Vehicle registration plates of Poland

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Vehicle registration plates of Poland indicate the region of registration of the vehicle given the number plate.

According to Polish law, the registration plate is tied to the vehicle, not the owner. There is no possibility for the owner to keep the licence number for use on a different car, even if it's a cherished registration. The licence plates are issued by the powiat (county) of the vehicle owner's registered address of residence, in the case of a natural person. If it is owned by a legal person, the place of registration is determined by his/her address. Vehicles leased under operating leases and many de facto finance leases will be registered at the address of the lessor. When a vehicle changes hands, the new owner must apply for new vehicle registration document bearing his or her name and registered address. The new owner may obtain a new licence plate although it is not necessary when the new owner's residence address is in the same district as the previous owner's. In such a situation the licence plates are usually carried over to the new owner, because the change carries an additional cost. Upon purchasing a vehicle from another person, if the vehicle has an EU plate, the new owner must replace it with a registration for their address and area, and give the EU plate to their powiat licensing authority to free up numbers in the future. If the car has a plate dated before May 1, 2006, the owner is free to do whatever they wish with it, as long as it is legal under Polish law. The plaque cannot be replaced if destroyed. The change of the whole set is required.

The change in system shown below in 2001 is related to the reduction in the previous year of the number of voivodeships in Poland from 49 to 16, based on the country's historic regions. The pre-2001 licence plates (white letters on black background) can be used indefinitely, but since they are obsolete they have to be replaced in case of change of vehicle's ownership.

In the pre-2001 model, there were not sufficient letters in the Polish alphabet for each of the old voivodeships to have a single letter. Only the standard latin alphabet was used (excluding Q), and the specific Polish characters with diacritics were excluded in order to make the plates fully internationally readable. Therefore, two letters had to be used to indicate the vehicle's origin (the middle administrative level of powiat was not introduced until 1999). Since the change, the first letter has always denoted the new voivodeship. One additional letter is used in cities with rights of powiat (this applies to 47 of 49 capitals of the old voivodeships, the exceptions being Ciechanów and Sieradz, and numerous major cities). Two additional letters are used in any other powiat.

It is not necessary for EU citizens to immediately re-register the vehicles they have brought with them if they are duly registered and taxed elsewhere in the EU, when living in Poland. This emerges from European law, although local regulations have to date not been changed to reflect the law, leading to officials locally sometimes giving incorrect advice on this point. If in doubt, refer to your Embassy.

FormatEdit

Stickers and security measuresEdit

 
Polish license plates from Gliwice, current design since 2006

The licence plates are invalid without the two adhesive stickers with a hologram placed on the license plates, and an adhesive plaque bearing the same number as the plates on the inside of windshield. If the vehicle uses only one licence plate the second sticker must be attached to the registration papers.

Licence plate types and combinationsEdit

Each powiat uses a unique two or three letter code, with the first letter denoting the powiat's voivodeship. The number pools listed below are not used in any particular order, although one pool is usually depleted before the next one is used. A visible gap exists between the area code and series, but there is no possibility of confusion if the number is written down without it.

 
Polish voivodeship licence plate codes. First letter indicate the province (voivodeship)

The following characters are used in licence plate examples:

  • X – voivodeship code
  • XY, XYZ – powiat code
  • J, K, L – any allowed letter
  • digits

The letters used in licence plates include all standard Latin alphabet letters outside of Q (not used at all in the Polish language). The letters B, D, I, O, and Z cannot be used in series area (on the right, after the gap), because they can be confused with digits. Only custom plates can include these letters, including letter Q, not existing in the Polish alphabet. The leading 0 in numbers is never omitted.

