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Codes used in each département betweeen 1928 and 1950 - by Yann Sciardis                            


From 1928 to 1950, letters I and O were not used, as well as doubled letters. The letter W was used for dealer registration. To avoid confusion with the International Ovals, these series were not used : BR CS CU DA DK ET FL GB GR LR LT MC MN MS NL PA PE PL RA et RH,  as well as AL, MA and TU unsed in french north Africa.
From 1941 for trailers and Agricultural vehicles and from 1943 for motorcycles, different series were used, the last one attributed to the département : for instance 160 FH7 is a trailer registration in Eure et Loir, 234 ZP6 is a motorcycle registration in Haute-Vienne. Click here for more details.

Detailed spreadsheets are available to date a registration once you have identified the departement. If you need more data about one département, download the 1928-50 Excel file. Jean-Francois Zuraw propose this link to date plates for this period, and this history page.

Years 1928 to 1939 : Départements A to E   F to L   M to R   S to Z
Years 1940 to 1950 : Départements A to E   F to L   M to R   S to Z


How to date Paris registrations from 1928 to 1950 : 
1928 : RB - RB2 1934 : RG7 - RJ4 1940 : RM9 - RN1   1946 : RN7 - RP3
1929 : RB2 - RD3  1935 : RJ4 - RK 1941 : RN1 - RN2 1947 : RP3 - RP9
1930 : RD3 - RE3 1936 : RK - RK6 1942 : RN2 - RN3 1948 : RP9 - RQ6
1931 : RE3 - RF2 1937 : RK6 - RL3 1943 : RN3 - RN4 1949 : RQ6 - RS4
1932 : RF2 - RG 1938 : RL3 - RM1 1944 : RN4 - RN5 1950 : RS4 : RS5
1933 : RG - RG7 1939 : RM1 - RM9  1945 : RN5 - RN7  
How to date Haute-Vienne registrations from 1928 to 1950 : 
01/10/1928 : 1 ZL 09/01/1935 : 1 ZL 2 01/05/1945 : 1 ZL 4
15/01/1930 : 4900 ZL  05/03/1937 : 5000 ZL 2 13/05/1947 : 5134 ZL 4
24/04/1931 : 1 ZL 1 28/06/1939 : 1 ZL 3 15/10/1949 : 176 ZL 5
08/02/1933 : 5050 ZL 1 21/05/1941 : 5050 ZL 3 31/10/1950 : 1480 ZL 5
Excel file with complete data to download (by Georges Michel Raullet)
Two wheels vehicles : From 1899 to 1942, bikes and motorcycles had this kind of tab, mentionning the year. Between 1940  and 1945, (german occupation), bicyles users had  black on yellow plates, such as this one, with the same code system as for motorized vehicles :

 Also read the end of articles on garage, provisionaltransit, administration, military or diplomats vehicles.

Page written by Jean-Emmanuel Chevry and Bruno Vernhes.