Vehicle registration plates of Libya

Summary

Libya requires its residents to register their motor vehicles and display vehicle registration plates.[1] Current plates are European standard 520 mm × 110 mm.

Libyan driving with vehicle registration plate of Libya in Germany
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Current SeriesEdit

Libya's current series of license plates entered circulation in 2013, after Libyan Revolution and the overthrow of Gaddafi. Numbers on license plates are in Latin Alphabet, and all plates carry the Arabic text ليبيا meaning Libya, in Naskh Script, either on the right hand side or the right top corner.

Private VehiclesEdit

Private vehicle license plates are black on white and follow the format [# - 1 to 999999]. The First number (#), a 1 or 2 digit number consists of a code corresponding to Municipality in Libya. This number is separated by a dash from the registration code, which can be 1 to 6 digits. In the city of Tripoli, due to its larger population, 7-digit registration codes are also issued.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

Foreigner-owned Private VehiclesEdit

Foreigner-owned Private vehicle license plates are black on white and follow the format [NN /# - 1 to 9999]. The plate consists of a 2 or 3 digit code in a blue square (NN), indicating the country of the owner of the vehicle. It also includes the municipality code, separated by dash from the registration code that is 1 to 4 digits long.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

Diplomatic and Consular VehiclesEdit

Diplomatic and consular license plates are black on red, and follow the format [1 to 99 - NN هيئة سياسية]. This type of plate does not have "ليبيا" (Libya) written on it, but instead, "هيئة سياسية", in Ruqʿah script. This means "Political Corps". The format of this license plate consists of a 1 or 2 digit number, separated by a dash from a 2 or 3 digit code indicating the country of the owner of the vehicle (NN). This code is identical to that used for Foreigner-owned private vehicles.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

Agricultural VehiclesEdit

Agricultural vehicle license plates are black on yellow and follow the format [ز# - 1 to 999999]. The plate starts with the Arabic letter ز (Z),followed by number (#) on the left hand side, a 1 or 2 digit number consists of a code corresponding to Municipality in Libya. This number is separated by a dash from the registration code, which can be 1 to 6 digits. On a two-line plate, the positioning of the Arabic letter-code is bottom left of the license plate.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

Commercial VehiclesEdit

Commercial vehicle license plates are black on yellow and follow the format [ن# - 1 to 999999]. Commercial vehicles consist of trucks, buses, vans, but not taxis, and not semi-trucks. The plate starts with the Arabic letter ن (N),followed by number (#), a 1 or 2 digit number consists of a code corresponding to Municipality in Libya. This number is separated by a dash from the registration code, which can be 1 to 6 digits. On a two-line plate, the positioning of the Arabic letter-code is bottom left of the license plate.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

TaxisEdit

Taxi license plates are black on yellow and follow the format [ر# - 1 to 999999]. The plate starts with the Arabic letter ر (R),followed by number (#), a 1 or 2 digit number consists of a code corresponding to Municipality in Libya. This number is separated by a dash from the registration code, which can be 1 to 6 digits. On a two-line plate, the positioning of the Arabic letter-code is bottom left of the license plate.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

Semi-trucksEdit

Semi-truck (Trucks that carry Semi-trailers, collectively referred to as 18-wheeler) license plates are black on yellow and follow the format [ج# - 1 to 999999]. Semi-trucks are allocated their own unique code from other trucks and commercial vehicles in Libya. The plate starts with the Arabic letter ج (J),followed by number (#), a 1 or 2 digit number consists of a code corresponding to Municipality in Libya. This number is separated by a dash from the registration code, which can be 1 to 6 digits. On a two-line plate, the positioning of the Arabic letter-code is bottom left of the license plate.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

TrailersEdit

Trailers or Semi-trailers(Trailers carried by Semi-trucks, collectively referred to as 18-wheeler) license plates are black on yellow and follow the format [م# - 1 to 999999]. The plate starts with the Arabic letter م (M),followed by number (#), a 1 or 2 digit number consists of a code corresponding to Municipality in Libya. This number is separated by a dash from the registration code, which can be 1 to 6 digits. On a two-line plate, the positioning of the Arabic letter-code is bottom left of the license plate.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

1998 to 2012 SeriesEdit

License plates in this era had an identical colour composition as the current series, black on white for private vehicles, black on red for diplomatic vehicles, and black on yellow for other types of vehicles. Instead of ليبيا (Libya), these license plates carried the term الجماهيرية (Al-Jamahiriya) either on the right hand side or the right top corner in Ruqʿah script. Jamahiriyais an Arabic term generally translated roughly to "peopledom" or "state of the masses". This term was used, as Libya's official name under Gaddafi was Libyan Arab Jamahiriya .

The license plates had a format [XX - # - 1 to 99999] or [XX - ## - 1 to 99999]. The plate consisted of a 1 or 2 digit code corresponding to Municipality in Libya, similar to the current series. However, this number was preceded by another 1 or two digit code XX, which corresponded to the subdivisions within each municipality. For example, in Tripoli (Code 5)

  • 7 - 5 corresponded to Ben Ashour in Tripoli
  • 28 - 5 corresponded to Hay Al Andalus in Tripoli
  • 45 - 5 corresponded to Center of City in Tripoli

These codes have since been abolished. This was followed by a 1 to 5 digit registration code.

Below table demonstrates an example of private vehicle license plates. As stated previously, registration plates of other vehicles have the same letter code and colour configuration as the current series, but with the difference of including the sub-municipality code, as well as including the word الجماهيرية Al-Jamahiriya instead of ليبيا Libya.

