Vehicle registration plates of Cyprus
The vehicle registration plates of Cyprus are composed of three letters and three digits (e.g. ABC 123). A simple incremental numbering system is used; numbers run from 1 to 999 per letter sequence (alphabetic), so that, for example, the plate to be issued after MAA 999 would be MAB 1. However, registrants may be allowed to choose a number from available numbers in the extant letter sequence.
The exact permitted dimensions of Cypriot plates are similar to their British counterparts and characters are printed in black and in the same typeface as used on British plates. Plates from 2004 onwards are made of metal; between 1973 and 2004, they were made of plastic.
A new law on vehicle registration plates came into force on 3 June 2013, altering the design. Plates made before that date are white on the front of the vehicle and yellow on the rear, whereas new plates are white both on the front and the rear and, in addition, carry the month and year the vehicle was first registered in any country. Replacing old plates with new ones has been made mandatory for motorcycles, taxis and lorries. Taxi plates are yellow on both sides and rental car plates are red on both sides, but no longer carry the T and Z prefix, respectively.
Following Cyprus' entry to the European Union in 2004, plates produced since have a blue band on the left edge with the Union's circle and stars in the top half and the country's international vehicle registration code (CY) in the bottom half.
Style and numbering
Northern Cyprus civilian number plates are composed of 2 letters and 3 numbers, e.g. AB 123. Front plates are white, rear plates are yellow, both bordered in red. Rental car plates are red with black writing, in the form ZHZ 123. Government vehicles (those belonging to the government and the council) are 3 letters and 3 or 4 numbers long, always beginning with RHA e.g. RHA 123. Taxi plates are prefixed with T. Diplomatic vehicles are in the same format as civilian vehicles, only on a green plate. The armed forces' vehicles are numerical, on a small numberplate, such as 8012352. Two sizes are available: 15×30 or 11×52 cm.
- Mike Moorby. "Registration Plate Law from June 2013". CyprusDriving. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Media related to License plates of Cyprus at Wikimedia Commons