Vehicle registration plates of the Philippines

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Vehicle license plates in the Philippines (Tagalog: plaka ng pagsasakyang panlupa ng pilipinas) are issued and regulated by the Land Transportation Office, a government agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

History[edit]

2014 series (Plate standardization project)[edit]

An example design of a 2014 series vehicle registration plate; Plate for private and light vehicles (Top) and for Public Utility vehicles (Bottom); As of 2018 Regions are no longer listed making them similar to Taiwanese plates in both style, format and evolution

In January 2013, the Land Transportation Office ventured on the plate standardization project with modern security features which include holograms and bar codes, and also planned to phase out the old plate format which has been in use since 1981. In the new format, the LTO will issue LLL-DDDD for four-wheel vehicles and LL-DDDDD for motorcycles. The alphanumeric symbols for private cars will be black on a white background, while those for public utility vehicles (PUVs) would continue on black on yellow with the authorized route also to be indicated. Motorcycle plates would also be black on white, as would those for tricycles used for personal purposes. Tricycles used as PUVs would also continue with the black on yellow scheme. Government plates, meanwhile, would have sport red symbols on a white background, with the name of the agency/office to be indicated. Diplomatic plates would continue carry blue symbols on a white background, while Other Exempt Vehicles (OEV) would have black symbols on a light blue background. The new plate format series and design was originally scheduled for release on September or October 2013.[1][2][3][4] However, it has been delayed several times primarily due to concerns on the release of funds for the license plate project, as well as the increase in purchase of new cars using temporary license plates bearing the conduction sticker number.[5] Eventually, on May 2014, the first batch of new license plates were finally released.[6] By January 2015, vehicle owners are now required to change their old plates into a modern series plate, and pay PhP 450 for a replacement.

In 2016, the LTO issued "virtual plates" as a temporary measure to address the backlog in physical license plates. New vehicles will be issued an identification consisting of alphanumeric combinations, which will make it easier for the LTO to release the permanent license plates once they are available.[7]

Finally, in January 2018, the Supreme Court ordered the release of the license plates long held due to restraining orders saddling the plate modernization program. It is expected that the distribution will commence at full swing by mid-February 2018.

Automobile vehicle[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
ABC-1234 Private
vehicles
Private vehicle not for commercial uses (Light cars, SUV, Light truck)
PUV-1234 Public utility
vehicles
Public utility vehicle (AUV, Jeepneys, Taxicabs and School Bus)
GOV-1234 Government
vehicles
Cars for government official uses (Police car and Fire truck).

Motorcycle[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
PT-12345 Private Private motorcycles
PV-12345 Public utility Public utility use for Tricycles
GV-12345 Government
motorcycle
Motorcycles for government official uses (Police motorcycles).

Special vehicle[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
00000
00000
Diplomatic
vehicles
Other exempted vehicles
ABC-1234 Electric Electric vehicles

1981 series[edit]

Automobile vehicle[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
ABC-123
ABC-123 (rear only from 1989 to 1994)
Private
vehicles
Private cars or light trucks not for commercial uses.
PUV-123
PUV-123 (from 1991 to 1995)
Public utility
vehicles
Public utility cars (AUV, Jeepneys, Taxicabs and School Bus)
GOV-123
GOV-123 (rear only from 1989 to 1994)
Government
vehicles
Cars for government official uses.

Motorcycle[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
AB-1234
AB-1234 (from 1989 to 1994)
1234-AB
Private Private motorcycles
PV-1234
PV-1234 (from 1991 to 1995)
1234-PV
Public utility Public utility use for Tricycles
GV-1234
GV-1234 (from 1989 to 1994)
Government
motorcycle
Motorcycles for government official uses (Police motorcycles).
00000
00000 (from 1989 to 1994)
Diplomatic
vehicles
Other exempted vehicles

Special vehicle[edit]

Pattern Class Notes
00000
00000 (rear only from 1989 to 1994)
Diplomatic
vehicles
Other exempted vehicles
ABC-123
Electric Electric vehicles

Current specifications[edit]

Current license plates issued by the Land Transportation Office

Dimensions and medium[edit]

The current series of Philippine registration plates measure 390 x 140 mm. The characters are stamped on an aluminium plate which is then applied with reflectorized paint. Previously, numerous watermarks of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) logo as well as a small logo of the plate manufacturer were stamped on the plate. This was replaced in 2002 with a reflectorized printed color sticker of the statue to José Rizal. As of 2008, all plates issued by the LTO are produced by a sole, privately funded manufacturer in Manila.

The slogan on the bottom of the license plate usually reflects the goals campaign of the incumbent President. The practice began under President Fidel V. Ramos' "Philippines 2000" campaign in 1995. Until 2003, plates also bore the word "Pilipinas" at the bottom; it was replaced with the Arroyo government's slogan "Matatag Na Republika" ("Strong Republic") which was still used instead of the "Daang Matuwid" ("Straight Path") slogan even when Benigno Aquino III became President in 2010.

  • PILIPINAS (the most common inscription; 1981–1995, 2001–2003; for private and government vehicles, 2001–2014; for-hire and public utility vehicles)
  • PHILIPPINES 2000 (1995–2000)
  • ANGAT PINOY 2004 ("Raise Pinoy 2004"; 2000–2001)
  • PERLAS NG SILANGAN ("Pearl of the Orient"; 2002–2003; starting 2003, it is concurrently produced with the PILIPINAS license plates that have a Rizal Monument in the background that was first introduced in 2002 and continued to use when the MATATAG NA REPUBLIKA slogan was introduced)
  • MATATAG NA REPUBLIKA (2003-April 12, 2014; for private, tourist and government vehicles; alternating with the PILIPINAS license plates in 2003 for other Public Utility Vehicles.)
  • REGIONAL DESIGNATIONS (April 13, 2014-April 23, 2018; it is concurrently produced with the regional license plates that have with bar code security feature that was first introduced in 2014)
  • ALPHABETICAL DESIGNATIONS (April 24, 2018-onwards; it is currently produced with the geographical designations with alphabetical letters license plates that have with QR code security feature that is now introduced in 2018 and continued to use when the previous regional licence plates inscription were permanently removed)

Typeface[edit]

There were numerous typefaces for Philippine registration plates. The current typeface used for Philippine registration plates was first implemented in 1981. It is loosely based on the Australian license plate system. There have been slight variations on the font design until February 2018 when all plates switched to FE-Schrift[8], which has been used since at least 2010 for personalized plates.[9]

Protocol/High-ranking government plates[edit]

These plates are green D or DD plates reserved for the top government officials of the Republic of the Philippines.

Regular government plates[edit]

Red characters on a white background (or with the Rizal monument starting 2003), LLL-DDD (1981 series) or LLL-DDDD (2014 series) plates that start with the letter "S".

Government plate
Protocol plate 7 for Senators
Temporary diplomatic plate, perhaps unofficial[citation needed]
A Toyota Corolla Altis with diplomatic-OEV plates side-by-side a green-plated (private), Toyota Fortuner. Notice the difference in the placement of the Rizal monument.

Diplomatic/other exempted vehicle plates[edit]

Blue characters on a white background plates reserved for diplomats, embassy and consulate officials, country ambassadors and some expatriates such as scientists and researchers at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in the form of DDDD or DDDDD. Ambassadors' plates are always "1000" and used to have the country they represent at the bottom of the plate (i.e., not present anymore). These plates have a small decal on the bottom left part with a "CM".

1001 – 9999: a small decal on the bottom left part, displayed as "DC" for "diplomatic corps"
10000 – 99999: embassy vehicles – a small decal on the bottom left part displayed as "OEV" for "other exempted vehicle"

Public utility vehicles[edit]

Public utility plate.

Yellow plates (black characters on a yellow background) are in the form LLL DDD (1981 series) or LLL-DDDD (2014 series) and usually begin with either the letter "N" or "P" or "T" or "U" in NCR that was used in 1981 series plates. They always have either "V", "W", "X"(except U) or "Y" in the middle of the letter block. Older license plates starting with "N" and "P" may have other letters in the middle of the block, although the "V", "W", "X", "Y" letters are also present (from 1981 NVA-101 to early 1995 NYZ-999).

