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Vehicle registration plates of Indonesia

Previous design of Indonesian registration plate for Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang which includes South Tangerang, and Bekasi, shortened as JADETABEK, for which the first letter vehicle plate number code is "B"
The new/current vehicle plate number design of Indonesia. BP identifies the vehicle is registered from Riau Islands region, suffix 1 and H indicates the vehicle type and local area where the plate is registered, and 04.20 identifies the expiry date of the plate which is April 2020

All motorized vehicles including motorcycles in Indonesia are required to have registration plates. The plates must be displayed in front and at the back of the vehicles.

Registration plate designEdit

Design conventionEdit

Except for some special cases (see below), every vehicle registration plate in Indonesia follows the following format: LL NNNN LL where "L" are letters of the Latin alphabet, and "N" numbers from "0" to "9" (note that the first number is never a "0"). The first single or double letters denote the area of registration. This is followed by numbers, which can range from one to four digits, without leading zeros. This is then followed by one or two letters although they may be optional. For example: DK 1126 GI is a vehicle registered in Bali region, because it begins with DK. A smaller numbers being added to the bottom or the top of the plate (mainly at the bottom), indicates the month and year where the plate will expire, so the owner must repay the tax to get the new one every five years (for example, "11–23" means "November 2023").

A new format was recently introduced which have three ending letters, due to the increase of motorized vehicle numbers. At first, this format is used for motorcycles since July 2008 until present, for cars in Jakarta, Tangerang, Bekasi and Depok. In the last three letters of this new format, the first letter divides the Jakarta area into sub areas. For example, The first letter of the whole number plate for Jakarta vehicles is "B". For example, "B 1106 SG" indicates it is from Jakarta. But under the new system, the B indicator is not enough. The new system is E.g. "B 2267 PIK". There are now three ending letters. The last two letters are random, but the first letter out of the three dictates the sub areas in Jakarta like: Z is Depok, T is East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur), B is West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat), S is Jakarta Selatan (Southern Jakarta), P is Jakarta Pusat (Central Jakarta), etc. Note that for vehicle plates in Tangerang, Depok, and Bekasi still begins with B from the first letter of the whole plate number which is still representing Jakarta although it is from a different province that Tangerang is in the province of Banten, and Depok and Bekasi is in the province of West Java. It is representing Jakarta, because the three cities are represented as sub areas of Jakarta, because the distance from Jakarta and those three cities are very near.

Registration area codesEdit

where area codes are assigned

The lettering convention to denote area of registration is a legacy of the Dutch colonial era and do not reflect the current regional divisions of the country into provinces. Instead, they follow the old system of Dutch Karesidenan or residencies.

In general, plates that start with K are from Kalimantan Island, D for the group of islands east of Java, such as Bali, Lombok. B is generally used in Sumatra but only alongside another letter – B as a single letter is only for vehicles registered in the Jakarta Metropolitan Area.

The list of area codes are:[1]

Indonesian registration plate area codes

Letter Division Image
A Banten, except Tangerang regency & city, South Tangerang
AA Central Java:
ex Kedu residency:
Magelang regency & city, Purworejo, Kebumen, Temanggung, Wonosobo
AB Yogyakarta  
AD Central Java:
ex Surakarta residency:
Surakarta, Sukoharjo, Boyolali, Sragen, Karanganyar, Wonogiri, Klaten
AE East Java:
ex Madiun residency:
Madiun Regency & City, Ngawi, Magetan, Ponorogo, Pacitan
AG East Java:
ex Kediri residency:
Kediri regency & City, Blitar Regency & City, Tulungagung, Nganjuk, Trenggalek
B Jakarta, Tangerang regency & city, South Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi regency & city  
BA West Sumatra
BB West coast of North Sumatra
BD Bengkulu
BE Lampung
BG South Sumatra
BH Jambi
BK East coast of North Sumatra
BL Aceh
BM Riau
BN Bangka Belitung
BP Riau Islands  
D West Java:
ex Bandung residency: Bandung regency & City, Cimahi, West Bandung
DA South Kalimantan
DB Mainland of North Sulawesi
DC West Sulawesi
DD South Sulawesi:
South region: Makassar, Gowa, Maros, Pangkajene Islands, Takalar, Jeneponto, Bulukumba, Bantaeng, Selayar
DE Maluku
DG North Maluku
DH East Nusa Tenggara: Timor
DK Bali  
DL North Sulawesi:
Sangihe Islands, Talaud Islands & Sitaro Islands
DM Gorontalo
DN Central Sulawesi
DP South Sulawesi:
North region: Barru, Parepare, Pinrang, Sidenreng Rappang, Enrekang, Tana Toraja, North Toraja, Luwu, Palopo, North Luwu, East Luwu
DR West Nusa Tenggara: Lombok island
DT Southeast Sulawesi
DW South Sulawesi:
Central Region: Bone, Soppeng, Wajo, Sinjai
E West Java:
ex Cirebon residency: Cirebon regency & city, Indramayu, Majalengka, Kuningan
EA West Nusa Tenggara: Sumbawa island
EB East Nusa Tenggara: Flores island, Alor, Lembata
ED East Nusa Tenggara: Sumba island
F West Java:
ex Bogor residency: Bogor regency & city, Cianjur, Sukabumi regency, city
G Central Java:
ex Pekalongan residency: Pekalongan regency & city, Tegal Regency & city, Brebes, Batang, Pemalang
H Central Java:
ex Semarang residency: Semarang regency & city, Salatiga, Kendal, Demak
K Central Java:
ex Pati residency: Pati, Kudus, Jepara, Rembang, Blora, Grobogan
KB West Kalimantan
KH Central Kalimantan
KT East Kalimantan
KU North Kalimantan
L East Java: Surabaya
M East Java: Madura island
N East Java:
ex Malang residency: Malang regency & city, Probolinggo regency & city, Pasuruan regency & city, Lumajang, Batu
P East Java:
ex Besuki residency: Bondowoso, Situbondo, Jember, Banyuwangi
PA Papua [2]
PB West Papua
R Central Java:
ex Banyumas residency: Banyumas, Cilacap, Purbalingga, Banjarnegara
S East Java:
ex Bojonegoro residency: Bojonegoro, Mojokerto regency & city, Tuban, Lamongan, Jombang
SKB Surabaya: Rickshaws
T West Java:
ex Purwakarta residency: Purwakarta, Karawang, Subang
W East Java: Sidoarjo, Gresik
YB Yogyakarta: Rickshaws
YK Yogyakarta: Andongs
Z West Java:
ex Parahyangan residency: Garut, Tasikmalaya regency & city, Sumedang, Ciamis, Pangandaran, Banjar

