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Section of 444(E), dated 12-6-1989: In exercise of the powers conferred by sub section(6) of Section 41 of the Motor Vehicles Act,1988 (59 of 1988), the Central Government hereby allots to the States and Union territories specified in column(1) of the Table below, the groups of letters specified in the corresponding entry in column(2) thereof for use as registration mark for each State and Union Territory to be followed by the code number of the Registering Authority to be allotted by the State Government or as the case may be the Administrator of the Union Territory and not exceeding four figures, to be used as registration mark.

Group of letters for States/Union Territories

Sl. No State/Union Territories Group of letters
1 Andaman and Nicobar   AN

Andhra Pradesh              

3 Arunachal Pradesh          AR
4 Assam   AS
5 Bihar      BR
6 Chandigarh         CH
7 Dadra and Nagar Haveli DN
8 Daman and Diu DD
9 Delhi       DL
10 Goa        GA
11 Gujarat GJ
12 Haryana                HR
13 Himachal Pradesh            HP
14 Jammu and Kashmir       JK
15 Karnataka            KA
16 Kerala    KL
17 Lakshadweep    LD
18 Madhya Pradesh              MP
19 Maharashtra      MH
20 Manipur               MN
21 Meghalaya          ML
22 Mizoram              MZ
23 Nagaland             NL
24 Orissa    OR
25 Pondicherry       PY
26 Punjab  PN
27 Rajasthan            RJ
28 Sikkim    SK
29 TamilNadu          TN


31 Uttar Pradesh    UP
32 West Bengal       WB

Where the four figures referred to in paragraph 1 reaches 9999, the next series shall begin with alphabet 'A' followed by not more than four figures and thereafter with alphabet 'B' followed by not more than four figures and so on until all the alphabets excluding 'I' and 'O' are exhausted:

Provided that the letters shall be in English and the figures shall be in Arabic numeral and the letters and figures shall be painted in reflecting colors and shall be shown:

  • in the case of transport vehicles other than those under the Rent a Cab Scheme, 1989, in black on a white ground;
  • in the case of motor vehicles temporarily registered, in red on a yellow ground;
  • in the case of motor vehicles in the possession of dealers, in white on a red ground;
  • in other cases, in white on a black ground;
  • in the case of transport vehicle under the Rent a Cab Scheme, 1989, in yellow on a black ground.
  • This notification shall come into force on the first day of july, 1989.