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  • How to get VIP Registration Numbers for Two-Wheelers in Himachal Pradesh

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    Many people consider their vehicles to be an extension of themselves. It is no wonder then that a number of vehicle owners choose to get personalised and unique number plates for their vehicles. While some get VIP registration numbers for their vehicles purely to make a statement, several other vehicle owners purchase particular registration numbers because the number holds a personal significance or due to the number having proved auspicious in the past.

    To get a unique registration number, vehicle owners usually have to pay a certain prescribed fee. The fee to be paid will usually vary based on the state in which one is registering their vehicle and the demand for a particular registration number. Read on to know more about how to get a VIP registration number in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

    Elements of a Number Plate

    When you get your vehicle registered under an RTO, a unique registration ID, which comprises of alphabets and digits, will be provided to you. This registration ID is what is embossed on a vehicle’s number plate. The registration ID can be broken down into 4 parts. The first two alphabets refer to the state in which you have registered your two-wheeler. Thus, vehicles registered in Himachal Pradesh will begin with an “HP”.

    The next part of the number plate comprises of two digits that indicate the RTO under which the two-wheeler has been registered. The next part of the number plate is usually made up of two alphabets and four digits. This number is unique to each vehicle and can be customised for a price. Many vehicle owners get custom registration numbers, also called VIP numbers, for their vehicles from the RTO. The last part of the number plate is a holographic logo with the letters “IND” etched under it.

    Things to Know about Getting a VIP Registration Number in Himachal Pradesh

    If you are looking to get a VIP registration number for your vehicle in Himachal Pradesh, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:

    • According to the Himachal Pradesh Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Rules, 2015, individuals who wish to get special registration numbers/VIP registration numbers for their vehicles will have to pay a special registration fee, in addition to the regular registration fee. The special registration rates that are applicable to various registration numbers/marks are as follows:
    Special Registration Number/Mark Special Registration Fee
    0001 to 0010 (reserved) Rs.1 lakh
    0011 to 0100 Rs.1 lakh
    Fancy/VIP numbers between 0101 and 0999 – 0101, 0111, 0200, 0201, 0222, 0251, 0300, 0303, 0333, 0400, 0444, 0500, 0501, 0505, 0555, 0600, 0666, 0700, 0777, 0786, 0800, 0888, 0900, and 0999 Rs.25,000
    Fancy/VIP numbers between 1000 and 9999 – 1000, 1001, 1111, 2000, 2001, 2222, 3000, 3333, 4000, 4444, 5000, 5001, 5555, 6000, 6666, 7000, 7777, 8000, 8888, 9000, 9999 Rs.5,000
    • Registration numbers between 0001 and 0010 are reserved for vehicles owned or used by the government. These numbers will only be allotted to the concerned government authority after the special registration fee of Rs.1 lakh has been paid.
    • All other registration numbers that are mentioned in the table above will be allotted to vehicle owners on a first come first serve basis.
    • If a vehicle with a VIP registration number meets with an accident that is classified as a total loss by the insurance company, the owner of the vehicle will not be required to pay the special registration amount again for the same number if the concerned individual is purchasing a new vehicle.
    • A vehicle owner who is planning to sell or scrap their old vehicle will be allowed to retain the VIP registration number that was allotted to that particular vehicle only if a new registration mark is assigned to the vehicle by the Registering and Licensing Authority.
    • If the primary registration number is vacated, it will remain in the custody of the Registering and Licensing Authority. The previous owner can get the same number allotted to their new vehicle within one year from the date of surrendering it, in such a case. The Registering and Licensing Authority will not charge any additional fee to allot the same number to the previous owner’s new vehicle. If the previous owner does not get the same registration number allotted to a new vehicle within 1 year from the date of surrendering it, the number will be considered to have been surrendered to the State Government of Himachal Pradesh. The Registering and Licensing Authority will be well within their rights to assign that registration number to another applicant.

    Need for Registration Mark/Number

    It is necessary to have a unique registration number to ride your two-wheeler in public places after purchasing it. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 makes it compulsory for every vehicle owner to register their vehicle after purchasing it and get a registration number, either a VIP number or a regular registration number, for the vehicle from the concerned RTO.

    The Bottom Line

    Registering your vehicle is a must if you want to comply with the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Further, getting your vehicle registered can also make it easier to identify your vehicle in the event of a theft. To completely protect your vehicle and yourself from having to incur any unplanned expenses in case of an unfortunate eventuality, it is also necessary to purchase a two wheeler insurance policy for your vehicle. You can purchase either a third-party liability insurance plan or a comprehensive insurance policy for your vehicle based on the level of coverage you require. Make sure to also customise and enhance this coverage by purchasing add-ons that are offered by the insurer.

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