RTO Karnataka

Karnataka is a huge state and in terms of transportation, the government has a great job to do. To facilitate the government in enforcing laws related to road and vehicles, there are RTO Offices across the state. There is an RTO Karnataka office in each city and each district which is set up under the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988. The functions of RTO are not just restricted to enforcing the law but there are several other functions of RTO Karnataka. In this article, we have talked about the services offered by RTO Karnataka along with the process to get those services. Read on to know about all the details.

Functions and Services of Karnataka Transport Department

There are several functions of RTO Karnataka and it must be noted that these functions are in sync with the RTO offices of other states. Below is a list of some of the functions and services offered by RTO Karnataka.

  • RTO Karnataka issues the Driving license, travel permit, tourist permit and Registration Certificate to the citizens of India.
  • RTO Karnataka also collects the taxes, fee and fines which are provisioned and enforced by the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988.
  • RTO Karnataka is also involved in issuing the permits to relevant bodies so as to help the people in getting the better public transport.
  • RTO Karnataka is also responsible for enforcing the law in the state which falls under the scope of The Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 and other legislation.

Number of Transport Offices and RTOs in Karnataka

Since Karnataka is a large state, there are almost 66 RTO Karnataka offices spread across the state. In addition to these RTO Karnataka offices, there are also many check posts and service Kendra which facilitates the implementation of the functions of RTO Karnataka. You can find the details of all the locations of RTO Karnataka in the next section of this article.

Karnataka RTO Codes with Office Locations

Various RTO Karnataka Location and corresponding codes are listed below.

RTO Karnataka Location RTO Karnataka Code RTO Karnataka Location RTO Karnataka Code
Koramangala KA01 Hospet KA35
Rajajinagar, Bangalore KA02 Raichur KA36
Indiranagar, Bangalore KA03 Koppal KA37
Jayanagar, Bangalore KA05 Bidar KA38
Kolar KA07 Bhalki KA39
Kolar Gold Fields KA08 Chikkaballapur KA40
Mysore KA09 Kengeri KA41
Chamrajnagar KA10 Ramanagar, Bangalore KA42
Mandya KA11 Devanahalli, Bangalore KA43
Madikeri KA12 Hunsur, Mysore District KA45
Hassan KA13 Honnavar, Uttara Kannada District KA47
Chitradurga KA16 Jamkhandi, Bagalkot District KA48
Davangere KA17 Gokak, Belgaum District KA49
Chikmagalur KA18 Bannerghatta, Bangalore KA51
Mangalore KA19 Nelamangala, Bangalore District KA52
Puttur KA21 K.R.Puram, Bangalore KA53
Belgaum KA22 Nagamangala, Mandya District KA54
Chikkodi KA23 Mysore KA55
Bailhongal KA24 Basavakalyan KA56
Dharwad KA25 Banashankari KA58
Gadag KA26 Chamrajpet, Bengaluru Dist – 560019 KA59
Haveri KA27 R.T. Nagar, Bengaluru District KA60
Bagalkot KA29 Marathahalli KA61
Karwar KA30 Hubli – 580026 KA63
Kalaburagi KA32 Madhugiri, Tumkur District – 572132 KA64
Bellary KA34 Dandeli – 581325 KA65

Contact Details of Karnataka RTO

If you need to contact the RTO Karnataka then you can go ahead and get in touch with RTO Karnataka with help of the numbers listed below. You can also refer to the link – http://transport.karnataka.gov.in/index.php/information/details/contact_us to get the details of the RTO Karnataka sub-divisions

Phone No: 080- 22210994, 9449863459

Email Address: proctr-trans-ka@nic.in

Complaint Web form – http://transport.karnataka.gov.in/index.php/forms/grievance/

Types of Vehicle Registration in Karnataka

RTO Karnataka offers many different types of registrations and this can vary from the situation to situation. For example, RTO Karnataka offers registration of new vehicles and at the same time, it also offers re-registration of the vehicles. Below are the different types of registrations offered by RTO Karnataka.

  • Temporary Registration of Vehicle
  • Permanent Registration of Vehicle
  • Re-Registration of Vehicle
  • Issuing the Duplicate Registration Certificate
  • Change in Address on Registration Certificate
  • Making Agreement and Terminating Agreement for Hire-Purchase of Vehicle

How to Register a Motor Vehicle in Karnataka

The vehicle registration process varies from with the types of registration and in the upcoming section, we have given you an idea of the general registration process that you would have to follow. There would be slight or no deviation in the process so please refer to the next section to know about the registration process of a motor vehicle with RTO Karnataka.

Vehicle Registration Process in Karnataka

As per the standard process, you need to fill in the form, attach the documents required and submit them to RTO Karnataka. This needs to be submitted along with the fee and the fee varies with the type of registration you are opting for. After the verification, the records will be processed and a registration certificate will be issued to you.

Documents Required for Registering a Motor Vehicle in Karnataka

Just like the registration process varies, the documents required for the registration will also vary. If you are not sure about the documents that you will need then you must refer to the sections ahead as we have shared the details of the documents based on the type of registration.

