Friday, 15 June 2012

How to transfer vehicle from one state to another state in India


Hi All,

I am writing this blog to explain to you the process of transferring the car from one state to another state in India. This blog is a result of my experience that I had when I moved from Delhi to Bangalore and took along with me my Maruti Alto.

When I moved my car from Delhi to Bangalore, I did not have any idea of the complexity involved in the transfer or the fact that you need to pay the road tax again in the state where you are bringing the car. If I had known about these facts before, I WOULD HAVE NEVER MOVED MY CAR from one state to another. For a car invoiced at 2.87 L, I had to pay around 40K in Bangalore just as road tax. And this is given the fact that 15K which was taken by the transport company were reimbursed by my company. It would have been much better if I had sold the car in Delhi and bought a new/second hand car in Bangalore.

Anyways, since I got trapped in this cycle of getting the car transferred, I am mentioning below the steps, I had to undertake:

(1)    I went to the RTO office 2 months after coming to Bangalore to enquire about the process to get the car transferred. I was informed that I would need following documents:

a.       Original RC

b.      Insurance

c.       Pollution certificate

d.      Original Invoice

e.      NOC from the RTO, Delhi

(2)    I had all the documents with me except for the NOC which was a news for me. This NOC is basically a document by Delhi RTO stating that they don’t have any issue if the vehicle is transferred to another state. I contacted my relatives in Delhi and requested them to visit RTO get the NOC.

(3)    They approached the RTO but as happens in any Govt office, it was very difficult to get the information. Eventually, they approached an agent who promised to get the NOC for a cost of Rs 3500. The actual fee for the NOC is around 50-100 Rs.

(4)    We continued to follow up with the agent for NOC for two months. He gave various reasons for NOC not being available ranging from there were rains and all files got drenched in water, there was a fire in the office, some files got burned, RTO officers are working on identifying what is damaged and getting the NOC will take some time.

(5)    After 1 month, my relative went directly to the RTO and with the grace of God, we was able to push for the work getting done and I got the NOC 15 days after that.

(6)    Once I had the NOC which was around 5-6 months after arriving in Bangalore, I went back to the RTO office to apply for transfer.

(7)    I was informed by the officers in RTO Bangalore that I will first have to get the address changed for my car and also pay the road tax. Applying for the new Karnataka number will be done only after that. There were some 8-10 different forms to be filled (Form 6, Form 10, Form 27, Form 28, Form 30 etc – these were all Central motor vehicles act forms. There were some Karnataka State motor vehicles act forms also which I had to fill.)

(8)    The clerk in the RTO only gave me 2 forms, she did not have other forms and suggested that I get it from the photocopy shop below.

(9)    I went to the shop, got all the forms, filled all of them.

(10)When I submitted the forms at the counter, the superintendent only picked up 3-4 forms and rest all were returned back to me. (You can judge the level of mis-communication in the RTO office).

(11)She took all the documents from me, calculated the road tax which is around 13-14% of the invoice value. Since my car was 1.5 years old, I was given a discount of 7% of the calculated tax. For an invoice of 2.87 Lakh, tax after discount came to around Rs 38200.

(12)You can only deposit tax upto 3000 in cash. Beyond that, they need a Demand Draft. So I had to come back home. I applied for the DD over netbanking. Got the draft in 4-5 days and I again went back to RTO office.

(13)I deposited the draft and got the receipt for the road tax. In addition to that they also put penalty of around 1500 on me as I should have got my address changed in 30 days of coming to Bangalore. Since I was approaching them after around 6 months, they put the penalty on me. I deposited even that as well.

(14)However, this time, I was informed that I will have to obtain two additional documents:

a.       SCRB Report (State Crime Records Bureau) need Vidhan Saudha in Bangalore. This report will indicate that my vehicle is not stolen. They gave me a letter which would help me in getting the SCRB report.

b.      I will have to obtain the vehicle inspection certificate from the RTO inspector. This will indicate that vehicle is physically present in the state and a Govt officer has seen it with his eyes and the vehicle is in driving condition.

(15)I had to come back home again and plan for going to the SCRB on a working day. I took a half day leave, went to SCRB office and to my surprise, I got the letter in just 15 mins (there was no other customer there).

(16)I again went to the RTO for getting the vehicle inspection done. I went around 10:30 AM which is the opening time of the office. I had thought I would get the inspection certificate and then complete the remaining formalities. When I checked with the people there, I was informed that inspector sits on the main road near the RTO as he has to inspect the private and commercial vehicles and they suggested me to come in the afternoon around 1 PM. Since I could not wait for that long, I came back home.

