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The stars from the European Flag are featured in a blue band on most national plates.

Vehicle registration plates of the European Union are the mandatory number plates used to display the registration mark of a vehicle in the respective Member States. Most motor vehicles which are used on public roads are required by law to display them.

The common EU format of having a blue section on the left with EU stars and the country code was introduced by Council Regulation (EC) No 2411/98 of 3 November 1998 and entered into force on the 11 November 1998. It was based on a model registration plate which several member states had introduced, Ireland (1991),[1] Portugal (1992),[2] and Germany (1994).[3]

The EU format is optional in Finland, Sweden, Cyprus[4] and the United Kingdom. Denmark implement the EU format on a voluntary basis in 2009[5].

Within the United Kingdom, motorists with vehicles registered in Great Britain may use number plates featuring the national flag of England, Scotland and Wales, or alternatively the Union Flag, together with the code/name ENG/England/ENGLAND, SCO/Scotland/SCOTLAND, Wales/WALES or CYM/Cymru/CYMRU, GB/Great Britain/GREAT BRITAIN or UK/United Kingdom/UNITED KINGDOM respectively. Although not officially recognised outside the UK, they are authorised by the DVLA.[6] However, motorists with vehicles registered in Northern Ireland fall within the jurisdiction of the Driver & Vehicle Agency, which does not permit a similar scheme to operate in Northern Ireland; only the optional EU format, (featuring in this case the letters GB), being permitted.[7]



Member state Abbr. Example
 Austria A Austrian license plate.svg
 Belgium B Belgian license plate.svg
 Bulgaria BG Bulgaria-automobile-license-plate for eu.png
 Cyprus CY Cypriot license plate.svg
 Czech Republic CZ Czech license plate.svg
 Denmark DK DK common license plate 2009.svg
 Estonia EST Estonian license plate.svg
 Finland FIN Finnish license plate.svg
 France F UJntitled.png
 Germany D German license plate.svg
 Gibraltar GBZ Gibraltar-plate.jpg
 Greece GR Greek license plate.svg
 Hungary H Hungarian license plate.svg
 Ireland IRL Irish license plate.svg
 Italy I 360 spider plate.png
 Latvia LV Latvian license plate.svg
 Lithuania LT Lithuanian license plate.svg
 Luxembourg L Luxemburgian license plate.svg
 Malta M Maltese license plate.svg
 Netherlands NL Dutch license plate.svg
 Poland PL Polish license plate.svg
 Portugal P Portuguese license plate.svg
 Romania RO Romanian license plate.svg
 Slovakia SK Slovak license plate.svg
 Slovenia SLO Slovenian license plate.svg
 Spain E Spanish license plate.svg
 Sweden S Eecs00b.gif
 United Kingdom
United Kingdom Great Britain
GB British vehicle registration plate EU.PNG
 United Kingdom
United Kingdom Great Britain
GB British vehicle registration plate GB.PNG
 United Kingdom
United Kingdom Great Britain
UK British vehicle registration plate UK.PNG
 United Kingdom
United Kingdom Northern Ireland
GB British vehicle registration plate NI.PNG
 United Kingdom
ENG British vehicle registration plate ENG.PNG
 United Kingdom
SCO British vehicle registration plate SCO.PNG
 United Kingdom
Wales Cymru-Wales
CYM British vehicle registration plate CYM.PNG

Motorcycle plates

Member state Abbr. Example
 Slovenia SLO

Slopvenia moped number plate 2008.jpg

 United Kingdom
United Kingdom Great Britain

GB Motorcycle Number Plate.PNG

 Germany D Germany motorcycle registration plate 2008.gif
 Italy I Italy Euro Plate Bike.jpg
 France F Registration plate motorcycle France-EU.jpg
 Spain E Registration plate motorcycle Spain-EU.JPG
 Sweden S Registration plate motorcycle Sweden-EU.jpg
 Poland PL PL-DW5786.JPG
 Latvia LV Latvian bike number plate.png

See also




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