The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) introduced the Bharat Series in 2021 to streamline vehicle registration. The Bharat Series number plates, also known as BH number plates, aim to simplify the process for individuals who relocate from one state to another in India. A BH number plate is valid throughout India, unlike normal number plates. This benefits individuals with transferable jobs.
The BH series number plate is available for privately-owned, new, non-transport vehicles. Read on to know the features, benefits, eligibility, tax structure, and how to apply for a BH series number plate online.
The BH series number plate format includes the year of registration, followed by BH, a 4-digit registration number and two random alphabets. For example, “22 BH 0101 AB”.
The normal number plate includes two letters indicating the state, followed by a 2-digit RTO area code, two random letters, and four random numbers. You can bid for the last 4-digit numbers of your choice. For example, "MH 12 BH 5432."
There are various features and benefits of the BH Number Plates.
With the BH number plate series, you have ownership across the country, as you don't have to re-register your vehicle again. Secondly, there is a low upfront cost for the BH number plate series, and lastly, the BH number plate has lower road tax than the normal number plate. Along with the pros, there are a few cons of the BH number plate series, such as it is not available for old or commercial vehicles; you have to submit road tax every two years, which can be time-consuming; and lastly, you can't get a number of your choice as the BH number plate is computer generated.
You can apply for a BH number plate if you fall under the below-mentioned categories:
1. Private firm employees with offices in more than four states or union territories
2. State and Central Government employees
3. Defence personnel
4. Bank employees
5. Administrative services employees
When you purchase a new car and register your car under a normal number plate, you have to pay tax for 15 years. Also, the tax will be varied on various aspects of the car, such as engine capacity, length of the car, type of the car, age of the car, purpose of the car, etc. Whereas for the BH series number plate, the tax is charged for two years or multiple of two. Also, the road tax is calculated on the invoice, excluding GST, when registering a BH series vehicle. For instance, if you buy a car with a discount and register your car, the tax will be calculated on the discounted price—this helps you save a lot of money.
The table below indicates the tax structure for BH number plates for petrol cars.
|Cost of the car
|Less than Rs. 10 Lakh
|Rs. 10 Lakh to Rs. 20 Lakh
|More than Rs. 20 Lakh
Diesel cars have a 2% additional charge, whereas electric vehicles will get a 2% waiver.
A car owner needs to follow these steps to obtain a BH number plate:
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