(17)I went again around 1 PM after a couple of days, only to be told that inspector already did one round of inspection and he has headed back to his chamber for lunch. The next round of inspection would happen around 3 PM. I again came back home.

(18)Again after 2-3 days, I went around 12.15 PM. There was a person (definitely not the inspector) who was sitting on the Govt table and chair and was filling forms for a lot of commercial vehicles. I checked with him when will the inspector come, he told me that he would come around 1-1.30 PM. I was sceptical from my previous experience. I waited for some time but since there was no sign of the inspector, I thought he would have cancelled his pre-lunch inspection cycle. At 12.45 PM, I was about to leave for home when inspector came over. He asked me to take the imprint of the engine number and chassis number on the car into the form. I ran around, bought a pencil, somehow took the imprint.

(19)Inspector signed on the form but also wrote something on the back side of the form. I was assuming that it would be some code for the clerk to take fixed amount from me. He then asked me to go back to the RTO office for further processing.

(20)I went back to the office. I had to take signatures of the main officer in RTO on my inspection certificate. There was a big line (mostly of people wanting a driving license), the peon somehow put me in front of the queue. I went in, got the signatures and I was done. To my surprise, no asked for any money. Probably, it was a lucky day for me.

(21)I then went back to the Superintendent who had calculated the road tax for me. He checked all the documents and asked me to submit it to the front office clerk. The front office clerk took all the documents and gave me a date 3 weeks later to come and collect the new registration documents.

(22)I went to the RTO on the designated date at 4 PM (The delivery time is 4 PM to 5 PM). For 45 minutes, no one took pains to search for my file and complete the process even though there were not many people there.

(23)When I again requested them, they said my Delhi RC is a smart card and they cannot change address on that. They need a booklet form of RC for changing the address. So they asked me to deposit another Rs 105 to get the paper booklet.

(24)The cash counter was closed for public dealing even though there was a person sitting there. To my surprise, a lady officer took money from me, went to the cash counter from inside the office and got it done. She then also went and got the paper RC prepared.

(25)What I got now was a RC (registration certificate) which was a Karnataka booklet but the registration number still remained the Delhi number. They just changed the address in that to my Bangalore address and mentioned that I have paid Karnataka road tax. They also took my original Delhi RC (never to be returned back).

(26)This completed first part of the process. After so much ordeal, I converted my smart card RC into a paper RC with just the address changed and Road tax paid mention in the booklet.

(27)I asked the superintendent about the next steps and how I will get a Karnataka registration number. She told me that NOC that I had submitted in duplicate (the one which I got from Delhi, you would get 2 copies of the NOC and you need to submit both in Bangalore RTO) will be sent back to Delhi for confirmation that it is not fudged and Delhi office actually issued that NOC.

(28)She told me to come back after 3 months and enquire with them if they received any response from Delhi. If they would have, I will get the Karnataka number only then.

(29)I went to the RTO office after 3 months to check if they received any response from Delhi. The lady there told me that I have to apply again for Karnataka number and submit the following documents:

a.       My original paper RC that I got from Bangalore RTO

b.      Insurance

c.       Pollution certificate

d.      An application on plain paper requesting RTO for a Karnataka number

(30)The lady told me that only when I submit this application, they will check if they got any response from Delhi. If they did not receive anything, process will continue.

(31)I came back home from the RTO.

This is the current situation. I still need to apply for a Karnataka number as per step 29. The only thing I have gained from this whole process is that it is mentioned in my RC that I have paid Bangalore road tax. If a traffic officer catches me, he cannot fine me on that account. Getting a Karnataka number is going to be another round of struggle in the RTO I guess.

One thing I am definitely sure of is that if and when I leave Bangalore, I am not going to take this car with me. I will sell it here in Bangalore only. It would be easy to sell a Karnataka number car in Bangalore hence I will still pursue to get it.

As and when I complete that process, I will update this blog with more information.

My advice to anyone who intends to transfer a vehicle from one state to another would be read through the above process and get yourself mentally prepared for all the hassles you are going to face. I did not pay any bribe in the whole process and I did not approach an agent. Probably, going through an agent (which definitely means spending money on bribe) might have made my life easier but I guess since this was the period in which Anna Hazaare was protesting against corruption, this has some impact on my psyche as well.

