Vehicle registration plates of the Czech Republic

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As of the year 2007 there are two different valid systems of vehicle registration plates in the Czech Republic .

Format[edit]

Czech registration plate, here A = Prague
Czech registration plate, here H = Hradec Králové Region

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.

Map of the Czech Republic with regions.
Code Region Czech Name
A Capital City Prague Hlavní město Praha
B South Moravia Jihomoravský kraj (Brno)
C South Bohemia Jihočeský kraj (České Budějovice)
E Pardubice Pardubický kraj (Pardubice)
H Hradec Králové Královéhradecký kraj (Hradec Králové)
J Highland (Vysočina) Region Vysočina (Jihlava)
K Karlovy Vary Karlovarský kraj (Karlovy Vary)
L Liberec Liberecký kraj (Liberec)
M Olomouc Olomoucký kraj (Olomouc)
P Plzeň Plzeňský kraj (Plzeň)
S Central Bohemia (Prague) Středočeský kraj (Praha)
T Moravia-Silesia Moravskoslezský kraj (Ostrava)
U Ústí nad Labem Ústecký kraj (Ústí nad Labem)
V Historic vehicles
Z Zlín Zlínský kraj (Zlín)
Numbers Military vehicles, and Diplomatic corps.

History[edit]

1932 - 1954[edit]

This system was introduced in Czechoslovakia in 1932. The first letters are represented by region.

  • Composition (older form:1932 - 1939):

X-NN-NNN, white on black

  • Composition (newer form:1945 - 1954):

X-NNNNN, black on white

1954 - 2001[edit]

Czech registration plate (here A = Prague registration)
Czechoslovak registration plate for commercially used vehicle
Czechoslovak registration from 1970s still valid in the Czech Republic

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[edit]

Code Region Code Region
A Praha NA Náchod
AA for vehicles used by the government (until 1989) NB Nymburk
BE Beroun NJ Nový Jičín
BI Brno-venkov (it was only used with a yellow background for heavy goods vehicles) OC Olomouc
BK Blansko OL Olomouc
BM Brno-město OM Olomouc
BN Benešov OP Opava
BO Brno-venkov OS Ostrava-město
BR Bruntál OT Ostrava-město
BS Brno-město OV Ostrava-město
BV Břeclav PA Pardubice
BZ Brno-město PB Příbram
CB České Budějovice PC Praha-západ
CE České Budějovice PE Pelhřímov
CH Cheb PH Praha-východ
CK Český Krumlov PI Písek
CL Česká Lípa PJ Plzeň-jih
CR Chrudim PM Plzeň-město
CV Chomutov PN Plzeň-město
DC Děčín PR Přerov
DD Diplomatic corps PS Plzeň-sever
DO Domažlice PT Prachatice
FI Frýdek-Místek (it was never used) PU Pardubice
FM Frýdek-Místek PV Prostějov
GT Gottwaldov (until 1989, town then renamed to Zlín) PY Praha-východ
GV Gottwaldov (until 1989) PZ Praha-západ
HB Havlíčkův Brod RA Rakovník
HK Hradec Králové RK Rychnov nad Kněžnou
HO Hodonín RO Rokycany
HR Hradec Králové SM Semily
JC Jičín SO Sokolov
JE Jeseník (from 1996) ST Strakonice
JI Jihlava SU Šumperk
JH Jindřichův Hradec SY Svitavy
JN Jablonec nad Nisou TA Tábor
KA Karviná TC Tachov
KD Kladno TP Teplice
KH Kutná Hora TR Třebíč
KI Karviná TU Trutnov
KL Kladno UH Uherské Hradiště
KM Kroměříž UL Ústí nad Labem
KO Kolín UO Ústí nad Orlici
KR Karlovy Vary US Ústí nad Labem (it was never used)
KT Klatovy VS Vsetín
KV Karlovy Vary VY Vyškov
LB Liberec XX Consular corps
LI Liberec ZL Zlín (from 1990, previously GT/GV = Gottwaldov)
LN Louny ZN Znojmo
LT Litoměřice ZR Žďár nad Sázavou
MB Mladá Boleslav Numbers Military vehicle
ME Mělník
MO Most

Special license plates[edit]

Diplomatic registration plate[edit]

Diplomatic plate – old system
Diplomatic plate – new system

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. Foreigners (Czechoslovakia) used same plates as DC plates except they don't use DD or XX and Non-Diplomatic personnel used a XX code instead.

Others[edit]

Commercial vehicles of Czechoslovakia are black letters with yellow background, Military are numbers only, Rental of Czechoslovakia have red letters on white background (discontinued), Historic vehicles are using green letters on white background (always using V as prefix), Trailers of Czechoslovakia have the district codes put on middle (99 XXX-99 or 99 XX-99) and Technical Embassies using red letters on the yellow background.

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