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Turkish Licence Plate Numbering System

Turkish Car Plates

Turkish Cars are licensed locally in the owner's home province. Turkish Licence Plate watching is a an interesting hobby, as you can always tell the stranger or visitor from the locals by the the first two numbers of their licence plate.

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Turkish Licence Plates

It is easy to see where a Turkish vehicle come from once you know the province codes on the number plate.

The Turkish Car Licence Plate System.
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The text format on Turkish Plates is one of the following:
PPX####, PPX##### or
PPXX###, PPXX#### or
PP is a 2 digit numerical prefix denoting the province code number of the main residence of car holder.

X is 1/2 or 3 letters.
# is a 2/3 or 4 digit suffix depending on the size of letters before, not exceeding than six letters and digits together.
In some provinces, numbering is categorized in groups for tax collecting offices of different districts.
The colouring and alphabetical coding of Car Licence Plates also indicates what type of user the owner may be. These codings are discussed at the end of this web page. There are 81 province codes as listed below:

Turkish Province Codes Private Vehicles

Car Plate from Ankara (06)
Turkish Car Plate 06K0274
TR06 K 0274

The 67 Provinces from Adana code 01 to Zonguldak code 67. Some towns were re-named and kept their original province number so the alphabetical series was broken. Maraş (code 46) became Kahramanmaraş

Car Plate from Istanbul (34)
Turkish Car plate 34ZD8866
TR34 ZD 8866

PP X 99999 to PP XXX 999 (Black characters on white background) - where PP equates to the Province Number and X or XX or XXX is alphabetic.

A Taxi plate from Aydin (09)
Turkish Taksi Car Plate 09T4361
TR09 T 4361

Black characters on white background, with Letter "T" in first position as alphabetic identifier

Turkish Official Vehicles

Zabita plate from Manisa (45)
Turkish Zabita Official Car Plate 45M3767
TR45 M 3767

PP X 99999 to PP XXX 999 (White characters on black background) where PP equates to the Province Number and X or XX or XXX is alphabetic. Used by Town Corporations and Officials on business. The Zabita are local corporation uniformed officers for control of prices etc.

Province Government Vehicles

A Province Government plate from Aydin (09)
TurkishOfficial Province  Car Plate 09AA115
TR09 AA 115

PP A 9999 (Red characters on white background, with single or double letter "A" in red as identifier for Provincial Official Car Licence). This car a Province Government Vehicle for Aydin (Province Code 09). It is parked in the Provincial Government Office car park.

Police Vehicles

A Police vehicle plate from Aydin (09)
Turkish Police Car Plate 09A8953
TR09 A 8953

PP A 9999 or PP AA 9999 or PP AAA 999 (White characters on Blue background - with single letter "A" or double letter "AA" or triple letter "AAA" as alphabetic Identifier for police vehicles.)
This vehicle is parked outside a local police station in the Province of Aydin.

Turkish Military Vehicle Car Plates

Turkish Jandarma vehicle plate.
Turkish Jandarma Official Car Plate 709133

Black characters on white background in 999 999 format.The Turkish Jandarma are military forces of law enforcement. They are trained and supplied by the army but they assume duties under the Minister of Interior. Their area of jurisdiction is outside city centres in the country where population density is low Most tourist sites are also areas of Jandarma’s jurisdiction because their average population throughout the year are not high enough to fall under the police departments.

Special Licence Plates

Members of International OrganizationsTR09 B 446PP B 999 or 99 B 9999 (Blue characters on White background with single letter B as alphabetic identifier for International organizations such as UNESCO etc..)
Diplomatic CorpsTR06 CF 057PP CA 999 to PP CZ 999 (White characters on green background with "CA" to "CZ" as alphabetic identifier)
Consular VehiclesTR01 CP 445PP CA 999 to PP CZ 999 (Green characters on white background - with letters "CA" to "CZ" alphabetic identifier)
Temporary (One Month) VehiclesTR34 G 1757PP G 9999 (Black characters on Yellow background - with single letter "G" as alphabetic identifier)
Temporary Customs VehiclesTR35 GMR 86PP GMR 999 (Red characters on Green background - with letter group "GMR" - gümrük - customs - as alphabetic identifier.)
Foreign Temporary ResidentsTR16 MB 226PP MA 999 to PP MZ 999 (Black characters on white background - with "MA" to "MZ" as alphabetic identifier for foreigners with temporary residence permit)
Test VehiclesTR26 T 2167PP T 9999 (red characters on white background - with single letter "T" as Test Vehicle Identifier)
Taxis (optional)TR67 TRF 834PP TXX 999 (black characters on white background - with Letter "T" in first position as alphabetic identifier)

