RTO Kerala

As per the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988, each state should have RTO Offices so as to facilitate the functions that are laid by the Act. Kerala is located in the southern region of India and hence, it also has many RTOs which are provisioned under the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988. It has been really necessary to have the RTOs in the state because of the type of functions that are undertaken by the RTO. In this article, we have listed all the information about RTO Kerala along with the details of various procedures and RTO Codes.

Functions and Services of Kerala Transport Department

You might be aware of the functions of the RTO and the functions remain the same across India. If you are still not sure about the functions then you can simply check out the details of the functions and services of RTO Kerala.

  • Issuance of Registration Certificate
  • Conducting Driving Test and Issuing Driving License.
  • Issuing the state permit and collecting taxes in lieu of the permits.
  • Collecting other taxes such as road tax, registration fee and the fines.
  • Issuance of permits to facilitate public
  • Enforcement of law laid by the central government as well as the state government.

Number of Transport Offices and RTOs in Kerala

The exact number of RTO Kerala offices are 69 and they are spread across each district. Almost every city or district has an RTO Kerala office which is there basically to facilitate the functions. You can check out the next section to get the information about RTO Kerala Locations and RTO Kerala Codes.

Kerala RTO Codes with Office Locations

Please refer to the table below to know about the RTO Kerala Locations and RTO Kerala Codes

RTO Kerala Location RTO Kerala Code RTO Kerala Location RTO Kerala Code
Thiruvananthapuram KL01 RTO Vaikom KL36 RTO
Kollam KL02 RTO Vandiperiyar KL37 RTO
Pathanamthitta KL03 RTO Thodupuzha KL38 RTO
Alappuzha KL04 RTO Thripunithura KL39 RTO
Kottayam KL05 RTO Perumbavoor KL40 RTO
Idukki KL06 RTO Aluva KL41 RTO
Ernakulam KL07 RTO North Paravur KL42 RTO
Thrissur KL08 RTO Mattancherry KL43 RTO
Palakkad KL09 RTO Kothamangalam KL44 RTO
Malappuram KL10 RTO Irinjalakuda KL45 RTO
Kozhikode KL11 RTO Guruvayur KL46 RTO
Wayanad KL12 RTO Kodungallur KL47 RTO
Kannur KL13 RTO Wadakkancherry KL48 RTO
Kasargode KL14 RTO Alathur KL49 RTO
Kerala KL15 RTO Mannarghat KL50 RTO
Attingal KL16 RTO Ottappalam KL51 RTO
Muvattupuzha KL17 RTO Pattambi KL52 RTO
Vadakara KL18 RTO Perinthalmanna KL53 RTO
Parassala KL19 RTO Ponnani KL54 RTO
Neyyattinkara KL20 RTO Tirur KL55 RTO
Nedumangad KL21 RTO Koyilandi KL56 RTO
Kazhakkoottam KL22 RTO Koduvally KL57 RTO
Karunagapally KL23 RTO Thalassery KL58 RTO
Kottarakara KL24 RTO Taliparamba KL59 RTO
Punalur KL25 RTO Kanhangad KL60 RTO
Adoor KL26 RTO Kunnathur KL61 RTO
Thiruvalla KL27 RTO Ranni KL62 RTO
Mallappally KL28 RTO Angamaly KL63 RTO
Kayamkulam KL29 RTO Chalakkudy KL64 RTO
Chengannur KL30 RTO Thirurangadi KL65 RTO
Mavelikara KL31 RTO Kuttanadu KL66 RTO
Cherthala KL32 RTO Uzhavoor KL67 RTO
Changanassery KL33 RTO Devikulam KL68 RTO
Kanjirappally KL34 RTO Udumbanchola KL69 RTO
Pala KL35 RTO

Contact Details of Kerala RTO

We have listed all the information about the procedures in this article but if you still feel that there is a need to contact the RTO Kerala to either get some information or to make a complaint then you can simply get in touch with RTO Kerala on the phone numbers listed below

General Enquiry = 0471 2333317

Complaint Cell = 9446033314

Online Services Helpdesk = 0471 -2333337 (Ext  666), 471 2328799

Types of Vehicle Registration in Kerala

Just like other state RTOs, the RTO Kerala also offers many different types of services and these different types of registration are

  • 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 Kerala

You have been through the list of different types of registrations offered by RTO Kerala and now you need to understand that the documents required for each type would be different. Talking about the procedure, it can be generalized as the procedure is more about submitting the right documents along with the fee and form to the RTO Kerala.

Vehicle Registration Process in Kerala

The basic registration process in Kerala is same as of other states. You can visit the RTO with the documents and the form. The form should be filled as per the correct details and you need to submit all these documents to the RTO Kerala. The vehicle is registered and the Registration Certificate is shared with the owner of the vehicle depending on the case and the lead time.

Documents Required for Registering a Motor Vehicle in Kerala

The documents required for the registration for the motor vehicle differs from case to case. There can be a huge variation and hence to help you out in getting the right documents, we have listed the different documents as per the procedures and the need of the applicant.

