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What is High Security Registration Plate: Full Details Explained

In India, a high security registration plate (HSRP), along with a colour-coded fuel sticker on the third registration plate, is a mandatory norm for vehicles sold before 1st April 2019. Moreover, if any such vehicle is caught without HSRP, its owner has to pay a penalty of ₹5,000 to ₹10,000, depending on the state. This article will explain what an HSRP is, how you can get one, and everything you need to know about high security registration plates.

What is a High Security Registration Plate?

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A high security number plate is an aluminium-made number plate that is fixed onto a vehicle by a minimum of two non-reusable snap-on locks and has various identifiable features. On the top left corner of an HSRP, there is a blue-coloured chromium-based hologram of the size 20mm x 20mm of Ashoka Chakra. On the bottom left corner, there is a unique laser-branded 10-digit permanent identification number (PIN). Moreover, the numerals and alphabets of the registration number, have a hot-stamped film applied over them and are preceded by a blue ‘IND’ acronym. An HSRP is only issued after the digital registration of the vehicle and is linked to the vehicle. As such, the plates cannot be used on a different car and should act as a deterrent to theft and any other kind of misuse of these plates.

Colour-coded Fuel Sticker (Third Registration Plate)

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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.

Fuel Sticker Colour Codes

  • Blue: All BS4 petrol cars
  • Orange: All BS4 diesel cars
  • Green: All BS6 petrol and diesel cars

Who uses High Security Registration Plates?

As we have described what a high security registration plate is, it is also important to know who it is for. Regardless of their fuel or body type, be it petrol, diesel, electric, two-wheeler, four-wheeler, etc. all the vehicles must be fixed with an HSRP before July 2022. The HSRPs were introduced in 2005 and became mandatory in 2019. The number plates of the vehicles sold after April 2019 are already HSRP, so people who bought or registered their vehicles before April 2019 need to shake a leg, and get their HSRP as soon as possible.

Benefits of High Security Number Plates

  • With the number plates made before April 2019, it was easy for thieves to replace the registration numbers, making it almost impossible to track the identity of the vehicle. As HSRPs come with non-reusable snap locks, they can’t be easily stolen without damaging the plates themselves.  
  • The HSRPs are made by registered automobile dealers and vendors affiliated with state authorities. They make the HSRPs after gaining all the vehicle-related information such as engine number, chassis number, etc. So, it’s a great way to accumulate such crucial information about a vehicle in a central database, and it becomes easy for authorities to track the vehicle.
  • Earlier, the vehicle owners would play around with the number plates, changing the font, their size, colours, etc. This made it difficult for traffic police to clearly see the registration number of a moving vehicle. The HSRPs have unified fonts, colours, and styles, making them easily readable and standardised.

Application of High Security Number Plates

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:

StateWhere to Apply
DelhiBook My HSRP
UPBook My HSRP
HaryanaLink Utsav
MaharashtraMaharashtra Transport Department
TelanganaLink AutoTech
KarnatakaKarnataka Transport Department

How to apply for HSRP plate in Delhi and UP?

The process to apply for HSRP plates and colour coded stickers in Delhi and UP has been streamlined and offered through the Book My HSRP website. You can choose to apply for your HSRP plate and sticker through the portal or only the colour-coded sticker if you already have the HSRP plate installed.

BookMyHSRP homepage
Select the appropriate option on the BookMyHSRP homepage

Book HSRP through Book My HSRP

  • Enter the State your car is registered in. Do note that you can only apply for cars registered in Delhi and UP.
  • Provide the details of your car including registration number, chassis number and engine number.
  • Select the fitment location most convenient to you and book an appointment slot.
  • Pay the required fees and download the receipt for verification later.

Book HSRP colour-coded sticker through Book My HSRP

  • Enter the State your car is registered in. Do note that you can only apply for cars registered in Delhi and UP.
  • Provide the details of your car including registration number, chassis number and engine number.
  • Provide the front and rear laser-branded Permanent Identification Number on your HSRP plate.
  • Select the fitment location most convenient to you and book an appointment slot.
  • Pay the required fees and download the receipt for verification later.

Charges for High Security Number Plates

The cost of HSRP varies from state to state. Nevertheless, the cost of an HSRP for a two-wheeler is approx. ₹400, and for a four-wheeler is ₹1,100 depending upon their category. Moreover, a colour-coded sticker is also mandatory, and it will cost you approx. ₹100.

Difference between High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) and normal number plates

The normal number plates or to be precise, the number plates issued before April 2019 are metallic and have the registration number of the vehicle in black lettering. The HSRP has added multiple specificities and identifiers which make the number plate an authentic identity of the vehicle. The following pointers will help you understand what exactly is more in an HSRP as compared to a normal number plate.

  • The HSRP is made of aluminium and has two non-reusable and tamper-proof security locks. In case, someone breaks these locks they won’t be able to refix the number plate. In case of damage, new locks are available with authorised retailers only.
  • The HSRP features a blue-coloured chromium-based hologram of the size 20mm x 20mm of Ashoka Chakra
  • On the bottom left corner, a unique 10-digit personal identification number (PIN) is laser encoded on the HSRP. Therefore, it’s easily scannable and tamper-proof. 
  • The fonts and their styles are similar on every vehicle, unlike the previous number plates which people would customise as per their preferences.
  • The HSRP also gets clubbed with the colour-coded sticker that denotes the fuel type, and Bharat Stage. This sticker is pasted on the windshield from the inside of the vehicle.

FAQs about High Security Registration Plate

Q. How do I get my HSRP number plate?

A. To apply for HSRP you can visit the local RTO office. You can also visit the state transport website of your state to get the list of car dealerships that are certified to fix the HSRP and colour-coded stickers. Moreover, if you belong to Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, you can apply for the HSRP through www.bookmyhsrp.com portal. This website will require you to enter some details such as vehicle number, chassis number, engine number, address, contact number, fuel type, etc. After entering the details, you can book an appointment with your nearest authorised dealership. Then on the appointment date, you will have to visit the dealership to get it installed.

Q. What is the meaning of HSRP?

A. The term ‘HSRP’ stands for High Security Registration Plate. An HSRP is an aluminium-made number plate that is fixed onto a vehicle by a minimum of two non-reusable snap-on locks and has various identifiable features. On the top left corner of an HSRP, there is a blue-coloured chromium-based hologram of the size 20mm x 20mm of Ashoka Chakra. And, on the bottom left corner, there is a unique laser-branded 10-digit permanent identification number (PIN). Moreover, the numerals and alphabets of the registration number, have a hot-stamped film applied over them and are preceded by a blue ‘IND’ acronym. An HSRP is only issued after the digital registration of the vehicle and is linked to the vehicle only forbidding theft and any other kind of misuse of these plates.

Q. Is it mandatory to have a high security number plate in India?

A. All the vehicles including two-wheelers, must be fixed with an HSRP before July 2022. The number plates of the vehicles sold after April 2019 are already HSRP, so people who bought or registered their vehicles before April 2019 must get HSRP as soon as possible.

Q. How much is the fine for not having an HSRP installed?

A. As of now, this rule is enforced only in Delhi, HP, and UP, where a fine of ₹5,500 is charged for not having HSRP installed.

Q. What if my car is not from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh?

A. If your car is not registered in Delhi, you will not be caught in any of the 11 districts of Delhi. These rules are only for cars bearing DL, UP, or HP on their number plates.

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