List of country codes on British diplomatic vehicle registration plates

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This is a list of country codes on British diplomatic car number plates, i.e. the first group of three numbers.

Since 1979, cars operated by foreign embassies, consular staff, and various international organisations have been given number plates with a distinguishing format of three numbers, one letter, three numbers. The letter is D for diplomats or X for accredited non-diplomatic staff.[1] The first group of three numbers identifies the country or organisation to whom the plate has been issued, the second group of three numbers is a serial number, starting at 101 for diplomats (although some embassies were erroneously issued 100), 400 for non-diplomatic staff of international organisations, and 700 for consular staff.[2]

Many foreign embassies have acquired vanity plates from historic British car numbering systems, for example BF 1 and BF 2 (Burkina Faso), IC 1 (Iceland), CHN 1 (China), BEL 12E (Belize), FIJ 1 (Fiji), 1 NWY (Norway), 1 HKG (General-Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office) etc.[3]

Embassies and High Commissions and International organisations[edit]

British diplomatic car plate being used for security reasons.
Number Country or Organization
101  Afghanistan
102  Algeria
103  Argentina
104 – 108  Australia
109  Austria
110  Bahamas
111  Bahrain
112  Bangladesh
113  Barbados
114  Belgium
115  Benin
116  Bolivia
117  Botswana
118 – 122  Brazil
123  Bulgaria
124  Burma
125  Burundi
126  Cameroon
127 – 131  Canada
132  Central African Republic
133  Chad
134  Chile
135  China
136  Colombia
137  Republic of the Congo
138  Costa Rica
139  Cuba
140  Cyprus
141  Czech Republic
142  Denmark
143  Dominican Republic
144  Ecuador
145 – 147  Egypt
148  El Salvador
149  Ethiopia
150  Fiji
151  Finland
152 – 156  France
157  Gabon
158  Gambia
159 – 163  Germany
164  East Germany
165  Ghana
166 – 167  Greece
168  Grenada
169  Guinea
170  Guyana
171  Haiti
172  Honduras
173  Hungary
174  Iceland
175 – 179  India
180  Indonesia
181 – 182  Iran
183 – 184  Iraq
185  Ireland
186 – 187  Israel
188 – 190  Italy
191  Ivory Coast
192  Jamaica
193  Japan
194 – 195  Jordan
196  Kenya
197  South Korea
198  Kuwait
199  Laos
200  Lebanon
201  Lesotho
202  Liberia
203  Libya
204  Luxembourg
205  Malawi
206  Malaysia
207  Mali
208  Malta
209  Mauritania
210  Mauritius
211  Mexico
212  Mongolia
213  Morocco
214    Nepal
215 – 217  Netherlands
218 – 219  New Zealand
220  Nicaragua
221  Niger
222 – 224  Nigeria
225  Norway
226  Oman
227 – 228  Pakistan
229  Panama
230  Papua New Guinea
231  Paraguay
232  Peru
233  Philippines
234  Poland
235  Portugal
236  Qatar
237  Romania
238  Rwanda
239 – 240  Saudi Arabia
241  Senegal
242  Seychelles
243  Sierra Leone
244  Singapore
245  Somalia
246 – 247  South Africa
248 – 252  Russia
253 – 255  Spain
256  Sri Lanka
257  Sudan
258  Swaziland
259  Sweden
260   Switzerland
261  Syria
262  Tanzania
263  Thailand
264  Togo
265  Tonga
266  Trinidad and Tobago
267  Tunisia
268  Turkey
269  United Arab Emirates
270 – 274  United States
275  Uruguay
276  Venezuela
277  Vietnam
278 – 279  Yemen
280  Serbia
281  Democratic Republic of the Congo (former  Zaire)
282  Zambia
283  Dominica
284  Monaco
285  Nauru
286  Saint Lucia
287  Uganda
288  Burkina Faso
289  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
290  Zimbabwe
291   Vatican City
292 East Caribbean
293  Belize
294  Brunei
295  Antigua and Barbuda
296  Angola
297  Guatemala
298  Mozambique
299  Namibia
300  Lithuania
301  Armenia
302  Slovenia
303  Latvia
304  Estonia
305  Croatia
306  Ukraine
307  Slovakia
309  Albania
312  Bosnia and Herzegovina
313  Uzbekistan
315  Kazakhstan
316  Georgia
321  Montenegro
350 – 399 May be used by any embassy for security reasons
600 – 649 May be used by visiting royalty on official vehicles
900 Commonwealth Secretariat
901 Council of Europe European Commission
902 Council of Europe Council of Europe
903 European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
904 European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
905 Council of Europe European Parliament
906 Inter-American Development Bank
907 International Maritime Organisation
908 International Cocoa Organisation
909 International Coffee Organisation
910 International Finance Corporation
911 International Labour Organisation
912 International Sugar Organisation
913 European Police College
914 International Whaling Commission
915 International Wheat Council
916 NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
917  United Nations
918 Western European Union
919 World Health Organization
920 Eastern Caribbean Commission
921 Joint European Torus
922 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
923 International Maritime Satellite Organisation
924 Commonwealth Foundation
925 International Maritime Organisation (Permanent Representative)
926 Commonwealth Telecommunications Bureau
927 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
928 Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau
929 International Lead and Zinc Corporation
930 Oslo and Paris Commissions
931 Joint European Torus
932 North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization
933 European Investment Bank
934 European Telecommunications Satellite Organisation
935 European School (Oxford)
936 African Development Bank
937 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
938 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
940 European Bioinformatics Institute
941 European Medicines Agency

References[edit]

  1. ^ Numberplates.net - DVLA issuing, URL accessed May 23, 2008
  2. ^ Chiltern Vehicle Preservation Group, Car Registration and Number Plates 1903-2003, p.7
  3. ^ Olav's Plates.com, URL accessed May 23, 2008

Newall, L.H. A History of Motor Vehicle Registration in the United Kingdom (2008 ed.). Newby Books. ISBN 978-1-872686-32-5. 

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