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Encyclopedia > German car number plates

German car number plates (Kfz-Kennzeichen) show the place where the car carrying them is registered. Whenever a person changes their main place of residence in Germany, or buys a new car, they are required to buy new number plates. Number plates can be bought which are valid all year round or between 2 to 11 months within any 12 months. This allows changing between summer and winter cars, such as a convertible and a sedan/saloon without having the time and money wasted for de- and re-registering. As of 2007, buying new number plates normally costs around 30 and 10 to 40 for fees for de-registering the old plates and registering the new ones. If a car is handed over to someone else permanently (e.g. sold), but stays within the same city/region, the number usually stays the same, registration fees however are applied for name change of the offical car papers. Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American Convertible can also refer to a convertible (security) A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ... A Toyota Camry, a recognizable sedan The Ford Five Hundred, a full-sized sedan The 3-box design, indicative of a notchback sedan, as illustrated on a full-size luxury sedan. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Vatican City Inflation 1. ... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Vatican City Inflation 1. ... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Vatican City Inflation 1. ...

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The post-1994 German number plate format (so-called FE-style)
The post-1994 German number plate format (so-called FE-style)
The pre-1994 German number plate format (DIN-style), no longer issued but many still in use.
The pre-1994 German number plate format (DIN-style), no longer issued but many still in use.

The present number plate format, used since 1994, uses black print on a white background and first provides information about the country where the car is registered within the European Union. German license plates show a D (for Deutschland=Germany) on the blue strip on the left, which shows the European Union's flag, 12 golden stars in a circle on blue ground. German license plate with euroband. ... German license plate with euroband. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Image File history File links Plate-KA-RR232. ... Image File history File links Plate-KA-RR232. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


After that, there are between one and three letters which show the city or region where the car is registered, such as B for Berlin. These units usually coincide with the German districts, in few cases an urban district and the surrounding district share the same letter code. Usually if an urban district and a rural district share the code, the number of the following letters is different. For example, the urban district (Straubing) SR has one letter after the code (SR - A 123). The surrounding district Straubing-Bogen has two letters (SR - AB 123) after the code. It depends on the number of registered cars (or citizens) whether the City or the district has two letters, because there are more possibilities with two letters, so the part with more citizens usually has two letters. For example, the urban disctrict Regensburg has more citizens than the rural district Regensburg, so the city has two letters after the code R. Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... There are 439 German districts, administrative units in Germany. ... This is a list of urban districts in Germany. ... Straubing is an independent city in Niederbayern. ... Straubing-Bogen is a Kreis (district) in the eastern part of Bavaria, Germany. ... Regensburg (also Ratisbon, Latin Ratisbona) is a city (population 129,175 in 2005) in Bavaria, Germany, located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at the northernmost bend in the Danube. ...


The number of letters in the city/region prefix code mostly reflects the size and location of the district: the largest German cities generally only have one letter codes (B=Berlin, M=Munich, F=Frankfurt), most other districts in Germany have two or three letter codes. Districts in eastern Germany usually have more letters, for two reasons: Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Munich (German: , pronounced  ; Austro-Bavarian: Minga; Italian: Monaco; Latin language: Monacum) is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria (German: ). Munich is Germanys third largest city and one of Europes most prosperous. ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ...

  • As they only started using the modern system in 1990 after German reunification, many of the possible shorter combinations had already been used up in western Germany. Thus, big east German cities like Dresden have two letter codes (DD) instead of one (D) which was already in use for Düsseldorf.
  • Fewer people live in eastern Germany, so the number of cars registered is smaller and hence the use of three letter codes.

This is only a rule of thumb, there are a number of exceptions e.g. Germany's second largest city Hamburg (HH, Hansestadt Hamburg, because of its membership in the Hanseatic League) or the west German district Ammerland (WST, Westerstede is the capital of the district). MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (-_-)East Germany(-_-) German reunification (German: ) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called East Germany) were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG... For other uses, see Dresden (disambiguation). ... , ) Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and (together with Cologne and the Ruhr Area) the economic center of Western Germany. ... Hamburg from above Hamburgs motto: May the posterity endeavour with dignity to conserve the freedom, which the forefathers acquired. ... Carta marina of the Baltic Sea region (1539). ... Ammerland is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. ...


