Wednesday, February 1, 2017


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Teringat masa aku sekolah rendah dulu, bila jalan ke pekan dan bandar suka berlumba dengan abang aku perihal nombor plat kereta. Menghafal plat tu dari negeri mana tu satu hal, beradu nombor tu dah sampai angka berapa. Masa aku di Darjah 6 sekolah rendah (awal tahun 1970an), pendaftaran kenderaan di Negeri Johor baru sampai JH. Masa itu selangor agak jauh di hadapan, mungkin BBS atau BT. Negeri-negeri seperti Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan dan Melaka masih di tahap antara A hingga C sahaja. Perlis masih satu huruf R belum memulakan RA pun. 

Hari ini aku nak turunkan ilmu dari Tok Guru Wikipedia berkaitan sejarah dan perkembangan nombor pendaftaran kenderaan di Malaysia.

A standard Peninsular Malaysian number plate, registered in Penang and affixed on a dealership plate frame.

Malaysian registration plates are displayed at the front and rear of all private and commercial motorised vehicles in Malaysia, as required by law. The issuing of the number plates is regulated and administered by the Malaysian Road Transport Department (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan Malaysia) or JPJ. This Department was formerly known as Registrar and Inspector of Motor Vehicles (RIMV).

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The current standard for Malaysian number plates were originally derivatives of pre-1932 number plate formats in the United Kingdom, first issued after the introduction of motorised vehicles in the 1900s during British rule. Number plates are typically issued and are formatted similarly for any motorised vehicle that runs on rubber tyres, including most road-legal private, commercial and industrial vehicles, motorcycles, emergency vehicles, and selected heavy equipment (such as agricultural tractors, truck-mounted cranes and backhoe loaders). With the exception of those issued for taxis, vehicle dealers and diplomats, all vehicle number plates in Malaysia have white characters on black plates for both front and rear plates, regardless of the vehicle type.

Standards for number plate designs have been defined by the JPJ but are only practiced to an extent. Character size, layouts, and colour use are more strictly enforced for accurate identification and optimum visibility. However, the dimensions of the plates displaying the license number are more loosely enforced. While many vehicles display plates in regulation dimensions or are housed in dealer plate frames with standardised dimensions, some license plates are outlined to precisely fit into vastly larger recessed spaces holding the rear license plates, or appear with reduced or custom dimensions where no proper alcoves exist, as commonly practiced on the front fenders and fairings of most motorcycles and the front of sports cars.

A compact version of Arial Bold is currently the typeface preferred by the Road Transport Department and is thus the most commonly used, but other easy-to-read typefaces are generally acceptable. Common alternative choices include Charles Wright, which has been used on Singaporean, Hong Kongese, and British plates, and FE-Schrift, which is used on German plates and is thus popular among Malaysian owners of cars with European marques, especially German models. More obscure custom typefaces have also been known to be used primarily on grey import vehicles and aftermarket license plates.

Early Malaysian number plates were made of pressed metal, but were largely superseded by plastic plates since the 1970s, with characters either printed on or molded in plastic pieces.

Standard Number Plate in Semenanjung Malaysia

Peninsular Malaysia

With the exception of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Langkawi plates, and taxis, vehicle dealers and diplomats, all Peninsular Malaysian number plates for private and commercial tyre motor vehicles with the exceptions of those used by taxis, vehicle dealers and diplomats follow a SXX #### algorithm.

S - The state or territory prefix. (e.g. : W = Kuala Lumpur, A = Perak, B = Selangor, P = Penang)
X - The alphabetical sequences. (e.g. : A, B, C ... X, Y)
# - The number sequence. (e.g. : 1, 2, 3 ... 9998, 9999)

The exceptions in the algorithm are as follows:
  • There can be no leading zeroes in the number sequence.
  • The letters I and O are omitted from the alphabetical sequences due to their similarities with the numbers 1 and 0.
  • The letters Z is omitted and reserved for use on Malaysian military vehicles.
The algorithm started with a state prefix and a number sequence which ranged from 1 to 9999. For example, P 1 would be the first registration plate of Penang. Once P 9999 was achieved, an alphabetical sequence was added to the right of the state prefix; PA 1 was the result. When PA 9999 was reached, the number sequence was reset and the alphabetical sequence progressed; PB 1 being the outcome. After PY 9999 was achieved, a second alphabetical sequence was added to the right of the first alphabetical sequence; PAA 1 being the outcome. When PAY 9999 was reached, the second alphabetical sequence was reset and the first alphabetical sequence progressed; resuming at PBA 1.

Registration Plates of Peninsular Malaysia.

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WP Putrajaya (initially with KL)

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Pulau Pinang

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WP Kuala Lumpur (second series with effective from 2016)

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WP Kuala Lumpur (closed in 2016)


As the most registered number plate series in the country, the W series' traditional 7-character format became the first in Peninsular Malaysia to be exhausted when WYY 9999 was reached on 26 September 2013. To allow further W plates, the algorithm was altered to feature an alphabetical suffix behind the number sequence, resetting at W 1 A.[5] When W 9999 Y is achieved, the second alphabetical sequence will re-emerge between the state prefix and number sequence, leading to WA 1 A. When WA 9999 Y is met, the first alphabetical sequence will reset and the second alphabetical sequence will advance, giving WB 1 A. When WY 9999 Y is reached, a third new alphabetical sequence will be spliced into the algorithm, between the second alphabetical sequence and number sequence, resulting in WAA 1 A. The series will end when WYY 9999 Y is reached.[5] The new format would theoretically allow a vastly larger number of registered plates, better addressing the risk of exhaustion of numbers, but is also subject of conflicts with a certain series of Singaporean license plates (see Malaysian vehicles in Singapore)

WA XXXX A format are very popular in Johor especially Johor Bahru due to similarity to Singaporean Engineering vehicles registration series.

