Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has collected whopping revenue of Rs 11.24 crore from the sale of fancy and preferred vehicle registration number in the last six months (October 2020 to March 31, 2021), informed the State Transport Authority (STA).

As per official sources, the total revenue collected from the auction of fancy numbers stood at Rs 6 crore during the same period of the last financial year (October 2019 to March 2020).

It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha was the first state in the country to introduce paperless and contact less vehicle registration by introducing document upload system through digital signature of the dealer.

After the introduction of auto assignment of registration numbers, 11,543 owners opted to book their choice of numbers which was only 5,562 during the same period of the last financial year.

As per STA, Bhubaneswar regional transport office (RTO) – I collected the highest revenue of Rs 2.81 crore, followed by Cuttack RTO with a total collection of Rs 1.23 crore. During the auction process, a fancy number – OD 02 XX 0001 fetched the highest price of Rs 1.75 lakh.

The State Transport Authority had introduced the ‘Fancy Registration Number’ auction and ‘Advance Registration Number’ booking system through online since June 2016.

Here’s the process for booking fancy vehicle registration numbers:

The person intending to participate in this has to register his/her name and select the choice number during bid registration period from 1st to 7th of each month.

Online bidding is open from 8th to 15th of the each month and the highest bidder is allotted the number.

The online auction is available for 61 notified numbers in 4 categories:

Base price Rs 1 Lakh:- 0001, 0009

Base Price of Rs 60K:- 0002, 0003, 0004, 0005, 0006, 0007, 0008, 0011, 0786, 1111, 1234, 7777, 9999

Base Price Of 40K:- 1000, 2222, 3333, 4444, 5000,5555, 6666,7000, 8055, 8888, 9000

Base Price Of 20K:- 0010, 0012, 0022, 0033, 0055, 0066, 0070, 0077, 0090, 0099, 0100, 0101, 0111, 0123, 0222, 0333, 0555, 0707, 0777, 0909, 0999, 1001, 2000, 2020. 3000, 4000 ,5050, 6000, 7007, 7700. 8000, 8008, 9009, 9090, 9900

The owners can book choice number other than fancy numbers in advance throughout the month on first come first serve basis for Re 5,000 for 2-wheelers and Rs.10,000 for vehicles other than 2-wheelers.

For both ‘Auction’ and ‘Advance Booking’ processes, the owner has to open ‘Fancy Number Booking’ link under ‘online services’ in https://

“The successful bidder in rise of auction and the owner with advance booking number shall have to produce the sale document along with the booking receipt for registration within 30 days of booking to the concerned registering authority for assignment of vehicle number,” tweeted STA.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)