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Departments : Guadeloupe - Martinique - French Guyana - Réunion (separate page) Mayotte
Collectivities : Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
- Saint-Barthélemy - Saint-Martin
Territories : Kerguelen (FSAT) -
New Caledonia - French Polynesia - Wallis and Futuna

The four overseas departments (971 to 974) used in the former system three serial letters with a three numerals department code, that is too much for 520 mm wide license plates. After having limited the serial number to two numerals (for example 56 ABL 971), the creation of the national file of registrations in 1993 made compulsory the use of three numerals serial numbers. A French order ("arrêté") on 01/07/1996 (JO of 17/07/1996), applicated from 01/10/1996, authorized the overstacking of the digits 9 and 7 of the department code to reduce the number of characters to eight.


 

971 — Guadeloupe

Normal series:
Series of up to two numerals and one serial letter from 1950 : 1 A 971 to 99 Z 971
Series of up to two numerals and two serial letters from the beginning of 1952 : 1 AA 971 to 99 PZ 971
Series of up to three numerals (two or three numerals later) and two serial letters from 23 December 1966 : 1 QA 971 to 999 ZX 971
Series of two numerals and three serial letters from 17 July 1992 : 11 AAA 971 to 99 AKK 971

--> National file of license plates numbers

Series of two or three numerals and three serial letters from 23 September 1993 : 11 AKL 971 to 999 AZZ 971
Series of two or three numerals and three serial letters from 11 September 2008 to 13 October 2009 : 11 BAA 971 to 891 BAP 971 (last number issued)

--> SIV

Series of two serial letters, three numerals and two serial letters from 15 April 2009 : AA-570-AE (first number issued localy)

       - Historical sheet from 1999 to 2009

Official series :
Series of five numerals (common of the four overseas departments 971 to 974) from 1946? : 10001 DZ to 54201 DZ (maximum reported)
Series of four numerals and one serial letter from 2 January 1992 to 31 December 2008 : 971D-1001A to 971D-3161A (maximum seen)
--> SIV

Special series :
Garages :
Series of up to three numerals : 1 W 971 to 647 W 971 (14/04/2009 and last number issued)
--> SIV W series

Exportations inside the European Union :
Series of up to four numerals and one serial letter (between W and L) from 16 March 2006 to 13 October 2009 : 1 WAL 971 and 2 WAL 971 (last number issued)
--> SIV

 

972 — Martinique

Normal series :
Series of up to two numerals and one serial letter from 1950 : 1 A 972 to 99 Z 972
Series of up to two numerals and two serial letters : 1 AA 972 to 99 PS 972
Series of up to three numerals (two and three numerals later) and two serial letters from 15 July 1966 : 1 PT 972 to 999 ZZ 972
Series of two numerals and three serial letters from 5 May 1992 : 11 AAA 972 to 99 AMM 972

--> National file of license plates numbers

Series of two or three numerals and three serial letters from 20 September 1993 : 11 AMN 972 to 999 AZZ 972
Series of two or three numerals and three serial letters from 24 July 2006 to 13 October 2009 : 11 BAA 972 to 489 BCQ 972 (last number issued)

--> SIV

Series of two serial letters, three numerals and two serial letters from 15 April 2009 : AA-050-AG (first number issued localy)

    - Historical sheet from 1999 to 2009

Trucks have as peculiarity to carry an addition plate, with various colors, starting with TD or TP and followed by a town name.

Official series :
Series of five numerals (common of the four overseas departments 971 to 974) from 1946? : 10001 DZ to 54201 DZ (maximum reported)
Series of four numerals and one serial letter from 2 January 1992 to 31 December 2008 : 972D-1001A to 972D-3346A (maximum 
seen)
--> SIV

Special series :
Garages :
Series of up to three numerals : 1 W 972 to 664 W 972 (14/04/2009 and last number issued)
--> SIV W series

Temporary transits (white/red) :
Series of up to three numerals and two serial letters from 2 January 1994 to 14 April 2009 : 1 TAA 972
 (13/09/1999 and single number issued)
--> SIV, « vehicle in temporary transit » use

Exportations inside the European Union :
Series of up to four numerals and one serial letter (between W and L) from 6 March 2007 to 13 October 2009 : 1 WAL 972 to 20 WAL 972 (last number issued)
--> SIV

Diplomatic series :
The consular plates are used as in the mother country, like 06 C 38.972 or 06 C 40.972 (06 is for the USA), in white/green.

