Vehicle registration plates of Moldova

Moldovan registration plate, issued from 2015
Moldovan registration plate, issued from November 2011
Moldovan registration plate, issued prior to November 2011

License plates in Moldova were introduced on November 30, 1992. Currently issued plates consist of six black characters on a white background: three letters and three numbers. On the left part of the plates there is a modified, wider than usual blue euroband having the Moldovan flag instead of the EU symbol and the international country code MD underneath it. The plates are 520 mm wide and 112 mm high, made of metal with embossed characters using the FE-Schrift font.[1]

Pre-2015 plates have seven characters: two letters for the region (except for Chișinău, which only has the letters C and K), two letters for the series and three digits, all written using the DIN 1451 Mittelschrift font. The left side of the plate carries the coat of arms of Moldova with the country index MD (before 1993 the country index on car plates was MLD) and since November 1, 2011, it has a vertical blue background, similar to the European Union plates. Additionally, the owners could request to have only one or two digits instead of three.[2]


Car designations

Before 2015, Moldovan vehicle registration plates started with a group of one or two letters, indicating the town or district of registration, followed by two other letters indicating the series and three digits:

Map overlay of Moldova, codes shown
Code City or District (Notes)
AN Anenii Noi
BE Tighina
BL Bălți
BR Briceni
BS Basarabeasca
C Chișinău
CC Camenca
CG Ceadîr-Lunga (currently Gagauzia)
CH Cahul
CL Călărași
CM Cimișlia
CN Căinari (currently merged with Căușeni)
CO Comrat (currently Gagauzia)
CR Criuleni
CS Căușeni
CT Cantemir
CU Chișinău District (1999–2002)
DB Dubăsari
DN Dondușeni
DR Drochia
ED Edineț
FL Fălești
FR Florești
GE Gagauzia
GL Glodeni
GR Grigoriopol
HN Hîncești
IL Ialoveni
K Chișinău
LP Lăpușna (1999–2002)
LV Leova
NS Nisporeni
OC Ocnița
OR Orhei
RB Rîbnița
RS Rîșcani
RZ Rezina
SD Șoldănești
SG Sîngerei
SL Slobozia
SR Soroca
ST Strășeni
SV Ștefan Vodă
TG Tighina
TL Telenești
TR Taraclia
TS Tiraspol
UN Ungheni
VL Vulcănești (currently Gagauzia)

Special plates

  • Government vehicles - Composed of the letters RM (short for 'Republic of Moldova') a single letter representing the authority ('P' for Parliament, 'G' for Government, 'A' for the Chancellery), and three digits. Note: the lower the number [e.g.: 001], the higher the position of its owner [e.g.: RM P 001, RM G 001, RM A 123].
  • The President/Presidency number plates are composed of the letters RM followed by four digits. Therefore, the presidential limousine has as its number plate RM 0001.
  • Diplomatic vehicles - Composed of two letters ('CD' for Diplomatic Corps, 'TC' for Consular Staff, 'TS' for Service Staff (or cars belonging to the embassy but not only used by embassy officials) and 'CA' for the Administrative body) three digits (representing the embassy) and one-two letters (on CD plates, A or AA usually states the ambassador's car). [e.g.: CD 111 A, CD 112 AA, TC 113 AA, TS 114 AA, CA 115 AA]. This plate uses blue letters in a white background.
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs/Police vehicles - composed of the letters MAI and three-four digits. [e.g.: MAI 1234]; Also the Carabinieri Subdivision of the ministry has its own number series - composed of the letters MIC and three-four digits. [e.g.: MIC 1234]. Before the introduction of the MAI series, police vehicles would have POL and three-four digits [e.g.: POL 1234], while the road police would have PR and three-four digits [e.g.: PR 1234]; both series were discontinued and replaced with MAI.
  • State Security Service (Serviciul de Protecție și Pază de Stat) vehicles - composed of the letters SP and three digits. [e.g.: SP 123].
  • Army vehicles - composed of the letters FA (Forțele Armate - i.e. Military Forces) and four digits. [e.g.: FA 1234].
  • Border Control vehicles - composed of the letters DG (Departamentul Grăniceri) and four digits. [e.g.: DG 1234].
  • In 1992, when the first series of new license plate were introduced, the plates had a mistake – they used Maldivian Islands country code MLD. Those vehicles were not allowed to cross international borders. In 1993 the mistake was corrected, and the country code was changed to MD.
  • Foreign resident vehicles (Not diplomatic) - composed of the letters H, four digits, and dates in the right side of the plate. Uses red letters in a white background. [e.g.: H 1234]


  1. ^ "Vehicule rutiere Plăci de înmatriculare pentru autovehicule și remorci" (PDF). Moldova Standard. 27 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Avem numere noi! Cum vor arata noile placute de inmatriculare". Pro TV Chișinău. October 31, 2011.

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