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About Number Car Identification


The car number identification is a code specific to any country that is used to recognize and locate a car and its owner. Also called car registration plates, the car number is a metallic or plastic set of plates, attached to the front and end of a vehicle, containing a unique numeric or alphanumeric code used for identification by the local and state police department. These car number identification plates usually contain the region, state or country from which the vehicle is registered, a number – either the manufacturing year, or a random number – and optional some random characters, usually alphanumerical. The law of each country usually states that a vehicle must have two car number plates, one on the front and one on the end of the car and for the motorcycle cases, only one car number registration plate placed at the end of the vehicle.


In all the countries there are specific regulations regarding the car traffic. These regulations refer mostly to the speed limits and conduit on the road. The traffic is usually monitored either by moving patrols, or by small cameras mounted on top of the traffic lights and around the traffic environment or just by stationary lookout points from where the police watch over the normal conduit of the traffic. If one of the many traffic participants is to break any of the traffic rules, he is identified after the color of the vehicle, model, year or type, but especially by this unique car number. Due to the fact that the car number is unique, the police officer can search for the registration plate’s number in the database and find out who is the owner so the legal fine can be sent.

Other car numbers

Another type of car number identification is the number called the vehicle identification number, stamped on the chassis (from where the term of chassis number derives). This is another type of unique code assigned to a vehicle, with the only difference that it is not given by the police authority, but by the car producer. This number is stamped with a punching machine right from the factory, after the assembly, and it is put in the registration data when a car owner goes to take the car number plates from the police department.


Each country must have a specific driving plate type. But there isn’t any international law which would state that all the countries should have the same type of license plate or the same information written on it. The design though is specific to each area (by area, you should understand state, country or bigger region). In Europe for example, the information written on the car plates differs from country to country. Usually the left side of the plate is reserved to the country indicator, then comes the information about the big city, area or region from where the car belongs, some numbers (in some countries the number represent the manufacturing year, while in others these are random numbers) and finally the last character, usually alphabetical, most common random.

By Bob Meadow, published at 04/04/2012
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