Vehicle registration plates of the Palestinian National Authority
The Palestinian National Authority requires their residents register their motor vehicles and display vehicle registration plates. On the right side is the Latin letter "P" for Palestine; above that, the Arabic letter "ف" (Faa') for "فلسطين" (Falasteen). Private vehicles carry Arabic numbers with various colors depending on its type.
Private Vehicles have white plates with Green numbers, the numbers have seven digits, the first shows the district of the registration:
- where Y can be:
1, 3: Gaza Strip
- X can be:
- Z can be:
3, 4, 7 & 9
Vehicles serving the public transports (taxis, shared taxis, and buses) have green plates with white numbers. Taxi plates end always with -30.
Vehicles belonging to the Palestinian Authority use white number plates with red numbers. Those are officials' cars, ambulances, fire brigade police and special police (military). The numbers match the format XXXX with leading zeros. Actually new registered police vehicles get also green on white plates ending with -99.
Test plates for garages and car importers are blue with white writing and display the word "TEST" in Arabic (اختبار) and Hebrew (במבחן) above the number.
License plates in the Gaza Strip
In 2012 the authorities of the Gaza Strip replaced the PNA license plates described above with a new design. The new plates have a vertical Palestinian flag on the right (instead of the letters P/ف). The digits are either black (for private vehicles), green or blue. The numbers themselves were also changed, and are apparently incompatible with the previous system. All numbers start with "3". Private vehicle numbers end with "00" or "01".
1967 - 1994
During this period of the Israeli governance of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians had license plates issued by the Israeli civil administration. Blue (West Bank) and white (Gaza Strip) plates with a Hebrew letter in a white or orange field on the left side that identified the origin of the car's holder.
- א - Jericho (יריחו, Arabic: אריחא)
- ב - Bethlehem (בית לחם)
- ח - Hebron (חברון)
- ט - Tulkarem (טול כרם)
- נ - Jenin (ג׳נין)
- ע - Gaza (עזה)
- פ - Rafah (רפיח)
- ק - Qalqilya (קלקיליה)
- ר - Ramallah (רמאללה)
- ש - Nablus (שכם)
- Palestinian workers create new car plates containing the flag of Palestine in a factory in Gaza City, after The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Gaza City's decided to change the old licence plates.
- Nigel Parry: A Personal Diary of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1989 - Present), 15 November 1995, Car license plates: the road to apartheid (engl.)