Vehicle registration plates of Ukraine

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Ukrainian implementation of a format similar to the EU format. Both the EU format and the Ukrainian format satisfy the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

Since Ukraine's independence in 1991, the country has used four main systems of vehicle registration plates.

The first system was introduced in 1992 and was based on the last Soviet license plate conception, regulated by the 1977 standard, but with the addition of a new regional suffix corresponding to a Ukrainian province.

In 1993, the left-hand side of the plate was modified with the addition of the national flag over the country code "UA".

1995 saw the introduction of a completely new system consisting of five digits, with a dash between the third and fourth digit, combined with a two letter suffix. It also included a two-digit region code, situated under the National Flag on the left-hand side of the plate.

In order to enable drivers using their vehicle abroad, and in order to adhere to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, Ukrainian regular license plates use only those Cyrillic characters where the glyph resembles a letter from the Roman alphabet; a total of 12 characters: А, В, Е, І, К, М, Н, О, Р, С, Т, Х). Before 1995, the "Я" character was also used. For some types of black-background plates can be used completely Cyrillic characters.

Some vehicles, like trolleybuses, are not required to have license plates, because they cannot leave the network they operate on and can be identified by a number painted on the vehicle and assigned to it by the local public transport authority.

Previous series[edit]

Between 1977 and 1993, Ukrainian registration plates were manufactured in accordance with the Soviet GOST 3207-77 standard. The alphanumeric sequence took the form of: x #### XX, where x is a lowercase Cyrillic serial/counter letter; # is any digit in the range 0–9; and XX are two uppercase Cyrillic letters indicating where the vehicle was first registered.

OK, OH, OC and OX used on registered vehicles driven in foreign countries.

Old region identifiers[edit]

Suffix Region
BH  Volyn
ДH, ДП  Dnipropetrovsk
ДO, ДЦ  Donetsk
ЖБ, ЖЖ, ЖИ  Zhytomyr
ЗA, ЗH  Zakarpattia
ЗП  Zaporizhzhia
ИФ  Ivano-Frankivsk
ЛB  Lviv
КД  Kirovohrad
КИ, XT  Kyiv city
КP  Crimea
КX  Kyiv
ОД  Odesa
ПO  Poltava
PB  Rivne
TE  Ternopil
XA, XK  Kharkiv
XM  Khmelnytskyi
XO  Kherson
ЧB  Chernihiv
ЧK  Cherkasy
ЧH  Chernivtsi

Current 2015 plates[edit]

Current plates include a two-letter regional prefix followed by 4 digits then a two-letter serial suffix.

The international vehicle registration code UA is situated in the national-flag-colored band, which also includes the coat of arms, all on the left-hand side of the plate.

The size for the single line license plate is 520 mm by 112 mm.

Two-line optimized by size license plate must be shaped to fit to montage place and could have length 220–400 mm and height 110–320 mm.

The size for three-line motorcycle license plates are 220 mm by 174 mm.

The size for the two-line scooter license plate is 140 mm by 114 mm.

Issuing of regular plates is done in Latin alphabet order (AA, AB, AC, AE, AH, AI, AK, AM, AO, AP, AT, AX, BA, BB...).

License plates for trailers look like a regular plate but with a suffix with leading "X" and these are issued in reverse order (XX, XT, XP, XO...).

License plate codes[edit]

Map of registration codes
2004 prefix 2013 prefix Region
AA KA  Kyiv city
AB KB  Vinnytsia
AC KC  Volyn
AE KE  Dnipropetrovsk
AH KH  Donetsk
AI KI  Kyiv
AK KK  Crimea
AM KM  Zhytomyr
AO KO  Zakarpattia
AP KP  Zaporizhzhia
AT KT  Ivano-Frankivsk
AX KX  Kharkiv
BA HA  Kirovohrad
BB HB  Luhansk
BC HC  Lviv
BE HE  Mykolaiv
BH HH  Odesa
BI HI  Poltava
BK HK  Rivne
BM HM  Sumy
BO HO  Ternopil
BP HP omitted because BP can be read as Verkhovna Rada (Верховна Рада), Ukraine's parliament.
BT HT  Kherson
BX HX  Khmelnytskyi
CA IA  Cherkasy
CB IB  Chernihiv
CC IC omitted because Cyrillic "CC" can be read as SS (Schutzstaffel)
CE IE  Chernivtsi
CH IH  Sevastopol city
II nationwide

Vanity plates[edit]

According to a 2007 decree, 2004 standard regular plates for private automobiles with triple leading zero combinations or combinations with all identical digits (except prohibited quadruple zero) are recognized as cherished and officially cost from ₴7,500 to ₴20,000 (approx. 240 to 640 €). Plate owner can choose any yet not assigned suffix within a region of vehicle registration.[1] All other combinations are officially recognized as an ordinary, but virtually known that some of so-called "pretty" combinations were purchased.

