Why is the vehicle's license plate important

License plates in Germany: the complete list

Car license plates such as KK, SU or MB - which cities and districts do they represent? There are over 700 letter combinations for places in Germany. Here is the complete overview for license plate rates. Plus important information about license plates.

It is searched for particularly frequently on the Internet License plate KK. It belongs to the former district of Kempen-Krefeld, which was dissolved in 1975. Many citizens still wanted their KK sign back. Since 2012 it has been possible to reassign such old license plates in Germany after local patriots fought for them in many places. Over 300 retro signs have already made a comeback, from AIB for Bad Aibling to ZZ for Zeitz.

The complete overview You can find out about all German license plates here. Some old place abbreviations are expiring, they can still be seen on the streets, but are no longer assigned. In the following list, the current successor codes are given in brackets.

Particularly in demand for license plate rates

When guessing license plates, you can discover cities and regions behind lesser known license plates that have a lot to offer. The one that is often searched for License plate SU stands for the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis / Siegburg in the Bonn area, where popular excursion destinations such as Drachenfels and Siebengebirge are located on the banks of the Rhine.

More examples of frequently asked license plates and which cities and districts are hidden behind it:

  • The Mark MB carry cars in the Upper Bavarian district of Miesbach with the noble Tegernsee valley.

  • The license plate PLÖ leads to Plön in Holstein Switzerland with its 16 lakes.

  • The license plate W. stands for Wuppertal with its unique suspension railway.

  • And the license plate KH points to the spa town of Bad Kreuznach, to thermal baths, salt pans and fine wines.

Special identification for federal and state governments

Special license plates are reserved for company cars:

  • BD for the Bundestag, Council, Presidential Office, Government and Constitutional Court

  • BP for federal police

  • BW for the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration

  • THW for technical relief organization

  • 0 for the Diplomatic Corps (CC for Corps Consulaire and CD for Corps Diplomatique)

  • BBL like Brandenburg to THL like Thuringia: vehicles of the state governments and state parliaments

License plates X and Y

These letters are for vehicles from Bundeswehr and NATO reserved. When the Bundeswehr was founded in 1955, all other letters in question were assigned. Therefore, the Bundeswehr now has Y and service vehicles of the international NATO headquarters based in Germany have license plates with the letter X.

More about the X and Y indicators

Desired license plate

How mobile business cards license plates usually carry initials or dates of birth of the driver. Letter combinations from ABG – AS to ZI – MT or AA – L to WO – LF are also popular. Rarities such as H-EU on trailers with bales of straw, W-AU on dog friends' mobile homes, A-UA on ambulances, A-MEN on undertaker vehicles, KA-NU on boat transporters or HE-LP on tow trucks attract particular attention. Here you can find information on how to get your desired license plate, what is allowed and what it costs.

Identification for special purposes

Season, short-term and variable license plates, license plates for e-cars, vintage cars and sports trailers - There are a number of different license plates for special purposes and vehicles.

More information on the various license plates, as well as on registration (now also online), when moving and changing vehicles.

Country code

D sign: In the EU, as well as for Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the Euro plate with an integrated D is sufficient. Outside the EU, a large D plate is required. More information on license plate size

And for international license plate rate fun, here is the global overview of all country license plates from A for Austria to ZW for Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).


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