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Introduction to Maharashtra (MH) RTO

Under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, the Regional Transport Department of Maharashtra is responsible for the implementation of vehicular laws in the state of Maharashtra. These laws and provisions have been laid down in the said Act, which governs all the aspects related to road and transport welfare, which includes the issuance and registration of vehicles, licence and permits. There are 50 RTOs in Maharashtra, covering different regions. The overall department is under the supervision of the Commissioner of Transport of Maharashtra, and the respective RTO Maharashtra of a region is supervised by the Deputy Regional Transport Officer.

Functions of Road Transport Department in MH

As mentioned before, the role of the RTO Maharashtra is to ensure smooth implementation of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. These are usually responsibilities related to the road and transport welfare or concerns related to the issuance, renewal or registration of vehicles or drivers.

Let us enumerate all such functions

Vehicle-related functions of the RTO Maharashtra:

These include the registration, both temporary as well as permanent, of the motor vehicles that ply on the roads, the issuance of fitness certificates to such vehicles, the grant of various permits to the commercial vehicles. The RTO Maharashtra is also responsible for collecting the motor vehicle tax and for the issuance and renewal of passengers and goods vehicle permits.

Driving licence-related function of the RTO Maharashtra:

This function includes the issuance and renewal of the motor driving licence to the common drivers and the issuance of conductor licences to the expert drivers. In order to issue such a licence, the RTO Maharashtra conducts the driving test, maintains the centres for these tests and gives out the forms for the same.

Documentary and administrative functions:

If there are duplicate licences to be issued or a No Objection certificate to be issued, the work falls on the RTO. Similarly, ownership transfer and changes in address etc. are other roles. Tourist permits, collection of road tax etc. are also important duties.

Road Welfare related function:

The RTO Maharashtra is also supposed to undertake projects and initiatives to ensure road safety, to oversee the provision and upkeep of traffic facilities like traffic signs, take measures to curb vehicular pollution and control traffic during crucial events like emergencies, elections etc.

Maharashtra RTO Codes with Office Locations (Tabular format)

The state of Maharashtra has multiple RTOs actively operational across the state. To be specific, there are 50 functional offices under the umbrella of RTO Maharashtra. The detailed list with Maharashtra RTO codes is given below:

RTO Location

Maharashtra RTO Code

RTO Mumbai (Central)

MH 01

RTO Mumbai (West)

MH 02

RTO Mumbai (East)

MH 03

RTO Thane

MH 04

RTO Kalyan

MH 05

RTO Pen - Raigad

MH 06

RTO Sindhudurg

MH 07

RTO Ratnagiri

MH 08

RTO Kolhapur

MH 09

RTO Sangli

MH 10

RTO Satara

MH 11

RTO Pune


RTO Solapur


RTO Pimpri


RTO Nashik


RTO Ahmednagar


RTO Shrirampur


RTO Dhule


RTO Jalgaon


RTO Aurangabad


RTO Jalna


RTO Parbhani


RTO Beed


RTO Latur


RTO Osmanabad


RTO Nanded


RTO Amravati


RTO Buldhana


RTO Yavatmal


RTO Akola


RTO Nagpur(Urban)


RTO Wardha


RTO Gadchiroli


RTO Chandrapur


RTO Gondia


RTO Bhandara


RTO Washim


RTO Hingoli


RTO Nandurbar


RTO Nagpur (Rural)


RTO Malegaon


RTO Baramati


RTO Vashi - Navi Mumbai


RTO Ambajogai


RTO Akluj


RTO Panvel


RTO Borivali


RTO Vasai


RTO Nagpur (EAST)


RTO Karad


How to register a vehicle in MH

According to law, you are required to register the vehicle as the owner. This registration is done at the concerned Maharashtra RTO itself.

The registration can be temporary or permanent. As the name suggests, temporary registration means that at the time of buying the vehicle, the dealer or the showroom where you buy it gives a limited-time registration. By limited time, we mean that the validity is for 7 days only and after a week the owner of the vehicle is required to extend the registration. This application can be made to the concerned RTO. On the other hand, permanent registration means a longer validity of 15 years. Simply put, you cannot drive a vehicle that has not been registered. The temporary registration exists so that the vehicle can be bought and delivered. But this also means that after the 7 day period, you have to apply with the RTO Maharashtra for permanent registration and furnish the relevant documents.

The documents needed for this permanent registration include:

  • Form 20: the registration application form

  • Form 21: Sales Certificate given by the dealer

  • Form 22: Roadworthiness certificate given by the manufacturer

  • The insurance certificate, valid on the date of the registration application

  • Passport-sized photos of the applicant i.e the vehicle owner

  • Form 34: for loan hypothecation if applicable

  • PAN card and other ID and address proof documents of the owner

  • Temporary registration certificate, if applicable

  • If it was an imported vehicle, then the Customs Clearance certificate

  • If the vehicle’s previous owner is an ex-army, then the Sale certificate

  • If the vehicle is a trailer or semi-trailer kind, the STA design approval

  • Relevant application fee. This fee varies across vehicles and states.

Remember that all of these requirements are in place to ensure compliance with all safety standards. The idea is to make roads safe for everyone!


  • Visit the Maharashtra RTO with the form and the aforementioned documents

  • Submit the fee along with the documents

  • After verification, the transport department will provide you with an RTO registration number and receipt, which will serve as formal proof of registration until you receive the final registration card.

  • This process can also be done online - on the official website of the department.

How to get motor insurance in MH?

As per the law, all vehicles need to have at least third-party insurance. It provides compensation to the other party in case of death or disability due to the accident caused by the vehicle. While third-party liability insurance is compulsory, comprehensive insurance is not. However, it is always advisable to take this insurance because of the extended coverage against all kinds of damages caused to your vehicle, yourself and any other third-party individual or property. You can buy this insurance policy both online and offline. Online, you can obtain your vehicle’s insurance on Finserv MARKETS. Motor insurance policy on Finserv MARKETS brings benefits such as cashless claims at network garages all over India, 24/7 assistance for emergencies etc.


How can I get a learner's licence in Maharashtra?

In order to be able to drive on the roads of Maharashtra, you need a learner’s driving licence. You just need to fill an application form, whether online or offline and submit relevant proofs and documents. Then you are called for a learner’s test at the RTO and given a learner’s licence that is valid for 30 days.

How many RTOs are there in Maharashtra?

Currently, there are 50 RTOs in Maharashtra.

I have just bought a new car. How do I register it permanently in Maharashtra?

You will need to approach the RTO Maharashtra for this. It is the authority that registers vehicles in the state. You will be required to fill out a form and provide relevant accompanying documents like the insurance proof, ID proof, address proof, temporary registration card that you received from the dealer, NOC and other required paperwork.

The RTO then verifies these documents and allots a registration number to you. In a few days, a registration card that looks like a smart card is posted to your address with details of registration, the vehicle etc.  

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