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Vehicle registration codes in the world

The country in which a motor vehicle's vehicle registration plate was issued is indicated by an international licence plate country code, formerly known as an International Registration Letter or International Circulation Mark displayed in bold block uppercase on a small white oval plate or sticker near the number plate on the rear of a vehicle.



    When the distinguishing sign is incorporated into the registration plate, it must also appear on the front registration plate of the vehicle, and may be supplemented with the flag or emblem of the national state, or the emblem of the regional economic integration organization to which the country belongs.

    The distinguishing sign should be displayed on the far left or far right of the registration plate. When a symbol, flag or emblem is also displayed, the distinguishing sign shall be placed on the far left of the plate.

    International vehicle registration sticker

    In the European Economic Area, vehicles from one member state do not need to display the oval while within another state, provided the number plate is in the common EU standard format introduced in the 1990s, which includes the international vehicle registration code on the plate.

    Registration code on plate

    In Switzerland, many cars have a oval sticker, because the license plate do not include the international vehicle registration code.

    Registration sticker CH

    Data in the table can be sorted in ascending/descending order by clicking on the column header.

    Vehicle registration codes of the Europe

    Europian vehicle registration codes
    Code Country From Previous Code Notes
    A Austria 1910
    ABH* Abkhazia 2006
    AL Albania 1934
    AM Armenia 1992 SU Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    AND Andorra 1957
    AX* Aland Islands 2002 SF Official code - FIN
    AZ Azerbaijan 1993 SU Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    B Belgium 1910
    BG Bulgaria 1910
    BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992 YU Formerly part of the Yugoslavia
    BY Belarus 1992 SU Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    BZH* Brittany Region is located in the West of France
    CAT* Catalonia An autonomous community in Spain on the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula
    CD* diplomatic and consular corps
    CH Switzerland 1911 Confoederatio Helvetica
    CY Cyprus 1932
    CYM* Wales 1932 Cymru
    CZ Czech Republic 1993 CS Formerly part of the Czechoslovakia
    D Germany 1910 Deutschland
    DK Denmark 1914
    E Spain 1910 España
    EH* French Basque Country Region lying on the west of the French department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
    EIR Ireland 1938 GB − 1910
    SE − 1924
    Formerly a part of the United Kingdom and formerly Saorstát Éireann (1922—1937). Used with the official code IRL
    ENG* England
    EST Estonia 1993 EW 1919–1940 & 1991–1993
    SU 1940–1991
    Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    F France 1910
    FIN Finland 1993 SF Suomi Finland
    FIN Liechtenstein 1923 Fürstentum Liechtenstein
    FO Faroe Islands 1996 FR royar
    GB United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) 1910
    GBA Alderney 1924 Great Britain – Alderney
    GBG Guernsey 1924 Great Britain – Guernsey
    GBJ Jersey 1924 Great Britain – Jersey
    GBM Isle of Man 1932 Great Britain – Man
    GBZ Gibraltar 1924 Great Britain – Gibraltar (Z was assigned because G was already used for Guernsey)
    GE Georgia 1992 SU Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    GEO Georgia 1992 SU Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    GR Greece 1913
    H Hungary 1910
    HR Croatia 1992 SHS 1919–1929
    Y 1929–1953
    YU 1953–1992
    Hrvatska. Formerly part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca – Croatian), then part of Yugoslavia.
    I Italy 1919
    IRL Ireland 1962 GB − 1910
    SE − 1924
    EIR − 1938
    Formerly a part of the United Kingdom and formerly Saorstát Éireann (1922—1937). Used with the official code EIR
    IS Iceland 1936
    KN* Greenland 1910 GRO Kalaallit Nunaat. The official code is DK
    L Luxembourg 1911
    LT Lithuania 1992 SU 1940–1991 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    LV Latvia 1992 LR 1927–1940
    SU 1940–1991
    Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    M Malta 1966 GBY 1924–66
    MC Monaco 1910
    MD Moldova 1992 SU − 1991 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    NMK North Macedonia 2019 YU − 1992
    MK - 2019
    Formerly part of the Yugoslavia.
    From 1992 to 2019 Macedonia.
    MNE Montenegro 2006 MN 1913–1919
    SHS 1919–1929
    Y 1929–1953
    YU 1953–2003
    SCG 2003–2006
    Independent nation until 1918. After that, part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca – Serbo-Croatian), then part of Yugoslavia and then Serbia and Montenegro (Srbija i Crna Gora – Serbian). Independence restored in 2006.
    N Norway 1922
    NIR* Northern Ireland
    NL Netherlands 1910
    P Portugal 1910
    PL Poland 1921
    PMR* Transnistria 1990
    RKS Kosovo 2010 KS
    RO Romania 1981 R 1930–1981
    RSM San Marino 1932
    RSO* South Ossetia
    RUS Russia 1992 R 1910–1917
    SU 1917–1992
    S Sweden 1911
    SCO* Scotland
    SCV* Vatican City
    SK Slovakia 1993 CS 1919–1939 & 1945–1992
    SQ 1939–1945
    Formerly part of the Czechoslovakia
    SLO Slovenia 1992 SHS 1919–1929
    Y 1929–1953
    YU 1953–1992
    Formerly part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca – Croatian), then part of Yugoslavia.
    SMOM Scotland Sovereign Military Order of Malta
    SRB Serbia 2006 SB – 1919
    SHS 1919–1929
    Y 1929–1953
    YU 1953–2003
    SCG 2003–2006
    Formerly part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Kraljevina Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca – Serbo-Croatian). Then part of Yugoslavia. Then Serbia and Montenegro (Srbija i Crna Gora – Serbian)
    TR Turkey 1923
    UA Ukraine 1992 SU Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    V Vatican City 1931 SCV (Stato della Città del Vaticano) is used as a prefix on the licence plate number itself
    VL* Flanders 1923 The Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium.

