How to Get High Security Registration Plates For Old Car - Full Details

by IndianAuto Team | 23/06/2020
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You are wondering how to get a new High-Security Registration Plate (HSRP) for your old car? Check out this article to know all about HSRP.

Still haven't got the new High-Security Registration Plate? Gather all the necessary information from this article right away!

As we all need to develop our community to get a better lifestyle, some changes need to be done in order to improve and meet higher levels of safety, convenience, and living standards. The government of India has been updating and establishing more secure legal traffic features to create a greater experience for road users. Among the positive changes, the new High-Security Registration Plate (HSRP) would open new ways for traffic security. Simply spoken, with the new HSRP regulation, it’s easier for the police to track down stolen/lost vehicles and for vehicle owners to have stronger evidence of their ownership. Here is a detailed guideline on how to get high-security registration plates.


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How to identify an authentic HSRP

White and yellow sheet

The new HSRP will help different types of motor vehicles have the same registration numbers patterns all over India. Because of the aluminium material, the plate is expected to have a shelf-life of at least 5 years, which is also the time value of the guarantee. To make the plates clearly visible to road users, they come with white retro sheet which grants visibility at most roughly 200 metres (commercial vehicles will have yellow sheets).

Informative and unique traits

HSRPs are designed to be intuitive and informative with 2 distinctive parts. On the humble left part, you will see the hot-stamped chrome-based hologram of the Ashok Chakra in the size of 20 mm x 20 mm and the ‘IND’ letters in blue capital, and a permanent identification number. Please note that if a plate comes without the permanent identification number, the plate is invalid. The other part will hold the alpha numeral plate number with black foil. Interestingly, the word “INDIA” is inscribed in Arial Bold, font size 10 directly on the hot-stamped plate number.


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The third registration plate beside the rear and the front ones

Additionally, for vehicles sold from April 2019, there is a mandatory coloured hologram sticker acting as the third registration plates fixed on the left-hand corner of the windshield with the size of 100 mm x 60 mm. The sticker contains information such as the engine and chassis numbers, the permanent identification number, the registration number, the name of the registering authority and the date of first registration. The colour of each hologram sticker also indicates the types of vehicles. For example, the blue coloured sticker is for CNG and petrol vehicles, the orange coloured sticker is for diesel vehicles, and grey coloured one is for the rest.

high-security registration plates The third registration plate: hologram sticker

The third registration plate: hologram sticker

A quick check will save you from troubles

Briefly, you can easily identify an authentic HSRP by its appearance. Quickly check if it has the hologram Ashok Chakra, blue ‘IND’, inscribed ‘INDIA’ on the plate number, and, above all, the permanent identification number. Then check for other characteristics to be sure. Knowing how to spot out a fake HSRP will help you get away from a whole bunch of problems including legal stuff.

high-security registration plates Yellow high-security registration plate

Yellow plates indicate commercial vehicles.

How to get the new HSRP

If you purchased your car AFTER April 2019

The new regulation states that every car sold after 1st April 2019 is provided with an HSRP by the dealer whom the car is purchased from. The HSRP is given to the dealer by the vehicle manufacturer before it is affixed to the car. Auto manufacturers need to make sure that the retailers are capable of installing the HSRPs and the third registration plate (the hologram sticker) with the required equipment.


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Additionally, it is free of charge to install the plates; therefore, the dealers are going against the rule if they ask for a fee while affixing the HSRP to your new car. Besides, because aluminium sheets can last at least 5 years, the new HSRPs come with 5 years guarantee. During the guarantee period, if the letters/numbers fade away or the plates get damaged, they will be replaced without a cost by the dealer fitting them.

*Note that many people experience a delay in receiving the plates due to high demand. Some people reported they have to wait over a month. If you’re in such situations, contact the dealer for details.

high-security registration plates people are registering for the new HSRP

Many people are registering for the new HSRP.

If you purchased your car BEFORE April 2019

If you bought your car before April 2019, you have to contact the dealer from whom you made the purchase in order to register for the new HSRP. If you move to another city, you can look for any dealer who can perform the procedure in the new city. And if there’s no such dealer in your city, you can look for one in other districts. Note that you need to ensure that you don’t have any challan pending. Please keep in mind that the cost to replace the plate for 4-wheelers is about Rs. 500, and about Rs. 200 for 2-wheelers.


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More particularly, to switch to the new HSRP, you need to visit your car dealer, some places require booking an appointment in advance. Besides filling all the mandatory forms, you will have to give up your old registration number, and, obviously, the number plates. Once the registration process is finished, the new HSRPs will be affixed to your car and the new registration number will be linked to the vehicle.

high-security registration plates The new HSRP details

The new HSRP details

Here’s an example of how to register for High-Security Number Plate in Delhi

Step 1: Visit the official website,

Step 2: Find and click on Book HSRP Plate Appointment.

Step 3: After being redirected to another page, enter your vehicle registration date.

Step 4: Next, enter your vehicle registration number.

Step 5: Below, enter the chassis number and your mobile number.

Step 6: Then, enter the captcha text.

Step 7: Lastly, generate the OTP given to you.

After the procedure, the department will give you an appointment. On the appointment, you can visit a dealer and get an HSRP affixed to your vehicle. To check for the process status, follow the methods on the official website.

high-security registration plates dealer is affixing HSRP

After all things are set, you will receive your brand new HSRP.


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Above is a detailed guideline on how to get High Security Number Plate in India. To create better security in terms of traffics, the government of India has come with the idea of the new aesthetic HSRP. This new high-security registration plate will not only help track down stolen/lost vehicles easily, but it also makes investigation over accident-related cases a bit less difficult. Also note that if you purchased your vehicle after 1st April 2019, you would have already received the new plates without any additional charge. However, contact your car dealer to replace the old plates with the new HRSPs with a small fee if you bought your vehicle before April 2019.

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