Cars, trucks, and busesEdit

Format:

  • XY 12345
  • XY 1234J
  • XY 123JK
  • XY 1J345
  • XY 1JK45
  • XYZ J234
  • XYZ 12JK
  • XYZ 1J34 (first digit cannot be 0)
  • XYZ 12J4 (last digit cannot be 0)
  • XYZ 1JK4 (neither digit can be 0)
  • XYZ JK34
  • XYZ 12345
  • XYZ 1234J
  • XYZ 123JK

The number of available unique numbers with these mentioned formats is 1,100,000 for each two-letter powiat code, and 872,400 for each three-letter powiat code. Note that the combinations "XYZ 1234" and "XYZ 123J" are not used, because they would lead to creation of numbers identical to these in the old system. Also, the two-letter powiat codes must be followed by a leading digit, "XY 1...", to avoid confusion with the "XYZ ..." scheme, as the gap is not significant. Electric vehicles have green background on their license plates.

Motorcycles, mopeds, and agricultural vehiclesEdit

 
Motorcycle plate. "CB" indicates Bydgoszcz

Format:

  • XY 1234
  • XY 123J
  • XY 1J34 (first digit cannot be 0)
  • XY 12J4 (last digit cannot be 0)
  • XY 12JK
  • XY JK12
  • XYZ J234
  • XYZ 12JK
  • XYZ 1J34 (first digit cannot be 0)
  • XYZ 12J4 (last digit cannot be 0)
  • XYZ 1JK4 (neither digit can be 0)
  • XYZ JK34
  • XYZ J23K
  • XYZ J2KL (a digit cannot be 0)

Cars – reduced size

Format:

  • X 123
  • X 12J
  • X 1J2
  • X J12
  • X 1JK
  • X JK1
  • X J1K

The plates are designed for cars from USA. Reduced size plates are the same width as US plates.

Classic carsEdit

 
Polish classic car's plate from Zabrze
 
Polish classic car's plate (since May 1, 2006) from Brodnica County

Format:

  • XY 12J
  • XY 123
  • XYZ 1J
  • XYZ 12
  • XYZ J1

These plates use black text on a yellow background with an additional picture of a vintage car on the right side. Only cars older than 25 years, out of production for 15 years and containing at least 75% of original parts are eligible to be registered as classic cars, with an exception of prototypes that were never produced, cars of considerable historical value or "being an example of original or important technological solutions". These plates are issued on a case by case rules.

Temporary and export platesEdit

 
Polish temporary plate from the Lower Silesian Voivodeship

Format:

  • X1 2345
  • X1 234J

These plates use red text on a white background. The plates wear a seal with month and year of validation. The windshield plaque is not issued with it.

Electric car platesEdit

 
Polish electric/hydrogen car plate issued in Wrocław County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship.

Introduced on 1 January 2020, they are issued to battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles. They are similar to regular plates but the background colour is light green instead of white.

Testing vehiclesEdit

 
Polish testing plate from the Silesian Voivodeship

Format:

  • X1 234 B

These plates use red text on a white background. The windshield plaque is not issued with it. The last character is always the letter B (B stands for badawcza, which translates to "testing type"). Only car manufacturers and automobile R&D centres are issued these plates.

Custom platesEdit

 
Custom Polish licence plate from the Greater Poland Voivodeship

Format:

  • X1 JKLMN

These plates use standard black letters on a white background. Each custom number starts with the letter denoting voivodeship and a single digit, followed by the gap. This digit and next characters can be picked by the owner. Outside the availability the following constrains are used:

  • after the gap between 3 and 5 characters can be used
  • the first character must be a letter
  • no more than 2 last characters can be digits
  • all letters come before digits (i.e. they cannot be intermixed)
  • any standard Latin letter outside Q can be used (unlike common licence plates)
  • resulting plate must not contain or resemble offensive contents

Professional platesEdit

Format:

  • X12 34P56 (second letter is always "P")

Since July 2019 car dealers of new cars can apply for special number plates with green letters on white background specifically for doing test drives. Those plates are issued exclusively for the company itself and not for a specific car which means that those plates can be applied to multiple vehicles at once. Only car retailers can obtain one and such cars can be driven only by the car dealer, owner of the company, his employees or by the customers but only while being accompanied by car dealership owner or his worker.

Diplomatic platesEdit

 
Polish Diplomatic plate from the Masovian Voivodeship for use by Germany (indicated by 005)

Format:

  • X 123456

White symbols on blue background. First three digits indicate country or organization.