    * - unofficial code

    Vehicle registration codes of the America

    American vehicle registration codes
    Code Country From Previous Code Notes
    AG* Antigua and Barbuda
    ARU* Aruba
    AXA* Anguilla
    BDS Barbados 1956
    BH Belize 1938 Former British Honduras.
    BOL Bolivia 1967
    BR Brazil 1930
    BS Bahamas 1950
    BVI British Virgin Islands 1910
    C Cuba 1930
    CND Canada 1956 CA
    CO Colombia 1952
    CR Costa Rica 1956
    DOM Dominican Republic 1952
    EC Ecuador 1962
    ES El Salvador 1978
    GCA Guatemala 1956
    GUY Guyana 1972 BRG Formerly British Guiana
    HN* Guyana
    JA Jamaica 1932
    KAN* Saint Kitts and Nevis
    MEX Mexico 1952
    NA Netherlands Antilles 1957
    NIC Nicaragua 1952
    PA Panama 1952
    PE Peru 1937
    PR* Puerto Rico
    PY Paraguay 1952
    RA Argentina 1927
    RCH Chile 1930
    RH Haiti 1952
    SME Suriname 1936
    TT Trinidad and Tobago 1964 TD
    USA United States 1952 US
    UY Uruguay 2012 U 1930-1979
    ROU 1979-2012
    WD Dominica 1954
    WG Grenada 1932
    WL Saint Lucia 1932
    WV Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1932
    YV Venezuela 1955

    * - unofficial code

    Vehicle registration codes of the Asia

    Asian vehicle registration codes
    Code Country From Previous Code Notes
    AFG Afghanistan 1971
    BD Bangladesh 1978 PAK Formerly East Pakistan
    BRN Bahrain 1954
    BRU Brunei 1956
    BRU Brunei 1956
    BT Bhutan BHT
    CL Sri Lanka 1961 Formerly Ceylon
    CN* China
    HK* Hong Kong Hong Kong
    HKJ Jordan 1966 JOR Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    IL Israel 1952
    IND India 1947 BI 1930-1947 Former British India
    IR Iran 1936 PR 1930-1936 Former Persia
    IRQ Iraq 1930
    J Japan 1964
    K Cambodia 1956
    KG Kyrgyzstan 2016 SU − 1991
    KS 1991-2016
    Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    KGZ* Kyrgyzstan 1992 SU − 1991
    KS 1991-2016
    Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    KP* North Korea
    KSA Saudi Arabia 1973 SA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    KWT Kuwait 1954
    KZ Kazakhstan 1992 SU − 1991 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    LAO Laos 1959
    MAL Malaysia 1967 PRK – 1957
    FM 1954-1957
    PTM 1957–1967
    Formerly Perak, then Federated Malay States, then Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (Malay)
    MNG Mongolia 2002 MGL 1997–2002
    MV* Maldives
    MYA Myanmar 1989 BUR 1956-1989
    NEP Nepal 1970
    OM Oman
    PK Pakistan 1947
    PS* Palestine
    Q Qatar 1972
    RC Taiwan 1932
    RI Indonesia 1955
    RL Lebanon 1952
    ROK South Korea 1971
    RP Philippines 1975
    SGP Singapore 1952
    SYR Syria 1952
    T Thailand 1955
    TJ Tajikistan 1992 SU − 1991 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    TL* East Timor P, RI Timor-Leste
    TM Turkmenistan 1992 SU − 1991, TMN Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    UAE United Arab Emirates 1971
    UZ Uzbekistan 1992 SU − 1991 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
    VN Vietnam 1953
    YEM Yemen 1990 YAR 1960-1990

