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.
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
|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|
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 :
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)
Also read the end of articles on garage, provisional, transit, administration, military or diplomats vehicles.
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