Thank you all for reading it.

Abhishek Jain

69 comments:

  1. The whole process looks shocking. Thanks for taking time to explain it to us.

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  2. I am in the same boat as you. Did not pay any bribe and may be that's why still suffering. Though My case is 2 years long. lol. I had brought my 2 wheeler from Delhi. Submitted dd and whatever it takes. I have even got the Karnataka registration. But, the number change has still not been done. I too have not paid any bribe till now.

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    1. hey for that verification .... if you read the receipt it says if as in your case the delhi rc do not respond in 45 days then the present state rto has to issue the necessary numbers.... i cornered the vasai road rto likewise .... and so after 3 yrs got my number, but still to get my rc book

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  3. I am also going to taste the same process. so best of luck to me :)

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  4. Thanks for the detailed explanation. I am also transferring from Pune to Bangalore and now am leaning towards selling me vehicle here in Pune itself!

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  5. Thanks a lot for taking so much time to write such a detailed review which has helped many.

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  6. thank u Abhishek...timely warning indeed !

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  7. Thank you budy for your time to explain this, Thank God, I haven't brought my Car here.

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  8. thanks abhi...... I think its better to sell the bike rather than to transfer it.

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  9. I was about to move my 2 wheeler to Bangalore and after reading this post, I am planning to drop the plan.

    Thank you so much Mr. Abhishek Jain for taking pain to write this and helping. You have saved our time, money and effort :)

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  10. i want to bring my car for around 1 year.can antone tell me do i need to do all formalities mentioned above.

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  11. We brought our Scooty from Cuttack to Bangalore, Got NOC from Home RTO and paid Road Tax in Bangalore. Is this enuf to ride the bike here? Or a re-registration is must? Does NOCs have an expiry date? Can insurance be renewed only once the change of address is done? I am pretty confused... Pls advice

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    1. same is with me. Please let me know if you have got any information.

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  12. Entire process is really testing the patience levels of the people.. Better to sell of the vehicle and buy a new one in the destination.... Thanks Abhishek for a detailed explanation. I was looking for details for NOC and landed on your website :)

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  13. Thanks a lot for the information and the time you have spent in writing this article. This is called as Indian Administration.

    --Venkat :)

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  14. Oh God It would be easier to get a pass to heaven than to tfr a vehicle from one state to another. Mera Bharat MAHAAN

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  15. Very well written .. I am planning to do the same procedure again... but reading this i am now also feeling i should have sell my car in delhi itself ... I may add further comments on my experience

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  16. Thanks for such a informative blog....
    Now I will think whether to transfer my car or take a new car

    Thanks
    Archana

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  17. Hi , i have got my car from Bangalore to Delhi, and i was informed by someone from car shworoom that NOC is not required now, everthing is computiersed. hence i did not get the same from there..

    No in delhi they are asking for it, i have no body in Bangalore to help me in this. Can any body pleae advise..

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  18. Thanks for this useful details . It has opened my eyes as i was also planning to bring my alto from pune to bangalore.
    Now it seems that smartness is in selling it in pune & get a second hand in bangalore.

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  19. Yesterday, I spoke to one of RTO Police mama :) standing near signal, As per him if you are going to stay in Banagalore for not more than 1 year then you don't need to do anything (Bike TRansfer formalities). Not sure if it is correct information. Please confirm if anyone is aware.

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  20. I have bought my new Amaze in Kerala Trivandrum, now I wantto move to HYD. I love my car its my first car, i donot want to sell here, could anyone suggest a best course of action at the same time I am not read to pay the life tax & road tax again... plz help

    Mihir

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    1. You can claim the refund of your Road Tax amt Mihir from Bangalore RTO..once the vehicle is re-registered in Hyderabad (and it might turn out cheaper coz Bangalore has one of the highest Road Taxes in India..!!)

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  21. Thanks Abhishek, This is really a well documented account of your experience. I am reading this just before going to the RTO in the next hour.