Plate No. V

On 18 May 2016, less than three years into the implementation of the extended W series, the Transport Ministry, on the request of the Road Transport Department, announced the tentative retirement of the W series in place of a new V series that would revert to the regular SXX #### format. The decision was made in response to massive declines in bidding for extended W series plates especially motorcycles (Selangor B registration gaining traction for motorcycles) as the public was gauged to favour a SXX #### format over Kuala Lumpur's SXX #### X format. The V series has launched on 1 October 2016 after completion of WD 9999 F and the extended W series will be decommissioned. Since V series introduced, Bidding price increased significantly and lots of motorcycles are registered on V instead of B.

Plate No. KV 

Vehicles in Langkawi, a Kedahan resort archipelago, are issued KV series plates after the islands achieved duty-free status. The algorithm for Langkawi is KV #### X, where KV is the territory prefix with # and x denoting the number and alphabetical sequences respectively. Prior to the KV series, Langkawi-registered vehicles were issued with K series plates as is with the rest of Kedah.

Restriction of the Usage of Q or S Suffix

A quirk of both the KV series and present Sabahan plate format is the restriction of the use of Q or S as the suffix, justified by possible conflicts with specific older East Malaysian number plates ending with Q or S, specifically the Sarawakian XX #### Q format used between 1988 and 1991, and Sabah's early post-independence X #### S format; measures, however, have been taken to restrict the use of the old Sabahan format to accommodate the W series' use of disused Sabah x #### S numbers. Similar restrictions may be applied for future extended plates for the Johor, Selangor, Kedah and Malacca series due to overlaps with plate formats for Kota Kinabalu (J #### S), Betong/Sri Aman (B #### Q), Kuching (K #### Q), Miri (M #### Q) and Beaufort (B #### S).

Putrajaya F Series

Following the founding of Putrajaya in 1995, vehicle license numbers registered in the territory, in a fashion similar to commemorative vanity plates, originally had their territorial prefix incorporating the name of the territory stylised in oblique Calisto followed by a number sequence of up to four digits (Putrajaya xxxx. The Putrajaya format did not incorporate additional identifiers beyond the four-digit number, limiting the number of available plates for the original Putrajaya series to 9,999 vehicles.

In response to the restrictive format the Road Transport Department began to issue F prefix plates (denoting "Federal") for new Putrajaya-registered plates effective June 1, 2016.[4]

History of Peninsular Malaysian Registration Numbers

The registration plate system in Malaysia traces back to the introduction of motor vehicles in the early-1900s in colonial British Malaya, with the introduction by respectable state governments of a basic S #### format, where S prefix is the state identifier. Because the S #### format were not expected to be exhausted for a considerable time, state identifiers were allowed to be represented by one or two letters.

Straits Settlements

Registration plates of Straits Settlements before 1948Number plates for the Straits Settlements began to be issued in the early-1900s. With the exception of several format changes in intermediate periods, most of the Straits Settlements state identifiers continue to be used by the territories they were originally assigned to.

The Straits Settlement of Malacca was assigned with the M state identifier, which has continuously been issued to vehicles registered in the state since its introduction over a century ago. The Straits Settlement of Penang originally had two plate series, P and W, which were assigned respectively to Penang island and the mainland territory of Province Wellesley. The Province Wellesley W series was discontinued in 1957 as P plates would be issued for both territories henceforth.

The S series was assigned to the Straits Settlement of Singapore, which continuously used the basic S #### format for several decades until the format was nearly exhausted and subsequently expanded to SX #### after rationalisation in 1948. Following Singapore's expulsion from Malaysia in 1965, the S series is no longer administered by the Malaysian Road Transport Department, and fell under the responsibility of the State of Singapore Registry of Vehicles and its successor, the Land Transport Authority; vehicles with Singaporean S plates that were under Malaysian ownership were reissued with corresponding Malaysian number plates. In the years following expulsion, the Singaporean number plate system evolved independently with changing prefix systems since 1972, culminating to the reintroduction of the S series for private cars in 1984, the inclusion of a fourth checksum letter, and varied colour schemes for different classes of vehicles.

The L series began to be issued to Labuan in 1906, a then-independent island outpost off the coast of British North Borneo under the British North Borneo Company that would later become part of the Straits Settlement in the following year. The L plate was discontinued in 1963 after the island (now part of North Borneo/Sabah) was reformatted in accordance to North Bornean/Sabahan conventions, and would remain unused until after Labuan's status as a Federal Territory in 1984, when the L series was reinstated for the island.

