Vehicle registration plates of North Macedonia
North Macedonia's vehicle registration plates consist of a two-letter region code, followed by a 4-digit numeric (before 2012 was 3 digits) and a 2-letter alpha code (e.g. SK 1234 AB). The standard registration plates dimensions are 520 by 110 millimetres (20.5 in × 4.3 in). There is a blue field on the left side with the international country code for North Macedonia – NMK (formerly MK).
A red and yellow badge appears between the area code and the numeric part, containing the equivalent Cyrillic letters to the four Latin letters. The letters Q, W, X and Y are not used as they have no equivalents in Cyrillic.
Issuance of the new-style Macedonian plates, which introduced a fourth digit and the blue field on the left side, began on 20 February 2012. In February 2019, the country code was changed from MK to NMK, in accordance with the Prespa agreement which changed the country's name to Republic of North Macedonia.
From 1993 to February 20, 2012, the ten existing codes were: BT, GV, KU, OH, PP, SK, SR, ST, TE, and VE.
On February 20, 2012, in addition to the ten existing codes, seven new codes were introduced: GE, KA, KI, KO, KP, RA, and SU.
On March 1, 2013, in addition to the seventeen existing codes, six new codes were introduced: BE, DE, NE, RE, SN, and VI.
On September 1, 2013, in addition to the twenty-three existing codes, one new code was introduced: VV.
On July 4, 2015, in addition to the twenty-four existing codes, seven new codes were introduced: DB, DK, MB, MK, KR, PS, and VA.
On 30 May 2019, in addition to the thirty-one existing codes, two new codes were introduced: DH and KS.
Macedonian vehicle license plate codes by municipalities in English alphabetical order:
Obsolete licence plate codesEdit
|ŠT||Štip||Changed to ST with the new style plates in 2012, to avoid the use of diacritics. (The Cyrillic also changed correspondingly from ШТ to СТ.)|
|TV||Titov Veles||The city changed its name back from Titov Veles to Veles in 1996. These plates were phased out. Veles was assigned the new code VE.|
The new europlates are criticised from several design experts and the Macedonian public who insist on using hybrid alphabet instead of Latin script (only the common letters for Cyrillic and Latin scripts to be used). They sent a remark to the constitutional court of Macedonia and the decision is yet to be declared. The "MK"/"NMK" code is also disputed for being placed low. Due to the Macedonia naming dispute, Greece followed a standard policy in which Greek border guards covered the letters "MK" on Macedonian vehicle plates with a sticker, in Greek and English, reading: “Recognized by Greece as FYROM”.
- Diplomatic corps plate had black background and plate consists of two numbers indicating the country or diplomatic mission, two letters CC (for consular corps) or CD (for Diplomatic Corps) and then numbers.
- Dealer plates had the band of text of region and then "ПРОБА". The bottom group exactly like older Yugoslav plates, but without the star.
- Temporary plates use a system whereby the final letter of the group of two is replaced by the digit 9.
- Police plates have six numbers in two groups and the font is blue. (rear only)
List of Diplomatic Corps and International Organizations codesEdit
An old SFRY plate from Skopje
- Služben Vesnik na R.M br.107 (2011) (in Macedonian)
- "Announcement of the Inter-ministerial working group for fulfilment of the obligations stipulated in the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Differences as Described in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993)". Government of the Republic of Macedonia. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Issuance of new license plates with NMK code starts". 28 February 2019.
- "Правилник за изменување на Правилникот за регистрационите подрачја за возилата и нивни ознаки" (PDF). Министерство за внатрешни работи (in Macedonian). 6 July 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
- http://www.netpress.com.mk/mk/vest.asp?id=97798&kategorija=1 (in Macedonian)
- "Greece 'FYROM-izes' Macedonia's Car Plates". balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
Media related to License plates of North Macedonia at Wikimedia Commons
- Matrículas Information, maps and images about North Macedonia's plates (Spanish)