Required documents for inter-state travel by private vehicle in India

Car Travel in India

(And some other important things to note.)

If you are planning to travel to a city in another state in India, say for example, from Chennai, TN to Bangalore, KA, by a private vehicle (e.g. scooter, car) there are some documents that the Traffic/Transport Departments expect you to carry, and they are:

  • Driving Licence
  • Vehicle's Certificate of Registration (RC) 1
  • Vehicle's Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate
  • Vehicle's Insurance Policy/Certificate


  1. Make sure your tires are inflated to a proper pressure. I keep forgetting this all the time!
  2. There's a spot fine for defective number plate. Make sure that your vehicle's number plate is in accordance with the rules. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 is a good place to start.


No. 1: Transport Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, India

Under what circumstances your vehicle can be challaned?

Enforcement agencies deploy its team for regulating, monitoring, enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act. You may be stopped by one of these teams. You may be asked to produce the following documents in original:

  1. Driving licence
  2. Registration book of vehicle
  3. Insurance certificate
  4. Pollution under control certificate
  5. Permits (for commercial vehicles only)
  6. Certificate of fitness (for commercial vehicles only)
  7. Road Tax Receipt (for commercial vehicles only)

If you are not carrying the above mentioned documents or found violating any of the Traffic Rules/Regulations, you may be challaned. Your document and even vehicle may also be impounded depending on the violation under the rules of MV Act 1988, CMVR 1999 and DMV Rule 1993.

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  1. Also referred to as Registration book or RC book. 

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