Federated and Unfederated Malay States

Registration plates of the FMS and UMS before 1948Due to the initial simplicity of the S #### format, plates in the Federated Malay States (FMS) (Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang) and Unfederated Malay States (UMS) (Johore, Trengganu, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis) originally follow distinct series of state identifiers which may use one or two letters (i.e. SL and KN for early plates in Selangor and Kelantan, respectively).

In conjunction with the formation of the Federation of Malaya, rationalisation of Malayan state identifiers was conducted in 1948 to simplify all FMS and two-letter UMS prefixes into single letters. In addition, the Pahang plate, which originally assumed the P prefix and was allowed to conflict with the Penang plates for decades, was finally reassigned with a unique letter. Like the pre-1932 number plate designs in the United Kingdom, the order of the new prefixes also denoted the order of population size of the FMS states at the time, with Perak's A series representative of its then larger population ahead of Selangor (B) and Pahang (C). To prevent future conflicts with plates with the SX #### format, pre-1948 plates with two-letter state identifiers were subsequently required to be replaced with plates using replacement one-letter identifiers (i.e. PK 1234 to A 1234 and JB 1234 to J 1234), leading to the extinction of the use of double-letter state identifiers in Malaya; a similar change was imposed on pre-1948 Pahang plates. Remaining single-lettered UMS and Straits Settlement identifiers were not subjected to the 1948 change.

Post-1948Following the rationalisation of prefixes in 1948, new plates registered in Malaya (and then Peninsular Malaysia) bear a SX #### format, which was sufficient for use through the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1970s and 1980s, the SX #### format began to reach its limit in states with higher numbers of new vehicle registrations, leading to an inclusion of a third identifying letter,the new SXX #### format. Selangor becomes the first state in Peninsular Malaysia to adopt the new format in 1971, followed by Johore in 1978, Kuala Lumpur in 1980, Perak and Penang in 1981, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan in 1988, Kedah in 1991, Malacca in 1993, Kelantan in 1995,and Terengganu in 2000. Perlis remains the only Peninsular state which has not exhausted its original Sx #### series.

In 1974, W series plates began to be reissued for cars registered in the newly ceded Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. To prevent conflicts with pre-1957 Province Wellesley plates, the Kuala Lumpur series started at WA 1 as the Province Wellesley series never exhausted the W 1-to-W 9999 range. As Kuala Lumpur was previously the capital of Selangor, vehicles registered there before 1974 are permitted to continue carrying the B series plates.

Being in the economic heart of post-war Malaya and early Malaysia, Selangor's B series was historically the most commonly registered series in the country for decades before it was surpassed by Kuala Lumpur's W series in the mid-1990s (caused by majority motor vehicle dealer's registering new vehicles at Wangsa Maju RTD/JPJ) and the Johor's J series in 2005 (Caused by massive Malaysians finding employment in Singapore and commuting between Malaysia and Singapore by motorcycle mostly registered in Johor).

The V series plate of Kuala Lumpur,which replaces its predecessor W plates in October 2016,will become most recent registration plates to reach SXX #### format somewhere in 2017,seventeen years after Terengganu lastly reached this format in 2000.

The vast majority of vehicles sold in Malaysia are now registered in the Peninsular. At the end of 2012, a total of 22,702,221 vehicles, including motorcycles, have been registered with the Malaysian Road Transport Department. Of that figure, 5,320,562 vehicles have been registered in Kuala Lumpur alone, with 3,332,767 units being privately registered, four-wheeled vehicles such as MPVs, SUVs, pick-ups and passenger cars. Additionally, a further 1,312,016, 1,226,223 and 1,052,353 four-wheeled vehicles have been privately registered in Johor, Penang and Selangor respectively.[6] Collectively, the four states account for 8,911,154 privately registered, four-wheeled vehicles in Malaysia by the end of 2012. In comparison, 1,465,078 and 1,026,867 vehicles, including non-privately-registered and non-four-wheeled vehicles, have been registered in Sarawak and Sabah respectively.

Booked prefixes/highest-bidding plates

Unique prefixes of plates such as repeated letter (XXX) become the most bidded issued plates, started with BBB issued in 1978, AAA in 1981, JJJ in 2005, CCC in 2007, and WWW in 2012; DDD will be issued somewhere in 2017 and RR will be issued some around in 2018. The most expensive plates as of 2016 is "F 1" which bid at RM836,660, "W 1 N" (similar to "Win") at RM748,000 in 2014 and "WWW 1" at RM520,000 in 2012,both owned by Sultan of Johor which is previously bid the "JJJ 1" plate at RM165,000.

In November 2014, plate prefix "BMW" series issued and open for bidding which very popular among BMW owners. "BMW 1" and "BMW 2" were reserved for Selangor Royal Family. "BMW 6" owned by national badminton player Lee Chong Wei.

In February 2015, plate prefix "RM" issued in Perlis open for bid, which is similar to Malaysian ringgit currency symbol. "RM 1" plate was reserved to Raja Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin when "RM 2" to "RM 7" except "RM 5", which belongs to Tengku Amir Shah, Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Selangor, was reserved to Perlis state EXCO's. "RM" becomes highest-bidding serial plate at more than RM7 million.

In July 2016,plate prefix "F 1" issued in Putrajaya was bid at RM836,660,again by Sultan of Johor.The "F 1" plates,are similar to Formula One acronyms.

