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The current vehicle registration plates, which have been used since August 2008, are rectangular in shape and made of aluminum. The top part has the word "Egypt" in English and Arabic in black font on backgrounds of different colors depending on the type of license the vehicle is given. Motorbikes have similar but much smaller plates with light blue (private motorbikes) and dark blue (police motorbikes) the only colors available.
The vehicle registration number consists of two parts:
|Plate code||Governorate Vehicle Registration|
|0000-xxل||Kafr El Sheikh Governorate|
|0000-xxو||Beni Suef Governorate|
|0000-x ص أ||Qena Governorate|
|0000-x ص ق||Luxor Governorate|
|0000-x ص و||Aswan Governorate|
|0000-x ط د||Damietta Governorate|
|0000-x ط ع||Port Said Governorate|
|0000-x ط ص||Ismailia Governorate|
|0000-x ط س||Suez Governorate|
|0000-x ط ر||Red Sea Governorate|
|0000-x ط أ||North Sinai Governorate|
|0000-x ط ج||South Sinai Governorate|
|0000-x ج هـ||Matrouh Governorate|
|0000-x ج ب||New Valley Governorate|
Numbers go from 1 to 9 and are chosen randomly. x is a random letter.
Note : These plate codes do not apply for army, police and diplomatic vehicles.
To reduce the risk of confusion on account of the visual similarity between Arabic letters, only a limited number of letters are used. They and the Latin letters the Egyptian government uses to correspond to them are:
|Arabic letter||Latin letter|
Standard license plates are of 17x35 cm.
The top rectangle in the license plate is color-coded according to the type of vehicle being licensed.
Before the introduction of the new alphanumeric plate system in August 2008, Egyptian vehicle registration numbers were purely numeric, and registered by governorate and registration type. Privately owned vehicles were generally given white plates with black lettering; other vehicles' plates were color-coded, with the entire plate being in the applicable color, as follows:
|Private vehicle, Cairo, early 2000s||Private vehicle, Cairo, 1990s|
|Private vehicle, Cairo, 1980s||Private vehicle, Cairo, 1970s|
Some of these older plates are still in use, but it is the government's intention to replace all the plates with the new color-coded plates within 1 to 2 years.