For 2014 series, beside the region of registration, the type of PUV is also indicated (e.g. NCR TAXI, R4A JEEPNEY, R8 PROV BUS).

Private vehicles[edit]

For private vehicles, the plate contains green-colored symbols on a white background (or reverse – white symbols on green background, used from 1989 to 1995) with the number format as "LLL-DDD (1981 series) or LLL-DDDD (2014 series).

On newer vehicles, the first letter usually indicates the region where the vehicle is registered. For example, if the plate begins with the letter "N", the vehicle is registered in the National Capital Region.

Trailers[edit]

Yellow, green or white plates that mostly have either "U" (Private) or "Z" (For Hire) in the middle of the letter block. e.g. CUU-482, NZB-263, BUA-5301

Electric vehicles[edit]

For electric vehicles, orange plates are used (white symbols on orange background).

Motorcycles[edit]

Private[edit]

Private motorcycle plate.

Green characters (1981 series) or black characters (2014 series) on a white background with the letters "MC" stamped on the upper left-hand corner next to the registration sticker. Usually in the format LL-DDDD (e.g. NK 9081) or LL-DDDDD (e.g. NA 25953), but with the rise in the number of motorcycles on the road, the DDDD-LL (e.g. 9081 NK) format has also come into use.

Public utility[edit]

Yellow characters on a black background. Same format as in private motorcycles. This plate is very rarely seen.

Diplomatic[edit]

Diplomatic motorcycles use the all-number plates (same for 4 wheels and up) instead of the aforementioned pattern for private, public utility and government ones, but with the same physical dimensions and the "MC" stamp.

Tricycles[edit]

Private[edit]

Green characters on a white background with the letters "MC" stamped on the upper left-hand corner next to the registration sticker. This is also rare because when a tricycle is purchased, its immediate use is to be a public transport vehicle and will be registered with black on yellow plates.

Public utility[edit]

Black characters on a yellow background with the letters "TC" stamped on the upper right-hand corner next to the registration sticker.

Department of Tourism accredited vehicles[edit]

Vehicles accredited by the Department of Tourism (usually tour buses and airport taxis) are issued plates that look similar to those of private vehicles, but have yellow highlights mixed with the green color and share the same first letter of current public utility vehicle plates. These vehicles must also have special stickers placed on the rear windows indicating that they are DOT-accredited.

For 2014 to 2016 series, it now uses yellow plate, same as the PUV and the word TOURIST is indicated (e.g. NCR TOURIST).

Coding scheme[edit]

1981 and 2018 Series Geographical designation[edit]

  • "A" – Region I (Ilocos Region) and CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) / All Regions, April 2014-June 2016 / Region I (Ilocos Region) April 2018-onwards
  • "B" – Region II (Cagayan Valley Region) 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "C" – Region III (Central Luzon Region 1981-2003, Superseded by "R" in September 2003 to April 2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "D" – Regions IV-A (CALABARZON) and IV-B (MIMAROPA), 1981-2000 Superseded by "V" in May 2000-April 2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "E" – Region V (Bicol Region) 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "F" – Region VI (Western Visayas Region) 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "G" – Region VII (Central Visayas Region), 1981-2004, Superseded by "Y" in August 2004-April 2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "H" – Region VIII (Eastern Visayas Region), 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "I" - Region XIII (CARAGA), April 2018-onwards
  • "J" – Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) and ARMM, 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "K" – Region X (Northern Mindanao), 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "L" – Regions XI (Davao Region) and XIII (CARAGA), 1981-2014 / Region XI (Davao Region), April 2018-onwards
  • "M" – Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), 1981-2014, April 2018-onwards
  • "N" – National Capital Region, July 1, 1981-September 1982, June 2009-May 2010 (with increments of "I", "O", and "Q"), April 2018-onwards
  • "P" – National Capital Region, September 1982-March 1991, May 2010-June 2011 (with increments of "I", "O", and "Q")
  • "R" – Region III (Central Luzon Region), overflow Series for Private since September 2003-April 2014
  • "S" – Government-owned (Red Plate) Vehicles, 1981-2014, April 2014-onwards
  • "T" – National Capital Region, March 1991-April 1995, June 2011-July 2012 (with increments of "I", "O", and "Q")
  • "U" – National Capital Region, February 1995-March 1995, April 1995-August 1997, July 2012-June 2013 (with increments of "I", "O", and "Q")
  • "V" – Regions IV-A (CALABARZON) and IV-B (MIMAROPA), overflow Series for Private since May 2000-April 2014
  • "W" – National Capital Region, August 1997-June 2001, June 2013-April 12, 2014 (with increments of "I", "O", and "Q")
  • "X" – National Capital Region, June 2001-June 2005
  • "Y" – Region VII (Central Visayas Region), overflow series for Private since August 2004-April 2014 / CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region), April 2018-onwards
  • "Z" – National Capital Region, June 2005-June 2009

2014 Series Geographical designation[edit]

April 13, 2014 to April 23, 2018, the plate number letters are all the same throughout the Philippines in a series and combination, since the region where it is registered is now displayed in the new license plates at the bottom part. Since the previous 1981 series designation are now carried with the same alphabetical designations which is now updated from April 24, 2018-onwards.

  • "AAA, AAH, AAI, AAJ, AAK, AAL, AAM, AAN, AAO, AAP, AAQ, AAW, AAX, AAY, AAZ, ABA, ACA, ADA, AEA, AFA, AGA, AHA, AIA, AJA, AKA, ALA, AOA, APA, AQA, ARA, ASA, ATA, AVA, ABB, ABC, ABD, ABE, ABF, ABG, ABH, ABO, ABP, ABQ, ABR, ABS, ABT; NAA, NAB, NAC, NAD, NAE, NAF, NAG, NAH, NAI, NAJ, NAK, NAL, NAM, NAN, NAO, NAP, NAQ, NAR, NAS, NAT, NAU, NAV, NAW, NAX, NAY, NAZ, NBC, NBD, NBV, NBX, NBY, NCC, NCD, NCE, NCF, NCG, NCH, NCI, NCJ, NCK, NCX, NCY, NCZ, NDB, NDC, NDD, NDE, NDF, NDG, NDH, NDI, NDP, NDQ, NDR, NDS, NDW, NDX, NDY, NDZ, NEA, NEB, NEC, NED" – National Capital Region
  • "AAA-ABV; ABA-ATA, AVA-AXA; AYA, AYB, AYC"– Public Utility Vehicles (All regions with indicating the type of service, ex. tourist vehicles from 2014 to 2016)
  • "AAA-ABT; ABA-ATA, AVA-AXA; NVA, NVB, NVC, NVD, NVE, NVF, NVG, NVH, NVI, NVJ, NVK, NVL, NVM, NVN, NVO, NVP, NVQ, NVR, NVS, NVT, NVU, NVV, NVW, NVX, NVY, NVZ, NWA, NWB"- Public Utility Vehicles (National Capital Region except with indicating the type of service, ex. tourist vehicles from 2014 to 2016)
  • "AUA, BUA; AZA, BZA" – NCR, Region I, Region II, Region III, Region IV-A, Region XI and Region XII – Public Utility Trailer (2014-2016)
  • "AUA, BUA" – NCR, Region II, Region III, Region IV-A, Region VII and Region XII – Trailer (2014-2016)
  • "NUB, NUC, NUD, NUE" - National Capital Region - Trailer
  • "NZB, NZC" - National Capital Region - Public Utility Trailer
  • "AZA, AZB, AZC" - Northern Luzon - Electric Vehicle
  • "EZA, EZB, EZC" - Southern Luzon - Electric Vehicle
  • "IZA, IZB, IZC, IZD, IZE" - National Capital Region - Electric Vehicle
  • "OZA, OZB, OZC, OZD" - Visayas -

