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In accordance with German regulations, vehicles are categorized using various types of license plates, including general plates, red plates, seasonal and short-term plates, classic car plates, export and interchangeable plates, and insurance plates.
Specialized plates are also allocated for distinct vehicle categories, such as electric vehicles and official vehicles of public authorities. The purpose of license plates is to classify and differentiate vehicles.
Euro License Plate
Seasonal and short-term license plates
Export plates, dealer plates, and red plates
Classic car license plate
License plates for tax-privileged motor vehicles
German number plates are composed of two segments. The distinguishing marks comprise one to three letters, while the identification number consists of one or two letters and up to four digits. The combination results in a maximum of eight characters, with season codes limited to a maximum of seven. Positioned between the two sets of numbers are the test badges and the seal of the approval authority.
The German standard license plate allows for personalized combinations by combining the distinguishing sign and the identification number. The distinguishing sign, also known as the location abbreviation, indicates the registration district and can consist of up to three letters. Following the distinguishing sign, the identification number provides room for individualized design. It includes up to two letters (excluding umlauts) and up to four digits, with no zero permitted in the first position. The entire license plate, including the distinguishing sign, must not exceed a total of eight characters.