A vehicle registration plate is a metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle for official identification purposes. The registration identifier is a set of numbers and/or letters that uniquely identifies the vehicle within the issuing region's database.
If the vehicle is destroyed or exported to a different country it will require a new registration in the country of import.
All license plates in the European Union follow a standard format – white or yellow plates with black characters. The common design also includes a blue strip on the left side of the plate, with the EU flag along with the country code on it. EU citizens may only register their cars in the country they live in permanently.
They have to submit a number of documents to be able to receive a unique identifier:
- Certificate of conformity (either EU or national one) that shows that a vehicle is compatible with established safety and environmental standards
- Proof of insurance cover
- Proof of ownership (an original invoice)
- Proof of VAT payment
- Proof of roadworthiness
- Payment of road tax/vehicle registration (varies across EU, must be paid in the country of residence regardless of the country of purchase)