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Encyclopedia > Diplomatic license plates in the United States

Diplomatic License Plates are issued by the United States Department of State to approved diplomats. This is an exception to the general rule in the US that license plates are issued by the state, and not the federal, government. The United States Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the Cabinet-level foreign affairs agency of the United States government, equivalent to foreign ministries in other countries. ... ... A license plate (or licence plate), number plate or registration plate is a small plate attached to a vehicle. ...

Plates issued to cars based in the District of Columbia follow the pattern of a letter identify the status of the owner, followed by the two-letter county code, followed by a four-digit number (L LL NNNN). For member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS), a subset of that numbering pattern is alotted to vehicles based at those contries' missions to the OAS. Plates issued to cars based at the United Nations in New York, New York are reversed, with the four-digit number first, followed by the two-letter country code, followed by the status code (NNNN LL L). This is because representatives of certain countries are limited to travel to certain radii from their base, and the system allows the city of asignment to be identified easily. ... The Organization of American States (OAS; OEA in the other three official languages) is an international organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA. Its members are the 35 independent nations of the Americas. ... The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ...

The status codes are "C" for Foreign Consul; "D" for Diplomat; "S" for Non-Diplomatic Staff; and "A" for a UN employee. The rights of the driver and car under diplomatic immunity are defined by this status code. A consulate (or consular office) is a form of diplomatic mission in charge of issues related to individual people and businesses, in other words issues outside inter-governmental diplomacy. ... This page is about negotiations; for the board game, see Diplomacy (game). ... Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity and a policy held between governments, which ensures that diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host countrys laws (although they can be expelled). ...

The country codes are, unlike most other country codes, purposefully illogical, not standing for anything. For example, France is "DJ" not "F" and Australia is "XZ" not "AUS". This is to prevent the general public from targeting diplomats from particular countries. However, lists of the codes are available.

It is an, apparently true, urban legend however that the code used for the former USSR of "FC" stood for F---ing Communists, the code system having been devised during the height of the Cold War by Ronald Reagan aide Dana Rohrbacher. Today Russia is assigned code "YR". Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... The Cold War was the open yet restricted rivalry that developed after World War II between the United States and its allies (roughly speaking, NATO members) and the Soviet Union and its allied (roughly speaking, Warsaw Pact members), until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. ... Order: 40th President Vice President: George H.W. Bush Term of office: January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989 Preceded by: Jimmy Carter Succeeded by: George H.W. Bush Date of birth: February 6, 1911 Place of birth: Tampico, Illinois Date of death: June 5, 2004 Place of death: Bel-Air...

Certain US states will issue Honorary Consul plates to US citizens who have been appointed to that ceremonial office. These plates do not confer diplomatic immunity and are not a part of the US State Department system.

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