Corps Consulaire

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Corps Consulaire (abbreviation CC , French for Consular Corps ) is the name for all consular employees of a state.

The term is to be distinguished from the expression Corps Diplomatique (abbreviation CD , French for Diplomatic Corps) , which includes the diplomats of an embassy .

License Plate

License plate of the Corps Consulaire


In Germany , vehicles serving consular institutions are identified by oval stickers with the letters CC (Corps consulaire). Consulate vehicles are marked with the registration district and a number between 900 and 999, 9000 and 9999 and 90000 and 99999. Around 4,000 vehicles with special diplomatic IDs are currently registered in Germany, 2,830 of them in Berlin .

Honorary consuls , on the other hand, have a normal civil registration number, but are also allowed to attach the identification with the additional CC plate to their vehicle.


In Austria , the vehicle registration numbers for members of the consular corps are structured as follows: First there is a letter that indicates the federal state in which the consular mission concerned is located:

B - Burgenland
G - Steiermark (actually ST , but G is used here for Graz )
K - Carinthia
N - Lower Austria
O - Upper Austria
S - Salzburg
T - Tyrol
V - Vorarlberg
W - Vienna

This is followed by another letter, which indicates the consular status: K (consul), followed by a hyphen and finally a consecutive number.


GK-1 for a consul in Styria


In Switzerland , vehicles belonging to members of the consular corps have a license plate issued by the canton where the consulate is located, based on the following pattern:

CC, in white letters in a green field, followed by the canton abbreviation and two numbers, of which the second number identifies the sending country and the first number is a serial number for the vehicles of this country.

Other countries