Kerala MVD

The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) of Kerala has established as many as 69 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the entire state. Through these RTOs the Motor Vehicle Department has managed to completely cover almost all the districts and sub-districts in Kerala.


Through these RTOs, the Kerala MVD dispenses a host of different services related to motor vehicles. This includes registration and re-registration of vehicles, issuance of driving licences, and collection of taxes, among others. Periodic fitness inspection of vehicles and pollution control checks are also carried out by these offices.


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RTO Code of Kerala

Here is a complete list of all the RTO in Kerala along with their codes –

RTO Office

RTO Code

RTO Office

RTO Code

RTO Office

RTO Code

Thiruvananthapuram RTO


Kottarakara RTO


Kodungallur RTO


Kollam RTO


Punalur RTO


Wadakkancherry RTO


Pathanamthitta RTO


Adoor RTO


Alathur RTO


Alappuzha RTO


Thiruvalla RTO


Mannarghat RTO


Kottayam RTO


Mallappally RTO


Ottappalam RTO


Idukki RTO


Kayamkulam RTO


Pattambi RTO


Ernakulam RTO


Chengannur RTO




Thrissur RTO


Mavelikara RTO


Ponnani RTO


Palakkad RTO


Cherthala RTO


Tirur RTO


Malappuram RTO


Changanassery RTO


Koyilandi RTO


Kozhikode RTO


Kanjirappally RTO


Koduvally RTO


Wayanad RTO


Pala RTO


Thalassery RTO


Kannur RTO


Vaikom RTO


Taliparamba RTO


Kasargode RTO


Vandiperiyar RTO


Kanhangad RTO


Kerala RTO


Thodupuzha RTO


Kunnathur RTO


Attingal RTO


Thripunithura RTO


Ranni RTO


Muvattupuzha RTO


Perumbavoor RTO


Angamaly RTO


Vadakara RTO


Aluva RTO


Chalakkudy RTO


Parassala RTO


North Paravur RTO


Thirurangadi RTO


Neyyattinkara RTO


Mattancherry RTO


Kuttanadu RTO


Nedumangad RTO


Kothamangalam RTO


Uzhavoor RTO


Kazhakkoottam RTO


Irinjalakuda RTO


Devikulam RTO


Karunagapally RTO


Guruvayur RTO


Udumbanchola RTO


Vehicle Registration in Kerala

The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 clearly states that it is mandatory for every vehicle owner (two and four-wheeler) to be registered under the state RTO. The state does not allow riding vehicles on roads without RTO registration. In case a vehicle is not registered with the state RTO, the vehicle will have to pay penalty charges as per the norms.

Vehicle registration in Kerala is classified into two categories –


1. Permanent Registration -

Under permanent registration, your vehicle is registered with Kerala RTO for the next 15 years. You will have to renew the vehicle registration in Kerala after 15 years. To get a permanent vehicle registration in Kerala, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Go to the closest Kerala RTO office.

  • You will be required to fill out an RTO application form (Form numbers 20, 21,&22). The Kerala RTO registration application forms are also available online and can be downloaded by the applicant.

  • Enter all the mandatory details required in the forms.

  • The applicant will be required to submit certain documents, such as –

  • TRN Number (Temporary Registration Number)

  • Vehicle Invoice

  • PUC Certificate (Pollution Under Certificate)

  • Insurance Certificate

  • Address Proof

  • Identity Proof

  • Passport-size Photographs

  • Submit the form with these documents.

  • Once the form is submitted, the verification process will begin. During the verification, the applicant will be asked to bring the vehicle to the Kerala RTO.

  • After the verification process is duly completed, the RTO in Kerala will issue the vehicle registration number.


2. Temporary Registration -

When an individual purchases any vehicle, temporary vehicle registration in Kerala is issued by the dealer. To avoid any future issues, you should get a permanent vehicle registration in Kerala within 30 days of the temporary registration issue from the Kerala RTO.

 In addition to getting your vehicle registered you must also get your vehicle insured. There are two types of vehicle insurance, an individual can subscribe -


  • Third-party Policy Insurance -

This kind of policy is mandated by the law. It provides coverage in case of third-party damages.

