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Since 1950, the number of letters and digits has been used through different ways by each department. Each column provides precise elements, usefull for dating a specific French plate. Associated with pages 1950 to 2000, it has been used for graphics. You also may download original Excel file.

 

Department

I
4 digits from the serie (for instance : 1000 QA 01)

II
Last U issued (three digits series between brackets)

III
Other omitted series (other than
 U letter or D, W, TT, WW series) -
Specificities

01 = Ain QA in 11/1972 9999RU in 10/1984 QQ SS WC
6000 cancellations between RW and RY ?
02 = Aisne QA in 02/1970 9999RU in 06/1982 SS
3000 cancellations between SL and SN ?
03 = Allier QA in 01/1974 9999QU in 09/1981 SS
04 = Alpes-de-Haute-Provence LK in 12/1986 (999KU in 10/1985) First numbers cancelled from 11 FG 04 in 11/1976
05 = Hautes-Alpes JX in 07/1988 (999GU in 09/1983)  
06 = Alpes-Maritimes RA in 05/1966 to ZZ in 06/1998 9999UZ in 02/1984 (AL)
First numbers cancelled from 11 TF 06 in 01/1978
07 = Ardèche LG in 1974 9999LU by 08/10/1980 3000 cancellations to MK or ML ?
08 = Ardennes QA in 1979 9999QU in 04/1989 QQ
09 = Ariège FA in 1975 (999EU in 03/1975)  
10 = Aube LG in 1974 9999LU in 06/1981 PD PQ
2500 cancellations to MH or MJ ?
11 = Aude MA in 1974 9999MU in 09/1983 QQ
3000 cancellations to MY or MZ ?
12 = Aveyron LA in 05/1973 9999LU  in 12/1982 (AL) >2053LZ PD
First numbers cancelled from 11 LH 12 by 29/03/1977
12 cancellation : 11 to 13 LH 12 by 29/03/1977
13 = Bouches-du-Rhône AA in 12/1950 to ZZ in 03/2004 9999KU in 07/1983 AL >5100LK LW? PD SS
14 = Calvados QA in 1969 9999RU in 10/1980 QQ 1000-5000SR WC
15 = Cantal GA in 1975 (999FU in 10/1974) GP
16 = Charente QA in 1974 9999QU in 02/1982 (KK?) 2599-7000RG SS
17 = Charente-Maritime QA in 11/1969 9999RU in 11/1981 QQ >9000SL <5000SM
18 = Cher QA in 1977 9999QU in 02/1985 SA SS
19 = Corrèze QA in 1980 (999PU in 08/1980) >4399QP QQ SS
20 = Corse (04/1950-12/1975)   (999FU by 14/04/1975) Numbers 1 A 20 to 292 GJ 20 issued
Department cancelled by 31/12/1975
2A = Corse-du-Sud (depuis 01/1976) FC in 1986 (999DU in 03/1984) First numbers cancelled from 11 Q 2A by 17/11/1976
2B = Haute-Corse (depuis 01/1976) FN in 1986 2499FU? in 10/1989  
21 = Côte-d'Or QA in 01/1971 9999RU in 12/1983 QQ RQ <6000SE SS
22 = Côtes-d'Armor QA in 1972 9999RU in 07/1984 QQ SS WC
3000 cancellations to SD or SE ?
23 = Creuse ML in 1988 (999KU by 28/11/1984) >675MK
24 = Dordogne QA in 1973 9999QU by 12/05/1980 (AL) SS WC
25 = Doubs QA in 04/1970 9999SU in 03/1985 QQ SS SV
26 = Drôme QA in 11/1972 9999QU by 06/02/1979 SS
27 = Eure QA in 02/1971 9999RU in 07/1982 >7999SH
28 = Eure-et-Loir PY in 09/1974 9999RU in 12/1988 SA SS
29 = Finistère QA in 04/1968 to ZZ in 11/2004 9999SU by 16/07/1982 (AL MA) QQ SS >6138TJ WC
First numbers cancelled from 11 RN 29 in 11/1976
Last 29 : 29 RM 29 by 20/09/1976
30 = Gard QA in 10/1970 9999RU in 04/1982  
31 = Haute-Garonne QF in 05/1965 to ZZ in 10/1998 9999UT by 04/03/1985 (AL AW BW CD) QQ >334SN AZF
First numbers cancelled from 11 SK 31 by 22/11/1976
31 cancellation : 30 to 32 SP 31 by 09/05/1977
32 = Gers JZ in 1974 (999JU in 04/1974) 223-4999 KV
33 = Gironde Q in 11/1950 9999HU by 11/05/1987 QQ SS
