What is a Vehicle Fitness Certificate and how to get it?

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.

Why is a Vehicle Fitness Certificate needed?

The main purposes of the vehicle fitness certificate can be:

  1. To check and monitor the pollution which is produced by the release of smoke from your motor vehicles. This is very important keeping in mind the continuous issue of increasing pollution due to the smoke emission by vehicles in India.
  2. To maintain and continue your motor vehicle in good condition.
  3. Last but not the least, to avoid road accidents which might occur due to the improper condition of your vehicle. This is one of the major reasons.

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Step by step process to apply for a Vehicle Fitness Certificate:

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.

List of documents needed to obtain a 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:

  1. Application form number 22 which is the initial certificate of compliance with pollution and safety standards of roadworthiness
  2. Receipt for Road Tax duly paid
  3. The Original Vehicle Registration Certificate (RC)
  4. Certificate of Insurance
  5. A valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate
  6. Professional Tax Certificate (if needed)
  7. Certificate of Permit (if needed)
  8. Pencil imprint of motor Vehicle Chassis
  9. Address Proof: It can be any one of the following
    • Copy of owner’s Aadhaar Card
    • Copy of owner’s Ration Card
    • Copy of owner’s Voters Identity Card
    • Any valid Life Insurance Policy document
    • A copy of your valid Passport
    • Payslips either issued by any Government office or any corporate
  10. Proof of age: It can be any one of the following
    • Copy of owner’s Pan Card
    • Copy of owner’s Aadhaar Card
    • School matriculation certificate
    • Copy of owner’s Voter’s identity card
    • Copy of owner’s valid Passport
    • Birth certificate of Vehicle Owner
  11. Passport-sized photograph

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.

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FAQs

What is the fine for not having a valid vehicle fitness certificate?

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.

How long is the vehicle fitness certificate valid for commercial vehicles?

The Commercial vehicle fitness certificates are effective for 2 years period for a newly bought vehicle and then it is renewed for a year.

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