Special Official State License Plates

State PresidentCB 001Yellow on red background in CB ### format.
Members of ParliamentTBMM 081Yellow on red background in TBMM ### format.
Prime Minister and Civil Servants0063Yellow on red background in #### format.
Province Governor45 0026Yellow on red background in PP 9999 format
 where PP is the Province Code No. in this case 45 for Manisa Province

Turkish Personalized Plates - Özel Kişisel Plâkalar

Here are some examples of Turkish Personalized car plates. They are more expensive then normal issue.

Bursa Spor (1963) Football Club
Bursa Spor FC Private Car Plate

The Turkish shown above the number translates as: The Mad Crocodiles

Antalya Youth Spor (1966) Football Club
Antalya Youth Spor FC Private Car Plate

The Turkish shown above the number translates as: 07 Youth

Beşiktaş JK (1903) Football Club
Beşiktaş JK  (1903) Football Club Private Car Plate

Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (commonly Beşiktaş JK - Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club) is a professional sports club founded in 1903 and based in Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey. Their nickname is the "Black Eagles" and their playing strip is Black and White stripes. The Turkish written above the number says The Eagle's Nest

Turkish Province Codes

  • #01 Adana
  • #02 Adıyaman
  • #03 Afyon
  • #04 Ağrı
  • #05 Amasya
  • #06 Ankara
  • #07 Antalya
  • #08 Artvin
  • #09 Aydın
  • #10 Balıkesir
  • #11 Bilecik
  • #12 Bingöl
  • #13 Bitlis
  • #14 Bolu
  • #15 Burdur
  • #16 Bursa
  • #17 Çanakkale
  • #18 Çankırı
  • #19 Çorum
  • #20 Denizli
  • #21 Diyarbakır
  • #22 Edirne
  • #23 Elazığ
  • #24 Erzincan
  • #25 Erzurum
  • #26 Eskişehir
  • #27 Gaziantep (Antep)
  • #28 Giresun
  • #29 Gümüşhane
  • #30 Hakkari
  • #31 Hatay
  • #32 Isparta
  • #33 İçel (Mersin)
  • #34 İstanbul
  • #35 İzmiri
  • #36 Kars
  • #37 Kastamonu
  • #38 Kayseri
  • #39 Kırklareli
  • #40 Kırşehir
  • #41 Kocaeli - İzmit
  • #42 Konya
  • #43 Kütahya
  • #44 Malatya
  • #45 Manisa
  • #46 Kahramanmaraş
  • #47 Mardin
  • #48 Muğla
  • #49 Muş
  • #50 Nevşehir
  • #51 Niğde
  • #52 Ordu
  • #53 Rize
  • #54 Sakarya - Adapazarı
  • #55 Samsun
  • #56 Siirt
  • #57 Sinop
  • #58 Sivas
  • #59 Tekirdağ
  • #60 Tokat
  • #61 Trabzon
  • #62 Tunceli
  • #63 Urfa - Şanlıurfa
  • #64 Uşak
  • #65 Van
  • #66 Yozgat
  • #67 Zonguldak
  • #68 Aksaray
  • #69 Bayburt
  • #70 Karaman
  • #71 Kırıkkale
  • #72 Batman
  • #73 Şırnak
  • #74 Bartın
  • #75 Artdahan
  • #76 Iğdır
  • #77 Yalova
  • #78 Karabük
  • #79 Kilis
  • #80 Osmaniye
  • #81 Düzce