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All plates since 1902 were owner provided and there is a very wide variety of styles and designs, many of which are not legal.
All plates are supposed to be in western script although other scripts may be seen as well.
Starting in 2009, plates are officially issued but previous registrations are still valid.
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In the early 1900's - 1939, the Indian Empire comprised today's Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), India, Pakistan and Southern Yemen (Aden).
In 1937, Aden and Burma were detached from the Indian Empire but remained under British jurisdiction.
In 1947, Sindh (Karachi), West Punjab, Baluchistan and the North West Frontier Province became West Pakistan (today's Pakistan), and East Bengal became East Pakistan (today's Bangladesh).
Between the early 1900's and 1972, India had about 600 Princely States with distinct license plates for their rulers and many continue to exist for up to 25 years after independence.
Portuguese Goa was annexed in the 15th century by Portuguese merchants and thus became a colony of Portugal for about 450 years.
It was annexed by India in 1961. This annexation was not recognized by Portugal until 1973.
Today, Goa is the fourth smallest state of India.
Location South Asia Capital New Delhi Main Religions Hinduism, islam (sunni) Main Languages Hindi, English. The other official languages are Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit. Kashmir Controlled partially by India, Pakistan and China. Sikkim Incorporated as an Indian state in 1975. The region retained differences with regard to license plate color until 1989. International Oval IND ISO Code IN
(1) Picture by Dick Parker
(2) Jim Fox/Picture by Greg Gibson