Table of codes:

Code Country
001   United States
002   United Kingdom
003   France
004   Canada
005   Germany
006   Netherlands
007   Italy
008   Austria
009   Japan
010   Turkey
011   Belgium
012   Denmark
013   Norway
014   Greece
015   Australia
016   Algeria
017   Afghanistan
018   Argentina
019   Brazil
020   Bangladesh
021   Egypt
022   Ecuador
023   Finland
024   Spain
025   Iraq
026   Iran
027   India
028   Indonesia
029   Colombia
030   Malaysia
031   Libya
032   Morocco
033   Mexico
034   Nigeria
035   Pakistan
036   Portugal
037   Palestine
038   Syria
039   Sweden
040    Switzerland
041   Tunisia
042   Thailand
043   Venezuela
044   Uruguay
045   Peru
046   Yemen
047   Costa Rica
048   Democratic Republic of Congo
049   Israel
050   Nicaragua
051   Chile
052    Holy See
053   South Korea
054   European Commission
055   Ireland
056 World Bank
057 International Monetary Fund
058   Philippines
059 International Finance Corporation
060   South Africa
061 Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
062   Cyprus
063   Kuwait
064   United Nations
065   Russia
066   Slovakia
067   Czech Republic
068   Bulgaria
069   Hungary
070   Romania
071   Vietnam
072   Serbia
073   North Korea
074   Cuba
075   Albania
076   China
077   Mongolia
078 International Labour Organization
079 Organization for Cooperation of Railways
080 Diplomatic Club
081   Laos
082   Angola
083   Ukraine
084 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
085   Lithuania
086   Belarus
087   Latvia
088   Croatia
089   Lebanon
090   Slovenia
091   Guatemala
092   Estonia
093   Macedonia
094   Moldova
095   Israel
096   Armenia
097   Sri Lanka
098   Kazakhstan
099   Saudi Arabia
100   Georgia
101   Uzbekistan
102 United Nations Human Settlements Programme
103   New Zealand
104   Azerbaijan
105   Sovereign Military Order of Malta
106   Cambodia
107 Frontex
108   Luxembourg
109   Bosnia and Herzegovina
110   Panama
111   Qatar
112   Malta
113   United Arab Emirates
114   Montenegro
115   Senegal

Service platesEdit

 
Polish border guard plate
 
Polish police plate

Format:

  • H#J K234
  • H#J 12KL

Vehicles utilised used by the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration use licence plates beginning with "H", instead of the voivodeship code. The second letter denotes the service, for example "HP" is used by the Polish Police. Any standard Latin letter outside Q can be used (unlike common licence plates). These services are also allowed to use common licence plates.

Codes:

  • HA# – Central Bureau of Anticorruption
  • HB# – Government Protection Bureau
  • HC# – Customs Service
  • HK# – Internal Security Agency, Foreign Intelligence Agency
  • HM# – Military Counterintelligence Agency, Military Intelligence Agency
  • HP# – Police
  • HS# – Fiscal Control
  • HW# – Border Guard

Military platesEdit

 
Polish military plate

Format:

  • U# 12345
  • UC 1234T
  • UK 1234

The Polish military uses licence plates beginning with "U" instead of the voivodeship code. The following letter denotes the usage of the vehicle. For example, military trucks have licence plates beginning with "UC". The trailing T in the number denotes a tracked vehicle. The military are not obliged to use the standard licence plates on tracked vehicles, armoured cars and armoured personnel carriers — they can be painted on the vehicle itself or applied as a sticker.

