Vehicle registration plates of Ukraine

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Ukrainian number plate stripe.

Since Ukraine's independence in 1991, the country has used four main system of vehicle registration plates.

The first system was introduced in 1992 and was based on the last Soviet license plate conception, regulated by the 1977 standard, but with the addition of a new regional suffix corresponding to a Ukrainian province.

In 1993, the left-hand side of the plate was modified with the addition of the national flag over the country code "UA".

1995 saw the introduction of a completely new system consisting of five digits, with a dash between the third and fourth digit, combined with a two letter suffix. It also included a two-digit region code, situated under the National Flag on the left-hand side of the plate.

In order to enable drivers using their vehicle abroard, and in order to adhere to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, Ukrainian regular license plates use only those Cyrillic characters where the glyph resembles a letter from the Roman alphabet; a total of 12 characters: A, B, E, I, K, M, H, O, P, C, T, X). Before 1995, the "Я" character was also used. For some types of black-background plates can be used completely Cyrillic characters.

Some vehicles, like trolleybuses, are not required to have license plates, because they can not leave the network they operate on and can be identified by a number painted on the vehicle and assigned to it by the local public transport authority.

Current 2004 plates[edit]

Regular plate
Public transport plate
Two-line optimized plate
Three-line motorcycle plate
2010 moped plate

Current plates include a two-letter regional prefix followed by 4 digits then a two-letter serial suffix.

"Oval" code UA is situated in the National-flag-colored band, which also includes the coat of arms, all on the left-hand side of the plate.

The size for the single line license plate is 520 mm by 112 mm.

Two-line optimized by size license plate must be shaped to fit to montage place and could have length 220-400mm and height 110-320mm.

The size for three-line motorcycle license plates are 220 mm by 174 mm.

The size for the two-line scooter license plate is 140 mm by 114 mm.

Issuing of regular plates is done in Latin alphabet order (AA,AB,AC,AE,AH,AI,AK,AM,AO,AP,AT,AX,BA,BB...).

License plates for trailers looks like a regular plate but with a suffix with leading "X" and these are issued in reverse order (XX,XT,XP,XO...).

2004 prefix 2013 prefix Region
AA KA Kyiv city
AB KB Vinnytsya Oblast
AC KC Volyn Oblast
AE KE Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
AH KH Donetsk Oblast
AI KI Kyiv Oblast
AK KK Crimea
AM KM Zhytomyr Oblast
AO KO Zakarpattia Oblast
AP KP Zaporizhia Oblast
AT KT Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
AX KX Kharkiv Oblast
BA HA Kirovohrad Oblast
BB HB Luhansk Oblast
BC HC Lviv Oblast
BE HE Mykolayiv Oblast
BH HH Odesa Oblast
BI HI Poltava Oblast
BK HK Rivne Oblast
BM HM Sumy Oblast
BO HO Ternopil Oblast
BP HP omitted because of BP can be read as Verkhovna Rada
BT HT Kherson Oblast
BX HX Khmelnytskyi Oblast
CA IA Cherkasy Oblast
CB IB Chernihiv Oblast
CC IC omitted because of Cyrillic "CC" can be read as SS (Schutzstaffel)
CE IE Chernivtsi Oblast
CH IH Sevastopol city
II nationwide
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Cherished plates (standard 2004). According to 2007 decree.[edit]

Regular plates for private automobiles with triple leading zero combinations or combinations with all identical digits (except prohibited quadruple zero) are recognized as cherished and officially costs from 75 hundred to 200 hundred UAH. Plate owner can choose any yet not assigned suffix within a region of vehicle registration. All other combinations are officially recognized as an ordinary, but virtually known that some of so-called "pretty" combinations were purchased. [1]

Combination Price, UAH
0001-0005; 0007-0009; 5555; 7777 200 hundred
1111; 2222; 3333; 4444; 8888; 9999 100 hundred
0006; 6666 75 hundred



By the order of characters current plates completely repeat current Bulgarian and former, but still valid, Spanish systems. Because of this some plates couldn't be quickly recognized by nationality. This applies to the four regions of Spain with prefixes BA, BI, CA, IB; and mostly to the five regions of Bulgaria with prefixes AA, BH, CA, CH, KH.

Individualized (vanity) license plates[edit]

Current individualized plate.

Individualized license plates is an additional type of the plates, available for personal vehicles and motorcycles. State automobile inspection requires a previously vehicle registration with issuing of regular plates before issuing an individualized plates. Using a both plate-sets at the same time prohibited, as well as driving abroad with the individualized license plates.