Documents Required to Get a Permanent RC from Kerala Transport Department

If you are going for the permanent registration of the new vehicle then it is the responsibility of the dealer to help you with the registration of the vehicle and pay taxes. The documents required for the Permanent registration of vehicle are listed below.

  • 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 Kerala Transport Department

In some of the cases, the owner might have to choose the temporary registration. Now you might ask us about the process of the temporary registration. Well, the process is the same as it is for getting the permanent registration however, you will have to get the permanent registration done within a month of getting the temporary registration. The documents required for the temporary registration of vehicle are listed below.

  • 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

The registration certificate of the vehicle is generally valid for 15 years and after this, you need to renew the registration certificate. The procedure is simple if you have the documents that are required for the registration. To renew the Registration Certificate, you would need the documents which are listed below

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

You will have to submit these documents to the RTO Kerala along with the fee and the form for re-registration. Post submission, a new RC with a validity of 5 years will be issued to you. In some cases, the validity of the RC may be 3 years after the renewal of the registration certificate.

How to Get a Duplicate Registration Certificate

To get a duplicate registration certificate, you need to have the documents and the documents required for the duplicate registration certificate of a vehicle includes

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

The duplicate registration certificate is only issued if you have lost your original RC or if your RC is damaged. In no other case, the duplicate registration certificate is issued.

How to Transfer Vehicle Ownership in Kerala

After purchasing the vehicle, it is really important to transfer the ownership to your name if you bought a pre-owned vehicle. Also, you need to go for this procedure if your vehicle was hypothecated with the bank. To transfer the ownership, you need to submit the documents along with the sales letter and the fee which is prescribed by the RTO.

A fresh RC is issued with the new owner’s name after the validations are performed by the RTO Kerala

Documents Required for Transferring of Vehicle Ownership in Kerala

The documents required for the transferring the ownership are listed below and you can follow the process listed in the section above to get the ownership transferred to your name.

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

How to Update Address on Registration Certificate

These days, the traffic violation tickets are sent to your address and hence it is quite important to have the address updated on the registration certificate. Simply submit the documents listed below along with the fee and the form to change the address on the registration certificate.

These documents include

  • Registration Certificate
  • Insurance
  • PUC
  • Address Proof

Post submission of documents, you will receive a new Registration Certificate from RTO Kerala with the updated address.

Registration for Private Vehicles (Non-Transport Vehicles)

The new cars are registered by the dealer, however, if you need to register the old vehicle, simply follow the process for the transfer of ownership and just to remind you about the documentation, you can refer to the list mentioned below.

These documents are

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

Kerala Transport Department eSewa Portal

The link for RTO Kerala is https://mvd.kerala.gov.in/ and you can visit the portal as per your needs. If you need to pay the tax or the tax token then you can visit the portal. You can also visit the portal to apply for a license, registration certificate, STA Permit, Pay the fine and to track the application status.

The website is very user-friendly and it can make things really easy for you. You would not have to stand in the long queues to get the services that you need.

How to Get Vehicle Insurance in Kerala

You can visit the insurance service provider to get the insurance renewed but if you want to know about the convenient process then we would suggest you to visit the online insurance portals. You will not only get many options there but you will also be able to compare the quote and the features given by the various insurance provider. You can make the payment online and get the best deal for the insurance online. Also, the insurance is issued instantly after you make the payment.


This was all the information about RTO Kerala and we tried to verify the information from various sources to present you with the most valid version of the information. However, there can be changes in the procedure and hence you might want to verify the details about the documentation once again when you visit the RTO Kerala for any purpose.

Kerala RTO FAQ’s

Q: What is the Legal Age to drive in Kerala?

Ans: The legal age for driving the vehicle in Kerala is 16 years however, you can only drive a gearless scooter at the age of 16. If you wish to drive a car or a geared motorcycle then you need to wait till the age of 18 years to get the license.

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

Ans: If you have to stay in Kerala for more than a year then you would have to visit the RTO Kerala and pay the road tax to register the vehicle with RTO Kerala. You do not need a registration if you stay is going to be less than a year.

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

Ans: The original registration for the bike is valid for 15 years and hence you need to renew the registration after 15 years since the first time the bike was registered. You would need the documents like the original RC, valid insurance and PUC Certificate to renew the registration certificate of the bike.

Q: How to get Forms Required for Registration?

Ans: Now, this depends on you. If you are already planning to travel to the RTO Kerala then you can get the documents from the RTO Kerala itself or else you can choose to download the digital copy of the documents with help of the RTO Kerala website.

Q: Can I apply for VIP Number in Kerala?

Ans: Just like all other states, it is possible to get a fancy number in Kerala. You need to check the procedure with RTO Kerala however, the general procedure states that the applicant needs to check about the availability of number and then reach RTO Kerala with the application.

RTO Offices in Other States & Cities

Madhya Pradesh RTO RTO Pune Uttar Pradesh RTO
RTO Telangana RTO Bhopal RTO Delhi
Andhra Pradesh RTO RTO Surat RTO Rajasthan
RTO Gujarat RTO Mumbai RTO Vadodara
RTO Kerala RTO Indore RTO Jabalpur
RTO Karnataka Chhattisgarh RTO RTO Rajkot
RTO Ahmedabad RTO Odisha RTO Lucknow