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License Plates by Country 2023

Every country has its own unique license plates. Some countries, like the United States, even have specific license plates for territories (states) within the country. That also makes license plates specific to each state, but what about license plates by country? Is there any unique or particular distinction to denote to which country a license belongs?

Country Codes: License Plates by Country

For any vehicle registered in any country, the owner must fill out forms for a vehicle registration plate. The country that issues the vehicle registration also assigns that license a country code.

The country code was formerly the International Registration Letter (also known as the International Circulation Mark). Initiated by the Geneva Convention in 1968, the goal was simply to designate the state (e.g. country) of origin. Currently, a department branch of the United Nations handles the allocation of these country codes.

License plates by country, sure, they are called Country Codes. An example of these simple country designations is as follows:

  • Country Code A: Austria
  • Country Code B: Belgium
  • Country Code C: Cuba
  • Country Code D: Deutschland (Germany)
  • Country Code UK: United Kingdom
  • Country Code USA: United States
  • Country Code V: Vatican City
  • Country Code VN: Vietnam
  • Country Code WAG: Gambia / West Africa Gambia
  • Country Code WAL: Sierra Leone / West Africa Sierra Leone
  • Country Code WAN: Nigeria / West Africa Nigeria
  • Country Code WD: Dominica / Windward Islands Dominica
  • Country Code WG: Grenada / Windward Islands Grenada
  • Country Code WL: Saint Lucia / Windward Islands Saint Lucia
  • Country Code WS: Samoa / Formerly Western Samoa
  • Country Code YAR: Yemen (formerly the Yemen Arab Republic)
  • Country Code YV: Venezuela

These are only a few of the many Country Codes that essentially act as license plates by country. And for every recognized country a designated Country Code is assigned. Most people will never be aware of or need to know about their assigned Country Code, but it is recorded and governed.

It is also evident from some of the examples, that once a Country Code is assigned, it remains intact regardless of the reorganization or renaming of a country. Country Codes also provide a way to simplify data and information regarding vehicle registration by eliminating the potential variables within a country.

While many of the Country Codes are obvious, the USA and UK's codes, for example, other Country Codes aren't nearly as clearly defined. Yet, to the governing bodies, every vehicle is registered and accounted for, via license plates by country, or Country Codes.

Notes:
- Vehicle codes are typically displayed not on the license plate itself, but on a white oval sticker with black lettering, which is mounted on the rear of the vehicle.

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Country
License Plate Country Code
AfghanistanAFG
AlbaniaAL
AlgeriaDZ
American SamoaUSA
AndorraAND
AngolaANG
AnguillaAXA
Antigua and BarbudaAG
ArgentinaRA
ArmeniaAM
ArubaARU
AustraliaAUS
AustriaA
AzerbaijanAZ
BahamasBS
BahrainBRN
BangladeshBD
BarbadosBDS
BelarusBY
BelgiumB
BelizeBZ
BeninBJ
BhutanBHT
BoliviaBOL
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBIH
BotswanaRB
BrazilBR
British Virgin IslandsVG
BruneiBRU
BulgariaBG
Burkina FasoBF
BurundiRU
CambodiaK
CameroonCAM
CanadaCDN
Cape VerdeCV
Central African RepublicRCA
ChadTD
ChileRCH
ChinaCHN
ColombiaCO
ComorosCOM
Costa RicaCR
CroatiaHR
CubaCU
CyprusCY
Czech RepublicCZ
DenmarkDK
DjiboutiDJI
DominicaWD
Dominican RepublicDOM
EcuadorEC
EgyptET
El SalvadorES
Equatorial GuineaGQ
EritreaER
EstoniaEST
EswatiniSD
EthiopiaETH
Faroe IslandsFO
FijiFJI
FinlandFIN
FranceF
GabonG
GambiaWAG
GeorgiaGE
GermanyD
GhanaGH
GibraltarGBZ
GreeceGR
GreenlandKN
GrenadaWG
GuatemalaGCA
GuernseyGBG
GuineaRG
Guinea BissauGUB
GuyanaGUY
HaitiRH
HondurasHN
Hong KongHK
HungaryH
IcelandIS
IndiaIND
IndonesiaRI
IranIR
IraqIRQ
IrelandIRL
Isle of ManGBM
IsraelIL
ItalyI
Ivory CoastCI
JamaicaJA
JapanJ
JerseyGBJ
JordanHKJ
KazakhstanKZ
KenyaEAK
KiribatiKIR
KuwaitKWT
KyrgyzstanKG
LaosLAO
LatviaLV
LebanonRL
LesothoLS
LiberiaLB
LibyaLAR
LiechtensteinFL
LithuaniaLT
LuxembourgL
MadagascarRM
MalawiMW
MalaysiaMAL
MaldivesMV
MaliRMM
MaltaM
Marshall IslandsMH
MauritaniaRIM
MauritiusMS
MexicoMEX
MicronesiaFSM
MoldovaMD
MonacoMC
MongoliaMGL
MontenegroMNE
MoroccoMA
MozambiqueMOC
MyanmarBUR
NamibiaNAM
NauruNAU
NepalNEP
NetherlandsNL
New CaledoniaNCL
New ZealandNZ
NicaraguaNIC
NigerRN
NigeriaWAN
North KoreaKP
North MacedoniaNMK
NorwayN
OmanOM
PakistanPK
PalauPAL
PalestineWB
PanamaPA
Papua New GuineaPNG
ParaguayPY
PeruPE
PhilippinesRP
PolandPL
PortugalP
Puerto RicoPRI
QatarQ
Republic of the CongoRCB
RomaniaRO
RussiaRUS
RwandaRWA
Saint Kitts and NevisKAN
Saint LuciaWL
Saint MartinF
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesWV
SamoaWS
San MarinoRSM
Saudi ArabiaKSA
SenegalSN
SerbiaSRB
SeychellesSY
Sierra LeoneWAL
SingaporeSGP
SlovakiaSK
SloveniaSLO
Solomon IslandsSOL
SomaliaSO
South AfricaZA
South KoreaROK
South SudanSSD
SpainE
Sri LankaCL
SudanSUD
SurinameSME
SwedenS
SwitzerlandCH
SyriaSYR
TaiwanRC
TajikistanTJ
TanzaniaEAZ
ThailandT
Timor LesteTL
TogoTG
TongaTO
Trinidad and TobagoTT
TunisiaTN
TurkeyTR
TurkmenistanTM
TuvaluTUV
UgandaEAU
UkraineUA
United Arab EmiratesUAE
United KingdomUK
United StatesUSA
UruguayUY
UzbekistanUZ
VanuatuVAN
Vatican CityV
VenezuelaYV
VietnamVN
YemenYAR
ZambiaZ
ZimbabweZW
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What country has all black license plates?

Many countries use the color black on their license plates, but most limit the usage to the lettering. Certain vehicles in China do have all-black license plates, and it's possible to obtain a vanity plate in some US states that are all-black.

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