Tamilnadu Road Tax

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Tamil Nadu Road Tax

Tamil Nadu, located in the southern part of India, is a vibrant state known for its rich culture, history, and economic prowess. It boasts a diverse landscape, ranging from bustling urban centres to serene coastal areas and lush countryside.

Tamil Nadu Road Tax is a fee you must pay when you own a vehicle in the state. It helps maintain and improve the roads we use every day. The amount you pay depends on the type of vehicle you have and how old it is.

If your vehicle is more environmentally friendly, you might get a discount. It's important to know about this tax if you own a vehicle in Tamil Nadu so you can follow the rules and avoid fines.

Understanding how it works will help you be a responsible vehicle owner in the state. And in this guide, we will talk about everything related to it.

So, let’s dig in.

What is Road Tax?

In India, road tax is a compulsory fee levied by the government on individuals or entities owning vehicles driven on public roads.

It is an important source of revenue for the government, which is then used for road maintenance, construction and other related infrastructural developments.

The amount of road tax varies based on different factors, and the diverse Indian states have regulations regarding road tax applicability and payment processes. This also means that the road tax rates may differ from one state to another.

Moreover, the tax is usually a one-time payment during vehicle registration or may need to be renewed annually.

Failure to pay road tax can lead to penalties and even legal consequences. It is, therefore, crucial to understand that road tax is separate from other fees like toll taxes, parking charges, or any other fines related to traffic violations.

So, if you own a vehicle in India, it is imperative on your part to ensure you pay the road tax according to the regulations of your state to enjoy the benefits of using public roads legally and responsibly.

Who Levies Tamil Nadu Road Tax Charges?

In Tamil Nadu, the road tax charges are levied by the State Transport Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. This department is responsible for regulating and managing various aspects of transportation, including vehicle registration, issuing driving licenses, and collecting road taxes.

Tamil Nadu has approved an increase in road tax rates for all vehicles, particularly raising it by 20% for cars falling within the ₹20 lakh to ₹40 lakh price range. This adjustment is expected to potentially lead to a 5% rise in prices for two-wheelers, cars, and tourist cabs in the state.

The decision was made on October 11, 2023, when the Assembly passed a bill introduced by Transport Minister SS Sivasankar. This bill seeks to amend the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles Taxation Act of 1974, targeting an elevation in the lifetime road tax for new vehicles, as well as adjustments to the annual and quarterly taxes for existing vehicles.

Additionally, the bill proposes an increase in both green tax and road safety tax for all types of vehicles. TNIE initially reported this information on June 19, 2023.

RTO Tax in Tamil Nadu Calculation

The calculation of vehicle tax in Tamil Nadu is a comprehensive process that takes into account several factors

Make and model of the vehicle

Its intended use

Its Engine capacity

Registered seating capacity

These details are assessed to determine the appropriate tax rate. The governing legislation for this taxation system is the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Taxation Act of 1974, which lays down the rules and regulations for levying taxes on vehicles within the state.

In addition to the standard vehicle tax, citizens in Tamil Nadu are also required to pay a Green Tax. This tax is specifically designed to promote environmental conservation and sustainability. It is applicable to vehicles in the state and serves as an additional measure to encourage eco-friendly practices in transportation.

If you need to know more about your motor vehicle tax in Tamil Nadu, the Parivahan portal can help.

Vehicle Entry Tax in Tamil Nadu

Like all other states in India, Tamil Nadu has specific applicable tax rates for the different kinds of vehicles operating on public roads.

Here, you will find all the road tax-related information for two-wheelers, four-wheelers and commercial vehicles in the state.

Road Tax Calculation for New Two-Wheelers in Tamil Nadu:

In Tamil Nadu, newly purchased two-wheelers are subject to a road tax equivalent to 8% of the total vehicle cost. This tax is administered by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) during the registration process.

Vehicle’s Age Applicable Road Tax
0-1 year 7.75% of the Price of the Vehicle
  1-2 years 7.5% of the Price of the Vehicle
2-3 years 7.25% of the Price of the Vehicle
3-4 years 7% of the Price of the Vehicle
  4-5 years 6.75% of the Price of the Vehicle
5-6 years 6.5% of the Price of the Vehicle
6-7 years 6.25% of the Price of the Vehicle
7-8 years 6% of the Price of the Vehicle
  8-9 years 5.75% of the Price of the Vehicle
9-10 years 5.5% of the Price of the Vehicle
  10-11 years 5.25% of the Price of the Vehicle
11-12 years 5% of the Price of the Vehicle