Vehicle classesEdit

There are several classes of the registration plates, each can be distinguished by their color:

  • White on black: The most common type of registration plate, for private vehicles.
  • Red on white: Vehicles that have not been registered yet, or for new cars that have no owners yet or no legal identification.
  • Black on yellow: Public transportation, such as buses, taxis, angkot, auto rickshaws and trucks.
  • White on red: Government vehicles.
  • Black on Red: Vehicles belonging to foreign countries. Commonly used by foreign embassies or vehicles belonging to International organizations. These adopt a different convention (see below).
  • Black on White: Vehicles belonging to foreign countries. Commonly used by foreign embassies or vehicles belonging to International organizations. These adopt a different convention (see below).
  • White on Blue: Belongs to rickshaws in Surabaya. Mainly coded "SB"
  • Black on green: Free Zone vehicles.
  • Blue on white: Vehicles belonging to foreign countries, but this one is mainly used before it has been registered.
  • Military and police vehicles have their own colors and alphanumeric conventions, including their insignia and/or the rank of the officer owning the vehicle, especially for high-ranking officers. Army-personnel vehicles are yellow on green background, plus a yellow star on the top. Navy-personnel plate is yellow on light blue, plus a yellow anchor. Air Force-personnel plate is yellow on dark blue, plus a red and white air force roundel. Police plate is yellow on black. Personnel in Armed Forces Headquarters uses yellow numbers on red background plates. Slightly similar, Ministry of Defense vehicles also uses yellow on red plates, only replacing Armed Forces' insignia with the Ministry's insignia. This is also being practiced on every military vehicles, such as motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, tanks, etc.
  • Fire departments, government ambulances, and other governmental vehicles are administered under their local governments, so they are using White on Red.
  • There are also other special plates or conventions, such as for vehicles used by the President, Vice President, or other senior government officials.

Emergency vehiclesEdit

For emergency vehicles such as ambulances refer to the vehicle itself, if owned by private medical services or hospital, the plate is white on black, while the plate for ambulance provided by the government is white on red. For fire trucks, the plate is always white on red, because all fire departments are government-owned and opposition-owned. Police vehicles have special plates (see above).

Trucks and busesEdit

For trucks, the plate colors may differ, some are officially black on yellow, but some that are issued by private contract are white on black. If a bus is used for public transport such as city buses, black on yellow plates are used, but for private use buses, the plates are white on black.

Special plate designsEdit

Government vehiclesEdit

Government vehicles have special registration plates. If anytime the government officials go to outside the capital or going out from Indonesia, the plates will be placed on the vehicles which is ridden by the government officials.

Senior government officialsEdit

Vehicle registration plates belonging to senior government officials like the President or Vice President always begin with RI (which stands for "Republik Indonesia") and are followed by a number. For example, the president's registration plate is "RI-1", and the vice president's is "RI-2". Other senior officials such as government ministers, Chairman of The House of Representatives, Commander of The National Armed Forces and Chief of National Police also share the same convention and get the numbers after the President and Vice President. These plates are used for everyday activities, so they are white on black design.

