Warning! This page is no longer updated regularly. Please see the Country Codes page of Russ Rowlett's "How Many?" dictionary. There you find a list with six types of country codes.


[Distinguishing sign decals]

Country codes

(Image from Auto World Symbols.)

ISO 3166 and car codes

I had difficulties finding the car country codes so I made this page.
Please note that the car codes are also sometimes used as international postal codes, at least in Europe (CEPT codes).

Most of this page is stolen from this FTP document.

NEW! Ken Bagnall sent me these sportive country codes which are use by the International Olympic Committee and others. Certainly, these codes are different from the three-letter ISO codes below.


After I made this list I have become aware that the car country codes are officially known (in English) as international Distinguishing Signs.

I have also found other pages with the codes on them:

The distinguishing signs were introduced by the UN at the
Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna, 1968 November 8th). Warning: The convention is in GIF image format!)
Status of this convention including distingtive letters of some 54 distinguishing signs can be found in the database of UN treaties, chapter XI, B, 19. (You should really register to get the to UN documents linked above.)

NEW! There is a new page with ISO and olympic coutry codes:



                                                  ISO 3166 codes
                                               -----------------------       Car
                                              /                       \    country
Country                                         A 2     A 3     Number       code
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AFGHANISTAN                                     AF      AFG     004        (AFG)
ALBANIA                                         AL      ALB     008        (AL )
ALGERIA                                         DZ      DZA     012        (DZ )
AMERICAN SAMOA                                  AS      ASM     016         
ANDORRA                                         AD      AND     020        (AND)
ANGOLA                                          AO      AGO     024         
ANGUILLA                                        AI      AIA     660         
ANTARCTICA                                      AQ      ATA     010         
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA                             AG      ATG     028         
ARGENTINA                                       AR      ARG     032        (RA )
ARMENIA                                         AM      ARM     051        (ARM)
ARUBA                                           AW      ABW     533         
AUSTRALIA                                       AU      AUS     036        (AUS)
AUSTRIA                                         AT      AUT     040        (A  )
AZERBAIJAN                                      AZ      AZE     031        (AZ )  
BAHAMAS                                         BS      BHS     044        (BS )
BAHRAIN                                         BH      BHR     048        (BRN)
BANGLADESH                                      BD      BGD     050        (BD )
BARBADOS                                        BB      BRB     052        (BDS)
BELARUS                                         BY      BLR     112        (BY ) [obsolescent (SU )]
BELGIUM                                         BE      BEL     056        (B  )
BELIZE                                          BZ      BLZ     084        (BH )
BENIN                                           BJ      BEN     204        (DY )
BERMUDA                                         BM      BMU     060         
BHUTAN                                          BT      BTN     064         
BOLIVIA                                         BO      BOL     068        (BOL)
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOWINA                          BA      BIH     070        (BIH)
BOTSWANA                                        BW      BWA     072        (RB )
BOUVET ISLAND                                   BV      BVT     074         
BRAZIL                                          BR      BRA     076        (BR )
BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY                  IO      IOT     086         
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM                               BN      BRN     096        (BRU)
BULGARIA                                        BG      BGR     100        (BG )
BURKINA FASO                                    BF      BFA     854         
BURUNDI                                         BI      BDI     108        (RU )
CAMBODIA                                        KH      KHM     116        (K  )
CAMEROON                                        CM      CMR     120        (CAM)
CANADA                                          CA      CAN     124        (CDN)
CAPE VERDE                                      CV      CPV     132         
CAYMAN ISLANDS                                  KY      CYM     136         
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC                        CF      CAF     140        (RCA)
CHAD                                            TD      TCD     148        (TCH), (TD )
CHILE                                           CL      CHL     152        (RCH)
CHINA                                           CN      CHN     156        (RC )
CHRISTMAS ISLAND                                CX      CXR     162         
COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS                         CC      CCK     166         
COLOMBIA                                        CO      COL     170        (CO )
COMOROS                                         KM      COM     174         
CONGO                                           CG      COG     178         
CONGO, THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE           CD      COD     180        (RCB)
COOK ISLANDS                                    CK      COK     184         
COSTA RICA                                      CR      CRI     188        (CR )
COTE D'IVOIRE                                   CI      CIV     384        (CI )
CROATIA (local name: Hrvatska)                  HR      HRV     191        (HR )     
CUBA                                            CU      CUB     192        (C  )
CYPRUS                                          CY      CYP     196        (CY )
CZECH REPUBLIC                                  CZ      CZE     203        (CZ )  
DENMARK                                         DK      DNK     208        (DK )
DJIBOUTI                                        DJ      DJI     262         
DOMINICA                                        DM      DMA     212        (WD )
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC                              DO      DOM     214        (DOM)
EAST TIMOR                                      TP      TMP     626         
ECUADOR                                         EC      ECU     218        (EC )
EGYPT                                           EG      EGY     818        (ET )
EL SALVADOR                                     SV      SLV     222        (ES )
EQUATORIAL GUINEA                               GQ      GNQ     226         
ERITREA                                         ER	ERI     232         
ESTONIA                                         EE      EST     233        (EST)
ETHIOPIA                                        ET      ETH     231        (ETH)
FALKLAND ISLANDS (MALVINAS)                     FK      FLK     238         
FAROE ISLANDS                                   FO      FRO     234        (FO )?, (FR )
FIJI                                            FJ      FJI     242        (FJI)
FINLAND                                         FI      FIN     246        (FIN)
FRANCE                                          FR      FRA     250        (F  )
FRANCE, METROPOLITAN                            FX      FXX     249           
FRENCH GUIANA                                   GF      GUF     254         
FRENCH POLYNESIA                                PF      PYF     258         
FRENCH SOUTHERN TERRITORIES                     TF      ATF     260         
GABON                                           GA      GAB     266        (GAB)
GAMBIA                                          GM      GMB     270        (WAG)
GEORGIA                                         GE      GEO     268        (GE )
GERMANY                                         DE      DEU     276        (D  )
GHANA                                           GH      GHA     288        (GH )
GIBRALTAR                                       GI      GIB     292        (GBZ)
GREECE                                          GR      GRC     300        (GR )
GREENLAND                                       GL      GRL     304         
GRENADA                                         GD      GRD     308        (WG )
GUADELOUPE                                      GP      GLP     312         
GUAM                                            GU      GUM     316         
GUATEMALA                                       GT      GTM     320        (GCA)
GUINEA                                          GN      GIN     324        (RG )
GUINEA-BISSAU                                   GW      GNB     624         
GUYANA                                          GY      GUY     328        (GUY)
HAITI                                           HT      HTI     332        (RH )
HEARD AND MC DONALD ISLANDS                     HM      HMD     334         
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)                   VA      VAT     336        (V  )
HONDURAS                                        HN      HND     340         
HONG KONG                                       HK      HKG     344        (HK )
HUNGARY                                         HU      HUN     348        (H  )
ICELAND                                         IS      ISL     352        (IS )
INDIA                                           IN      IND     356        (IND)
INDONESIA                                       ID      IDN     360        (RI )
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)                      IR      IRN     364        (IR )
IRAQ                                            IQ      IRQ     368        (IRQ)
IRELAND                                         IE      IRL     372        (IRL)
ISRAEL                                          IL      ISR     376        (IL )
ITALY                                           IT      ITA     380        (I  )
JAMAICA                                         JM      JAM     388        (JA )
JAPAN                                           JP      JPN     392        (J  )
JORDAN                                          JO      JOR     400        (HKJ)
KAZAKHSTAN                                      KZ      KAZ     398        (KZ )
KENYA                                           KE      KEN     404        (EAK)
KIRIBATI                                        KI      KIR     296         
KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF          KP      PRK     408         
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF                              KR      KOR     410        (ROK)
KUWAIT                                          KW      KWT     414        (KWT)
KYRGYZSTAN                                      KG      KGZ     417        (KS )
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC                LA      LAO     418        (LAO)
LATVIA                                          LV      LVA     428        (LV )
LEBANON                                         LB      LBN     422        (RL )
LESOTHO                                         LS      LSO     426        (LS )
LIBERIA                                         LR      LBR     430        (LB )
LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA                          LY      LBY     434        (LAR)
LIECHTENSTEIN                                   LI      LIE     438        (FL )
LITHUANIA                                       LT      LTU     440        (LT )
LUXEMBOURG                                      LU      LUX     442        (L  )
MACAU                                           MO      MAC     446        ?
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF      MK      MKD     807        (MK )
MADAGASCAR                                      MG      MDG     450        (RM )
MALAWI                                          MW      MWI     454        (MW )
MALAYSIA                                        MY      MYS     458        (MAL)
MALDIVES                                        MV      MDV     462         
MALI                                            ML      MLI     466        (RMM)
MALTA                                           MT      MLT     470        (M  )
MARSHALL ISLANDS                                MH      MHL     584         
MARTINIQUE                                      MQ      MTQ     474         
MAURITANIA                                      MR      MRT     478        (RIM)
MAURITIUS                                       MU      MUS     480        (MS )
MAYOTTE                                         YT      MYT     175           
MEXICO                                          MX      MEX     484        (MEX)
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF                 FM      FSM     583         
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF                            MD      MDA     498        (MD )
MONACO                                          MC      MCO     492        (MC )
MONGOLIA                                        MN      MNG     496         
MONTSERRAT                                      MS      MSR     500         
MOROCCO                                         MA      MAR     504        (MA )
MOZAMBIQUE                                      MZ      MOZ     508        (MOC)
MYANMAR                                         MM      MMR     104        (BUR)
NAMIBIA                                         NA      NAM     516        (NAM)
NAURU                                           NR      NRU     520         
NEPAL                                           NP      NPL     524        (NEP)
NETHERLANDS                                     NL      NLD     528        (NL )
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES                            AN      ANT     530        (NA )
NEW CALEDONIA                                   NC      NCL     540         
NEW ZEALAND                                     NZ      NZL     554        (NZ )
NICARAGUA                                       NI      NIC     558        (NIC)
NIGER                                           NE      NER     562        (RN )
