License plate (Latvia)
Latvian license plates have black letters on a white background. Since Latvia joined the European Union on May 1, 2004 , the twelve European stars and the letters LV are visible on the left. Before 2004, the Latvian national flag was displayed over the country identifier . This is followed by two letters, a hyphen and a combination of up to four digits (e.g. AB-1234). The license plates wereintroduced in 1994 and do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the origin of the vehicle.
In addition to the standard size of 520 × 110 mm, there is a shorter version (320 × 110 mm) and a two-line version (280 × 200 mm). The letters I, Q, W, X and Y are not used on standard signs. The font used is a slight modification of the German DIN font .
Variants of the license plates
- Desired license plate
Basically, the signs are assigned in ascending alphanumeric order. For a fee of up to 3560 euros (previously 2500 lats ), any desired number of up to eight characters are possible, which do not have to correspond to the structure of letters, hyphen and numbers. There are characteristics such as B. "COYOTE". The combination must consist of at least two characters and must not contain only numbers.
Some authorities use license plates with special combinations. For example, the President's security forces use the letters FD .
Taxis usually have yellow license plates starting with TE, TX, TQ, which deviate from the standard . Before the euro field was introduced on the left side, there was a small T over three dots.
License plates for trailers only show one letter before the hyphen.
Motorcycles have scaled-down two-line number plates in the format 240 × 130 mm (over 125 cm³) or 160 × 130 mm (under 125 cm³). The combinations TA, TB, TC, TD, TF and TG followed by three or four digits are used.
Two-wheelers with a displacement of up to 50 cm³ receive signs measuring 130 × 160 mm. They originally showed a letter and three digits. In the meantime the third digit has been replaced by another serial letter.
License plates for dealers have red lettering on a white background. They consist of a letter indicating the type of vehicle, a combination of numbers and a number at the end that encodes the year of validity (e.g. 4 for 2014). With older signs, this number is shown reduced and increased.
- Temporary license plates
Marks with a limited validity, like normal signs, consist of two letters and four digits. There is a red bar on the right edge. The signs start with T or X .
Badges for diplomatic missions in Latvia show black letters on a red background. They begin with the letters CC for Corps Consulaire , CD for Corps Diplomatique or C for other personnel. This is followed by three or four digits, the first two of which make statements about the country of origin. The blue bar on the left side of these signs is missing.
- Armed forces
- Riga airport
Since Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940 and again in 1944/1945 (license plates with the abbreviation LS were used during the German occupation of Latvia ), the Soviet license plate system was in effect during this time (until 1991) . The letters ЛА and ЛТ were issued for the Latvian SSR . From 1991 to 1994, Soviet-style license plates were given with the Latin letters LA .