Road Tax Calculation for New Three-Wheelers in Tamil Nadu:

The applicable road tax for three-wheelers is mentioned below:

Type of Vehicle Applicable Road Tax
Three-wheelers 4% of the Price of the Vehicle

**Lifetime Road Tax for Car in Tamil Nadu: **

The Tamil Nadu State Government assesses road tax for four-wheeler owners, taking into consideration factors like the vehicle's age and, if applicable, its cost. The applicable road tax for car in Tamil Nadu is as below:

Age of the Car as per Registration Vehicles valued up to ₹10 lakhs (% of car cost) Vehicles valued more than ₹10 lakhs (% of car cost)
0 (new motor vehicle) 0.1 0.15
0-1 year 0.0875 0.1375
1-2 years 0.085 0.135
2-3 years 0.0825 0.1325
3-4 years 0.08 0.13
4-5 years 0.0775 0.1275
5-6 years 0.075 0.125
6-7 years 0.0725 0.1225
7-8 years 0.07 0.12
8-9 years 0.0675 0.1175
9-10 years 0.065 0.115
10-11 years 0.0625 0.1125
11-12 years 0.06 0.11

Tamil Nadu Road Tax for Commercial Vehicles

For commercial vehicle owners in Tamil Nadu, the road tax is determined according to the vehicle's payload.

Laden Payload Classification Taxation rates every 3 months (₹)
Maximum weight: 3,000 kg ₹600
Weighing between 3,000 and 5,500 kg ₹950
Weighing between 5,500 and 9,000 kg ₹1,500
Weighing between 9,000 and 12,000 kg ₹1,900
Weighing between 12,000 and 13,000 kg ₹2,100
Weighing between 13,000 and 15,000 kg ₹2,500
More than 15000 kg ₹2,300 (Plus ₹50 for each 250 kgs beyond 15,000 kg)

** Tamil Nadu Road Tax for Other State Vehicles**

When you permanently relocate your vehicle from another state to Tamil Nadu, it is essential to re-register it at the local Regional Transport Office (RTO) and settle the relevant road tax. The tax amount is contingent on the vehicle's type and size.

To process the road tax payment for a vehicle originally registered in a different state, you must furnish the following documents:

Registration certificate of the vehicle.

Insurance certificate of the vehicle.

Valid identification proof of the owner/driver.

Address proof of the owner/driver.

Road Tax Online Payment Tamil Nadu: A Step-By-Step Process

To make the process of paying Tamil Nadu Road Tax more convenient, you can log in to the official Parivahan website and follow these steps:

Step 1: Start the process by accessing the Parivahan website.

Step 2: Navigate to "Online Services" and choose the "Vehicles Related Services" option.

Step 3: From the dropdown menu, select Tamil Nadu as your state, and then specify your local Regional Transport Office (RTO).

Step 4: Provide the vehicle's registration number and all necessary information on the subsequent page.

Step 5: Once your details have been verified, you can proceed to make your Tamil Nadu road tax payment online. Subsequently, you'll be able to download a copy of the receipt for your records.

How to Find the Amount of Your Tamil Nadu Road Tax Online?

Follow these steps to find out your road tax for Tamil Naddetails:

Visit the Vahan Services portal.

Go to the 'Know Your Tax Amount' option from the top menu.

Fill in all the necessary details on the following page and enter the captcha correctly. Then, click on 'Get Tax Details'.

[Note: For a private vehicle, click on 'Motor Cab' from the dropdown menu and then click on 'Light Motor Vehicle' in the following field.]

Offline TN Road Tax Payment: A Step-By-Step Process

If you opt for offline payment of road tax, stick to the following steps:

Step 1: Ensure you have the necessary documents ready.

Step 2: Visit the nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO) or the office where your vehicle was initially registered.

Step 3: Submit the required documents and complete the road tax payment.

Step 4: Upon payment, you will receive an official receipt as confirmation.

If you choose to make the payment at the local RTO, it is essential to bring along the following documents:

The vehicle's Registration Certificate (RC)

The vehicle's Insurance Certificate

A copy of the vehicle's invoice

Valid proof of address (such as Passport, Utility Bills, Voter ID card, etc.)

Form number KMVT14 (if re-registering a vehicle from a different state)

No Objection Certificate (if re-registering a vehicle from a different state)

Penalties for Non-Payment of Road Tax in Tamil Nadu

Vehicle owners in Tamil Nadu who neglect to pay road taxes are liable to face fines. These fines are determined based on the outstanding road tax amount.