In a special case, there are some very special numbers which are "INDONESIA 1" and "INDONESIA 2" for the President and Vice President, respectively. These numbers are used for a ceremonial purposes, such as presidential/vice presidential inaugurations, national day ceremonies and armed forces day. On the inauguration day, at the time the new president/vice president take the oath, the plates are moved from the former presidential/vice presidential cars to the new car. These numbers also being used for all ceremonial presidential/vice presidential cars, no matters what the type of the vehicles used, and being white on red design.

Foreign countries or international organizationsEdit

Registration plates for vehicles belonging to foreign countries or international organizations adopt a different convention. They contain black letters on a white background.

The plates have the letter CD followed by two or three digits denoting the country or organization, followed by up to three digits of the serial number. For example, a car with number CD 66 88 is owned by Vietnam. Generally, the number 01 is reserved for the ambassador's official vehicle.

The numbers are ordered based on when they recognized Indonesia as a country. The United States was originally assigned CD 13; due to the stigma associated with the number 13, they asked the Indian delegation to exchange numbers.

The list of countries and organizations follows:

Code Country or Organization
CD 12   United States
CD 13   India
CD 14   France
CD 15   United Kingdom
CD 16   Philippines
CD 17    Vatican City
CD 18   Australia
CD 19   Norway
CD 20   Iraq
CD 21   Pakistan
CD 22   Belgium
CD 23   Myanmar
CD 24   United Arab Emirates
CD 25   China
CD 26   Sweden
CD 27   Saudi Arabia
CD 28   Thailand
CD 29   Egypt
CD 30   Italy
CD 31    Switzerland
CD 32   Germany
CD 33   Sri Lanka
CD 34   Denmark
CD 35   Canada
CD 36   Brazil
CD 37   Russia
CD 38   Afghanistan
CD 39   Serbia
CD 40   Czech Republic
CD 41   Finland
CD 42   Mexico
CD 43   Hungary
CD 44   Poland
CD 45   Iran
CD 47   Malaysia
CD 48   Turkey
CD 49   Japan
CD 50   Bulgaria
CD 51   Cambodia
CD 52   Argentina
CD 53   Romania
CD 54   Greece
CD 55   Jordan
CD 56   Austria
CD 57   Syria
CD 59   New Zealand
CD 60   Netherlands
CD 61   Yemen
CD 63   Portugal
CD 64   Algeria
CD 65   North Korea
CD 66   Vietnam
CD 67   Singapore
CD 68   Spain
CD 69   Bangladesh
CD 70   Panama
CD 74 World Health Organization
CD 75   South Korea
CD 76 Asian Development Bank
CD 77 World Bank
CD 78 International Monetary Fund
CD 79 International Labour Organization
CD 80   Papua New Guinea
CD 81   Nigeria
CD 82   Chile
CD 85   Venezuela
CD 87   Colombia
CD 88   Brunei Darussalam
CD 90 International Finance Corporation
CD 94   Belarus
CD 97 Red Cross
CD 98   Morocco
CD 99   European Union
CD 100 ASEAN Secretariat
CD 101   Tunisia
CD 102   Kuwait
CD 103   Laos
CD 105   Cuba
CD 107   Libya
CD 108   Peru
CD 109   Slovakia
CD 110   Sudan
CD 111 ASEAN Foundation
CD 114   Bosnia and Herzegovina
CD 115   Lebanon
CD 116   South Africa
CD 117   Croatia
CD 118   Ukraine
CD 120   Uzbekistan
CD 121   Qatar
CD 123   Mozambique
CD 130   Azerbaijan
CD 136   Bahrain

Consulates also use the same format, but instead of using the letters CD, they use CC.

Some foreign countries and international organization vehicles in Jakarta use the " B xxxxx yyy " format and a normal white on black plate. Where "xxxxx" stands for five random digits, and "yyy" stands for the country / organization code (see above)

Vanity platesEdit

A few vehicle owners pay an extra amount of money to get a certain plate as their desire. Because the convention is not flexible to include a full word, people try creative uses of numbers and letters. For example, Idris Sardi, a violin player, uses (B 10 LA) for his vehicle. It is a play on the word BIOLA which means "violin" in Indonesian. Leoni, a famous actress and singer, uses L 30 NI for her car. Even the former President Megawati Sukarnoputri chooses "M 3 GA" for her personal vehicle, as the plate resembles her broadly-known nickname. Edhie Bhaskoro Yudhoyono, former President Yudhoyono's younger son, has "B 24 EB", which "EB" is being his name initial. With the new format of three suffix alphabets, many vanity or personal registration plates are possible to be created. For example, a Toyota Fortuner owner may choose the plate B 42 NER which sounds like B four-two-NER. Syahrini, an Indonesian singer, has "B 1 SYR" as her registration plate number, with "SYR" being her initials.


  1. ^ Republic of Indonesia. Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 22 Tahun 2009 Tentang Lalu Lintas dan Angkutan Jalan.
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