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Nov 18, 2023

PUC Certificate: Everything You Need to Know

Understanding and complying with the various regulations related to vehicle ownership can often seem overwhelming. Yet, it is vital for every motorist. One such key responsibility that often gets overlooked is the process of obtaining a Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate. Whether you're a seasoned driver or someone who's recently started their journey on the roads, having a valid PUC certificate is an important part of maintaining your vehicle's compliance with traffic rules. In this blog, we delve into the comprehensive guide to understanding what is a PUC certificate , the steps involved in obtaining it both online and offline, understanding the emission test procedure, how to check the status of your PUC certificate, renewal process, the penalties incurred if you fail to have a PUC certificate and its validity across different categories of vehicles.

What Is A PUC Certificate?

PUC or ‘Pollution Under Control’ Certificate is a certification stating that your vehicle’s emissions are within the permissible limits set by the Indian government. It is an important document to possess, along with your driving license, vehicle registration document, and motor insurance policy.

How To Obtain A PUC Certificate?

Whether you drive a car or a bike, obtaining a PUC certificate involves straightforward steps.

Offline Method:

  1. Visit an authorized PUC testing centre. These centres are typically located at petrol pumps or designated emission testing centres.
  2. The vehicle will undergo an emission test.
  3. Upon payment of applicable fees, a physical PUC certificate is issued by the testing centre with the emission readings.
This act as evidence of the test undergone by your vehicle.

Online Method:

For tech-savvy individuals or those with time constraints, here's how to get a PUC certificate online:
  1. Visit the Transport Department's official website of your state (VAHAN Portal).
  2. Head to the ‘PUC Certificate’ section.
  3. Enter your vehicle registration details, last five digits of your vehicle’s chassis number, and the verification code.
  4. Click on ‘PUC Details’.
  5. You can print and download the PUC certificate.
It is only possible to view and download an active PUC certificate online. You cannot renew or apply for one.

Emission Test Procedure To Obtain A PUC Certificate

The emission test is conducted to evaluate the level of pollutants emitted by your vehicle. Here's what happens during this process:
  1. Your vehicle's exhaust pipe is connected to a device that measures the emission levels.
  2. A gas analyser tests the emission and generates a report.
  3. If your vehicle's emissions are within the permitted norms, a PUC certificate is issued.

Checking The Status Of Your PUC Certificate

To check the status of your PUC certificate online, follow these steps:
  1. Visit the Parivahan Sewa website.
  2. Click on 'Online Services' and select 'PUC Certificate.'
  3. Enter your vehicle registration number and the last five characters of the chassis number.
  4. You can now view the status of your PUC certificate.

Is It Possible To Renew A PUC Certificate Online?

If you are planning to renew your PUC certificate online, you must know that it is not possible. Your vehicle must undergo an emission test to get a PUC certificate. Such testing is available only at registered PUC centres. Hence, online renewal of PUC certificate is not possible.

Why Is A PUC Certificate Mandatory?

A PUC certificate verifies that your vehicle's emissions fall within the acceptable standards, thereby contributing to a cleaner environment. The certificate also ensures that you stay compliant with traffic rules and regulations.

The Validity Of A PUC Certificate

The validity of a PUC certificate varies depending on the type of vehicle. For new vehicles, the vehicle is tested at the manufacturer’s facility and thus has a validity for a period of one year from the date of its registration. Subsequently, the certificates issued thereafter are valid for a period of six months. Ensuring that your PUC certificate is valid is as crucial as maintaining your bike insurance renewal  to stay protected against unexpected situations.

Is There A Penalty For Not Having A PUC Certificate?

Failure to carry a valid PUC certificate invites a penalty of Rs. 1000 for the first offence and Rs. 2000 for subsequent offences. Adherence to traffic rules not only ensures your safety but also contributes towards a greener environment. The PUC certificate, together with a comprehensive motor insurance plan, such as those offered by Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company, can equip you to tackle any unforeseen circumstances on the road.


Navigating the world of vehicle ownership involves an array of considerations, not just limited to obtaining motor insurance or car insurance. The PUC certificate, while often overlooked, plays a vital role in ensuring your vehicle adheres to the national emission standards, contributing to a cleaner environment. By obtaining and maintaining this certificate, you stay compliant with traffic rules and avoid potential penalties. Remember, vehicle ownership comes with responsibility - to the law, to the environment, and most importantly, to yourself. Stay insured, stay compliant, and drive safely.   *Standard T&C apply Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation. For more details on benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms, and conditions, please read the sales brochure/policy wording carefully before concluding a sale.

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