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xxMichaelAnthony 09-17-2009 04:49 PM

Proper Euro Front Plate
So I know alot of people on here who live in the states want / have a Euro front plate. I'm planning on getting a German front plate so i reserched into it so it would be a proper looking plate since I want an OEM Euro looking Focus. So I thought I would do a little wright up so you can make a proper looking custom number plate.

German plates-

Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia use a similar system.
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-The first 1-3 letters are the district where the car is licensed. SLS is Saarlouis, Sarrland, Germany. I picked that because that where the plant is that makes the Euro Focus.
-Following the district letter code will be the emission test (front plate)/vehicle safety test (rear plate) stickers and registration seal.
-Then 1 or 2 "random" letters followed by 1 to 4 "random" numbers.
-Including the district letter code the plate wont be more then 8 digits.

There are banned letter combinations. Most common are Nazi abbreviations. HJ (Hitlerjugend, Hitler Youth), NS (Nationalsozialismus, National Socialism), SA (Sturmabteilung), SS (Schutzstaffel) and KZ (Konzentrationslager, concentration camp) are all banned combinations.

District letter code map of Germany

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Copied directly from Wikipedia since its in a simple outline on the site. There is alot more info on the Wikipedia page.

- An area code (the local memory tag) consisting of two letters, the first relating to the region, the second the local registration office. Note that the letters I, Q and Z are not used in this code. Area code chart is on the Wikipedia page.
- A two-digit age identifier, which changes twice a year, in March and September. The code is either the last two digits of the year itself (e.g. "05" for 2005) if issued between March and August, or else has 50 added (e.g. 55 for September 2005) if issued between September and February the following year
- A random three-letter sequence with no specific meaning beyond that of uniquely distinguishing each of the vehicles displaying the same initial four-character area and age sequence. The letters I and Q are excluded from the three-letter sequence, as are combinations that may appear offensive (including those in foreign languages).

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Ireland -

Copied directly from Wikipedia since its in a simple outline on the site.

Registration marks on number plates in Ireland issued since 1987 have the format YY-CC-SSSSSS where the components are:
- YY — a 2-digit year (e.g. 87 for 1987; 05 for 2005)
- CC — a 1- or 2-character county identifier (e.g. D for Dublin; SO for Sligo). County codes chart is on the Wikipedia page.
- SSSSSS — a 1- to 6-digit sequence number, starting with the first vehicle registered in the county that year.

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Copied directly from Wikipedia since its in a simple outline on the site.

- A simple alpha-numeric serial code takes the form AA 999 AA. Here ‘A’ can be any letter of the Roman alphabet except I, O, Q, U and is treated as a base-22 digit; ‘9’ can be any decimal digit. e.g. AX 848 LK. The three-digit number changes first, then the letters from right to left. So, first plate is AA 000 AA, followed by AA 001 AA...AA 999 AA, then AA 000 AB etc.
- On the right side of the plate is a blue band with the year of regestration and the provincial designator. Chart of provincial designators is on the wikipedia page.

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blackoutSVT 09-17-2009 05:01 PM

cool write up... thanks for the info...

xxMichaelAnthony 09-18-2009 03:35 PM

You're welcome [thumb]

Paolo 09-19-2009 11:57 AM

just make sure you don't put the rear plate on the front, because peopel will laugh at you. In Italy, the rear licence plate is the full size euro plate, while the front licence plate is slightly shorter by a few inches wide.

The front licence plate does not completely fill up the european bumper indentation, because some countries such as england use the rear size euro plate for the front of the car too.

ive seen people put the rear plate on the front of their cars here in ontario and were laughed at.

Paolo 09-19-2009 12:12 PM

here is a comparrison between a front euro plate and a rear euro plate.

CaysE 09-19-2009 01:39 PM

Sticky this one! Nice.

xxMichaelAnthony 09-19-2009 03:18 PM

Paolo - Thanks for the extra info.

If anyone adds more info to the thread, I'll reference the post number in my OP [thumb]

ChuckDee 09-19-2009 05:48 PM

this should be stickied, for those who wanna go further into making a oem euro focus more authentic.

norcalfocus01 09-19-2009 07:55 PM


xxMichaelAnthony 09-20-2009 04:33 AM

Thanks for making this a sticky thread!! [grinking]

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