Combination Price, UAH
0001–0005; 0007–0009; 5555; 7777 20,000
1111; 2222; 3333; 4444; 8888; 9999 10,000
0006; 6666 7,500

Recognition / collisions[edit]


By the order of characters current plates completely repeat current Bulgarian and former, but still valid, Spanish systems. Because of this some plates may not be quickly recognized by nationality. This applies to the four regions of Spain with prefixes BA, BI, CA, IB; and mostly to the five regions of Bulgaria with prefixes BT, BH, CA, CB (Sofia again), CH, KH.

North Macedonia also has BT (Bitola) and the same format (BT-9999-XX).

Former Albania registration system had BC, BC-9999-XX.

Individualized (vanity) license plates[edit]

Former individualized plate

Individualized license plates are an additional type of plate, available for personal vehicles and motorcycles. State automobile inspection requires a previous vehicle registration with issuing of regular plates before issuing individualized plates. Using both plate-sets at the same time is prohibited, as well as driving abroad with the individualized license plates.

Individualized plates were first introduced in 1997 and included the numeric code of region. From 2004 have been issued plates with no region coding. Current (2007) individualized plates visually replicate the 1997 plates.

Plate-owners can choose Cyrillic or Roman letters for creation of individualized plates followed by some digits. In addition to the characters, plate owners can choose any image to print on the right-hand side of the plate. As far as it is known, this option is only available in Ukraine, so Ukrainian individualized plates are unique in this sense.

Plate owners are prohibited from using any discriminatory or offensive phrases or graphics, any national, language, religious or gender self-identification, using the names and logos of official state's authorities, or using the names and logos of foreign states and official foreign states' authorities.[2]

Regional codes[edit]

Former 1995 regular plate (still valid)

After introducing the current system, regions' numeric codes were used in some non-regular plates (white-on-red temporary, white-on-blue ministry of internal affairs plates and black-on white personalized plates).[3]

Numeric codes Letter suffixes Region
01 КО, КР, PK Crimea
02 ВI, BT, BX Vinnytsia Oblast
03 ВК, ВМ, ВО Volyn Oblast
04 АА, АВ, АЕ, АК, АН, AI, CM Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
05 ЕА, ЕВ, ЕК, ЕН, ЕО, ЕС Donetsk Oblast
06 ВА, ВВ, ВЕ Zhytomyr Oblast
07 РТ, РЕ, РА Zakarpattia Oblast
08 НА, НЕ, НО, НР, НС Zaporizhzhia Oblast
09 ІВ, ІС Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
10 КК, КМ, КХ Kyiv Oblast
11 КА, КВ, КЕ, КН, КІ, КТ, OO, II Kyiv city
12 ОМ, ОН, ОС Kirovohrad Oblast
13 АМ, АО, АР, АТ, АХ, IA Luhansk Oblast
14 ТА, ТВ, ТН, ТС, TO, TT Lviv Oblast
15 HI, НК, НТ Mykolaiv Oblast
16 ОА, ОВ, ОЕ, ОК Odesa Oblast
17 СК, СН, СС Poltava Oblast
18 РА, РВ, РО Rivne Oblast
19 СА, СВ, СЕ Sumy Oblast
20 ТЕ, ТК, ТІ Ternopil Oblast
21 AX, ХА, ХВ, ХК Kharkiv Oblast
22 ХН, ХО Kherson Oblast
23 ХМ, ХІ Khmelnytskyi Oblast
24 МА, МВ, МЕ Cherkasy Oblast
25 МК, ММ, МН Chernihiv Oblast
26 МО, МР, МС Chernivtsi Oblast
27 КС Sevastopol city
28 HH, II nationwide

Special plates[edit]

Diplomatic plates[edit]

Current diplomatic plates is black-on-white, all combinations starts with "D"-prefix followed by six digits. Three-digit group following "D"-prefix is the code that indicates: in interval 001-199 - embassies by countries, 200-299 - international organizations, 300-399 - consular authority by countries. Last three digits is the serial number. Unofficially issues two-line optimize shaped diplomatic license plates.[4]

Former diplomatic plates is still valid. White-on-red plates consists|smaller font three-digit code (001-100), prefix (CDP for ambassadors, DP for embassy personnel, CC for consular corps, S for staff) and four or five serial digits. Earliest white-on-red diplomatic plates (1995) scheme included the same letter prefixes and four-six digits (depending from number|letters), where the first three was a country code.