Codes:

  • UA# – Cars, offroad vehicles and specialistic vehicles based on cars or off-roaders
  • UB# – Armoured personnel carriers
  • UC# – Military trucks
  • UD# – Buses
  • UE# – Trucks
  • UG# – Special trucks
  • UI# – Transport trailers
  • UJ# – Special trailers
  • UK# – Motorcycles

Cost of purchasing registration platesEdit

  • Regular: 80 PLN
  • Motorcycles: 40 PLN
  • Mopeds: 30 PLN
  • Custom Regular: 1000 PLN
  • Custom Motorcycles: 500 PLN
  • Classic Cars: 100 PLN
  • Temporary: 30 PLN

District indicatorsEdit

Lower Silesian Voivodeship Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Łódź Voivodeship Lublin Voivodeship

DBWałbrzych (city county)
DBAWałbrzych County
DBLBolesławiec County
DDZDzierżoniów County
DGLGłogów County
DGRGóra County
DJJelenia Góra (city county)
DJAJawor County
DJEJelenia Góra County
DKAKamienna Góra County
DKLKłodzko County
DLLegnica (city county)
DLBLubań County
DLELegnica County
DLULubin County
DLWLwówek Śląski County
DMIMilicz County
DOAOława County
DOLOleśnica County
DPLPolkowice County
DSRŚroda Śląska County
DSTStrzelin County
DSWŚwidnica County
DTRTrzebnica County
DW, DXWrocław (city county)
DWLWołów County
DWRWrocław County
DZAZąbkowice Śląskie County
DZGZgorzelec County
DZLZłotoryja County

CALAleksandrów Kujawski County
CBBydgoszcz (city county)
CBRBrodnica County
CBYBydgoszcz County
CCHChełmno County
CGGrudziądz (city county)
CGDGolub-Dobrzyń County
CGRGrudziądz County
CINInowrocław County
CLILipno County
CMGMogilno County
CNANakło County
CRARadziejów County
CRYRypin County
CSESępólno County
CSWŚwiecie County
CTToruń (city county)
CTRToruń County
CTUTuchola County
CWWłocławek (city county)
CWAWąbrzeźno County
CWLWłocławek County
CZNŻnin County

EBEBełchatów County
EBRBrzeziny County
EKUKutno County
EL , EDŁódź (city county)
ELAŁask County
ELCŁowicz County
ELEŁęczyca County
ELWŁódź East County
EOPOpoczno County
EPPiotrków Trybunalski (city county)
EPAPabianice County
EPDPoddębice County
EPIPiotrków Trybunalski County
EPJPajęczno County
ERARadomsko County
ERWRawa Mazowiecka County
ESSkierniewice (city county)
ESISieradz County
ESKSkierniewice County
ETMTomaszów Mazowiecki County
EWEWieruszów County
EWIWieluń County
EZDZduńska Wola County
EZGZgierz County

LBBiała Podlaska (city county)
LBIBiała Podlaska County
LBLBiłgoraj County
LCChełm (city county)
LCHChełm County
LHRHrubieszów County
LJAJanów Lubelski County
LKRKraśnik County
LKSKrasnystaw County
LLBLubartów County
LLEŁęczna County
LLUŁuków County
LOPOpole Lubelskie County
LPAParczew County
LPUPuławy County
LRARadzyń Podlaski County
LRYRyki County
LSWŚwidnik County
LTMTomaszów Lubelski County
LULublin (city county)
LUBLublin County
LWLWłodawa County
LZZamość (city county)
LZAZamość County

Lubusz Voivodeship Lesser Poland Voivodeship Masovian Voivodeship (incl. Warsaw) Opole Voivodeship

FGGorzów Wielkopolski (city county)
FGWGorzów Wielkopolski County
FKRKrosno Odrzańskie County
FMIMiędzyrzecz County
FNWNowa Sól County
FSDStrzelce-Drezdenko County
FSL - Słubice County
FSUSulęcin County
FSWŚwiebodzin County
FWSWschowa County
FZZielona Góra (city county)
FZAŻary County
FZGŻagań County
FZIZielona Góra County

KBCBochnia County
KBRBrzesko County
KCHChrzanów County
KDADąbrowa Tarnowska County
KGRGorlice County
KLILimanowa County
KMIMiechów County
KMYMyślenice County
KNNowy Sącz (city county)
KNSNowy Sącz County
KNTNowy Targ County
KOLOlkusz County
KOSOświęcim County
KPRProszowice County
KR, KKKraków (city county)
KRAKraków County
KSUSucha Beskidzka County
KTTarnów (city county)
KTATarnów County
KTTTatra County
KWAWadowice County
KWIWieliczka County