    * - unofficial code

    Vehicle registration codes of the Africa

    African vehicle registration codes
    Code Country From Previous Code Notes
    ANG Angola 1975 PAN 1932—1957
    P 1957—1975
    BF Burkina Faso 1990
    BW Botswana 2003 BP 1967-2003
    CAM Cameroon 1952
    CGO Democratic Republic of the Congo 1997 CB, RCL, CGO, ZR
    CI Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) 1961
    COM Comoros
    CV* Cabo Verde 1975 P
    DJI* Djibouti F
    DY Benin 1910 F Dahomey (name until 1975)
    DZ Algeria 1962 F − 1911
    EAK Kenya 1938 East Africa Kenya
    EAT Tanzania 1938 East Africa Tanzania
    EAU Uganda 1938 East Africa Uganda
    EAZ Zanzibar 1964 East Africa Zanzibar
    ER Eritrea 1993 AOI Africa Orientale Italiana (Italian)
    ET Egypt 1927
    ETH Ethiopia 1964
    G Gabon 1974 ALEF − 1960 Afrique Équatoriale Française
    GH Ghana 1959 WAC − 1957 West Africa Gold Coast
    GQ* Equatorial Guinea Guinée Équatoriale
    LAR Libya 1972 I − 1949, LT Libyan Arab Republic
    LB Liberia 1967
    LS Lesotho 1967 BL
    MA Morocco 1924
    MOС Mozambique 1975 MOC 1932–1956
    P 1957–1975
    Formerly part of Portugal. Moçambique (Portuguese)
    MS Mauritius 1938
    MW Malawi 1965 EA 1932–1938
    NP – 1938–1970
    RNY option 1960–1965
    NAM Namibia 1990 SWA Formerly South West Africa
    RCA Central African Republic 1962
    RCB Republic of the Congo 1962
    RG Guinea 1972
    RIM Mauritania 1964
    RM Madagascar 1962
    RMM Mali 1962
    RN Niger 1977
    RU Burundi 1962 Ruanda-Urundi
    RWA Rwanda 1964 RU − 1962 Ruanda-Urundi
    SD Eswatini 1935 Formerly Swaziland − 2018
    SN Senegal 1962
    STP* Sao Tome and Principe 1975 P São Tomé and Príncipe
    SUD Sudan 1963
    SY Seychelles 1938
    TCH Chad 1973
    TG Togo 1973
    TN Tunisia 1957 F − 1956
    WAG Gambia 1932 West Africa Gambia
    WAL Sierra Leone 1937 West Africa Sierra Leone
    WAN Nigeria 1937 West Africa Nigeria
    WSA* Western Sahara 1932 Western Sahara
    Z Zambia 1964
    ZA South Africa 1936 Zuid-Afrika
    ZW Zimbabwe 1980 SR - 1965
    RSR - 1980
    Formerly Southern Rhodesia until 1965, then Rhodesia

    * - unofficial code

    Vehicle registration codes of Australia and Oceania

    Oceanian vehicle registration codes
    Code Country From Previous Code Notes
    ARK* Antarctica
    AUS Australia 1954
    FJI Fiji 1971
    FSM* Federated States of Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia
    KIR* Kiribati
    MH* Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
    NAU Nauru 1968
    NC* New Caledonia 1968 Nouvelle-Calédonie
    NZ New Zealand 1958
    PAL* Palau
    PNG Papua New Guinea 1978
    SOL* Solomon Islands
    TO* Tonga
    TUV* Tuvalu
    VU* Vanuatu
    WS Samoa 1962

    * - unofficial code

    Codes no longer in use

    Vehicle registration codes no longer in use
    Code Country From Previous Code Notes
    ADN Aden 1980 Y 1938-1967 South Yemen
    1967-1980 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
    AEF French Equatorial Africa 1960 G, TCH
    AOF French West Africa 1962 DY, RMM, RN
    AOI Italian East Africa 1964 ER, ETH
    BA Burma 1956 BUR
    BP Bechuanaland Protectorate 1966 BW
    CS Czechoslovakia 1992 CZ, SK
    DA Free City of Danzig 1939 D (1939–1945)
    PL (1945-...)
    1919-1939
    DDR German Democratic Republic 1990 D 1974-1990 Deutsche Demokratische Republik
    GBY Malta 1966 M
    EW Estonia 1940 SU 1919-1940
    LR Latvia 1940 SU 1927-1940
    PR Persia 1936 IR 1930-1936
    R Russian Empire 1917 SU 1910-1917
    RSR Southern Rhodesia 1917 SU 1910-1917
    SA Saar 1956 D 1926–1935, 1947–1956
    SHS Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 1929 Y 1919–1929
    SM Siam 1939 T 1930–1939
    SU Soviet Union (USSR) 1991 EST, LT, LV, BY, MD, UA, TJ, TM, GE, KZ, UZ, KS, AZ, AM, RUS 1917-1991
    TS Free Territory of Trieste 1954 I
    Y Yugoslavia 1953 YU 1929-1953
    YU Yugoslavia 2003 BIH, HR, MK, MNE, SLO, SRB 1953–2003
    HV Upper Volta 1984 BF now Burkina Faso
    MK Macedonia 2019 NMK Became North Macedonia

    * - unofficial code

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