Electric Vehicle

  • "UZA, UZB" - Mindanao - Electric Vehicle
  • "AAA, AAR, AAS, AAU, ABA, ALA, AVA, ABI, ABV, ACL, ADB, ADC, ADD, AEC, AED, AEE, AEF, AEG" - Region I (Ilocos Region)
  • "AAA, AAU, ABA, ALA, ABI; BAA, BAB, BAC, BAD, BBV, BCL, BCM, BDI, BDJ" – Region II (Cagayan Valley)
  • "AAK, AAU, ADA, ABN, YAA, YAB, YAC, YBV, YCB, YCL, YCX" – (Cordillera Administrative Region)
  • "AAB, AAQ, AAR, AAT, AAU, AAV, AFA, ALA, AMA, AVA, AWA, ABB, ABI, ABJ, ABK; CAA, CAB, CAC, CAF, CAG, CAH, CAI, CAJ, CBW, CBX, CBZ, CCM, CCN, CCO, CCP, CCQ, CDI, CDJ, CDK, CDL, CDT, CDU, CDV, CDZ, CEA, CEB, CEC, CED, CEE, CED, CEE, CEF, CEG" – Region III (Central Luzon)
  • "AAB, AAC, AAD, AAV, AAW, AEA, AWA, AXA, ABK, ABL; DAA, DAB, DAC, DAD, DBX, DBY, DCB, DCP, DCQ, DCR, DDL, DDM, DDY, DDZ, DEA, DEB, DEC, DED, DEE" – Region IV-A (CALABARZON)
  • "AAD, ABA, AFA, AGA, AMA, AXA, ABL; EAA, EAB, EAC, EBY, ECB, ECR" – Region V (Bicol Region)
  • "AAD, AAR, ABA, AGA, AMA, ANA, AXA, ABM; FAA, FAB, FAC, FAD, FAE, FAF, FBY, FCB, FCR, FCS, FDM" – Region VI (Western Visayas)
  • "AAD, AAE, AAF, AAZ, AFA, AXA, ABM, ABN; GAA, GAB, GAC, GAD, GAE, GAF, GAG, GAH, GAI, GAJ, GAK, GAL, GAM, GAN, GBY, GCS, GDM, GDN, GEA, GEB, GEC, GED, GEE, GEF, GEG, GEH, GEI, GEJ" – Region VII (Central Visayas)
  • "AAF, AAW, ABA, AFA, ABN; HAA, HAB, HCB, HCT" – Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)
  • "AAF, AAR, AAT, AFA, ANA, AXA, ABU; JAA, JAB, JAC, JAD, JAE, JBY, JCB, JCU, JDN, JDO" – Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)
  • "AAF, AAR, AAS, AAU, AFA, ANA, ABB, ABC, ABU; KAA, KAB, KAC, KAD, KAE, KAF, KBY, KCB, KCU, KDO" – Region X (Northern Mindanao)
  • "AAF, AAG, AAH; LAA, LAB, LAC, LAD, LAE, LCU, LCV, LDP, LDQ" – Region XI (Davao Region)
  • "AAH, AAS, AAT, AAU, ABA, AGA, ANA, AOA, ABU, ABV; MAA, MAB, MAC, MAD, MAE, MAF, MAG, MBZ, MCB, MCC, MCV, MCW, MCX, MDP, MDQ, MDR" – Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN)
  • "AAL, AAU, ADA, AFA, ABB; IAA, IAB, IBZ, ICX, IDI" – Region XIII (Caraga)

Plate Numbers in National Capital Region[edit]

Private (plate series with approximate year issued):

