Vehicle registration plates of Israel
An Israeli vehicle registration plate, or an Israeli license plate, is a vehicle registration plate, a metal or plastic plate or plates attached to a motor vehicle or trailer, used in Israel for official identification purposes.
Israeli registration plates are issued by various approved licensing firms, like Dinamometer, and according to Specification no. 327 of the Standards Institute of Israel.
Most regulations regarding Israeli vehicle registration plates are listed among the transport regulations, issued by the Ministry of Transportation. These regulations define the proper placement of the plates, as well as other issues concerning the usage of the plates.
Civil registration plates
Israeli civil registration plates are rectangular with reflecting yellow background and embossed with black registration number. Under the first dash of the registration number (see below form of registration numbers) there is a stamp of approval of the Standards Institute of Israel. On the left side of the plate there is a euroband embossed with the Israeli flag and beneath it the letters "IL" and Israel written in Hebrew and Arabic. Old plates do not hold this euroband.
In American standard plates, the digits are narrower and the blue rectangle is at the bottom of the plate, as the letters are to the right of the flag.
Current civil registration numbers consist of seven digits, which are separated by dashes: one between the second and third digits and another between the fifth and sixth digits. Older registration numbers, which are still seen in Israel, consist of five or six digits with one dash placed prior to the last three digits. Usually, vehicles of the same importer or brand have the two last digits in common. Special numbers consisting of identical digits or other patterns, may be granted as a premium by the dealership.
While the vehicle registration numbers of taxis in Israel always end with either 25 or 26, the last two digits of buses vary, although many end with 01. Many self-imported cars end with 00, as well as many trucks. Plate numbers ending with 4x and 9x are currently not in use.
Antique vehicles, which in Israel are vehicles over 30 years of age, may be specifically registered and carry special registration plates, which in addition to the registration number contain the words "Rehev Asfanut" (lit. "collectibles" vehicle). These vehicles, exempt from annual registration costs, may not be driven before 9am. Since February 2011, self-imported antique vehicles are allocated a number plate with the 55 suffix.
Registration Plates’ Suffixes in Israel
The use of the 7-digit registration plate in Israel began in 1980. The 2 last digits of the number, referred to as its suffix, have special meaning. In the eighties, the suffix indicated the vehicle’s manufacturing year (80-89). In 1990 this rule was changed, and the suffix was determined according to the car’s dealer or brand, when each dealer or brand was given a suffix, sometimes sharing the same suffix with other dealers or brands. This rule was gradually changed starting from 2000, and the suffix started to indicate the vehicle’s manufacturing year again (although not according to a general rule as in the eighties) as well as dealer or brand.
The following table details the registration plates’ suffixes in Israel against the vehicle’s manufacturing year and the car’s dealer or brand. The table details private and small commercial cars only. It does not indicate suffixes that were allocated to the Palestinian Authority in the past.
A list of Israel’s car dealers and the brands they import follows this table.
|00||Self imported vehicles, all brands, since 1990. Mercedes|
|01||2005||Colmobil (Dealer), Lubinsky (Dealer), busses, 2-wheel vehicles|
|04||1990-1997||Lubinsky (Dealer), Hyunday, Daihatsu|
|05||1990-1995||Samlat (Dealer), Automotive Equipment Group (Dealer), Jaguar, Ford|
|06||1990-1995||UMI (Dealer), Meir (Dealer), Carasso (Dealer), Kamor (Dealer)|
|07||1990-1995||Champion (Dealer), Daihatsu, Daewoo|
|08||1990-1997||UMI (Dealer), Meir (Dealer), Kamor (Dealer), Rover|
|09||1990-1996||Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Skoda, Mazda, Toyota, Lada|
|14||2006||All Manufacturers. Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-14)|
|15||Self import vehicles, re-registration (until 2005), heavy vehicles.|
|1995-1999||Lubinsky (Dealer), Carasso (Dealer), Daewoo|
|2005||Champion (Dealer), Delek Motors (Dealer)|
|17||1995-1999||UMI (Dealer), Meir (Dealer), Mitsubishi, Hyunday|
|1999-2004||Jaguar, Rover, Land Rover|
|18||1996-2000||UMI (Dealer), Champion (Dealer)|
|19||1995-1999||UMI (Dealer), Delek Motors (Dealer), Automotive Equipment Group (Dealer), Daewoo, Daihatsu, Toyota|
|21||Since 1980||Diplomatic vehicle (with "CD" at the left) or Consulate vehicle (with "CC" at the left), white background, all manufacturers|
|22||Since 1980||Diplomatic vehicle (with "CD" at the left) or Consulate vehicle (with "CC" at the left), white background, all manufacturers|
|25||Since 1986||Taxi, all manufacturers|
|26||Since 2013||Taxi, all manufacturers|
|27||1996-2000||Fiat, Kia, Suzuki, Mazda|
|28||1996-2002||Automotive Equipment Group (Dealer)|
|1995-1998||Delek Motors (Dealer), Mercedes|
|2000-2001||Delek Motors (Dealer), Carasso (Dealer)|
|2014||Hyunday, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Alfa Romeo, Fiat|
|31||2014||Honda, Mercedes, Kia, Volvo|
|32||2014||Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, Isuzu, Suzuki|
|33-34||Not in use|
|37-49||Not in use|
|55||1985||All Manufacturers, mostly commercial vehicles|
|Re-registration of "collectibles" vehicle in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-55)|
|56||1986||All Manufacturers, mostly commercial vehicles|
