Vehicle registration plates of Croatia

A License Plate ( kroat. registracijska oznaka or simply registracija ) is prescribed in Croatia for all motor vehicles. The Croatian flag system was introduced on 1 January 1992 and replaced the old Yugoslav license plates. The nationality code for Croatia is " HR" ( kroat. " Hrvatska " = Croatia). Immediately after the independence of Croatia first appeared many adhesive with the symbol " CRO " on, which otherwise serves as an international identifier for Croatia. However, this shortcut is invalid on the road. The Croatian government decided to use the already mentioned shorter combination HR. In December 2013 presented the Croatian Interior Ministry plans to introduce a new system.

  • 2.1 Special case Krajina
  • 3.1 Former Features


Croatian marks are awarded for multi- vehicles with the dimensions 520 × 110mm (single line) and 280 × 200mm (two lines ). The label begins with two letters indicating the origin, followed by the Croatian coat of arms. After three to four digits and a maximum of two further letters. The following combinations are possible: AB 123 CD, AB 1234 and AB 1234 C CD. The label on the top and bottom are framed by two bands in the colors of the Croatian national flag. For a surcharge, even license plates are possible in which any combination within the schema or the entire inscription can be chosen freely according to the region shortcut either. As the youngest member of Croatia is the only EU country that the blue euro area has not yet been introduced at the left edge signs. Occasionally, the mark will be on the left edge but supplemented by an unofficial Euro stickers. Another special feature represents the use of the letters Č, Š and Ž


For three-line single-track vehicles number plates with the dimensions 200 mm × 200 mm or 100 mm × 150 mm are awarded depending on size.

Green writing

Flag for foreigners living in Croatia, international organizations and only temporarily registered vehicles have a green font.

Red font

Crossing vehicles or their charge a certain maximum they receive labels with red printing. These markings variant was inherited from the Yugoslav system and can be found today, for example, in Serbia and Macedonia.

Plate with PP and PV

In 2008, two further characteristics of species were introduced. Transferable license plates facing the coat of arms for the letters PP prijenosne Pločice ( exchange code), historical vehicles use PV for povijesno vozilo (historic vehicle). This is followed by a maximum of four digits.

Export registration

Also since 2008 there are special export license plates with yellow text on a light green background. You begin with the letters RH for Republika Hrvatska ( Croatia ). After the crest maximum of four digits and a maximum of two letters followed.

Trade plates

Number plates for test or trial runs are made of paper and are usually attached to the front or rear window. They show left in a black and white checkered strip the word PROBA. The following abbreviations origin, crest and five digits in two groups. The maximum validity of five days.

Police indicator

The Croatian police uses signs, which consist of two number groups of three digits. In between is the Croatian coat of arms. The font color here is dark blue, so that the signs are similar to those of the Macedonian police.

Military Features

Characteristics of the Croatian armed forces show a yellow background and begin with the letters HV for Croat. Vojska Hrvatska ( Croatian German army). Otherwise they resemble the ordinary number plates under construction. Signs of the Military Police also begin and end at HV VP for Croat. vojna Policija (German army police).


Diplomatic plates are designed particularly striking. They show yellow text on a light blue background. At the beginning of first three digits indicating the country of origin, followed by the letters A ( Diplomatic Corps ), C (Consular corps ), E ( economic agent), M (foreign mission ) or P (Press). The sign ends with another three digits. Between the digits and the letter are respectively located hyphens. A two-line feature of the letter is placed to the right of the digits in the middle of the shield.


By 1918, today's Croatia was part of Austria -Hungary. The characteristics of the Dual Monarchy showed a letter in black ( Austria ) or red (Hungary ) and a sequential number. The belonging to Dalmatia Austria led the letter M, while C was for the Hungarian rest of the country. After the collapse of Austria -Hungary, Croatia became part of the later Yugoslavia and used henceforth Yugoslav license plates. With the reform of 1961, the partly still used today originated Region Codes.

Special case Krajina

During the Croatia war in 1991, the Republic of Serbian Krajina ( RSK ) proclaimed to approximately one third of the territory of today's Croatia. In this controlled by the RSK territory own license plates were issued in the early 1990s, which were very similar to the Yugoslav and Serbian- Montenegrin. They showed the region code consisting of two letters, followed by the stylized flag of the RSK and two groups of digits. With the integration of RSK in the Republic of Croatia in 1995 was converted to the Croatian system. Were used the codes BM ( Beli Manastir ), GN ( Glina ), KE ( Korenica ), KNN ( Knin ), MK ( Markušica ), OK ( Okučani ), VN ( Vojnić ) and VU ( Vukovar ). Military vehicles in the Serbian Krajina used flags that with the flag and the reduced Cyrillic letters СВК (SVK, vojska Krajine Srpska, Serbian Krajina Army ) including began. This was followed by another capital letter and four digits.

Registration districts

In Croatia there are 34 registration districts. These do not follow the division into counties ( of which there are 21).

Former Features