NIGERIA                                         NG      NGA     566        (WAN)
NIUE                                            NU      NIU     570         
NORFOLK ISLAND                                  NF      NFK     574         
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS                        MP      MNP     580         
NORWAY                                          NO      NOR     578        (N  )
OMAN                                            OM      OMN     512        ?
PAKISTAN                                        PK      PAK     586        (PAK), (PK )
PALAU                                           PW      PLW     585         
PANAMA                                          PA      PAN     591        (PA )
PAPUA NEW GUINEA                                PG      PNG     598        (PNG)
PARAGUAY                                        PY      PRY     600        (PY )
PERU                                            PE      PER     604        (PE )
PHILIPPINES                                     PH      PHL     608        (RP )
PITCAIRN                                        PN      PCN     612         
POLAND                                          PL      POL     616        (PL )
PORTUGAL                                        PT      PRT     620        (P  )
PUERTO RICO                                     PR      PRI     630        ?
QATAR                                           QA      QAT     634        (QA )
REUNION                                         RE      REU     638         
ROMANIA                                         RO      ROM     642        (RO )
RUSSIAN FEDERATION                              RU      RUS     643        (RUS)
RWANDA                                          RW      RWA     646        (RWA)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS                           KN      KNA     659         
SAINT LUCIA                                     LC      LCA     662         
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES                VC      VCT     670         
SAMOA                                           WS      WSM     882        (WS )
SAN MARINO                                      SM      SMR     674        (RSM)
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE                           ST      STP     678         
SAUDI ARABIA                                    SA      SAU     682        (SA )
SENEGAL                                         SN      SEN     686        (SN )
SEYCHELLES                                      SC      SYC     690        (SY )
SIERRA LEONE                                    SL      SLE     694        (WAL)
SINGAPORE                                       SG      SGP     702        (SGP)
SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic)                      SK      SVK     703        (SK )
SLOVENIA                                        SI      SVN     705        (SLO)
SOLOMON ISLANDS                                 SB      SLB     090         
SOMALIA                                         SO      SOM     706        (SO )
SOUTH AFRICA                                    ZA      ZAF     710        (ZA )
SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS    GS      SGS     239         
SPAIN                                           ES      ESP     724        (E  )
SRI LANKA                                       LK      LKA     144        (CL )
ST. HELENA                                      SH      SHN     654         
ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON                         PM      SPM     666         
SUDAN                                           SD      SDN     736        (SUD)
SURINAME                                        SR      SUR     740        (SME)
SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN ISLANDS                  SJ      SJM     744        (SD )
SWAZILAND                                       SZ      SWZ     748         
SWEDEN                                          SE      SWE     752        (S  )
SWITZERLAND                                     CH      CHE     756        (CH )
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC                            SY      SYR     760        (SYR)
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA                       TW      TWN     158        (RC )
TAJIKISTAN                                      TJ      TJK     762        (TJ )
TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF                    TZ      TZA     834        (EAT)
THAILAND                                        TH      THA     764        (T  )
TOGO                                            TG      TGO     768        (TG )
TOKELAU                                         TK      TKL     772         
TONGA                                           TO      TON     776         
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO                             TT      TTO     780        (TT )
TUNISIA                                         TN      TUN     788        (TN )
TURKEY                                          TR      TUR     792        (TR )
TURKMENISTAN                                    TM      TKM     795        (TM )
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS                        TC      TCA     796         
TUVALU                                          TV      TUV     798         
UGANDA                                          UG      UGA     800        (EAU)
UKRAINE                                         UA      UKR     804        (UA )
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES                            AE      ARE     784        (UAE)
UNITED KINGDOM                                  GB      GBR     826        (GB )
UNITED STATES                                   US      USA     840        (USA)
UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS            UM      UMI     581         
URUGUAY                                         UY      URY     858        (ROU)
UZBEKISTAN                                      UZ      UZB     860        (UZ )
VANUATU                                         VU      VUT     548         
VENEZUELA                                       VE      VEN     862        (YV )
VIET NAM                                        VN      VNM     704        (VN )
VIRGIN ISLANDS (BRITISH)                        VG      VGB     092         
VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.)                           VI      VIR     850        (BUI)?
WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS                       WF      WLF     876         
WESTERN SAHARA                                  EH      ESH     732         
YEMEN                                           YE      YEM     887        (ADN), (YEM)
YUGOSLAVIA                                      YU      YUG     891        (YU )
ZAMBIA                                          ZM      ZMB     894        (RNR)
ZIMBABWE                                        ZW      ZWE     716        (ZW )

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Also available: The list alphabetically sorted by the codes.

Corrections and additions

are welcome - please e-mail me!
Thanks to Vadim Karantayer - and Don Miller - and Ken Bagnall

Also the possible existence of a more complete list of car country codes would be of interest to me.


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