520 mm × 110 mm 270 mm x 150 mm

 

 

Municipality CodesEdit

Below is the list of Municipality Vehicle registration codes in Libya.[2]

Code Municipality District Historic Region Code Municipality District Historic Region Code Municipality District Historic Region
1 Sabha Sabha Fezzan 22 Yafran Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania 48 Kabaw Nalut Tripolitania
2 Bayda Jabal al Akhdar Cyrenaica 24 Ubari Wadi al Hayaa Fezzan 49 Al Qubbah Derna Cyrenaica
3 Misrata Misrata Tripolitania 25 Aziziya Jafara Tripolitania 50 Al Asbi'a Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
4 Zawiya Zawiya Tripolitania 26 Sabratha Zawiya Tripolitania 51 Ras Lanuf Sirte Tripolitania
5 Tripoli Tripoli Tripolitania 27 Tarhuna Murqub Tripolitania 52 Tocra Marj Cyrenaica
6 Al Khums Murqub Tripolitania 28 Bani Walid Misrata Tripolitania 53 Kikla Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
7 Sirte Sirte Tripolitania 30 Al Abyar Marj Cyrenaica 54 Al Rhibat Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
8 Benghazi Benghazi Cyrenaica 32 Ghat Ghat Fezzan 55 Al Shatii al Gharbi Wadi al Shatii Fezzan
9 Zuwarah Nuqat al Khams Tripolitania 33 Qasr bin Ghashir Tripoli Tripolitania 56 Al Rijban Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
10 Derna Derna Cyrenaica 35 Shahhat (Cyrene) Jabal al Akhdar Cyrenaica 57 Harraba Nalut Tripolitania
11 Al Shatii al Sharqi Wadi al Shatii Fezzan 36 Zliten Murqub Tripolitania 58 Southern Marj Marj Cyrenaica
12 Ajdabiya Al Wahat Cyrenaica 37 Baten Al Jabal Nalut Tripolitania 59 Al Shagiga Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
13 Hun Jufra Fezzan 38 Mizda Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania 60 Ras al-Helal Derna Cyrenaica
14 Tobruk Butnan Cyrenaica 40 Jumayl Nuqat al Khams Tripolitania 61 Zaltan Nuqat al Khams Tripolitania
15 Murzuq Murzuq Fezzan 41 Al Ajaylat Nuqat al Khams Tripolitania 62 Qatrun Murzuq Fezzan
16 Jalu Al Wahat Cyrenaica 42 Zintan Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania 63 Janzur Tripoli Tripolitania
17 Ghadames Nalut Tripolitania 43 Jadu Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania 64 Al Shwayrif Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
18 Marj Marj Cyrenaica 44 Msallata Murqub Tripolitania 65 Al Riyayna Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania
19 Nalut Nalut Tripolitania 45 Sahel El-Jebel Jabal al Akhdar Cyrenaica 66 Suluq
Qaminis
Benghazi Cyrenaica
20 Kufra Kufra Cyrenaica 46 Castelverde Tripoli Tripolitania 67 Awjila
Jikharra
Al Wahat Cyrenaica
21 Gharyan Jabal al Gharbi Tripolitania 47 Sorman Zawiya Tripolitania

Foreign Countries CodesEdit

Code County
11   Egypt
12   Germany
13   Tunisia
14   Lebanon
15   Italy
16   France
17   Turkey
18   Algeria
19   Serbia
20   United Kingdom
21   Saudi Arabia
22   Greece
23   Russia
24   Morocco
25   China
26   United States
27   Czech Republic
28   Spain
30   Iraq
32   Pakistan
33   Venezuela
34   Kuwait
35   Bulgaria
38   Poland
39   Hungary
40    Switzerland
41   Denmark
42   Finland
43   Sweden
44   Chad
45   Austria
46   Netherlands
47   Slovakia
48   India
49   Yemen
50   Bosnia and Herzegovina
51   Mauritania
52   Niger
53   Nigeria
54   Romania
55   Japan
56   United Arab Emirates
58   Somalia
59   Brazil
60   Uganda
61   DR Congo
62   Rwanda
63   DPR Korea
64   Argentina
65   Bangladesh
66   Burundi
67   Guinea Conackry
68   Qatar
69   The Gambia
70   Cuba
71   Togo
72   Central African Republic
73   Afghanistan
74   Malaysia
75   Philippines
76   Ethiopia
77   Gabon
78   Vietnam
79   Jordan
80   Senegal
81   Australia
82   Panama
83   South Korea
84   Benin
85   Mali
86   Iran
87   Nicaragua
88   Ghana
89   Grenada
90   Burkina Faso
91   Cyprus
92   Bahrain
93   Oman
94   Djibouti
95   Comoros
96   South Africa
97   Cameroon
99   Eritrea
106   Zimbabwe
108   Liberia
111   Malawi
119   Indonesia
120   Ukraine
125   Canada
130   Norway
157   Ireland
180   Belarus
190    Holy See

Italian Africa (1913-1941)Edit

 
Italian African Police rear plate

The very first Italian registration plates, from 1913 to the end of the 1920s, were rectangular, with a white background and with the name or initials of the colony in red followed by the registration number, on a single line, but the documentation on this is fragmentary. For the Italian colonial troops, however, special military service plates were used with the initials SOM (Somalia) or T (Tripolitania) in front. Subsequently, until 1935, the Italian colonies used white plates on black with a colonial code on the first line, and up to 5 numbers on the second line. The numbers, in relief, were assigned serially and the plates were made of metal, with the fasces as a seal.[3] The colonial codes were:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "License Plates of Libya".
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2283492881934077&id=1893434144273288&locale2=ja_JP[user-generated source]
  3. ^ "Escursioni esteri".