Vehicle registration plates of Cuba

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New Cuban licence plates that use FE-Schrift (since 2013)

The current vehicle registration plate system of Cuba was introduced in May 2013. It had completely replaced the previous system which was introduced in 2002 and which is described below.[1]

2013 Revised system[edit]

Under the new system black characters on white background is the standard format for all license plates. A letter is placed before six digits. The most common is "P", which indicates a personally owned vehicle. "B" government, "F" is for military FAR vehicle, "M" is for Internal Affairs Ministry, "T" for rental units, "D" diplomatic, "E" embassy, and "K" for foreign companies. The same system is used on all classes of vehicles, from trucks through motorcycles. However, to accommodate available space the motorcycle plates are square rather than the standard long rectangle.

Identification (old system)[edit]

Cuban vehicle registration plates (licence plates) contained three letters and three numbers. The colour of plates is also an important identification element. Ordinary (non-special) licence plates have also a number on the lower central part of the plate ranging from 0 to 9, denoting the type of the vehicle. As of 2016 some of these plates are still in use, but are being phased out.

First letter[edit]

A Cuban licence plate using the old (pre-2002) system

The first letter denotes the province where the licence plate was issued. Until 2011, "B" was used by the former La Habana Province.

Province First letter of
licence plate
Pinar del Río P
Artemisa  ?
Mayabeque B
Ciudad de La Habana H
Matanzas M
Cienfuegos F
Villa Clara V
Sancti Spiritus S
Ciego de Ávila A
Camagüey C
Las Tunas T
Granma G
Holguín O
Santiago de Cuba U
Guantánamo N
Isla de la Juventud[2] I

Second letter and colour[edit]

The second letter identify the type of vehicle owner.

Second letter of
license plate
Colour of
the plate
A white government ministers, provincial officials, and other important state persons
light brown authorised government and official persons of lower rank
E / F / G / H yellow private vehicles
K yellow vehicles and motorcycles owned by foreign natural persons
light brown vehicles and motorcycles owned by foreign and mixed companies, foreign journalists, religious institutions
R yellow private motorcycles and "cocotaxis"
D / S / T / U / V / W blue state owned vehicles
Y / Z state owned motorcycles

Vehicle type number[edit]

The vehicle type number can be found on the lower central part of the plate, it is a one digit number ranging from 0 to 9, it denotes the type of the vehicle. This is not used on special licence plates.

Special licence plates[edit]

Cars of the Cuban Army and the Cuban Ministry of Interior use plates with one letter (A, B, C, F or S) followed by five digits. On the cars of the Cuban Army there is a "FAR" (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias) inscription in the central lower part of the licence plate. In the case of the Ministry of Interior, there is a "MININT" (Ministerio del Interior) inscription. Licence plates of the Army are always of light green colour, while plates of the Ministry of Interior are dark green.

Diplomatic cars use 6 digits without preceding letters. There is a "D", "C" or "E" letter in the lower left part of the licence plate (D = diplomatic, C - consular, E - other status). They have a black colour licence plate.

Cars for hire have a licence plate beginning with "T" letter (meaning turista), followed by five digits. They are of dark red colour.

Provisional licence plates have the normal code of the province followed by 4 digits and a "P" letter, the colour of the plate is light red.

Cars of the United States military in the Guantanamo Bay use licence plates with one letter and four numbers, and texts "U.S.N.B." and "Gtmo Bay Cuba".


  1. ^ La chapa que viene, Juventud Rebelde, 28.04.2013
  2. ^ Special municipality

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