Vehicle registration plates of Estonia

Estonian License Plate ( Estonian: numbrisilt or numbrimärk ) consist generally of three numbers and three letters. The system of Estonian license plate is modeled on the Swedish that looks similar. Just like in Sweden, the tags are not tied to the person of the owner and their residence, but to the vehicle.

Besides the usual signs in the European standard size from 520mm x 110mm, there are flags in U.S. size ( 302mm × 152mm ) with only two numbers and three letters, as well as shortened bicycle signs ( 177mm × 101mm ) with only two digits and letters. By 2001, marks were two lines for motorcycles.

The current system was introduced after re- independence of Estonia in 1991 and has since changed slightly. Black 1993, the previously interrupted at the sides of the framework has been replaced by a solid. During the first letter originally recorded the place of registration, only marks whose number block with T ( in Tartu ), M ( in Tallinn and Harju County ) or A and B since the mid- 1990s began ( in the other regions of Estonia ) output. Furthermore, the letters H and Z for shorter plates are used in U.S. size. Since Estonia joined the European Union on 1 May 2004 marks will be issued showing the sign on the left edge of a blue ribbon with the letters EST and the twelve stars of Europe. By 2006, separated by a TÜV - color box number and letter block, the TÜV - control is exercised but now digitally as well as in Sweden.

For an additional fee you can (for example, "777 XXX" ) order as license plates a desired combination of three digits and three letters, for higher fees and a free combination (for example, his own name ).

Additional Features

License plate for trailers up to 2008 showed three digits, only two letters and were slightly shorter than the indicator for cars Nowadays they resemble the series indicator with three numbers and three letters. However, the letter block begins with YH, with signs in U.S. size with H.

Special groups of vehicles such as tractors or quads mark upon the pattern "1234 Tx". As a rule, these are signs for two-line.

Mark -to-sample and testing purposes start with the word PROOV (German sample), followed by a sequential number.

Temporary signs show red text on a white background. They consist of two letters and four digits.

Mopeds get with black writing since 2011 green license plates. They show three digits and a letter.

Estonian diplomatic license plates have a blue background and white label. They show the letters CD ( Diplomatic Corps ) or AT ( Attaché ) followed by up to four digits. Private vehicles, the Ambassador show the letters CMD. The first two digits indicate in each case the sending country.

Foreigners living in Estonia, get yellow license plate with black lettering. The letters block begins here with EA.

Historic vehicles have black marks. They show in white writing a letter and a maximum of four digits.

For vehicles at sporting events such as Rallies participate, red number plates with white letters SP and a number were established in 2011.

Characteristic of the Estonian Defence Forces show black background and white inscription, the letters in block always starts with e.

The vehicle of the Estonian President contributes only the national emblem on the license plate.


New classification

(first letter of the number pad )

  • A ( from 1991) and B (from August 2007): Districts of Estonia without listed for M and T districts
  • M: Tallinn and Harju County
  • T: Tartu

Old classification

Until the mid- 1990s, the first letter of the block letters gave to the county or the city.


The first unified designation system was introduced in Estonia in 1929. The signs showed initially a letter for the appropriate region followed by a maximum of four digits. It has white text on a black background used. Military license plate showed the reverse color scheme and started K for Kaitseministeerium ( Defense).

1933, the system was reformed. From now on, the black and white color scheme changed annually. In just a few years was white, used in odd black background. The existing scheme with region letter and number sequence was supplemented by a two-digit year in the top left corner. Among them was a yellow stamp with the corresponding approving authority and the symbol EV for Eesti Vabariik (Republic of Estonia). 1938, the system was modified again by the year now appeared above a hyphen between letters and numbers.

Between 1918 and 1940, Estonia was divided in three cities and 11 counties.

With occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union in 1941, black signs were introduced to the model ER 12-34. During the Nazi occupation of German license plate to 1944 were awarded with the recognition letters RO for Reich Commissariat Ostland. As a result of the recent Soviet conquest was resorted to the scheme from 1941, this time with the Cyrillic letters ЗТ beginning. Since 1947, regular Soviet license plates were assigned. The Estonian SSR initially received the recognition letters ЗС, later ЕА.