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Encyclopedia > Irish Vehicle Registration Plates
A number plate for a car registered in 2001 in County Dublin

Index marks on Number plates in the Republic of Ireland issued since 1987 have the format YY-CC-SSSSSS where the components are: Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... County Dublin (Irish Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly the Dublin Region (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland; and the modern counties of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. ... A number plate may be: A road vehicle license plate. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • YY — a 2-digit year (e.g. 87 for 1987; 05 for 2005)
  • CC — a 1- or 2-character county identifier (e.g. D for Dublin; SO for Sligo).
  • SSSSSS — a 1- to 6-digit sequence number, starting with the first vehicle registered in the county that year.

Since 1991, the design of the plate conforms to the European standard, with a blue band at the left containing the 12 stars of the European flag and the country identifier IRL. The rest of the plate is white background with black characters. The full Irish language name of the county appears above the identifier. Vehicle owners may be fined if the plate's format does not meet the requirements. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The island of Ireland has 32 counties, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland being nicknamed respectively the six counties and the twenty-six counties. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Sligo (Sligeach in Irish) is a county in the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the European Union, number plates of a common format are issued throughout (albeit still optional in some member states). ... The European flag consists of a circle of twelve golden stars on a blue background. ... This is a list of vehicle country identification codes: Contents: Top - 0–9 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 Note * Non-official ** CD means also corps diplomatique Old Codes Note1... Irish (Gaeilge), a Goidelic language spoken in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, is constitutionally recognized as the first official language of the Republic of Ireland. ...


A vehicle's number plate is determined when it is first registered - the county code is taken from the owner's postal address. Registration remains fixed on the one vehicle until it is de-registered (exported, destroyed, etc), and they cannot be transferred to other vehicles.

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History

From 1903, the system used in Ireland was part of the original British system of identifiers. This was superseded in the Republic of Ireland in 1987, but remains in use in Northern Ireland. 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... In the United Kingdom, all motor-powered road vehicles (including cars) have had to carry registration plates (more commonly known as number plates) since 1904. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dieu et mon droit (motto) (French for God and my right)2 Northern Irelands location within the UK Main language English Other recognised languages Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain MP Area  - Total Ranked 4th...


Each administrative county was allocated a 2-letter code, with plates having formats "CC SSSS", "LCC SSS", "SSSS CC", "SSS LCC" or (currently in Northern Ireland) "LCC SSSS", where CC is the county code, L a sequence letter and SSS/SSSS a sequence number of up 3/4 digits. When all combinations for a county were exhausted, a new 2-letter code was allocated (chiefly to Dublin and Belfast which had the most cars). All codes contained either I or Z, to avoid clashing with other British codes. Originally, plates had white letters on a black backgound. Later this was changed to black-on-white at the front and black-on-red at the back. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ...


In 1952, the codes for the City of Dublin and County Dublin were merged. In 1974, the codes for City of Cork and County Cork were merged. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... County Dublin (Irish Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly the Dublin Region (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland; and the modern counties of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... County Cork (Contae Chorcaí in Irish) is the most southwesterly and the largest of the modern counties of Ireland. ...


Irish index marks under the old scheme could be transferred to Britain for re-registration on other vehicles, even after Irish independence, and even though they could not be re-used within Ireland. The vowel "I" in many combinations made these attractive for collectors. The Kilkenny index "VIP 1" has fetched a record price at auction. Since 1987, such exports have been impossible, even for old-format indexes, although those already exported may still be re-transferred. Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh) is the county seat of County Kilkenny, Ireland, with a population (including environs) of 20,735. ...