WAWarsaw (Białołęka district)
WBWarsaw (Bemowo district)
WBRBiałobrzegi County
WCICiechanów County
WDWarsaw (Bielany district)
WEWarsaw (Mokotów district)
WFWarsaw (Praga-Południe district)
WGGarwolin County
WGMGrodzisk Mazowiecki County
WGRGrójec County
WGSGostynin County
WHWarsaw (Praga-Północ district)
WIWarsaw (Śródmieście district)
WJWarsaw (Targówek district)
WKWarsaw (Ursus district)
WKZKozienice County
WLLegionowo County
WLILipsko County
WLSŁosice County
WMMińsk Mazowiecki County
WMAMaków Mazowiecki County
WMLMława County
WNWarsaw (Ursynów district)
WNDNowy Dwór Mazowiecki County
WOOstrołęka (city county)
WOROstrów Mazowiecka County
WOSOstrołęka County
WOTOtwock County
WPPłock (city county)
WPIPiaseczno County
WPLPłock County
WPNPłońsk County
WPRPruszków County
WPUPułtusk County
WPYPrzysucha County
WPZPrzasnysz County
WRRadom (city county)
WRARadom County
WSSiedlce (city county)
WSCSochaczew County
WSESierpc County
WSISiedlce County
WSKSokołów Podlaski County
WSZSzydłowiec County
WTWarsaw (Wawer district)
WUWarsaw (Ochota district)
WW ****(last K, L, M, N, V, R, S) – Warsaw (Włochy district)
WW ****(last F, G, H, J, W) – Warsaw (Wilanów district)
WW ****(last A, C, E, X, Y) – Warsaw (Rembertów district)
WWEWęgrów County
WWL, WVWołomin County
WWYWyszków County
WXWarsaw (Żoliborz district)
WX ***Y#Warsaw (Wesoła district)
WYWarsaw (Wola district)
WZWarsaw West County
WZUŻuromin County
WZWZwoleń County
WZYŻyrardów County

OBBrzeg County
OGLGłubczyce County
OKKędzierzyn-Koźle County
OKLKluczbork County
OKRKrapkowice County
ONANamysłów County
ONYNysa County
OOLOlesno County
OPOpole (city county)
OPOOpole County
OPRPrudnik County
OSTStrzelce Opolskie County

Podkarpackie Voivodeship Podlaskie Voivodeship Pomeranian Voivodeship Silesian Voivodeship

RBIBieszczady County
RBRBrzozów County
RDEDębica County
RJAJarosław County
RJSJasło County
RKKrosno (city county)
RKLKolbuszowa County
RKRKrosno County
RLAŁańcut County
RLELeżajsk County
RLSLesko County
RLULubaczów County
RMIMielec County
RNINisko County
RPPrzemyśl (city county)
RPRPrzemyśl County
RPZPrzeworsk County
RRSRopczyce-Sędziszów County
RSASanok County
RSRStrzyżów County
RSTStalowa Wola County
RTTarnobrzeg (city county)
RTATarnobrzeg County
RZRzeszów (city county)
RZERzeszów County

BAUAugustów County
BBIBielsk Podlaski County
BGRGrajewo County
BHAHajnówka County
BIBiałystok (city county)
BIABiałystok County
BKLKolno County
BLŁomża (city county)
BLMŁomża County
BMNMonki County
BSSuwałki (city county)
BSESejny County
BSISiemiatycze County
BSKSokółka County
BSUSuwałki County
BWMWysokie Mazowieckie County
BZAZambrów County

GAGdynia (city county)
GBYBytów County
GCHChojnice County
GCZCzłuchów County
GDGdańsk (city county)
GDAGdańsk County
GKAKartuzy County
GKSKościerzyna County
GKWKwidzyn County
GLELębork County
GMBMalbork County
GNDNowy Dwór Gdański County
GPUPuck County
GSSłupsk (city county)
GSLSłupsk County
GSPSopot (city county)
GSTStarogard Gdański County
GSZSztum County
GTCTczew County
GWEWejherowo County

