Vehicle registration plates of Thailand

Vehicle registration plates of Thailand

Thailand vehicle license plates ( _th. แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถ or หมายเลขทะเบียนรถ or simply ทะเบียนรถ) are the license plates attached to most motorized road vehicles in Thailand, which are required by law. Thai license plates display the name of the province where it was registered.


Common types

The current Thai vehicle license plate format, used since April 1, 1997 (2540 B.E.) [ [ ดูกระทู้ - หมวดทะเบียนรถ 2 - กระดานข่าวชาวอุบล] th icon ] , have two consonants of the Thai alphabet, 1 to 4 numbers (any from 1 to 9999) and a small display of the Thai name of the province where it was registered at the bottom. (Ex. กค 8 ตาก; กค 88 ตาก; กค 888 ตาก; กค 8888 ตาก).

Some two Thai consonant combinations are not used because they are bad words when spelled. For example, "จน" means poor, "ตด" means flatulence, and "ศพ" means corpse.

This format is used by 8 different types of cars or automobiles which show a difference in plate types.

* Most of 4-doors pickups are include in this type.
** Usually a van with more than seven seats
*** 2-doors pickups with extended cab are include in this type.

Auction plates

There are special plates for auction in Thailand. [ [ Car special registration number Auction in Chonburi. - Pattaya Daily News] ] Special plates are 301 numbers per one initial of the two consonants for 1-7 seat private automobiles. They have black text with graphic design background for its province registered in, in contrast to the white background that typical plates have.


The current style of Thai motorcycle license plate have three lines. The first line has three Thai consonants, the second line has small Thai province name where it was registered, and the third line has 1 to 3 numbers (any from 1 to 999).

Some Thai consonant combinations are not used because they are bad words when spelled.

Trucks and Buses

The current style of Thai bus/truck (most songthaews are include) license plate have two numbers, hyphen, four numbers (0001-9999) and a small Thai province name at bottom.

Military and Police

Military and Police plates also exist. Police plates are in dark red background, with white logo and five digits numbers.

Some police cars are not using police plates, because they are not own by Royal Thai Police but renting for use as police vehicles. [ [ - ในที่สุดก็ย้ายเสรีพิสุทธิ์และสอบสวนกรณีเช่ารถตำรวจตามคาด] th icon]

Embassy and Consulate

Embassy and consulate vehicles have their own licence plate with blue background and white texts.

Royal vehicles

The Royal Family's or Royal household license plate. 3 white letters in Thai script (ร.ย.ล. which stands for รถยนต์หลวง or royal car) and 1-4 white numbers in Thai script on a black plate.

Location prefixes

Thai license plates are use Thai name of province or district which its owner (a person or company) is located or registered.

Northern region

* Chiang Mai Province - เชียงใหม่
* Chiang Rai Province - เชียงราย
* Kamphaeng Phet Province - กำแพงเพชร
* Lampang Province - ลำปาง
* Lamphun Province - ลำพูน
* Mae Hong Son Province - แม่ฮ่องสอน
* Nakhon Sawan Province - นครสวรรค์
* Nan Province - น่าน
* Phayao Province - พะเยา
* Phetchabun Province - เพชรบูรณ์
* Phichit Province - พิจิตร
* Phitsanulok Province - พิษณุโลก
* Phrae Province - แพร่
* Sukhothai Province - สุโขทัย
* Tak Province - ตาก
* Uthai Thani Province - อุทัยธานี
* Uttaradit Province - อุตรดิตถ์

Central region

* Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร
* Ang Thong Province - อ่างทอง
* Chai Nat Province - ชัยนาท
* Kanchanaburi Province - กาญจนบุรี
* Lop Buri Province - ลพบุรี
* Nakhon Nayok Province - นครนายก
* Nakhon Pathom Province - นครปฐม
* Nonthaburi Province - นนทบุรี
* Pathum Thani Province - ปทุมธานี
* Phetchaburi Province - เพชรบุรี
* Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province - พระนครศรีอยุธยา
* Prachuap Khiri Khan Province - ประจวบคีรีขันธ์
* Ratchaburi Province - ราชบุรี
* Samut Prakan Province - สมุทรปราการ
* Samut Sakhon Province - สมุทรสาคร
* Samut Songkhram Province - สมุทรสงคราม
* Saraburi Province - สระบุรี
* Sing Buri Province - สิงห์บุรี
* Suphan Buri Province - สุพรรรบุรี

Northeastern region

* Amnat Charoen Province - อำนาจเจริญ
* Buri Ram Province - บุรีรัมย์
* Chaiyaphum Province - ชัยภูมิ
* Kalasin Province - กาฬสินธุ์
* Khon Kaen Province - ขอนแก่น
* Loei Province - เลย
* Maha Sarakham Province - มหาสารคาม
* Mukdahan Province - มุกดาหาร
* Nakhon Phanom Province - นครพนม
* Nakhon Ratchasima Province - นครราชสีมา
* Nong Bua Lamphu Province - หนองบัวลำภู
* Nong Khai Province - หนองคาย
* Roi Et Province - ร้อยเอ็ด
* Sakon Nakhon Province - สกลนคร
* Si Sa Ket Province - ศรีสะเกษ
* Surin Province - สุรินทร์
* Udon Thani Province - อุดรธานี
* Ubon Ratchathani Province - อุบลราชธานี
* Yasothon Province - ยโสธร

Eastern region

* Chachoengsao Province - ฉะเชิงเทรา
* Chanthaburi Province - จันทบุรี
* Chonburi Province - ชลบุรี
* Prachinburi Province - ปราจีนบุรี
* Rayong Province - ระยอง
* Sa Kaeo Province - สระแก้ว
* Trat Province - ตราด

outhern region

* Betong - เบตง [1]
* Chumphon Province - ชุมพร
* Krabi Province - กระบี่
* Nakhon Si Thammarat Province - นครศรีธรรมราช
* Narathiwat Province - นราธิวาส
* Pattani Province - ปัตตานี
* Phang Nga Province - พังงา
* Phatthalung Province - พัทลุง
* Phuket Province - ภูเก็ต
* Ranong Province - ระนอง
* Satun Province - สตูล
* Songkhla Province - สงขลา
* Surat Thani Province - สุราษฎร์ธานี
* Trang Province - ตรัง
* Yala Province - ยะลา

[1] Note"Betong" in Yala Province is the only district in Thailand where one can register license plates which display "เบตง" on the vehicle registration plates.


External links

* [ License plates on thai cars and motorcycles]

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