Vehicle registration plates of Taiwan

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In Taiwan, all motor vehicles are required to register and display its vehicle registration plates. The plates are issued and managed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MoTC). The vehicle registration numbers in Taiwan contains Latin alphabets (A to Z), Arabic numerals (0 to 9) and dash (–); some special types also contains Chinese characters.

Types of number plate[edit]

Taiwan's current number plate system uses Latin letters with Arabic numerals. There are many types of number plate used in Taiwan, they are:

Ordinary vehicles Temporary or testing Special usage
No. Name Chinese No. Name Chinese No. Name Chinese
1 Plate of heavy
vehicles
大型汽車號牌 6 Temporary plate
of vehicles
汽車臨時號牌 11 Plate of embassies 使字汽車號牌
2 Plate of light
vehicles
小型汽車號牌 7 Temporary plate
of motorcycles
機車臨時號牌 12 Plate of consulates 領字汽車號牌
3 Plate of heavy-duty
motorcycles
重型機車號牌 8 Temporary plate
of trailers
拖車臨時號牌 13 Plate of
foreign affairs
外字汽車號牌
4 Plate of light-duty
motorcycles
輕型機車號牌 9 Testing plate
of vehicles
汽車試車號牌 14 Plate of
heavy machines
動力機械牌證
5 Plate of trailers 拖車號牌 10 Testing plate
of motorcycles
機車試車號牌
  • The military vehicles (plate) are not managed by the MoTC.
  • Until January 1, 2007, plates were identified as having been issued under the jurisdiction of either Taiwan Province, Taipei City, Kaohsiung City, Kinmen County or Lienchiang County. Since that time, the legends identifying the place of issuance have been removed—plates display only registration numbers—but the plates are still issued separately by each jurisdiction.
Plates issued prior to January 1, 2007, carried a legend indicating the jurisdiction of issuance—here Taiwan Province (台灣省).
Motorcycle plate of the province of Taiwan
  • On December 17, 2012, Taiwanese government started issuing new registration plates. The main changes are: add an additional digit and enhance the security features of the plate.

Light vehicles[edit]

The definition of light vehicles in Taiwan is: Motor vehicles having a permissible maximum weight NOT exceeding 3,500 kg and NOT more than nine seats including the driver's seat.

Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Class Notes
ABC-5678 AB-0001
0001-AB
Ordinary light
vehicles
Private cars or light trucks not for commercial uses.
EBC-5678 Ordinary light
electrical vehicles
Private electrical cars or light trucks not for commercial uses.
This kind of plate has green ridges on the top and bottom sides, with white words "電動車" on the top side.
RAA-5678 AA-6688
8866-AA
Rental light
vehicles
Cars or light trucks for rental uses.
REA-5678 Rental light
electrical vehicles
Electrical cars or light trucks for rental uses.
This kind of plate has green ridges on the top and bottom sides, with white words "電動車" on the top side.
WAB-5678 Ordinary light
vehicles for
the disabled
Private cars for the disabled.
WEA-5678 Ordinary light
electrical vehicles
for the disabled
Private electrical cars for the disabled.
This kind of plate has green ridges on the top and bottom sides, with white words "電動車" on the top side.
TBC-567 YA-001
001-YA
Business light
passenger
vehicles
Taxis.
ETC-567 Electrical business
light passenger
vehicles
Electrical Taxis.
This kind of plate has green ridges on the top and bottom sides, with white words "電動車" on the top side.
QAB-123 HA-001
001-HA
Business light
trucks
Small trucks, cargo vehicles for commercial uses.
The same pattern also applied to the heavy trucks.

Heavy vehicles[edit]

The definition of light vehicles in Taiwan is: Motor vehicles having a permissible maximum weight exceeding 3,500 kg and/or more than nine seats including the driver's seat.

Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Class Notes
PAA-567 TA-001
001-SA
Ordinary heavy
passenger vehicles
Private buses not for commercial uses.
AAA-123 Ordinary heavy
trucks
Private heavy trucks not for commercial uses.
CA-123 SA-01
01-SA
Ordinary Trailers Coupling with a track.
KAA-123
JYA-567
AA-001
DD-001
Business heavy
passenger vehicles
Tour buses.
FAB-123 AB-001
001-AB
Business heavy
passenger vehicles
Highway buses, city buses.
LAA-123
HAA-567
HA-001
001-HA
Business heavy
trucks
Large trucks, cargo vehicles for commercial uses.
The same pattern also applied to the light trucks.
XA-123 XA-01
01-XA
Business Trailers Coupling with a track.
EAA-123 Elecrtical heavy
passenger vehicles
Electrical buses for commercial or private uses.
This kind of plate has green ridges on the top and bottom sides, with white words "電動車" on the top side.

Motorcycles[edit]

Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Class Notes
AB-123 AA-01 Large heavy-duty
motorcycle
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity exceeding 550 cm³.
LAB-5678 001-AAA Large heavy-duty
motorcycle
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity between 250 cm³ and 550 cm³,
or electric motorcycles with power more than 40 HP.
ADS-5678 AAA-001
001-HAA
Ordinary heavy-duty
motorcycle
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity between 50 cm³ and 250 cm³,
or electric motorcycles with power between 5 HP and 40 HP.
QAA-5678 TAA-001
001-TAA
Ordinary light-duty
motorcycle
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity not exceeding 50 cm³,
or electric motorcycles with power between 1.34 HP and 5 HP,
or electric motorcycles with power not exceeding 1.34 HP (1 kW)
and the fastest speed more than 45 km/hr.
SAA-5678 AAA-001
001-AAA
Small light-duty
motorcycle
Electric motorcycles with power not exceeding 1.34 HP (1 kW)
and the fastest speed not exceeding 45 km/hr.

Special use plates[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
使 001
0001
Diplomatic Vehicle For the vehicles belonging to the foreign diplomatic missions in Taiwan.
軍A-00001 Military Vehicle For military uses.
臨-00001 Temporary plate Printed on paper, for a vehicles before registration, or vehicles transit the territory of Taiwan.
試-0001 Testing For testing recently manufactured or imported vehicles
機械AA-01 Large heavy machines For heavy machines more than 42 tons
機械AA-01 Ordinary heavy machines For heavy machines less than 42 tons

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