|57||1987||All Manufacturers, mostly commercial vehicles|
|2005||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-57)|
|58||1988||All Manufacturers, mostly commercial vehicles|
|59||1989||All Manufacturers, mostly commercial vehicles|
|Since 2007||Hamizrach (Dealer)|
|2006||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-60)|
|2007||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-61)|
|2009||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-68)|
|2009-2010||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-69)|
|2011||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-71)|
|2011-2012||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-72)|
|2012-2013||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-73)|
|2013||Re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-74)|
|2013||Subaru, re-registration in case the first (left-most) digit is 9. (9X-XXX-75)|
|77||1990-2003||Government vehicle. After the vehicle left government service it received re-registration plate|
|90-99||Not in use|
Vehicle Dealers in Israel
|UMI Universal Motors Israel||Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, Isuzu, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, Saab. Until 2011 UMI imported Opel.|
|Delek Motors||Mazda, Ford. Since 2011 Delek Motors imports BMW and Mini as well.|
|Kamor||Until 2011 Kamor imported BMW and Mini.|
|Lubinsky||Peugeot, Citroen. Since 2011 Lubinsky imports MG as well.|
|Champion Motors||Audi, Folkswagen, Seat, Skoda|
|Carasso Motors||Renault, Nissan, Infinity|
|Meir||Honda, Volvo, Jaguar|
|Samlat - Cars Agency for the Mediterrenean||Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth. Until 2008 Samlat imported Kia as well.|
|Telcar||Daihatsu, Ssangyong. Since 2008 Telcar imports Kia as well.|
|Colmobil||Mitsubishi, Hyunday, Mercedes, Smart|
|Hamizrach||Landrover, Rover. Since 2011 Hamizrach imports GreatWall as well.|
|Automotive Equipment Group||Suzuki, Chrysler/Jeep, Dodge, Porsche|
|Shlomo||Since 2011 Shlomo imports Opel|
Other registration plates
- Police registration plates are rectangular with red background and embossed with white registration number. Police registration numbers consist of the letter Mem (מ), representing the word "Mishtara" (police) and the number, which is issued according to the seniority of the car holder. The number of the main car of the General commissioner of the Israel Police is 1.
- Registration plates of Military service vehicles are rectangular with black background and embossed with a white registration number. Military registration numbers consist of the letter Tsade (צ), representing the word "Tsava" (military) and several digits. Alternatively, the plate might be painted on the vehicle.
- Military Police registration plates are rectangular with blue background and embossed with white registration number. Military Police registration numbers consist of the letters Mem and Tsade, representing the words "Mishtara Tsva'it" (military police) and several digits.
- Diplomatic Corps/Consular Corps registration plates are rectangular with white background and embossed with black registration number. Diplomatic/Consular Corps registration numbers consist of the letters CD/CC (respectively) and seven digits—the last two of them are 21 or 22. Private vehicles owned by a member of a diplomatic/consular mission and originally brought from the member's country of origin do not consist of the letters CD/CC, but the last two digits remain 21 or 22. Honorary consuls' vehicles carry plates consisting of the letters CC without the final digits of 21 or 22, even though the vehicle is registered under a civil registration number.
Regulations no. 300-301 state that every vehicle registered in Israel must carry two registration plates, installed on the front and rear ends of the vehicle (one on each) in the designated places by the manufacturer, or otherwise determined by the Licensing Authority. Motorcycles, trailers, semi-trailers, bicycles and tricycles must carry one plate only, installed on the rear end.
Registration plates must always be clean and must not be obscured by freight.
A damaged or vandalized registration plate must be replaced with a new one.
It is prohibited to remove a plate except for its replacement. It is also prohibited to add details to a plate, change its color or blur it.
A vehicle registered in Israel is allowed to carry Israeli plates only.
A registration plate in a motor vehicle must be illuminated, so it can be read from a distance of 20 meters (66 feet) in daylight and fair weather.
Electronic toll collection
When driving on an electronic toll collection route in Israel like Highway 6, the vehicle registration plate is electro-optically read at the entrance and exit from the route. Later, a clerk will manually enter the data into the database and subsequently, an invoice sent to the address of the owner of the vehicle, as it is registered in the database of the Ministry of Transportation.
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- Collectible cars on the Israeli ministry of transportation site (Hebrew)
- Israeli MOT site, 55 suffix allocated to antique cars (Hebrew)
- The table is based on statistical research that was based on a sample of 2,105 used cars data from used cars trading web sites YAD2 and WinWin (Hebrew)
- Re-registration: Self import, former taxi, former government vehicle, former Ministry of Defence vehicle, former military vehicle, former police vehicle
- Israel MOT site, 26 suffix allocated to taxis (Hebrew)
- Transportation Regulations, 1961, regulations 300-301
- ibid, reg. 301
- ibid, reg. 302
- ibid, reg. 303
- ibid, reg. 305
- ibid, reg. 343
- Highway 6 constructing company website
- Israeli Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety (English)
- Highway 6 operating company website (Hebrew)