The reason for this scheme is however not to display size or location, but simply to have enough combinations available within the maximum length of 8 characters per plate.


After the location name there are the emission test and vehicle safety test stickers (see below), followed by one or two usually random letters and one to four usually random numbers. The total quantity of letters and numbers on the plate is never higher than eight. One letter with low numbers are normally reserved for motorcycle use since the plate space of these vehicles is smaller. Vehicle emissions inspection station Vehicle inspection is a procedure mandated by national or subnational governments in many countries, in which a vehicle is inspected to ensure that it conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both. ...


A problem with this scheme is that the space is a significant character and must be thought of when writing down a number. For example B MW 555 is not the same number as BM W 555. The confusion can be avoided by writing a hyphen after the city code, as in the old number plates, like B-MW 555. For this reason, the police will always radio the location name and spell out the next letters using the German telephone alphabet, which varies somewhat from the English one. Thus, B MW 555 would be radioed as "Berlin, Martha, Wilhelm, fünf-fünf-fünf". The German alphabet consists of the same 26 letters as the modern Latin alphabet: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J...


If a car owner would like to buy personalised plates, they tend to cost around €12 more than standard ones, depending on the region. Personalised plates must be applied for and must conform to the standards above. Car owners can choose certain numbers or letters instead of the random ones at the end. For example, people living in the town of Pirna might choose PIR-AT 77, "Pirat" being the German for "pirate". Kiel is one of few places (others are Lauf, Heide, Regen, Daun, Brake, Baden, Ulm and some more) where the number plate can be the city name: 'KI-EL' (KI-LL is also often seen). Another possibility which many people choose is a combination of their initials followed by their year of birth, e.g. Peter Meyer born in April 1957 could try to get PIR-PM 57 or PIR-PM 457 when registering a car in Pirna. Almost every available combination with S-EX .... in Stuttgart and SE-X and SE-XY in Segeberg is in use as well. Also, some people choose a combination which reflects their car type. In Berlin, combinations like B-MW 1234 are common among owners of BMW cars. Other popular self-referential license plates include P-KW 123 in Potsdam and K-FZ 123 in Cologne: PKW is the German abbreviation for Personenkraftwagen ("car") and KFZ for Kraftfahrzeug ("motor vehicle"). Kiel ( ) is a city in northern Germany and the capital of the Bundesland Schleswig-Holstein. ... City Center seen from Weinsteige Road Stuttgart Palace Square - New Palace Solitude Palace The 1956 TV Tower U.S. Army Kelley Barracks Stuttgart [], located in southern Germany, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of 591,528 (as of April 2006) in the city... City Center seen from Weinsteige Road Stuttgart Palace Square - New Palace Solitude Palace The 1956 TV Tower U.S. Army Kelley Barracks Stuttgart [], located in southern Germany, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of 591,528 (as of April 2006) in the city... Segeberg is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... Segeberg is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... BMW AG (an initialism for Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, or in English, Bavarian Motor Works; ISIN: DE0005190003), is an independent German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. ... Potsdam is the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany. ... For other uses, see Cologne (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Prohibited combinations

