Whether you are planning to buy a vehicle for the first time or otherwise, the excitement and thrill that comes with it, is a unique experience for all. Most people prefer getting their own vehicles, especially a two wheeler, for all the convenience that it offers. Living in India we know that, with the narrow lanes and criss-cross roads the country houses, it’s definitely easier to navigate your way around with a two wheeler.

So, if you too are one of those planning to buy a scooter or a bike, then it’s better to know all the documents that you would need for the various steps in the process. And that’s exactly what we have for you here – a list of all the documents that are required to buy a two wheeler in India.

Buying A New Two Wheeler

After you have decided on the two wheeler that you would want to purchase, you have two ways of going ahead. One, you could go to a dealer and pay them directly for the vehicle, or you could also opt for a two wheeler loan, if eligible. If you plan on paying the dealer directly, then the list of documents that you would need are:

  • Proof of Identity or ID Proof (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, etc. would work).
  • Proof of Address (Passport, Ration Card, Light bill or any other utility bill, etc. could be used).
  • Proof of Nationality (Passport, Voter ID, etc. You may or may not need this document, depending on your dealer).
  • Passport size photographs.

Note: Apart from showing your original ID Proof and Address Proof documents, you may also have to submit attested copies of the same. It is better to carry both to avoid unnecessary delays.

If you are opting for a two wheeler loan to buy your vehicle, firstly your eligibility would depend on factors like your age, income, etc. Then the documents that you will be needing would differ a little based on your source of income – that is, whether you are a salaried employee or a self-employed person.

Documents for a Salaried Employee:

  • Proof of Identity or ID Proof (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, etc. would work).
  • Proof of Address (Passport, Ration Card, Light bill or any other utility bill, etc. could be used).
  • Proof of Income and Bank Statements (Recent Salary Slips, Income Tax Returns (ITR), Form 16 and Bank Statements could be asked for).
  • Passport size photographs.

Documents for a Self-Employed Individual:

If you are a self-employed individual, then you would need to submit the same documents, except that for your income proof, you will have to show your recent Income Tax Returns (ITR) and a Bank Statement for the last 3 or 6 months.

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Registering Your Two Wheeler

The next step and a rather important one, after you buy your two wheeler, is getting it registered. And you have a period of 7 days to do so. Basically, you will have to go to your nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO) and register your bike or scooty within one week of getting them. The documents that you would need for registering your vehicle are:

  • Completed Application Form (Form 20)
  • Original Sales Certificate (Form 21)
  • Certificate of Road Worthiness (Form 22)
  • ID Proof
  • Address Proof
  • Customs Clearance Certificate (If it is an imported two wheeler)
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC)
  • Manufacturer and Dealer Invoice as proof of sale
  • Valid Insurance Certificate (Attested copy of vehicle insurance)
  • Chassis Number (Vehicle Identification Number)
  • Challan Receipt
  • Affidavit (Non – Judicial Stamp Paper)
  • Form 34 (if your vehicle is on loan)

Note: In many cases, your vehicle dealer can also assist you with the process of registering your two wheeler.

Buying A Used Two Wheeler

For some of us, who are just learning to ride a two-wheeler, buying a second hand or a used vehicle seems to be a rational option. Even for people who are a little tight on budget but still want to own a vehicle, there are many places that sell used vehicles. Nonetheless, you will still need to have all these documents in place when you are planning to buy a used two wheeler:

  • Original Invoice/Receipt of the vehicle
  • No Objection Certificate – NOC (If the two wheeler you are purchasing was taken on loan by the previous owner)
  • Road Tax Receipts
  • Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC)

Make sure to verify all these documents before finalising your deal for a used two wheeler.

Transferring The Registration Of The Used Two Wheeler

When you are purchasing a pre-owned two wheeler, make sure to transfer the Registration Card (RC) to your name. For doing so, you will need to submit the following documents to your nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO):

  • Original Registration Card
  • Form 29 and Form 30
  • Attested copy of address proof
  • Copy of PUC certificate
  • Copy of valid insurance papers
  • Crime report from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

Note: If you do not have the original Registration Card, then you will have to submit Form 26 and a copy of the FIR filed at the police station. You can then ask the RTO for a duplicate Registration Card in your name.

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Can We Buy A Bike Without License In India?

Yes, you can surely buy a two wheeler in India even without a license. However, you do need a valid driver’s license if you plan to ride your two wheeler in public spaces or Indian roads.


Surely, buying a two wheeler, be it a bike or a scooter, is an exciting experience for many, especially for youngsters who may see it as a mode of freedom and empowerment. And having all the necessary documents in place for purchasing a vehicle makes the process much easier and more convenient. But in all this thrill, a fact that needs to be kept in mind is to take all the necessary precautions while you ride a two wheeler. Once you buy your bike, be sure to invest in a good helmet and all the other essential bike accessories.