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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.
Where is that car from?
The Turkish Province Code List. The Turkish Car Licence Plate System, and a little about Turkish Traffic Signs. It is easy to see where a Turkish vehicle come from once you know the province codes on the number plate.
But before you read on - this is our own car that you will see in Kawerau, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, and our number plate does tell a story.
Turkish Licence Plates
Halt the Traffic Monster which is inside yourself!
The text format on Turkish Plates is one of the following:
PPX9999, PPX99999 or
PPXX999, PPXX9999 or
PP - two (three) digit prefix denoting the location, shows the province code number of the main residence of car holder.
X/XX/XXX - one/two or three letters.
9999/999/99 - four/three or two digits 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
A private plate from Ankara
(Province Code 06)
Turkish Province Codes were originally 67 in number and were in alphabetical order - thus Adana was code 01 to Zonguldak code 67. As time went on some towns were re-named and consequently because they kept their own Province Code Number the alphabetical series was broken. Maraş (code 46) became Kahramanmaraş
Turkish Car Licence Plate Coding
Private Vehicles - Turkish
A private vehicle plate from Istanbul (Province Code 34)
|TR||34 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.
Black characters on white background, with Letter "T" in first position as alphabetic identifier
Official Vehicles - Turkish
An official Zabita vehicle plate from Manisa (Province Code 45)
|TR||45 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 vehicle plate from Aydin (Province Code 09)
|TR||09 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.
A Police vehicle plate from Aydin (Province Code 09)
|TR||09 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.
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 Organizations||TR||09 B 446||PP 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 Corps||TR||06 CF 057||PP CA 999 to PP CZ 999 (White characters on green background with "CA" to "CZ" as alphabetic identifier)|
|Consular Vehicles||TR||01 CP 445||PP CA 999 to PP CZ 999 (Green characters on white background - with letters "CA" to "CZ" alphabetic identifier)|
|Temporary (One Month) Vehicles||TR||34 G 1757||PP G 9999 (Black characters on Yellow background - with single letter "G" as alphabetic identifier)|
|Temporary Customs Vehicles||TR||35 GMR 86||PP GMR 999 (Red characters on Green background - with letter group "GMR" - gümrük - customs - as alphabetic identifier.)|
|Foreign Temporary Residents||TR||16 MB 226||PP 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 Vehicles||TR||26 T 2167||PP T 9999 (red characters on white background - with single letter "T" as Test Vehicle Identifier)|
|Taxis (optional)||TR||67 TRF 834||PP TXX 999 (black characters on white background - with Letter "T" in first position as alphabetic identifier)|
Special Official State License Plates
|State President||CB 001||Yellow on red background in CB ### format.|
|Members of Parliament||TBMM 081||Yellow on red background in TBMM ### format.|
|Prime Minister and Civil Servants||0063||Yellow on red background in #### format.|
|Province Governor||45 0026||Yellow 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
The Turkish shown above the number translates as: The Mad Crocodiles
Antalya Youth Spor (1966) Football Club
The Turkish shown above the number translates as: 07 Youth
Beşiktaş JK (1903) Football Club
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
|Turkish Licence Plates|
|#27 Gaziantep (Antep)|
|#33 İçel (Mersin)|
|#41 Kocaeli (İzmit)|
|#46 Maraş (Kahramanmaraş)|
|#54 Sakarya (Adapazarı)|
|#63 Urfa (Şanlıurfa)|