 

973 French Guyana

Normal series (italic text is to be confirmed) :
Series of up to two numerals and one serial letter from 12 July 1950 : 1 A 973 to 99 Z 973
Series of up to two numerals (two numerals later) and two serial letters from 5 March 1960 : 1 AA 973 à 99 ZZ 973
Series of three numerals only (100 to 999) and two serial letters from 4 May 1987 : 100 AA 973 to 195 AQ 973
Series of three numerals only (100 to 999) from 18 October 1989 : 100 ZZ 973 to 33x ZZ 973 (including the numbers 196 to 259 AQ 973)
Series of three numerals only (100 to 999) and two serial letters from 12 November 1989 : 260 AQ 973 to 588 AR 973
Series of three numerals only (100 to 999) from 2 January 1990 : 33x ZZ 973 to 999 ZZ 973
Series of two numerals and three serial letters from 14 February 1990 : 11 AAA 973 to 99 AKR 973

--> National file of license plates numbers

Series of two or three numerals and three serial letters from 28 September 1993 to 13 October 2009 : 11 AKS 973 to 542 AQG 973 (last number issued)

--> SIV

Series of two serial letters, three numerals and two serial letters from 15 April 2009 : AA-421-AD (first number issued localy)

   - Historical sheet from 1999 to 2009

Official series :
Series of five numerals (common of the four overseas departments 971 to 974) from 1946? : 10001 DZ to 54201 DZ (maximum reported)
Series of four numerals and one serial letter from 2 January 1992 to 31 December 2008 : 973D-1001A to 973D-2497A (maximum 
seen)
--> SIV

Special series :
Garages :
Series of up to three numerals : 1 W 973 to 325 W 973 (14/04/2009 and last number issued)
--> SIV W series

Diplomatic series :
The Surinamese consular license plates have a special format.
Indeed, the numbers 50 C1.973 Z, 52 C1.973 Z and 54 C1.973 Z have been reported. The serial number is before the letter C at the normal position of the country code.

In opposite, the French Guyana ESA site uses the right format : the number 405 CD 5-973 was reported.

 

974 Réunion

Separate page

     -  Historical sheet from 1998 to 2009

 

SPM / 975 Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

Normal series :
Series of up to three numerals from the beginning of the 20th century : 1 to at least 217 (25/11/1950)
Series of up to four numerals from 2 January 1952 : 1 SPM to 9999 SPM
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 7 December 2000 : SPM 1 A to SPM 999 A
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 4 December 2003 : SPM 1 B to SPM 999 B
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 23 July 2007 : SPM 1 C to SPM 999 C
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 15 April 2010 : SPM 1 E to SPM 999 E
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 20 September 2012 : SPM 1 F to SPM 480 F (31/12/2013)

   - Historical sheet from 1952 up to now

Nota : the current format (SPM 000 A) is an exemption allowed by the French Home Office (the inhabitants wanted to keep the SPM letters on their license plates), because the normal format foreseen was 000 A 975 (11 A 975 to 999 Z 975).

Official series :
Series of up to three numerals from 2 January 1952 : D 1 SPM to D 351 SPM
Series of four numerals and one serial letter from 2 January 1992 to 31 December 2008 : 975D-1001A to 975D-1305A (maximum 
seen)
--> normal SPM series

Nota : the number 975N-1265A has been pictured in Saint-Pierre. It's the first report of the use of the letter N in the overseas departments and collectivities.

 

MTE / 976 Mayotte

Normal series :
Series of up to two numerals : 1 MTE to 99 MTE (to be confirmed)
Series of up to two numerals and one serial letter from 27 September 1976 : 1 A MTE to 99 Z MTE (05/02/1986)

--> Gap between dates to be explain (05/02/1986 - 30/04/1987)

Series of two or three numerals and two serial letters from 30 April 1987 to 19 December 1989 : 11 AA MTE to 71 AC MTE
(last number issued)

--> Computerization

Series of two or three numerals and one serial letter from 2 January 1990 : 11 A 976 to 999 Z 976
Series of two or three numerals and two serial letters from 6 November 2003 to 5 January 2005 : 11 AA 976 to 999 AC 976

