vehicle Inspector Grade. The following documents must be provided for the process:

  • Application in Form 26
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Police Certificate
  • Details of tax paid in the last 4 quarters
  • Valid pollution under Control Certificate
  • Valid Tax of Token
  • NOC from the Financer

9. How to renew registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle in Tamil Nadu after 15 years?

For non-transport vehicles, the owner must apply for the renewal of the Registration Certificate after completion of 15 years of the original registration. Here, the registration must be renewed before 60 days of the expiry of the vehicle. The following documents are required to be submitted by the owner to the regional transport officer or motor vehicle inspector grade 1:

  • Application form number 25
  • Registration certificate
  • Emission certificate
  • Valid insurance certificate
  • Valid tax