Another special prefixes is plates which similar to Malaysia's political party acronyms, such as MCA, PAP, DAP, PAS, PKR and PKM and "MM 1", which belongs to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad. MCM prefix are popular on Malaccan government due to MCM denotes Malacca Chief Minister and acronym of state's official name such as JDT stands for Johor Darul Takzim and KDA stands for Kedah Darul Aman.


Current format: QAA 4530 H

All registration plates of Sarawak for private and commercial motorised vehicles with the exceptions of those used by taxis, vehicle dealers and diplomats follow a QDx #### x algorithm.[2]

Q      The constant prefix for all Sarawakian number plates.
D      The division prefix. (e.g. : A = Kuching, M = Miri)
X      The alphabetical sequences. (e.g. : A, B, C ... X and Y)
#      The number sequence. (e.g. : 1, 2, 3 ... 9998, 9999)

The letters I, O and Z are not used and there are no leading zeroes, as in the case of the Peninsular Malaysian number plates. The current algorithm for the majority of Sarawak's divisions start with the constant Q prefix, followed by the division prefix and the number sequence. An example would be QA 1 of Kuching Division, which was issued in 2004. Once QA 9999 was reached, an alphabetical sequence was added to the right of the division prefix; QAA 1 was the result. When QAY 9999 was achieved in late 2011, a second alphabetical sequence was incorporated and served as the suffix; the result was QAA 1 A. When QAA 9999 Y is met in the near future, the second alphabetical sequence will be reset and the first alphabetical sequence will advance; QAB 1 A will be the outcome.

Since 2011, several more divisions have exhausted their respective QDx #### formats. In July 2013, Sibu and Mukah Divisions began issuing QS #### x plates after QSY 9999 was reached. This is followed by Miri Division, which began using the QM #### x format since 20 August 2015, after QMY 9999 was reached. Since 19th May 2016, Deputy Minister of Transport introduced V for Kuala Lumpur, There is a possibility for Kuching, Sibu and Miri division current algorithm number plates will to be replaced by reintroduced unused letters to ensure suffix-less number plate is used.

Sarawak registration plates especially QAA, QS and QM are commonly seen and very popular in Johor especially Johor Bahru due to similarity to Singaporean QX and QY registration series.

Registration Plates of Sarawak

QA    Kuching
QK    Kuching                      
QB    Sri Aman and Betong           
QC    Samarahan            
QL     Limbang  
QM    Miri 
QP    Kapit
QR    Sarikei
QS    Sibu and Mukah
QT     Bintulu

The government of Sarawak equip their vehicles with the unique QSG prefix.

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History of Sarawakian registration numbers

Pre-1991Before the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, the Sarawak's vehicle number plates were originally distinguished only by NDX (N = Number, D = Division, X = Alphabet) prefixes which represented the then five Administrative Divisions in Sarawak, followed by a number sequence which ranged from 1 to 9999; an example would be 1DX #### for the 1st Division, present-day Kuching Division.

Registration plates of Sarawak (Pre-1980s). During the 1970s, Sarikei Division and Kapit Division were formed and split from the 3rd Division to become the 6th and 7th Divisions, and were therefore assigned the 6D and 7D prefixes respectively. By the 1980s, the original 1D and 5D prefixes had been gradually exhausted with the passing of time and were eventually replaced by single-lettered prefixes similar to that of Peninsular Malaysia. The 6D and 7D prefixes continued to be used well into 1991.

Registration plates of Sarawak (Post-1980 –1991). However, the Sarawakian number plates prefixes conflicted with that of several states in Peninsular Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. For example, the K prefix for Kuching Division in Sarawak conflicted with the K prefix for Kedah in Peninsular Malaysia and Kuala Belait in Brunei. In response, the Malaysian Road Transport Department amended vehicle registration plate regulations in 1988 by introducing a constant suffix Q for all Sarawakian number plates; an example would be KX #### Q for Kuching Division.

Post-1991In 1991, a new format was adopted in which the suffix Q was moved to the front of the sequence in all Sarawakian number plates. The result is QK 1 which extended to QKY 9999. When the change took place, the SG prefix for Sarawakian government vehicles had been exhausted and an x was later placed in front of the Q suffix, resulting in a format that read SG #### XQ. Kuching Division registration plates were the most numerous in Sarawak and the KT #### Q series was issued halfway when the new QK prefix was enforced. The QA prefix later replaced the QK prefix for Kuching Division.


Current format: SAB 9402 K

A Sabahan number plateAll registration plates of Sabah (except Labuan) for private and commercial motorised vehicles with the exceptions of those used by taxis, vehicle dealers and diplomats follow a SDX #### X algorithm.

S    The constant prefix for all Sabahan number plates.
D   The division prefix. (e.g. : A = West Coast, T = Tawau)
X   The alphabetical sequences. (e.g. : A, B, C ... X, Y, except Q & S are restricted for use)
#   The number sequence. (e.g. : 1, 2, 3 ... 9998, 9999)

Letters I, O, and Z are not used and there are no leading zeroes, as in the case of the Peninsular Malaysian number plates. Q and S are restricted from being used in the suffix to minimise confusion with the Sarawak's 1988–1991 Sibu SX #### Q series, and Sabah's early post-independence X #### S format.

