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A certificate of fitness for vehicles is a government issued document that officiates that the vehicle is fit to be driven on the roads in terms of the vehicle’s overall health.
As per the law, it is mandatory to have a fitness certificate for commercial vehicles as well as private vehicles.
In order to get a vehicle fitness certificate for your vehicle, the government of India has made the process simple with the launch of its Parivahan Sewa online portal.
You can apply for the same online by filling up the vehicle fitness certificate form, and then visiting your zonal Regional Transport Office (RTO) to provide the remaining documents.
The main purposes of the vehicle fitness certificate can be:
You can apply for a vehicle fitness certificate online by following the steps below:
Step 1: Log on to the Parivahan Sewa portal
Step 2: Enter your vehicle’s registration number
Step 3: Click ‘Proceed’ on the pop-up box
Step 4: Go to Online Services on the menu bar
Step 5: From the drop down menu, select ‘Application for Fitness Certificate’
Step 6: You will then be prompted to fill in your Chassis number and your registered mobile number, after which click on ‘Generate OTP’
Step 7: After entering the OTP received, fill out all the required vehicle information and insurance details, along with the fee information for the application
Step 8: Click on the ‘Payment’ button to make the required payment online After your payment is successfully completed, you will receive a digital receipt along with the application letter.
Post completion of the above mentioned steps, you need to visit the zonal RTO to obtain your online vehicle fitness certificate.
At the RTO, you need to produce the fee receipt and the application letter at the fitness counter, along with the following documents:
Along with all these documents, you must have a valid insurance policy. It is not only mandatory to have one, but is a relevant document for your vehicle’s overall fitness and wellbeing.
The Motor vehicle Act 1989 imposes a penalty of INR 100 for not producing a vehicle fitness certificate for the 1st time. The amount may rise up to INR 300. The penalty for not taking a valid vehicle fitness certificate might be as high as INR 2000 till about INR 5000.
The Commercial vehicle fitness certificates are effective for 2 years period for a newly bought vehicle and then it is renewed for a year.