For the traveler initially unfamiliar are the license plates on motor homes and camper vehicles starting with numbers that meet us on the roads so far and increasingly in Western Europe which are reflecting the numbers of the provinces of Turkey.
In Turkey, too, the development of camper and tourist tourism abroad is steadily increasing, so it is no wonder that you meet Turkish travelers on the way. Similar to France, the identification letters of the cities and municipalities are not used as prominent first signs, but the numbers of the provinces of Turkey in alphabetical order. So the numbering begins with 01 for the province of Adana, which is located on the Mediterranean Sea. This number 01 can be found in the first position on all vehicle signs that have been approved in the province of Adana. According to the episode in the alphabet of the province Izmir follows at position 35, a license plate starting with 35 indicates the admission in Izmir.
Old provinces give alphabetical order
The alphabetical order of today 81 existing provinces was only interrupted by the fact that there were initially some name changes of provinces, as was exemplified by Urfa (63) in 1984 to Sanliurfa. The numbers of the provinces from 01 - 67 correspond almost completely to the alphabetical order. Just with the new provinces added later the alphabetical order was no longer possible.
Similar to some European countries, there is also a small blue box on the left side on registration plates of a more recent date showing the nationality TR. In addition, there are a variety of special signs, some of which are particularly striking in the tourist strongholds eye. Foreigners who have a right of residence or better a residential permission (Ikamet) in Turkey and register a motor vehicle are given a corresponding license number of the province f.e. 07 for Antalya and in the second position is the identifier MA 1 - 999, MB 1 - 999 to MZ 1 - 999. So it is clear from afar that a vehicle is allowed to a foreigner.
Initial registration of the vehicle can be maintained
Unlike in some European countries, the car can also take its mark when changing ownership into another province. Thus, the buyer of a car registered in Ankara 06 (where almost all vehicles are considerably cheaper than at the coast !! Important for anyone interested in the purchase of a car), his registration without re-registration in Antalya 07, the number plate still remains at 06. If you intend to make such a purchase, you should only clarify with your insurance company whether the premiums for vehicles with registration 07 are just as expensive as if they continue to use 06. As in Europe, urban areas are usually a bit more expensive for tax purposes.
The German TÜV also checks in Turkey
For some years, with at first great reluctance taken up by the population, there is also an offshoot of the German TÜV in Turkey. Significantly, the safety on the streets has increased, but still many vehicle are unsuitable for traveling on the highway. However, the TÜV stamp is usually on the front license plate, which leads to heavy wear of the badge due to the sticking insects. Not a really clever solution.
As in other countries, the owner usually associates a particularly strong sense of attachment with his province number. Turkish footballers often use the number of their province as a jersey back number. A small anecdote on the edge says that the Karsiyaka district of Izmir would have applied for the vehicle number 34 1/2, as they do not want to use the number 35 as Izmir. But the request was not granted!
List of provincial numbers on number plates
Adana 01 Giresun 28 Samsun 55
Adıyaman 02 Gümüşhane 29 Siirt 56
Afyonkarahisar 03 Hakkari 30 Sinop 57
Ağrı 04 Hatay 31 Sivas 58
Amasya 05 Isparta 32 Tekirdağ 59
Ankara 06 Mersin 33 Tokat 60
Antalya 07 İstanbul 34 Trabzon 61
Artvin 08 İzmir 35 Tunceli 62
Aydın 09 Kars 36 Şanlıurfa 63
Balıkesir 10 Kastamonu 37 Uşak 64
Bilecik 11 Kayseri 38 Van 65
BingölÂ 12 Kırklareli 39 Yozgat 66
Bitlis 13 Kırşehir 40 Zonguldak 67
Bolu 14 Kocaeli 41 Aksaray 68
Burdur 15 Konya 42 BayburtÂ 69
Bursa 16 Kütahya 43 Karaman 70
Çanakkale 17 Malatya 44 Kırıkkale 71
Çankırı 18 Manisa 45 Batman 72
Çorum 19 Kahramanmaraş 46 Şırnak 73
Denizli 20 Mardin 47 Bartın 74
Diyarbakır 21 Muğla 48 Ardahan 75
Edirne 22 Muş 49 Iğdır 76
Elazığ 23 Nevşehir 50 Yalova 77
Erzincan 24 Niğde 51 Karabük 78
Erzurum 25 Ordu 52 Kilis 79
Eskişehir 26 Rize 53 Osmaniye 80
Gaziantep 27 Sakarya 54 Düzce 81
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