The current algorithm for the majority of Sabah's divisions start with the constant S prefix, followed by the division prefix and the number sequence. An example would be SA 1 of West Coast Division. Once SA 9999 was reached, an alphabetical sequence was added and served as the suffix; SA 1 A was the result. When SA 9999 Y was achieved, a second alphabetical sequence was placed to the right of the division prefix and the first alphabetical sequence was reset; the result was SAA 1 A.When SAA 9999 Y was met, the second alphabetical sequences,SAB 1 A was the outcome.

Despite measures to minimise conflicts with similar number plate formats, a number of vehicles in Sabah will bear exactly the same number plates to a number of private vehicles registered in Singapore due to the complicated history of its plate's algorithm and arrangement of the characters. In Singapore, letter Z are allowed to use and different colours are issued such as OPC number plate (white on red background), whereas Z are reserved for military vehicles in Malaysia. With the allow the usage of letter Z for Singapore number plates (suffix F, N, Q, V and W not used on Singapore number plates), only cars in Singapore bears S and OPC scheme number plate which bears white on red background plates, it minimises the confusion of Sabah and Singapore number plates.

Sabah registration plates are very popular and commonly seen in Johor especially Johor Bahru due the similarity to Singaporean private vehicle registration plates.

On May 19th 2016, Deputy Minister of Transport introduced V prefix for Kuala Lumpur, there is a possibility that current Sabah format will be replaced by a new prefix to ensure that current Sabah number plates bears no suffix compared to current format. 

Historically Sabah used E series which the E series bears no suffix, which is similar to number plate algorithm in Peninsular Malaysia.

Registration plates of Sabah

SA      Pantai Barat

SAA   Pantai Barat
SAB   Pantai Barat
SAC   Pantai Barat          
SB      Beaufort               
SD      Lahad Datu              
SG     Sabah Government  
SK      Kudat
SL      Labuan (replaced)  
SS     Sandakan
ST     Tawau
SU     Keningau

The West Coast Division encompasses the densely populated cities of Kota Kinabalu and Penampang. The SA series has thus become the most numerous number plate prefix in the state of Sabah. It is also the only Sabahan prefix to have two alphabetical sequences.

WP Labuan. Labuan, a Federal Territory based on a former Sabahan territory, uses a standard L series based on the Peninsular Malaysian algorithm, unlike the other Sabahan divisions. Eg: LE 2861

History of Sabahan Registration Numbers

Pre-1980sHistorically, number plate formats for Sabah, then known as North Borneo prior to the formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963, were similarly revised multiple instances. During Chartered Company rule North Borneo number plates followed a similar format to that of Malaya, but were defined by its own set of regional prefixes based on capitals of the state's then current divisions. However, the old algorithm was quickly exhausted as only combinations such as D #### were possible. Following World War II and declaration of North Borneo as a British Crown Colony, an E was added into the registration number prefix, with new registration numbers issued as ED ####. Eg: EJ 1659 and T 1659 S.

After North Borneo's independence from British rule and entry into the Malaysian federation, the E prefix was replaced by an S suffix, altering the format to D #### S, likely as a response to avoid conflicts with the Singaporean E to EZ series used between 1972 and 1984; the S suffix was also added to avoid further conflicts with Peninsular Malaysian formats. The Jesselton (J) division prefix was dropped in favour of an A prefix representing the West Coast Division following Jesselton's renaming to Kota Kinabalu in 1967.

Labuan, which was part of the Straits Settlements and had its own L series plates, fell under the jurisdiction of North Borneo and its vehicle plate reformatted after 1946 in line with the state's number plate formats (EL #### and L #### S).

Despite their obsolescence, delisted ED #### and D #### S numbers, including those using the J division prefix, may still be registered for new vehicles,[8][9] as it does not conflict with current number plate formats in the rest of Malaysia or Singapore.

Post-1980sFrom the early 1980s, new Sabahan vehicle number plates were issued in the current SDX #### S format.

Following the format change, Labuan plates were issued with the SLX #### S format until a format similar to its original Straits Settlements format, LX ####, was reinstated in the mid-1990s following Labuan's separation from the state in 1984 as an independent Federal Territory.

Specialised Plates

Taxi: HWE 1026

A Kuala Lumpur-registered "HW" taxi number plateMalaysian taxicab number plates follow a HSx #### algorithm.[10] While based on the Peninsular Malaysian registration plates, taxi plates usually incorporate a constant H (Hire) prefix and have inverted colours (black characters on white background) for distinction purposes.[1]

H   The constant prefix for all taxi number plates.
S   The state or territory prefix. (e.g. : W = Kuala Lumpur, P = Penang)
x    The alphabetical sequence. (e.g. : A, B, C ... X, Y)
#    The number sequence. (e.g. : 1, 2, 3 ... 9998, 9999)

Registration plates of Malaysian Taxis (post-1980s)

HA       Perak    
HB       Selangor           
HC       Pahang 
HD       Kelantan          
HE       Sabah (replaced)           
HJ       Johor    
HK       Kedah   
HL       Labuan  
HM      Melaka
HN       Negeri Sembilan
HP       Penang
HQ      Sarawak
HR      Perlis
HS      Sabah
HT      Terengganu
HW     Kuala Lumpur

The Kuala Lumpur HW is thus far the most widely issued of all the taxi prefixes, followed by Selangor's HB and Johor's HJ prefixes respectively. Some taxis in Shah Alam use the HB #### SA format number plate.

