Vehicle registration plates of the Czech Republic
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The latest system of Czech vehicle registration plate was introduced between 29 June and 17 July 2001. In this system, the first letter from the left represents the region (kraj), and this is combined with numbers issued in series from 1x0 0001, where x is the letter representing the region.
By 2009, both Prague (A) and Central Bohemia (S) had reached the combination 9x9 9999 in their respective series; consequently they then started issuing plates which included a two-letter combination in the format 1xa 0000 to 9xa 9999, where x is the regional letter and a is a letter in alphabetical order (so that 1AA 9999 is followed by 1AB 0000, and so on). As of the beginning of March 2019, the South Moravian (B) and Moravian-Silesian Regions were also issuing registration marks with two-letter combinations.
Since 2004 with the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union, a blue European strip with the letters CZ and European stars have been added.
As of 1 January 2015, registration numbers are not changed if the owner of a vehicle moves to another region or if the vehicle is re-registered to a new owner residing in a different region. New numbers (with the corresponding code of the region of re-registration) are assigned only in the case of damage, loss, or theft of a registration plate.
Since 2017 custom ("personalized") plates have been available, against payment of a special fee. These have the format XXX-XXXXX (i.e. they have one more character than ordinary plates) and must contain at least one number. The letters G, CH, O, Q and W may not be used.
|A||Capital City Prague||Hlavní město Praha|
|B||South Moravia||Jihomoravský kraj (Brno)|
|C||South Bohemia||Jihočeský kraj (České Budějovice)|
|E||Pardubice||Pardubický kraj (Pardubice)|
|H||Hradec Králové||Královéhradecký kraj (Hradec Králové)|
|J||Highland (Vysočina) Region||Vysočina (Jihlava)|
|K||Karlovy Vary||Karlovarský kraj (Karlovy Vary)|
|L||Liberec||Liberecký kraj (Liberec)|
|M||Olomouc||Olomoucký kraj (Olomouc)|
|P||Plzeň||Plzeňský kraj (Plzeň)|
|S||Central Bohemia (Prague)||Středočeský kraj (Praha)|
|T||Moravia-Silesia||Moravskoslezský kraj (Ostrava)|
|U||Ústí nad Labem||Ústecký kraj (Ústí nad Labem)|
|Z||Zlín||Zlínský kraj (Zlín)|
|Numbers||Military vehicles, and diplomatic corps|
1932 - 1954
 This system was introduced in Czechoslovakia in 1932. The first letters are represented by region.
- Composition (older form: 1932 - 1939):
X-NN-NNN, white on black
- Composition (newer form: 1945 - 1954):
X-NNNNN, black on white
1954 - 2001
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This system was introduced in Czechoslovakia in 1960. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the Slovak Republic introduced a new system of car registration plates in 1997 while the Czech Republic kept issuing the old one until 2001. In the old system, the two first letters represented the district (okres). Registrations in Prague began with A, while the vehicles used by the government had registration plates beginning with AA.
- Composition (older form: 1960–1984):
XX-NN-NN or XXX-NN-NN
- Composition (newer form: 1984–2001):
XX NN-NN or XXX NN-NN
(X = letters, N = numbers.)
Commercially used vehicles and heavy goods vehicle had a yellow background. Vehicles with foreign owners had a blue background and yellow letters.
List of districts
|AA||for vehicles used by the government (until 1989)||NA||Náchod|
|BI||Brno-venkov (it was only used with a yellow background for heavy goods vehicles)||NJ||Nový Jičín|
|FI||Frýdek-Místek (it was never used)||PT||Prachatice|
|GT||Gottwaldov (until 1989, town then renamed to Zlín)||PV||Prostějov|
|GV||Gottwaldov (until 1989)||PY||Praha-východ|
|HO||Hodonín||RK||Rychnov nad Kněžnou|
|JE||Jeseník (from 1996)||SO||Sokolov|
|JN||Jablonec nad Nisou||SY||Svitavy|
|KO||Kolín||UL||Ústí nad Labem|
|KR||Karlovy Vary||UO||Ústí nad Orlici|
|KT||Klatovy||US||Ústí nad Labem (it was never used)|
|LN||Louny||ZL||Zlín (from 1990, previously GT/GV = Gottwaldov)|
|MB||Mladá Boleslav||ZR||Žďár nad Sázavou|
Special license plates
Diplomatic registration plates
Until 2001 diplomatic plates (as well as those on cars owned by foreign residents) in the Czech Republic used a blue background with yellow letters. These have been replaced by plates with blue letters on a white background. Foreigners (Czechoslovakia) used same plates as DC plates except they don't use DD or XX, and non-diplomatic personnel used a XX code instead.
Commercial vehicles of Czechoslovakia have black letters with a yellow background, military have numbers only, rentals of Czechoslovakia have red letters on a white background (discontinued), historic vehicles use green letters on a white background (always using "V" as a prefix), trailers of Czechoslovakia have the district codes put in the middle (99 XXX-99 or 99 XX-99) and technical embassies use red letters on a yellow background.
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