India: High Security Registration Plates mandatory from January 1, 2019

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced that High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) will be mandatory on all vehicles manufactured on or after January 1, 2019, in order to offer extra protection against vehicle theft. Ministry has also issued a new rule that makes it mandatory for car manufacturers to provide HSRPs, while dealerships will be responsible for affixing them.

HSRPs were compulsory in 13 states until now and these plates have inbuilt security features such as chromium-based hologram along with a 10 digit permanent identification number. A chromium-based, the self-destructive hologram sticker is affixed on the top-left corner of both front and rear HSRPs. And a third registration plate, in the form of a self-destructive, chromium-based hologram sticker will be affixed on the inner side of the vehicle’s windshield. The sticker has details like the engine and chassis number, registration number and registering authority.

Earlier, Union Minster Mr. Nitin Gadkari announced that vehicles will come fitted with number plates from the factory. Where this move is expected to transparency in the whole registration process for any new vehicle. Under this new rule, the cost of the registration will be included in the on-road pricing of the new vehicles and these plates will come with a 15-year guarantee.