Vehicle registration plates of Montenegro

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Montenegrin registration plate
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Previous design

Present Montenegrin car plates have black characters on a rectangular white background, with blue strip on the left. The plates follow the 520 mm x 110 mm format, except for motorcycles. The present licence plates format was introduced on 6 June 2008, and replaced the old format (format of Yugoslav licence plates) gradually over the following year. The new format is on par with common European Union format.

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Overview

The plate is in following layout: to the left, a blue-colored field contains Montenegro's international automobile code (MNE); continuing in white background, the two-letter code of the municipality where the vehicle was registered in, then the coat-of-arms of Montenegro following by the registration code, which generally consists of two letters followed by three numbers. However, with an additional payment, it is possible to obtain the customized plates with any letter-number combination. Letters I and O are omitted in serial combinations because of the similarity with the numbers 1 and 0, but they can be used on a customized plate amongst other letters which are omitted: W, X, Y, Q and Serbo-Croatian Latin Alphabet letters(Č,Ć,Š,Đ,Ž).

Police vehicles have plates with blue letters, while military vehicles have plates with green letters. The diplomatic corps cars have separate format licence plates, with no municipality code, coat of arms, and with yellow code on white background. The plates used on bigger trucks and other vehicles that can be oversized for some of the smaller roads are red with white characters.

Unlike the older licence plates, which were inherited from SFRY-era, and slightly changed in 1998, the new licence plates have a separate area code for every municipality in Montenegro. The municipalities that were previously absent were Andrijevica, Danilovgrad, Kolašin, Mojkovac, Plav, Plužine, Rožaje, Šavnik, Tivat and Žabljak.

Municipal codes

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Map of Montenegrin plate codes.
License plate for mopeds License plate for small Motorcycles from Montenegro.jpg
License plate for mopeds

These are the Montenegrin car license plate codes by municipality and in alphabetical order: [1]

Car plate codeLocationImage
AN Andrijevica Plate of Andrijevica.jpg
BA Berane Car-plate berane.jpg
BD Budva Montenegro License Plate of Budva.jpg
BP Bijelo Polje Bijelo polje car plate.jpg
BR Bar Plate of Bar.jpg
CT Cetinje Plate of Cetinje.jpg
DG Danilovgrad Plate of Danilovgrad.jpg
GS Gusinje GS AA002.jpg
HN Herceg Novi Plate of Herceg Novi.jpg
KL Kolašin Car-plate kolasin.jpg
KO Kotor Kotor car plate.jpg
MK Mojkovac Car-plate mojkovac.jpg
NK Nikšić Plate of Niksic.jpg
PG Podgorica License plate Montenegro.jpg
PL Plav Vehicle plate of Plav.jpg
PT Petnjica PT AA086.jpg
Plužine Montenegro licenceplate.JPG
PV Pljevlja Car-plate plevlja.jpg
RO Rožaje Car-plate rozaje.jpg
ŠN Šavnik Car-plate savnik.jpg
TV Tivat Car-plate tivat.jpg
TZ Tuzi
UL Ulcinj Plate of Ulcinj.jpg
ŽB Žabljak Car-plate zabljak.jpg

Special types

Diplomatic license plates

Diplomatic plate (53 - Norway) Montenegro diplomatic license plate (Norway).jpg
Diplomatic plate (53 - Norway)
Diplomatic plate owned by a foreign press agency Diplomatic plate owned by a foreign press agency.jpg
Diplomatic plate owned by a foreign press agency

Vehicles operated by foreign embassies, consulates, consular and diplomatic staff and various international organizations have been given plates with a distinguishing format of two (or three) numbers, one letter, three numbers, e.g., 12(3)-X-456. Vehicle owned by a diplomat, by accredited non-diplomatic staff or by a consular carries a plate with characters printed in yellow on a white background while the vehicle owned by a foreign press agency, a foreign cultural representative or by an office of a foreign company and/or its staff, has plates with characters printed in black on a white background, as normal ones.
The first group of two/three numbers (123) identifies the country or organization to which the plate has been issued, the second group of three numbers (456) is a serial number. The letter in the middle (X) is denoting the status of the owner.

CodeExplanation
A
vehicle is owned by a diplomat
M
vehicle is owned by accredited non-diplomatic staff - Mission
P
vehicle is owned by a foreign press agency or a foreign cultural representative - Press
E
vehicle is owned by an office of a foreign company and/or its staff - Economy
C
vehicle is owned by a consulate or their staff which have consular status - Consul
CMD
additional oval plate for vehicles used by the chief of a diplomatic mission - Chef de Mission Diplomatique
CD
additional oval plate for vehicles used by a person with diplomatic status - Corps Diplomatique

List of codes by country (not complete):

CodeCountry
10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
11Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
12Flag of Albania.svg  Albania
20Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
25Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
26Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
30Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
35Flag of France.svg  France
40Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
45Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
53Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
55Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
60Flag of the United States.svg  USA
62Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
65Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
69Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
70Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
75Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
90Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
95Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia
96Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
100Flag of Europe.svg  EU
111 OSCE

Agriculture plates

Montenegro agriculture plate Montenegro agriculture plate.png
Montenegro agriculture plate

Montenegro also has agriculture plates. These plates use agriculture machines like tractors etc. The plates consist of two-letter code of the municipality where the vehicle is registered, then the coat-of-arms of Montenegro followed by two serial letters and two serial numbers on the lower side. The characters are printed in white on a light-green background.

Government codes

These plate formats are very similar to civilian plates.

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Police plate
Army of Montenegro Military vehicle with license plate.jpg
Military plate


Temporary plates

Temporary license plates show after the coat of arms the letters RP over each other as well as a two digit representing year number. The sign concludes with three digits. Temporary plates are used among other possible uses for vehicle owned by temporary residents.

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Temporary license plate

Specific serial combinations

Podgorica (T-Tuzi/Malesia) Podgorica (TA-Tuzi).png
Podgorica (T-Tuzi/Malesia)
Podgorica (G-Golubovci/Zeta) Podgorica (GB-Golubovci).png
Podgorica (G-Golubovci/Zeta)

In Podgorica amongst normal serial combinations exist two more which are used for two urban municipalities. One of them is Tuzi/Malesia located eastern of Podgorica and uses combination PG Tx123 (e.g. PG TD123). The other one is Golubovci/Zeta located south of Podgorica and uses combination PG Gx123 (e.g. PG GD123). Trailers registered in one of these urban municipalities also have specific combinations e.g. PG 123TA.
Also, there exist two other combinations like PG MN123 and PG CG123. MN stands for Montenegro and CG also for Montenegro but on Montenegrin language (Crna Gora). These two combinations are only used by state authorities and Montenegrin administrations.
Another common practice is special second letter pair for taxi service cars, regional independent. Like PG TX123 or KO TX456.

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