34 = Hérault QA in 02/1969 to ZZ in 10/2002 9999SU in 01/1984 >999SV WC
35 = Ille-et-Vilaine QA in 05/1968 to ZZ in 09/2002 9999SU in 12/1982 QQ SS WC
36 = Indre QA in 1980 (999PU in 06/1980) 2000 cancellations to QK or QL ?
37 = Indre-et-Loire QA in 1971 9999RU in 05/1984 SS
38 = Isère SA in 10/1965 to ZZ in 03/1993 771YU by 07/02/1990 (CD? MA? QQ) WC XV
First numbers cancelled from 11 TZ 38 by 30/08/1975
39 = Jura QA in 1979 (999PU in 09/1979) QQ >4999QW
40 = Landes MA in 1974 9999MU in 05/1982 >3320NE PD
41 = Loir-et-Cher NG in 1975 9999NU in 02/1981 >5999NY? PD QQ
42 = Loire QA in 03/1968 to ZZ in 10/2006 9999SU in 06/1983 (KK MA?) QQ >2000SS WC
First numbers cancelled from 11 RL 42 in 01/1977
43 = Haute-Loire HA in 1975 (999GU in 11/1974) >5600HV
44 = Loire-Atlantique QA in 07/1966 to ZZ in 07/1998 9999UN by 15/02/1985 (MA?) QQ SS WC
45 = Loiret QA in 1970 9999TU in 04/1991 QQ WC
46 = Lot HB in 1975 (999GU in 08/1974) KK
47 = Lot-et-Garonne QA in 1975 9999QU in 02/1983 >4999RC SA SS
48 = Lozère GA in 06/1989 (999FU in 08/1988)  
49 = Maine-et-Loire QA in 09/1969 9999RU in 06/1980 QQ SS WC
50 = Manche QA in 05/1972 9999QU in 07/1978 >300QQ SS WC
51 = Marne QA in 11/1969 to ZZ in 03/2001 9999RU in 06/1981 SS
52 = Haute-Marne LG in 1978 (999KU in 09/1977)  
53 = Mayenne QA in 1980 (999PU in 12/1979) QN QP QQ (Préfet's car 100 QN 53)
54 = Meurthe-et-Moselle QA in 01/1967 to ZZ in 12/2005 9999SU by 18/03/1982 SS WC
55 = Meuse QA in 1984 (999PU in 07/1984) QQ
56 = Morbihan QA in 1972 9999RU in 02/1984 QQ SS WC
9989 cancellations between RM and RQ ?
3000 cancellations to SB or SC ?
57 = Moselle QT in 04/1966 to ZZ in 09/1997 9999XU by 13/03/1991 (AL MA?) SS TU Wx XV
Numbers 6, 9 and 15 SS 57 issued
58 = Nièvre QA in 1981 (999PU in 12/1980)  
59 = Nord AE in 12/1950 to ZZ in 03/2000 9999NU by 12/12/1984 AL PD SS VW WC
60 = Oise QA in 03/1969 to ZZ in 07/2003 9999SU in 08/1983 QQ QU? SS WC
61 = Orne QA in 1975 9999QU in 12/1982 QQ >3500RD? SS
62 = Pas-de-Calais EA in 1954 9999LU in 11/1984 QQ SS
63 = Puy-de-Dôme QA in 1969 9999RU in 05/1981  
64 = Pyrénées-Atlantiques QA in 1970 9999RU in 03/1982 QQ SS
65 = Hautes-Pyrénées QA in 1982 (999PU in 05/1982) >3999QQ
66 = Pyrénées-Orientales QA in 1980 (999PU in 12/1979) SS
67 = Bas-Rhin QA in 09/1967 to ZZ in 01/2002 9999SU in 08/1981 (AL) SS
First numbers cancelled from 11 RR 67 in 11/1976
68 = Haut-Rhin QA in 1971 9999RU in 01/1982 SA SS >7800SV? >2800SW?
69 = Rhône U in 12/1950 to ZZ in 12/2004 9999MU in 11/1987 CQ CU DA DB DQ EU KK KQ KU PD PQ SS
70 = Haute-Saône JU in 1974 6999KU? in 10/1986  
71 = Saône-et-Loire QA in 1969 9999RU in 01/1981 QQ >1100SS
72 = Sarthe QA in 12/1971 9999RU in 10/1983 SS
73 = Savoie QA in 1977 9999QU in 12/1983 QQ SS
Specificities : JO 73 was used during the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic games
74 = Haute-Savoie QA in 07/1973 9999RU in 11/1983 QQ RQ >6999SB
75 = Paris A in 04/1950 to ZZ in 03/1974 9999XU by 08/12/1971 AL AW CD FQ GQ HQ JQ KK KQ KU LQ MA MQ PD QQ RQ WC
All with Q from AAQ to KQZ
AVW to AZY
KKx KQx
MMM MMW MWM MWW

Specificities : series AA to AF reserved for heavy commercial vehicles (weight over 1 ton) issued in the same time than series N to AJ (from October 1950 to May 1951)

