Question: What is High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) system?

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India has amended Rule 50 of
Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 to make uniform pattern of displaying registration mark throughout India.
The existing system of display of registration mark has the following flaws:

1. People paint the registration mark in any fancy painting, any size, with undesirable monograms, etc.

2. The repainting or change of registration plate is very easy, whereby criminals get away unnoticed. The
     fake registration plate encourages robberies and road based crimes.

3. Deceptive/fancy registration mark creates a lot of inconvenience in identifying the vehicle involved in
    crimes, traffic offences, road rage, or hit and run cases.

4. Roadside registration mark painting shows a backwardness of the country and is out of sync with modem
    technology automobiles.

5. Under the existing system, where all records are manually created and maintained, it is difficult to compile
     national data of motor vehicles. HSRP will help in creating computerised data of old registered vehicles
     and new vehicles at places where computerised records are not maintained at present. With the
     networking of all RTOs, it will become easy to prepare national data of motor vehicles.

Question: What are the salient features of HSRP?

Answer: The HSRP system will provide the registration mark to be displayed at front, rear and on windshield of the vehicles. Salient features of HSRP system -

1. Plate will be made of 1.0mm aluminium of DIN/745/DIN 1783 02 ISO-7591 with round corners and
    registration mark exhibited in English and Arabic numerals hot-stamped. The registration mark will have
    reflective sheets of imperishable nature guaranteed for a minimum five years.

2. Each plate shall be protected against counterfeiting by hot- stamping the chromium-based hologram
    containing IND of blue colour at left centre of plate.

3. The plates will be fastened with non-removable-non-reusable snap lock.

4. The HSRP will be tamper-proof and non-replaceable. Any attempt made to remove or replace the
    number plate will break the snap lock making it impossible to instal any other number plate. Any attempt
    to remove the third plate in the form of a self-destructive chromium based hologram sticker, affixed on the
    windshield will spoil/break the sticker itself making it non-reusable.

5. The number plate will be fitted within the premises of registering authority or at any other place designated
    by the Transport Department of the State concerned.

6. The prototype of HSRP will require to be approved by testing agencies, viz. ARAI/VRDE/CRRI.

Question: How the HSRP system will be implemented?

Answer: The manufacturer of the registration plate will first get his registration plate type approved from any one of the testing agencies mentioned above.

After the type approval, the manufacturer will apply for contractual approval from State Government. The State Government may select the manufacturer through tender process or on merits.

After approval by the State Government either for entire State or a part thereof, the manufacturer will appoint their authorised vendors or fitment agents.

If a State Government feels appropriate, it may designate the authorised agent or his officials to act as a registering authority and to install HSRP at a place other than RTO premises.

The agent will have to maintain the inventory of number plates and hot stamping machine to hot-stamp the registration mark on HSRP as allocated by the RTO. The windshield sticker will also be printed and affixed by the authorised agent.

In case of mutilation or damage to any of the 3 number plates resulting from accident or normal wear and tear, replacement will be done by the authorised agent only with the permission of the concerned RTO.

All the registration records will be entered into the database, which will be later, handed over to State Government online.

Question: What is the schedule of implementation of HSRP?

The HSRP implementation is scheduled to commence on or before 1st June 2005 for new vehicles to be registered and within two years thereof for earlier registered vehicles.

There were a few cases pending with Hon'ble Supreme Court where some allegations were reported in selection procedure of HSRP authorisation of State Governments. Hon'ble Supreme Court in a judgement dismissed all such writ petitions challenging the selection procedures for vendors. Ministry of Road Transport had asked the States to initiate steps for the implementation of HSRP by 1st Jun'05. The new deadline as set down by the Honorable Supreme Court is November 07, 2008.

Question: Who will benefit from the implementation of HSRP?

Answer: Vehicle Owners -

1. Since possibility of change of Registration Plate is obviated by HSRP, car jacking or thefts would be

2. Sale/purchase of pre-owned vehicles will be less risky.


1. Easy to identify traffic offences, stolen vehicles and vehicles involved in crimes.

2. No unregistered vehicles would be able to ply on roads.

3. Ultimate reduction in crimes/theft cases.

4. It is will be easy to trace the 'Hit & Run' vehicles and vehicles involved in crimes.


1. Computerisation of records.

2. Scope to introduce technologies, like, smart cards/GPS oriented tracking systems.

3. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID, contact less) toll solutions enhancing revenues of the Governments.

Question: How an automobile dealer will function under HSRP system?

The dealer's role remains the same as in the existing system. In HSRP system, the affixing of registration plate would be carried out either within the RTO premises or at the designated premises authorised by the Transport Department of the State.