Called système d'immatriculation des véhicules ("vehicle registration system"), shortened in SIV, the current scheme was adopted in France in 2009 (15 April for new vehicles; 15 October for second-hand ones).
It was inspired by the "AA-111-AA" format that was successfully adopted in Italy in 1994.
The latter makes a reference to the national mining administration, which was responsible for issuing the plates in the early 20th century.Since 1901, various systems have been successively introduced, the most recent dating from 2009.The license plates issued since 2009 use a XX-NNN-ZZ format, composed of a series of 7 alphanumeric characters: 2 letters, 3 numbers, and then 2 letters (e.g. This format is monitored nationwide and car plates are permanent and attached to a single vehicle from its first registration to its disposal.As such, car plates do not need to be changed if the car is sold or if the owner moves to another region within France.
Vehicle registration plates are mandatory number plates used to display the registration mark of a vehicle registered in France. It is compulsory for most motor vehicles used on public roads to display them.
In French, license plates are called plaques d'immatriculation or plaques minéralogiques.