Irish Number Plate Rules and Regulations

Irish Number Plate Rules and Regulations

Unlike their British counterparts, the Irish number plate system follows different rules and regulations. To make sure your company is compliant, Dash Dynamics offers our guide to the rules and regulations.

Registration Format

The registration format for an Irish number plate includes similar information to that of a British one. A plate includes the year that the vehicle is registered and the county that it is registered in.

The year indicator is placed first. Current number plates utilize a three-digit format where the first two digits indicate the year and the last digit indicates the year half. For example, 131 represents a vehicle registered in the first half of 2013.

Following the year indicator is the county designation. County designations can be either one or two digits long depending on the locale.

CorkC
ClareCE
CavanCN
CarlowCW
DublinD
DonegalDL
GalwayG
KildareKE
KilkennyKK
KerryKY
LimerickL
LongfordLD
LouthLH
LeitrimLM
LaoisLS
MeathMH
MonaghanMN
MayoMO
OffalyOY
RoscommonRN
SligoSO
TipperaryT
WaterfordW
WestmeathWH
WexfordWX
WicklowWW

These marks are separated by hyphens rather than spaces. At the end of the plate is anywhere between one to six digits which are specific to the vehicle in the order that it was registered in.

Additional Plate Marks

In addition to the registration, each number plate must also include Irish and county marks. The Irish mark, which includes a blue background and stars for the European Union, is found on the left-hand side of the plate. It includes the IRL designation for Ireland.

Across the top of the plate is the county identifier. Ireland has twenty-six county identifiers in total, with each identifier appearing on the number plate in the native Gaelic language.

Not all counties are represented by their own designation as some are shared by a common name. For example, Cork designation Corcaigh is shared by both Cork City and Cork County.

CorcaighCork City
Cork County
An ClárClare County
An CabhánCavan County
CeatharlachCarlow County
Baile Átha CliathDublin City
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County
Fingal County
South Dublin County
Dún na nGallDonegal County
GaillimhGalway City
Galway County
Cill DaraKildare County
Cill ChainnighKilkenny County
CiarraíKerry County
LuimneachLimerick City and County
An LongfortLongford County
Lú/LughbhaidhLouth County
LiatroimLeitrim County
LaoisLaois County
An MhíMeath County
MuineachánMonaghan County
Maigh EoMayo County
Uíbh FhailíOffaly County
Ros ComáinRoscommon County
SligeachSligo County
Tiobraid ÁrranTipperary County
Port LáirgeWaterford City and County
An IarmhíWestmeath County
Loch GarmanWexford County
Cill MhantáinWicklow County

Additional Requirements

Unlike British number plates, both the front and back of an Irish number plate utilize white reflective backings. There is also no standardized font for the digits, though the most common is known as Irish Metro font.

Dash Dynamics offers this font in both 3D and 4D formats as well as a number plate jig formatted for Irish plates. To inquire contact us here.