Vehicle registration plates of the Czech Republic
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New System (2001)
The new Czech vehicle registration plate system was introduced between 29 June 2001 and 17 July 2001. The first letter from the left represents the region - (Kraj) and then follows a combination of letters or numbers numbered upward from 1X0 0001 - where X is the letter of region. In 2009, both Prague (A) and Středočeský kraj/Central Bohemia (S) reached the combination of six 9s in their license plates and started issuing a two letter format numbered 1XA 0000, where X is the letter of region and A is a letter in alphabetical order (after 1AA 9999, 1AB 0000 follows).
Since 2004 with the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union, a blue European strip with the letters CZ and European stars were added.
- A - Hlavní město Praha, Capital City Prague
- B - Jihomoravský kraj (Brno), South Moravia (Brno)
- C - Jihočeský kraj (České Budějovice), South Bohemia (České Budějovice)
- E - Pardubický kraj (Pardubice), (Pardubice)
- H - Královéhradecký kraj (Hradec Králové), (Hradec Králové)
- J - Vysočina(Jihlava), Highland (Vysočina) Region(Jihlava)
- K - Karlovarský kraj (Karlovy Vary), (Karlovy Vary)
- L - Liberecký kraj (Liberec), (Liberec)
- M - Olomoucký kraj (Olomouc), (Olomouc)
- P - Plzeňský kraj (Plzeň), (Plzeň)
- S - Středočeský kraj (Praha), Central Bohemia (Prague)
- T - Moravskoslezský kraj (Ostrava), Moravia-Silesia Region(Ostrava)
- U - Ústecký kraj (Ústí nad Labem), (Ústí nad Labem)
- Z - Zlínský kraj (Zlín), (Zlín)
Old System (1960–2001)
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This system was introduced in Czechoslovakia in 1960. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Slovak Republic introduced a new system of car registration plates in 1997 while the Czech Republic kept issuing the old one until 2001. In the old system, the two first letters represented the district (okres). Registrations in Prague began with A, while the vehicles used by the government had registration plates beginning with AA.
- Composition (older form: 1960–1984):
XX-NN-NN or XXX-NN-NN
- Composition (newer form: 1984–2001):
XX NN-NN or XXX NN-NN
(X = letters, N = numbers.) Commercially used vehicle and heavy goods vehicle had a yellow background. Vehicles with foreign owners had a blue background and yellow letters.
List of districts
Moravian districts have letter M in the end and Silesian districts have S; the others are Bohemian district. B/M or M/B in the end means Bohemian/Moravian district; M/S or S/M is Moravian/Silesian district.
Diplomatic registration plate
Until 2001 diplomatic plates (as well as those on cars owned by foreign residents) in the Czech Republic used a blue background with yellow letters. These have been replaced by plates with blue letters on a white background.