Vehicle registration plates of the Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic are currently license plate in two different systems in use. Firstly, the Czechoslovak system used since 1960 and on the other hand, introduced in 2001 Czech signs.

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Current System from 2001

The current Czech designation system was introduced in 2001. The marks begin with a combination of three characters for the (first) letter indicates the region ( Czech Kraj ). This is followed by a four-digit sequential number. Rear number plates show between the two blocks also two test plates. Originally a combination of number - letter - number was at the beginning of the label used. In Prague the end of 2008, however, the combination 9A9 9999 was reached, so since tags are issued with a further series letters, beginning with 1AA 0001. In 2009, the Central Bohemian circle followed with the marks 1SA 0001 et seq Thus, there is for each Kraj a total of three million possible combinations. For two-wheelers tags are issued, in which the first part for reasons of space only consists of a number and a letter.

Since joining the European Union in 2004 is at the left edge of the plate is a blue band with the distinguishing signs of CZ and the stars of Europe and is one of the license plate with European Union identification. Older plates show no further symbolism.


Indicator species

Vehicles that are exported from the Czech Republic, have white signs that show on the right side a red box with the validity period specified. They consist of a letter, two by two digits and an E. With these characteristics is missing the blue bar on the left.

There are still various plate with green text. They showed from 2001 to 2006 a letter and four digits. Since then two more digits that encode the region appear before the letter. A V ( for Veteran's ) featuring historic cars, while test plates shall have an F. Any other temporary marks show the letter of each region.

Diplomatic show since 2004 dark blue writing on a white background. You start with a three-digit number followed by the letters CD for the Corps Diplomatique, XX for technical staff or HC for honorary consuls. This is followed by another two digits. The signs give no information about the origin.

The systematics of the military license plate was taken from the old system of Czechoslovakia. Possibly the visual appearance has been slightly modified over the years, several times. The signs point to only digits. In general, the pattern 123 45-67 is used. Older license plates allow conclusions on the year of the vehicle by the first two digits of the number 50 added together, eg 312 45-87 = Year 1981 (31 50). When using vehicles of the Army of the background of the shield is yellow, with other vehicles of the armed forces and the military police ( Vojenská policie ) white.

Old system

1960 designation system was introduced in Czechoslovakia, which allowed regional assignment on the basis of the districts ( tschech. Okres ). In 1986, the appearance was slightly altered. After the disintegration of the CSFR 1993, the system was continued with minor changes. Slovakia is a private system introduced in 1997, the Czech Republic until 2001. Czechoslovak number plates are in the Czech Republic is still valid, while they may not be used in Slovakia since 2005.

The distinguishing signs of Czechoslovakia was CS ( unofficially ČS for Cz Československo ) and replaced in 1993 by CZ and SK.

The signs began initially with two to three letters, one of which referred to the city or the county, the first two letters. An exception is the city of Prague that begin with A license plate. It was followed by two numbers separated by a hyphen pairs. Commercially used vehicles, that is, mostly trucks, were yellow signs. Older rear registration plate of trucks and two-wheelers had beveled upper corners.

Trailer license plate had a different structure. The Region Codes was located here between the two digit pairs.

Vehicles of foreign nationals and diplomatic missions were blue license plates with yellow letters assigned. Diplomatic started with DD while those of foreign nationals, the normal regional symbol showed. Younger Plate ( after 1994 ) showed a much lighter base than previous versions. Even today can be found on many vehicles of the diplomatic corps CD or CC sticker in blue and yellow color scheme. Initially the respective country of origin was coded on two signs types, later versions have no encryption on more.


The series BI, CE and LI are in yellow, that is, been used for commercially used vehicles. From the series PC and U.S. are evidence known only to motorcycles. The series FI, KR and OM are probably never issued, but was only kept as a reserve.