LIMO 1130 W. The LIMO #### S format was introduced for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) limousines following the opening of the airport in 1998. The LIMO prefix is a constant and is followed by the number and state prefixes, such as LIMO 4430 W and LIMO 3864 B. The service of the KLIA airport limousines largely cater to demand in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Thus, only the B or W state prefixes are used.

History of Malaysian Taxi Registration Numbers

Pre-1980s taxi number plates shared the format used for private vehicles based on the state of origin, but with the inversion of colours (black characters on white background). The number plate was also complemented by a Kereta Sewa (English: Rental Car) tag on the roof of taxis.

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This old format is widely used on rural taxis in less developed states such as Kelantan and Pahang, but has been widely replaced by the new HSX #### format in the highly developed states, namely Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Penang. However, taxi owners may still choose to opt for either the pre-1980s or post-1980s number plates as both are considered legal and valid. By the end of 2012, there were 39,384 taxis registered in Kuala Lumpur.[6] A further 12,392 and 11,581 taxis were registered in Johor and Selangor respectively.

Foreign Missions

Diplomatic Corps

A Malaysian plate for a Yemenese diplomatic vehicle: 39-08-DC

The registration plates of diplomatic corps in Malaysia are very distinct from other number plate formats in the country. They follow a 1C-2C-DC format and have either white characters on a red background or white characters on a black background.[13] Furthermore, leading zeroes are used in addition to hyphens between the characters.

1C - The first code denotes the nationality. (see list below)
2C - The second code denotes a rank. (e.g. : 01 = Head of Mission's Official Car, 52 = Attaché)
DC - The constant suffix which denotes Diplomatic Corps.
[show]List of country codes on Malaysian diplomatic vehicle registration plates

Consular Corps: 49-02-CC

The registration plates of consular corps in Malaysia complement the number plates of the diplomatic corps. They follow a 1C-2C-CC format and have white characters on a black background. Leading zeroes and hyphens are also used.

1C - The first code denotes the nationality. (e.g. : 15 = Australia, 23 = Netherlands)
2C - The second code which is dependent on a Malaysian state and denotes a rank. (e.g. : 01 = Head of Consular Mission in Kuala Lumpur, 02 = Head of Consular Mission in Penang)
CC - The constant suffix which denotes Consular Corps.

United Nations

Registeration No: 10-01-UN

Registration plates for vehicles registered under the United Nations (UN) in Malaysia use a 1C-2C-UN format. These plates are issued with white characters on a black background or white characters on a red background.

1C    The second code denotes an organisation within the UN. 
        (e.g. : 10 = United Nations Development Programme, 11 = World Health Organization)
2C    The first code denotes a rank. (e.g. : 01 = Head of United Nations Office Official Car, 04 = Head of 
         United Nations Office Personal Car)
UN    The constant suffix which denotes United Nations.

Other international organisations. 10-04-PA

A PA suffix is used for vehicles registered under other international organisations in Malaysia. They follow a similar format to that used for the diplomatic corps.


Eg: C 5010

For all motorised Malaysian Armed Forces vehicles (including tracked vehicles and various armoured vehicles), number plates numbers with the Z prefix are utillised. Issued in a ZX #### format with white characters on a black background, there are no leading zeroes, and the letters I and O are not used.

Z - The constant prefix for all Malaysian Armed Forces vehicles.
X - The branch prefix. 
      ZD    Malaysian Army
      ZL    Royal Malaysian Navy 
      ZU   Royal Malaysian Air Force)
      ZZ    MAF HQ
# - The number sequence. (e.g. : 1, 2, 3 ... 9998, 9999)

History of Malayan military registration numbers

Eg: 05 ZF 45, 26Z B92 and  Z 5403

The Z #### format is preceded by a ## ZX ## format introduced during large-scale procurement of road vehicles and armored cars for Commonwealth Armed Forces at the height of the Malayan Emergency, and derived from the registration plate format for British armed forces vehicles circa the late-1940s and 1950s.

Similar to its British counterpart, the ## ZX ## format was entirely incremental, except the Z designation indigenous to the region. For example, the series began from 00 ZA 01 to 00 ZA 99 before resuming at 01 ZA 00; when 99 ZA 99 was reached, the secondary letter incrementally progressed to 00 ZB 01 (skipping 00 Zx 00), restarting the cycle of numbers. The format may also be bisected in the middle to read as ##Z X##, as commonly depicted on Emergency-era Daimler Scout Cars; it may also be arranged vertically in parts of two if there is little horizontal space, such as on early Land Rovers. Some vehicles used during the Emergency were also registered under the British ## xx ## convention without a Z designation (most commonly the ## BX ## range) as the vehicles were originally registered for Britain.

By 1957, the ## ZX ## and ## XX ## formats are rendered obsolete following the introduction of the Z #### format under a new round of rationalisation. The old formats lingered well into the 1960s on a fraction of Emergency-era vehicles handed down to Malaya.


