Vehicle registration plates of Ireland

Irish Car license plate, in the current format, starting in 1987 with the two - or three -digit year of Erstzulassungsdatums of the motor vehicle (eg 03 for 2003). 2013 for the first time a three-digit Jahrespräfix to the model 131 = January to June and was introduced 132 = July to December to avoid the unlucky number 13 on the signs. This is followed by the identification of the city or the county (eg G Galway ), then a number corresponding to the order of the marks awarded. At the upper edge of the plate is usually the name of the Irish county. The labels are designed as a Euro plate since 1991 and have black lettering on a white background. If a vehicle is sold to a different county, so it retains its mark.

Some vehicles do not have license plate according to the old system of the United Kingdom of 1904, certain of the origin code (index marks) for Ireland (see codes for Northern Ireland) were reserved. These markings consist of white letters on a black background, from 1969 black for reflective signs sign on a white background (front) or red background (back).

The license plate had the following scheme: CC NNN or NNN XCC, from 1969, NNN NNN CC or XCC, where CC is the source code, N is a digit and X is any letter. At least one of the two letters of the origin code was an I or a Z.

The old codes are given with the year of their first occurrence. Here, groups of additional letters are specified as a regular expression.

For temporary approvals of imported vehicles license plate shall be issued, which consist of the letters ZZ, usually followed by a five digit number.

For vehicles, thirty years of age or older, or import vehicles that are from the period before 1987, license plate can be issued on application that differ from the current system. These markings consist of the letters ZV followed by a three - to five -digit number. The number range provides information on the competent licensing authority and is specified in the table below. If a ZV- approval is not requested, the vehicle gets a mark upon the current scheme, about 52 -D -12 for a vehicle from 1952, which is registered in Dublin.

Comparatively unusual is the fact that car owners can also apply labels with custom fonts, because the Irish Department of Transportation has not set a specific font. The use of non- permitted colors or fonts difficult to read has now been regulated by law.

The mayors of the cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford have the privilege to wear the number 1 on the plate. So the Dublin mayor has, for example, the license plate number 131- D-1.