--> National file of license plates numbers

Series of two to four numerals and two serial letters from 9 December 2004 : 11 AD 976 to 9999 AD 976
Series of two to four numerals and two serial letters from 8 February 2008 to 13 October 2009 : 11 AE 976 to 5560 AE 976 (last number issued)

--> SIV

Series of two serial letters, three numerals and two serial letters from 15 April 2009 : AA-737-AK (first number issued localy)

    - Historical sheet from 1990 to 2009

Official series :
Series of up to two numerals from 1976 : from 1 D MTE (to be confirmed)
Series of four numerals and one serial letter from 2 January 1992 to 31 December 2008 : 976D-1001A to 976D-1357A (maximum 
seen)
--> SIV (temporarily without regional logo above the 976)

Special series :
Garages :
Series of up to three numerals from 1976 : from 1 W MTE
Series of up to three numerals from 2 January 1990 to 14 April 2009 : 1 W 976 to 922 W 976 (last number issued)
--> SIV W series

Provisional :
Series of up to three numerals from 1976 : from 1 WW MTE
Series of up to three numerals (with one serial letter if necessary), reissued each year, from 2 January 1990 : 1 WW 976 to 999 WW 976 and 1 WWA 976 to 112 WWA 976 (seen in December 2004)
Series of up to four numerals
, reissued each year, from 2005? to 14 April 2009 : 1 WW 976 to 1020 WW 976 (seen in January 2009)
--> SIV WW series

Exportations outside and inside the European Union :
Series of up to four numerals and one serial letter (between W and E) from 2005 to 13 October 2009 : 1 WAE 976 to 618 WAE 976 (last number issued)
Series of up to four numerals and one serial letter (between W and L) until 13 October 2009 : 1 WAL 976 (single number issued)
--> SIV (temporarily without regional logo above the 976)

Temporary transits (to be confirmed - white/red) :
Issuing in the normal series from 1976 until 1989? : example known 23 S MTE

 

977 — Saint-Barthélemy

Normal series :
Series of up to four prefixed numerals from 1962 : 971 SB 1 to 971 SB xxxx

--> swapping between numbers 971 SB 928 and 1881 SB 971

Series of four suffixed numerals from 1978 : xxxx SB 971 to 9999 SB 971
Series of two to four numerals from 15 May 1995 : 11 ZY 971 to 9999 ZY 971
Series of two or three numerals and one serial letter from 30 April 2007 to 29 February 2008 : 11 ZYA 971 to 933 ZYA 971 (last number issued)

--> change of the registration after Saint-Barthélémy became an overseas collectivity

Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 3 March 2008 : 1 A to 999 A
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 15 December 2008 : 1 B to 999 B
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 3 November 2009 : 1 C to 999 C
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 27 October 2010 : 1 D to 999 D
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 25 July 2011 : 1 E to 999 E
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 16 March 2012 : 1 F to 999 F
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 26 December 2012 : 1 G to 999 G
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 28 November 2013 : 1 H to 314 H (31/12/2013)

     - Historical sheet from 1979 up to now

Special series :
Garages :
Series of up to three numerals and one letter from 2008 : 1 W to 18 W (18/12/2013)

Special vehicles :
Series of up to three numerals and three letters from 26 June 2008 : 1 SPE to 134 SPE (25/11/2013)


Nota : For the second format, in some cases, the SB letters has followed 971
Since 21 February 2007, Saint-Barthélémy is a new overseas collectivity and the "department" code is now 977 since 1 January 2008.

 

978 — Saint-Martin

Normal series :
Series of up to four prefixed numerals from 1950? : 971 SM 1 to 971 SM xxxx

--> swapping between numbers 971 SM 2971 and 3999 SM 971

Series of four suffixed numerals from 1979 : xxxx SM 971 to 9999 SM 971
Series of two to four numerals from 1987 : 11 ZA 971 à 9999 ZA 971
Series of two to four numerals from 1993 : 11 ZZ 971 à 9999 ZZ 971
Series of two or three numerals and two serial letters from 16 December 1996 : 11 ZAA 971 to 999 ZAZ 971
Series of two or three numerals and two serial letters from 25 August 2006 to 31 May 2010 : 11 ZBA 971 to 500 ZBJ 971 (last number issued)

