List Of Mandatory Documents For Riding A Two Wheeler In India


No matter how much hurry you are in, make sure you have the right set of documents for legally riding a two-wheeler in India. Before you hit the road for a bike ride, make sure to carry these essential documents with you all the time to adhere to the law and avoid penalties. 

To ensure a smooth riding experience, here is a list of must-haves: 


Mandatory Documents:

  • Driving License: A driving license is a permit that allows you to ride a two-wheeler in India. Earlier it was mandatory to clear the driving test at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to get the driving license. However, as per the new guidelines, now you can take the test at any government authorized driving school and appearing at the RTO is no longer required. Your DL will also have the type of vehicle you are eligible to ride.

  • Registration Certificate (RC): A RC is a proof of document that authenticates that the vehicle is registered with the Indian Government under your name. You must carry the RC all the time, as it serves as an identity proof containing information regarding the vehicle registration number, owner details, and make and model of the two-wheeler. It is a crucial document that proves the ownership of the vehicle in your name.

  • Two-wheeler Insurance Policy: Having third-party insurance for your two-wheeler is mandatory in India as per the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988. You can also choose to have a comprehensive bike insurance plan to have bundled protection for yourself and the third party. Such plans act as a shield for your two-wheeler that offers financial protection in the event of loss or damage due to accident, theft or other perils.

  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC): A PUC certificate is an emission certificate, which is a legally compulsory document under the Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989, stating that your vehicle is not emitting pollutants that are beyond the permissible limit. You get a PUC certificate with your new bike which is valid for one year. Post that you need to renew it every six months at approved PUC centres.


Additional Documents

  • Fitness Certificate: Any two-wheeler is considered fit for riding until it turns 15 years old. Once your vehicle completes 15 years, you need to produce a fitness certificate that serves as proof that your vehicle is fit for driving, and it needs to be renewed every two years.


Why Carry These Documents?

Carrying these documents isn't just about following the law; it safeguards you in various ways:

  • Avoid Fines and Penalties: Laws are made to ensure our safety and interests. However, if we break these laws in any way, hefty fines can be levied. Carrying the required documents helps you avoid unnecessary hassles.

  • Smooth Traffic Interactions: If any official asks for documentation, presenting the required documents allows for a quicker and more hassle-free interaction with the traffic police authorities.

  • Peace of Mind: Having the paperwork ready with you whenever you ride gives you peace of mind, helps you focus more on the road, and reduces the stress of facing the authorities on the road.

  • Protects You Legally: Carrying your documents proves you're a licensed rider with a properly registered and insured vehicle. This can safeguard you from legal complications in unforeseen situations.

  • Promotes Responsible Riding: Having the documents on hand serves as a constant reminder of your responsibility as a rider. It encourages adherence to traffic rules and regulations, contributing to safer roads for everyone.

  • Buying or Selling a Two-Wheeler: If in the future you plan to sell your two-wheeler, you will need to have a RC for a successful ownership transfer.

  • Proof of Ownership: The RC serves as your vehicle's identity proof. In situations like theft, having the RC readily available helps establish ownership and expedite the recovery process.


Remember: It is advisable to always keep the originals of these documents while riding.

Riding responsibly should be our duty because it ensures the safety of others on the road as well as our own. By being prepared with these compulsory documents, you will act as a responsible and law-abiding citizen of the country. Set the right example for the rest and ride your two-wheeler the right way.

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice or any form of opinion. Please go through policy related documents carefully or consult with a qualified professional before making any decisions regarding insurance or financial matters.

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