Chennai Road Tax

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Chennai Road Tax

The increasing number of vehicles on Chennai's roads has made it all the more important to comply with traffic rules and regulations, such as possessing a valid driver's licence and car insurance policy, to avoid fines and accidents.

Moreover, as a car owner, it is crucial to be well-updated with the numerous monetary charges imposed on the vehicle owner, in addition to car registration charges in Chennai.

One such law is the imposition of a Vahan tax in Chennai. Let us discuss all about Chennai road tax, how to pay Chennai road tax online and offline, and other aspects of this traffic rule

What is Road Tax?

Chennai road tax is a tax category imposed on all vehicle owners in Chennai. The growing number of vehicles registered in Chennai over the last few years, whether two-wheelers or four-wheelers, is a testament to the changing preferences of the people in the city.

Given these changing preferences and the need to provide improved road infrastructure and public services, the state government collects this mandatory tax from all citizens who use public roads for commutes and travel.

Who Levies Chennai Road Tax Charges?

Every state in India imposes road taxes on all vehicle owners. In Chennai, the road tax is levied by the Tamil Nadu State Government and the Regional Transport Offices.

This is because they are responsible for maintaining and developing the roads and other public services for residents and visitors.

The state government uses all the contributions collected by the people of Chennai against road tax, making this tax contribution an investment for a better tomorrow.

Road Tax Rate in Chennai Calculation

To pay road tax online in Chennai or at the payment at the nearest RTO, you must know how the road tax rate in Chennai is calculated. Based on the Motor Vehicles Act, the Tamil Nadu state government plans and imposes different tax rates for different vehicle categories.

  • The common factors for determining these tax rates include the following.

  • Make of the vehicle

  • Model of the vehicle

  • Age of the vehicle

  • Engine capacity of the vehicle

  • Location of the vehicle (where it is purchased)

  • The use-case of the vehicle (personal or commercial)

Chennai Road Tax for Vehicles

Calculation of Vahan Tax in Chennai: Two-Wheelers In Chennai, all new two-wheelers are charged a flat 8% of the total cost of the vehicle as road tax, regardless of the other factors. However, after the first registration, the tax rates for the two-wheelers are based on the age of the vehicle. The list is as follows.

Age of the vehicle (two-wheeler) Road tax amount (in percentage)
Less than or equal to 1 year  7.75% of the vehicle cost 
Between 1 to 2 years 7.5% of the vehicle cost
Between 2 to 3 years 7.25% of the vehicle cost
Between 3 to 4 years 7% of the vehicle cost
Between 4 to 5 years 6.75% of the vehicle cost
Between 5 to 6 years  6.5% of the vehicle cost
Between 6 to 7 years 6.25% of the vehicle cost
Between 7 to 8 years 6% of the vehicle cost
Between 8 to 9 years 5.75% of the vehicle cost
Between 9 to 10 years 5.5% of the vehicle cost 
Between 10 to 11 years 5.25% of the vehicle cost
More than 11 years  5% of the vehicle cost

**Calculation of Vahan Tax in Chennai: Three-Wheelers** The Chennai road tax for three-wheelers is fixed for everyone, regardless of the age, make, and model of the vehicle. The applicable road tax rate is a flat 4% of the price of the vehicle. **Calculation of Vahan Tax in Chennai: Four-Wheelers** For four-wheelers, one of the most popular vehicle categories in Chennai, the applicable road tax rate is calculated based on two key factors: age and cost. Let us look at the detailed table below.

Age of the Four-Wheeler Road tax rate for vehicles priced less than or equal to ₹10 lakhs  Road tax rate for vehicles priced more than ₹10 lakhs 
New four-wheeler 10% of the vehicle cost 15% of the vehicle cost
Between 0 to 1 year 8.75% of the vehicle cost 13.75% of the vehicle cost
Between 1 to 2 years 8.5% of the vehicle cost 13.5% of the vehicle cost
Between 2 to 3 years 8.25% of the vehicle cost 13.25% of the vehicle cost
Between 3 to 4 years 8% of the vehicle cost 13% of the vehicle cost
Between 4 to 5 years 7.75% of the vehicle cost 12.75% of the vehicle cost
Between 5 to 6 years  7.5% of the vehicle cost 12.5% of the vehicle cost
Between 6 to 7 years 7.25% of the vehicle cost 12.25% of the vehicle cost
Between 7 to 8 years 7% of the vehicle cost 12% of the vehicle cost
Between 8 to 9 years 6.75% of the vehicle cost 11.75% of the vehicle cost
Between 9 to 10 years 6.5% of the vehicle cost 11.5% of the vehicle cost
Between 10 to 11 years 6.25% of the vehicle cost 11.25% of the vehicle cost
Between 11 to 12 years 6% of the vehicle cost 11% of the vehicle cost

**Chennai Road Tax for Commercial Vehicles** The commercial vehicles in Chennai need to pay the Chennai road tax every quarter, and the rate is dependent on their total vehicle weight, inclusive of just vehicle weight and the weight of the goods or passengers it carries. The list for the same is as follows.

Total Weight of the Vehicle Road Tax (in Rupees)
Weight < 3000 kgs  ₹545
Weight between 3000 to 5500 kgs ₹885
Weight between 5500 to 9000 kgs ₹1335
Weight between 12,000 to 13,000 kgs ₹1930
Weight between 13,000 to 15,000 kgs ₹2300
Weight > 15,000 kgs ₹2300 (plus ₹50 for every extra 250 kgs above 15,000 kgs)

Chennai Road Tax for Other State Vehicles

The other state vehicles entering Chennai are required to pay a temporary tax (TNP) when entering the state of Tamil Nadu. The tax rate for this category is determined based on the two following factors.

