LICENSE PLATE HISTORY
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Last updated 18.6.2016
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This page and the next list changes in normal series (passenger) plates in European countries
Future dates (in red) are uncertain and may be subject to change.
2049 - (GB) The DVLA states that once 49/99 has been reached in 2049 the system will be reversed, according to Europlate.
Around 2020 (GB - Northern Ireland) When the current series start to be exhausted the series will likely reverse, e.g. 1001 AIA.
Coming years - (NL) The following formats (sidecodes) will be used: A-999-AA, AAA-99-A,
Coming years - (CH)
New plates, or at least a change to the numbering format,
Coming years - (P) When 99-ZZ-99 has been reached the new series will be AA-00-AA.
Coming years - (S) Current system is nearing completion. The Y and Z series will be used and then a new system will be needed. Possibilities include moving on to seven characters or shuffling letters and numerals around. Most likely as of June 2015 is the format ABC 12D. See article in Swedish and another article in Swedish.
2016? - (N) District coding will probably be discontinued. The format AB 12345 is likely to continue. See proposal from Statens vegvesen.
2016 - (HR)
1 Apr 2015 - (UA) Plates with a blue band introduced. See article from Auto Consulting.com.ua.
1 Apr 2015 - (MD) A new centralized system introduced. See official information.
30 Mar 2015 - (NL) New series, starting from GB-001-B. GF-430-X
1 Sep 2014 - (GE) A new system on blue band plates introduced.
By Sep 2014 - (SLO) New serial format, first in Ljubljana LJ 123-AB.
Feb 2014 - (PL) New serial format in some districts. PO 3C008
2014 - (MC) System reversed starting at 001B.
1 Jul 2013 - (HR) Croatia joined the European Union. See statement by President Barroso. Euroband expected to be added to plates soon.
Jun 2013 (?) - (FIN - Åland) System extended with an extra numeral both with and without serial letter. ÅLA 1000 and ÅL 10000. ÅLA 1002
3 Jun 2013 - (CY) New style plates, officially issued. Normal series black on white both front and rear. See information from CyprusDriving.
6 Jun 2012 - (DK) New simplified blocking of registration numbers.
20 Feb 2012 - (MK) New series with four numerals on blue band plates introduced. SK 3750 AG
1 Jan 2012 - (N)
Return to aluminium plates. Plates are like the ones issued 2006-08,
Dec 2011 - (AZ) New style plates with a rectangular flag and a microchip introduced.
1 Nov 2011 - (MD) New style plates with a blue band introduced. CT AL 569
Mar 2011 - (V) Appearance of plates slightly changed. See Targhe Vaticane.
1 Jan 2011 - (SRB) New system on plates with a blue band introduced. NS 010-IĐ
Sep 2010 - (GE) Country identification on plates changed from GEO to GE.
4 Jan 2010 - (RO) New series introduced in Bucuresti, starting from B 001 AAA. B 208 GAB
28 Sep 2009 - (BIH) Plates with a blue band and new lettering introduced.
15 Apr 2009 - (F)
Introduction of a new centralized system. See article from Le Figaro with
the first plate.
More information from
and another article from
17 Feb 2009 - (CZ) Praha reached 9A9 9999. New series started from 1AA 0001.
1 Jan 2009 - (N) Plastic plates from a new supplier introduced. TF 24578
Sep 2008 - (DK) New lettering style introduced, in preparation of optional europlates to be introduced in Oct 2009. The new lettering style had already been in use for replacement plates since the spring of 2008. ZS 36 799
1 Jul 2008 - (SLO)
18 May 2008 - (NL) New series. 02-GKL-3
25 Jun 2007 - (IS) New serial format AB C23 introduced. FJ R37
By April 2007 - (PL) New serial format in some districts. ZKL 926JW
2007 - (GE) New national flag added to plates. See photo courtesy of Sergey Lubnin.
1 Jan 2007 - (BG) and (RO) joined the European Union.
1 Nov 2006 - (N)
New style plates with blue band and Norwegian flag.
3 and 5 Jun 2006 - (SCG)
The union of Serbia and Montenegro ended when Montenegro
(3 June) and Serbia (5 June) formally declared independence.
1 Jun 2006 - (SK)
Apr/ May 2006 - (PL) Serial format AB C1234 introduced, but only used for a few months in Wroclaw and Poznan. See photo courtesy of Greg.
4 May 2006 - (PL) Europlates introduced.
2006 - (PL) Serial format ABC 1DE2 in use in some districts. Like PKN 6CM6, but with Polish flag.
By summer 2005 - (SLO) New serial format introduced in Ljubljana. LJ 36-0NL
25 May 2005 - (P) New serial format. 97-AA-73
May 2005 - (RUS)
Three digit district codes introduced as needed in various districts,
By 2005 - (PL)
20 Sep 2004 - (LT) Europlates introduced. AHO 890
Sep 2004 - (GR) Europlates introduced. IZB-4320
Mid-2004 - (CY) Europlates officially introduced. Unofficial europlates with both the EU flag and the flag of Cyprus had been in use since the early 2000s. BAP 935
1 Jun 2004 - (CZ) Europlates introduced. 4S5 0233
1 Jun 2004 - (EST) Europlates introduced. 737 MEK
May 2004 - (BY) New system, plates with flag and BY. 2987 AB-2
1 May 2004 - (H) Europlates introduced. JXF-600
1 May 2004 - (SK) Europlates introduced. MA-323 BA
1 May 2004 - 10 new countries joined the European Union
1 May 2004 - (LT) Stickers moved from the centre to the left of the plate. ADB701
Spring 2004 - (IS) Flag and letters IS added to plates. ZV 798
1 Mar 2004 - (UA) Completely new system. BX 1495 AB
Autumn 2003 - (LT)
Sep 2003 - (PL) New serial format in some districts. PGN AT33
1 Jul 2003 - (L) New series of two letters and four numerals on plates with a regular euroband front and rear. ZQ 7132
2003 - (TR) New serial format in some districts. 16 M 00206. Photo courtesy of Sibel Bal.
