Czech Republic

Current system

Since the beginning of 2002, the license plates of the Czech Republic have a number, letter, and another character, two-vehicle inspection stickers, and finally four numbers. The third character of the registration is a number, except in some provinces that in 2008 expanded the registry and had a letter in their place. The first letter that is shown identifies the province from which it comes ( see the codes below ). Previously, since 1993, the country maintained the use of Czechoslovakian license plates.

Since 2004, the euro bands on the left side of the plaque, with the letters “CZ”, is mandatory.

Motorcycle license plates have a similar format but do not have a third code before the vehicle inspection stickers.

Since mid-2016, the number of plates placed on the bicycle carriers has two asterisks drawn between the two parts of the license plate instead of the technical inspection.

Other types

Agricultural and special vehicles carry license plates with a yellow background with black characters.

The export license plates do not have a Eurobande on the left. They have the same configuration as normal license plates, but with a red stripe with white characters on the right, which shows the expiration date of the plate.

Since July 2006, rally cars and historic cars have their system, having green characters on a white background. ( On these plates, the configuration is two numbers, one letter, validation stickers, followed by four numbers. If the third letter is a V it indicates that it is a rally car, and if it is a V it is historical.

The license plates of the Ministry of Defense are composed of seven digits, in the form of three, two, two with black characters, but cars and motorcycles have a white background, while trucks and buses have a yellow color.

On January 1, 2016, the personalized license plates began to be able to be requested, being able to use both numbers and letters followed by the letter of the region. However, it was on January 6 of the same year, when the first ones began to be issued.

From April 1, 2019, license plates for electric vehicles are in use, having a configuration of EL0 00AA, that is, beginning with the letters EL.

Diplomatic corps

The current diplomatic plates have a white background with blue characters. They have a format of three numbers, two stickers, two letters, and two numbers. In these license plates, it is not indicated to which embassy the vehicle belongs. The two letters can indicate four things; Diplomatic Corps (CD), honorary consul, administrative technician (XX) or international missions. See examples )

The old diplomatic license plates (1979-2001) had characters in yellow on a blue background, with the same system as normal old license plates, but starting with DDx in yellow on a blue background. See a complete list of codes below ).

Old system

The old Czech license plates had a white background with black characters ( Go below ), with a three-letter format, followed by four numbers. The first two letters indicated the region in which it was registered, being for example from AB to AZ the code for the city of Prague, DD for the diplomatic corps, HC for honorary consuls (2000-2002), KC for the body consular (2000-2002), XD, XO and XX for foreign personnel and finally ZO for temporary vehicles.

This system began to be used in 1960 with the new administrative division that Czechoslovakia had acquired. It should be noted that the Czechoslovak system was used by the Czech Republic until 2002, although the former Czechoslovak state was separated on January 1, 1993. From 1960 to 1967 there were only two letters, but since that year, they began to use three letters. From 1966 to 1985, license plates with an ABB-11-11 configuration were used, pointing to the script that follows the region code. Since 1985, the ABB 11-11 format began to be used, suppressing the script and making slightly smaller license plates. This script was maintained until 1993 (when the separation of Czechoslovakia took place), when it became slightly larger, like those currently circulating on the roads. In the year 1989, the city of Gottwaldov changed its name to what is now known as Zlín, leaving behind the codes of GT and GV and adding that of ZL.

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