Various combinations that could be considered politically unacceptable — mainly due to implications relating to Nazi Germany — are disallowed or otherwise avoided. The district Sächsische Schweiz uses the name of its main town, Pirna, in its code PIR, to avoid the use of SS, the name of the paramilitary organisation; similarly SA is also unused. This is why cars in service for the government and parliament in Sachsen-Anhalt are registered with LSA (Land Sachsen Anhalt). In 2004 in Nuremberg, a car owner was refused a number plate beginning N-PD because of the connection to the political party, the NPD. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... This article is about the district. ... SS or ss or Ss may be: The Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary force Steamship (SS) (ship prefix) The United States Secret Service A submarine not powered by nuclear energy (SS) (United States Navy designator), see SSN A Soviet/Russian surface-to-surface missile, as listed by NATO reporting name Shortstop... The seal of SA The   or SA (German for Storm division, usually translated as stormtroop(er)s ), functioned as a paramilitary organization of the NSDAP — the German Nazi party. ... With an area of 20,447 km² and a population of 2. ... Bundesland (plural Bundesländer)is the German language name for the federal states of Austria. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Polish: Norymberga) is a city in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. ... There is open debate on rather facism is rightwing or not. ...

Example of banned combination ("NS") which was issued accidentally.
Example of banned combination ("NS") which was issued accidentally.

Banned combinations include the Nazi abbreviations HJ (Hitlerjugend, Hitler Youth), NS (Nationalsozialismus, National Socialism), SA (Sturmabteilung), SS (Schutzstaffel) and KZ (Konzentrationslager, concentration camp). Some registration offices have overlooked this rule by mistake, however; there are a few cars registered carrying prohibited codes, such as B-SS 12. Some counties also allow these combinations if they are the initials of the owner (e.g., Nobert Schmidt might be able to get XX-NS 1234), but in this case, if the car is sold and re-registered in the same county by the new owner, the number can be changed (otherwise the number stays with the car until it registered in a different area). Download high resolution version (1802x388, 97 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1802x388, 97 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Hitler Youth (German:   , abbreviated HJ) was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... The seal of SA The   or SA (German for Storm division, usually translated as stormtroop(er)s ), functioned as a paramilitary organization of the NSDAP — the German Nazi party. ... SS or ss or Ss may be: The Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary force Steamship (SS) (ship prefix) The United States Secret Service A submarine not powered by nuclear energy (SS) (United States Navy designator), see SSN A Soviet/Russian surface-to-surface missile, as listed by NATO reporting name Shortstop... It has been suggested that Internment be merged into this article or section. ...


History

During World War II, Wehrmacht vehicles used WH, WL and WM. Wehrmacht   (armed forces, literally defence force(s)) was the name of the armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. ... The digraph wh is used to express a phoneme: In the English language, (voiceless labial-velar fricative) the continuation of the PIE labiovelar (formerly spelled hw, see hwair). ... WL can stand for: Wavelength Weakest Link (television program) Weapons lab Wetland Woods lamp This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... WM may refer to: Washington Mutual Western Maryland Railroad (AAR reporting mark WM) Winair (Windward Islands Airways) (IATA airline code WM) the name William; see List of abbreviations for names WrestleMania The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia The Football World Cup 2006 in Germany, as it is...


The current system was introduced in West Germany in 1956, replacing the post-war system which was based on occupation zones. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The C-Pennant Occupation zones in Germany (1945) Capital Berlin (de jure) Political structure Military occupation Governors (1945)  - UK zone F.M. Montgomery  - French zone Gen. ...


As West German districts were extensively rearranged in the early 1970s, many prefix codes were expired and new ones were created at that time. However, number plates issued before these rearrangements remain valid, providing the vehicle is still in use and has not been reregistered since. So it is still possible, if rarely, to see a classic car with registration codes of administrative units that haven't existed for over 30 years. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Ford Model A Fordor 1948 Buick Eight convertible 1955 Chevrolet Nomad 1935 Plymouth PJ Touring Sedan 1948 Pontiac Streamliner Sedan Coupe 1959 Chevrolet Impala Classic car is a term frequently used to describe an older car, but what exactly is meant by that varies from person to person and organisation...