The Sultans of Malaysia, Rulers of States and their immediate royalty use unique registration plates. Most of these official number plates have a yellow background and bear the official title or crest of the owners, such as "Tengku Mahkota Johor" of the Regent of Johore.

Trade Plates

Malaysian trade plates, or temporary number plates, are carried by unregistered vehicles or vehicles without proper documents, such as road tax and insurance, and are largely used by authorised vehicle dealers in the country. Although most Peninsular Malaysian trade plates consistently follow a S #### x format and a white-on-blue colour scheme with leading zeroes for below 100th digits, trade plates in Sarawak similar to normal number plate with white character and red background[citation needed], similar to Singapore OPC plates, whereas those of Sabah follow a ### D prefix and feature red characters on a white background, similar to UK trader's plate. Until September 2013, Kuala Lumpur trade plates followed the usual W #### x format; with the launch of the extended W series that is completely identical in character format, the trade plate format was altered to W/TP #### and W/TS #### for motorcycles. Motorcycles bears trade plate with S suffix, other type of vehicles than motorcycles bears an A suffix for the S #### x format.

The majority of trade plates are made from pressed alloy, but plastic ones are also commonly used to prevent scratches (usually in black background, technically it is illegal to use plastic trade plate).

Trade plates of Malaysia

Trailer plates: T/BD 6125

Articulated lorries or semi-trailers feature two number plates placed at the rear of the trailer.[19] One is designated for the tractor unit, and another for the trailer it pulls. The tractor unit's license number follows standard conventions for motorised vehicles, while the trailer's own number plate uses a T/SX #### format, with the T/ prefix is a constant for all Malaysian trailers. Both plates have white characters on a black background.

The State of Sabah didn't issued trailer plates for trailers (T/S ####) instead trailers in Sabah were issued standard registration plates SAA #### A.

Commemorative Plates

PROTON 2020A limited number of commemorative vanity plates, or plates with distinctive prefixes are made available by the Malaysian Road Transport Department at a higher cost. These special plates may be used to denote the manufacturer of the car, such as the Proton prefix for Proton cars or special events, such as the SUKOM prefix for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

It was noted that G1M number plates were often abused on luxury vehicles to evade motor vehicle import, excise and sales duty in mainland because G1M series could be registered in Langkawi and Labuan, both islands having duty-free status (motor vehicles registered in both islands are exempted from mainland motor vehicle duties). As a result, numbers under the IM4U series are not allowed to be registered in Langkawi and Labuan.

International Plates

To and From Thailand

Due to the language barrier that arises from the use of Thai and Romanised scripts for vehicle plates registered in Thailand and Malaysia, respectively, road vehicles crossing the Malaysia–Thailand border are typically required to bear stickers in the front and back that translate the characters of the plates into those understandable in the country of entry.

Although this is not a mandatory requirement under the ASEAN Accord for vehicles having Romanised plates, some Malaysian vehicles traveling beyond 50 kilometres of the Malaysia–Thailand border may bear permanent stickers that translate Romanised letters of the Malaysian number plates into Thai, but are otherwise identical in both the use of numerical characters and colour schemes; however, a note to indicate *(STATE)*MALAYSIA* under the vehicle registration is obligatory. The stickers do not have to be removed upon re-entry into Malaysia. Entering heavy goods vehicles from Malaysia are also required to bear a separate Thai Trade Registration Number with yellow plates denoted by the 70-xxxx or 7x-xxxx series.

Entering Thai-registered vehicles, which use the Thai script for series letters and the province of registration on their number plates, are required to bear strips on the front and back that translate the plate information into a row of Romanised script (including the corresponding series prefix and 4-digit number, and the province in its official 3-letter abbreviation), resulting in a format that reads as AB 1234 PTN or 1AB 1234 BKK. Although the general practice is to use white characters on black, stickers with colour schemes that resemble their original plate colours may also be acceptable; stickers that emulate the layout and colour of the Thai plates have also been known to be used.

To and From Singapore

Malaysia-registered private vehicles are typically permitted to enter Singapore with few restrictions due to minimal license plate conflicts with Singaporean license plates as a result of their common lineage, with some exceptions from vehicles originating in East Malaysia. However, Kuala Lumpur's 2013 - 2016 extended W series plates had notably conflicted with the Singapore's W series for engineering plant vehicles and British-sourced 4×4s, Q series for government vehicles, S series for Singapore private vehicles and as such Malaysian vehicles registered in this W, Q and S series may be required to be further identified by their country of origin.

Both the tractor and trailer of Malaysian semi-trucks are fitted with the "Hazardous Cargo" registrations plates upon entry into Singapore. The same characters of the Malaysian number plates are used, with the only visible changes being the standardised fonts which reflect that of Singapore's and the colour code, which features black characters on an orange background. The "Hazardous Cargo" number plates subject Malaysian semi-trailers to the same laws followed by Singaporean ones.

Buses belonging to Singapore operators that run the cross-border services exclusively have additional brake lights installed and stickers displaying the tax scheme, vehicle specifications, company address, speed limits and SPAD/LPKP hotlines so as to meet the Malaysian regulations. Other Singapore vehicles travelling to Malaysia for holidays/shopping/dining and several business functions have to register the vehicles through the Road Transport Department and will be given RFID tags, which is only done at their land checkpoints. Those who have different set of plates, having difficulties to read or using the illegal font (FE-Schrift) will not be allowed through.

