A NOC or No Objection Certificate is a legal document that acts as permission for a concerned vehicle to be released from its current jurisdiction authority. NOCs are issued by the Regional Transport Office or RTO from where the vehicle was originally registered. A NOC ensures that a vehicle’s registration is cleared from its initial jurisdiction and is open to being registered at any other RTO in the country. The NOC also acts as proof of clearance of all liabilities such as taxes, Challan’s, and other dues.
Obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RTO is an important step that many vehicle owners often overlook when shifting from one state to another. Of course, you won’t require this document if you don’t plan to live at the new location for long but one needs to transfer the registration of his vehicle from one state to another if he plans to relocate for good. Basically, if you are going to use your vehicle in a new state or union territory for less than 3 months, you have no requirement of transferring the registration of the vehicle to the new RTO.
However, if you plan to move to a new state or UT for over a year, it is mandated by the law to change the registration of the vehicle to the new RTO. While this rule is not strictly followed in many states, it pays to follow this regulation to avoid unnecessary hassles at the time of claiming insurance, etc. An important point here is that before you can apply for registration in a new state, you need to obtain a NOC from the original RTO.
Basically, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is a legal document from the original RTO that allows the re-registration of the vehicle at the new transport office. It may be noted here that providing NOC is mandatory when filing for the re-registration of the vehicle. NOC provides proof that there are no challans or other dues that the owner of the vehicle is liable to pay.
When is a NOC Required?
According to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, anyone looking to relocate or sell their vehicle from one state/Union Territory to another must have a valid No Objection Certificate prepared. Here are some of the cases where a NOC is required:
If the buyer of a vehicle in these above-mentioned cases resides in a different RTO from the one in which the vehicle was registered, they must obtain a NOC from the RTO under their jurisdiction.
How to Get NOC from RTO?
To get NOC from RTO, the owner of the vehicle needs to follow the following steps-
Please note that the RTO will take up to 3 working days to issue the No Objection Certificate after the submission of all the required documents.
Documents required to get NOC:
Here is a list of documents that are required to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RTO-
Validity of NOC:
A No Objection Certificate is valid for a maximum of 6 (six) months. Once the certificate is obtained, the vehicle has to be re-registered in the new jurisdiction RTO within those 6 months. If it is not done within that time, the document becomes invalid and a fresh application has to be made. It is the same with the buyer as they have to obtain a NOC from the RTO in their jurisdiction and register the vehicle under the same before the 6 months are over.
A No Objection Certificate (NOC) remains valid for a period of 6 months. After the expiration of the NOC, you won’t be able to use the document for the re-registration of the vehicle at the new RTO. Also, it must be noted that NOC from the RTO is not only required when you need to transfer the registration of the vehicle from one RTO to another but also when a new owner is required to register the car at the RTO near his home. In fact, things are a bit complicated with interstate vehicle transfers. Hence, it pays to obtain NOC from RTO before you sell the vehicle to someone who plans to transfer the ownership in a different state.
Documents for Vehicle Re-Registration (Interstate Transfer):
The following are the documents required for re-registration:
Lending bank NOC if the vehicle is under a loan After the submission of the above documents, the new registration number is issued in a few weeks. Also, inform the insurance company of the re-registration to get the policy document updated.
Road tax Refund Process:
You can apply for a refund for the road tax paid to the original RTO for the initial registration of the vehicle. The time limit for applying for a refund differs from one state to another and the process for a refund can be initiated soon after relocating to a new state or UT after obtaining the NOC. However, please note that only the original owner of the vehicle can apply for a refund.
Can a NOC be Obtained Online?
While online NOCs have not been enabled by all states in India, many do offer the service through the Parivahan portal of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website.
NOC applications, here is the procedure to do so:
Once the payment is complete, save and print the application form and the receipt.
Submit the application form and the receipt when you visit the RTO in person.