Advisory on vehicle number in e-waybill system of GST

GST GST Press Release
(Last Updated On: March 11, 2018)


In the EWB system, for the movement of goods via roads, vehicle number is to be updated mandatorily in Part B of EWB, either by the generator of EWB or by the transporter. In the EWB system, following format of vehicle number are accepted:-

The current format of the registration of vehicles in India consists of 3 parts. They are

 The first two letters indicate the state to which the vehicle is registered.
 The next two digit numbers are the sequential number of a district. Due  to heavy volume of vehicle registration, the numbers were given to the RTO offices of registration as well.
 The third part is a 4 digit number unique to each plate. A letter(s) is prefixed when the 4 digit number runs out and then two letters and so on

However, in some states, such as in the state of Delhi, the initial 0 of the district code is omitted in the vehicle number. Thus for vehicle number in Delhi district in 3 and 4th place, there may be only one number instead of two. Hence the number in the 3rd and 4th place for the district 2 of Delhi may appear as DL 2 and not DL 02.

This format where 0 is omitted cannot be entered in the EWB system. In these cases, 0  need to be prefixed after the state code for entry of vehicle number in EWB system. Therefore, all inspecting officials as well as taxpayers/ transporters are directed to accept this format as valid one.

Thus for example, vehicle with the registration number DL29183 carrying goods will be entered in EWB system as DL029138.

CA Satbir Singh
Chartered Accountant having 12+ years of Experience in Taxation , Finance and GST related matters

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