New Vehicle Number Plates, Meaning, Types, Colour, state codes, District Codes.

The registering authority for vehicles in India is the Regional Transport Office (RTO), also known as the District Transport Office (DTO) in some states. Each RTO is responsible for a specific region within a state and is the sole authority for registering vehicles within that region.

Number Plate Format and its Meaning.

Number plates act as an essential identification card for vehicles, enabling seamless regulation, law enforcement, and road safety. The vehicle registration numbering system in India is a four-part alphanumeric code that identifies the state or union territory, district, series, and unique number of a vehicle. Here’s a breakdown of the format:

Vehicle registration Numbering system of India

Parts of Vehicle Number Plate or Vehicle Registration Number:

The Registration Number of Vehicles in India is divided in to four parts, the details of the parts are given below.

PART 1: State or Union Territory (2 letters)

The central government allots group of letters to each state and union territory. The first two letters of the number plate denote the state or union territory in which the vehicle is registered. For example, TS stands for Telangana, MH stands for Maharashtra, DL for Delhi, and KA for Karnataka.

The list of groups of letters, codes allotted to the states and union territories is as follows.

Andaman and Nicobar is AN, Andhra Pradesh is AP, Arunachal Pradesh is AR, Assam is AS, Bihar is BR, Chandigarh is CH, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is DN, Daman and Diu is DD, Delhi is DL, Goa is GA, Gujarat is GJ, Haryana is HR, Himachal Pradesh is HP, Jammu and Kashmir is JK, Karnataka is KA, Kerala is KL, Lakshadweep is LD, Madhya Pradesh is MP, Maharashtra is MH, Manipur is MN, Meghalaya is ML, Mizoram is MZ, Nagaland is NL, Orissa is OR, Pondicherry is PY, Punjab is PN, Rajasthan is RJ, Sikkim is SK, Tamil Nadu is TN, Telangana is TS, Tripura is TR, Uttar Pradesh is UP, and West Bengal is WB.

Part 2: District Number (2 digits)

  • The next two digits represent the district within the state or union territory where the vehicle was registered. Each district has a unique code assigned by the regional transport authority (RTA).
  • RTO/RTA Codes of Districts in Telangana State is given below. By using this table, we can know which code belongs to which district.

Telangana State is divided into several RTO (Regional Transport Office) districts, each designated with a unique code for vehicle registration. These districts include Adilabad (TS 01), Karimnagar (TS 02), Warangal Urban (TS 03), Khammam (TS 04), Nalgonda (TS 05), Mahbubnagar (TS 06), Ranga Reddy (TS 07), Medchal – Malkajgiri (TS 08), Hyderabad Central (TS 09), Hyderabad North (TS 10), Hyderabad East (TS 11), Hyderabad South (TS 12), Hyderabad West (TS 13), with a reserved code for Hyderabad (TS 14). Other districts are Sangareddy (TS 15), Nizamabad (TS 16), Kamareddy (TS 17), Nirmal (TS 18), Mancherial (TS 19), Kumaram Bheem Asifabad (TS 20), Jagtial (TS 21), Peddapalli (TS 22), Sircilla (TS 23), Warangal (rural) (TS 24), Jayashankar Bhupalpally (TS 25), Mahabubabad (TS 26), Jangaon (TS 27), Bhadradri Kothagudem (TS 28), Suryapet (TS 29), Yadadri Bhuvanagiri (TS 30), Nagarkurnool (TS 31), Wanaparthy (TS 32), Jogulamba Gadwal (TS 33), Vikarabad (TS 34), Medak (TS 35), and Siddipet (TS 36).

Part 3: Series (1, 2, or 3 letters)

This part of the registration number indicates the ongoing series of registration codes assigned by the RTA. The series can consist of one, two, or three letters, depending on the state and the number of registrations being processed.

When the numerical portion of the registration code (the four figures mentioned in paragraph 1) reaches 9999, the next series begins with the letter ‘A,’ followed by up to four numerical figures. Subsequent series follow the same pattern, using the letters ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and so on, each followed by up to four numerical figures. This continues until all the alphabets are used.

In Part 3, letters ‘I’ and ‘O’ are not used, to prevent confusion between the letters I and O and the numbers 1 and 0. Letter ‘Z’ is reserved for Road Transport Corporation (RTC) Vehicles. Letter ‘P’ is reserved for Police Department Vehicles. The letters T,U,V,W,X and Y are exclusively reserved for Transport Agency Vehicles like Lorry, Bus (including Tractor-Trailers).

Part 4: Unique Number (4 digits)

  • The final four digits are a unique serial number assigned to the vehicle within the specific series.

Vehicle Registration Number Plate Colour Codes and their meaning The vehicle number plate Colour system in India is designed to easily identify the type of vehicle and its purpose. There are different types of Colour combinations for each type of vehicle. Vehicle number plate Colours are broadly divided in to categories.

Vehicle Number plates with Black Letters on White Plate:

Black and White Number Plate

These number plates are used for Private Non-Commercial Vehicles, owned by the individuals for personal purposes like commuting, running errands, family trips, leisure activities, etc. These vehicles are powered by Internal Combustion Engines.