SBBielsko-Biała (city county)
SBEBędzin County
SBIBielsko-Biała County
SBLBieruń-Lędziny County
SCCzęstochowa (city county)
SCICieszyn County
SCZCzęstochowa County
SDDąbrowa Górnicza (city county)
SGGliwice (city county)
SGLGliwice County
SHChorzów (city county)
SISiemianowice Śląskie (city county)
SJJaworzno (city county)
SJZJastrzębie-Zdrój (city county)
SKKatowice (city county)
SKLKłobuck County
SLRuda Śląska (city county)
SLULubliniec County
SMMysłowice (city county)
SMIMikołów County
SMYMyszków County
SOSosnowiec (city county)
SPIPiekary Śląskie (city county)
SPSPszczyna County
SRRybnik (city county)
SRBRybnik County
SRCRacibórz County
SRSRuda Śląska (city county)
STTychy (city county)
STATarnowskie Góry County
STYTychy County
SWŚwiętochłowice (city county)
SWDWodzisław Śląski County
SYBytom (city county)
SZZabrze (city county)
SZAZawiercie County
SZOŻory (city county)
SZYŻywiec County

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship Greater Poland Voivodeship West Pomeranian Voivodeship

TBUBusko-Zdrój County
TJEJędrzejów County
TKKielce (city county)
TKAKazimierza Wielka County
TKIKielce County
TKNKońskie County
TLWWłoszczowa County
TOPOpatów County
TOSOstrowiec Świętokrzyski County
TPIPińczów County
TSASandomierz County
TSKSkarżysko-Kamienna County
TSTStarachowice County
TSZStaszów County

NBABartoszyce County
NBRBraniewo County
NDZDziałdowo County
NEElbląg (city county)
NEBElbląg County
NELEłk County
NGIGiżycko County
NGOGołdap County
NILIława County
NKEKętrzyn County
NLILidzbark Warmiński County
NMRMrągowo County
NNINidzica County
NNMNowe Miasto Lubawskie County
NOOlsztyn (city county)
NOEOlecko County
NOG – former Olecko-Gołdap County (Powiat olecko-gołdapski [pl]): divided into Olecko County (NOE) and Gołdap County (NGO) in 2002
NOLOlsztyn County
NOSOstróda County
NPIPisz County
NSZSzczytno County
NWEWęgorzewo County

PCHChodzież County
PCT - Czarnków-Trzcianka County
PGNGniezno County
PGOGrodzisk Wielkopolski County
PGSGostyń County
PJAJarocin County
PKKalisz (city county)
PKAKalisz County
PKEKępno County
PKLKoło County
PKNKonin County
PKO, PNKonin (city county)
PKRKrotoszyn County
PKSKościan County
PLLeszno (city county)
PLELeszno County
PMIMiędzychód County
PNTNowy Tomyśl County
PO, PYPoznań (city county)
POBOborniki County
POSOstrów Wielkopolski County
POTOstrzeszów County
POZ, PZPoznań County
PPPiła County
PPLPleszew County
PRARawicz County
PSEŚrem County
PSLSłupca County
PSRŚroda Wielkopolska County
PSZSzamotuły County
PTUTurek County
PWAWągrowiec County
PWLWolsztyn County
PWRWrześnia County
PZPoznań County
PZLZłotów County

ZBIBiałogard County
ZCHChoszczno County
ZDRDrawsko Pomorskie County
ZGLGoleniów County
ZGRGryfino County
ZGYGryfice County
ZKKoszalin (city county)
ZKAKamień Pomorski County
ZKLKołobrzeg County
ZKOKoszalin County
ZLOŁobez County
ZMYMyślibórz County
ZPLPolice County
ZPYPyrzyce County
ZSSzczecin (city county)
ZSDŚwidwin County
ZSLSławno County
ZSTStargard Szczeciński County
ZSWŚwinoujście (city county)
ZSZSzczecinek County
ZWAWałcz County

 
Letters on Polish license plates according to districts County

HistoryEdit

 
Polski Fiat 508 with 1922–1937 numbers (Kielce voivodeship)
 
Polski Fiat 508/518 with 1937 military plates

1922–1937Edit

From July 1922 Polish car number plates had two letters denoting voivodeship (being an abbreviation of its name), or single letter W denoting capital city of Warsaw, and up to five digits. Except for letter identifier, each voivodeship had own range of numbers (except for autonomic Silesian Voivodeship, which used ŚL identifier and own numbers from 1). Plates were white, with red letters and black digits, separated with red dash.

