Vehicle registration plates of Kosovo

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In Kosovo[a], plates are issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo. As of June 1, 2012, all citizens of Kosovo are obliged to fit their cars with KS or RKS plates. Non-compliance results in confiscation of the non-Kosovan plates (including Serbian plates with district codes of Kosovan districts) and legal charges.[1][2]

Numbering and lettering[edit]

An illustration of a Republic of Kosovo (RKS) plate. When travelling to Serbia, bearers of such plates are issued with temporary Serbian plates.

On 6 December 2010, a new design was introduced[3] containing the letters RKS (Republic of Kosovo's initials) on a blue field, a two digit number corresponding to the districts of Kosovo, the coat of arms of Kosovo, a three-digit number and finally two serial letters.[4] The three-digit number starts at 101 and the serial letters start at AA. The remaining plates bearing the old design issued under UNMIK will be replaced with the new once their registration is pending renewal. As of 26 December 2011, RKS plates will be substituted with temporary Serbian plates when crossing the contested border into Serbia.

Code Districts
01 Pristina
02 Mitrovica
03 Peja
04 Prizren
05 Ferizaj
06 Gjilan
07 Gjakova

UNMIK-era KS plates[edit]

A plate issued by UNMIK in 2001. Even though new plates have been introduced, this plate is preferred to be used when crossing to Serbia. Bearers of RKS plates are issued with temporary Serbian plates instead.

These plates were issued under the administration of UNMIK from 1999 to 2010. Effective 1 November 2011, they will resume to be issued for citizens needing to cross into Serbia, as the latter only accepts these plates and not the new RKS plates. They consist of a three-digit number and a two-letter abbreviation KS, which stands for 'Kosovo', and ended in another three-digit number.

Special plates[edit]

  • Export vehicle plates had blue background and white font.
  • Police vehicles had red font.
  • Kosovo Protective Force had band "TMK" and then letters "TMK", three-digit number, and suffix "KS".
  • EU plates had black and white background. Private vehicles had the prefix "EU P", while officials "EU" only, for Customs Advisory Mission had prefix "EU" and suffix "CAM".
  • OSCE plates are black and white, with the prefix "OSCE".
  • NATO force plates had blue background and white font, had prefix "KFOR".
  • UNMIK plates had "UNMIK" in top on the plate, and followed by numbers.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia claims it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalize relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References:

  1. ^ http://www.mpb-ks.org/repository/docs/fushata_kosoves_1.ppt
  2. ^ http://www.mpb-ks.org/?page=1,46,863
  3. ^ http://www.koha.net/index.php?cid=1,7,42589 Nisi shpërndarja e targave të reja RKS, Koha Ditore, 6 December 2010
  4. ^ http://www.mpb-ks.org/repository/docs/Udhezimi_Regjistrimi_Automj_teve.pdf ADMINISTRATIVE INSTRUCTION No. 14/2009 – MIA ON VEHICLE REGISTRATION, RKS.

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