Vehicle Number plates with White Letters on Green Plate:

White and Green Number Plate

These number plates are used for Electric Private Non-Commercial Vehicles, owned by the individuals for personal purposes. These vehicles run purely on electricity.

Vehicle Number plates with Black Letters on Yellow Plate:

Black and Yellow Number plate

These number plates are used for commercial vehicles such as Trucks, trailers, Pickup vans, Tractors, Cabs, Auto rikshaw. These vehicles run on Petrol/Diesel/CNG.

Vehicle Number plates with Yellow Letters on Black Plate:

Yellow and Black Number Plate

These number plates are used for self driven rental four wheelers and two wheelers. These vehicles are registered as commercial vehicles, but you don’t need a commercial driving license to drive them. You’ll typically see these plates on cars and bikes rented out by companies like Zoomcar, Myles, and Drivezy.

Vehicle Number plates with Yellow Letters on Green Plate:

Yellow and Green Number Plate

Green Plate with yellow letters are used for Commercial Electric Vehicles (CEV) including EV Cabs, Electric Buses, Electric Trucks etc.,. These vehicles run purely on electricity. Energy is stored in batteries.

Vehicle Number plates with White Letters on Red Plate:

Red plate with white letters is used for unsold vehicles driven by Vehicle manufacturers and vehicle Showroom dealers for Test drives and other purposes. after selling the vehicles the number plate is changes to yellow with red letters.

Vehicle Number plates with Red Letters on Yellow Plate:

Red and Yellow Number Plate

Yellow plate with red letters is used for recently sold new vehicles. This is the temporary registration valid till the permanent registration number is obtained from RTO. After the registration is completed the Yellow plate with red letters is replaced with respective number plate depending on the type of vehicle.

Vehicle Number plates with White Letters on Blue Plate:

White and Blue Number Plate

Blue plate with white letters is used for vehicles of foreign diplomats in India on a mission by Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The number consists of 3 parts, part 1 is the country code of the diplomat, Part 2 contains abbreviations such as CD for Corps Diplomatique, CC for corps consulaire, UN for united nations etc. the third part is the serial number of the vehicle from 1 to 9999.

Upside Arrow Number plate with white letters on black plate:

Upside arrow black and white army number plate

These number plates are used for vehicles of Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The first part is upward pointing arrow known as broad arrow, second part is the year of registration. The third part denotes the type or class of vehicle. The fourth part is the six-digit unique registration serial number. The fifth part is the check letter.

Red Number plate with Indian Emblem

President of India Car Number Plate

Red number plate with golden Indian emblem is used for vehicles of President of India, Governors of states, Vice President of India, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories.

BH series Number plate with black letters on white plate

24 BH Series Number Plate Format Meaning
New BH Series Number Plate format meaning

The BH series number plate, also known as the Bharat series Number Plate, is a new vehicle registration series introduced by the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways (MoRTH) Government of India in August 2021. It is a white background number plate with black letters and numbers, following the format YY BH #### XX.

YY stands for Year of Registration

BH stands for Bharat Series

#### stands for Unique Registration Number

XX is two alphabets (excluding I&O) indicating the category of vehicle (e.g., PB for Private Car, BA for two-wheeler)

BH Series Number Plate Registration is primarily applicable for government employees (central and state), defense personnel, public sector undertaking (PSU) employees, and employees of private firms with offices in at least four states or union territories.

24 BH Number Which State?

24 BH Series Number Plate Format Meaning

24 BH number plate does not belong to specific state in India. It is the New Bharath Series Number Plate, registered in the year 2024.

24 BH Number Which State in Hindi?

24 BH Series Number Plate Format Meaning

24 BH नंबर प्लेट भारत के किसी भी राज्य से संबंधित नहीं है। यह नई भारत सीरीज नंबर प्लेट है, जो साल 2024 में रजिस्टर्ड हुई है।

What does blue number plate mean in India?

Blue number plate indicates that the vehicle belongs to a foreign diplomatic mission, such as an embassy or consulate. These plates are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What does green number plate mean in India?

A green number plate in India is a special type of license plate used to identify electric vehicles (EVs). Green number plates are only for fully electric vehicles that produce zero emissions. Hybrid vehicles that use both electric and gasoline or diesel engines are not eligible for these plates.

What does red number plate mean in India?

This type of red plate signifies a vehicle belonging to the President of India, Vice President of India, Governors of States, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories, or other high-ranking government officials. The plate will have white letters and numbers on a red background, with the emblem prominently displayed in the center.

How many types of number plates in India?

There are 8 main types of number plates in India.
White background with black letters and numbers: Used for private vehicles (cars, motorcycles).
Yellow background with black letters and numbers: Used for commercial vehicles (taxis, buses, trucks).
Black background with white letters and numbers: Used for taxi and tourist vehicles.
Red background with white letters and numbers: Used for temporary registration of new vehicles.
Red background with white letters and numbers and the emblem of India: Used by high-ranking government officials like the President, Vice President, Governors, etc.
Green background with white letters and numbers: Used for electric vehicles to promote eco-friendly transportation.
Blue background with white letters and numbers: Used by foreign diplomats and consular missions.
Orange background with black letters and numbers: Used by driving schools for training vehicles.

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