BH Series Number Plate – Explanation, Eligibility, Pros & Cons | V3Cars

Last year, the central government introduced the BH series number plate for people having transferable jobs. It was introduced to remove the burden of re-registering a vehicle every time someone moves to a new state. This article will explain what a BH number plate looks like, its pros and cons, and how you can get one.

BH Series Number Plate

BH Series Number Plate – What Is It?

Many people in India have transferable jobs. It means that they often have to move from one state to another for work. In such cases, if they own a vehicle, they will have to re-register it in the new state and pay the road tax there.

BH Series

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To dismiss this complex process, the central government introduced the BH series number plate in September 2021. People with a transferable job can get their new car registered with this number plate series and travel across the country with ease. Unlike regular number plates, the BH series number plates are valid throughout the country.

BH Series Number Plate – Decoding

Bh Series Number Plate Decoding

Normal number plates have a two-letter code of the state, followed by a 2-digit RTO code of the area, two random letters and 4 random numbers. People can also get the last 4 numbers of their choice by bidding for it. A regular number plate looks like this:

MH 01 AA 1111

On the other hand, a BH series number plate looks like this:

22 BH 1111 AA

Here, the first 2 numbers signify the year of registration, 2022 in this case, followed by BH, which stands for Bharat. Then there are 4 random, computer-generated numbers followed by 2 random alphabets excluding ‘I’ and ‘O’.

BH Series Number Plate – Eligibility

BH Series Number Plate Eligibility

As mentioned earlier, the BH series number plate is for people having transferrable jobs. Hence, the following people are eligible to get a BH series number plate:

  1. Central and state government employees
  2. Employees of PSUs such as BHEL, ONGC, BSNL, etc.
  3. Defence personnel
  4. Employees of a company having offices in at least 4 states/UTs

BH Series Number Plate – How To Get One

If you are eligible for the BH series number plate, you can get it for your new car by following a simple process. You need to submit a copy of your official ID card (for government employees) or your working certificate in Form 60 (for private employees) to your dealer. The dealer will then apply to get a registration number for your car, which will be allotted to you in a few days. After you take delivery of the car, you can get the number plate installed from the dealership.

Note: Currently, the BH series number plate is only available for new, privately-owned, non-transport vehicles.

BH Series Number Plate – Tax Structure

When you get a new car registered with the regular number plate, you have to pay road tax for the 15 years at once during the purchase. Additionally, the tax value varies depending on various aspects of the car, such as the length of the car, engine’s capacity etc.

If you get your car registered with the BH series number plate, you will only have to pay road tax for the 2 years after the purchase. After that, you will have to pay road tax every 2 years. You can pay this road tax via the official e-vahan website.

Additionally, the road tax for a BH series-registered vehicle is calculated on the invoice value of the car excluding GST rather than on the ex-showroom price. This means that if you get a good discount on a car, the tax will be calculated on the discounted price of the car, saving you some money there as well. Here is the tax structure for a car registered with the BH series number plate.

BH Series Number Plate

Road Tax Structure (Petrol)



Below Rs. 10 lakh


Between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh


Above Rs. 20 lakh


The tax structure given above is for a petrol car. Electric vehicles will get a 2% waiver whereas diesel cars will be charged 2% extra. The tax calculated on the given basis will be for 15 years, which you will have to pay every 2 years for 14 years, followed by annual tax submission.

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BH Series Number Plate – Pros

Here are the benefits of the BH series number plate:

  1. Hassle-free ownership across the country
  2. Low upfront cost
  3. Lower road tax

BH Series Number Plate – Cons

Here are the shortcomings of the BH series number plate:

  1. Not available for old or commercial vehicles
  2. Submitting road tax periodically could be time-consuming
  3. Cannot get a number of one’s choice as it is computer generated

BH Series Number Plate – Should You Get One?

If you are eligible to get the BH series number plate, have a transferable job and are about to buy a new car, we think you should get the BH series number plate. Its advantages easily outweigh its shortcomings.

BH Series Number Plate – What Will Change For 2023?

For the year 2023, the BH series number plate’s initials will be changed from ‘22’ to ‘23’. The number plates for the next year may also be a different set of computer generated numbers, leaving the ones which have been exhausted in the past. The similar case is also likely to be applicable on the 2 random numbers at the end of the number plate that currently do not include ‘I” and ‘O’.

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  1. A Amit Pandey says:
    August 07 2022 23:09:01

    If we want to sold a BH series car how will we get NOC and other formalities

  2. A Anand says:
    August 10 2022 15:22:39

    Pls let me know the car model and year and price, 9962844000

  3. V Vishal says:
    August 24 2022 14:50:48

    Can the BH registered vehicle be transferred to dependents.

  4. T Tanay More says:
    August 30 2022 10:14:08

    If I am working in private sector, will I required form 60 in every 2 years or only first time??

  5. h hashim hamza says:
    September 07 2022 12:40:26

    A vehicle with BH registration can be transferred or sold to someone who is not eligible for the vehicle.

  6. S Sanjay says:
    September 18 2022 11:59:13

    What should be the base for calculation of Road Tax under BH Series? A. Ex-showroom price B. Ex-showroom price excluding GST of 28% + 1%Cess

  7. S Su hash Thakur says:
    October 13 2022 11:33:50

    In case if we want to sell the car, what is the process.

  8. P Pankaj says:
    October 17 2022 10:43:30

    Hello . Can you confirm if seafarers can get BH number series car ?

  9. N Nilesh Rai says:
    November 01 2022 18:07:38

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  10. N Nilesh Rai says:
    November 01 2022 18:07:43

    is this no get on activa 2 whaler

  11. H HorPyiMundyo says:
    November 03 2022 13:03:55

    What If I want to sell my car with BH Numberplate?