Numbers 1 to 500 PR 75 : reserved for the Presidency of the Republic

76 = Seine-Maritime EF in 09/1954 9999LU in 12/1983 (AL CD) PD QQ SS
First numbers cancelled from 11 JF 76 by 23/02/1976
76 cancellation : 75 to 77 JL 76 by 02/11/1976
77 = Seine-et-Marne QP in 07/1966 to ZZ in 01/1991 9999YU in 11/1988 (MA?) QQ? UV Wx
78 = Yvelines AF in 11/1950 to ZZ in 07/1995 9999SU by 19/05/1987
Numbers 11-17, 19, 20, 22, 24-26, 28, 30, 31, 50-60, 78, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 1000 and 2000TU issued
KK? QQ >1000RA WC
79 = Deux-Sèvres QA in 1975 9999QU in 10/1982 RM SS
80 = Somme QA in 1971 9999RU in 12/1983
Numbers 11-16 and 100SU issued
QQ >3200SA SS <799SX
81 = Tarn PA in 1974 9999PU in 07/1982  
82 = Tarn-et-Garonne GS in 1972 9999GU in 06/1974 KK
83 = Var QA in 12/1968 to ZZ in 08/2000 9999SU in 12/1982 (AL MA) QQ QU WC
84 = Vaucluse QA in 06/1971 9999RU in 03/1983  
85 = Vendée QA in 1974 9999QU in 01/1980
1-999RU ?
QQ SS VC WC
86 = Vienne QA in 1974 9999QU in 10/1981 QQ >6850RH <5000RJ SA SS
87 = Haute-Vienne QA in 1976 9999QU by 03/01/1984 (AL) >6672QZ SA >9872SR SS
88 = Vosges QA in 1975 9999QU in 03/1982 (AL) SS
89 = Yonne PA in 1975 9999PU in 01/1983 >7000QE <3000QF QQ
90 = Territoire de Belfort EX in 1974 (999EU in 06/1974) >632FS
91 = Essonne (depuis 05/1965) QA in 12/1970 to ZZ in 01/1989 9999VU by 08/07/1982 QU? RV? SV? TQ? TU? Ux
VU issued
92 = Hauts-de-Seine (depuis 02/1967) A in 02/1967 to ZZ in 12/1994 9999BU by 02/07/1971 CD CQ >6400EP KK PD SS VC WC 12-5000YN
>4999YT 3299-5000YX >9799YX >6199ZF
All with Q from EQ to YQ (22 EQ 92 issued)
93 = Seine-Saint-Denis (depuis 02/1967) A in 02/1967 to ZZ in 11/2006 9999BU in 01/1973 AF CD KK PD PT >4161RE >7822RF SS
All with Q from DQ to QZ
94 = Val-de-Marne (depuis 10/1965) A in 11/1965 9999BU in 02/1973 CD KK PD >7755PJ >5442PL >3831PM SS
All with Q from CQ to NQ
95 = Val-d'Oise (depuis 05/1965) QA in 05/1971 to ZZ in 07/1989 9999RU in 02/1977 >2000SQ >8700SR? SS >5000ST SV-SZ VC? Wx
9104-9997ZZ >500AXS AXT (11 AXT issued) AXV
AYL to AYV
AZL to AZV
BAK to BAV
BBA to BBV
All with Q from TQ to AXQ
971 = Guadeloupe QA in 12/1966 to ZX in 07/1992
11 AAA to 99 AKK in 09/1993
Three digits from AKL
999XU in 04/1989 (AL MA?)
SB, ZY and ZYx reserved for Saint-Barthélémy
SM, ZA, ZZ and ZAA to ZXZ reserved for Saint-Martin
972 = Martinique PT in 07/1966 to ZZ in 05/1992
11 AAA to 99 AMM in 09/1993
Three digits from AMN
999YU by 24/07/1990 (AL? MA?)
973 = Guyane 100 AA in 05/1987 to 588 AR in 12/1989
100 to 999 ZZ in 02/1990
11 AAA to 99 AKR in 09/1993
Three digits from AKS
99ZU by 12/03/1987  
974 = Réunion MB in 07/1965 to ZZ in 10/1991
11 AAA to 99 AZA in 07/1993
Three digits from AZB
999WU by 30/08/1988 (AL) MA
First numbers cancelled from 11 QD 974 in 12/1976
974 cancellation : 973 to 975 QC 974 in 12/1976
SPM = Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon A in 05/2001   First numbers 1 to 10 and 975 still in use
976 = Mayotte AA MTE in 05/1987
A 976 in 01/1990
Four digits from AD 976 in 05/2005
99 U MTE in 1982? Series D 976 issued
First numbers cancelled from 11 AA MTE by 30/04/1987

 

Jean-Emmanuel Chevry, Bruno Vernhes and Jean-François Żuraw