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International Vehicle Registration Codes

This topic might seem, at first sight, to be on a par with Airports (i.e. severely lacking in the entertainment factor). But, rather like Airports, they can be quite interesting – because sometimes they tell you a bit about the country's history or culture. Take Benin for example.

Sometimes it's interesting to see which country got to use the single letter. Why, for example, did Cuba get C – rather than (for example) Canada, China, Chile or Colombia? And how would you guess that East African countries have EA for East Africa (similarly WA for West Africa), or that countries in the Windward Islands have W?

Anyway ... here is my selection of those that I think might come up in your next quiz – and which you might not be able to work out without a hint.

In the tables below, the third column gives the expression from which the initials are derived, in the local language (where appropriate). You probably wouldn't want to test yourself on them, but I've hidden them because they would give a big clue to the country (most of them include it).

C Click to show or hide the answer   
CL Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
DY Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
EAK Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
EAT Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
EAU Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
EAZ Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
ET Click to show or hide the answer   
FL Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
G Click to show or hide the answer   
GBA Click to show or hide the answer   
GBG Click to show or hide the answer   
GBJ Click to show or hide the answer   
GBM Click to show or hide the answer   
GBZ Click to show or hide the answer   
GCA Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
GQ Click to show or hide the answer   
H Click to show or hide the answer   
HKJ Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
HR Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
K Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
KSA Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
M Click to show or hide the answer   
MA Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RU Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

For other Rs, see the list of republics (below).

SME Click to show or hide the answer   
SY Click to show or hide the answer   
SYR Click to show or hide the answer   
T Click to show or hide the answer   
TCH Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
UA Click to show or hide the answer   
WAG Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
WAL Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
WAN Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
WD Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
WG Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
WL Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
WV Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
YAR Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
YV Click to show or hide the answer   
ZA Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
ZRE Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

The following might appear baffling, until you realise that the R stands for Republic (not always in English).

RA Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RB Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RC Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RCA Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RCB Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RCH Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RG Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RH Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RI Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RIM Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RL Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RM Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RMM Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RN Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
ROK Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RP Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
RSM Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

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