When originally planned, the system included codes for districts in Eastern Germany which were to be reserved until reunification. That included the territory of the GDR as well as the territories annexed to Poland and the Soviet Union after World War II, which West Germany's government still claimed in that era until about 1970. When reunification came in 1990, the reserved codes (e.g. P for Potsdam) were indeed issued as originally planned to East German districts as they existed at that time. However, districts in East Germany were also rearranged in the mid-1990s, thus many of these codes have expired, but can likewhise still be seen on older vehicles. The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (-_-)East Germany(-_-) German reunification (German: ) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called East Germany) were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG... “East Germany” redirects here. ... The Oder-Neisse line (German: , Polish: ) marked the border between German Democratic Republic and Poland between 1950 and 1990. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Potsdam is the capital city of the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


One example of a reserved code being reused before reunification was the letter L which was originally planned for Leipzig, but was given to the newly formed Hessian district Lahn-Dill-Kreis in the 1980s as hopes for reunification faded away. After the rather unexpected reunification, the city of Leipzig got its L "back", Lahn-Dill-Kreis was issued with LDK instead after a changeover period when L was in use in both districts.   [] (Sorbian/Lusatian: Lipsk) is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony in Germany with a population of over 504,000. ... Hesse (German: Hessen) is a state of Germany with an area of 21,110 km² and just over six million inhabitants. ... Lahn-Dill is a Kreis (district) in the west of Hesse, Germany. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ...


Another reserved code was G, for Gera. In the 1980s West German TV series "Der Fahnder"[1], this code was used to stand in for a generic large city in the Ruhrgebiet area. Gera is the largest Town in the east of Thuringia, Germany. ... Geography Map of the Ruhr Area The Ruhr Area (German Ruhrgebiet or, colloquially, Ruhrpott) is a metropolitan area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, consisting of a number of large industrial cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr to the south, Rhine to the west, and Lippe to the north. ...


Typeface

Modern German plates use a typeface called FE-Schrift ("fälschungserschwerende Schrift", tamper-hindering script). It is designed so that the O cannot be painted to look like a Q, and vice versa; nor can the P be painted to resemble an R, amongst other changes. This typeface can also more easily be read by optical character recognition software for automatic number plate recognition than the old DIN 1451 script. FE-Schrift or fälschungserschwerende Schrift (tamper-hindering font) is the typeface that has been used since November 2000 on vehicle registration plates in Germany. ... Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is a type of computer software designed to translate images of handwritten or typewritten text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text, or to translate pictures of characters into a standard encoding scheme representing them (e. ... The system must be able to deal with different styles of licence plates Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR; see also other names below) is a mass surveillance method that uses optical character recognition on images to read the licence plates on vehicles. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Special codes

Certain types of vehicle bear special codes:

