Form and manner of display of registration marks on the motor vehicles

  • On or after commencement of this rule, the registration mark referred to in sub-section (6) of section 41 shall be displayed both at the front and at the rear of all motor vehicles clearly and legibly in the form of security license plate of the following specifications, namely.
    1. The plate shall be a solid unit made of 1.0 mm aluminium conforming to DIN 1745/DIN 1783 or ISO 7591. Border edges and corners of the plate shall be rounded to the extent of approx. 10mm to avoid injuries and the plates must have an embossed border. The plate shall be suitable for hot stamping and reflective sheet has to be guaranteed for imperishability for minimum five years. The fast coloring of the legend and border are to be done by hot stamping.

    2. The plate shall bear the letters "IND" in blue color on the extreme left center of the plate. The letter should be one fourth the size of letters mentioned in rule 51 and should be buried into the foil or applied by hot stamping and should be an integral part of the plate.

    3. Each plate shall be protected against counterfeiting through chromium-based hologram applied by hot stamping. Stickers and adhesive labels are not permitted. The plate shall bear a permanent consecutive identification number of nine characters, to be laser branded into the reflective sheeting. The hot stamping film shall bear a verification inscription.

    4. Apart from the registration marks on the front and rear, the third registration mark in the form of a self destructive type, hologram sticker shall be affixed on the left-hand top side of the windshield of the vehicle. The registration details such as registration number, Chassis Number, Engine number of the vehicle etc, shall be printed on the sticker. The third registration mark shall be issued by the registering authorities approved dealers of the license plates and thereafter if such sticker is destroyed it shall be issued by the license plate manufacturer or his dealer.

    5. The plate shall be fastened with non-removable, non-reusable snap lock fitting system on rear of the vehicle at the premises of the registering authority. The license plates with all the above specifications shall be issued by the registering authority and fitted by the approved license plates manufacturers or their dealers. The Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi or any of the agency authorized by the Central Government shall issue the certification to approve the license plates manufacturers for the above specification

    6. The size of the plate for different categories of vehicles shall be as follows:
      for two and three wheelers: 200 x 100 mm and 285 x 45 mm
      for Light Motor Vehicles Passenger cars: 340 x 200 mm , 500 x 120 mm
      For medium commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles and Trailer combination: 340 x 200mm:

      Provided That this sub-rule shall apply to already registered vehicles two years from the date of commencement:

      Provided further that the size of the registration plates for agricultural tractors shall be as follows:
      Front - 285 x 45 mm
      Rear - 200 x 100 mm
  • In the case of motor cycles the registration mark in the front shall be displayed parallel to the handle bar on any part       of the vehicle including mudguard facing the front instead of on a plate in line with the axis of the vehicle:

           Provided that:
    1. the registration mark exhibited at the rear of a transport vehicle shall be affixed to the vehicle on the right hand side at a distance not exceeding one meter from the ground as may be reasonably possible having regard to the type of the body of the vehicle;

    2. the registration mark shall also be painted on the right and left side on the body of the vehicle in the case of a transport vehicle;

    3. the registration mark shall also be painted and exhibited on the partition provided between the driver and the passengers, facing the passengers' seats or where there is no such partition on the front interior of the vehicle near the roof to the left side of the driver's seat facing the passengers' seats in the case of a stage carriage or a contract carriage and in the case of motor cab or a taxi cab it shall be sufficient if the registration mark is painted on the dash-board;

    4. the letters of the registration mark shall be in English and the figures shall be in Arabic numerals and shall be shown:

      • in the case of transport vehicles in Black color on Yellow background and
      • in other cases, in Black colour on White background.
    The registration mark on the trailer shall be exhibited on the left hand side in Black color on Yellow background. In addition, the registration mark on the drawing vehicle shall be exhibited on the trailer also and this shall be done on the right hand side at the rear of the trailer or the last trailer as the case may be in Black colour on retro-reflective type yellow background.

    Provided that where provisions of this clause have not been complied with in respect of motor vehicle on or before the commencement of the Central Motor Vehicles (8th Amendment) Rules, 2001 then the provisions shall be complied with,
    1. in respect of transport vehicle on or before 1st February, 2002 and
    2. in other cases on or before 1st July, 2002.
  • The registration mark shall be exhibited in two lines the State code and registering authority code forming the first        line and the rest forming the second line, one below the other:

    Provided that the registration mark in the front may be exhibited in one line:

    Provided further that registration mark on a light motor vehicle may be in the center with illumination.

  • Every motor vehicle, except motor cab and motorcar, manufactured on and from the date of commencement of the       Central Motor Vehicles (Arndt.) Rules, 1993 shall be provided with sufficient space in the rear for display of
          registration mark in two lines.

  • In case of agricultural tractors, the registration mark need not be inclined to the [vertical plane by more than 45

    Standard sizes for:
    • 2 / 3 wheelers - 200 x 100 mm & 285 x 45mm
    • Car / LMVs - 340 x 200 mm & 500x120 mm
    • Heavy Vehicles - 340 x 200 mm
    Class of Vehicle
    Dimension not less than
    Space bw


    All motor cycles and  three-
    wheeled invalid carriages

    Rear letters


    All motor cycles and three-
    wheeled invalid carriages

    Rear- numerical


    Motor  cycles  with engine
    capacity less than 70 cc

    Front letters & numerals


    Other motor cycles

    Front letters & numerals


    Three-wheelers of engine
    capacity not exceeding 500 cc

    Rear and front numerals
    and letters


    Three-wheelers of engine
    capacity exceeding 500 cc

    Rear and front numerals
    and letters


    All other motor vehicles

    Rear and front letters and numerals