1981 NAA-NAH, NAJ-NAN, NAP, NAR-NAZ, NBA-NBH, NBJ-NBN, NBP, NBR-NBZ, NCA-NCH, NCJ-NCN, NCP, NCR-NCZ, NDA-NDH, NDJ-NDN, NDP, NDR-NDZ, NEA-NEH, NEJ-NEN, NEP, NER-NEZ, NFA-NFH, NFJ-NFN, NFP, NFR-NFZ, NGA-NGH, NGJ-NGN, NGP, NGR-NGZ, NHA-NHH, NHJ-NHN, NHP, NHR-NHZ, NJA-NJH, NJJ-NJN, NJP, NJR-NJZ, NKA-NKH, NKJ-NKN, NKP, NKR-NKZ, NLA-NLH, NLJ-NLN, NLP, NLR-NLZ, NMA-NMH, NMJ-NMN, NMP, NMR-NMZ, NNA-NNH, NNJ-NNN, NNP, NNR-NNZ, NPA-NPH, NPJ-NPN, NPP, NPR-NPZ, NRA-NRH, NRJ-NRN, NRP-NRZ, NSA-NSD
1982 NSE-NSH, NSJ-NSN, NSP, NSR-NSZ, NTA-NTH, NTJ-NTN, NTP, NTR-NTZ; PAA-PAH, PAJ-PAN, PAP, PAR-PAX
1983 PAY-PAZ, PBA-PBH, PBJ-PBN, PBP, PBR-PBZ, PCA-PCH, PCJ-PCN, PCP, PCR-PCZ, PDA-PDH, PDJ-PDN, PDP
1984 PDR-PDZ, PEA-PEH, PEJ-PEN, PEP, PER-PEZ, PFA-PFH
1985 PFJ-PFN, PFP, PFR-PFZ, PGA-PGH, PGJ-PGN, PGP
1986 PGR-PGZ, PHA-PHH, PHJ-PHK
1987 PHL-PHN, PHP, PHR-PHZ, PJA-PJH, PJJ
1988 PJK-PJN, PJP, PJR-PJZ, PKA-PKH, PKJ-PKN, PKP, PKR-PKZ, PLA-PLH. PLJ
1989 PLK-PLN, PLP, PLR-PLZ, PMA-PMH, PMJ-PMN, PMP, PMR-PMZ, PNA-PNH, PNJ-PNN, PNP, PNR-PNZ, PPA-PPH, PPJ-PPL
1990 PPM-PPN, PPP, PPR-PPZ, PRA-PRH, PRJ-PRN, PRP, PRR-PRZ, PSA-PSH, PSJ-PSN, PSP, PSR-PSZ, PTA-PTH, PTJ-PTN
1991 PTP, PTR-PTZ; TAA-TAD, TAE-TAH, TAJ-TAN, TAP, TAR-TAZ, TBA-TBH, TBJ-TBN, TBP, TBR-TBZ, TCA-TCH, TCJ-TCN, TCP, TCR-TCS
1992 TCT-TCZ, TDA-TDH, TDJ-TDN, TDP, TDR-TDZ, TEA-TEH, TEJ-TEN, TEP, TER-TEZ, TFA-TFH, TFJ-TFN, TFP, TFR
1993 TFS-TFZ, TGA-TGH, TGJ-TGN, TGP, TGR-TGZ, THA-THH, THJ-THN, THP, THR-THZ, TJA-TJH, TJJ-TJN, TJP, TJR-TJZ, TKA-TKH, TKJ-TKN, TKP, TKR-TKZ, TLA-TLH
1994 TLJ-TLN, TLP, TLR-TLZ, TMA-TMH, TMJ-TMN, TMP, TMR-TMZ, TNA-TNH, TNJ-TNN, TNP, TNR-TNZ, TPA-TPH, TPJ-TPN, TPP, TPR-TPZ, TRA-TRH, TRJ-TRN, TRP, TRR-TRZ, TTA-TTH, TTJ-TTN
1995 TTP, TTR-TTZ; UAA, UAB, TSA-TSZ; UAC-UAH, UAJ-UAN, UAP, UAR-UAZ, UBA-UBH, UBJ-UBN, UBP, UBR-UBZ, UCA-UCH, UCJ-UCN, UCP, UCR-UCZ, UDA-UDH, UDJ-UDN, UDP, UDR-UDZ, UEA-UEH, UEJ-UEN, UEP, UER-UEX
1996 UEY-UEZ, UFA-UFH, UFJ-UFN, UFP, UFR-UFZ, UGA-UGH, UGJ-UGN, UGP, UGR-UGZ, UHA-UHH, UHJ-UHN, UHP, UHR-UHZ, UJA-UJH, UJJ-UJN, UJP, UJR-UJZ, UKA-UKH, UKJ-UKN, UKP, UKR-UKZ, ULA-ULH, ULJ-ULN, ULP, ULR-ULZ, UNA-UND
1997 UNE-UNH, UNJ-UNN, UNP, UNR-UNZ, UPA-UPH, UPJ-UPN, UPP, UPR-UPZ, URA-URH, URJ-URN, URP, URR-URZ, USA-USH, USJ-USN, USP, USR-USZ, UTA-UTH, UTJ-UTN, UTP, UTR-UTZ, UUA-UUH, UUJ-UUN, UUP, UUR-UUZ; WAA-WAH, WAJ-WAN, WAP, WAR-WAZ, WBA-WBH, WBJ-WBK
1998 WBL-WBN, WBP, WBR-WBZ, WCA-WCH, WCJ-WCN, WCP, WCR-WCZ, WDA-WDH, WDJ-WDN, WDP, WDR-WDZ, WEA-WEH, WEJ-WEN, WEP, WER-WEZ, WFA-WFH, WFJ-WFN, WFP
1999 WFR-WFZ, WGA-WGH, WGJ-WGN, WGP, WGR-WGZ, WHA-WHH, WHJ-WHN, WHP, WHR-WHZ,WJA-WJH, WJJ-WJN, WJP, WJR-WJZ, WKA-WKH, WKJ-WKN, WKP, WKR-WKZ, WLA-WLH
2000 WLJ-WLN, WLP, WLR-WLZ, WMA-WMH, WMJ-WMN, WMP, WMR-WMZ, WNA-WNH, WNJ-WNN, WNP, WNR-WNZ, WPA-WPH, WPJ-WPN, WPP, WPR-WPZ, WRA-WRH, WRJ-WRN, WRP
2001 WRR-WRZ, WSA-WSH, WSJ-WSN, WSP, WSR-WSZ, WTA-WTH, WTJ-WTN, WTP, WTR-WTZ; XAA-XAH, XAJ-XAN, XAP, XAR-XAZ, XBA-XBH, XBJ-XBN
2002 XBP, XBR-XBZ, XCA-XCH, XCJ-XCN, XCP, XCR-XCZ, XDA-XDH, XDJ-XDN, XDP, XDR-XDZ, XEA-XEH, XEJ-XEN, XEP, XER-XEZ, XFA-XFH, XFJ-XFN, XFP, XFR-XFZ, XGA-XGH, XGJ-XGN, XGP, XGR-XGT
2003 XGU-XGZ, XHA-XHH, XHJ,XHN, XHP, XHR-XHZ, XJA-XJH, XJJ-XJN, XJP, XJR-XJZ, XKA-XKH, XKJ-XKN, XKP, XKR-XKZ, XLA-XLH, XLJ-XLN, XLP, XLR-XLZ, XMA-XMH
2004 XMJ-XMN, XMP, XMR-XMZ, XNA-XNH, XNJ-XNN, XNP, XNR-XNZ, XPA-XPH, XPJ-XPN, XPP, XPR-XPZ, XRA-XRH, XRJ-XRN, XRP, XRR-XRZ, XSA-XSH, XSJ-XSL
2005 XSM-XSN, XSP, XSR-XSZ, XTA-XTH, XTJ-XTN, XTP, XTR-XTZ; ZAA-ZAH, ZAJ-ZAN, ZAP, ZAR-ZAZ, ZBA-ZBH, ZBJ-ZBN, ZBP, ZBR-ZBZ, ZCA-ZCH, ZCJ-ZCN
2006 ZCP, ZCR-ZCZ, ZDA-ZDH, ZDJ-ZDN, ZDP, ZDR-ZDZ, ZEA-ZEH, ZEJ-ZEN, ZEP, ZER-ZEZ, ZFA,ZFH-ZFJ-ZFN, ZFP, ZFR-ZFZ, ZGA-ZGH, ZGJ-ZGN, ZGP, ZGR-ZGS
2007 ZGT-ZGZ, ZHA-ZHH, ZHJ-ZHN, ZHP, ZHR-ZHZ, ZJA-ZJH, ZJJ-ZJN, ZJP, ZJR-ZJZ, ZKA-ZKH, ZKJ-ZKN, ZKP, ZKR-ZKZ, ZLA-ZLH, ZLJ-ZLN, ZLP, ZLR
2008 ZLS-ZLZ, ZMA-ZMH, ZMJ-ZMN, ZMP, ZMR-ZMZ, ZNZ-ZNH, ZNJ-ZNN, ZNP, ZNR-ZNZ, ZPA-ZPH, ZPJ-ZPN, ZPP, ZPR-ZPZ, ZRA-ZRH, ZRJ-ZRN, ZRP, ZRR-ZRZ, ZSA-ZSH
2009 ZSJ-ZSN, ZSP, ZSR-ZSZ, ZTA-ZTH, ZTJ-ZTN, ZTP, ZTR-ZTZ; NAI-NZI; NAO-NZO; NAQ-NZQ; NIA-NIH, NIJ-NIN
2010 NIP, NIR-NIZ; NOA-NOH, NOJ-NON, NOP, NOR-NOZ; NQA-NQH, NQJ-NQN, NQP, NQR-NQZ; PAI-PZI; PAO-PZO; PAQ-PZQ; PIA-PIH
2011 PIJ-PIN, PIP, PIR-PIZ; POA-POH, POJ-PON, POP, POR-POZ; PQA-PQH, PQJ-PQN, PQP, PQR-PQZ; TAI-TZI; TAO-TZO; TAQ-TZQ; TIA-TIH, TIJ-TIL
2012 TIM-TIN, TIP, TIR-TIZ; TOA-TOH, TOJ-TON, TOP, TOR-TOZ; TQA-TQH, TQJ-TQN, TQP, TQR-TQZ; UIA-UIZ; UAI-UZI; UAO-UZO; UOA-UOH, UOJ-UON, UOP-UOV
2013 UOW-UOZ; UAQ-UHQ, UJQ-UNQ, UPQ-UZQ; UQA-UQH, UQJ-UQN, UQP, UQR-UQZ; WAI-WZI; WAO-WZO; WAQ-WZQ; WIA-WIH, WIJ-WIN, WIP

VRB-VRC; EBW-EBZ; FJB-FJH, FJJ; HBE-HBG; MGE-MGH (August-October 2013 Special Issue)

2014 WIR-WIZ; WOA-WOH, WOJ-WON, WOP, WOR-WOZ; WQA-WQH, WQJ-WQN, WQP, WQR-WQZ

AA(A, H-K, L-Q, W-Z); A(B-E, F)A (new plate series)

2015 A(G-L, O-T, V)A; AB(B-H, O-T)
2016 NB(C-D, V, X-Y); NC(C-L, X-Z); ND(B-I)
2017 NA(A-P); ND(P-S, W-Z)
2018 NA(P-Z); NE(A-D)

I, O and Q are previously not used to avoid confusion with the numbers "1" & "0". But with the exhaustion of the "Z" series in 2009, they are already used by reverting to the old "N" series. A new serial scheme is implemented using these characters, instead of the third letter coming into series (e.g. after ZAA-999 has been reached, ZAB-101) the middle letter is the one being replaced (e.g. after NAI-999 series has been exhausted, NBI-101 will follow). After all the possible combinations with I, O and Q as third letter for the same starting letter have been used, I, O and Q are used as middle letters and the third letter is being replaced (e.g. After NIA-999 has been used, NIB-101 will follow), if the reverted letter is exhausted (e.g. After PQZ-999 has been used, TAI-101 will follow). During the span of 2013, some letter combinations (e.g. FJB-101) were also used in Metro Manila.
e.g. NUI-205, NJO-542, NBQ-217, NIA-101, NOR-686, NQZ-544, PXI-296, PSO-338, PQQ-332, PIK-342, POC-902, PQL-497, TEI-517, TZO-390, TSQ-486, TIT-120, TOL-979, TQH-924, UMI-615, UFO-392, UHQ-571, UIP-207, UOG-874, UQF-281, WAI-365, WOO-911, WEQ-451, WIC-143, WOP-723, WQL-851, AAJ-8557, AJA-8068, ABG-9416, ACC-9001, NAA-6789, NCJ-5387, NDG-9693, etc.