International "oval" number plate

Vehicles with Malaysian registration plates intended to be driven in countries beyond neighbouring countries are often required to carry an oval international number plate or sticker denoting the vehicle's country of registration on the rear of the vehicle. The current code for Malaysian international plates, introduced in 1967, is MAL.

Historically, a considerable number of codes were needed to represent the separate Malayan states that would later form Malaysia, undergoing various code changes since the first issue in 1932.


Plat lesen kenderaan di Malaysia bermula dengan huruf tertentu mengikut negeri/fungsi.

A = Perak
B = Selangor
C = Pahang
D = Kelantan
E = Sabah (sebelum tahun 1980-an)
EJ: Jesselton (sekarang Kota Kinabalu, sejak 1968)
ES: Sandakan
ET: Tawau
ED: Lahad Datu
EU: Keningau
EK: Kudat
EL: Labuan
F = Putrajaya (mulai Jun 2016)
G = Gagasan 1Malaysia
H = Teksi (diikuti dengan huruf negeri)
HA : Perak
HB : Selangor
HC : Pahang
HD : Kelantan
HJ : Johor
HK : Kedah
HL : Labuan
HM : Melaka
HN : Negeri Sembilan
HP : Pulau Pinang
HQ : Sarawak
HS : Sabah
HT : Terengganu
HW : Kuala Lumpur
J = Johor
K = Kedah
KV = Langkawi
L = Labuan
M = Melaka
N = Negeri Sembilan
P = Pulau Pinang
Q = Sarawak
QA dan QK: Kuching
QB: Sri Aman
QC: Samarahan
QL: Limbang
QM: Miri
QP: Kapit
QR: Sarikei
QS: Sibu
QT: Bintulu
R = Perlis
S = Sabah (ditukar daripada E)
SA, SAB & SAC: Kota Kinabalu
SB: Beaufort
SD: Lahad Datu
SK: Kudat
SS: Sandakan
ST: Tawau
SU: Keningau
T = Terengganu
V = Kuala Lumpur (siri kedua; mulai Julai 2016)
W = Kuala Lumpur (siri pertama ditamatkan Jul 2016)
Z = Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM)
Z: Panglima Angkatan Tentera, (Pemerintah Tertinggi ATM)
ZA - ZD: Tentera Darat Malaysia (TDM)
ZL: Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM)
ZU: Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM)
ZZ: Kegunaan staf Kementerian Pertahanan Malaysia
JZ & JMF: Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor (JMF)

Special Plate Numbers

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Putrajaya Hanya dikeluarkan semasa Putrajaya dibuka

PROTON : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta PROTON tertentu
Tiara : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta Proton Tiara
Perdana : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta Proton Perdana
Satria : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta Proton Satria
Chancellor : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta Proton Chancellor
Waja : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta Proton Waja
PERODUA : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta PERODUA tertentu
NAZA : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta NAZA tertentu
LOTUS : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta LOTUS tertentu
Kriss : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk motosikal Modenas Kriss
Jaguh : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk motosikal Modenas Jaguh

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BAMBee Hanya dikeluarkan semasa Piala Thomas dan Uber 2000 yang diadakan 
di Kuala Lumpur

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SUKOM : Hanya dikeluarkan semasa Sukan Komanwel 1998 yang diadakan 
di Kuala Lumpur

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X OIC : Hanya dikeluarkan semasa Sidang Kemuncak OIC 2003 yang diadakan 
di Kuala Lumpur
XIII NAM : Hanya dikeluarkan semasa Sidang Kemuncak NAM 2003 yang diadakan di Kuala Lumpur

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XI ASEAN : Hanya dikeluarkan semasa Sidang Kemuncak ASEAN 2005 
yang diadakan di Kuala Lumpur

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XXX IDB : Hanya dikeluarkan kepada peserta atau ahli Persidangan 
Bank Pembangunan Islam

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G1M : Hanya ditawarkan oleh Kelab Eksplorasi 7 Benua Malaysia

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1M4U Hanya dikeluarkan sempena Pelancaran Kempen 1 Malaysia for Youth

Patriot : Hanya dikeluarkan kepada ahli sukarelawan Yayasan Patriot Negara Malaysia
TTB : Hanya dikeluarkan sempena Pelancaran Slogan 'Transformasi Terengganu Baharu' yang direka oleh kerajaan negeri Terengganu
GT : Hanya ditawarkan oleh Kelab Eksplorasi 7 Benua Malaysia
Putra : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta Proton Putra
VIP : Hanya dikeluarkan sempena Pelancaran Tahun Melawat Pahang (Visit Pahang) 2017
GP : Hanya dikeluarkan untuk kereta-kereta rasmi Grand Pix di Litar Antarabangsa Sepang
SAS : Hanya dikeluarkan sempena Ulang Tahun Pemerintaha Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Ahmad Shah yang Ke-40.

PERFECT : Hanya dikeluarkan sempena Pelancaran Pengutipan Dana untuk Persatuan Pong Tenis Malaysia

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