The Motor Vehicles Department in the State was established in the year 1963 on Nagaland attaining the Statehood pursuant to section 133-A of the M.V.Act, 1933 (section 213 of the M.V. Act, 1988). The powers and functions and of the Department are regulated under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act,1988 (then M.V.Act,1933 ), the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, the Nagaland Motor Vehicles Act, 1967 and the Motor Vehicles Taxation Rules 1972. The main functions and duties of the department are
i. Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles,
ii. Revenue collection on account of Road tax,
iii. Passengers and Goods tax,
iv. Issue of Driving Licenses,
v. Issue of Conductors Licenses,
vi. Grant and Renewal of Permits,
vii. Motor Vehicles pollution control,
viii. Awareness of Road safety.
ix. Administration of NRSA.
x. Enforcement of MV Acts & Rules.
The Transport Commissioner is the head of the department. He is assisted by a Joint Transport Commissioner, a Dy. Transport Commissioner and a District Transport Officer (E) at the Directorate. To deal in matters regarding Motor Vehicles statistics a Statistical Officer with one Inspector and a Field Assistant are on attachment from the Directorate of Economics and Statistics Department. The Engineering wing of the N.S.T. Department under an Assistant Engineer has been delegated charge to look after the Civil Works of the department in addition to their own duty.
The Regional Transport Officer at Kohima and Mokokchung and District Transport Officers at Mon, Tuensang, Wokha, Dimapur, Phek and Zunheboto are the eight Registering and Licensing Offices in the State. To strictly enforce the MV Acts & Rules, the department also have the Enforcement wing comprising of Sr. Enforcement Inspectors, Enforcement Inspectors, Assistant Enforcement Inspectors and Motor Vehicle Checkerís stationed at Regional Transport Office Kohima, Regional Transport Office Mokokchung and District Transport Office Dimapur.
To adjudicate the Motor Accident Claims cases, a Motor Accident Claim Tribunal has been constituted and is located at Dimapur which covers the whole state. At present Mr. C. Sosang Rtd. D.C. (Judicial) is appointed as a Member of the MACT.