Provincial Plate Numbers[edit]

Private (plate series with approximate year issued):

  • " 1981-1989"
Region I/CAR AAA-AAH, AAJ-AAN, AAP, AAR-AAZ, ABA-ABH, ABJ-ABN, ABP, ABR-ABZ, ACA-ACH, ACJ-ACN
Region II BAA-BAH, BAJ-BAN, BAP, BAR-BAZ, BBA-BBH, BBJ-BBN
Region III CAA-CAH, CAJ-CAN, CAP, CAR-CAZ, CBA-CBH, CBJ-CBN, CBP, CBR-CBZ, CCA-CCH, CCJ-CCN, CCP, CCR-CCZ, CDA-CDH, CDJ-CDN, CDP, CDR-CDZ, CEA-CEH, CEJ-CEN, CEP, CER-CEZ, CFA-CFH, CFJ-CFN, CFP, CFR-CFZ, CGA-CGH, CGJ-CGN, CGP, CGR-CGZ, CHA-CHH, CHJ-CHN, CHP, CHR-CHZ, CJA-CJE
Region IV DAA-DAG, DAJ-DAN, DAP, DAR-DAZ, DBA-DBH, DBJ-DBN, DBP, DBR-DBZ, DCA-DCH, DCJ-DCN, DCP, DCR-DCZ, DEA-DEH, DEJ-DEN, DEP, DER-DEZ, DFA-DFH, DFJ-DFN, DFP, DFR-DFZ, DGA-DGH, DGJ-DGN, DGP, DGR-DGV
Region V EAA-EAH, EAJ-EAN, EAP, EAR-EAU
Region VI FAA-FAH, FAJ-FAN, FAP, FAR-FAZ, FBA-FBH, FBJ-FBN, FBP, FBR-FBZ, FCA-FCH, FCJ-FCN, FCP, FCR-FCS
Region VII GAA-GAH, GAJ-GAN, GAP, GAR-GAZ, GBA-GBH, GBJ-GBN, GBP, GBR-GBZ, GCA-GCH, GCJ-GCN, GCP, GCR-GCZ, GDA-GDD
Region VIII HAA-HAH, HAJ-HAM
Region IX/ARMM JAA-JAH, JAJ-JAN, JAP, JAR-JAV
Region X KAA-KAH, KAJ-KAN, KAP, KAR-KAZ, KBA-KBH, KBJ-KBL
Region XI/XIII LAA-LAH, LAJ-LAN, LAP, LAR-LAZ, LBA-LBH, LBJ-LBN, LBP, LBR-LBZ, LCA-LCC
Region XII MAA-MAH, MAJ-MAN, MAP, MAR-MAW
  • "1990-1999"
Region I/CAR ACP, ACR-ACZ, ADA-ADH, ADJ-ADN, ADP, ADR-ADZ, AEA-AEE
Region II BBP, BBR-BBZ, BCA-BCH, BCJ-BCL
Region III CJF-CJH, CJJ, CJN, CJP, CJR-CJZ, CKA-CKH, CKJ-CKN, CKP, CKR-CKZ, CLA-CLH, CLJ-CLN, CLP, CLR-CLZ, CMA-CMH, CMJ-CMN, CMP, CMR-CMZ, CNA-CNH, CNJ-CNN, CNP, CNR-CNZ, CPA-CPH, CPJ-CPN, CPP, CPR, CPR-CPZ, CRA-CRE
Region IV DGW-DGZ, DHA-DHH, DHJ, DHK-DHN, DHP, DHR-DHZ, DJA-DJH, DJJ-DJN, DJP, DJR-DJZ, DKA-DKH, DKJ-DKN, DKP, DKR-DKZ, DMA-DMH, DMJ-DMN, DMP, DMR-DMZ, DNA-DNH, DNJ-DNN, DNP, DNR-DNZ, DPA-DPH, DPJ-DPN, DPP, DPR-DPZ, DRA-DRH, DRJ-DRN, DRP, DRR-DRZ, DSA-DSH, DSJ-DSN, DSP, DSR-DSZ, DTA-DTH, DTJ-DTM, DTP
Region V EAV-EAZ, EBA-EBH
Region VI FCT-FCZ, FEA-FEG
Region VII GDE-GDH, GDJ-GDN, GDP, GDR-DZ, GEA-GEH, GEJ-GEN, GEP, GER-GEZ, GFA-GFH, GFJ-GFN, GFP, GFR-GFZ, GGA-GGH, GGJ-GGN, GGP, GGR-GGZ, GHA-GHH, GHJ-GHN, GHP, GHR-GHZ, GJA-GJH, GJJ-GJN, GJP, GJR-GJZ, GKA-GKH, GKJ-GKN, GKP, GKR-GKZ, GLA-GLF
Region VIII HAN. HAP. HAR-HAY
Region IX/ARMM JAW-JAZ, JBA-JBE
Region X KBM-KBN, KBP, KBR-KBZ, KCA-KCG
Region XI/XIII LCD-LCH, LCJ-LCN, LCP, LCR-LCZ, LDA-LDH, LDJ-LDN, LDP, LDR-LDZ
Region XII MAX-MAZ, MBA-MBH, MBJ-MBM
  • "2000-2009"
Region I/CAR AEF-AEH, AEJ-AEN, AEP, AER-AES
CAR AHA-AHH, AHJ, AHL, AHM (AHK series was skipped)
Region II BCM-BCN, BCP, BCR-BCZ, BDA-BDH, BDJ-BDN, BDP, BDR-BDZ, BEA-BEC
Region III CRF-CRH, CRJ-CRN, CRP, CRR-CRZ, CSA-CSH, CSJ-CSN, CSP, CSR-CSZ, CTA-CTH, CTH, CTJ-CTN, CTP, CTR-CTZ; RAA-RAH, RAJ-RAN, RAP, RAR-RAZ, RBA-RBH, RBJ-RBN, RBP, RBR-RBZ, RCA-RCH, RCJ-RCN, RCP, RCR-RCZ, RDA-RDH, RDJ-RDN, RDP, RDR-RDZ, REA-REH, REJ-REM, REP,RER-REZ, RFA-RFH, RFJ-RFN, RFP, RFR-RFZ, RHA-RHH, RHJ-RHN, RHP, RHR-RHZ, RJA-RJH, RJJ-RJN
Region IV DTR-DTZ; VAA-VAH, VAJ-VAN, VAP, VAR-VAZ, VBA-VBH, VBJ, VBN, VBP. VBR-VBZ, VCA-VCH, VCJ-VCN, VCP, VCR-VCZ, VDA-VDH, VDJ-VDN, VDP, VDR-VDZ, VEE
Region V EBJ-EBN, RBP, EBR-EBT
Region VI FEH, FEJ-FEN, FEP, FER=FEZ, FFA-FFH, FFJ-FFN, FFP, FFR-FFZ, FGA-FGH, FGJ-FGN
Region VII GLG-GLH, GLJ-GLN, GLP[, GLR-GLZ, GMA-GMH, GMJ-GMN, GMP, GMR-GMZ, GNA-GNH, GNJ-GNN, GNP, GNR-GNZ, GPA-GPH, GPJ-GPN, GPP, GPR-GPZ, GRA-GRH, GRJ-GRN, GRP, GRR-GRZ, GSA-GSH, GSJ-GSN, GSP, GSR,-GSZ, GTA-GTH, GTJ-GTN, GTP, GTR-GTZ; YAA-YAH, YAJ-YAN, YAP, YAR-YAZ, YBA-YBH, YBJ-YBN, YBP, YBR-YBZ, YCA-YCH, YCJ-YCN, YCP, YCR-YCZ, YDA-YDH, YDJ-YDN, YDP, YDR-YDZ, YEA-YEH, YEJ-YEN, YEP, YER-YEZ, YFA-YFH, YFJ-YFN, YFP, YFR-YFZ, YGA-YGH, YGJ-YGN, YGP, YGR-YGZ, YHA-YHW
Region VIII HAZ, HBA-HBB
Region IX/ARMM JBF-JBH, JBJ-JBN, JBP, JBR-JBZ, JCA-JCH, JCJ-JCN, JCP, JCR-JCZ, JDA-JDG
Region X KCH, KCJ-KCN, KCP, KCR-KCZ, KDA-KDH, KDJ-KDN, KDP, KDR-KDZ, KEA-KEH
Region XI/ LEA-LEH, LEJ-LEN, LEP, LER-LEZ, LFA-LFH, LFJ-LFN, LFP, LFR-LFZ, LGA-LGH, LGJ-LGM
Region XII MBN, MBP, MBR-MBZ, MCA-MCH, MCJ-MCN, MCP, MCR-MCZ, MDA-MDH, MDJ-MDN, MDP, MDR-MDZ, MEA-MEH
Region XIII LMA-LMH, LMJ-LMN
  • "2010 – Present"
Region I Regular series: AET-AEZ, AFA-AFG
New series: AAA, AAR, AAS, AAU, ABA, ALA, AVA, ABI, ABW, ACL, ADI, ADW, AED, AEE
CAR Regular series: AHK, AHN, AHP, AHR-AHT
New series: AAK, AAU, ADA, ABN, YAA-YAC, YBV, YCL, YCX
Region II Regular series: BED-BEH, BEJ-BEN, BEP, BER-BEZ
New series: AAA, AAT, ABA, ALA, AVA, ABI, BAA-BAE, BBW, BCL, BCM, BDI-BDJ
Region III Regular series: RJP, RJR-RJZ, RKA-RKH, RKJ-RKN, RKP, RKR-RKZ, RLA-RLH, RLJ-RLN,RLP, RLR-RLZ, RMA-RMH, RMJ-RMN, RMP, RMR-RMZ, RNA-RNH, RNJ-RNN, RNP, RNR-RNZ
New series: AAB, AAQ, AAR, AAT, AAU, AAV, AFA, ALA, AMA, AVA, AWA, ABB, ABI, ABJ, ABK, CAA-CAJ, CBW-CBX, CBZ, CCM-CCO, CDI-CDL, CDT-CDV, CDZ, CEA-CEG
Region IV Regular series: VEF-VEH, VEJ-VEN, VEP, VER-VEZ, VFA-VFH, VFJ-VFN, VFP, VFR-VFU; VRA-VRC
New series (Region IV-A): AAB, AAC, AAD, AAV, AAW, AEA, AWA, AXA, ABK, ABL, DAA-DAC, DBX-DBY, DCB, DCP-DCR, DDL-DDM, DEA-DEE
Region V Regular series: EBU-EBZ, ECA-ECD (The whole EBW-EBZ series were skipped and instead issued in NCR.)
New series: AAD, ABA, AFA, AGA, AMA, AXA, ABL, EAA-EAC, EBY, ECR, EDM
Region VI Regular series: FGP, FGR-FGZ, FJA (FJB-onwards is used for special plate for NCR.)
New series: AAD, AAR, ABA, AGA, AMA, ANA, AXA, ABM, ABY, FAA-FAF, FCB, FCR, FCS, FDM
Region VII Regular series: YHX-YHZ, YJA-YJH, YJJ-YJZ, YKA-YKH, YKJ-YKN, YKP, YKR-YKZ, YLA-YLH, YLJ-YLN, YLP, YLR
New series: AAD, AAE, AAF, AAZ, AFA, AXA, ABM, ABN, GAA-GAN, GBY, GCS, GCT, GDM, GDN, GEA-GEE
Region VIII Regular series: HBB-HBD (The rest of HBE-onwards is used for special plate for NCR.)
New series: AAF, AAW, ABA, AFA, ABN, HAA-HAB, HCB, HCT
Region IX/ARMM Regular series: JDH, JDJ-JDN, JDP, JDR-JDZ, JEA-JEH, JEJ-JEN, JEP, JER-JEZ, JFA-JFH, JFJ-JFK
New series: AAF, AAR, AAT, AFA, ANA, AXA, ABU, JAA-JAE, JCB, JCT-JCU, JDN-JDO
Region X Regular series: KEJ-KEN, KEP, KER, KEZ, KFA-KFH, KFJ-KFN, KFP, KFR-KFZ, KGA-KGH, KGJ-KGN, KGP, KGR-KGZ, KHA-KHB
New series: AAF, AAR, AAS, AAU, AFA, ANA, ABB, ABC, ABU, KAA-KAF, KBY, KCU, KDO
Region XI Regular series: LGN, LGP, LGR-LGZ, LHA-LHH, LHJ-LHN, LHP
New series: AAF, AAG, AAH, LAA-LAE, LCC, LCU-LCV, LCX, LDP
Region XII Regular series: MEJ-MEN, MEP, MER-MEZ, MFA-MFH, MFJ-MFN, MFP, MFR-MFZ, MGA-MGD (MGE-MGH is used for special plate for NCR.); MGJ-MGL
New series: AAH, AAS, AAT, AAU, ABA, AGA, ANA, AOA, ABU, ABV, MAA-MAG, MBZ, MCB, MCC, MCV, MCX, MDP-MDR
Region XIII Regular series: LMP, LMR-LMZ, LNA-LNH, LNJ-LNN
New series: AAL, AAU, ADA, AFA, ABB, IAA, IAB, IBZ, ICX, IDI