Plate for vintage cars
  • Classic cars (known in German by the pseudo-English expression Oldtimer) can get an H (historisch, historic) at the end of the plate, such as K-AA 100H in order to preserve the so called "vehicle cultural good" (kraftfahrtechnisches Kulturgut"). It includes also a flat tax of appr. 300 per year. The requirements for a vehicle for an H-Plate are:
    • minimum age of the vehicle of 30 years from first registering
    • must be in original condition and well maintained. Some features such as safety belts or a catalytic converter which have been added are accepted and are not in conflict with the "original condition" rule
    • the car is not allowed for everydays use
Seasonal number plate, registration valid from 1st May to 31st October of each year
Seasonal number plate, registration valid from 1st May to 31st October of each year
  • Cars with seasonal number plates have two numbers at the end of the plate indicating the months between which they are registered to drive, with the licence being valid from the start of the upper month until the end of the lower month. This results less costs for fees of de- and regestering cars as well lower insurance premiums.
Official registered vehicle (here: fire brigade)
Official registered vehicle for disaster relief
  • Official cars such as police, fire fighting and municipality vehicles do not carry a letter after the sticker, such as M-1234.
These include:
    • vehicles of the district government: 1-199, 1000-1999, 10000-19999
    • vehicles of the local government (for example: fire brigade): 200-299, 2000-2999, 20000-29999, 300-399
    • police: 3000-3999, 7000-7999, 30000-39999, 70000-79999
    • disaster relief (mostly changed "THW", see below): 8000-8999, 80000-89999
    • consular corps: 900-999, 9000-9999.
However the registration law has changed in 2006 so that in after March 2007 official vehicles will get standard number plates.
Plate for tax-exempt vehicles
  • Vehicles which are exempt from vehicle taxes (for example ambulances, tractors, agricultural trailers, trailers for boats or trailers for gliders) have green print on a white background plate. Regular trailers for lorries can be exempted from tax if the owner agrees to pay an elevated tax on the vehicle which pulls the trailer. There is also a tax exempt for trailers for which the owner agrees to hand over his trailer without payment to the armed forces (if Germany is in a state of emergency or defence).
  • Vehicles which have not been registered (because they are for transfer within Germany) have to carry short-term plates valid only for five days. The code starts with the numbers 04, e.g. DD-04000, and the plate has a yellow strip on the right showing when they are valid. The date is listed numerically, on three lines, reading day, month, year, with two digits each. The vehicle need n't to has an valid technical inspection however it must be technical fit to be operated in public. Insurance premiums are quite high, appr. 100 for the above mentioned 5 days. Most insurance companies credit this premium if the car is registered as a normal car with the same insurance company after these 5 days.
Special plate (red colour, old DIN-style) for dealer's cars for test drives. (Registration office: Würzburg)
Special plate (red colour, old DIN-style) for dealer's cars for test drives. (Registration office: Würzburg)
  • Car dealers' plates are in red print on a white background, and the code begins with 06. Red plates may be attached to cars which are changing hands, such as the test run of unregistered cars, and the liability insurance is connected to the plate, not a specific car.
  • Car collectors: Red plates starting with the number 07 are reserved for collectors of vintage cars. This car must have a minumum age of 20 years from first registering. From April 2007 onwards the required minumum age will be 30 years. Plates issued under the old 20 years rule remain valid after this date. The collectors must get an official certificate of approval (such as no criminal records). They are allowed to use one set of plates on any of their cars under the condition that they keep a strict record of use. No day-to-day use of the cars is allowed. A valid official technical inspection is not mandatory but the car have to be technical fit for use in the public.
  • Export plates (also known as "Zollkennzeichen", customs plates) are used for exporting vehicles abroad. The plates are the only ones which do not have the blue Euro strip on the left; the owner does not need to be a German resident to register the car. The date on the red strip on the right hand side does not show the expiry date of the plate; instead it shows the expiry date of the vehicle insurance. After this date the vehicle must have left Germany.
Special plate for vehicles to be exported (Ausfuhrkennzeichen)
Special temporary plate for vehicles in Germany (Kurzzeit-Kennzeichen)
Special temporary plate for vehicles in Germany (Kurzzeit-Kennzeichen)
Former special plate for vehicles to be exported (Zollkennzeichen) - no longer in use. It was replaced by the Ausfuhrkennzeichen in the 1980s
Former special plate for vehicles to be exported (Zollkennzeichen) - no longer in use. It was replaced by the Ausfuhrkennzeichen in the 1980s
  • Diplomatic plates: plates of cars covered by diplomatic immunity have the digit 0 (Zero) on the left instead of the registration location code. This does not only include ambassadors of foreign countries: the German Federal President's license plate is 0-1, the Chancellor's 0-2, the Foreign Secretary's 0-3. The plate of the President of the Federal Parliament is an exception: it shows 1-1. This reflects the fact that the Parliament's President is not part of the executive branch but still ranks higher in (symbolic) importance than the Chancellor. These vehicles are tax-exempt and need not to be insured since the German government act as insurer.
Diplomatic plate (Indonesian embassy in Berlin)
  • The military uses old style non-reflecting plates with a dash between the two circles. The German flag is shown, instead of the blue EU strip. Military plates use the letter Y, rather than a city indicator (no German city name starts with a Y). After the Y comes a six-digit number (or five digits for motorcycles), for example Y-123456. These vehicles are tax-exempt and need not to be insured since the German government act as insurer. There is also no mandatory technical inspection required but the Armed Forces carry out a regular internal inspection on these vehicles similar to the official inspection.
  • Military vehicles which are used by the Nato headquarters in Germany use the same design as the Y-plates except they carry the letter X followed by a four-digit number, for example X-1234
  • Some branches of the federal government and federal state governments use the abbreviations of their names instead of a city code. Example: the Technisches Hilfswerk (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) uses its abbreviation THW, so the plates read THW-12345, for example. Before the Deutsche Bundesbahn (German National Railways) and the Deutsche Bundespost (Federal Post Office) were privatised, they used the abbreviations DB and BP (e.g. DB-12345, BP-12345).
  • The federal police uses the code BP instead of the local code. Before 2006 they used the code BG (former name: Bundesgrenzschutz) (BG-#####), this old code remains still valid, only new vehicles will get the new "BP"-code.
  • Light motorised vehicles such as mopeds and motorised wheelchairs are required to have a registration plate, see next section.