There were the same scheme black-on-yellow plates for non-diplomatic purposes (F or IT prefix for foreign companies). Earliest black-on-yellow (1995) scheme included prefix followed by six digits (F for foreign companies, C for foreigners, B for permanent export). In F-plates first three digits was a country code, in B and C-plates - a region code (from 649 to 673).

After 2004 non-diplomatic plates isn't necessary, but still valid.

Military and police plates[edit]

Sized military plate

Military plates were white-on-black, while police plates were white-on-blue. Volunteer military organization plates were colored white-on-dark green.

Temporary series[edit]

Currently three main temporary plate types exists:

1) Dealers issues trade plate with non-regional prefix in interval T0-T9. There three shapes of this plates: a) for cars, trucks, buses, trailers; b) for motorcycles; c) for mopeds.

2) Inter-district registration and examination departments (MREV) issues temporary plates with regional coded prefix (01-27) if the vehicle needs re-registration in another region or country. There three shapes of this plates: a) for cars, trucks, buses, trailers; b) for motorcycles; c) for mopeds.

3) Special authorities issues temporary plates for an agricultural and self-propelled construction equipment with TP-prefix in "moped" shape.

All of these plates were white-on-red.

Diplomatic codes[edit]

Code Country or organization Code Country or organization Code Country on organization
001 Not used (formerly Russia, diplomatic relationships
terminated since 24 February 2022
035  Turkey 069  Iraq
002  United States 036  Norway 070  Kyrgyzstan
003  China 037  Algeria 071  Tajikistan
004  United Kingdom 038   Switzerland 072  Uzbekistan
005  France 039  Niger 073  Turkmenistan
006  Germany 040  Vatican City 074  Thailand
007  Hungary 041  Azerbaijan 075  Tunisia
008  Lithuania 042  South Korea 076  Ghana
009  Bulgaria 043  Brazil 077  Serbia
010  Armenia 044  Denmark 078  Liechtenstein
011  Australia 045  Latvia 079  Indonesia
012  Israel 046  Croatia 080  Morocco
013  Belarus 047  Cyprus 081  Jordan
014  Poland 048  Czech Republic 082  Kuwait
015  Estonia 049  Finland 083  Luxembourg
016 Not used (formerly North Korea,
diplomatic relationships
terminated since 13 July 2022
050  Seychelles 084 OSCE
017  Sweden 051  United Nations 085  Uruguay
018  Mexico 052  Central African Republic 086  Peru
019  Greece 053  Slovenia 087 Red Cross
020  India 054  Belgium 088  Afghanistan
021  Iran 055  Moldova 089 SCTU
022  Mongolia 056  Cuba 090  Serbia (formerly Bangladesh)
023  Vietnam 057  Philippines 091  Albania
024  Austria 058  South Africa 092  North Macedonia
025  Egypt 059  Pakistan 093  NATO
026  Argentina 060  Libya 094  NATO Information Center
027  Japan 061 IBRD 095 IMF
028  Canada 062 IFC 096  New Zealand
029  Portugal 063 Not used (formerly Syria,
diplomatic relationships
terminated since 30 June 2022
097  Bangladesh
030  Chile 064  Singapore 098  European Union
031  Italy 065  Ireland 099 EBRD
032  Spain 066  Netherlands 100 GDIP (service set)
033  Slovakia 067  Kazakhstan 199 Bank for reconstruction
034  Romania 068  Georgia 206 OSCE

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Про встановлення вартості номерних знаків легкових автомобілів, виготовлених відповідно до вимог державних стандартів, які мають комбінацію з чотирьох однакових цифр і в межах від 0001 до 0009, що видаються за бажанням власників легкових автомобілів".
  2. ^ "Замовлення індивідуального номерного знака". Diia. Retrieved 2024-04-09.
  3. ^ "➤ Matriculas de Ucrania | Todo lo que necesitas saber【2021】↓".
  4. ^ "Ukrainian license plate" (JPG). Retrieved 2024-01-07.

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