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There was a time when people use to travel mostly by public transport which was then considered as a viable option. If anyone was seen driving a car or traveling by car for their daily work, it was considered to be a luxury and unaffordable to many. Luna and Kinetic Honda were two-of the most iconic vehicles of the 20th century which for sure many of us have driven and sat on. But today, there are so many models available from more than 10 two-wheeler manufacturing companies. Two-wheelers today are necessity more than luxury. It is easy to buy because everyone can afford, you can get financier or any bank to help with the loan for your two-wheeler. There are many categories of two-wheeler, out of which the premium range bike and bikes within 150cc and scooters are the highest selling as they are most comfortable for daily use.
Amidst buying a vehicle and being excited to ride it, one should not forget that maintaining the bike for a secure to drive with proper registration and documentation is equally important. The first and foremost thing to do when you buy a vehicle is to register the bike at the nearest RTO so that you will be able to ride the bike without violating the law. If you wish to have the normal registration number, you can submit the necessary documents and get the registration number in a week or 10 days. But if you want to have a fancy vehicle registration number, then here is all you need to know.
India is a country that believes in the most divine power the universe has to offer. One such belief is the magic of numbers which bring them fortune and good luck. You must have noticed that many people go miles to get a particular registration number that is of either their like or the number that is religious to them at any cost. Vehicle owners believe that it saves them from any misfortune that may happen on the journey and bring prosperity to them and the house. Fancy numbers are always high in demand and this is why the state government reserves 100 fancy registration numbers with it out of 1000 numbers from 001 to 9999. These 100 numbers are all fancy numbers that is in trend and popular. Numbers like 007, 001, 8055 and 786 are extremely expensive if you want to buy it for your vehicle. The cost of registration for these numbers differs from one state to another.
For any vehicle in India, the number plate or the registration number allotted will be in a standard format. The first two letters in a registration number represents the state it was registered in like if it was registered in Karnataka – KA, Tamil Nadu – TN, Delhi – DL, Kerala – KL, etc. this is the primary identity of the two-wheeler. The next two digits are the numbers assigned to the regional Transport Office of a particular city. If it is a city Tamil Nadu like Chennai the RTO code would be TN -01, if it’s a city in Karnataka like Mysuru, the KA-09, etc. There would be many RTOs in the same city so the code also depends on the zones of a city. The next two letters represent the series of registration and the last four digits is the registration number of the vehicle.
As mentioned earlier, every state government reserves 100 fancy numbers from 001 to 9999. These 100 numbers will be divided into a number of series or category depending upon their popularity and demand. Each series will have a set of numbers that will be allocated according to the application numbers. Each series will have a different price for the desired number and popular numbers like mentioned above usually cost more than Rs.20,000.
Many RTOs in various cities hold online auction also known as bidding for these fancy numbers every week. And others allot the fancy number based on first come first basis or as per that state rules. You will have to submit a written application form along with necessary documents and registration fee to get the fancy registration number of your choice. The numbers that are listed as fancy numbers by the state government, will not be allocated to general public by the automated computer process which is for the normal registration process.
The transport department usually lists out the available fancy numbers in the current running series or next series online. If your desired number is in that series then you may apply for it as per the respective state rules and process. Once you apply for that number, wait for the number to be allotted to you as per the procedure. On allotment of the number, you will have to claim the number with the respective RTO by paying the difference amount. This has to be done within 30 days of number allotment else the allotted number will be cancelled for your application.
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