  • Comprehensive Policy Insurance -

As the name suggests, this provides more comprehensive coverage. Damages to third parties as well as damages caused to your vehicle are covered under this policy.

 There are a lot of options available online from various insurers. At Bajaj Markets, you can compare the policies on offer by different insurers and select the insurance that suits your needs.


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Functions of RTO Kerala

RTO Kerala performs various functions which are effective and efficient. Some of these functions are –

  • Issue of License -

It is responsible for issuing learner licenses, driving licences, etc., to the state residents. The RTO has a specific department that manages the license procedures.

  • Document Renewal -

The RTO also manages the renewal of the documents like driving license, vehicle registration certificate, etc.

  • Vehicle Registration -

Kerala RTO keeps a proper and updated record of all the vehicles in the state. Every individual has to mandatorily get vehicle registration in Kerala at the closest RTO. The RTO maintains a separate database for temporary and permanent vehicle registration.

  • Information Update -

The primary details regarding the owner and the concerned vehicle have to be mandatorily updated in the RTO. The owners can get their addresses updated in the database. Any change in detail has to be compulsorily reciprocated by the RTO department. The RTO also records vehicle ownership details in Kerala.

  • Taxes -

It is also responsible for looking after the collection of different types of taxes like green tax, lifetime tax, quarterly tax, border tax, etc. It also has to deal with the tax exemption cases.

  • Fees & Charges -

RTOs also hold the responsibility for the collection of all the penalties and fees like a license issue, vehicle registration, etc.

RTO Fees

Certain fees are levied on the services rendered by the Kerala RTO -



Learner License

Rs. 150

Learner License (Test charge)

Rs. 50

Driving License

Rs. 200

Driving License (International Permit)

Rs. 1,000

Driving License (For other classes)

Rs. 500

Driving License (Renewal)

Rs. 200

Driving License (Renewal after due date)

Rs. 300

Driving School License

Rs. 10,000

Driving School License (Duplicate)

Rs. 5,000

Information Update Charges

Rs. 200

Certain fees are charged on every vehicle class. Read this table below to know more -

Type of vehicle

Type of vehicle


Invalid carriage

Rs. 20


Rs. 50

Imported motorcycle

Rs. 1,000

Non-transport light motor vehicle

Rs. 600

Transport light motor vehicle

Rs. 1,000

Medium goods and passenger vehicle

Rs. 1,000

Heavy goods vehicle

Rs. 1,500

Imported motor vehicle

Rs. 1,000

Any other type of vehicle

Rs. 3,000

**Note - It is important to keep your vehicles (two/four-wheelers) insured. According to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, vehicles on the road should have insurance as per the norms. In case a vehicle is found without insurance, a penalty will be charged against the vehicle owner.


The state government ensures the effective and efficient working of the Kerala RTO. The RTO in the state ensures that a systematic and organized procedure is religiously practiced for a hassle-free experience for the state residents. As responsible citizens, we must cooperate with the RTO administration and abide by the rules and regulations.

One must also get their vehicles insured to cover expenses of any unfortunate event. The Bajaj Markets platform has a wide range of car insurance plans provided by different insurers. You can explore the right auto insurance plan on the official website or download the app.

FAQs on RTO in Kerala

  • ✔️How to get temporary vehicle registration in Kerala?

    The temporary vehicle registration in Kerala is issued by the dealers for every vehicle.

  • ✔️How many categories are there in the vehicle registration in Kerala?

    There are two categories of vehicle registration in Kerala: temporary registration and permanent registration.

  • ✔️Can I get a VIP number for my vehicle?

    Yes, one can get a VIP number for their vehicle (two /four-wheeler) via RTO.

  • ✔️What is the procedure to get my vehicle insurance in Kerala RTO?

    The Kerala RTO does not offer vehicle insurance services. To get your vehicles insured, you can visit the official website of Bajaj Markets and explore vehicle insurance plans provided by different insurers

  • ✔️When do we have to renew our permanent vehicle registration in Kerala?

    The permanent vehicle registration in Kerala expires in 15 years. You will have to renew your vehicle registration 15 years from the issue date.

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