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Two-Letter Codes of OFM Diplomatic Plates

 

A number of OFM two-letter codes, all of which deliberately bear no similarity to the name of the country to which they are assigned, have been cancelled and reassigned over the years. By February 1986, less than two years after OFM plates were first issued, all plates assigned to the U.S.S.R. delegation were switched from their original SX to FC. When a Washington Post staff writer questioned a press attaché at the Soviet embassy about the change, he was told (presumably rather coldly) “I don't think that's a matter of vital importance to your newspaper.” By early 1986, plates assigned to the Iraq delegation had been switched from TS to BZ, and South Africa abandoned FY in favor of BL.

We have included in our list, with the notation “unknown” for the country, several codes seen on plates but not included in known country code lists. Presumably these are assigned to relatively new nations or to replace older codes. It is important to note that as of Sept. 2009 the source of much of this data was at least five years old, meaning that it was obtained while 1984 baseplates were still in use. Whether all codes used on those plates were carried forward to the 2007 base is presently unknown.

None of the two-letter codes listed include the letters E or O, and letters I and Z do not appear in the first position.





A-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

AA

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

 
Afghanistan
CS

AC

Ivory Coast
 
Albania
GP
AF
Japan
 
Algeria
TF
AH
Madagascar
 
Angola
NQ
AJ
Panama
 
Antigua and Barbuda
FF
AK
Cape Verde
 
Argentina
PR
AQ
Syria
 
Australia
XZ
AU
Uganda
 
Austria
PA
AV
Israel
 
Azerbaijan
YZ
AW
Organization of African Unity
     



B-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

BB

sample license plate

 
Bahamas
MP

BL

South Africa
 
Bahrain
UA
BW
World Bank
 
Bangladesh
DP
BY
Solomon Islands
 
Barbados
PB
BZ
Iraq
 
Belarus
PG
 
 
Belgium
HV
 
 
Belize
PC
     
Benin
HX
     
Bermuda
PD
     
Bhutan
CT
     
Bolivia
PF
     
Bosnia and Herzegovina
?
     
Botswana
CU
     
Brazil
VJ
     
Brunei
PM
     
Bulgaria
QM
     
Burkina Faso
QD
     
Burundi
CX



C-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

CB

Cambodia

 
Cambodia
CB

CC

Ethopia
 
Cameroon
CW
CM
[unknown]
 
Canada
TG
CS
Afghanistan
 
Cape Verde
AK
CT
Bhutan
 
Central African Republic
FG
CU
Botswana
 
Chad
JJ
CV
Myanmar
 
Chile
PL
CW
Cameroon
 
China
CY
CX
Burundi
 
Colombia
DA
CY
China
 
Comoros
MN
     
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
AA
     
Congo, Republic of
PV
     
Costa Rica
DB
     
Cuba
DC
     
Cyprus
DD
     
Czech Republic
PH



D-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes
DA
Colombia
 
Denmark
DN

DB

Costa Rica

 
Diego Garcia
ML

DC

Cuba
 
Dijbouti
MK
DD
Cyprus
 
Dominica
ST
DF
Dominican Republic
 
Dominican Republic
DF
DG
Ecuador
 
DH
French Caribbean
 
DI
Israel
 
DJ
France
 
DK
Greece
 
DL
India
 
DM
Iran
 
DN
Denmark
 
DP
Bangladesh
 
DR
[unknown]
 



E-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

 

 

 
East Germany (discontinued)
TJ

 

 
Ecuador
DG
 
 
Egypt
TH
 
 
El Salvador
TL
 
 
Equatorial Guinea
?
 
 
Eritrea
?
 