    I hopefully will have a better experience thanks to your guidance.
    Cheers

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    1. hi Christopher - pls share what happened with you post 30 Sept 2012 on your vehicle transfer from another state - I am looking at reloctaing and need to now your experience..

      thanks in advance - kapil 9818391941
      kapsgoa@gmail.com

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  22. What are the provisions relating to Inter State transfer of vehicles?
    When a Motor vehicle registered in one State has been kept in other State for a period exceeding twelve months the owner is required to obtain a new registration mark to be assigned by the registering authority within whose jurisdiction the vehicle then is in terms of section 47 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.

    http://morth.nic.in/index2.asp?slid=609&sublinkid=338&lang=1

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  23. Thanks a lot for sharing the interesting information about your experience in super drive for long distance in car. Before going for a long drive, one must check the car conditions, engine performance, radiator, mileage, engine oil and also the tyres. Second Hand Cars In Bangalore

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  24. Thanks for the Information. Bangalore RTO really sucks. :)

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  25. hatss off to you for writing such an experience with RTO... Its a knowledgeable article.! Gud luck for getting a Karnataka registration

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  26. Abhishek, Did you get the Tax card ? along with the RC book ? Read the tax amount just mentioned in RC.

    I am in same situation, have applied for Change of address first and waiting for the smard card to reach

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  27. thanks for your precious suggestion.

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  28. This is really very informative blog and it helps me a lot. But Tri Bike Transfer aims for hassle free bike transport for triathletes and cyclist to the major triathlons and cycling events around Australia.

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  29. Thanks for all the information. Truely useful for people shifting to Bangalore like me.

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  30. For people working on country wide transferable posts / jobs in Govt Departments/Private Companies particularly in a Bank where inter-sate transfer of postings are rampant & frequent , it looks horrible and costly affair to get the vehicle transferred to other Indian states.

    The Govt. Machinery esp. Centre Govt. should ponder over this rule and every effort should be on making rules which people can obey rather forcing people for opting not to obey.

    jaspal

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  31. Does anybody know that how much is the official fine for not transferring from one state to another. (not talking about bribe). If i say that i will change my current job in next few months and will go in some other state and hence i do not want to transfer my vehicle. If my driving licence is valid in all over India..then why not my car.... Is it really an offence?

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  32. How to transfer vehicle from one state to another state in India bangalore
    rto agent in bagalore details pls call me 9060059444, 9060084008 abdul

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  33. Hey I really sorry, that’s all I can say being an INDIAN, other side thanks a lot you have given valid info. But one thing I personally admit it’s time to handover my country once again OTHERS. I really don’t know why people are not fight back for this kind of situation.

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  34. Hello Abhishek,
    Thanks for the detailed blog. I as planning to move my car to bangalore but now it seems a good idea to sell it here.
    Just to mention for other, If you are moving from:
    Other state to hyderabad --> NOC Not required, only pay road tax and thats it. I have used my Maharashtra registered car in hyderabad for more than 2 years.

    Other State to Delhi/Noida --> No NOC, no road tax required, I have been using my MH number car in delhi from last two years.

    Thanks,
    Anubhav Jain

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  35. Do i have to transfer ownership of my bike on my name before transferring ti bangalore. I already have NOC from RTO.

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  36. Thank you very much Abhishek. You have done a great job and given much more information to help others.

    Its a rare quality in this world now a days. You struggled a lot and still kept your head high. Good to hear all this information.

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  37. Many thanks for the information. Helps a lot.

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  38. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Its really helpful to every body who is planning to move their vehicles to other states.

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  39. Thanks for sharing your experience

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  40. Hello Abhishek,

    I salute you to be a part of India and the most simplified processes laid by the Government to help us live a hassle free life in the Country. I am so proud that you are able to stand by the hurdles and hassles and get your work done.
    I know you would have cried from inside to face all this....each one of us faces this at some point and we are left helpless.

    Dilip Raja
    Hyderabad

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  41. I too had to go through this painful process as I didnt want to pay bribe nor go through agent. It was to pay the Karnatake road tax and I had to go to RTO thrice to be ignored and shuttled around by clerks. Even after paying 15 year road tax, I am scared to take my bike out thinking about the entire process if they charge me with something esle.

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  42. How true, all of it, and all the comments posted herein. I transferred my Honda Activa scooter from Trivandrum to Pune. There is one additional level of hassle one has to go through if you are transferring your vehicle from Kerala to any other state. When you apply for NOC in Kerala they do not give you the RC book and the original NOC. They say that they will send it themselves to the destination RTO. No problem in that; they do it very promptly. But the Pune RTO kept on saying for six months that they have not received the papers. Till I barged into the RTO's office and through his good offices looked at their incoming dak. The papers were all there, received in Pune RTO within one week of my submitting them in Trivandrum. After that the process was as described; except that, I took the help from an agent who took care of bribing whoever had to be bribed. At least I got my new registration number.

