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International Vehicle Registration Codes

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International Vehicle Registration Codes
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A British-registered Trabant in London, bearing a DDR oval plate
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Oval sticker, oval plate

An International Vehicle Registration Code (formerly International Registration Letter or International Circulation Mark) is a distinguishing letter, or combination of letters, that is typically displayed on a white oval plate or sticker attached to the rear of a motor vehicle to enable the country in which it is registered to be readily identified. For this reason they are (with certain exceptions, as explained below) obligatory on all vehicles which cross international frontiers; however, the codes do not have to be displayed by vehicles circulating solely within their country of original registration, unless otherwise required by the registering authorities in those countries.

Some countries incorporate an oval plate into the design of their standard number plates, while all member states of the European Union allow vehicles equipped with "Europlates" (that is to say, plates which include a vertical blue stripe at their left-hand end displaying the EU stars and the member state's country code) to dispense with a separate oval. This dispensation also extends to countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to others which have signed the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

Country codes

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Country Code
Albania AL
Alderney GBA
Andorra AND
Ascension Island
Australia AUS
Austria A
Belarus BY
Belgium B
Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
Bulgaria BG
Cambodia KH in common use; K
Canada CDN
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic CAR
Croatia HR
Cyprus CY
Czechia CZ
Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC
Denmark DK
Estonia EST
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands FO
Finland FIN
France F
Germany D
Gibraltar GBZ
Greece GR
Guernsey GBG
Hong Kong
Hungary H
Iceland IS
Republic of Ireland IRL
Isle of Man GBM
Israel IL
Italy I
Japan J
Jersey GBJ
Kosovo RKS
Latvia LV
Liechtenstein FL
Lithuania LT
Luxembourg L
Malta M
Moldova MD
Monaco MC
Montenegro MNE
Netherlands NL
New Zealand NZ
North Macedonia NMK
Norway N
Poland PL
Portugal P
Romania RO
Russia RUS
San Marino RSM
Serbia SRB
Singapore SGP
Slovakia SK
Slovenia SLO
South Africa ZA
South Sudan SS
Spain E
St Helena
Sweden S
Switzerland CH
Ukraine UA
United Arab Emirates UAE
United Kingdom UK
United States of America USA
Vatican City V

Former country codes

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  • CS : Czechoslovakia
  • DDR : German Democratic Republic
  • EIR : Ireland, until 1961
  • EW : Estonia, until 1993
  • GB : United Kingdom, until 2021
  • MK : Macedonia, until 2019
  • R : Romania, until 1981
  • SCG : Serbia and Montenegro
  • SF : Finland, until 1993
  • SU : Soviet Union
  • Y : Yugoslavia, until 1953
  • YU : Yugoslavia

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EuropeAlbania • Alderney • Andorra • Austria • Belarus • Belgium • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Bulgaria • Croatia • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Faroe Islands • Finland • France • Germany • Gibraltar • Greece • Guernsey • Hungary • Iceland • Republic of Ireland • Isle of Man • Italy • Jersey • Kosovo • Latvia • Liechtenstein • Lithuania • Luxembourg • Malta • Moldova • Monaco • Montenegro • The Netherlands • North Macedonia • Norway • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Russia • San Marino • Serbia • Slovakia • Slovenia • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • Ukraine • United Kingdom • Vatican City
AsiaCambodia • China • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Israel • Japan • Kazakhstan • Malaysia • Singapore • Thailand • Turkey • United Arab Emirates • Vietnam
AfricaAscension Island • Botswana • Mozambique • St Helena • South Africa • South Sudan • Swaziland • Zambia
AmericaArgentina • Bermuda • Brazil • Canada • Cayman Islands • Chile • Falkland Islands • Mexico • United States of America
OceaniaAustralia • New Zealand

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