Yellow Plate Numbers In Provincial & National Capital Region[edit]

1981 NVA-NVH, NVJ-NVN, NVP
1982 NVR-NVZ
1983 NWA-NWF
1984 NWG, NWH, NWJ-NWL
1985 NWM, NWN, NWP, NWR
1986 NWS-NWV
1987 NWW-NWZ
1988 NXA-NXD
1989 NXE-NXH
1990 NXJ-NXM
1991 NXN, NXP, NXR-NXS
1992 NXT-NXW
1993 NXX-NXZ, NYA-NYG
1994 NYH, NYJ-NYN, NYP-NYT
1995 NYU-NYZ, PVA-PVH, PVJ-PVN, PVP, PVR-PVV
1996 PVW-PVZ, PWA-PWH, PWJ-PWN, PWP, PWR-PWV
1997 PWW-PWZ, PXA-PXH, PXJ-PXN, PXP, PXR-PXV
1998 PXW,PXZ, PYA,PYH, PYJ,PYN
1999 PYP, PYR-PYX, TVA-TVD
2000 TVE-TVH, TVJ-TVN, TVP, TVR-TVT
2001 TVU-TVZ, TWA-TWE
2002 TWF-TWH, TWJ-TWL
2003 PYY-PYZ, TWM, TWN, TWP, TWR-TWT
2004 TWU-TWX, TYA-TYB
2005 TWY, TWZ, TXA-TXC, TYC-TYE
2006 TXD-TXG, TYF-TYH
2007 TXH-TXL, TYJ-TYL
2008 TXM-TXT, TYM-TYP
2009 TXU-TXZ, TYR-TYT
2010 TYU-TYW, UVA-UVH
2011 TYX-TYZ, UVJ-UVN UVP, UVR, UVS
2012 UVT-UVZ, UWA-UWC, UYA, UYB
2013 UWD-UWH, UWJ-UWN, UYC, UYD AWC, AWD
2014 UYE, UYF, VVA, VVB, VVC, VVD
2016 NVA-NVE
2017 NVE-NVJ
2018 NVJ-NVL
Region I (1981-2014) AVA-AVH, AVJ-AVN, AVP, AVR-AVZ, AWA-AWC
Region I (2016-) AVB-AVE
CAR (1981-2014) AYA-AYH, AYJ-AYP, AYR, AYS-AYV
CAR (2016-) YVA-YVF
Region II (1981-2014) BVA-BVH, BVJ-BVN, BVP, BVR-BVV
Region II (2016-) BVA-BVC
Region III (1981-2014) CVA-CVH, CVJ-CVN, CVP, CVR-CVZ, CWA-CWH, CWJ-CWN, CWP, CWR-CWZ, CXA-CXH, CXJ-CXN, CXP, CXR-CXV
Region III (2016-) CVA-CVI
Region IV-A/IV-B (1981-2014) DVA-DVH DVJ-DVN DVP, DVR-DVZ, DWA-DWH, DWJ-DWN DWP, DWR-DWZ, DXA-DXH DXJ-DXN, DXP, DXR-DXZ, DYA-DYD
Region IV-A/IV-B (2016-) DVA-DVJ
Region V (1981-2014) EVA-EVH, EVJ-EVN, EVP, EVR-EVW
Region V (2016-) EVA-EVC
Region VI (1981-2014) FVA-FVH, FVJ-FVN, FVP, FVR-FVZ, FWA-FWH, FWJ-FWN, FWP, FWR-FWZ, FXA
Region VI (2016-) FVA-FVD
Region VII (1981-2014) GVA-GVH GVJ-GVN, GVP, GVR-GVZ, GWA-GWH, GWJ-GWN, GWP, GWR-GWZ, GXA-GXH, GXJ-GXN, GXP, GXR-GXW
Region VII (2016-) GVA-GVG
Region VIII (1981-2014) HVA-HVF, HVG-HVN, HVP, HVR-HVU
Region VIII (2016-) HVA-HVC
Region IX (1981-2013) JVA-JVH, JVJ-JVN
Region IX (2016-) JVA-JVE
Region X (1981-2014) KVA,KVH, KVJ-KVN, KVP, KVR-KVZ, KWA, KWB
Region X (2016-) KVA-KVD
Region XI/XIII (1981-2014) LVA-LVH, LVJ-LVN, LVP, LVR-LVZ, LWA-LWH, LWJ-LWN, LWP, LWR-LWZ, LXA-LXE
Region XI (2016-) LVA-LVF
Region XII (1981-2014) MVA-MVH, MVJ-MVN, MVP, MVR-MVZ, MWA-MWC
Region XII (2016-) MVA-MVC
Region XIII (2007-2014) LYA-LYG
Region XIII (2016-) IVA-IVD

