Vers Sommaire      Specificities of French departments, omitted letters

   

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 series
(for example 1000 QA 01)

II
Last U issued
(three — two for overseas — digit series between brackets)

III
Last number issued in the FNI

IV
Omitted series (other than U letter
or D, W, TT and WW)Specificities

01 = Ain 1000 QA in 11/1972 9999 RU in 10/1984 8468 ZF 01 (AL  CD)  QQ  3058(approx.)-8999 RW  >9250(approx.) RW  SS  WC

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 noticed in the series QJ
- Series (KK MA PD) confirmed
- Number 11 SS 01 issued
02 = Aisne 1000 QA in 02/1970 9999 RU on 14/06/1982 1799 YQ 02 (AL)  >7640(approx.) SM  SS

Specificities :
- Numbers 11, 12 and 13 SS 02 issued
03 = Allier QA in 01/1974 9999 QU in 09/1981 4426 VQ 03 (AL)  SS
04 = Alpes-de-Haute-Provence LK in 12/1986 (999 KU in 10/1985) 8205 NB 04 Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 FG 04 in 11/1976
05 = Hautes-Alpes 2000 JX on 04/07/1988 (999 GU in 09/1983) 4065 LD 05 937(approx.)-1999 JX
06 = Alpes-Maritimes RA in 05/1966 to ZZ in 06/1998 9999 UZ in 02/1984 482 CGE 06 (AL  CD)

Specificities :
Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 TF 06 in 01/1978
07 = Ardèche 1000 LG on 12/09/1974 9999 LU on 08/10/1980 476 QV 07 >5351(approx.) MK
08 = Ardennes QA in 1979 9999 QU in 04/1989 4165 SY 08 (AL)  QQ  SS
09 = Ariège 1000 FA in 04/12/1975 (999 EU on 01/04/1975) 2386 HB 09 2643-5000 FL
10 = Aube 1000 LG in 09/1974 9999 LU on 16/06/1981 6459 PY 10 (AL)  >9193(approx.) MH  <2001 MJ  PD  PQ
11 = Aude 1000 MA on 18 or 19/12/1974 9999 MU on 13/10/1983 2306 RK 11 (AL)  494(approx.)-5000 NA
12 = Aveyron 1000 LA on 15/05/1973 9999 LU on 27/12/1982 2279 PT 12 (AL)  >2053 LZ  PD

Specificities :
Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 LH 12 on 29/03/1977
-
Serial number 12 cancellation : 11 to 13 LH 12 on 29/03/1977
13 = Bouches-du-Rhône 1000 AA in 12/1950 to 9999 ZZ on 24/03/2004 9999 KU on 05/07/1983 860 BXW 13 AL  >5105(approx.) LK  LW  PD  SS
14 = Calvados 1000 QA in 06/1969 9999 RU on 29/10/1980 2484 ZX 14 (AL)  QQ  <1000 QR  722(approx.)-5000 SR  WC
15 = Cantal GA in 1975 (999 FU in 10/1974) 264 JB 15 GP
16 = Charente 1000 QA in 06/1974 9999 QU on 24/02/1982 4456 VT 16 (AL)  2545(approx.)-7000 RG  SS
17 = Charente-Maritime 1000 QA in 11/1969 9999 RU on 19/11/1981 2922 ZH 17 (AL)  QQ  >8790(approx.) SL  <5000 SM
18 = Cher QA in 1977 9999 QU in 02/1985 1798 VC 18 (AL)  SA  SS
19 = Corrèze 1000 QA in 12/1980 (999 PU in 08/1980) 3394 SZ 19 >4379(approx.) QP  QQ  SS
20 = Corse
De 04/1950 à 12/1975
N/A (999 FU on 14/04/1975) 292 GJ 20
31/12/1975
Department cancelled by 31 December 1975
2A = Corse-du-Sud
Depuis 01/1976
1001 FC on 06/10/1986 (999 DU on 30/03/1984) 7200 HA 2A 87(approx.)-1000 FC

Specificities :
- Number 2 A 2A not issued
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 Q 2A on 17/11/1976
2B = Haute-Corse
Depuis 01/1976
1001 FN on 10/02/1986 4602 FU on 19/09/1989
Numbers 5000, 6000, 6969 and 8000 FU issued
1251 HR 2B >988 FM  11-1000 FN

Specificities :
- Number 2 B 2B not issued
- Numbers 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23 and 25 FN 2B issued
21 = Côte-d'Or 1000 QA in 12/1971 9999 RU on 29/12/1983 7337 XY 21 (AL  CD  KK)  QQ  RQ  <5000 SE  SS

