Vehicle registration plates of Croatia

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License plate format issued since 2016 (DE stands for Delnice)
The pre-2016 Croatian license plate format (RI = Rijeka)

The standard license plates in Croatia consist of a two-letter city code which is separated by the Coat of Arms of Croatia from three or four numbers and one or two letters.

Regular plates[edit]

The standard regular plate consists of three or four randomly assigned numbers, one or two randomly assigned letters, and the first two letters indicate the city, separated by the Croatian Coat of Arms, while the numbers and the last letters are separated by a dash (example; ZG 000-A, ZG 000-AA, ZG 0000-A or ZG 0000-AA). In recent times, the three-numbered design has been phased out. Since Croatia entered the European Union in 2013, there have been proposals to permanently change the design scheme (consisting of new letter font and ideas to replace the Coat of Arms with four red squares). However, in July 2016, it was determined to keep the original design and add the blue EU-issued sticker (as standard with EU member states). The design of Croatian license plates comes from old Yugoslavian license plates from the 1980s, and it remained the same (with a notable difference of switching the red star, Yugoslavian national symbol, with the Coat of Arms).

Customized plates[edit]

There is also a possibility of having a customized plate for a fee. One type of customized plate looks exactly like the standard ones, with the exception that the combination of numbers and letters is personally chosen by the vehicle's owner. The other kind of customized plates can consist of a word with from four to seven letters or a combination of the word with four or five letters and one or two numbers. However, these plates are still quite rare in Croatia, mostly because they can only be used for five years after the first registration and they also require a fee of 2,000 kuna (cca 270 euros).[1]

Special plates[edit]

Blue-on-white police registration plate
An example of the military plate
An export plate
Diplomatic Corps plate
Abnormal vehicle plate

There are also some special plates. While the numbers and letters on standard license plates are colored black, plates for foreign citizens permanently living in Croatia, international organizations and temporary registered vehicles have green numbers and letters. On the plates used on bigger trucks and other vehicles that can be oversized for some of the smaller roads, the numbers and letters are red.

The police vehicles are equipped with the plates consisting of six numbers divided in two groups and separated by the Coat of Arms of Croatia, blue numbers. The first group of numbers denote the police department to which the vehicle belongs. While the background on all of these plates is colored white, on those used on military vehicles it is yellow. However, the system of dividing numbers and letters is the same as on the standard plates, but instead of a city code there are letters HV for Hrvatska vojska (Croatian military). At the same time, specialized military vehicles have the letters VP for vojna policija or MP for military police (military police) as the final two letters. Plates for diplomatic representatives (embassies, consulates) are blue with yellow numbers and letters. The first three number denote the country, followed by letter A, C, or M, then serial number of the vehicle.

As opposed to all above mentioned plates that are made of metal, the dealer's test plates are stickers that are attached to the plate holder. These plates consist of a city code separated by the coat of arms from five numbers divided in two groups and they can be used for a limited number of days.

Starting from 2008 onwards, special plates with an additional two letters (PP or PV) were introduced, PP stands for prijenosne pločice (transferable plates) and PV stands for povijesno vozilo (historical vehicle) in a form CC-PV-NNN(N).[2]

Also from 2008 onwards, export plates are introduced, with RH standing for Republika Hrvatska, and a green background with yellow numbers and letters. Croatia's Ministry of Internal Affairs proposed new licence plates with the EU stars.[3]

National Defense plates had letters NZ and numbers. These plates had been discontinued long after the Independent State of Croatia (1941-45) ceased exist.[4]

City codes[edit]

License plate on a Croatian Police motorcycle
Code Region Code Region
BJ Bjelovar OG Ogulin
BM Beli Manastir OS Osijek
ČK Čakovec PU Pula
DA Daruvar Požega
DE Delnice RI Rijeka
DJ Đakovo SB Slavonski Brod
DU Dubrovnik SK Sisak
GS Gospić SL Slatina
IM Imotski ST Split
KA Karlovac ŠI Šibenik
KC Koprivnica VK Vinkovci
KR Krapina VT Virovitica
KT Kutina VU Vukovar
Križevci Varaždin
MA Makarska ZD Zadar
NA Našice ZG Zagreb
NG Nova Gradiška ŽU Županja

Obsolete codes[edit]

Code Region Reason
KN Krapina Previously used on Yugoslav plates, but never on plates in independent Croatia, lest the code would be mistaken for Knin, capital of, at the time extant, separatist Republic of Serbian Krajina. Krapina was assigned the new code KR, previously (and currently) used for Kranj, Slovenia.
PS Slatina The city changed its name back from Podravska Slatina to Slatina in 1992. These plates were phased out in 2005. Slatina was assigned the new code SL.
SI Sisak Previously used on Yugoslav plates, but never on plates in independent Croatia, lest the code would be mistaken for Šibenik ŠI. Sisak was assigned the new code SK, previously (and currently) used for Skopje, North Macedonia.
SP Požega Previously used on Yugoslav plates, but never on plates in independent Croatia since the city changed its name back from Slavonska Požega to Požega in 1991. Požega was assigned the new code .
TK Titova Korenica Previously used on Yugoslav plates, but never on plates in independent Croatia since the municipality changed its name back from Titova Korenica to Korenica in 1996. Korenica was assigned Gospić GS code.

Partial index of diplomatic, consular and foreign mission prefixes[edit]

Code Country or Organization
001 The Holy See
011  Germany
012  Austria
013  Italy
014  Hungary
015  Sweden
016  Slovenia
017  Poland
018  France
020  United Kingdom
021   Switzerland
022  China
023  Norway
024  United States
025  Bulgaria
026  Iran
027  Russia
028  Czech Republic
029  Slovakia
030  Bosnia and Herzegovina
031  Turkey
032  Romania
033  UNICEF
034  WHO
035 UNHCR
039  Spain
040  Malta
041  Belgium
043  Canada
047  Albania
048  Netherlands
049  Serbia
050  Macedonia
051  Malaysia
053  Greece
054  Ukraine
055  Chile
056 IMF (International Monetary Fund)
057  India
058 UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
059  European Union
063 OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)
064  Korea
066  Finland
067  Egypt
069 World Bank
070  Japan
073  Portugal
074  Australia
077 RACVIAC (Centre for Security Cooperation)
078  Libya
079  Denmark
080  Israel
081 International Sava River Basin Commission
082  Brazil
083  United Nations
087  Montenegro
085  Algeria
086  Kazakhstan
087  Kosovo
088  Azerbaijan
089  Indonesia
090  Morocco
091  Qatar

Sources[edit]

  • "Pravilnik o registraciji vozila" (in Croatian). Ministry of Internal Affairs (Croatia). 2006. Archived from the original on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-09-02.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to License plates of Croatia at Wikimedia Commons