About two years ago, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a mandate that all Indian vehicles manufactured before April 2019 should have a High-Security Registration Plate (HSRP) and a Colour Sticker installed. Fast forward to 2021, people who do not have the new number plates and coloured stickers installed are now being fined up to Rs. 10,000 by the Traffic police officials. The question is what is HSRP and how do you apply for it? More importantly, how does this benefit everyone moving forward? All these questions answered in this article.
What is HSRP?
HSRP or High-Security Registration Plate is an aluminium made number plate fixed using two non-reusable locks. The primary reason to get HSRP is that the old number plates are very easy to tamper with, and thus the new registration plates ensure that these can not be forged. The chromium-based Ashok Chakra is applied in the top-left corner of both the front and rear number plates by hot stamping. The 10 digit vehicle’s PIN or Permanent Identification Number is laser etched in the reflective sheeting, which is found in the bottom left corner of both the front and rear number plates. HSRP’s come in white sheets for private vehicles and in yellow sheets for commercial vehicles, and are electronically linked with a vehicle after they are affixed.
Benefits of HSRP
As we mentioned above, HSRP’s are electronically linked to a vehicle’s registration, this means that HSRP’s comprises of a vehicle’s engine number and chassis number, which in turn can help in identifying a stolen car. With the old number plates, car thieves usually replace the registration plates, that makes it quite difficult for the officials to track down a stolen vehicle. However, the new HSRP’s come with non-reusable locks, that are very difficult to replace and cannot be misused by car thieves.
Who needs to get HSRP?
If you have purchased a vehicle in India after April 2019, you don’t need to apply for a High-Security Registration Plate since your car already has an HSRP affixed. All you need is the colour-coded sticker and you’ll be good to go. However, people who have purchased their vehicle before April 2019 are the ones who need to apply for a High-Security Registration Plate along with the colour sticker.
How to apply for HSRP?
Now that you know all the details about a High Registration Number Plate, here’s how you can apply for one. Follow these steps.
- Visit the official website of Book-My-HSRP.
- For vehicles sold before 2019, choose the option on the left that says, High-Registration Plate With Colour Sticker. For vehicles sold after April 2019, choose the option on the right that says, Only Colour Sticker.
- Whichever option you choose, be sure that you have your car’s registration details handy.
- If you choose the option on the left, i.e. High-Registration Plate With Colour Sticker, you’ll be asked to enter the booking details that include your State, your car’s Registration Number, Chassis Number and Engine Number.
- If you choose the option on the right, which is the Colour Sticker Only, in that case, you’ll need to enter all the details from Step 4 along with the Front Laser Code and Rear Laser Code. The codes are present in the bottom-left of both the front and rear number plates, right below the Ashok Chakra.
- Once you have entered these initial details, keep following the prompts and enter your contact information. Hit Next after finishing to proceed to the next step.
- You will now have to choose a fitment location. You can do this by going to the nearest authorised dealership, or you can opt for home delivery. Note that the home delivery fees vary for HSRP + Colour Sticker or the Colour Sticker only.
- After setting fitment details, you’ll need to set the appointment date and time slot.
- After this, all you need to do is to hit Confirm and Proceed. Make sure to verify the cost description before making the final payment. Once done, hit Pay Online.
- You can make payments via card options, UPI or netbanking.
- After the HSRP is ready, a receipt will be generated. Save it or print it according to preference.
- Besides, you can also track your order or reschedule an appointment from the Book-My-HSRP portal. Do note, you can only reschedule an appointment if there’s a slot on a future date.
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Cost of HSRP
On average, the cost of HSRP varies from state to state and can cost anywhere between Rs. 400 to Rs. 1100 for a two-wheeler or a four-wheeled vehicle. In Delhi, if you go for HSRP + Colour Sticker, your total cost including fitment charges and GST would be Rs. 742. You’ll have to pay an additional Rs. 250 in case you opt for home delivery.
In case you already have an HSRP, and you’ll only need a Coloured Sticker. The total cost for the sticker including fitment charges and GST would be Rs. 164. You’ll have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 125 in case you opt for home delivery.
Make sure that you have your receipt and your car’s RC handy at the time of appointment. For queries, you can call on the toll-free number: 18001200201 or you can email at email@example.com.