Vehicle registration plates of the Netherlands

Dutch license plates are vehicle- bound, that is, they are not re-allocated to new owners. The nationality code is NL.

Current System

Dutch plates are generally composed of three separate groups of strokes by one to three letters or numbers. Except for semi-trailer (since 2002) or special mark vowels are (from Side Code 4 ) is not used to avoid word formations; from Side Code 7 this is also true for the letter Y. The letters C and Q are not used (except for CD), since they could be confused with the digit 0. In all Side -code series SA and SD were not used only in the SS Side Code 2 to avoid memories of the Second World War.

Since 1951, the origin is no longer recognizable to the mark. Normal registration plates had white letters on a dark blue background and 1976-1977 white font on something lighter blue background; this is true even for historic vehicles from this period.

Since 1978 regular markings have black letters on a yellow background.

On 1 February 2000, the Euro plate were introduced. Mark without Euro band could be exchanged while keeping the number combination to 2003.

With the introduction of the Euro plate mark duplicates (eg lost license plate) marked as such by a small number (1 for first duplicate, 2 for second, etc.). This is usually located at the normal number plates to the first hyphen in other formats indicator but the position is different from.

Indicator species

License plate for trailers up to 750 kg, repeat identifications (eg for bike carrier ), temporary marks (eg by theft of the original) and export license plates have black text on a white background without Euro band.

Since December 2000, vehicles for the transport taxi license plate with black text on a light blue background.

Since February 2001, trade plates black text on a light green background.


Based on the group combinations ( Side codes) can usually be derived the age of the vehicle; However, certain combinations of special abbreviations are used (each year of introduction ):


  • From September 2005, the Side codes 7, 9 and 10 were introduced for motorbikes and mopeds. The Side Code 8 was not used with them until now.
  • If the other side codes have been used up, the codes are 7 side to output 10 for the other categories of vehicle. So far, this concerns the Side Code 7 for cars and Side codes 7-9 for trucks weighing up to 3.5 tonnes.
  • The Side codes 7 to 10 vowels and letter combinations that are reminiscent of the Second World War, or other acronyms with a negative or obscene connotation are used, such as GVD ( expletive), NSB, TBS ( preventive detention ), SS and SD. Currently, the consonants C and Q is not used, M and W only for vehicle classification.

For more information, particularly on the respective registration year, and a more accurate class list, taking into account rare letter groups are located in the Product Nomenclature of vehicle number plates (Netherlands).

Vehicle categories

The first letter of the first group of letters is used in some Side codes for vehicle categories, which, however, can vary:

  • B trucks over 3.5 t ( Bedrijfswagens ) ( Side codes 1, 4, 5, 7 to 10), lorries up to 3.5t ( Side codes 3 and 6)
  • M motorcycles ( engines )
  • O semitrailer ( opleggers ) (since September 2002)
  • V trucks up to 3.5 tonnes ( vrachtwagen )
  • W for trailers from 751 kg ( aanhangwagens ) (since September 2002)

With the introduction of new side code, the above categorizations are maintained; added the following categorizations:

  • D, F mopeds and mopeds
  • L agricultural vehicles ( Landbouw ) ( at a later stage )

The remaining allocated consonants (G, H, J, K, L (currently), N, P, R, S, T, X and Z) are used for the passenger car category.

Additional Features

License plate with the letter combinations

  • AA plates for vehicles of the Royal House
  • CDJ vehicles from the International Court of Justice

Consist of this group of letters followed by a maximum of three digits (eg AA -12, CDJ -23)

  • CD diplomatic license plates ( to 1991 as AA or CDJ )

( 99 is the example of a group of two digits ) in the following combinations:

  • CD 99-99 (higher diplomatic rank )
  • 99 - CD -99 ( members of international organizations with diplomatic status )

Certain groups of letters associated with the side code 1, 2 and 3:

  • BN, GN ( buitenlander in Nederland, Nederlander Geen ) years indicator for Exempt Vehicles for Export ( until January 31, 2000 in addition last year of validity in red square, groups of figures 00-01 to 79-99, 69-99 since 1995 ); Plates for vehicles of the personnel of the diplomatic or consular corps ( groups of digits 80-00, 1995 70-00 until 88-99 ); Plates for vehicles under " special circumstances " ( groups of digits 89-00 to 89-99 ); Flag for temporarily exempt vehicles (digit groups 90-00 to 99-99 )
  • BO foreign-registered trailer, not requiring a license plate there (eg UK, Luxembourg ), but drawn by a Dutch motor vehicle
  • GV ( GrensVerkeer ) for which no indicator is agricultural motor vehicles that are used across borders in the Netherlands but requires
  • HA ( Handelaren ), HF, FH trade plates for motor vehicles
  • HH mopeds that are used abroad for which no indicator is required but in the Netherlands. With the introduction of permanent moped signs on September 1, 2005, these codes are not output.
  • KL Koninklijke land power, KM Koninklijke Marine, KN, KO, KP, KR, KS, KT, KV, KW, KX, KZ, LM Koninklijke Luchtmacht military vehicles
  • OA trade plates for trailers
  • ZZ motor vehicles that do not meet the listing requirements (very old, over wide crane trucks, etc. )

Certain letters in conjunction with two sets of numbers:

  • A, E, H, K, L, N, P, S, T, V, W, X days indicator for trips to authorization or technical investigation
  • Z weekly indicator for import or export vehicles

Export vehicles with Dutch street legal get license plate with black lettering on a white background, which consisted of two groups of three digits and letters. These marks are not always marked. They are the simplicity of prefabricated glued adhesive letters and numbers on a piece of cardboard. The new export codes have a number and two letters after the hyphen and another three digits.

Simpler theft protection

For some time, the vehicle owner can be the hallmark in all windows of the vehicle engrave ( sandblasting technique ). The engraving has about 5 cm wide and 1 cm in height and is located at the bottom of each glass piece. Since the Dutch flag are vehicle- bound, this represents a very simple and effective theft protection, which also happens to be relatively safe from fakes. Another indicator for stolen vehicles thus falls easily. Professional car slides created by the engraving significantly more effort by exchanging all glass parts. Whether it comes to problems when engraved vehicles are sold abroad, is currently unknown.

1958-1978 (temporary code)

For temporary license plate, there were 1958 to 1978 a letter-number combination. The letters were in different places in this combination show up and gave to the province.

The provinces:

  • A Friesland
  • E Groningen & Drenthe
  • H Overijssel
  • K North Holland
  • L Holland
  • N Zealand
  • P Utrecht
  • S Gelderland
  • T North Brabant
  • V Limburg


Until 1951, the origin could be seen with the Dutch flag. From 1905 to 1951, the Dutch license plates were white on black. They consisted of one or two letters for the province as well as a number; both were divided from each other by a dash.

The provinces:

  • A Groningen
  • B Friesland
  • D Drenthe
  • E Overijssel
  • G, GX, GZ North Holland
  • H, HX, HZ South Holland
  • K Zeeland
  • L Utrecht
  • M Gelderland
  • N North Brabant
  • P Limburg
  • R overseas departments