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Turkish car number plates

Turkish car number plates are license plates found on Turkish vehicles. The plates use an indirect numbering system associated with the geographical info. In Turkey, license plates are made by authorized private workshops.


The license plate is rectangular in shape and made of aluminum. On the left, there is the country code "TR" in a 4×10 cm blue stripe like in EU countries (without the 12 golden stars). The text is in black characters on white background, and for official vehicles white on black. On all vehicles two plates have to be present, being one in front and the other in rear except motorcycles and tractors. The serial letters use the Turkish letters except Ç, Ş, İ, Ö, Ü and Ğ.

The blue stripe

The blue stripe was introduced after the entry of Turkey to the European Customs Union in 1995,[1] in accordance to compliance to EU laws. Since then, the blue stripe area is often modified by car owners (even by some parliament members like Devlet Bahçeli[1]). The predominant modification of this sorts is to replace the blue color with red and put up the crescent and the star of the Turkish flag. This type of modification is in the grey area of the law, for it does not clearly specify which color is to be used in the stripe.[2]

Additionally, vehicle inspection stickers are often stuck on this area. A modification of the blue stripe area of a Turkish number plate (one common variant):

06 GH 1693


  • 15×24 cm in rear only for motorbikes, motorcycles and tractors with rubber wheels,
  • 11×52 cm in front and 21×32 cm rear for cars, pickups, vans, trucks and busses. The size is 15×30 cm for imported vehicles if the regular plate does not fit.

Numbering system

The text format on the plates is one of the following:

  • "99 X 9999", "99 X 99999"
  • "99 XX 999", "99 XX 9999" or
  • "99 XXX 99",

In some provinces, numbering is categorized in groups for tax collecting offices of different districts, for example Dolmuş in Ankara have plates of the form "06 J 9999" and a(ny) vehicle from Polatlı, Ankara has plates of the form '06 Pxx 99', "06 ET XXXX" from Etimesgut district. On the other hand, a Dolmuş in Eskişehir has a plate of the form "26 M 9999".

99 - two digits prefix denoting the location, shows the province code number of the main residence of car holder. There are 81 provinces as listed below:

X/XX/XXX – one, two or three letters.

9999/999/99 – four, three or two digits, depending on the number of letters before, not exceeding six letters and digits altogether.


Type (Used by) Appearance Format and Explanation
Private vehicles
59 AF 2701
Provincial governments, university rectors
34 A 4406
99 A 9999 (red characters on white background):
06 A 7655
99 A 99999, 99 AA 999 or 99 AAA 999 (white on blue)
Members of international organizations
06 B 0456
99 B 9999 (blue on white)
Diplomatic corps
34 CD 5034
99 CA 999 to 99 CZ 999: (green on white)
34 CE 811
M4C to B 8 45: (white on #00CCCC)
16 G 1485
99 G 9999 (black on yellow). Max. 1 month duration.
Temporary customs
39 GMR 032
99 GMR 999 (red on green)
Foreigners with temporary residence permit
34 MA 365
99 MA 999 to 99 MZ 999:
Taxis (Istanbul province only)
34 TSL 83
34 TAA 99 to 34 TKZ 99
Taxis (except Istanbul province)
35 T 9103
99 T 9999
Vanity plates Turkey allows vanity plates to be issued. A desired text can be written instead of the serial letter place.
The presidential cars The license plate of the president has no numbers, instead it uses the Presidential Seal of Turkey. Other convoy cars use the format CB 00X.
Vice-speaker and chairpeople of the parliamentary commissions
TBMM 037
TBMM signifies Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Speaker, prime minister, members of the cabinet, chief of the general staff, the highest ranking commanders of armies, some undersecretaries
Gold on red (9999)
Province governors
18 0024
99 9999 (golden on red), with first two-digits as province code number prefix
Official vehicles belonging to the government and public administrations
07 YP 2099
99 AA 999: (white on black), with first two-digits as province code number prefix
999999 (black on a white rectangle of 7×20 cm on the bumper of the vehicle, painted by a stencil). 100999 Army, 300999 Air Force, 500999 Navy, 700999 Gendarmerie
Pre-1996 format (private vehicles)
59 AF 2701
These plates lacked the blue stripe on the left hand side.
Pre-1962 format (private vehicles) These old plates had the name of the province written in full, black background with white letters and usage of dashes.

Location codes

First two digits indicating the province code:

As it can also be inferred from the table, province names until code 67 go alphabetically—with the exception of Mersin, Kahramanmaraş and Şanlıurfa provinces for their previous names taken in account were İçel, Maraş and Urfa, respectively. The ones after the original 67 provinces are the newer additions. Therefore these province names go chronologically.


External links

  • License plates of Turkey
  • Location codes on a map and more detailed info about district codes
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