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Plate Number Explained

If you are going to buy a second hand car and you wish to know what year model it was. This post will be helpful for verification. When I was a kid I wonder how the Policemen from Nueva Ecija spotted our Commuter Jeep that its from Manila. It was the plate number that will give you a clue.

My car has a Plate Number TGP ***, and true enough its a 1992 model.


Geographical designation
"A" - Region I (Ilocos Region) and CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region)
"B" - Region II (Cagayan Valley Region)
"C", "R" - Region III (Central Luzon Region), "R" are overflow series since the "C" series has been exhausted
"D", "V" - Regions IV-A (CALABARZON) and IV-B (MIMAROPA), "V" are overflow series
"E" - Region V (Bicol Region)
"F" - Region VI (Western Visayas Region)
"G", "Y" - Region VII (Central Visayas Region), "Y" are overflow series
"H" - Region VIII (Eastern Visayas Region)
"J" - Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) and ARMM
"K" - Regions X and XIII (Northern Mindanao and Caraga)
"L" - Region XI (Davao Region)
"N" - National Capital Region, 1981–1982, 2009–2010
"P" - National Capital Region, 1982–1991, 2010–present
"T" - National Capital Region, 1991–1995
"U" - National Capital Region, 1995–1997
"W" - National Capital Region, 1997–2001
"X" - National Capital Region, 2001–2005
"Z" - National Capital Region, 2005–2009
Plate Numbers in National Capital Region
"1981" - NA, NB, NC, ND, NE, NF, NG, NH, NJ, NK, NL, NM, NN, NP, NR, NS
"1982" - NT, PA
"1983" - PB, PC
"1984" - PD, PE
"1985" - PF, PG
"1986" - PH, PJ
"1987" - PK, PL
"1988" - PM, PN
"1989" - PP, PR
"1990" - PS, PT
"1991" - TA, TB
"1992" - TC, TD, TE, TF, TG
"1993" - TH, TJ, TK, TL, TM, TN
"1994" - TP, TR, TT
"1995" - TS, UA, UB
"1996" - UC, UD, UE, UF, UG, UH,
"1997" - UJ, UK, UL, UM, UN, UP, UR, US, UT, UU
"1998" - WA, WB, WC, WD
"1999" - WE, WF, WG, WH, WJ, WK, WL,
"2000" - WM, WN, WP, WR
"2001" - WS, WT, XA, XB
"2002" - XC, XD, XE, XF, XG, XH
"2003" - XJ, XK, XL, XM, XN
"2004" - XP, XR, XS, XT
"2005" - ZA, ZB, ZC
"2006" - ZD, ZE, ZF, ZG
"2007" - ZH, ZJ, ZK, ZL
"2008" - ZM, ZN, ZP, ZR, ZS, ZT
"2010" - PA(IOQ), PB(IOQ), PC(IOQ), PD(IOQ), PE(IOQ)
I, O and Q are previously not used to avoid confusion with the numbers "1" & "0". But with the recent exhaustion of the "Z" series, they are already used by reverting to the old "N" series. A new serial scheme is implemented using these characters, instead of the third letter coming into series (e.g. after ZAA-999 has been reached, ZAB-100) the middle letter is the one being replaced (e.g. after NAI-999 series has been exhausted, NBI-100 will follow). After all the possible combinations with I, O and Q as third letter for the same starting letter have been used, I, O and Q are used as middle letters and the third letter is being replaced (e.g. After NZQ-999 has been used, NIA-100 will follow)
e.g. NIA-100, PXO-296, NQZ-544
Special designation
"S" - Government
"Q" - Public Utility Motorized Tricycles
"O", "I" - Private Motorcycles
"P", "T", "U" - Public utility vehicles (they usually begin with these letters but not always). They always (since 1999) have "V", "W", "X", or "Y" in the middle of the letter block (LLL).
e.g. PWM 757
Personalized plates
A motorist who would like to have personalized plates can have any letter combination he fancies upon three conditions:
It is unique i.e., the plate does not have a registered duplicate anywhere else in the Philippines.
The plate should not have the same format as government vehicles.
The motorist can afford to pay its PHP 25,000 ($500+) price tag.
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Optional motor vehicle special plates (OMVSP)
A project of the Land Transportation Office since 2004, these plates are in the form of LLL DD. e.g. FPJ-22


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