Vehicle registration plates of Greece

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Greek vehicle registration plates are composed of three letters and four digits per plate (e.g. ΑΑΑ-1000). The letters represent the district (prefecture) that issues the plates while the numbers begin from 1000 to 9999. Similar plates with digits beginning from 1 to 999 are issued for motorcycles which exceed 50 cc.

With the exception of Athens and Thessaloniki, all districts are represented by the first 2 letters. The final letter in the sequence changes in Greek alphabetical order after 9,000 issued plates. For example, Patras plates are ΑΧΑ-1000, where ΑΧ represents the Achaia prefecture of which Patras is the capital. When ΑΧΑ-9999 is reached the plates turn to ΑΧΒ-1000 and this continues until ΑΧΧ is finished. Only the letters from the intersection between the Latin and Greek alphabets by glyph appearance are used, namely Α, Β, Ε, Ζ, Η, Ι, Κ, Μ, Ν, Ο, Ρ, Τ, Υ, Χ (in Greek alphabetical order). This is because Greece is a contracting party to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, which in Annex 2 requires registration numbers to be displayed in capital Latin characters and Arabic numerals. The rule applies in a similar way in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria.

Combinations used for overseas residents are L-NNNN (where L = letter and N = number) and are limited. Until 2003, taxis used L-NNNN; the plate was aligned with the prefecture and the letters were colored red.



When number plates were introduced to Greece, they were numbered and in the late[dubious ] 1950s the system was L-NNN and LL-NNN. The letters were Greek letters and Latin letters, respectively.


In 1956, the system was NNNNNN.


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In 1972, they became lettered and the system was LL-NNNN while trucks used L-NNNN.


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In 1983, the system was LLL-NNNN and the first two letters are prefecture letters.

2004 to present


In 2004, the euroband was added.

Car designations

A Greek motorcycle licence plate

Prefectures (In Greek alphabetical order)

The first 2 of 3 letters (which are listed below) of a licence plate usually represent the prefecture (nomos) where the car was registered. The almost full list of plates in Greece is below (next to the prefecture / district is its capital or an area within the prefecture that the plates are issued; some prefectures have more than one combination):

  • ΙΑ Trucks
    • ΙΑ [Α, Β, Ε] (yellow colored) trucks used for international transport
  • ΙΒ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΕ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΖ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΗ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΙ Ioannina prefecture - Ioannina (future use)
  • ΙΚ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΜ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΝ Ioannina prefecture - Ioannina
  • ΙΟ Athens prefecture
  • ΙΡ Athens prefecture {not solely for motorcycles as previously stated, IPN 1604 was my own rental car in October 2014}
  • ΙΤ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΙΥ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΙΧ Serres prefecture
  • ΧΑ Euboea (Evia) prefecture - Chalkida (ΧΑΒ future use)
  • ΧΒ Chania prefecture - Chania {motorcycles}
  • ΧΕ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΧΖ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΧΗ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΧΙ Chios prefecture - Chios
  • ΧΚ Chalkidiki prefecture - Polygyros (ΧΚΖ is omitted)-->
  • ΧΜ Athens prefecture (future use)
  • ΧΝ Chania prefecture - Chania (ΧΝΝ and ΧΝΟ were skipped for cars, but were used for motorcycles)
  • ΧΟ Chios prefecture - Chios (future use)
  • ΧΡ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΧΤ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΧΥ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}
  • ΧΧ Athens prefecture {motorcycles}

Special plates

A state vehicle registration plate

Vehicles that belong to public services and armed forces use special license plates with the following letter combinations followed by numbers:[citation needed]

  • ΑΙΑ (Athens International Airport service vehicles) — (blue coloured with white lettering)
  • ΑΝ.Π. (Ανάπηροι Πολέμου, Anapiroi Polemou) — Disabled in war (blue coloured)
  • ΔΟΚ (Δοκιμαστικές, Dokimastikes) — Test plates
  • ΔΣ (Διπλωματικό Σώμα, Diplomatiko Soma) — Corps Diplomatique or foreign delegation (e.g. ΔΣ 48 CD, ΔΣ 48-1 CD) (blue-coloured)
  • Ε.Α. or ΕΛ.ΑΣ. (Ελληνική Αστυνομία, Elliniki Astynomia) — Hellenic Police
  • ΛΣ (Λιμενικό Σώμα, Limeniko Soma) — Coast Guard
  • ΞΑ (Ξένες Αποστολές, Xenes Apostoles) — Foreign missions (yellow coloured)
  • ΕΣ (Ελληνικός Στρατός, Ellinikos Stratos) — Hellenic Army
  • ΠΑ (Πολεμική Αεροπορία, Polemiki Aeroporia) — Hellenic Air Force
  • ΠΝ (Πολεμικό Ναυτικό, Polemiko Naftiko) — Hellenic Navy
  • ΠΣ (Πυροσβεστικό Σώμα, Pyrosvestiko Soma) — Fire Guard
  • ΠΚ (Πρόεδρος της Κυβέρνησης, Próedros tis Kyvérnisis) — President of the Government, i.e. the Prime Minister of Greece

The following categories are conflicting: The same letter combinations are used for both public services and specific regions:

  • ΑΜ (Αγροτικά Μηχανήματα, Agrotika Mekhanemata) — Agricultural vehicles
  • ΚΥ (Κρατική Υπηρεσία, Kratiki Ypiresia) — State
  • ΜΕ (Μηχανήματα Έργων, Mekhanimata Ergon) — Public works vehicles (yellow coloured)


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