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Insurance plates

Versicherungskennzeichen, colour of the letters are changed yearly
Versicherungskennzeichen, colour of the letters are changed yearly

The Versicherungkennzeichen used for mopeds and other small, low-power vehicles is much smaller than the plates for cars and is only valid for one year from 1st April to 31st March. This plate does not act as a proof of registration since this type of vehicle is exempt from official registration. There are four colours used: red for temporary use such as testing (very rare), black, blue, green for regular plates. The latter three colours are changed every year in order to make it easy to check whether the vehicle has the latest plate and hence is insured. Furthermore, the year is printed on the bottom line. Using the same colour plate three years later when the same colour is again valid does not work since the police can check the combination by radio and see whether the plate is valid for the current year or not. The system is three digits on the top and three letters beneath. The number and the letters are chosen randomly so personalising the plates is not possible (except by choosing from a small selection the insurer has in his office). Licences can be purchased with insurance companies who give them out together with a paid insurance. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1803x730, 181 KB) Deutsches Versicherungskennzeichen für leichte Kraftfahrzeuge, 3 Jahre, mit den verschiedenen Farben. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1803x730, 181 KB) Deutsches Versicherungskennzeichen für leichte Kraftfahrzeuge, 3 Jahre, mit den verschiedenen Farben. ...

Colours of the insurance plates from 1st March onwards of each year:
Colour Year
Black 1990 1993 1996 1999 2002 2005 2008 2011
Blue 1991 1994 1997 2000 2003 2006 2009 2012
Green 1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013

Emission, safety test and registration sticker

Emission test (front plate) and vehicle safety test (rear plate) stickers are also attached to the plate. The expiry date can be figured out as follows: The year is in the centre of the sticker and the uppermost number is the month. The black marking on the side (near the 12) makes it easy for the police to see the expiration month from a distance. Imagine a clock, then the marking shows the same position as the face of the clock. For example the black marking is on the left side, so it is the ninth month (or 9 o'clock) and hence the expiry date is 30th September. The colours are repeated every 6 years.


The lower sticker is the official "seal" of registration — indeed, at the beginning of the 20th century, plates were authorised with ink and a stamp. Motorcycles carry only the rear plate. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...

Colours of the emission test and vehicle safety test stickers:

Colour Year
orange 1979 1983 1989 1995 2001 2007
blue 1978 1984 1990 1996 2002 2008
yellow 1977 1985 1991 1997 2003 2009
brown 1974 1980 1986 1992 1998 2004 2010
pink 1975 1981 1987 1993 1999 2005 2011
green 1976 1982 1988 1994 2000 2006 2012

See also

This article needs to be wikified. ...

External links

  • City of Dortmund vehicle registration information
  • More information about German car number plates and their history
  • (German)List of currently issued registration codes (Wikipedia)
  • (German)List of no longered issued registration codes (Wikipedia)
  • (German)List of all ever issued registration codes of the current registration system (Wikipedia)

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