There were also temporary plates with PR letters and presidential plates with WZK letters (for President of Poland chancellery). Military plates had only four white digits on black background.

1937–1939Edit

From 1937 there was a new different system of registration numbers introduced, with white letters on black plates. There was one letter denoting vehicle type, two-digit number denoting voivodeship, and three-digit individual number after a dash. Letters A, B, C, D, E, H, K, L, X, Y, Z were used for cars, trucks and buses, T for taxicabs, M, N, P, R, S, U for motorcycles and W for military vehicles. A range of numbers 00 to 19 meant capital city of Warsaw, 20 to 24 indicated Białostok Voivodeship, and so on, in alphabetical order, up to 95 to 99 for Wołyńskie Voivodeship.

During World War II there were plates introduced by occupants.

1944–1956Edit

From 1946 Polish car number plates had the LNN-NNN format, with L being a letter and N being a digit. The full name of the province was located at the bottom.[1]

1956–1976Edit

 
1958 plate from Białystok Voivodeship

From June 19, 1956, Polish car number plates had 2 letters and 4 digits, and after May 13, 1964, letters could stand after digits.[citation needed]

Individual elements meant:

  • first letter: code of voivodeship,
  • second letter: code of powiat,
  • digits: code of vehicle.

Codes of voivodeships:[citation needed]

  • B – Białystok Voivodeship
  • ? – Bydgoszcz Voivodeship
  • C – Toruń Voivodeship
  • EKoszalin Voivodeship
  • F – Bolesławiec Voivodeship
  • G – Gdańsk Voivodeship
  • H – Opole Voivodeship
  • E – city of Łódź
  • K – Cracow Voivodeship
  • L – Lublin Voivodeship
  • M – Szczecin Voivodeship
  • O – Olsztyn Voivodeship
  • P – Poznań Voivodeship
  • R – Rzeszów Voivodeship
  • S – Katowice Voivodeship
  • T – Kielce Voivodeship
  • W – capital city of Warsaw
  • D – Wrocław Voivodeship
  • Z – Zielona Góra Voivodeship

Codes of special forces:

  • Y – Citizen's Militia
  • D – army (cars)
  • U – army (other vehicles)
  • N – Border Guard

1976–2000Edit

 
1990s plate. "ZE" indicates Zielona Góra Voivodeship, while the "I" indicates Nowa Sól County
 
1990s double-row plate. "ZE" indicates Zielona Góra Voivodeship, while the "D" and number between 0001 and 7000 indicates Zielona Góra

Plates from the 1976–2000 series are still valid. They have white letters on black background. The coding used was three letters and four digits (XYZ 1234) or three letters, three digits and one letter (XYZ 123A), although at the beginning the configuration with a letter in the end was used for public cars only.

The following coding was used for the 49 regions of the country:

The following codes were used for special forces:

  • Militia/Police: MO
  • Military: U
  • Border Guard: HW
  • "Nadwislanskie" Troops of the Interior Ministry: HN
  • Foreigner plates (in green background): I
  • Test plates (in red background): X

Special plates:

  • Diplomatic: XY 12 345, The first two numbers are denoting the region of ambassador (e.g. 02 - Germany) and blue background.
  • Temporary: X 12 34 56, with yellow font.

2000–presentEdit

Since the year 2000 Polish car plates have black letters pressed onto white reflective blanks with an EU stripe and country code. The switch was made to conform with other EU countries and to increase visibility. The licence plates issued until May 1, 2006, bear a Polish national flag. Plates issued after that date have the 12 EU stars instead of the flag.[dubious ]

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