--> change of the registration (numbers issued to each owner instead of vehicles) after Saint-Martin became an overseas collectivity

Series of four numerals, a hyphen and three letters from 8 June 2010 : 0001-AAA to 2525-AAA
Series of four numerals, a hyphen and three letters from 10 February 2011 : 0011-AAB (numbers 0001 to 0010 not issued) to 9311-AAB (31/12/2013)

       - Historical sheet from 1999 up to now

Official series :
Series of four numerals, a hyphen and three letters from June 2010 : 0001-COM to 0111-COM (03/07/2013)

Special series :
Garages :
Series of one letter, a hyphen and four digits from 8 June 2010 : W-0001
to W-0019 (31/12/2013)

Buses :
Series of four numerals (license number of the company), a hyphen and three letters from 8 June 2010 : 1020-BUS
(observation)

Taxis :
Series of four numerals (license number of the taxi driver), a hyphen and three letters from 8 June 2010 : 0162-TXI
(observation)


Nota : the Dutch part of the island, St-Marteen, uses plates with American size and style.
Since 21 February 2007, Saint-Martin is a new overseas collectivity and the "department" code is now 978 since 1 January 2008.

 

KER Kerguelen, FSAT (French South and Antarctical Territory)

Only some vehicles (around twenty) are "registered" in Port-aux-Français on the Kerguelen islands, none on the Crozet islands, on the Terre Adélie or on the Amsterdam island (St-Paul is uninhabitated). These registrations have begun with the first touristical tours at the beginning of the 90's. K and KER are the distinctives signs of the Kerguelen islands license plates (at least up to 1996).

Normal series :
None, all vehicules belong to the FSAT administration.

Official series :
Series of one numeral and two numerals (the first indicate the vehicle type) end of the 60's, beginning of the 70's : K 000 (see Note 1 below)
Series of four numerals (coding unknown) in the 80's and the beginning of the 90's : KER CS 0000 and 0000 ST KER (see Note 2 below)
Series of two numerals for the year followed by the last four digits of the chassis number of the vehicle, from 1996 : 00 0000, 000 000 and 000000 (see Note 3 below)

Official series foreseen but never used :
Series of two numerals (for the year) and two serial numerals reissued each year from 28 February 1996 : KER 00 00 (example : KER 96 01)
It was also foreseen that imported used vehicles have in reduce size the month and the year of the former registration at the right of the plate.
When the FSAT central service was in Paris, some officials vehicles were also registered with the Kerguelen system with a code after the KER prefix : AS = Administrateur Supérieur, CS = Chief of Station and CD = Chief of District.

Note 1 :
A weblink (
http://www.amaepf.fr/ker18/html/Notes/noteDeService40.html) shows the registration rules of the vehicles in Port-aux-Français in a service note written on 10 January 1969. We learn that the format K 000 was in use, with K for Kerguelen, a numeral from 1 to 4 for the vehicle type (1=light vehicule, 2=Dodge 4x4, 3=GMC et 4=G.B.C.8) followed by two serial numerals for each type.
Have been registered :
- Renault 4L (K 101 to K 104) and diesel Jeep (K 108 and K 109)
- Dodge 4x4 (K 201 and K 203)
- GMC (K 301 to K 309) and a tank GMC (K 310)
- two G.B.C.8 (K 403 and K 404)

Note 2 :
For these two formats, four numbers are known :
- KER CS 1301
- KER CS 1302 (grey Renault Express)
- 1307 ST KER
- 1309 ST KER (white Renault Supercinq)

Note 3 :
Recent pictures show the following numbers :
- 962055 (white Renault Express)
- 97 2004 (white Lada Niva 4x4)
- 976 553 (white Renault Trafic)
- 993052 (white Renault Trafic)
- 993149 (white Renault Express)
- 993289 (white Renault Express ÉDK - Électricité De Kerguelen :-)
- 00 1674 (white Renault Kangoo)
- 01 0606 (white Suzuki Samurai)
- 02 0500 (white Renault Kangoo)
- 02 0792 (white Renault Master)
- 03 0329 (white Renault Kangoo)
- 203001 (red Renault fire truck)
- 203044 (white Renault Trafic)

The first two numerals of the eleven first numbers show the year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003). The four other numerals are the last four digits of the chassis number of the vehicle.

