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RTO Karnataka

An RTO or Regional Transport Office is an organization registered under the Indian government as responsible for maintaining a database of the vehicles and their drivers for a representative state. In addition to database keeping, RTOs also issue licences to Indian drivers. Every state in India, including Karnataka, has numerous RTOs, all of which operate under the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. Here’s everything you need to know about the RTOs in Karnataka.

Functions of RTOs in Karnataka

RTOs in Karnataka are responsible for multiple functions. First and foremost, they register motor vehicles. When it comes to registering, Karnataka RTOs also

  • Temporarily register a motor vehicle.

  • Re-register a vehicle.

  • Register a change in your address.

  • Register a new vehicle and offer ‘B-register extract.’

  • Transfer the ownership of vehicles.

  • Issue & renew a trade certificate.

  • Renew the registration certificate for personal vehicles (cars, motorcycles, jeeps, etc).

  • Renew the certificate of fitness for a transport vehicle.

  • Acknowledge and discontinue hire purchase/lease agreement/hypothecation.

  • Offer a no-objection certificate as well as clearance.

  • Provide a duplicate certificate of registration.

  • Provide a fresh certificate of registration.

  • Offer to convert or alter documents.

  • Refund your lifetime tax.

  • Surrender and release vehicle records.

  • Cancel and Scrap RC.

In addition to registering motor vehicles, there are more functions for RTOs. Karnataka, and other Indian states, have RTOs that also issue driving as well as conductor licences. Karnataka RTOs also issue permits for goods and passenger vehicles. RTOs in Karnataka also collect motor vehicle tax and enforce all rules and regulations under the motor vehicles act. They carry out road safety measures, and finally, ensure vehicular pollution control.

Karnataka RTO Codes with Office Locations

When location the nearest RTO, it’s important to know the location and the respective Karnataka RTO code. Here are some RTO office locations and the Karnataka RTO codes for your reference.





RTO Bengaluru (Central)


RTO Raichur


RTO Bengaluru (West)


RTO Koppal


RTO Bengaluru (East)


RTO Bidar


RTO Bengaluru (North)


Bhalki (ARTO)


RTO Bengaluru (South)


RTO Chikkaballapur


RTO Tumakuru


RTO Jnanabharathi


RTO Kolar


RTO Ramanagar




Devanahalli (ARTO)


RTO Mysuru (West)


Tiptur (ARTO)


RTO Mandya


Sakaleshpura (ARTO)


RTO Hassan


Jamkhandi (ARTO)


Sagar (ARTO)


Gokak (ARTO)


RTO Chitradurga


RTO Yelahanka


RTO Davanagere


RTO Nelamangala


RTO Chikkamagaluru


RTO Krishnarajapuram


RTO Udupi


RTO Mysuru (East)


RTO Puttur


Basavakalyana (ARTO)


RTO Belagavi


RTO, A/R & STU, Bengaluru


Bailahongal (ARTO)


RTO, Chandapura, Bengaluru


RTO Dharwad


RTO, R.T.Nagar, Bengaluru


RTO Haveri


RTO, Surathkal, Dakshina Kannada (Dist)


RTO Bagalkote


Madhugiri, Tumakuru Dist. (ARTO)


RTO Karwar


Dandeli Uttara, Kannada Dist (ARTO)


RTO Kalaburgi


Chintamani, Chikkaballapur (ARTO)


RTO Yadagiri


Ranibennur Haveri (ARTO)


RTO Bellari


Ramadurga Belagavi (ARTO)


RTO Hosapete


Bantwala Dakshina Kannada (ARTO)


How to Register a Vehicle in Karnataka

Without a valid registration of your vehicle, one is prohibited from driving in Karnataka. Here is how you register your vehicle in Karnataka RTOs. Visit your nearest RTO with the following documents. Ensure you pay the application fees and road tax

  • Passport-sized photos of the applicant.

  • PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificate.

  • Sales certificate — Duly filled Form 21.

  • Certificate for Roadworthiness (from vehicle manufacturer)— Duly filled Form 22.

  • Documents verifying the age and address of the applicant.

  • Certificate of insurance for the concerned vehicle.

  • If the concerned vehicle is imported, a certificate indicating customs clearance.

  • In the case of hypothecation of a motor loan — Duly filled Form 34.

  • Invoice for the concerned vehicle.

  • Temporary registration number (TRN) of the concerned vehicle.

How To Get Motor Insurance in Karnataka

According to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, it is mandatory to get with third-party liability insurance for your motor vehicle in Karnataka. This type of insurance covers you in case you cause damage to a third party or their property. Secondly, depending on how comprehensive the insurance is, one can also be covered against any damage caused to oneself or one’s vehicle.

It's possible to purchase insurance online or offline. A few simple steps are all you need to purchase an insurance policy for your vehicle. Simply mention the manufacturing year of your vehicle and your contact number to the concerned insurance provider.

You can obtain your vehicle’s motor insurance for either your car or two-wheeler on Finserv MARKETS. By opting for the motor insurance policy on Finserv MARKETS, you get access to a range of perks - fast claim settlements, cashless claims at network garages all over India, and 24/7 assistance whenever you need it. Get your vehicle insured through Finserv MARKETS today.

FAQs About Karnataka RTO

  1. What is the youngest legal driving age in Karnataka?

For motor vehicles, the legal age in India to drive is 18 years, which also applies to Karnataka. However, 16-year-olds are permitted to drive gearless two-wheelers. The driving licence for both two-wheelers and motor vehicles may be issued by the nearest concerned RTO.

  1. My car is registered from another State. Am I required to re-register with an RTO Karnataka?

This depends on your purpose of coming to Karnataka. If you visit Karnataka for the sake of tourism using a personal vehicle, then you do not need to register it. On the other hand, if you are driving a commercial vehicle in Karnataka that was registered in another state, you must pay taxes. In case you are migrating with your personal vehicle to Karnataka, you are required to register your vehicle with any of the RTOs in Karnataka.

  1. How do I obtain all the forms for registering vehicles?

The forms can be obtained in two ways. Visiting any of the RTOs in Karnataka in person and requesting the necessary forms is one way. Alternatively, you can simply use the E-sewa portal to get the forms online.

  1. Is it possible to apply for a VIP number in Karnataka?

If you have a VIP or fancy number you prefer for your car, then any of the RTOs in Karnataka will issue it to you in case it is available. However, when applying you have to submit documents, an application form, and a nominal fee to any of the RTOs in Karnataka you choose to visit.


RTOs in Karnataka (and all across India) serve a number of functions. Getting acquainted with such functions can help you be a responsible and cautious driver on the Indian roads.  

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