How to download RC online from Digilocker and Vahan e-service portal (2024 Guide)

by SMCIB on Tuesday, 20 February 2024

How to download RC online from Digilocker and Vahan e-service portal (2024 Guide)

Just like you need a driving licence, your vehicle needs its own ticket to ride – its registration. Under the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988, Section 39. It's not just an option; it's a necessity.

So, what exactly is vehicle registration? It's like giving your car or bike its own official identity card – a number plate displaying its unique registration number, linking it directly to you, its owner.  But why is this registration so crucial? Well, for starters, without it, you're left vulnerable on the roads. No registration means you can not buy insurance, leaving you unprotected in case of any unfortunate events.

When you're out on the road, you should always have a copy of your RC card or book with you. Now, what exactly is this RC card or book? It's essentially your vehicle's official proof of existence in the eyes of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) authorities. It's your car's ID – it confirms that it's been duly registered and recognized by the proper authorities.

Nowadays, getting your hands on this crucial document is easier than ever. Say goodbye to bulky paperwork – the modern era brings us the RC Smart card, a convenient alternative that packs all the necessary information into a compact, easy-to-carry form. Here's the information it holds:

  • Registration Number
  • Registration Date
  • Engine Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Colour of the Vehicle
  • Type of the Vehicle
  • Seating Capacity
  • Model Number

How to Download RC?

Wondering how to get your hands on that all-important RC? Well, fret not! We've got you covered with two hassle-free methods: Vahan e-services and DigiLocker. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process effortlessly.

How to Download RC Online Using The Vahan E-Service Portal?

For Vahan e-Services method follow the given steps:

1️⃣Visit the Website: Head over to  from your desktop or smartphone.

2️⃣Navigate to Online Services: Click on the "Online Services" tab on the navigation bar, then select "Vehicle Related Services" from the dropdown menu.

3️⃣Select Your State: Choose your state from the drop-down menu provided.

4️⃣Login or Register: Log in with your credentials or register if you're a new user.

5️⃣Enter Vehicle Details: Input your vehicle's registration number and select your State RTO.

6️⃣Download RC: Click on the "Download Document" tab, then select "RC Print". Enter your vehicle details and validate them.

7️⃣Verify with OTP: Enter the OTP sent to your registered phone number.

8️⃣Download: Your RC will be available for download in PDF format.

How To Download RC Online Using Digilocker?

For The DigiLocker Method follow these steps:

1️⃣Sign In: Log in to your DigiLocker account using your user ID and password or Aadhaar number.

2️⃣Access Issued Documents: Select "Issued Documents" on the home page.

3️⃣Get More Issued Documents: Go to "Get More Issued Documents" and choose "Ministry of Road and Transport".

4️⃣Select Vehicle Registration: Click on "Registration of Vehicles".

5️⃣Enter Vehicle Details: Provide your vehicle's registration and chassis number.

6️⃣Retrieve Document: Click on "Get Document".

7️⃣Download: Go to the ‘Issued Documents’ page and your RC will be ready for download in the preferred format. PDF format being the most convenient.

Summing up!

In conclusion, ensuring your vehicle's registration is not just a legal obligation, but a crucial step towards safeguarding yourself and your vehicle on the roads of India. With the convenience of modern technologies like the RC Smart card and online platforms like Vahan e-services and DigiLocker, staying compliant has never been easier. So, take charge, download your RC, and drive with confidence, knowing that you're on the right side of the law. Also, remember that having your RC handy is always a smart move. So, keep a copy with you in your vehicle at all times!


  1. How can I download RC PDF online?
    You can easily download your RC PDF either from your Digilocker account or from the Vahan portal.
  2. How long does DigiLocker take to fetch documents?
    Digilocker fetches data in real-time directly from the issuing agency, ensuring a super-fast process for fetching documents.
  3. Is it safe to upload my RC documents on Digilocker?
    Absolutely! Uploading your RC documents on Digilocker is completely safe. It utilises 256-bit secure socket layer (SSL) Encryption for transmission and employs mobile authentication and OTPs for every login, ensuring maximum security against data theft.
  4. Is a registration certificate mandatory while driving?
    Yes, it's mandatory to carry either a hard or soft copy of your registration certificate while driving on Indian roads. Failure to comply may lead to your vehicle being seized by the traffic police. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, you could face penalties of Rs. 5,000 for the first offence and Rs. 10,000 for subsequent offences.
  5. What is the validity of a registration certificate?
    For non-transport vehicles, the registration certificate is valid for 15 years from the date of the first registration. For goods and passenger transport vehicles, the validity is contingent upon the certificate of fitness. Initially, the certificate of fitness is valid for two years, after which it must be renewed annually.
  6. How long will it take to receive a new vehicle registration number?
    Typically, obtaining a registration number for your new vehicle may take around 2 to 3 days. However, if there's a significant waiting list, it could take longer, possibly more than a week. Turnaround times may vary depending on the state's procedures and workload.


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