Important Things to Know About New Bharat Series Number Plate

Published On Sep 28, 2021 11:00 AM By InsuranceDekho

The Transport Ministry has introduced a new Number Series called the Bharat Series in order to facilitate seamless transfer of vehicles. Read this article to know more about the newly launched series.

The Ministry of Transport recently announced a new Number Series called Bharat Series marked by ‘BH’.The Transport Ministry stated that a vehicle having this number plate shall allow Indian citizens to take their cars or vehicles from one state to another without having to face the long & tedious process of changing the number plate. 

Important Things to Know About New Bharat Series Number Plate

 Here are the important things you should know about the new BH series number plate:

  • What Is Bharat Number Series

This series is meant for those vehicle owners who shift from one state to another on a daily basis or more often. In the number plate, BH(stands for Bharat) will replace the state letters in the number plate which denotes the state of vehicle registration. The number plates will be applicable for private vehicles meaning these plates will have a white background with black numbers. 

  • Who Is Eligible for the New BH Series?

 Following people/companies are eligible to apply for the new series:

  • Defence personnel
  • Employees of both Central government and state governments 
  • Central/State PSUs and some sector companies/organizations, which have their offices in five or more than five  states/Union Territories 


  • Format of The Number Plate

The new number series plate is in the format - YY BH #### XX where

  • YY is for the Year of first registration
  • BH is the code of Bharat Series
  • #### - number from 0000 to 9999 which will be random
  • XX is for alphabets, from AA to ZZ.

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  • Benefits of BH Series

With the new number plate series, the vehicle tax will be levied for two years or more. This scheme will facilitate the free movement of private vehicles across any state in India. Also, new state registration is required at the time of resale of the vehicle. This new  Bharat series will ease the ownership transfer of used cars.

  • How to Apply?

Keep the following steps in mind while applying for the new BH series number plate.

Step 1: The vehicle owner should apply at the origin RTO of the vehicle purchase. The vehicle owner has to provide a government-issued ID to prove his employment.

Step 2: The owner has to pay road tax for only 2 years or for 4 years or 6 years depending on the length of their tenure in a state where they purchased the car.

Step 3: In the new BH series,  no state is involved and no ‘No Objection Certificate’  is required. The owner can directly apply for re-registration within the new state.

Step 4: The tax of said state will be applicable. The owner can wait for the earlier tenure to get over for the new registration.

Step 5: If the new owner fails to renew the RC in the given time frame, a fine will be given if Traffic Police ever catches the vehicles.

Step 6: A refund is also applicable if the owner wants to pay road tax of the new state in such case a refund is also applicable. For this, an application for a refund of the road tax in the parent state has to be filed.

Take Away

The new BH Series will remove the need to re-register a vehicle when the owner moves to a different state. If you are someone with a job that requires frequent travels and transfers from one state to another, and if you’re eligible, the new BH series will provide great help to you.

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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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