RegistrationEvery time a buyer purchases a new
vehicle, the dealer issues a TR sticker. TR refers to ‘To Register’. It is a
temporary number which is valid only for a period of one month. Within this
period, the owner must visit the district’s RTO to officially register the
vehicle and get a standard license plate. The motor vehicle inspector at the
RTO office is responsible for the verification. During this period when your
motor vehicle is yet to be registered, you cannot drive your vehicle on the road.
It may be subjected to hefty fines.The process of registration includes
verification of the vehicle purchased, your address etc. Before the registration
is complete, the RTO inspector also checks the details such as the engine and
chassis numbers. It is a must to carry all the important documents like PUC,
driving license, sales invoice, etc. while getting the vehicle registered. In
the case of commercial vehicles, documents such as a roadworthiness certificate
and transportation permit are also required.
Sale Of Custom Number PlatesIn order to make your vehicle stand out,
you can opt for a custom number too. An example of this would be, codes such as
3333 or 6666. It is difficult to purchase a singular number, such as 7,
particularly because numbers below 100 are commonly registered to government
vehicles. These special ‘lucky numbers’ are often available for sale. The
pricing for such a unique number can go as high as Rs. 3 lakh, and it is often
a common practice for RTOs to hold an auction for them in certain states. You
could check the details on an auction of such numbers on your state RTO’s website.
Opting For A Custom FontEnsure that the font you opt for the
vehicle registration plate is visible from a distance. Any discrepancy might get
you in trouble with the traffic police. Using fancy fonts, which are unreadable
or create a confusion in reading numbers and alphabets is an offence. Using
clear bold lettering is advised.
Variation Of FormatCertain states opt for a unique format,
where the first 0 of the district court is omitted and replaced with a category
letter. This refers to the category of the vehicle. C for cars & SUVsS for two-wheelersE for electric vehiclesP for passenger vehicles, i.e. busesR for three-wheeler rickshaws,T for tourist licensed vehicles,V for vans and pick-up trucksY for vehicles for hire.