Process to Register Vehicle in Kerala

Process to Register Vehicle in Kerala

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 prohibits driving of a motor vehicle in any public place or in any other place without registering it. It is essential that the particulars of every vehicle and its owner should be available with the concerned department or office of Government and the vehicle also should be distinguishable from other vehicles by sight with the help of the Registration Mark displayed on the vehicle.

The registration mark should be displayed in specified places and in specified manner.

Application for registration of a new vehicle has to  be submitted before the Registering Authority in jurisdiction, in which the applicant is residing or having his business and the place where the vehicle is normally kept.

The application for registration shall be made in Form 20 (External website that opens in a new window) within a period of 7 days from the date of delivery of such vehicle excluding the period of journey.

After inspecting the vehicle, the applicant shall be given an acknowledgment receipt. The allotted vehicle number will be displayed on that day itself in the notice board and the department website at: (External website that opens in a new window).

The Registration Certificate shall be delivered within 3 days by Speed Post to the registered address

Contact Address

Regional Transport Offices and Sub Regional Transport Offices

Office Timings

Fees & Tax Deposition Time: 10.30 am to 1.00 pm.

Inspection of vehicle: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm


In the case of a body built vehicle, Form 22A (External website that opens in a new window) from the body builder.

The word ‘body builder’ is included in Rule 47 (g) of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and hence no change can be made deviating from the rule.

Income tax declaration in Form 60

Documents to be submitted

  • Valid Insurance Certificate
  • Proof of address
  • Design approval copy of State Transport Authority (STA) in the case of a Trailer or Semi-Trailer
  • Pencil print of chassis number
  • Temporary Registration, if any
  • Customs clearance certificate or Bill of Lading in the case of Imported Vehicles.
  • Self-addressed stamped cover