Documents Required to Get a Permanent RC from Karnataka Transport Department

There are many documents that need to be submitted to get the vehicle registered under the permanent number plate. When you purchase a new vehicle, the dealer will get the vehicle registered for you if you will submit him the basic documents. The list of documents required are

  • Address Proof
  • PUC
  • Design Approval in case of Trailer
  • Customs Clearance in case of Imported Vehicle
  • Form 21 for Sales Certificate
  • Form 22 for Fitness
  • Insurance Documents
  • Tax Receipts
  • Fee for Registration

Documents Required to Get a Temporary RC from Karnataka Transport Department

In some cases, you might only be eligible to get a temporary RC. This is mostly valid when you are buying a truck where the chassis is to be built. In this case, you can submit the documents listed below and get the permanent registration done in the later stages with help of RTO Karnataka.

  • Address Proof
  • PUC Certificate
  • Design Approval in case of Trailer
  • Customs Clearance in case of Imported Vehicle
  • Form 21 for Sales Certificate
  • Form 22 for Fitness
  • Insurance Documents
  • Tax Receipts

How to Renew Registration Certificate

Once the registration certificate of the vehicle expires, there is a need to renew the registration certificate and to renew the Registration Certificate, you would need the documents which are listed below. Submit these documents to RTO Karnataka along with a form to get the vehicle re-registered.

  • Address Proof
  • Fitness Certificate if Applicable
  • Tax Receipts
  • Old Registration Certificate
  • Insurance
  • PUC

How to Get a Duplicate Registration Certificate

The documents required for the duplicate registration certificate of a vehicle are listed below and these documents are to be submitted to the RTO Karnataka along with the fee to get the duplicate copy of registration certificate. You can also use an online FIR in case you lost your RC.

  • FIR for the lost registration certificate
  • Old registration certificate if it is damaged.

It can take about 15 days to get the registration certificate and in the meantime, you need to keep your acknowledgement slip handy with you for the verification of the vehicle.

How to Transfer Vehicle Ownership in Karnataka

To transfer the ownership of the vehicle, you need to submit the sales letter along with the fee and taxes that are applicable. Along with this, there are some more documents that the RTO will need. Post submission, of the documents, the RC will be issued to you. If you are confused about the documents, refer to the next section as we have talked about the documents needed to transfer the ownership of the vehicle.

Documents Required for Transferring of Vehicle Ownership in Karnataka

The documents needed to transfer the vehicle ownership are

  • Registration Certificate
  • Address Proof
  • Fitness Certificate
  • NOC from Financer
  • Sales Letter
  • PUC
  • Insurance Certificate

How to Update Address on Registration Certificate

You need to update the address of your Registration Certificate after moving house or else you can be in a major trouble. To update the address, submit the documents listed below along with the fee and form. Your occupancy certificate or rent agreement can work as the address proof for your new home.

  • Registration Certificate
  • Insurance
  • PUC
  • Address Proof

Registration for Private Vehicles (Non-Transport Vehicles)

The new vehicles are ideally registered by the dealer and if you need to register the second-hand car then you need to follow the process associated with the transfer of ownership. Some of the dealers for the pre-owned vehicle can register the car for you and that can prove to be really helpful.

The documents required for the registration of private vehicle includes

  • Registration Certificate
  • Insurance
  • No Objection Certificate from Financer
  • PUC
  • Address proof
  • Sales Form

Karnataka Transport Department eSewa Portal

The link for RTO Karnataka eSewa portal is http://transport.karnataka.gov.in/index.php/. You can visit the portal to apply for various services and download the forms. You can apply for a driving license and book a slot or you can make the payment of the tax using the eSewa Portal. There are many other services available via Portal which you can only get to know once you have visited the portal.

How to Get Vehicle Insurance in Karnataka

The easiest way to get the vehicle insurance in Karnataka is via the online portals that support multiple insurance service providers. You can even download the apps of these providers to get the insurance and the process is really easy.

Apart from the convenience, the process also offers a lot of savings because you can compare the insurance quote of all these service providers and choose the best one for yourself. If you think that the process has a lot of hassles then you can opt for the traditional route to purchase the insurance.

Karnataka RTO FAQs

What is the Legal Age to drive in Karnataka?

The legal age to drive in India is 18 years however, a 16 year old Indian citizen can drive a gearless scooter or a gearless bike. The license for the same is issued by the RTO is the specific area.

My Vehicle is registered in Other State, Do I need to re-register with RTO Karnataka?

If you are here in Karnataka for tourism in a personal vehicle then you do not have to register your vehicle. If you have a commercial vehicle then you will have to pay the taxes. If you are migrating the Karnataka and if you have a personal vehicle then you will have to register the vehicle with RTO Karnataka.

When do I need to renew the Registration Certificate of my Bike?

You need to renew the registration certificate of the bike after the 15 years from the first purchase of the bike as the RC is valid only for 15 years. If you plan to renew the registration certificate then you must know that this registration certificate is valid only for a period of 5 years post renewal.

How to get Forms Required for Registration?

You can obtain the forms through the RTO Karnataka E-Sewa portal or you can obtain the form by visiting the RTO Karnataka.

Can I apply for VIP Number in Karnataka?

If the number that you want to get issued for yourself is available then you can surely apply for the VIP Number or the fancy number. It should be noted that you would have to apply for the number by submitting the application and document to RTO Karnataka along with the fee.


You can find all the information about the RTO Karnataka in the above sections. If you would like to know more about the RTO Karnataka, then you can refer to the e-sewa portal. Also, we would recommend you to go through the portal to get the information about all the other services that you can avail from the portal. To conclude, we would just recommend you to drive carefully and follow the traffic rules.