The 1987 scheme allocated single-letter codes to the county boroughs (including those shared with counties) and 2-letter codes to the others. Normally these are the initial and final letter of the English-language name of the county (except where duplicates would result). The controversy of using English as the basis led to the addition of the Irish language name on physical plates issued from 1991. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... County borough was a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom to refer to a borough or a city independent of county administration. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Current implementation

Currently, the Revenue Commissioners, the Irish Government agency responsible for vehicle registration, are planning to add new codes for the administrative counties currently sharing codes. These are expected to be CK (County Cork), GY (County Galway), DR (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown), FL (Fingal), and SN (South Dublin) respectively; but have not been introduced as of 2006. The Office of the Revenue Commissioners (RC) - now called simply Revenue - is the Irish Government agency responsible for customs, excise, taxation and related matters. ... Government Buildings in Dublin. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sequence numbers may be "reserved" on completion of the relevant documents and payment of a fee, although this is rarely done.

  • The first sequence number (1) in each year is reserved in cities for the sole use of the Lord Mayor or Mayor of that city. Thus, for instance, in the year 2006, Councillor Catherine Byrne, the Lord Mayor of Dublin was entitled to receive the registration plate 06-D-1 and display it on a vehicle registered in her name.
  • Luxury cars with numeric names often have matching sequence numbers pre-registered by the dealer: for example 06-X-911 on a Porsche 911 or 06-X-750 BMW 750.
  • The Dublin radio station FM 104 often buy cars with registration plates ending in "104", e.g. 05-D-38104.

Imported used cars are registered based on year of first registration rather than year of import. Councillor Patrick (Pat) John Stannard, Lord Mayor of Oxford (2004). ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Mansion House The Lord Mayor of Dublin is the symbolic head of the city government in the capital of Ireland. ... Porsche 911 A 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS The Porsche 911 (pronounced as nine-eleven) is a sports car made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. ... The BMW 7 Series is a luxury saloon made by BMW. It replaced the New Six models in 1977. ... FM104 is an Independent Local Radio station broadcast across Dublin, Ireland, on the frequency FM104. ... Used Cars is a 1980 comedy film. ...


Vehicles registered to the Irish Defence Forces have plates with silver letters on black background. These do not feature the Irish-language county name; in practice all are registered in Dublin. The Irish Defence Forces are the army, navy and air force of the Republic of Ireland. ...


There are only two pre-1987 codes still used in the Republic of Ireland.

  • "ZZ", administered by the AA Ireland as agents for the Revenue Commissioners, is given to registrants who are based outside the state and are only going to stay for a period not exceeding one month. The format of the code is ZZ followed by a five digit number.
  • "ZV", which can be selected as an alternative to the current scheme when registering a vehicle older than 30 years for the first time in Ireland.

The Automobile Association (or simply AA Ireland) has been operating in Ireland since 1910. ...

List of codes

County Carlow - CW
County Cavan - CN
County Clare - CE
County Cork - C
County Donegal - DL
County Dublin - D
County Galway - G
County Kerry - KY
County Kildare - KE
County Kilkenny - KK
County Laois - LS
County Leitrim - LM
County Limerick - LK
Limerick City - L
County Longford - LD
County Louth - LH
County Mayo - MO
County Meath - MH
County Monaghan - MN
County Offaly OY
County Roscommon - RN
County Sligo - SO
County Tipperary
North Tipperary - TN
South Tipperary - TS
County Waterford - WD
Waterford City - W
County Westmeath - WH
County Wexford - WX
County Wicklow - WW

WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: coord}}}_N_{{{west coord}}}_W_{{{region:IE_type:city}}} {{{north coord}}}° N {{{west coord}}}° W Irish Grid Reference grid}}} {{{irish grid}}} Statistics Province: Leinster County: District: County Town: Carlow Code: CW Area: 896 km² Elevation: Population (2002): 46,014 Website: www. ... County Cavan (Irish: Contae an Chabháin) is a county in the Republic of Ireland. ... County Clare (Contae an Chláir in Irish) is in the Irish province of Munster. ... County Cork (Contae Chorcaí in Irish) is the most southwesterly and the largest of the modern counties of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: coord}}}_N_{{{west coord}}}_W_{{{region:IE_type:city}}} {{{north coord}}}° N {{{west coord}}}° W Irish Grid Reference grid}}} {{{irish grid}}} Statistics Province: Ulster County: District: County Town: Lifford Code: DL Area: 4,841 km² Elevation: Population: Website: www. ... County Dublin (Irish Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly the Dublin Region (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland; and the modern counties of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. ... County Galway (Contae na Gaillimhe in Irish) is located on the west coast of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: coord}}}_N_{{{west coord}}}_W_{{{region:IE_type:city}}} {{{north coord}}}° N {{{west coord}}}° W Irish Grid Reference grid}}} {{{irish grid}}} Statistics Province: Munster County: District: County Town: Tralee Code: KY Area: 4,746 km² Elevation: Population: Website: www. ... County Kildare (Irish: Contae Chill Dara) is an Irish county located to the southwest of Dublin in the province of Leinster. ... County Kilkenny (Contae Chill Chainnigh in Irish) is located in the south east of Ireland in the province of Leinster. ... County Laois (pronounced Leash), also spelt Laoighis or Leix (Irish: Contae Laoise) , is a county in the midlands of Ireland. ... County Leitrim (Irish: Contae Liatroma) is one of the counties of the island of Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland and is part of the province of Connacht, in the west of the island. ... Limerick (Luimneach in Irish) is an Irish county in the province of Munster, located in the Mid-west of Ireland with County Clare to the north, County Cork to the south and County Kerry to the west. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... County Longford (Irish: Longphort) is a county situated in the Irish Midlands, in northwest Leinster. ... County Louth (An Lú in Irish) is a county on the east coast of Ireland. ... County Mayo (Irish: Contae Mhaigh Eo, the plain of the yews) is a county on the west coast of Ireland. ... County Meath (Contae na Mí in Irish) is the fastest growing county in the Republic of Ireland, often informally called The Royal County. ... Monaghan (Irish: Contae Muineachán) is a county in the Republic of Ireland. ... County Offaly (Irish: Contae Uíbh Fhailí) is a county in Leinster, Ireland, bordered by seven other counties: Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Laois, and Tipperary. ... County Roscommon (Ros Comáin in Irish) is a county located in central Ireland. ... Sligo (Sligeach in Irish) is a county in the province of Connacht in the west of Ireland. ... County Tipperary (Tiobraid Árann in Irish) is a traditional county in the Republic of Ireland, in the province of Munster. ... North Tipperary (Tiobraid Árann Thuaidh in Irish), known until 2002 as Tipperary North Riding, is a local government area in Ireland, consisting of the northern part of County Tipperary. ... South Tipperary (Tiobraid Árann Theas in Irish), known until 2002 as Tipperary South Riding, is a local government area in Ireland, consisting of the southern part of County Tipperary. ... County Waterford (Port Láirge in Irish) is a county in the province of Munster on the south coast of Ireland. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... County Westmeath (An Iarmhí in Irish) is a county situated in the Irish Midlands, in the western part of the province of Leinster. ... County Wexford (Contae Loch Garman in Irish) is a maritime county in the southeast of Ireland, in the province of Leinster. ... County Wicklow (Contae Chill Mhantáin in Irish) is a county on the east coast of Ireland, immediately south of Dublin. ...

External links

  • Allocation of British registrations has a section on the former Irish system
  • Statutory Instruments:
    • Road Vehicles (Index Marks) Regulations, 1958
    • Road Vehicles (Index Marks) Regulations, 1970
    • Road Vehicles (Index Marks) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations, 1986
    • Vehicle Registration and Taxation Regulations, 1992
    • Vehicle Registration and Taxation (Amendment) Regulations, 1999
  • Revenue Commissioners summary of regulations (PDF format)

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Currently, the Revenue Commissioners, the Irish Government agency responsible for vehicle registration, are planning to add new codes for the administrative counties currently sharing codes.
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