How to Download RC Book for Vehicle

If you are looking to download RC book copy for your vehicle, this post will give you a step by step process on how to download your RC online.

Your Vehicle Registration Certificate which is also called RC book. It is one of the many Government Issued documents which you can access and download online via DigiLocker Facility.

How to download RC book copy online? You can download the RC book online from DigiLocker website (Login using your Aadhar number) by entering your vehicle registration details-Vehicle Registration No. and Chassis No. to fetch the pdf of RC copy.

For this purpose, you need to create a DigiLocker Account if you don’t have one yet. Let’s look at what you need to get your Vehicle RC book from Digilocker Account-

What you need for this purpose of downloading RC Book online:

  • Aadhar Card and Mobile Number (linked to Aadhar) – To create and login to the Digilocker Account
  • Vehicle Registration No. and Complete Chassis No. (which is mentioned in your physical RC copy)

Note that the Chassis no is a 17 digit alphanumeric number. The chassis no is mentioned on your RC. It is also mentioned on insurance copy but the one mentioned on Insurance Receipt may not include all the 17 digits.

How to Download RC Book Online

You can download your RC book online by following the steps below:

Step 1- Go to the Government DigiLocker website. Create a Digilocker Account by entering your mobile number and Aadhar Card. Authenticate yourself using the OTP sent on your registered mobile.

Step 2- Go to “Issued Documents” Tab on the Home Screen. Your Aadhar Document is already available there. Click on “Get More Issued Documents”

Step 3- You will be shown a list of Gov Departments. Select “Ministry of Road and Transport”

Step 4- In the next screen, click on the option “Registration of Vehicles”

Step 5- In the next screen, you will be asked to enter your vehicle details like your “Registration No” and “Chassis No”. The Chassis details are mentioned on the physical copy of your Vehicle Registration Certificate as well as on your vehicle.

Step 6- Click on “Get Document” and you will be shown the respective details of RC

Step 7- Now go to “Issued Documents” and you will find the RC available for download. You have options to download the RC in PDF, XML or JSON format.

Select the PDF option which is most convenient to view the file.

The best part is using these steps, you can download the RC book for any state in India i.e. Maharashtra (Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, etc), Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh

Also, the RC book for all your vehicles i.e. scooter, bike, cars, etc. can be fetched and downloaded by following the above simple steps.

The downloaded copy of Vehicle’s RC is digitally signed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. RC document is fetched in real-time from the National Register database.

It also carries a timestamp and is a legally acceptable document under the provisions of the Indian IT Act 2000.

The RC document once fetched, is available under the “Issued Documents” tab for your future reference.

DigiLocker is one of the key initiatives by the Government of India under the Digital India vision. It is aimed at eliminating the usage of physical documents.

As an Indian Citizen, once you sign up for a Digilocker account you get online storage of 1GB. This facility can be used for the storage of documents linked to your Adhaar (UIDAI) number.

Government organizations registered with the Digital Locker can also push electronic copies of documents and certificates viz. Driving License, Voter ID, Academic Certificates directly into the citizen’s locker account. You can also upload the scanned copies of your original documents in their Digilocker account.

Contents of RC Book

The RC contains some very important details about your vehicle like

  • Registration No.
  • Chassis No
  • Engine No.
  • Vehicle Details like CU Capacity, Mfg date, Vehicle Weight, Seating Capacity, Fuel

The pdf download of RC which you download from DigiLocker also has a QR code that can be used to verify the authenticity of the document.

More About Getting RC on Digilocker App

Digilocker Facility is also available as a mobile app on Google Playstore and Apple Appstore. The app has mixed reviews.

The Government has also been trying to promote the DIgiLocker initiative by providing for its legal acceptance. So legally show your RC on DigiLocker App on your mobile to the traffic Police.

Another app called mParivahan is also developed by the Government of India offers the RC book. It is an official app for all India RTO vehicle registration number search. It provides a ton of useful information about your vehicle like –

– Owner Name
– Registration date
– Registering Authority
– Make Model
– Fuel Type
– Vehicle Age
– Vehicle class
– Insurance Validity
– Fitness Validity

Legal Validity of RC Book downloaded

It makes sense if you have the DigiLocker App on your mobile to quickly download the necessary documents in digital form.

As per some reports, for the electronic documents to be treated legally acceptable under the Information Technology Act, 2000, it is necessary that they are available on DigiLocker or mParivahan app carried by the user.

Showing a photo of your driving license (DL) or registration certificate (RC) on your mobile phone to the traffic police or enforcing authority will not do. You need to show it with the DigiLocker or mParivahan app, as per the revised rules of Road Ministry.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has also issued an advisory for acceptance of Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in ‘electronic form’ presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platform as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.  The traffic police is required to treat them at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities.

The ministry had amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rules in November 2018 to allow documents such as RC, insurance, driving license (DL), PUC and others to be accepted in electronic form.

The fine for not carrying a valid registration certificate can go up to Rs. 2000 under the new laws. So it makes sense to have the DigiLocker App for ready availability of these documents.

Other documents you can download from DigiLocker

  • Driving License
  • Vehicle Insurance Certificate
  • Vehicle Tax receipt

You can even upload documents in DigiLocker.

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