Vehicle registration plates of Chile

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Chilean license plate
New Chilean license plates (from 2014)
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Chile requires its residents to register their motor vehicles and display vehicle registration plates called "patentes".[1] Formerly, it consisted of two letters followed by four numbers in the format AB*12•34, but combinations were exhausted in September 2007. The system adopted to replace the old one consists of four letters followed by two numbers in the format AB•CD*12. Vowels are not used in order to prevent profanity, and the letter Q is not used because of confusion with the number 0.[citation needed]

The same coding system is used in the Netherlands. In Chile the plate no longer provides information of where the vehicle was registered.