Vehicle registration plates of Denmark
Danish vehicle licence plates normally have two letters and five digits. The combination is simply a serial and has no connection with a geographic location, but the digits have number series based on vehicle type.
On the number combination one can see the type of a vehicle:
|Vehicle type||Serial range||Highest assigned serial letters
(without EU stripe)
|Highest assigned serial letters
(with EU stripe)
|Large mopeds||001 - 699||RV|
|Tractors||700 - 999||VU||DF|
|Trailers||10 00 - 29 99||YM||EF|
|Trailers and semi-trailers||55 00 - 99 99||PZ||HF|
|Small mopeds||5 500 - 9 999||XY|
|Motorcycles||10 000 - 18 999||HT||AW|
|Tractors||19 000 - 19 499||ML||EG|
|Common vehicles (rectangular format)||20 000 - 59 999||FC||JF|
|Common vehicles (square format)||60 000 - 75 999||DT||AF|
|Diplomatenfahrzeuge||76 000 - 76 999||AX||AF|
|Diplomatic vehicles||77 000 - 77 999||AN||AF|
|Trucks, buses, vans (rectangular format)||78 000 - 87 999||DH, privat: GA||AF, privat: FA|
|Trucks, buses, vans (square format)||88 000 - 97 999||XS, privat: GE||DG, privat: FK|
|Taxis (rectangular format)||98 000 - 99 699||JH||BF|
|Taxis (square format)||99 700 - 99 999||BN||AW|
||The grey stripe in these images represents the security hologram fitted to all new plates.|
||Such a vehicle may still be used for private purposes by paying a yearly tax (ca. 5000 DKK as of 2006).|
||Commercial vehicles that can also be used privately (this to make sure that nobody uses tax relieved vans (yellow plates) for personal use).|
|Diplomatic use||Blue plates with white text. The same format as the (old) format for private vehicles. Diplomatic plates do not feature the EU strip.||-|
|Historical||Black background, white text||Style used before 1976. For historical/antique vehicles, available upon special request. Plates representing 1950-1958 use only one prefix letter, with the letter corresponding to a Danish city or country.|
|Armed forces||(top-down): Army, Navy, Air Force, and the newer symbol common to all three branches.|
|Royal||The Queen's personal car used for official occasions only features a royal crown on a white background.|
|"Fixed" temporary plate||For the special use of vehicle manufacturers, importers, distributors or car repairers|
||These plates cost 6200 DKK per set as of 2006. 26 English letters, numbers and special characters like Ø, Æ, Å can be used in combination. The EU strip can be chosen optionally.|
|Ambulances and fire trucks||
||These plates employ the insignia of the local fire brigade between the serials; this insignia often features a version the local coat of arms|
Hearses are registered as yellow-plate cars (commercial use). The actual plates are, however, white (personal use), reflecting the view that the deceased is a passenger rather than commercial freight.
A new design with an EU stripe was expected in 2008, but has been delayed to 12 October 2009. This makes Denmark potentially the last EU country to adopt euro plates (Vehicle registration plates of Europe). The EU stripe is, however, currently optional. In preparation for the new design the font has been slightly condensed on some new plates issued since mid-2008. Since July 2009, buyers a of new car pick a license plate with or without an EU strip.
If a Danish registered vehicle does not have the plate with the EU stripe then it must be equipped with an approved oval DK-sign when driving abroad. If one drives both with a car and a caravan/trailer, both must bear the label. The sign shall be elliptical (oval) 175×115 mm, white background with black lettering. The letters must be 80 mm in height, the distance between them shall be 10 mm, and there shall be no advertising.
Cars registered in the Faroe Islands before 1996 have plates with white background, black text in Danish style, but with only one letter, F.
Cars registered after 1996 have white background, blue text in their own style, two letters and three digits. There is a blue stripe to the left with the Faroese flag and the code "FO". The Faroe Islands are outside the EU.
The plates have a white background, and black text in Danish style with two letters "GR". EU stripe is not displayed because Greenland is outside the EU.
- "PLADER PÅ PRØVE" (in Danish). Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Page from the Danish EU Information Centre (Danish)
- The Copenhagen post - 2 July 2009
- Media related to License plates of Denmark at Wikimedia Commons
- nrpl.dk - Comprehensive information about Danish license plates since their introduction