Vehicle registration plates of Vietnam
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Vehicle registration plates of Vietnam generally take the form DDL-DDDDD for vehicles. Standard license plates have green characters on white background. Front plates measure 47x11 cm, rear ones are 27x20. F, J, W and Z are skipped, and the Vietnamese Đ is used.
In French Indochina, license plates were white-on-black on XXX1111 type, XXX is location code. 1111 can be anything (serial numbers).
Vietnamese plates in 1978–1984 were white-on-black and similar to previous one, but has 4 digits then 3 letters. 3 letters are city name, but based on Vietnamese language.
From 1984 to 2003 (current version) is black-on-white, then later green-on-white, with city name. Plates were A 1111 format, then 1A 1111 format, then AA 1111 format, then was going to switch to AAA 111 format, but the plan was cancelled. The leading two symbols are two digits, representing the province/municipality. The exact date of format changing is unknown. In 2012 a blue strip with a "VN" will be added on the left-hand side of the plates, as required by the new ASEAN licensing agreement.
The leading two numerals refer to the various provinces and major municipalities of Vietnam, unless they are letters (AA, AB, AC, and so on) which signify that the car belongs to the Ministry of Defence - in which case the plate will be red. Some plates also carry a red two-letter code following the provincial numerals, with "NG" (for ngoại giao) used for a diplomatic or NGO plate and "LD" for a vehicle belonging to a company which is 100% foreign-owned. If a colored letter (A, B, or C) follows the province code, the vehicle belongs to the local government).
The provincial/municipal codes are listed here: