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Re: Do Euro Countries Have Private Number Plates?

Alpineandy's right about Germany - the first block of letters (1, 2 or 3 characters) denotes the city where the car is registered and you must also live there. The more letters, the more "rural"/smaller the city is. It's a gross stereotype, but you can pretty much guess how likely they are to drive aggressively depending on how big the city they're from. There then follows 2 letters (if the car is a non-public registration) and a collection of numbers. You can ask for out of sequence letters and/or numbers and you'll get them if they're still available.

Going back to the original question though, I've wondered the same. In all my travels on the continent, I can never recall seeing a number plate that did not conform to the format of the country concerned. This implies that we're the only country that will let you have a different format string (i.e. other than "Xnnn XXX" or "XXX nnnX" or "XXnn XXX").
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