Type of Vehicle - two-wheeler, three-wheeler, four-wheeler, or commercial.

Stay Duration- The tax rate is determined based on the number of days the other state vehicle plans to operate around Chennai. For longer durations, the TNP rate will be higher.

Road Tax Online Payment Chennai: A Step-By-Step Process

  • Visit the Parivahan portal.

  • On the main homepage, locate and select “Online Services” and click on “Vehicle-Related Services” from the dropdown menu.

  • On the next page, enter your state as “Tamil Nadu” to proceed.

  • From the left side of the new webpage, select your choice of Regional Transport Office, accept the terms and conditions, and click on “Proceed”.

  • A new pop-up window will appear. Select “Proceed” on it to continue the process.

  • Select “Pay your Tax” from the list of options.

  • Add your vehicle registration number and the last 5 digits of your chassis number before clicking on “Verify Details”.

  • After confirmation, you can make the required payment online using any of the available payment options.

  • Once done, collect the receipt for future reference.

How to Find the Amount of Your Vehicle Tax Payment Online Chennai?

  • Go to the Vahan Citizen Services portal.

  • Select the “Know your MV Tax” option from the top bar to proceed.

  • A new webpage will open. Here, add all the requested information carefully.

  • Once done, add the verification code under it and click on “Get Tax Details”.

  • Your Chennai road tax amount will be displayed on the screen.

Offline Payment of Chennai Road Tax

  • Visit the nearest Chennai RTO with the necessary documents. This includes a vehicle registration certificate, vehicle purchase invoice, proof of address, etc.

  • Request the road tax payment form at the reception.

  • Fill it out carefully and add all accurate details regarding yourself and your vehicle.

  • Ask for the authorised officer responsible for road tax collection.

  • Submit the form and make the required tax payment in cash to complete the process. Remember to collect your payment receipt.

[Note: Please note that specific documents and procedures may vary. Therefore, it is advisable to contact the Chennai RTO or visit the Vahan website for any additional information or requirements regarding offline road tax payment in Chennai.]

Penalties for Non-Payment of Chennai Road Tax

According to the new rules and regulations imposed by the Tamil Nadu state government for all cities, the penalty for non-payment of Chennai road tax within 45 days after the due date can attract a fine of up to 100% of the total due amount.

List of RTOs in Chennai

RTO Name RTO Code RTO Address
North East Chennai  TN03 No. 147, Balakrishna Street, Tondiarpet T.H. Road, North East 600081
North West Chennai  TN02 Plot No. 3623., G-17, Anna Nagar, New Avadi Road, 600040
North Chennai TN20 156. JN Road, Collectorate Complex Annex, Thiruvallur, 602001
South West Chennai TN09 1, Bharathidasan Colony, Mambalam Taluk Office Complex, K.K.Nagar, 600078
South Chennai TN07 Thiruvalluvar Nagar, East Coast Road, Thiruvanmiyur, 600041
North Chennai  TN18 4/87, Sri Samundeeswari Complex, Bye-pass Road, Redhills, 52
North East Chennai TN04 Power Mill Road, Basin Bridge, Puliyanthoppu, 600012
South East Chennai TN06 Triplicane (at Mandaveli), 17, R.K.Nagar, 3rd Cross Street, Mandaveli, 600028
Central Chennai TN01 MTC Building, Ayanavaram, Chennai, 600008
North Chennai  TN05 No.10, A/4, Ist Cross Road, MKB Nagar, Vysarbadi, 600012

Car Insurance in Chennai

Other than paying the Chennai road tax as a mandate, vehicle owners in Chennai also need to purchase a valid car insurance policy to drive in Chennai.

According to the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, third-party car insurance is compulsory for all vehicle owners. This car insurance policy protects you against any damage or loss incurred by a third party or their property due to your insured car.

However, to protect your insured car, you must invest in a comprehensive car insurance policy. This type of four-wheeler insurance provides financial coverage against any damage or loss incurred by your vehicle due to accidents, natural calamities, man-made disasters, etc.

Tata AIG offers comprehensive plans along with ample customisation flexibility with a range of add-ons to allow you to cater to your specific needs with selective coverage above the base policy.

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Complying with the road rules and regulations in Chennai and making the necessary road tax payments on time can save you from significant stress and the inconvenience of fines. Moreover, the state government takes up this contribution for improved facilities, making it important to complete these payments.

With the ease of online payment using the Parivahan portal, there is no reason to delay this mandatory road tax payment. Be a responsible citizen and driver, and follow the traffic rules to enjoy peace of mind.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is subject to change depending on the prevailing laws and policies. It is recommended that you stay updated regarding such changes and confirm the details through an official source before proceeding further.

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How can I know my due Chennai road tax offline?

How can I know my due Chennai road tax offline?


To know your road tax amount offline, you can visit the nearest RTO to your current location and provide your vehicle and personal details to get the due amount update from the authorised officer.

Who to contact to file a complaint regarding some road tax issues in Chennai?


You can contact the Parivahan authorities using their helpline. You can either send an email to or call them at +91-120-4925505 from Monday to Friday between 6 am to 10 pm.