Specificities :
- Number 14 SE 21 issued
22 = Côtes-d'Armor 1000 QA in 07/1972 9999 RU in 07/1984 2407 YF 22 (AL)  QQ  >9607 SC  11-2000 SD  SS  WC

Specificities :
- Number 100 SD 22 issued
Number 10 YD 22 issued on 19/03/2009
23 = Creuse 1000 ML on 07/07/1988 (999 KU on 27/11/1984) 5934 NQ 23 >675(approx.) MK
24 = Dordogne QA in 1973 9999 QU on 12/05/1980 6638 WP 24 (AL)  SS  WC
25 = Doubs QA in 04/1970 9999 SU in 03/1985 7658 ZV 25 (AL)  QQ  SS  SV
26 = Drôme QA in 11/1972 9999 QU on 06/02/1979 6421 YD 26 (AL)  SS
27 = Eure 1000 QA in 02/1971 9999 RU on 29/07/1982 4852 ZT 27 (AL)  >7848(approx.) SH
28 = Eure-et-Loir PY in 09/1974 9999 RU in 12/1988 6969 XB 28 (AL)  SA  SS
29 = Finistère 1000 QA on 30/04/1968 to 9999 ZZ on 09/11/2004 9999 SU on 16/07/1982 657 ASF 29 (AL  MA)  QQ  SS  >6140 TJ  WC

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 RN 29 on 25/11/1976
- Last serial number 29 : 29 RM 29 on 20/09/1976
30 = Gard QA in 10/1970 to ZZ in 06/2008 9999 RU in 04/1982 855 AEG 30 (AL)
31 = Haute-Garonne 1000 QF on 06/05/1965 to 9999 ZZ on22/10/1998 9999 UT on 04/03/1985 864 CMV 31 (AL  AW  BW  CD)  QQ  >334 SN  AZF

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 SK 31 le 22/11/1976
Serial number 31 cancellation : 30 to 32 SP 31 on 09/05/1977
32 = Gers 1000 JZ in 09/1974 (999 JU in 04/1974) 6237 MW 32 223-4999 KV
33 = Gironde 1000 Q in 11/1950 9999 HU on 11/05/1987 1846 VW 33 QQ  SS
34 = Hérault 1000 QA on 29/01/1969 to 9999 ZZ in 10/2002 9999 SU on 19 ou 20/01/1984 868 BJT 34 (AL)  >185(approx.) SV  WC
35 = Ille-et-Vilaine QA in 05/1968 to ZZ in 09/2002 9999 SU in 12/1982 951 BFM 35 (AL)  QQ  SS  WC
36 = Indre 1000 QA in 10/1980 (999 PU in 06/1980) 3690 SR 36 >7108(approx.) QK
37 = Indre-et-Loire 1000 QA in 11/1971 9999 RU in 05/1984 6180 YG 37 (AL)  >6946(approx.) SD  SS
38 = Isère 1000 SA in 10/1965 to 9999 ZZ on 18/03/1993 771 YU on 07/02/1990 579 DKH 38 (AL  CD  MA  QQ)  WC  XV

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 TZ 38 on 30/08/1975
39 = Jura 1000 QA in 12/1979 (999 PU in 09/1979) 1062 TJ 39 (AL)  QQ  >4984(approx.) QW
40 = Landes 1000 MA in 10/1974 9999 MU on 30/08/1982 1401 SD 40 >3320(approx.) NE  PD
41 = Loir-et-Cher 1000 NG in 1975 9999 NU on 09/03/1981 6121 SV 41 (AL)  PD  >8018(approx.) PL  <3000 PM  QQ
42 = Loire 1000 QA in 03/1968 to 9999 ZZ on 26/10/2006 9999 SU on 24/06/1983 780 AKJ 42 (AL  MA)  QQ  >2000(approx.) SS  >4469(approx.) TG  WC

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 RL 42 on 04/01/1977
43 = Haute-Loire 1000 HA in 05/1975 (999 GU in 11/1974) 2171 LB 43 >5571(approx.) HV
44 = Loire-Atlantique 1000 QA in 07/1966 to ZZ in 07/1998 9999 UN on 15/02/1985 246 CQK 44 (AL  CD  KK?  MA)  QQ  SS  WC
45 = Loiret QA in 09/1970 to ZZ in 09/2009 9999 TU on 23/04/1991 288 AAD 45 (AL)  QQ  WC

