Monaco License Plates
Due to the limited population in Monaco – the vehicle registration plates are just 4 characters and the physical sizes are unusually small. The plates are several centimeters smaller than American and normal European standard sized license plates.
Monaco license place numbering system
The license plates are composed of four numbers and/or letters. The plates are white with blue colored blue font and have the red and white Monaco crest of arms on the left side with the current year number which this to attest that tax has been paid.
It is not possible to trade number plates nor are named number plates an option in the Principality of Monaco.
The above is an example of a rear plate. At the front plate, there is no year of validity and no legend “PRINCIPAUTE DE MONACO”.
The plates consists of four characters.
The first character can be a number or the letter:
B, C, E, F, H, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T or Y for cars, lorries, buses and taxis
Special license plates
- All plates starting with “000” belong to the Prince’s family
- For motorcycles, the plates are composed of two letters and two numbers.
- For provisional cars, the plates are coloured white font on a blue background.
License plates starting with a specific letter
License plates in Monaco starting with the following letters A, V, W, X or Z refers to specific series or status of the vehicle which is described below.
Monaco license plates starting with “A”
Trailer over 750 kg series get a registration which consists of the letter A, followed by three numerals.
Monaco license plates starting with “V”
Car hire and rental cars in general get a registration which consists of the letter V, followed by three numerals.
Monaco license plates starting with “W”
Dealer cars registered to a showroom or a car agent get a registration which consists of the letter W, followed by three numerals.
Monaco license plates starting with “X”
Antique and Classic vehicles (> 25 years old) get a registration which consists of the letter X, followed by three numerals. This was introduced in 1986.
Monaco license plates starting with “Z”
Cars registered to a foreigner with primary residence outside Monaco may register their foreign car on the temporary license plate starting with Z.
License plates starting with two letters
Motorcycles and moped’s get a registration which consists of two letters, followed by two numerals.
Monaco license plates starting with “SP”
Police motorcycles get a registration starting with the letters “SP” followed by two numerals. The current series was introduced in 1989.
Monaco license plates ending with “E”
Electric cars get a registration which consists of three numerals, followed by the letter E. This was introduced in 2004.
Provisional license plates
Provisional plates are typically a sticker in white on blue with white border. The registration consists of four numerals, followed by the letters WW MC. The current series was introduced in 1986
Provisional plates for motorcycles are typically stickers in white on blue with white border. The registration consists of the letter M, followed one letter and two numerals above the letters WW MC. The current series was introduced in 1989.
Vehicle Registration in Monaco
The immatriculation is the vehicle’s registration. The details of a vehicle’s registration are carried in the Certificat d’Immatriculation (registration certificate).
Before being able to register a foreign vehicle in Monaco and receive the Certificat d’Immatriculation, the vehicle must comply with the Monegasque standards. A certificate of conformity (attestation de conformité) issued by the manufacturer or their agent is required.
For more information, please contact:
Service des Titres de Circulation
23, avenue Albert II
Tel: (+377) 98 98 80 14
Fax: (+377) 98 98 40 36
Open: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00