Karnataka RTO

The RTO Offices in Karnataka is responsible for governing road transport in the State. Karnataka RTOs were created under the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. There are 66 RTOs in Karnataka that primarily function for the enforcement of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. Karnataka RTOs render a variety of services to state residents like driving licences, vehicle registration, trade certificates, interstate, and national vehicle permits, etc. You can visit the Karnataka RTO website to check the vehicle registration number or RTO code of Karnataka and more.

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RTO Code of Karnataka

Here is a complete the Karanataka RTO list along with the different codes -

RTO Office

RTO Code

RTO Office

RTO Code

Central Bengaluru RTO


Raichur RTO


West Bengaluru RTO


Koppal RTO


East Bengaluru RTO


Bidar RTO


North Bengaluru RTO


Bhalki (ARTO)


South Bengaluru RTO


Chikkaballapur RTO


Tumakuru RTO


RTO Jnanabharathi


Kolar RTO


Ramanagar RTO




Devanahalli (ARTO)


West Mysuru RTO


Tiptur (ARTO)


Mandya RTO


Sakaleshpura (ARTO)


Hassan RTO


Jamkhandi (ARTO)


Sagar (ARTO)


Gokak (ARTO)


Chitradurga RTO


Yelahanka RTO


Davanagere RTO


Nelamangala RTO


Chikkamagaluru RTO


Krishnarajapuram RTO


Udupi RTO


East Mysuru RTO


Puttur RTO


Basavakalyana (ARTO)


Belagavi RTO


A/R & STU, Bengaluru RTO


Bailahongal (ARTO)


Chandapura, Bengaluru RTO


Dharwad RTO


R.T.Nagar, Bengaluru RTO


Haveri RTO


Surathkal, Dakshina Kannada (Dist) RTO


Bagalkote RTO


Madhugiri, Tumakuru Dist. (ARTO)


Karwar RTO


Dandeli Uttara, Kannada Dist (ARTO)


Kalaburgi RTO


Chintamani, Chikkaballapur (ARTO)


Yadagiri RTO


Ranibennur Haveri (ARTO)


Bellari RTO


Ramadurga Belagavi (ARTO)


Hosapete RTO


Bantwala Dakshina Kannada (ARTO)


Vehicle Registration at RTO Karnataka

As per the norms mentioned in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, an individual is not allowed to ride any vehicle that is not registered under the state RTO. An individual needs to get vehicle registration in Karnataka. If the vehicle is not registered with the state RTO, the owner will have to pay the penalty and other charges as per the norms.

There are two types of vehicle registration in Karnataka -

  • Permanent Registration -

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

  • Go to the closest RTO in the state.

  • You will be required to fill RTO application form (Form numbers 20, 21,&22). One can visit the Karnataka RTO website for application forms. The Karnataka vehicle registration 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 –

  • Passport-size Photographs

  • Identity Proof

  • Address Proof

  • Insurance Certificate

  • PUC Certificate (Pollution Under Certificate)

  • Vehicle Invoice

  • TRN Number (Temporary Registration Number)

  • 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 Karnataka RTO.

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


  • Temporary Registration -

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

Just as registration insurance is also mandatory on Indian roads. There are two types of vehicle insurance, an individual can subscribe -

  • Third-party Policy Insurance -

This type of insurance is mandated by the law. It covers expenses of the damages caused by your vehicle to any third party.

  • Comprehensive Policy Insurance -

With this insurance policy you get much wider coverage.

Driving a motor vehicle without insurance is illegal in Karnataka. One can choose a suitable plan for their car from a range of vehicle insurance policies available at Bajaj Markets.

Read more: New Vehicle Registration Process

Functions of RTO Karnataka

There are various functions of RTO in Karnataka –

  • Registration of Vehicles

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

  • Updates Information

The Karnataka RTO vehicle details need to be mandatorily updated. The owners can get their addresses updated in the database. Any change in detail has to be compulsorily reciprocated by the RTO department. It also records details of a change of ownership of vehicles.

  • Licence

The Karnataka RTO is responsible for issuing learner licenses, driving licences, etc., to the state residents. The RTO has a specific department that manages the application, test, and issue of license procedures. There are various categories of license that are issued by the RTO.

  • Renewal of Documents

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

  • Issue of Duplicate Document

Under valid and reasonable circumstances like lost, damaged, etc., the RTO in the state issues duplicate documents of driving license, vehicle registration certificate, etc., to owners.

  • Certification

This government owned body offers various certificates like the No Objection Certificate during road trips.

  • Fees and Penalty -

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

  • Taxes -

The Karnataka RTO is also responsible for collecting different types of taxes like green tax, lifetime tax, quarterly tax, border tax, etc. It also has to deal with the tax exemption cases.


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RTO Fees

Certain fees are levied on the services rendered by the Karnataka 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

The table below would give you an idea about the RTO charges based on the vehicle class.

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

RTO in Karnataka ensures that the vehicles on the road are abiding by the rules and regulations of the Motor Vehicles Act. The Act specifically mentions that the vehicles should have insurance to cover any unfortunate expenses. In case a vehicle is found without any insurance, the owner will have to pay penalty charges.


Karnataka RTO tries to provide smooth and quick services to the state residents. The government tries to work efficiently and effectively by compartmentalizing every possible service. As a citizen, we must cooperate with the authorities and get vehicles officially registered in Karnataka.

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 Karnataka

  • ✔️How many RTO offices are there in Karnataka state?

    There are 66 RTO offices in Karnataka state.

  • ✔️How many categories are there in vehicle registration in Karnataka?

    There are two categories of vehicle registration in Karnataka: 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. The individual will however have to pay some charges to get a VIP number for their vehicles.

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

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

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

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

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