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Encyclopedia > Greek car number plates

Greek car number plates are composed of three letters and four digits per plate (e.g. AAA-1000). The letters represent the district that issues the plates while the numbers begin from 1000 and reach 9999. The same plates but with digits beginning from 1 and ending with 999 are issued to motorbikes that exceed 50 cc.

Except Athens and Thessaloniki (Salonica), all other districts are represented by the first 2 letters while the third changes after 8,999 issued plates. For example Patras district plates are AXA-1000, where AX represents the Achaia district in which Patras is the capital. When AXA-9999 is reached the plates turn to AXB-1000 and this continues until AXX is finished. The letters used are only from the intersection between the Latin and Greek alphabets, namely A, B, E, Z, H, I, K, M, N, O, P, T, Y, X (in Greek alphabetical order), however Greek B, H, P, and X don't have the same meaning as in the English alphabet. The Latin alphabet, also called the Roman alphabet, is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world today. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ...

The combinations used for overseas residents are L-DDDD (where L = letter and D = digit) and are limitedly used. Some vehicles (e.g. sport utility vehicles) and tractors are not part of this system; they are given DDDDD. Until 2003, taxis used L-DDDD; the plate was aligned with the prefecture and the letters were colored red. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

When license plates were introduced to Greece, they were numbered and in the 1960s, the system was DDD-DDD. They became lettered and the system was LL-DDDD while trucks used L-DDDD until the 1980s, when they changed to LLL-DDDD and now use this present system. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...

## Car designations

The almost full list of plates in Greece is below (next to the prefecture/district is its capital or an area within the prefecture that the plates are issued; some prefectures have more than one combination):

• EB Evros prefecture - Alexandroupoli (EBB not used) (last seen: EBH)
• EE Pella prefecture - Edessa
• EH (?) {motorcycles}
• EZ Cyclades prefecture - Ermoupoli {motorcycles}
• EK [A, B, E] (introduced maybe in 2003/2004, yellow colored) {trucks and other vehicles used for national (interprefectural and interaerial?) transport of goods}
• EM Cyclades prefecture - Ermoupoli
• EP Serres prefecture - Serres
• EY [Y] (red letters?) {tax free cars - offshore companies}
• NA Thessaloniki prefecture - Thessaloniki (Salonica)
• NB Thessaloniki prefecture - Thessaloniki (Salonica)
• NE Thessaloniki prefecture - Thessaloniki (Salonica)
• NZ Thessaloniki prefecture - Thessaloniki (Salonica)
• NH Thessaloniki prefecture - Thessaloniki (Salonica) (as of April 2005, 'N' plates seem to be exhausted and cars from Thessaloniki are licensed in other prefectures)
• NI Thessaloniki prefecture - Thessaloniki (Salonica) {motorcycles}
• NK Thessaloniki (future use)
• NM Thessaloniki (future use)
• NN Thessaloniki (future use)
• NO Thessaloniki (future use)
• NP Thessaloniki (future use)
• NT Thessaloniki (future use)
• NX Thessaloniki (future use) (?)
• NX [A, Y] (yellow colored) {trucks for transport of goods}
• NY Thessaloniki (future use)

## Special plates

Vehicles that belong to public services and armed forces use special license plates with the following letter combinations followed by numbers:

• ΠΣ (Πυροσβεστικό Σώμα) - Fire Guard
• Ε.Α. (Ελληνική Αστυνομία) - Police
• ΛΣ (Λιμενικό Σώμα) - Coast Guard
• ΠΝ (Πολεμικό Ναυτικό) - Hellenic Navy
• ΠΑ (Πολεμική Αεροπορία) - Hellenic Air Force
• ΔΣ (Διπλωματικό Σώμα) - Diplomat or foreign delegation (e.g. ΔΣ 48 CD, ΔΣ 48-1 CD)
• ΞΑ (Ξένες Αποστολές) - Foreign missions
• ΔΟΚ (Δοκιμαστικές) - Test plates
• ΑΝ.Π. (Ανάπηροι Πολέμου) - Disabled in war (blue coloured)
• ΑΜ (Αγροτικά Μηχανήματα) - Agricultural vehicles
• ΜΕ (Μηχανήματα Έργων) - Public works vehicles (yellow coloured)
• ΚΥ (Κρατική Υπηρεσία) - State

Results from FactBites:

 License plate - definition of License plate in Encyclopedia (2010 words) The plate has a serial number on it which is the same on all plates attached to the vehicle, the purpose of which is to identify the vehicle uniquely from others on roads, usually within the same country. In many cases, the license plate change relates to the plates being used as evidence of a vehicle being licensed for use on a public highway, or as evidence of a tax having been paid in connection with the vehicle. The current plates are of the 1992 standard, which consist of the one-character provincial abbreviation, a letter of the Latin alphabet, and five number or letters of the alphabet (e.g.
 Teachers.Net Gazette October 2002 - DANIEL CHANG: ATTITUDES TOWARD NUMBERS THROUGH HISTORY - Teachers.Net Gazette - ... (4031 words) Number 3 was said to become a demonic number in the sense that wizards and witches usually worked in groups of 3 when casting their spells. Thus, number 4 was the number of the Evangelists. To the Greeks, the number 8 was the symbol for wisdom.
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