In cases where taxes are not paid in full for over four weeks after their due date, Tamil Nadu law permits the imposition of a penalty equivalent to 100% of the total outstanding amount.

Driving without having paid the requisite road tax may lead to the vehicle being seized as a consequence of the violation.

List of RTOs in Tamil Nadu

Here is a list of all the RTOs in Tamil Nadu with their respective RTO codes and addresses:

RTO Name RTO Code RTO Address
Chennai Central TN01 No 1, Kamarajar Salai, Alwartirunagar, Valasaravakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600087
Chennai (North-West) TN02 138, Mettu St, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Villivakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600049
Coimbatore-North TN38 35, Akshaya Complex, Villankurichi Rd, Sivathangam Nagar, Vinayagapuram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641006
Ariyalur TN61 Ariyalur Main Road, Ariyalur - 621704
Chennai (North East) TN03 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (North-East), No.147, Balakrishna Street, Thiruvetriyur High Road, Tondiarpet, Chennai - 600081
Tiruppur(North) TN39 640/616,kk Block,avinashird, Khadi Board, Kumaran Nagar, Thiruppur
Sivaganga TN63 Collectorate Complex, Sivagangai - 630560
Chennai (East) TN04 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (East), Power Mills Road, Pulianthoppu, Chennai - 600012
Chennai (North) TN05 No. 37, M.P.M. Street, Perambur, Kakkanji Colony, Chinnaiyan Colony, Vyasarpadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600039
Mettupalayam TN40 5/611a & 611b, Suthanthirapuram, Karamadai Road, Â Mettupalayam
Madurai (Central) TN64 TN64 Cafe, Airport bypass road, opposite to D-Mart, Avaniyapuram, Tamil Nadu 625012
Chennai (South-East) TN06 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (South- East), No.4 VC Garden II Street, Mandaveli, Chennai - 600028
Pollachi TN41 Venkatesa Colony, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu - 642002
Ramanathpuram TN65 Near Customs Office, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu – 623503
Chennai (South) TN07 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (South), No.38 East Coast Road, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600041
Chennai (West) TN09 Regional Transport Office, Chennai (West), No.1 Bharathidasan colony, K.K.Nagar, Chennai - 600078
Tirupur (South) TN42 387Q+M9P, Tiruppur South, Veerapandi Pirivu, Tiruppur-Palladam Road, Veerapandi, Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu 641605
Coimbatore (Central) TN66 Regional Transport Office (RTO) Central, Dr Balasundaram Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641018
Chennai (South-west) TN10 Sai Nagar, Virugambakkam, Chennai - 600092
Virudhunagar TN67 In front of sai baba mandir,sivakasi, mainroad, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu 626003
Tambaram TN11 Tambaram, Chennai - 600045
Ooty TN43 Coonoor Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu - 643001
Poonamalle TN12 No. 6943, Poonamalee By Pass Rd Sannerkuppam, Poonamalee
Gudalur TN43Z 12/ 71, AB, Manguzhi, Gudalur
Kumbakonam TN68 No.10, Arokiasamy Nagar, Kumbakonam
Ambattur TN13 Ambattur, 10a West Park Street , Venkatapuram, Chennai- 600053
Tiruchirapalli (West) TN45 Regional Transport Office (RTO), Trichy West, Trichy to Dindigul Main Road, Pirattiyur, Trichy, Tamil Nadu – 620009
Tuticorin TN69 Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu - 628003
Sholinganallur TN14 No.275, Old Mahabalipuram Road, (Survey No.494/2A 2), Sholinganallur, Chennai - 600119
Ulundurpet TN15 34/1, Muruga Bhavanam, Virudhachalam Road, Ulundurpet
Perambalur TN46 Perambalur, Tamil Nadu - 621220
Hosur TN70 196,3a2, Hosur, Mathirird, HCF Post
Karur TN47 12-a, Kovai Road, Pla Building, Karur
Tirunelveli TN72 110, Jawahar Nagar, Ngo "B Colony, Tirunelveli
Tindivanam TN16 No.18, First Street, Jayapuram, Tindivanam - 604002
Ranipet TN73 Ranipet, 5/97, Barathi Nagar, Ranipet
Redhills TN18 Chamundi Complex, GNT Road, Redhills, Chennai - 600052
Srirangam TN48 Srirangam, 51/2, Trunk Road, Thiruvanai Kovil, Thiruchirappalli
Nagercoil TN74 Pattasalianvilai, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu - 629001
Chengalpattu TN19 No.79-b First Main Road Anna Nagar, Chengalpattu
Marthandam TN75 11/96 Trivandrum Main Road, Vallee Vilagam, Vilavancode, Marthandam