In addition, many plates have the French euroband. So, it seems that the plates are made and put on the Réunion island before the vehicles boarding to the Kerguelen islands. Indeed, some vehicules have no plates in Port-aux-Français.

 

NC New Caledonia

Normal series :
Series of up to four numerals from 30 May 1914 : 1 W to 6685 W
Series of up to six numerals from 1 April 1953 : 1 NC to 368154 NC (31/10/2013)

     -  Historical sheet from 1953 up to now

Official series :
Issued in the normal series, but with black/blue plates.

Mopeds (> 50 cc and < 125 cc) :
Series of up to three numerals and one serial letter from 28 July 1958 : 1 A to 999 Z
Series of three numerals and two serial letters from 12 July 1991 : 1 AA to 329 AN (31/10/2013)

Agricultural series :
Series of up to four numerals from 2 January 1956 : A 1 to A 2147 (31/10/2013)

 

P French Polynesia

Normal series :
Series of up to four numerals and one serial letter from 15 April 1954 : 1 A to 9999 C
Series of up to six numerals from 2 May 1973 : 1 P to
222887 P (31/12/2013)

  - Historical sheet from 2001 up to now

Official series :
All services (series D and E combined) :
Series of up to four numerals and one letter from 21 January 1954 to 10 June 1994 : 1 D to 4810 D (last number issued) - number 1000 E issued on 26 September 1967 for example

Territorial administration (separate series D from series E) :
Series of four numerals and one letter from 10 June 1994 : 4811 D to 6963 D (31/12/2013)

State services (separate series E from series D) :
Series of four numerals and one letter from 10 June 1994 : 4812 E to 5457 E (31/12/2013)

Diplomatic series :
Chinese Consulate only :
Series of three numerals (code 226, similar to the code 26 used in metropolitan France), two letters (CC) and one or two numerals from 6 May 2009 : 226 CC 1 to 226 CC 10 (10/01/2014)

Two-wheeled vehicles series :
Less than 100 cc :
Series of up to four numerals and one letter (F, G, H, J, K, T, V and X) from 15 April 1964 to 31 January 2006: 1 F to 9606 X (last number issued)
Series of up to four numerals, one letter (Z) and one serial letter from 1 February 2006 : 1 ZA to 
9999 ZA
Series of up to four numerals, one letter (Z) and one serial letter from 5 July 2011 : 1 ZB to 3481 ZB (31/12/2013)

Over 100 cc :
Series of up to four numerals and one letter (M, N, R and S) from 15 April 1964 to 31 January 2006 : 1 M to 9634 S (last number issued)
Series of up to four numerals, one letter (Y) and one serial letter from 1 February 2006 : 1 YA to
9896 YA (31/12/2013)

 

WF Wallis and Futuna

Normal series :
Series of four prefixed numerals (with leading zeros) from September 1967 : WF 0101 to WF 0399
Series of four prefixed numerals from December 1974 : WF 1000 to WF 1157
Series of four suffixed numerals from 2 January 1977 : 1158 WF to 
8538 WF (31/12/2013)

 - Historical sheet from 1972 up to now

Nota : after 1977, it seems that all previous numbers were reissued by suffixing the issuing number.

Official series :
Series of four prefixed numerals (with leading zeros) from September 1967 : WF 0001 to WF 0100
After ending the former series, registration in the normal series.

Two-wheeled vehicles series :
Series of four prefixed numerals (with leading zeros) from September 1967 : WF 0400 to WF 0xxx
Series of three suffixed numerals from 2 January 1977 : xxx WF to 999 WF
Series of up to two numerals and one serial letter from December 1982 : 1A-WF to 99Z-WF
Series of one numeral and two serial letters from 2000 : 1AZ-WF to 
3SJ-WF (31/12/2001 - last number unknown)
Series of one numeral and two serial letters from 2002 : 1AA-WF to 1FY-WF (10/10/2013)

Nota : for the penultimate format, the two serial letters moved as an opposite way :
- 1AZ-WF to 9AZ-WF
- 1BY-WF to 9BY-WF
- 1CX-WF to 9CX-WF
- etc.

Reserved numbers in the actual format :
- Chief Administrator ("Préfet" in French) : 1 WF
- General Secretary of the Territory : 2 WF
- Wallis king : 100 WF


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