License plate (Czech Republic)
Current system from 2001
The current Czech registration system was introduced in 2001. The license plates begin with a combination of three characters, with the (first) letter denoting the region ( Kraj in Czech ). This is followed by a four-digit sequential number. The rear number plates also show two test badges between the two blocks.
Originally, a combination of number-letter-numbers was used at the beginning of the shield. In Prague, however, the combination 9A9 9999 was achieved at the end of 2008, so that since then license plates have been issued with another serial letter, starting with 1AA 0000. In 2009, the Central Bohemian Region followed with the license plates 1SA 0000 ff., In 2014 the South Moravian Region with 1BA 0000 ff. In 2015 the Moravian-Silesian region with 1TA 0000 ff. And in 2019 the Aussiger region with 1UA 0000 ff. Thus there are over three million possible combinations for each Kraj.
For two-wheelers, license plates are issued in which the first part only consists of a number and a letter for reasons of space.
Since joining the European Union in 2004, there is a blue band on the left edge of the license plate with the nationality symbol CZ and the European stars, making it one of the vehicle license plates with EU identification . Older signs show no further symbols.
|Abbreviation||Kraj||Administrative headquarters||German name|
|A.||Hlavní město Praha||Capital Prague|
|B.||Jihomoravský kraj||Brno||South Moravian Region|
|C.||Jihočeský kraj||České Budějovice||South Bohemian Region|
|E.||Pardubický kraj||Pardubice||Pardubice region|
|H||Královéhradecký kraj||Hradec Králové||Königgrätzer region|
|J||Kraj Vysočina||Jihlava||Highlands region|
|K||Karlovarský kraj||Karlovy Vary||Karlovy Vary Region|
|L.||Liberecký kraj||Liberec||Reichenberg region|
|M.||Olomoucký kraj||Olomouc||Olomouc region|
|P||Plzeňský kraj||Plzeň||Pilsen region|
|S.||Středočeský kraj||Praha||Central Bohemian Region|
|T||Moravskoslezský kraj||Ostrava||Moravian-Silesian Region|
|U||Ústecký kraj||Ústí nad Labem||Aussiger region|
|Z||Zlínský kraj||Zlín||Zlin region|
License plate types
Vehicles that are exported from the Czech Republic have white signs with a red field on the right-hand side with the validity information. They consist of a letter, two by two digits and an E . The blue bar on the left side is missing for these license plates.
License plate for electric vehicles
For vehicles with an electric drive, license plates are assigned with the letters EL at the beginning.
There are still various labels with green letters. From 2001 to 2006 they showed a letter and four digits. Since then, two more digits have appeared in front of the letter that code the region. A V (for Veterán ) indicates historical vehicles, during a test flag F have. Other temporary labels show the letter of the respective region.
Desired license plate
Since the beginning of 2016, vehicle owners can apply for a license plate of their choice. However, the letters G, CH, O, Q and W must not be used. Depending on the license plate, there is an additional fee of 5,000 kroner (approx. 185 euros) - a good 370 euros per vehicle.
Diplomatic license plates have shown dark blue letters on a white background since 2004. They begin with a three-digit number followed by the letters CD for the Corps Diplomatique , XX for technical staff or HC for honorary consuls . Two more digits follow. The signs do not give any information about the origin.
Marks of the armed forces
The system of military license plates was adopted from the old system of Czechoslovakia. At most, the visual appearance has been slightly modified several times over the years. The signs only show numbers. Usually the pattern 123 45-67 is used. Older license plates allow conclusions to be drawn about the year of manufacture of the vehicle by adding the number 50 to the first two digits, e.g. B. 312 45-87 = year of construction 1981 (31 + 50). The background of the shield is yellow on military vehicles, and white on other armed forces vehicles and military police (vojenská policie).
Old system (1960-2001)
In 1960 a registration system was introduced in Czechoslovakia , which allowed a regional allocation based on the districts (Czech. Okres ). In 1986 the appearance was changed slightly. After the disintegration of the ČSFR in 1993, the system was continued with small changes. The Slovakia introduced in 1997 its own system one, the Czech Republic until 2001. Czechoslovak license plates are valid in the Czech Republic still while they may no longer be used in Slovakia since of 2005.
The distinguishing signs of Czechoslovakia was CS (unofficially ČS for lish. Č esko s lovensko) and was replaced in 1993 by CZ and SK.
The signs began with two to three letters, of which the first two letters denoted the city or the district. An exception is the city of Prague , whose license plates begin with A. This was followed by two pairs of numbers separated by a hyphen.
Commercial vehicles, d. H. mainly trucks, received yellow signs. Older rear license plates on trucks and two-wheelers had beveled upper corners.
Trailer license plates had a different structure. The region code was located between the two pairs of digits.
blue and yellow signs
Foreign nationals' vehicles and diplomatic missions were given blue license plates with yellow letters. Diplomatic license plates began with DD while those of foreign nationals showed the common regional code. More recent license plates (after 1994) showed a much lighter background than earlier versions. Even today, CD and CC stickers in blue and yellow can be found on many vehicles of the diplomatic corps. Initially, the respective country of origin was coded on both types of signs, later versions no longer have any encryption.
The BI, CE and LI series are only in yellow, i. H. has been used for commercial vehicles. Evidence for the PC and US series is only known from motorcycles. The series FI, KR and OM were probably never issued, but only kept as a reserve.
|CB||České Budějovice||Ceske Budejovice|
|CE||České Budějovice||Ceske Budejovice|
|CL||Česká Lípa||Bohemian Leipa|
|GT||Gottwaldov until 1990, then ZL|
|GV||Gottwaldov until 1990, then ZL|
|JE||Jeseník from 1996||Freiwaldau|
|JN||Jablonec nad Nisou||Gablonz on the Neisse|
|N / A||After that||Nachod|
|RK||Rychnov nad Kněžnou||Reichenau an der Knieschna|
|SO||Sokolov||Falkenau on the Eger|
|UH||Uherské Hradiště||Hungarian Hradish|
|UL||Ústí nad Labem||Aussig|
|UO||Ústí nad Orlicí||Wild sword|
|US||Ústí nad Labem||Aussig|
|ZR||Žďár nad Sázavou||Saar|
Until 1918, today's Czech Republic belonged to Austria-Hungary and shared the license plate system with Austria . Czechoslovakia kept this system until 1932. 1932–1938 / 1939 and 1945–1953 there were only four regional distinctions, namely Č for Bohemia, M for Moravia, P for Prague, also S for Slovakia and R for Carpathian Ukraine. 1938 / 1939–1945 the Czech Republic was connected to the German registration system.