1 Apr 2003 - (S) Europlates introduced. Old style plates still optional. WJG 814
Nov 2002 - (GBJ) J 99999 reached and followed by J 100000. J 100002
2002 - (AL) New style plates. LA 9984 A
Sep 2002 - (PL) New serial format in some districts. WWY 5A23
1 Jan 2002 - (S) New style plates. TDC 056
14 Dec 2001 - (N) New style plates. Officially introduced 1 Jan 2002, but the first plates were seen 14 Dec 2001. AR 84362
Autumn 2001 - (CZ) Completely new system. 1M1 1793
Oct 2001 - (GBZ) G 99999 almost reached. System extended with a suffix letter from G 1000 A. Photo courtesy of Kurt Leuthold: G 5991 A
1 Jul 2001 - (EST) Former Soviet plates no longer valid.
1 May 2001 - (FIN) Europlates introduced. Old style plates still issued on request. BZF-987
2001 - (HR)
26 Oct 2000 - (IRL) Six digit serial issued for the first time. 00-D-106606
1 Mar 2000 - (BY) New series with a third letter. 5899 AAB
30 Nov 1999 - (YU) New plates introduced in Kosovo. 402-KS-446
Sep 1999 - (B) New style plates. APF-368
17 Jun 1999 - (NL) New series. No longer valid on plates without euroband. 36-DB-VH
By Apr 1999 - (A) Serial of three numerals and two letters standardized in all districts except Wien and Innsbruck. SL 699BH
1998/99 - (A) New format (in Innsbruck Land). IL 11CPK
2 Feb 1998 - (BIH) Completely new unified system. 519-K-238
1 Jan 1998 - (P) Yellow date band added to plates. 49-69-JX
By May 1997 - (SLO) New series (at first only in Ljubljana). LJ A4-12A
1 Apr 1997 - (SK) Completely new system. SC-434 AC
1997 - (HR)
1 Sep 1996 - (PL) System extended with a serial letter in some provinces. KAY 501K
Apr/ May 1996 - (AM) Completely new system. Photo courtesy of Chris Khalvashi.
1 Jan 1996 - (CY) Year letter discontinued. No change to the appearance of the plates.
1 Jan 1996 - (FO) Completely new system with blue band plates. LF 679
31 Dec 1995 - (H) Former series ceased to be valid.
5 Nov 1995 - (M) Completely new system with europlates. DUE 222
Sep 1995 - (BIH)
1995 - (AL) New style plates with red band. LA 2034 A
1 Jan 1995 - (UA) Completely new system. 14 602-59 TB
By Sep 1994 - (SK) New lettering style. No longer valid. NRI 41-39
1994 - (SLO) New series (first in Ljubljana). LJ 25-09A
1994 - (BIH)
New series in the Muslim areas. Two code letters followed by five numerals and
1994 - (A) New format (first in Salzburg Land). SL 699BH
1 Jan 1994 - (S) New style plates. PFA 288
Late 1993 - (AZ) Completely new system. 10-XD-257
3 Dec 1993 - (RSM) New series. A4214
Aug 1993 - (GE) Completely new system. AAZ-602
Jun 1993 - (MK) Completely new system. BT 256-BV
1993 - (AL)
1993 - (UA) New style plates. c 5022 IH
1993 - (AZ) Completely new system. Two numerals, one letter and three numerals.
1 Jan 1993 - (EST) Provincial coding introduced (the first letter). New style border. 056 MBB
1 Jan 1993 - (CS) Partitioned into (CZ) and (SK).
31 Dec 1992 - (HR) Former Yugoslav plates ceased to be valid.
25 Dec 1992 - (MD) Completely new system. C DL 974
1992/93 - (BIH)
New series with Cyrillic lettering in the Serb areas (Republika Srpska).
1992/93 - (BIH) New series in the Croatian part (Herzeg-Bosna). No longer valid. TR 317-FA
1 Jul 1992 - (BY) Completely new system. 0164 KA
1 Jul 1992 - (LT) Completely new system. BVT 107
1992 - (HR) System extended with a second serial letter (at first only in Zagreb). ZG 728-ZI
4 Mar 1992 - (P) New series. 64-36-GN
1992 - (SLO) Completely new system. LJ C7-719
1 Jan 1992 - (HR) Completely new system. DA 740-V
1 Jan 1992 - (P) Europlates introduced. XT-23-32
25 Dec 1991 - (SU) The Soviet Union ceased to exist.
21 Dec 1991 - (EST) Completely new system. 968 JAE
2 Sep 1991 - (NL) New series. No longer valid on plates without euroband. GT-ZH-65
1991 - (YU) Break-up of Yugoslavia.
Feb 1991 - (AL)
Private vehicle plates introduced. White on black.
3 Oct 1990 - (D) (DDR) Germany reunited.
1 Aug 1990 - (H) Completely new system. CVE-924
17 Apr 1990 - (AND) The new series continued on old style plates. B 6635
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