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Various governmental agencies now store data about its citizens in digital form. It helps easily verify and cross-check any information instantly. In an effort to improve compliance and tax administration, the e-way bill portal will now be linked to the VAHAN system. A pilot run has already begun in the state of Karnataka in this regard.


Extension in the Validity of e-way bills

Update as on 9th June 2020

Any e-way bills generated on or before 24th March 2020 (whose validity has expired on or after 20th day of March 2020) is extended till 30th June 2020.

Update as on 5th May 2020

Any e-way bill generated on or before 24th March 2020 remains valid until 31st May 2020, if its validity period expires anytime between 20th March 2020 and 15th April 2020.

Update as on 3rd April 2020

The validity of the e-way bill extended till 30th April 2020, if the e-way bill expires between 20th March 2020 to 15th April 2020.

Further, the CBIC’s notification of extended time limit up to 30th June 2020 for any compliance falling due between 20th March 2020 and 29th June 2020 does not apply to the generation of e-way bills after 15th April 2020.

What is VAHAN system?

‘VAHAN’ is a National Register which acts as a central repository for crucial information related to registered vehicles. It is an initiative by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Details of the registered vehicles can be searched on the system using the following parameters:

  1. Registration number of the vehicle
  2. Chassis number
  3. Engine number

Multiple services such as vehicle registration, issue and renewal of permits, calculation and payment of state (road) taxes, issuance and renewal of fitness certificate, issuance and settlement of challan, etc. can be done using the VAHAN system.


Purpose of e-way bill portal integration with VAHAN system

The e-way bill portal and the VAHAN system are integrated to cross-check/validate the registration number of a vehicle at the time of preparing an e-way bill. Any subsequent attempt to use a vehicle number for e-way bill generation but not registered on the VAHAN system will not be allowed.


How does e-way bill-VAHAN Integration work?

The vehicle number entered in the e-way bill will immediately be verified with the VAHAN system to ensure that the same is valid. The various alerts/problems and their possible solutions have been listed below:

a) Non-availability of vehicle number

This error is shown when the vehicle number is not available in the VAHAN database. Initially, such a vehicle number will be allowed on the e-way bill portal but cannot be used again subsequently. This error can be resolved by updating the vehicle details at the concerned Regional Transport Office (RTO).

b) Vehicle registered in more than one RTO

The details of the same vehicle number may be found at more than one RTO. Initially, the portal may accept such a vehicle number but the same will not be allowed to be used subsequently. This can be resolved by visiting the concerned RTO and updating the details in relation to the same.

c) Checking for details in VAHAN system

It is possible to look up the details of the vehicle on the VAHAN system by visiting this website.

d) Non-availability of vehicle details on VAHAN system

The vehicle details can be added to the VAHAN system by submitting an application to the concerned RTO along with the necessary documents.

e) Usage of temporary vehicle numbers

A newly purchased vehicle may be issued a temporary number until the permanent number is issued. In this case, the temporary registration number may be entered into the e-way bill portal with the prefix ‘TR’.

f) e-way bill portal throws errors for Vehicle details

Vehicle details are available on the VAHAN website but the e-way bill portal still shows an error: In such a case, a grievance may be raised on the e-way bill helpdesk along with the vehicle number used.

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