 
Estonia
UF
     
Ethiopia
CC



F-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

FC

U.S.S.R. (discontinued)

 
Fiji
KK

FF

Antigua and Barbuda
 
Finland
TX
FG
Central African Republic
 
France
DJ
FH
Ireland
 
French Caribbean
DH
FI
Israel
 
FJ
Lebanon
 
FK
Kenya
 
FL
Liberia
 
FM
Libya
 
FN
Malta
 
FP
Morocco
 
FR
Philippines
 
FS
Netherlands
 
FT
Qatar
 
FV
Sri Lanka
 
FW
Holy See (Vatican)
 
FX
Sierra Leone
 
FY
South Africa (discontinued)
     
FZ
Suriname
 



G-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

GC

Sweden

 
Gabon
KN

GD

Ukraine
 
Gambia
TW
GG
Zambia
 
Georgia
?
GM
Turkey
 
Germany
LW
GP
Albania
 
Ghana
TT
GQ
North Korea
 
Greece
DK
 
 
Grenada
TY
     
Guatemala
HW
     
Guinea
TU
     
Guinea-Bissau
HY
     
Guyana
TT



H-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

HL

St. Lucia

 
Haiti
HZ

HN

Mongolia
 
Holy See (Vatican)
FW
HV
Belgium
 
Honduras
JB
HW
Guatemala
 
Hong Kong
YM
HX
Benin
 
Hungary
KH
HY
Guinea-Bissau
 
HZ
Haiti
 



I-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes
     
Iceland
TM
     
India
DL
     
Indonesia
QZ
     
Iran
DM
     
Iraq
BZ
     
Iraq (discontinued)
TS
     
Ireland
FH
     
Israel
AV, DI, FI, LH, PI, SG
     
Italy
TR
     
Ivory Coast
AC



J-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

JB

Honduras

 
Jamaica
KM

JC

Kuwait
 
Japan
AF
JD
Mauritius
 
Jordan
KL
JF
Nigeria
 
JG
Portugal
 
JH
Somalia
 
JJ
Chad
 
JK
Turkey
 
JM
Yugoslavia
 
JP
Tunisia
 
JQ
Togo
 
JS
[unknown]
 



K-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

KH

Hungary

 
Kazakhstan
?

KJ

Lithuania
 
Kenya
FK
KK
Fiji
 
Kribati
?
KL
Jordan
 
Kuwait
JC
KM
Jamaica
 
Kyrgyzstan
?
KN
Gabon
 
KP
Luzembourg
 
KR
Malaysia
 
KS
Mexico
 
KT
Namibia
 
KU
Sao Tome et Principe
 
KV
Saudi Arabia
 
KW
Seychelles
 
KX
Sudan
 



L-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

LC

Venezuela

 
Laos
QN

LD

Vietnam
 
Latvia
QP
LG
Turkey
 
Lebanon
FJ
LH
Israel
 
Lesotho
QQ
LK
European Union
 
Liberia
FL
LR
Liechtenstein
 
Libya
FM
LW
Germany
 
Liechtenstein
LR
     
Lithuania
KJ
     
Luxembourg
KP



M-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes
MF
International Monetary Fund
 
Macedonia
?

MK

Djibouti

 
Madagascar
AH

ML

Diego Garcia
 
Malawi
QR
MN
Comoros
 
Malaysia
KR
MP
Bahamas
 
Maledives
MW
MQ
Monaco
 
Mali
TC
MW
Maledives
 
Malta
FN
 
 
Marshall Islands
?
     
Mauritania
TP
     
Mauritius
JD
     
Mexico
KS
     
Moldova
?
     
Monaco
MQ
     
Mongolia
HN
     
Morocco
FP
     
Mozambique
QS
     
Myanmar
CV



N-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

NA

Oman

 
Namibia
KT

NB

Papua New Guinea
 
Nauru
?
NC
Paraguay
 
Nepal
TN
ND
Romania
 
Netherlands
FS
NQ
Angola
 
Netherlands Antilles
TK
     
New Zealand
QT
 
 
Nicaragua
QU
     
Niger
QV
     
Nigeria
JF
     
North Korea
GQ
     
Norway
PK



O-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

 