Government Plate Numbers[edit]

1980s SAA-SCT
1990s SCU-SFE
2000s SFF-SJE
2010–2014 SJF-SLH
2014–2018 SAA, SAB, SAC, SAD, SAE, SAF, SAG, SAH, SAI, SAJ (new plate series)
2018-Present SAK, SAL, SAM, SAN, SAO, SAP (Updated Features)

Motorcycle plate numbers[edit]

National Capital Region[edit]

  • Private Motorcycle (MC):
1981-1989 NA-NH, NJ-NN, NP
1990-1999 NR-NT, PA-PH, TA-TB
2000-2009 PJ-PN, PP, PR-PU; TC-TH, TJ-TN, TP, TR-TU; UA-UH, UJ-UN, UP, UR-UU; NI, NO, NQ; PI, PO, PQ; TI, TO, TQ; XI, XO, XQ; OR-OZ; ZJ-ZN, ZP, ZR, ZS; NA-NU; PA-PU (inverted motorcycle plates series)
2010-2013 TA-TU; UA-UU; OM-OR; XA-XC, XX-XZ
2014-2016 PV-PZ: TY-TZ; UV-UZ; SL-SR
SN, SP, SV, SW (special motorcycle plate series)
NA, NC-NH (new plate series)
2018-present NI-NL
  • Private Motor Tricycle (TC):
2014-2015 NO (new plate series)
2018-present NO, NP
  • Public Motor Tricycle (TC):
1981-1989 NV-NZ
1990-1999 PV-PZ; TV-TZ
2000–2009 UV-UX; XH
2010-2013 UY-UZ; WZ; NV, NW (inverted motorcycle plates series)
2014-2015 NB (new plate series)
2018-present NB, NV, NW

Provincial[edit]

  • Private Motorcycle (MC):
Region I/CAR (1981-2014) AA-AR; IG, IH, IW; OL, OQ, ZA-ZI, ZO, ZQ, ZT, ZU
AA-AU; ZA to ZZ, JV, KW, PZ, TW , IM, IO, IW, IX, QD, QG, QV; XG, XK; NX, SH, SI (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region I/CAR (2014-2016) AA, AC-AE, AT, AU (new plate series)
Region I (2018-present) AE-AG
CAR (2014-2016) YA (new plate series)
CAR (2018-present) YA, YC-YE
Region II (1981-2014) BA-BH, BJ-BL; YJ-YM; IH, IK, IQ, IU, OE, OM
BA-BU; YW; IR, IS; OW-OZ; XL; QI, QJ; BY, BZ, JV; KX; PY; TX; SJ, SS, ST (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region II (2014-2016) BA, BC-BF (new plate series)
Region II (2018-present) BF-BH
Region III (1981-2014) CA-CH, CJ-CN, CP, CR, CS; RA-RH, RP; YG, YH, YP, YR. YS, YX-YZ; EP; FP; HK-HM; KM, KN; CI, CO, CQ; RI, RO, RQ; IA, IB, IF, IR-IT, IY, IZ, OA, OB, OF, OH-OK ON-OP, HU, MU;
CA-CU; RA-RU, YN-YQ; IC-IF, II-IK, IT-IV; OD-OH; RY, RZ; XA-XC, XI, XJ, XM-XU, QA-QC, QF, QH, QW-QZ; RY, RZ; HO, HT, HV-HZ, JW; KY, KZ; TY, TZ; VL, VX-VZ; SD-SG, SX; NY (inverted motorcycle plates series)
SS, XS (special motorcycle plate series)
Region III (2014-2016) CA, CC-CE (new plate series)
Region III (2018-present) CE-CH
Region IV-A/IV-B (1981-2014) DA-DH, DJ-DN, DP, DR, DS; VA-VH; DI, DO, DQ; WA-WH, WJ-WN; VI, VO, VQ; WI, WO, WQ
DA-DU, VA-VJ; WA-WU; WV to WZ, VM-VS (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region IV-A/IV-B (2014-2016) DA, DC-DE, DS, DT (new plate series)
Region IV-A/IV-B (2018-present) DE-DG, DU
Region V (1981-2014) EA-EH, EJ-EN, ER; EI, EO, EQ; IG; OD, OG, OI, OJ, QK QP
EA-EU; IA, IB, IQ; OA, OS, OT; XD, XE, XF; QE, QK, QL; EY, EZ; VT, VU; SC, SK, SY, SZ (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region V (2014-2016) EA, EC, ED (new plate series)
Region V (2018-present) ED-EF
Region VI (1981-2014) FA-FH, FJ-FN, FR, FS; FI, FO, FQ; OC, II, IJ, IV
FA-FU, IL, IX; OB, OK, OU; QM, QN; FY, FZ; HQ, HR (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region VI (2014-2016) FA, FC-FE (new plate series)
Region VI (2018-present) FE-FG
Region VII (1981-2014) GA-GH, GJ-GN, GP, GR-GU; YA-YF, YT, YU; HN, HP, HR; GI, GO, GQ; YI, YO, YQ; IL; KU
GA-GU; YA-YL, YR-YU; HJ-HL; IR, IS;OS, OT; QO-QS; SB, SV, SW (inverted motorcycle plates series)
SO, SQ, SR, ST; XR, XT (special motorcycle plate series)
Region VII (2014-2016) GA, GC-GF (new plate series)
Region VII (2018-present) GF-GI
Region VIII (1981-2014) HA-HH, HJ, HR-HT; HI, HO, HQ
HA-HI, HR, HS, HU (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region VIII (2014-2016) HA (new plate series)
Region VIII (2018-present) HC, HD
Region IX (1981-2014) JA-JH, JJ-JN, JP, JR-JT; JI, JO, JQ
JA-JU (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region IX (2014-2016) JA, JC (new plate series)
Region IX (2018-present) JC-JD
Region X (1981-2014) KA-KH, KJ, KL, KP, KS, KT, KU; KI, KO, KQ
KA-KX (inverted motorcycle plates series)
Region X (2014-2016) KA, KC (new plate series)
Region X (2018-present) KC-KE
Region XI/XIII (1981-2014) LA-LH, LJ-LN, LP, LR-LU; LI, LO, LQ
LA-LU; IW; OY, OZ; QT-QV; LV-LZ; VU, VV (inverted motorcycle plates series)
SU, CT, NU, XV, XW (special motorcycle plate series)
Region XI (2014-2016) LA, LC, LD (new plate series)
Region XI (2018-present) LD-LF
Region XII (1981-2014) MA-MH, MJ-MN, MP, MR-MT; MI, MO, MQ
MA-MU, MX-MZ (inverted motorcycle plates series)
SX-SZ, XX-XZ (special motorcycle plate series)
Region XII (2014-2016) MA, MC, MS-MT (new plate series)
Region XII (2018-present) MC, MD, MT
Region XIII (2014-2016) IA (new plate series)
Region XIII (2018-present) IA, IC, ID
  • Private Motor Tricycle (TC)
Region I (2014-2016) AO, AZ (new plate series)
Region I (2018-present) AP
CAR (2014-2016) YO (new plate series)
CAR (2018-present) YO, YP
Region II (2014-2016) BO, BP (new plate series)
Region II (2018-present) BP, BZ
Region III (2014-2016) CO, CP (new plate series)
Region III (2018-present) CZ
Region IV-A/IV-B (2014-2016) DO, DP (new plate series)
Region IV-A/IV-B (2018-present) DY, DZ
Region V (2014-2016) EO (new plate series)
Region V (2018-present) EO, EP
Region VI (2014-2016) FO (new plate series)
Region VI (2018-present) FO, FP
Region VII (2014-2016) GO (new plate series)
Region VII (2018-present) GP, GZ
Region VIII (2014-2016) HO (new plate series)
Region VIII (2018-present) HP
Region IX (2014-2016) JO (new plate series)
Region IX (2018-present) JO, JP
Region X (2014-2016) KO, KP (new plate series)
Region X (2018-present) KP
Region XI (2014-2016) LO (new plate series)
Region XI (2018-present) LP, LY, LZ
Region XII (2014-2016) MO (new plate series)
Region XII (2018-present) MP
Region XIII (2014-2016) IO (new plate series)
Region XIII (2018-present) IO, IP
  • Public Motor Tricycle (TC)
Region I/CAR (1981-2014) AV-AZ, AS, AT; ZV, ZZ; XC, XL; QC, QG, QI, QP, QU
AV-AZ (inverted tricycle plates series)
JZ, AA(0), AE(0)-AH(0); BA(0), BH(0)(special tricycle plate series)
Region I/CAR (2014-2016) AB (new plate series)
Region I/CAR (2018-present) AB, AV, AX
Region II (1981-2014) BV-BZ, BN, BP, BR-BU; XB, XJ; QF, QY
BV-BX (inverted motorcycle plates series)
AB(0), AC(0), BB(0)-BG(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region II (2014-2016) BB (new plate series)
Region II (2018-present) BB, BV, BW
Region III (1981-2014) CV-CZ; RV-RZ; RJ-RN, RR-RU; XD, XE, XM, XN, XP; ES; QA, QB, QD, QE, QK, QL, QR-QT, QV
CV-CZ; RV-RX; (inverted tricycle plates series)
AD(0), AK(0), AN(0), BI(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region III (2014-2016) CB (new plate series)
Region III (2018-present) CB, CV, CW
Region IV-A/IV-B (1981-2014) DV-DZ, VV-VZ; DT, DU; VK-VN, VP, VR-VV; WV-WY; WP, WR-WU; XA, XF, XG
DV-DZ; VV, VW (inverted tricycle plates series)
JY; LV; AO(0)-AS(0), AY(0), AZ(0); BJ(0)-BP(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region IV-A/IV-B (2014-2016) DB, DV (new plate series)
Region (2018-present) DV, DW, DX
Region V (1981-2014) EV-DZ, ET, DU; QJ, QQ
EV-EZ (inverted tricycle plates series)JZ; AT(0)-AX(0); BQ(0)-BS(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region V (2014-2016) EB (new plate series)
Region V (2018-present) EB, EV
Region VI (1981-2014) FV-FZ
FV-FX (inverted tricycle plates series)
BP(0)-BS(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region VI (2014-2016) FB (new plate series)
Region VI (2018-present) FB, FV
Region VII (1981-2014) GV-GZ; QX, QZ
GV-GX (inverted tricycle plates series)
BV(0)-BZ(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region VII (2014-2016) GB (new plate series)
Region VII (2018-present) GB, GV, GW
Region VIII (1981-2014) HV-HY
CA(0)-CD(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region VIII (2014-2016) HB (new plate series)
Region VIII (2018-present) HB, HV
Region IX (1981-2014) JV-JX
Region IX (2014-2016) JB (new plate series)
Region IX (2018-present) JB, JV
Region X (1981-2013) KV-KZ
KV, KW (inverted tricycle plates series)
CE(0)-CG(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region X (2014-2016) KB (new plate series)
Region X (2018-present) KB, KV
Region XI/XIII (1981-2014) LV-LZ
LV (inverted tricycle plates series)
CH(0)-CK(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region XI (2014-2016) LB, LV (new plate series)
Region XI (2018-present) LB, LV, LX
Region XII (1981-2013) MV-MZ
MV, MW (inverted tricycle plates series)
CL(0), CM(0) (special tricycle plate series)
Region XII (2014-2016) MB (new plate series)
Region XII (2018-present) MB, MV
Region XIII (2014-2016) IB (new plate series)
Region XIII (2018-present) IB, IV

