The license plates of Germany are white with black characters, with a format of 520×110 millimeters (ordinary rectangular) or 280×200 millimeters (ordinary square), with the FE-Schrift typeface. Since 1995, the license plates carry the euro bands with the national code “D” (Deutschland – Germany) on the left. The first, first two, or three first letters correspond to some region of the country (see all codes). The current system that remains to this day, was introduced on July 1, 1956, in East Germany (DDR). The first registration in the first standardized system was issued in 1906 in black on a white background, starting with the regional code (different from the current one), followed by a hyphen and a series of digits.

Current registrations

Current enrollments are composed as follows; GGG-LL-NNNN, where G is a geographical identifier that can be composed of one, two or three letters. L is one or two letters with no geographical meaning, and N is one, two, three or four numbers. As a curiosity, most one-letter regional codes are found in the eastern part of the country. On the backplates, between the geographical identifier and the rest of the license plate, a sticker is shown certifying that the vehicle has passed the safety test. They are known as personalized license plates (Wunschkennzeichen). The letter combinations that refer to Nazism or similar organizations are not attributed. (AH, HH, SD, HEIL, HJ, N PD, NS, N SU, S ED, WAF FE, AC AB) (in the case of Brandenburg since 2010, combinations with number 88 are also not allowed).

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