 
Oman
NA



P-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

PA

Austria

 
Pakistan
QX

PB

Barbados
 
Palau
?
PC
Belize
 
Panama
AJ
PD
Bermuda
 
Papua New Guinea
NB
PF
Bolivia
 
Paraguay
NC
PG
Belarus
 
Peru
TZ
PH
Czech Republic
 
Philippines
FR
PI
Israel
 
Poland
QW
PK
Norway
 
Portugal
JG
PL
Chile
 
PM
Brunei
 
PR
Argentina
 
PS
Zimbabwe
 
PV
Congo, Republic of
 



Q-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

QA

Yemen

 
Qatar
FT

QD

Burkina Faso
     
QL
St. Ktts and Nevis
     
QM
Bulgaria
     
QN
Laos
     
QP
Latvia
     
QQ
Lesotho
     
QR
Malawi
     
QS
Mozambique
     
QT
New Zealand
 
QU
Nicaragua
 
QV
Niger
 
QW
Poland
 
QX
Pakistan
     
QY
South Yemen (discontinued)
     
QZ
Indonesia
 



R-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

RB

Rwanda

 
Romania
ND

RC

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
 
Russia
YR
RD
Senegal
 
Rwanda
RB
RL
Uruguay
 



S-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes
SG
Israel
 
San Marino
?

ST

Dominica

 
Sao Tome et Principe
KU

SX

U.S.S.R. (discontinued)
 
Saudi Arabia
KV
     
Senegal
RD
     
Seychelles
KW
     
Sierra Leone
FX
     
Singapore
VK
 
 
Slovakia
?
     
Slovenia
?
     
Solomon Islands
BY
     
Somalia
JH
     
South Africa
BL
     
South Africa (discontinued)
FY
     
South Korea
WD
     
South Yemen (discontinued)
QY
     
Spain
UH
     
Sri Lanka
FV
     
St. Kitts and Nevis
QL
     
St. Lucia
HL
     
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
RC
     
Sudan
KX
     
Suriname
FZ
     
Swaziland
VL
     
Sweden
GC
     
Switzerland
VH
     
Syria
AQ



T-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

TC

Mali

 
Tajikistan
?

TF

Algeria
 
Tanzania
VG
TG
Canada
 
Thailand
VF
TH
Egypt
 
Togo
JQ
TJ
East Germany (discontinued)
 
Trinidad and Tobago
UX
TK
Netherlands Antilles
 
Tunisia
JP
TL
El Salvador
 
Turkey
GM, JK, LG, XF
TM
Iceland
 
Turkmenistan
?
TN
Nepal
 
Tuvalu
?
TP
Mauritania
 
TR
Italy
 
TS
Iraq (discontinued)
 
TT
Guyana
 
TU
Guinea
 
TV
Ghana
     
TW
Gambia
     
TX
Finland
     
TY
Grenada
     
TZ
Peru
     



U-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

UA

Bahrain

 
U.S.S.R. (discontinued)
FC, SX

UF

Estonia
 
Uganda
AU
UH
Spain
 
Ukraine
GD
UX
Trinidad and Tobago
 
United Arab Emirates
WB
     
United Kingdom
WZ
     
Uruguay
RL
 
 
Uzbekistan
?



V-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

VF

Thailand

 
Vanuatu
?

VG

Tanzania
 
Vatican
FW
VH
Switzerland
 
Venezuela
LC
VJ
Brazil
 
Vietnam
LD
VK
Singapore
     
VL
Swaziland
     



W-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

WB

United Arab Emirates

 
Western Samoa
WM

WD

South Korea
     
WM
Western Samoa
     
WZ
United Kingdom
 



X-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

XF

Turkey

     

XY

[unknown]
     
XZ
Australia
     



Y-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes

YA

[unknown]

 
Yemen
QA

YM

Hong Kong
 
Yugoslavia
JM
YR
Russia
     
YZ
Azerbaijan
 



Z-prefix Codes
(countries, agencies, and organizations) Listed Alphabetically

 
Countries, then (below)
Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes
     
Zambia
GG
     
Zimbabwe
PS



Agencies and Organizations,
Listed Alphabetically With Codes
African Unity, Organization of
AW
European Union
LK
International Monetary Fund
MF
World Bank
BW

 



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