Vehicle registration plates of Cuba

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New Cuban licence plates that use FE-Schrift (since 2013) License plate of Cuba 2013 K 000 807.jpg
New Cuban licence plates that use FE-Schrift (since 2013)

The current vehicle registration plate system of Cuba was introduced in May 2013. Current plates are European standard 520 mm × 110 mm, completely replacing the previous system introduced in 2002. [1] The international vehicle registration code for Cuba is C.



From the 1950s through 1978, and again from 2002 through 2013, plates were North American standard 6 × 12 inches (152 × 300 mm).

ImageFirst issuedDesignSloganSerial formatSerials issuedNotes
Cuba license plate 1929-1930.png 1929-1930
Cuba license plate 1935-1936.png 1935-1936
Cuba license plate 1939J.png 1939July expiry
Cuba license plate 1950 official.png 1950official
CUBA JAN-JUN 1955 license plate Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1955January expiry
Cuba license plate 1955J.png 1955July expiry
Cuba license plate 1956E.png 1956January expiry
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1956July expiry
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1957January expiry
Cuba license plate 1957J-black graphic.png 1957white on blackJuly expiry-black version
Cuba license plate 1957J-green graphic.png 1957July expiry-green version
Cuba license plate 1958E graphic.png 1958January expiry
Cuba license plate 1958J bw graphic.png 1958July expiry-white version
Cuba license plate 1958J graphic.png 1958July expiry-red version
Cuba license plate 1959E graphic.png 1959January expiry
Cuba license plate 1959J graphic.png 1959July expiry
Cuba 1960 January expiry license plate.jpg 1960yellow on light blueJanuary expiry
Cuba license plate 1960J bw graphic.png 1960black on whiteJuly expiry-white version
Cuba license plate 1960J graphic.png 1960July expiry-aqua version
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1961yellow on blackJanuary expiry-last semi-annual plate [2]
Cuba 1962-1974 license plate.jpg 1962black on white
Cuba 1974-1978 license plate.jpg 1974municipal-colors varied
Cuba license plate municipal 1974.png 1974municipal-colors varied
Cuba 1978 particular license plate.jpg 1978black on orange-yellow
Cuba license plate particular 1978 white.png 1978black on white
Matricula automovilistica Cuba 1978 Habana HC*01844 oficial furgoneta Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1978Government
Cuba license plate Diplomatic 1978.png 1978Diplomatic
Cuba license plate Empresa 1978.png 1978Company
Cuba license plate Estatal 1978.png 1978State
Cuba license plate Piquera 1978.png 1978Taxi
Cuba license plate Turismo 1978.png 1978Tourism

2002 format

Cuban vehicle registration plates contained three letters and three numbers. The colour of plates is also an important identification element. Ordinary (non-special) licence plates have also a number on the lower central part of the plate ranging from 0 to 9, denoting the type of the vehicle. As of 2016, some of these plates are still in use, but are being phased out. Particular refers to privately owned vehicles. The letter denotes the expiry month: E = Enero (January), J = Julio (July). [3]

The first letter denotes the province where the licence plate was issued. Until 2011, "B" was used by the former La Habana Province.

ProvinceFirst letter of
licence plate
Pinar del Río P
Artemisa  ?
Mayabeque B
Ciudad de La Habana H
Matanzas M
Cienfuegos F
Villa Clara V
Sancti Spiritus S
Ciego de Ávila A
Camagüey C
Las Tunas T
Granma G
Holguín O
Santiago de Cuba U
Guantánamo N
Isla de la Juventud [4] I

The second letter identifies the type of vehicle owner.

Second letterColourMeaning
Awhitegovernment ministers, provincial officials, and other important state persons
light brownauthorised government and official persons of lower rank
E / F / G / Hyellowprivate vehicles
Kyellowvehicles and motorcycles owned by foreign natural persons
light brownvehicles and motorcycles owned by foreign and mixed companies, foreign journalists, religious institutions
Ryellowprivate motorcycles and "cocotaxis"
D / S / T / U / V / Wbluestate owned vehicles
Y / Zstate owned motorcycles

The vehicle type number can be found on the lower central part of the plate, it is a one digit number ranging from 0 to 9, it denotes the type of the vehicle. This is not used on special licence plates.

License plate of Cuba 2002 private vehicle Holguin ODF 766.jpg black on yellowprivate vehicle
License plate of Cuba 2002 private vehicle Havana repainted white HKL 174.jpg white on orangeprivate vehicle-note Cuban plates are often repaired and repainted by their owners as they become weathered
License plate of Cuba 2002 Santiago de Cuba UAB 041.jpg black on orangeprivate vehicle
Cuba license plate 2002 state owned Santiago de Cuba.jpg white on azurestate owned vehicle
Cuba license plate 2002 Ministry of the Interior Granma.jpg black on reflective greenMinistry of the Interior
License plate of Cuba 2002 diplomatic 087009.jpg white on blackdiplomatic
Cuba 2002 license plate tourism.jpg white on dark redtourism
License plate of Cuba 2002 joint venture company Granma GAF 272.jpg white on brownjoint venture company

2013 revised format

Under the new system black characters on white background is the standard format for all licence plates. A letter is placed before six digits. The most common is "P", which indicates a personally owned vehicle. "B" government, "F" is for military FAR vehicle, "M" is for Internal Affairs Ministry, "T" for rental units, "D" diplomatic, "E" embassy, and "K" for foreign companies. The same system is used on all classes of vehicles, from lorries to motorcycles. However, to accommodate available space the motorcycle plates are square rather than the standard long rectangle.

Special licence plates

1961 Guantanamo Bay Naval Base plate Cuba license plate 1961 Guantanamo graphic.png
1961 Guantanamo Bay Naval Base plate

Cars of the Cuban Army and the Cuban Ministry of Interior use plates with one letter (A, B, C, F or S) followed by five digits. On the cars of the Cuban Army there is a "FAR" (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias) inscription in the central lower part of the licence plate. In the case of the Ministry of Interior, there is a "MININT" (Ministerio del Interior) inscription. Licence plates of the Army are always light green, while plates of the Ministry of Interior are dark green.

Diplomatic cars use 6 digits without preceding letters. There is a "D", "C" or "E" letter in the lower left part of the licence plate (D = diplomatic, C - consular, E - other status). They have a black licence plate.

Cars for hire have a dark red licence plate beginning with "T" letter (meaning turista), followed by five digits in white color. The border of the plate is also in white. [5]

Provisional licence plates are light red and have the normal code of the province followed by 4 digits and a "P" letter.

Cars of the United States military in the Guantanamo Bay use licence plates with one letter and four numbers, and texts "U.S.N.B." and "Gtmo Bay Cuba".


  1. La chapa que viene , Juventud Rebelde, 28.04.2013
  4. Special municipality

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