Vehicle registration plates of Turkey

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A contemporary Turkish license plate.
Euroband like blue stripe on the left hand side of the plates

Turkish car number plates are license plates found on Turkish vehicles. The plates use an indirect numbering system associated with the geographical info. In Turkey, license plates are made by authorized private workshops.

Appearance[edit]

The license plate is rectangular in shape and made of aluminum. On the left, there is the country code "TR" in a 4×10 cm blue stripe like in EU countries (without the 12 golden stars). The text is in black characters on white background, and for official vehicles white on black. On all vehicles two plates have to be present, being one in front and the other in rear except motorcycles and tractors. The serial letters use the Turkish letters except Ç, Ş, İ, Ö, Ü and Ğ.

The blue stripe[edit]

The blue stripe was introduced after the entry of Turkey to the European Customs Union in 1995,[1] in accordance to compliance to EU laws. Since then, the blue stripe area is often modified by car owners (even by some parliament members like Devlet Bahçeli[1]). The predominant modification of this sorts is to replace the blue color with red and put up the crescent and the star of the Turkish flag. This type of modification is in the grey area of the law, for it does not clearly specify which color is to be used in the stripe.[2]

Additionally, vehicle inspection stickers are often stuck on this area.

Size[edit]

  • 15×24 cm in rear only for motorbikes, motorcycles and tractors with rubber wheels,
  • 11×52 cm in front and rear for cars, 21×32 cm rear available for off-roadss, vans, trucks and busses. The size is 15×30 cm for imported vehicles if the regular plate does not fit.

Numbering system[edit]

The text format on the plates is one of the following:

  • "99 X 9999", "99 X 99999"
  • "99 XX 999", "99 XX 9999" or
  • "99 XXX 99",

In some provinces, numbering is categorized in groups for tax collecting offices of different districts, for example Dolmuş in Ankara have plates of the form "06 J 9999" and a(ny) vehicle from Polatlı, Ankara has plates of the form '06 Pxx 99', "06 ET XXXX" from Etimesgut district. On the other hand, a Dolmuş in Eskişehir has a plate of the form "26 M 9999".

99 - two digits prefix denoting the location, shows the province code number of the main residence of car holder. There are 81 provinces as listed below:

X/XX/XXX – one, two or three letters.

9999/999/99 – four, three or two digits, depending on the number of letters before, not exceeding six letters and digits altogether.

Types[edit]

Type (Used by) Appearance Format and Explanation
Private vehicles
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 59 AF 2701
N/A
Provincial governments, university rectors
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 34 A 4406
99 A 9999 (red characters on white background):
Police
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 06 A 7655
99 A 99999, 99 AA 999 or 99 AAA 999 (white on blue)
Members of international organizations
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 06 B 0456
99 B 9999 (blue on white)
Diplomatic corps
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 34 CD 5034
99 CA 999 to 99 CZ 999: (green on white)
Consulates
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 34 CE 811
M4C to B 8 45: (white on #00CCCC)
Temporary
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 16 G 1485
99 G 9999 (black on yellow). Max. 1 month duration.
Temporary customs
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 39 GMR 032
99 GMR 999 (red on green)
Foreigners with temporary residence permit
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 34 MA 365
99 MA 999 to 99 MZ 999:
Taxis (Istanbul province only)
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 34 TSL 83
34 TAA 99 to 34 TKZ 99
Taxis (except Istanbul province)
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 35 T 9103
99 T 9999
Vanity plates Seljuk76.jpg Turkey allows vanity plates to be issued. A desired text can be written instead of the serial letter place.
The presidential cars CumBaskPlaka.svg The license plate of the president has no numbers, instead it uses the Presidential Seal of Turkey. Other convoy cars use the format CB 00X.[citation needed]
Vice-speaker and chairpeople of the parliamentary commissions
TBMM 037
TBMM signifies Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Speaker, prime minister, members of the cabinet, chief of the general staff, the highest ranking commanders of armies, some undersecretaries
0019
Gold on red (9999)
Province governors
18 0024
99 9999 (golden on red), with first two-digits as province code number prefix
Official vehicles belonging to the government and public administrations
Non-EU-section-with-TR.svg 07 YP 2099
99 AA 999: (white on black), with first two-digits as province code number prefix
Military
706001
999999 (black on a white rectangle of 7×20 cm on the bumper of the vehicle, painted by a stencil). 000999 General Staff of the Republic of Turkey, 100999 First Army, 200999 Second Army, 300999 Third Army, 400999 Aegean Army, 500999 Navy, 600999 Air Force, 700999 Gendarmerie. In Gendarmerie plates 7XX999, sometimes the XX digits indicates the province code of the gendarmerie located in.
Pre-1996 format (private vehicles)
59 AF 2701
These plates lacked the blue stripe (euroband) on the left hand side.
Pre-1962 format (private vehicles) EskiIzmirPlaka.jpg These old plates had the name of the province written in full, black background with white letters and usage of dashes.

Location codes[edit]

Location codes by map.

First two digits indicating the province code:

Province Code Province Code Province Code
Adana 01 Giresun 28 Samsun 55
Adıyaman 02 Gümüşhane 29 Siirt 56
Afyonkarahisar 03 Hakkari 30 Sinop 57
Ağrı 04 Hatay 31 Sivas 58
Amasya 05 Isparta 32 Tekirdağ 59
Ankara 06 Mersin 33 Tokat 60
Antalya 07 İstanbul 34 Trabzon 61
Artvin 08 İzmir 35 Tunceli 62
Aydın 09 Kars 36 Şanlıurfa 63
Balıkesir 10 Kastamonu 37 Uşak 64
Bilecik 11 Kayseri 38 Van 65
Bingöl 12 Kırklareli 39 Yozgat 66
Bitlis 13 Kırşehir 40 Zonguldak 67
Bolu 14 Kocaeli 41 Aksaray 68
Burdur 15 Konya 42 Bayburt 69
Bursa 16 Kütahya 43 Karaman 70
Çanakkale 17 Malatya 44 Kırıkkale 71
Çankırı 18 Manisa 45 Batman 72
Çorum 19 Kahramanmaraş 46 Şırnak 73
Denizli 20 Mardin 47 Bartın 74
Diyarbakır 21 Muğla 48 Ardahan 75
Edirne 22 Muş 49 Iğdır 76
Elazığ 23 Nevşehir 50 Yalova 77
Erzincan 24 Niğde 51 Karabük 78
Erzurum 25 Ordu 52 Kilis 79
Eskişehir 26 Rize 53 Osmaniye 80
Gaziantep 27 Sakarya 54 Düzce 81

As it can also be inferred from the table, province names until code 67 go alphabetically —with the exception of Mersin, Kahramanmaraş and Şanlıurfa provinces for their previous names taken in account were İçel, Maraş and Urfa, respectively. The ones after the original 67 provinces are newer additions. Therefore these province names go chronologically, i.e. when they became a province.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Plakadaki AB mavisine kırmızı etiketli protesto" (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Yurtsan Atakan (09-07-2008). "Bir dakika karanlığın AKP karşıtı versiyonu kırmızı bantlı plakalar" (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Retrieved 14 March 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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