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French temporary duty free registrations always have a red background. Until 2009, a serial number from 1 to 999 wass followed by a group of  3 letters, always starting with T.  

Omitted letters : Generally, no I (but for IT registrations), no O, and no U (but for TTU issued in the 80's). For unclear reasons, TTM have not been issued ?

Except For the free Zones located each side of Geneva (in Haute-Savoie with TTQ, and in Gex, Ain with TTW), the letters are followed by the departement code number and the expiration date (mm over yy)..

 

 
   



 

Exception : The TTT serie (000 TTT 00 format), used from 1984 to 31/12/1987, then replaced by IT (0000 IT 00 format) series, is used by (non diplomat) foreigners who temporarily import a vehicle in France. They may work in organisms, such as the Eurocorps in Strasbourg. This IT system may be used in all French départements, as described on JF Żuraw's IT plates web page.

     

History
The TT - TTC series (see (1) below in blue) has been issued from 1955 to 1984 with 4 serial number and a department code, then TTx series with 3 serial number and a department code used from 1984 to 1994 (see (2) in light green) and finally the TxT series with 3 serial number and only with department code 92 from 1990 to 1994 (see (2-1) in yellow)

1994-2009 codification (see (3) in dark green)
Since 1/1/1994, temporary registrations switched from a TTx series (TT, TTA, TTB,...) to Txx series in each département (TAA, TAB, TAC, ...). More details are available on JF Żuraw
TT web page. On the right, is located the expiration date (usually 6 months after the plate was issued, sometimes 3 or 12 months).
But most of temporary registrations are now organized by 4 manufacturers, that are authorized to issue plates in specific series and in 3 départements : 75, 78 and 92 : Peugeot, Renault, Citroen and since september 2000 Mercedes. End of August 1999, Renault reached 999 TSZ 92, ending its specific series and the series when back to 1 TLA 92.

Apart from the departments of Paris and Hauts-de-Seine that had reached the TAH and TAE series, all other departments have not exceeded the TAA series. Regarding the three French manufacturers (Peugeot, Renault and Citroën), the latest numbers issued in the FNI system, were respectively 644 TDH 92 10/09, 347 TNM 92 10/09 and 814 TXM 75 10/09.

Temporary PEUGEOT, RENAULT and CITROEN series :


 
 

Overseas Departements and Territories
971 IT 87 (Guadeloupe, with # inversion), 16 IT 973 (Guyane), 116 TT 974, (Reunion), IT 1459 et TT 892 (French Polynesia)

Corsica
12 IT 2A, 4 TAA 2A

Current codification, SIV system
Since the implementation of the SIV system, there are no more special series for vehicles temporary registered. Only four categories are now used : "temporary transit vehicle", "imported vehicle in transit", "pays de Gex vehicle" and "pays de Savoie vehicle". All of these vehicles are now registered in the SIV normal series, but their license plates have a red background with white characters. The first two categories have the expiry date at the right of the plate in place of the territorial ID.


Former serie plates before March 1954 :        


 

From October 1933 to February 1954, plates end with a letter corresponding to the port of entry. The digit following TT corresponds to the last digit of the end of validity year (such as, up there : 1939 or 1949 and X for Paris, 1950 and F for Le Havre).

Other letters : A Dunkerque, B Calais, C Boulogne, D Boulogne (then Bar-le-Duc then Metz after 1951), E Dieppe, F/G Le Havre, H/J Cherbourg, I Strasbourg (after 1950), K Saint-Nazaire, L La Rochelle, M Bordeaux, N Bayonne, O Orléans (after 1951), P Sète, Q Savoie Free zone (after 1934), R Toulon, S Marseille, T Nice, U Villefranche-sur-Mer, V Lyon, W Gex Free Zone (Ain, after 1934), X/Y/Z Paris and Z/ZZ for Algeria.  

From March 1954, the series show the département number and a red Oval for the year, replaced in 1985 with the year and month embossed on the plate.

  
   

Between 1933 and 1984, the free zones of Savoie (south of Geneva) and of Gex (Ain, north of Geneva) are registrered with plates ending with TT 1Q and TT 0W to TT 9W. From 1984 they run from 8999 TT 1Q to 9000 TTQ (Savoie) and from 9999 TT 9W to 10000 TTW always without the department code.

   

Serie Date Format Range Départment

0

1933 to 1954 0000 TT 0A or 0000 TT 00A By port area and year

Only departement with port and Paris

1

1954 to 1984 0000 TT 00 & 0000 TTA 00 1 TT to 1000 TTC (Max. 804 TTC 75)

All

2

1984 to 02/1994 0000 TT 00 & 000 TTA 00 1 TT to 9999 TT then 1 TTA to 999 TTZ

All

2.1

10/1990 to 02/1994 000 TAT 92 1 TAT 92 to 999 TLT 92

92

3

From 03/1994 000 TAA 00 1 TAA to 999 TCZ

All

3.1

From 03/1994 000 TDA 92 1 TDA to 999 TKZ 92

92

3.2

From 03/1994 000 TLA 92 1 TLA to 999 TSZ 92

92

3.3

From 09/2000 000 TMA 78 1 TMA to 999 TMA 78

78

3.4

From 03/1994 000 TVA 75 1 TVA to 999 TZZ 75

75

 

Serie Comments

0

4 serial number and TT with 1 or 2 numbers (from 1 to 10) for the year and a letter corresponding fo the port

1

Some departments restart every year or two year the numbering range, some other do not restart and Paris reach the highest number "804 TTC 75".

2

The 92 run the whole range and not restart every year. The 75 goes on to restart every year.

2.1

Issued in the same time with serie number 2, véhicles sells directly by Peugeot and Renault manufacturers in the 92. No year restart.

3

No more year restart, the whole range is done for all departments..

3.1

Issued in the same time with serie number 3, véhicules sells directly by Peugeot manufacturer in the 92. No year restart.

3.2

Issued in the same time with serie number 3, véhicules sells directly by Renault manufacturer in the 92. No year restart.

3.3

Issued in the same time with serie number 3, véhicules sells directly Mercedes manufacturer in the 78. No year restart.

3.4

Issued in the same time with serie number 3, véhicules sells directly Citroën manufacturer in the 75. No year restart.
 

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