Special designation[edit]

  • SA, SB, SC, SD, SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ, SK, SL, SM  – Government Motorcycles (1981-2012 series).

e.g. SA-1001

  • XA, XB, XC, XD, XE, XF, XG, XH, XJ, XK, XL, XM, XN, XP, Q  – Public Utility Motorized Tricycles

e.g. XA-1001, QA-7587

  • "I", "O" – Private Motorcycles

e.g. IA-3339, OA-6210

  • NV, NW, NX, NY, PV, PW, PX, PY, TV, TW, TX, TY, UV, UW(A-N), UY(A-F), VV(A-D)  – Public utility vehicles (they usually begin with these letters but not always). They always (since 1995 – PVA 101) have "V", "W", "X(Except for U)", or "Y" in the middle of the letter block (LLL).

e.g. 1981: NVA-101, 2014: VVD-999

  • (LL) 0(DDD) series has been used for public utility motorized tricycles in the middle of 2014

e.g. AA-0001

  • SI, SN, SO, SP, SQ, SR, SS, ST, SU, SV, SW, SX, SY, SZ. "(DDDD)" and "(DDDD)". S series has been used for private motorcycles in the middle of 2014.

e.g. SS-1001, 1001-SA

  • ZZI, ZZO, ZZQ has been used for electric vehicles (e.g. e-jeepneys found in Tacloban City, Leyte)

e.g. ZZI-101, ZZO-101, ZZQ-101

  • SUA, SUB, SUC, SUD  – Government Trailers

e.g. SUA-101, SUB-101, SUC-101, SUD-101

Personalized plates[edit]

A motorist who would like to have personalized plates can have any letter combination he fancies upon three conditions:

  1. It is unique i.e., the plate does not have a registered duplicate anywhere else in the Philippines.
  2. The plate should not have the same format as government vehicles.
  3. The motorist can afford to pay its PHP 25,000 ($500+) price tag.

[10] [11] [12] [13]

Optional motor vehicle special plates (OMVSP)[edit]

A project of the Land Transportation Office since 2004, these plates are in the form of LLL DD or LLL DDD but not in the order of normal plates shown on the table and it is in the 2003 font series for the "Matatag na Republika"(Strong Republic) plates (e.g. GOD-333).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LTO to issue new series of license plates in mid-2013. GMA News. February 22, 2013. Accessed January 6, 2015
  2. ^ Padua, Reinir. LTO to issue plates with bar codes by June. The Philippine Star. February 26, 2013. Accessed January 6, 2015
  3. ^ Dumaboc, Fe Marie. LTO to roll out new vehicle plates in January 2013. Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 20, 2012. Accessed January 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Get ready to scrap your car's license plates. BusinessWorld. Accessed January 6, 2015
  5. ^ Agcaoili, Lawrence (February 23, 2014). "New license plates out April – DOTC". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Joel Locsin (May 8, 2014). "LTO releases 1st batch of new license plates". GMA News. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ramirez, Robertzon (March 30, 2016). "LTO's 'Virtual Plates' Draw Flak from Netizens". The Philippine Star. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/lto-marks-106th-anniversary-inauguration-license-plate-making-facility/
  9. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/philippine-daily-inquirer/20100915/283777080247222
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-03-16. Retrieved 2005-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Optional Motor Vehicle Special Plates (OMVSP)". Archived from the original on 2005-03-16. Retrieved 2005-05-07. 
  12. ^ License Plates of the World – Philippines
  13. ^ http://plaque.free.fr/as/rp/ Pictures of Philippine license plates from Francoplaque