Tenkasi TN76 50, Swamy Sannathi St, Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu 627811
Thiruvallur TN20 JN Road, Collectorate Complex Annex, Thiruvallur, Chennai - 602 001
Kanchipuram TN21 Karapettai, Kanchipuram, Chennai - 631552
Thanjavur TN49
Pillaiyurpatty Post, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu - 613403
Attur TN77 Near Gandhi Statue North Udayarpalayam, Tiruchirapalli - Salem Main Rd, Attur, Tamil Nadu 636102
Thiruvarur TN50 Collectorate Building, Thiruvarur
Dharapuram TN78 Dharapuram, Erode - 638656
Vellore TN23 Sathuvacherry, Vellore, Tamil Nadu - 632009
Sankarankoil TN79 Sankarankoil, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu - 627719
Krishnagiri TN24 Integrated collectorate Campus, Samanthamalai, Sippayur, Tamil Nadu 635014
Nagapattinam TN51 Kadambadi, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu - 611106
Tiruchirapalli (East) TN81 Trichy Dindigul Main Road, Trichy - 620009
Tiruvannamalai TN25 58-b, Anna Salai, Thiruvannamalai
Sangari TN52 Sankari, Tamil Nadu - 637003
Mayiladuthurai TN82 4M44+Q3W, poombugar Main Road, SH 22, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu 609001
Salem (East) TN54 Sellanaickenpatty, Salem, Tamil Nadu - 636201
Sirkali TN82Z Private Bldg, Sirkali Main Rd Arasur Erukkur Post, Sirkali Taluk
Namakkal (North) TN28 Tiruchengodu Road, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu - 637003
Pudukottai TN55 Rajagopalapuram, Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu 622003
Vaniyambadi TN83 Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Tamil Nadu - 635753
Dharmapuri TN29 Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu - 636705
Perundurai TN56 Bhavani Road, Perundurai, Erode - 638052
Sriviliputhur TN84 Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu - 626125
Dindigul TN57 Thadikambu Road, Near Collectorate, Dindigul
Salem (West) TN30 81, Kannankurichi Main Rd, Gurukkal Colony, Near, Hasthampatti, Salem, Tamil Nadu 636007
Kundrathur TN85 No115/2d, Kundrathur Road, Kovoor, Chennai
Cuddalore TN31 Block No: 68, ARB Complex, Cumming Pet Rd Semmandalam, near Essar Petrol Bunk, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu 607002
Viluppuram TN32 Master Plan Complex, Opp. Collector S Office, Villupuram
Erode, East TN33 9P28+W6C, Unnamed Road, Veerappanchatram, Erode, Tamil Nadu 638001
Tiruchengode TN34 Aks.building, Erode Main Rd, Varagambatty, Thiruchengode
Gobi TN36 Pudupalayam, Gobichettipalayam, Erode, Tamil Nadu - 638476
Coimbatore (South) TN37 No.100, HMS Kalyana Mahal, Peelamedu Pudur, Coimbatore – 641004
Madurai (North) TN59 Melur Road, Madurai - 625007
Theni TN60 WFJ7+9QQ, Thappukundu, Tamil Nadu 625534

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To Sum It Up

Understanding and adhering to road tax regulations in Tamil Nadu is imperative for responsible vehicle ownership. The tax rates, determined by factors like vehicle type and age, play a crucial role in maintaining the state's road infrastructure.

Whether paying online through the Parivahan website or at the local RTO, it is essential to have all necessary documents in order. Failure to comply can result in fines or even vehicle seizure.

By fulfilling road tax obligations, vehicle owners not only contribute to the state's development but also ensure lawful and hassle-free use of public roads in Tamil Nadu.


What is the purpose of the Green Tax in Tamil Nadu?

The Green Tax in Tamil Nadu is designed to encourage environmental conservation and sustainability by imposing an additional tax on vehicles.

What role does the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Taxation Act of 1974 play in road tax assessment?

The Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Taxation Act of 1974 is the governing legislation that establishes the rules and regulations for levying taxes on vehicles in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Is there a specific tax for commercial vehicles in Tamil Nadu?

Yes, road tax for commercial vehicles in Tamil Nadu is calculated based on the payload capacity of the vehicle.

What happens if I don't pay my road tax in Tamil Nadu?

Failure to pay road tax in Tamil Nadu can result in fines and, in severe cases, vehicle seizure.

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