Specificities :
- Last department to have reached the three letters
46 = Lot HB in 1975 (999 GU in 08/1974) 6156 KQ 46 KK
47 = Lot-et-Garonne 1000 QA on 18/07/1975 9999 QU on 18/02/1983 6709 VL 47 (AL  CD)  >5061(approx.) RC  SA  SS
48 = Lozère 1001 GA on 12/06/1989 (999 FU on 18/08/1988) 2718 GT 48 649(approx.)-1000 GA
49 = Maine-et-Loire QA in 09/1969 to ZZ in 02/2008 9999 RU in 06/1980 287 AFD 49 (AL)  QQ  SS  WC
50 = Manche 1000 QA in 05/1972 9999 QU on 04/07/1978 2936 XK 50 (AL)  >362(approx.) QQ  >8675(approx.) RY  <1001 RZ  SS  WC
51 = Marne QA in 11/1969 to ZZ in 03/2001 9999 RU in 06/1981 330 BAJ 51 (AL)  SS
52 = Haute-Marne 1000 LG in 06/1978 (999 KU in 08/1977) 6785 NR 52 (AL  CD)
53 = Mayenne 1000 QA on 27/03/1980 (999 PU in 12/1979) 1842 TL 53 (AL)  >8722(approx.) QM  QN  QP  QQ  SS

Specificities :
- Series F, G and H reserved for reissuing numbers for trucks over 1 ton
- Series AM, AN, AP, AQ and AR reserved for reissuing numbers for cars and motorcycles
- Number 100 QN 53 issued to the car of the Préfet in 02/1986
54 = Meurthe-et-Moselle 1000 QA in 01/1967 to 9999 ZZ on 09/12/2005 9999 SU on 18/03/1982 86 ANK 54 (AL  CD)  SS  WC
55 = Meuse QA in1984 (999 PU in 07/1984) 3702 SC 55 QQ
56 = Morbihan 1000 QA in 01/1973 9999 RU on 09/04/1984 3972 ZH 56 (AL)  QQ  2837(approx.)-6000 SM  >6954(approx.) SM  SS  WC
57 = Moselle 1000 QT in 04/1966 to 9999 ZZ on 29/09/1997 9999 XU on 13/03/1991 174 CDA 57 (AL  CD  MA)  SS  TU  Wx  XV

Specificities :
- Numbers 2, 6, 9, 15, 57 and 604 SS 57 issued
58 = Nièvre QA in 1981 (999 PU in 12/1980) 5522 SQ 58 No cancellation known
59 = Nord AE in 12/1950 to ZZ in 03/2000 9999 NU on 12/12/1984 686 DMS 59 AL  PD  SS  VW  WC
60 = Oise 1000 QA in 03/1969 to 9999 ZZ on 09/07/2003 9999 SU on 12/08/1983 144 CJE 60 (AL  KK)  QQ  QU  SS  WC
61 = Orne 1000 QA in 11/1975 9999 QU on 08/12/1982 5891 VM 61 (AL  CD  PD)  QQ  >3850(approx.) RD  SS
62 = Pas-de-Calais 1000 EB on 27/07/1954 9999 LU on 22/11/1984 4523 YV 62 (AL  CD?)  QQ  SS
63 = Puy-de-Dôme QA in 1969 9999 RU in 05/1981 8175 ZA 63 (AL)
64 = Pyrénées-Atlantiques QA in 1970 9999 RU in 03/1982 9941 ZG 64 (AL)  QQ  SS
65 = Hautes-Pyrénées 1000 QA on 16/09/1982 (999 PU on 18/05/1982) 6752 SN 65 (CD)  >2340(approx.) QQ
66 = Pyrénées-Orientales QA in 1980 (999 PU in 12/1979) 9998 VH 66 SS
67 = Bas-Rhin 1000 QA in 09/1967 to 9999 ZZ on 18/01/2002 9999 SU in 08/1981 429 BGK 67 (AL)  SS

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 RR 67 in 11/1976
68 = Haut-Rhin 1000 QA on 07/06/1971 9999 RU on 03/02/1982 1114 ZX 68 (AL  KK)  SA  SS  >7438(approx.) SV  >2955(approx.) SW
69 = Rhône U in 12/1950 to ZZ in 12/2004 9999 MU in 11/1987 24 BNJ 69 CQ  CU  DA  DB  DQ  EU  KK  KQ  KU  PD  PQ  SS
70 = Haute-Saône JU in 1974 5662 KU on 17/10/1986
Number 6000 KU issued
8592 NJ 70 No cancellation known
71 = Saône-et-Loire QA in 1969 9999 RU in 01/1981 388 ZA 71 (AL)  QQ  >1131(approx.) SS

