Carrying valid motor insurance while driving a car on Indian roads is compulsory. The Motor Vehicle Act of 1988 has
made it mandatory to have at least third-party car insurance. It compensates for any injury, property damage or even
death of a third party, in an accident caused due to collision with the insured car. However, for extensive
coverage, it is recommended to go for a comprehensive car insurance plan that provides for both third-party as well
as own-damage expenses.
For buying any type of car insurance policy, you will need the registration number of your car. Let us understand
the significance of this number and how to find a policy number using the Vehicle Registration Number of a car.
The Car Registration Number is issued by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) of the particular district to a
vehicle. It is essential for all cars as it helps in the identification of the car and its owner. After purchasing a
brand new car, the owner must get it registered with the local RTO within 30 days of its purchase. Once the
registration of the car is done, the RTO provides a unique registration number that is printed on the car’s number
plates for its identification.
Usually, this number comes in the format of AA BB AA BBBB. Here, ‘A’ represents letters, while
‘B’ symbolises numbers. The first two letters indicate the state code, where the car is registered. The
following two digits represent the district code and the next two alphabets indicate the current series of the RTO,
devised for vehicle classification. The last four digits of the registration number are for the identification of
your car. So for example, if your car’s registration number is UP 32 GB 1994, then ‘UP’ stands for the state(Uttar
Pradesh) in which the car is registered, 32 represents the district where the RTO exists, GB is the RTO sequence
number and 1994 is the car’s unique identification number.
With the surging influx of cars in India, sometimes it gets difficult to trace details of cars. Some crucial
reasons for finding car details include cases of Hit and Run, accidents, buying used cars, getting a No Objection
Certificate or NOC. All essential details of a car can be accessed through its registration number. This process is
simple and details can be tracked online at the national registry website, better known as VAHAN.
VANAH is a central database containing all-important vehicle information like fuel type, owner name, road tax
details, car class or type, registration date, registration number, insurance expiry date, etc. It consolidates all
the data regarding driving licences and vehicle registration certificates from various DTOs and RTOs.
You can check vehicle details using its registration number by following these easy steps on the VAHAN portal:
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