Colour coding of Number Plates

Colour coding of Number Plates in India

Permanent Registration

  • Private vehicles:
    • Private vehicles, by default, have black lettering on a white background
    • Vehicles which run purely on electricity have white lettering on a green background
  • Commercial vehicles:
    • Commercial vehicles such as taxis, buses and trucks, by default, have black lettering on a yellow background
    • Vehicles available on rent for self-drive have yellow lettering on a black background
    • Vehicles which run purely on electricity have yellow lettering on a green background
  • Vehicles belonging to¬†foreign missions:
    • Vehicles registered to an embassy or United Nations have white lettering on a blue background
    • Vehicles registered to a consulate have yellow lettering on a blue background
  • Vehicles registered by Indian Armed Forces have white lettering starting with an arrow on a black background

Temporary Registration

  • Unsold vehicles belonging to a vehicle manufacturer or a dealer have white lettering on a red background
  • Sold vehicles awaiting a permanent registration have red lettering on a yellow background