Specificities :
- Number 1920 SS 71 
issued
72 = Sarthe QA in 12/1971 9999 RU in 10/1983 8070 YC 72 (AL)  SS
73 = Savoie QA in 1977 9999 QU in 12/1983 2440 WG 73 (AL)  QQ  SS  VC

Specificities :
- Series JO 73 used during the Olympic Games of Albertville in 1992
74 = Haute-Savoie 1000 QA on 10 or 11/07/1973 9999 RU on 28/11/1983 3143 ZV 74 (AL  PD)  QQ  RQ  >6883(approx.) SB
75 = Paris 1000 A in 04/1950 to 9999 ZZ on 26/03/1974 9999 XU on 08/12/1971 523 RQD 75 AL  AW  CD  FQ  GQ  HQ  JQ  KK  KQ  KU  LQ  MA  MQ  PD  QQ  RQ  WC
AVW-AZY  KKx  KQx  MMM MMW MWM MWW
All with Q from AAQ to KQZ

Specificities :
- Series AA to AF reserved for the over 1 ton vehicles, issued in the same time than series N to AJ (October 1950 to May 1951)
- Series DG, DH, DK, DN, DR, DU and DX 
reserved for reissuing numbers for cars and motorcycles
- Numbers 1 to 500 PR 75 reserved for the vehicles of the Presidency of the Republic
76 = Seine-Maritime EF in 09/1954 to ZZ in 03/2008 9999 LU in 12/1983 46 AKV 76 (AL  CD)  PD  QQ  SS

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 JF 76 on 23/02/1976
-
Serial number 76 cancellation : 75 to 77 JL 76 on 02/11/1976
77 = Seine-et-Marne 1000 QP on 01/07/1966 to 9999 ZZ on 21/01/1991 9999 YU on 16/11/1988 549 FAV 77 (AL  CD  KK?  MA?)  QQ  UV  Wx
78 = Yvelines 1000 AG on 28/11/1950 to 9999 ZZ on 07/07/1995 9999 SU on 19/05/1987
Numbers 11-99 (including 78), 100, 200, 300, 333, 400, 500, 600, 700, 900, 944, 1000, 1930, 1932, 1952, 1964, 2000, 6000, 7878 and 8000 TU issued
Numbers 18, 20, 21 and 31 VU issued
77 EVZ 78 AL  KK  QQ  1073(approx.)-5000 RA  >5079(approx.) RA  WC

Specificities :
- Serial number 78 issued until at least 07/1986 (number 78 SG 78)
79 = Deux-Sèvres QA in 1975 9999 QU in 10/1982 6082 VW 79 (AL)  RM  SS
80 = Somme 1000 QA on 24/03/1971 9999 RU on 20/12/1983
Numbers 11-16 and 100 SU issued
6343 XV 80 (AL)  QQ  >3338(approx.) SA  SS  <800 SX

Specificities :
- Numbers 333, 555 and 600 SX 80 
issued
81 = Tarn PA in 1974 9999 PU in 07/1982 3058 TP 81 (AL)
82 = Tarn-et-Garonne GS in 1972 9999 GU in 06/1974 3595 LB 82 KK
83 = Var QA in 12/1968 to ZZ in 08/2000 9999 SU in 12/1982 349 BXK 83 (AL  MA)  QQ  QU  WC
84 = Vaucluse QA in 06/1971 9999 RU in 03/1983 6581 ZG 84 (AL)
85 = Vendée QA in 1974 670 RU on 18/06/1986 260 YN 85 (AL)  QQ  SS  VC  WC
86 = Vienne 1000 QA in 01/1975 9999 QU in 11/1981 1414 WD 86 (AL)  QQ  >6854(approx.) RH  <5001 RJ  SA  SS
87 = Haute-Vienne 1000 QA in 06/1976 9999 QU on 03/01/1984 6825 VH 87 (AL)  >6672 QZ  SA  >9872 SR  SS
88 = Vosges QA in 1975 9999 QU in 03/1982 5578 VV 88 (AL)  SS
89 = Yonne 1000 PA on 27/06/1975 9999 PU on 03/02/1983 3156 TQ 89 (AL  KK)  >5900(approx.) QE  <3001 QF  QQ  SS
90 = Territoire de Belfort 1000 EX in 09/1974 (999 EU in 05/1974) 2185 HG 90 >633(approx.) FS
91 = Essonne
Depuis 05/1965
1000 QA in 12/1970 to 9999 ZZ on 02/01/1989 9999 VU on 08/07/1982 338 FAY 91 QU  RV  SV  TQ  TU  Ux  Wx

