The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an order that mandates that all vehicles sold before 1 April 2019 need to have a High Security Registration Plate and colour-coded fuel sticker on the third registration plate.
However, the rules regarding this notification have left many people confused and frustrated. If you’re wondering whether your car needs HSRP and how you can get it in your city, then this article will provide the details you need.
What is HSRP and colour-coded fuel sticker
High Security Registration Plates are standardised registration plates that have identifiable features. These plates are designed to prevent forging or tampering of registration plates. Since HSRP is only issued after registering with the RTO digitally, your registration plates will be linked to your car only, thereby preventing theft and misuse of these plates.
Official Features of HSRP
- Hot-stamped chrome-based hologram
- Blue IND acronym
- Unique laser-branded Permanent Identification Number
- Alpha numerals embossed with ‘INDIA’
- White (or yellow for commercial vehicles) retro-reflective sheet
- Snap locks
Without these features, you will be driving with an unofficial registration plate and would be liable to a fine.
Colour-coded Fuel Sticker (Third Registration Plate)
There is also a third registration plate in the form of a sticker that is affixed to your vehicle’s windscreen. Previously, this sticker was transparent but now it is required to be colour-coded. Blue colour stickers are mandatory for petrol cars while orange colour stickers are required for diesel cars. BS6 cars are to be fitted with a green colour sticker on their third registration plate.
How to Get HSRP for your Car?
The process to get your HSRP for your car will vary based on the State your car was registered in. You will need to check the state transport department (RTO) to get the list of car dealerships that are certified to fix the HSRP and colour-coded stickers. Some States, like Delhi and UP, have authorised private organisations to handle the process of securing your HSRP.
Here’s a list of States and where you can get your HSRP:
|State||Where to Apply|
|Delhi||Book My HSRP|
|UP||Book My HSRP|
|Maharashtra||Maharashtra Transport Department|
|Karnataka||Karnataka Transport Department|
HSRP and colour-coded sticker costs
The prices of the HSRP and colour-coded sticker varies between State to State. The average price of getting an HSRP fitted for your vehicle is Rs. 400 for a two-wheeler and Rs. 1000 for a four-wheeler. Do note that you could pay above or below this average price, so it is important you check at your respective RTO for the exact price. The average price of the sticker is around Rs. 100.
Is HSRP required?
If you want to avoid a fine of Rs. 5000 or Rs. 10000, then it is recommended to have your car fitted with HSRP at the earliest. Fortunately, if you have bought a car after 2010, your car may already have the HSRP fitted. In this case, you will only need to purchase the colour-coded sticker as appropriate for your car.
What about cars registered in another state?
You may not be residing in the state from where you purchased your car. Unfortunately, you will not be able to acquire the HSRP or the colour-coded sticker from the state RTO in which you are currently residing in. You will need to approach the respective RTO of the state where your car was registered in and apply for the HSRP and colour-coded sticker as mentioned.