How to know vehicle details by the number plate?

The alphabet

The first part indicates the state or Union territory, denoted by two letters. For instance, MH for the state of Maharashtra.

District number

The next two digits are the district sequential numbers. Eg- 01 for all the capitals of the respective state.

Vehicle & unique number

Next to the district numbers is a unique number provided to vehicles. This can have fewer digits if the owner wishes.


In effect from 2019, all vehicles have been mandated to affix High SecurityNumber Plates (HSRP). It has an oval logo that reads "IND" with a chromium hologram on top. This is to prevent vehicle theft.