Specificities :
- Alternating letters U and V in the series Qx, Rx, Sx and Tx
    QU not
issued, QV issued
    RU issued, RV not issued
    SU issued, SV not issued
    TU not issued, TV issued
    But VU and VV issued
92 = Hauts-de-Seine
Depuis 02/1967
1000 A on 21/02/1967 to 9999 ZZ on 12/12/1994 9999 BU on 02/07/1971 828 FZM 92 CD  CQ  >6400 EP  KK  PD  SS  VC  WC  12-5000 YN
>4999 YT  3299-5000 YX  >9799 YX  >6199 ZF
All with 
Q from EQ to YQ

Specificities :
- Number 22 EQ 92 issued
- Numbers 11 to 25 SS 92 planned but never used
93 = Seine-Saint-Denis
Depuis 02/1967
1000 A on 22/02/1967 to 9999 ZZ on 15/11/2006 9999 BU on 17 or 18/01/1973 940 ATE 93 AF  CD  KK  PD  PT  >4161 RE  >7822 RF  SS
All with Q from DQ to QZ
94 = Val-de-Marne
Depuis 10/1965
1000 A on 29/10/1965 9999 BU in 03/1973 9817 ZT 94 CD  KK  PD  >7755 PJ  >5442 PL  >3831 PM  SS
All with Q from CQ to NQ
95 = Val-d'Oise
Depuis 05/1965
1000 QA on 29/04/1971 to 9316 ZZ on 04/07/1989
Numéros 9998 et 9999 ZZ attribués hors séquence
9999 RU on 13/04/1977 434 EZJ 95 >1916 SQ  SS  1-5000 ST  >5183 ST  SV-SZ  VC  Wx  9317-9997 ZZ
>335 AXS  AXT  AXV  AYL-AYV  AZL-AZV  BAK-BAV  BBA-BBV
All with Q from TQ to AXQ

Specificities :
- Numbers 111 and 116 SS 95 issued
- Cancellation AXT/AXV : numbers 11, 12, 16 and 30 AXT 95 
issued
Cancellation AYL-AYV : number 500 AYM 95 issued
Cancellation AZL-AZV : numbers 14 AZL 95, 21 and 24 AZN 95 issued
Cancellation BAK-BAV : numbers 12, 25 and 111 BAK 95 issued
Cancellation BBA-BBV : numbers 12, 13, 17, 60 BBF 95 and 428 BBJ 95 issued
971 = Guadeloupe 100 QA on 06/01/1967 to 999 ZX on 16/07/1992
11 AAA to 99 AKK on 23/09/1993 with two digits only
Again two and three digits from 100 AKL on 01/10/1993
999 XU on 10/04/1989 891 BAP 971 (AL  MA)

Specificities :
- Series SB, ZY and ZYA reserved for Saint-Barthélemy
- Series SM, ZA, ZZ and ZAA to ZAJ reserved for Saint-Martin
972 = Martinique 100 PT on 27/07/1966 to 999 ZZ on 04/05/1992
11 AAA to 99 AMM on 09/09/1993 with two digits only
Again two and three digits from 100 AMN on 20/09/1993
999 YU on 24/07/1990 489 BCQ 972 (AL)
973 = Guyane 100 AA on 05/05/1987 to 588 AR on 26/12/1989
100 ZZ on 18/10/1989 to 999 ZZ on 13/02/1990
11 AAA to 99 AKR on 16/09/1993
with two digits only
Again two and three digits from 100 AKS on 28/09/1993
(99 ZU on 12/03/1987) 542 AQG 973 (AL  UU  UV  Vx  Wx)

Specificities :
Low serial numbers 1-10 noticed in the series LJ in 07/1979
- Serial number 973 never issued
- Series AL with three digits 100 to 999 only issued from 21/02/1989 to 25/04/1989
974 = Réunion 100 MB on 20/07/1965 to 999 ZZ on 17/10/1991
11 AAA to 99 AZA on 01/07/1993
with two digits only
Again two and three digits from 100 AZB on 07/07/1993
999 WU on 29/08/1988 388 BZK 974 (AL  CD)  MA

Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 QD 974 on 13/12/1976
-
Serial number 974 cancellation : 973 to 975 QC 974 on 09/12/1976
SPM = Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon 100 A on 09/05/2001 N/A N/A Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 and serial number 975 still in use
976 = Mayotte 100 AA MTE in 05/1987
100 A 976 in 01/1990
Four digits from 1000 AD 976 on 24/05/2005
99 U MTE in 1982? 5560 AE 976 Specificities :
- Low serial numbers 1-10 cancelled from 11 AA MTE on 30/04/1987
- Series D issued from 11/1991 to 09/1992

 

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