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  43. Hi…
    My car is register in AP and I moved to delhi one year before so i took the the NOC form AP and on the NOC it is written “NOC cut to New DELHI(South)”….Now for some reasons i could not register my car in delhi and have to move to another state (Himachal) permanently …So please let me know if ican use the same NOC to register my car in himachal pradesh .If not what i need to do in this case…
    Thanks,
    Snow
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    1. hey Kapil..you will need to apply for a NOC again in AP for a transfer to Himachal..which means..if am not wrong..you and vehicle..both might need to be in AP physically. That's what I vaguely recall when I got my NOC procedure done 8 years back..(things might have changed/been simplified now..but it took visits to lot of places at that time including NOC from Commissioner office, etc.)

      May be you can check at Andhra RTO portal.

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  44. I have tamil nadu registered alto lxi maruthi brand, which is with me in hyderabad. how to transfer the same to andhra pradesh, I do not have NOC from tamil nadu.

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  45. how to get NOC for my car in hyderabad

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  46. Hello You have to apply your car NOC from Tamilnadu state, regional area where you have done registration.

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  47. Hi,

    Please let me know this.

    I took NOC for my vehicle and moved from state A to State B. The life time tax for vehicle at state A is already paid.

    Its been more than 2 years in state B for me. I am trying to update my address of state B and re register the vehicle there.

    I am facing a problem as I am asked to pay lifetime tax for vehicle at state B and also a penalty of 100% as it seems after NOC is issued, the life time tax already paid expires.

    Please tell me if this is correct. Do i need to pay this penalty.?

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  48. Hi, Abhi Congratulate bez of your post ,our all state RTO it s happening same exsperiances to every one,what we can do ,we should fight against bribery and corruption. A good salute for share that exsperiances here,,,,,,,

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  49. I was reading everything ok until I reached this sentence /* There was a big line (mostly of people wanting a driving license), the peon somehow put me in front of the queue. */...So, why the peon somehow put you in front of the queue?. This is the pathetic situation in our country. Do not complain about corruption.

    Secondly, there are already couple of 'advertisements' from brokers aka scavengers here.

    Let me tell you what is real humiliation!!.. My friend who doesn't know how to drive, never visited any RTO and got his license done. I paid numerous visits for around 3 months to get my license. According to Indians, my friend is the 'smart' person and I am pretty dumb!! Enjoy this great country friends!!..

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  50. Thanks Abhishek. Very nicely written. I can understand the difficulty you have faced.

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  51. Nice article Abhishek..Thank You!
    Hope, you have received/applied for Road Tax refund from Delhi RTO!! Many people dont know that..but you can claim a refund after you have paid Road Tax in the new state.

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  52. Its very nice to read your blog which is related to my searches.Thanks for posting this sap recruiting details here. I also got more details from this topic , have a view on this also please...!
    Second Hand Cars in Chennai

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  53. Hats off to your doggedness and fortitude. And, I completely agree - just not worth the hassle transferring a vehicle, unless a prized possession.

    I guess this is what the government means when they let us know, through DD ads, that we should strive towards national integration. Shameful that this sort of anachronistic practices are still followed. It's a car, not a firearm or other form of arsenal, for heaven's sake.

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  54. Thanks Abhishek. This article helped me to complete the process. Yes, I have received the New KA kumber.

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  55. very useful information indeed. thanks to you.

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  56. Thank you so much Abhi for the valuable information provided. I appreciate ur efforts taken to post this information. Once again thank you.

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  57. I hope by now you would have received the Karnataka Regn. No. For your car. Anyway, Thanks for your blog. It was such an informative one

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  58. How many NOC form-28 will be returned from RTO office, once NOC is done for 2 wheeler? I got only 2 in return but one of my friend said there should be 3 form-28 returned from RTO once your NOC is done.

    Thanks,
    Ishita

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  59. Is it compulsory to take the new state regd no. ? is there any way to continue with the old number after some fees.?

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    1. It is not compulsory to take new Registration. You can simply pay the tax in the new state and drive... but you wont get any tax refund from the Origin state unless you re register in the second state ... Anyway, A country where Re registration process is so long , Refund of tax will be a wildest of the Wildest Dream in reality

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  60. Thats a hell lot of a story! Thanks for taking the pain and putting it together for our benefits. I don't know when that day will arrive when these processes will be lot easier and third party agents will not be required.

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  61. Thanks a lot.. I about to buy other state registration.. you saved me... :)

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