It is mandatory to register motor vehicles before driving them1, and after getting your vehicle registered, you will receive a Registration Certificate (RC)2. It is mandatory to carry the original copy or electronic copy of the RC and to display a registration mark on your vehicle3.
If you drive or allow a motor vehicle to be driven without registration, you can be punished with a fine between Rs. 2,000 to 5,000 for the first offence, and with jail time of up to 1 year, or a fine between Rs. 5,000 and 10,000, or both, for any subsequent offence4. The applicable fine amount might vary across states.
You cannot be fined for not having the Registration Certificate only for the following reasons5:
- Conveyance of persons suffering from sickness or injuries
- Transport of food or materials to relieve distress or of medical supplies
However, you must inform the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) of your state within 7 days that you are using a motor vehicle for the two reasons given above, otherwise you can be fined.
Given below are the fine amounts for two states:
Frequency of Offence
Fine Amount (In INR)
2,000 – 5,000
Any subsequent offence
5,000 – 10,000
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Others
- Section 39, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 41, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 139, The Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
- Section 192(1), The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
- Section 192, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.