Individualized plates were firstly introduced in 1997 and included the numeric code of region. From 2004 have been issued plates with no region coding. Current (2007) individualized plates visually replicates the 1997 plates.

Plate-owner can choose Cyrillic or Roman letters for creation of individualized plate followed by some digits. Except the characters plate-owner can choose any image to print on a right-hand side of the plate. As far as known this kind option available only in Ukraine, so Ukrainian individualized plates in this case are uniques.

Prohibited to use next inscriptions and images: any discriminatory or offensive phrases; any national, language, religious or gender self-identification; repeating the names and logos of official state's authorities; repeating the names and logos of foreign states and official foreign states' authorities; e t.c.

Regional codes for regular plates (1995–2004), and numeric codes of some current non-regular plates[edit]

Former 1995 regular plate (still valid)
Current plastic temporary plate. AA is just serial combination and means nothing.
Current Ministry of Interior plate.
Current military plate.

After introducing the current system, regions' numeric codes were used in some non-regular plates (white-on-red temporary, white-on-blue ministry of internal affairs plates and black-on white personalized plates).



Letter suffixes Region
01 КО, КР, PK Crimea
02 ВI, BT, BX Vinnytsia Oblast
03 ВК, ВМ, ВО Volyn Oblast
04 АА, АВ, АЕ, АК, АН, AI, CM Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
05 ЕА, ЕВ, ЕК, ЕН, ЕО, ЕС Donetsk Oblast
06 ВА, ВВ, ВЕ Zhytomyr Oblast
07 РТ, РЕ, РА Zakarpattia Oblast
08 НА, НЕ, НО, НР, НС Zaporizhzhia Oblast
09 ІВ, ІС Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
10 КК, КМ, КХ Kyiv Oblast
11 КА, КВ, КЕ, КН, КІ, КТ, OO, II Kyiv city
12 ОМ, ОН, ОС Kirovohrad Oblast
13 АМ, АО, АР, АТ, АХ, IA Luhans'k
14 ТА, ТВ, ТН, ТС, TO, TT Lviv Oblast
15 HI, НК, НТ Mykolayiv Oblast
16 ОА, ОВ, ОЕ, ОК Odesa Oblast
17 СК, СН, СС Poltava Oblast
18 РА, РВ, РО Rivne Oblast
19 СА, СВ, СЕ Sumy Oblast
20 ТЕ, ТК, ТІ Ternopil Oblast
21 ХА, ХВ, ХК Kharkiv Oblast
22 ХН, ХО Kherson Oblast
23 ХМ, ХІ Khmelnytskyi Oblast
24 МА, МВ, МЕ Cherkasy Oblast
25 МК, ММ, МН Chernihiv Oblast
26 МО, МР, МС Chernivtsi Oblast
27 КС Sevastopol city
28 HH, II nationwide

Diplomatic plates[edit]

Current diplomatic plate.
Former diplomatic plate (Still valid).

Current diplomatic plates is black-on-white, all combinations starts with "D"-prefix followed by six digits. Three-digit group following "D"-prefix is the code that indicates: in interval 001-199 - embassies by countries, 200-299 - international organizations, 300-399 - consular authority by countries. Last three digits is the serial number. Unofficially issues two-line optimize shaped diplomatic license plates. [2]

Former diplomatic plates is still valid. White-on-red plates consists of smaller font three-digit code (001-100), prefix (CDP for ambassadors, DP for embassy personnel, CC for consular corps, S for staff) and four or five serial digits. Earliest white-on-red diplomatic plates (1995) scheme included the same letter prefixes and four-six digits (depending from number of letters), where the first three was a country code.

There were the same scheme black-on-yellow plates for non-diplomatic purposes (F or IT prefix for foreign companies). Earliest black-on-yellow (1995) scheme included prefix followed by six digits (F for a foreign companies, C for foreigners, B for permanent export). In F-plates first three digits was a country code, in B and C-plates - a region code (from 649 to 673).

After 2004 non-diplomatic plates isn't necessary, but still valid.

Temporary series[edit]

Current plastic trade plate.

Currently three main temporary plate types exists:

1) Dealers issues trade plate with non-regional prefix in interval T0-T9. There three shapes of this plates: a) for cars, trucks, buses, trailers; b) for motorcycles; c) for mopeds.

2) Inter-district registration and examination departments (MREV) issues temporary plates with regional coded prefix (01-27) if the vehicle needs re-registration in another region or country. There three shapes of this plates: a) for cars, trucks, buses, trailers; b) for motorcycles; c) for mopeds.

3) Special authorities issues temporary plates for an agricultural and self-propelled construction equipment with TP-prefix in "moped" shape.

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