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#1 brickyard

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 16:14

Sorry about this, I know it's a bit OT but can someone explain me which is the correct display of the italian register plates.

For instance:

TO.34567F

TO-34567F

TOF 34567

F34567 TO

I've been seeing this three examples on many sources concerning the same car/plate, but I still don't know which one is the right one.

Here in Portugal we have 34-AA-56, (and had AA-34-56 and 34-56-AA in the past) but we know that these are three diferent plates.

thanks

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#2 Mickey

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 16:32

Never mind the dot and the dash: they don't matter.

Let's say you have the plate TO 34567F, which is a pretty old one. 34567F TO indicates the same plate as shown on the front of the car. Generally I think you should just indicate the rear version.

However, this is a completely different plate from TO F34567, because this latter one appeared many years earlier.

The plates in Italy used to be 2 letters for the province (TO = Torino), and 6 digits. Once the six digits ran out inside a province, they started using letters. So at first they ran a letter in front of five digits (F34567), then when those ran out too they moved the letter at the back of the five digits (34567F).

Nowadays the system is much tidier. It doesn't use the 2 letters for the province anymore, but rather uses 2 letters followed by 3 digits followed by 2 more letters.

#3 brickyard

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 19:41

:up:

Thanks Mickey.

#4 gdecarli

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 10:04

Originally posted by Mickey
The plates in Italy used to be 2 letters for the province (TO = Torino), and 6 digits. Once the six digits ran out inside a province, they started using letters. So at first they ran a letter in front of five digits (F34567), then when those ran out too they moved the letter at the back of the five digits (34567F).

Right. In Milan and Rome they run out also second series and they started a third one, with letter in second position (MI 3F4567)

The new system (AA 123 AA) was first used in 1994.

For much more details, see www.targheitaliane.it (Italian and English).

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Guido