Since 1993, Latvian license plates have a system consisting of two letters (one in the case of trailers), followed by a dash and a maximum of four numbers without a zero on the left. It is configured of black characters on a white background. The zero (0) on the left is not represented, so a license plate that was AW-0001 would be represented as AW-1. Until 2004, on the left side of the license plate, the flag and the state abbreviation were represented on a white background: “LV”, until with the entry into the European Union in 2004 the euro banda began to be used.

Previous system

Although Latvia regained independence from the Soviet Union on August 21, 1991, the Soviet format was maintained for just over a year (as did other new states coming from the Soviet Union such as Ukraine) until 1993, when the Soviet Union was adopted. Current format and system. In this period, Soviet license plates were used, starting with LA and LT.
Within the agricultural license plates, they were used from 1991 to 1999 with the Soviet format, having the upper corners cut out.


There are a large number of possible sizes for Latvian vehicles, which varies in most cases, depending on the physical space reserved for registration. The rectangular plates of the normal system, have a size of 520×110 mm, also called “Style A”. The license plates of “Style B”, mainly used in off-road vehicles, have a size of 280x220mm. Those of “Style C”, which are those used mainly by motorcycles, have a size of 240x130mm. As in other countries, Latvia has a special size for American format plates (narrow), which has 300x110mm, in addition to having a differentiated system consisting of only two letters and two numbers.

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