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List of mandatory documents you need to drive a vehicle in India

Summer vacations are nearing and you might be planning to go on a road trip with your family. Road trips are a great way to spend time with your family and help you take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is also a great way to experience new cultures and places. When you plan for a road trip you have to make sure that you are prepared for it. There are some essential items that you need to carry in case of an emergency. This includes stocking up on food, water, checking your first aid kit, etc. You should ensure that you also carry all necessary car documentation with you.

Essential documents you need to carry-

The motor laws in India list down the necessary documents you need to carry at all times if you are travelling by car. Policemen often stop cars and ask for documents to verify your identity. The chances of you getting stopped are higher on the highways or interstate check points rather than on city roads. So the list of documents are-

1.Registration Certificate of your car

This is one of the most important documents that you carry at all times in your car. The Registration Certificate is the evidence that you legally own the vehicle and that the vehicle is not a stolen one. It also contains all other details like the vehicle’s number, your name, your address, your contact details, etc. This document is the first and foremost thing an officer will ask for whenever you are stopped.

You can apply for RC through offline and online ways. For offline, you will have to visit your nearest RTO office and they will guide you and for online, you can go on to the Parivahan Sewa website.

2.Insurance Documents

In India, it is mandatory to have a valid insurance policy for your car. If you are found to be driving a car without any insurance policy then you will be subjected to fines and penalties. If you don’t have a policy you should apply for one as soon as possible.

3.Driving Licence

A driving license is proof that you have completed your driving test and are eligible to drive. You should never drive if you don’t carry a valid driving license with you. Driving without a valid license is a punishable offense. In case your car gets damaged while driving and you don’t have a license then you will not be able to file a claim.

You can apply for a new license at your nearest RTO and they will guide you through the process. 

4.Pollution Under Control Certificate

The government has undertaken various steps to curb the rising pollution levels in the country. PUC declares that your car’s emissions meet the standards set by the government. It also states that the fuel used does not cause harmful pollution and is safe to drive. You can get this certificate from the pollution check kiosks located at a petrol pump near you.

These are various documents that you need to carry at all times if you are planning to go on a road trip. Even if you want to drive the car within city limits, you should carry these documents with you to avoid any unnecessary legal trouble. Drive safe and be safe!

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