All motorized vehicles including motorcycles in Indonesia are required to have registration plates. The plates is required to be displayed in front and at the back of the vehicles. The issuing of the number plates is regulated and administered by the One-stop Administration Services Office (Indonesian: Sistem Administrasi Manunggal Satu Atap) or Samsat, which is a collaboration between Indonesian National Police, Indonesian Provincial Revenue Service, and Jasa Raharja.
Sumatra Car Plate
Huruf Wilayah Gambar Pulau Sumatra BA Sumatra Barat: Kota Padang (BA - A*/B*/O*/Q*/R*), Kabupaten Lima Puluh Kota (BA - C*), Kabupaten Pasaman (BA - D*), Kabupaten Tanah Datar (BA - E*), Kabupaten Padang Pariaman (BA - F*), Kabupaten Pesisir Selatan (BA - G*/Z*), Kabupaten Solok (BA - H*), Kota Sawahlunto (BA - J*), Kabupaten Sijunjung (BA - K*), Kota Bukittinggi (BA - L*), Kota Payakumbuh (BA - M*), Kota Padang Panjang (BA - N*), Kota Solok (BA - P*), Kabupaten Pasaman Barat (BA - S*), Kabupaten Agam (BA - T*), Kabupaten Kepulauan Mentawai (BA - U*), Kabupaten Dharmasraya (BA - V*), Kota Pariaman (BA - W*), Kabupaten Solok Selatan (BA - Y*) BB Sumatra Utara bagian Barat (pesisir Barat): Kota Sibolga (BB - A*/L*/N*), Kabupaten Tapanuli Utara (BB - B*), Kabupaten Samosir (BB - C*), Kabupaten Humbang Hasundutan (BB - D*), Kabupaten Toba (BB - E*), Kota Padang Sidempuan (BB - F*/H*), Kabupaten Tapanuli Selatan (BB - G*), Kabupaten Padang Lawas Utara (BB - J*), Kabupaten Padang Lawas (BB - K*), Kabupaten Tapanuli Tengah (BB - M*), Kabupaten Nias Utara (BB - Q*), Kabupaten Mandailing Natal (BB - R*), Kota Gunungsitoli (BB - T*), Kabupaten Nias Barat (BB - U*), Kabupaten Nias (BB - V*), Kabupaten Nias Selatan (BB - W*), Kabupaten Dairi (BB - Y*), Kabupaten Pakpak Bharat (BB - Z*) BD Bengkulu: Kota Bengkulu (BD - A*/C*/E*/L*/R*/U*/V*), Kabupaten Bengkulu Selatan (BD - B*/M*), Kabupaten Bengkulu Utara (BD - D*/S*), Kabupaten Rejang Lebong (BD - F*/I*/K*), Kabupaten Kepahiang (BD - G*), Kabupaten Lebong (BD - H*), Kabupaten Muko Muko (BD - N*), Kabupaten Seluma (BD - P*), Kabupaten Kaur (BD - W*), Kabupaten Bengkulu Tengah (BD - Y*) BE Lampung: Kota Bandar Lampung (BE - A**/B**/C*/Y**), Kabupaten Lampung Selatan (BE - D**/E*/O*), Kota Metro (BE - F*), Kabupaten Lampung Tengah (BE - G**/H*/I*), Kabupaten Lampung Utara (BE - J**/K*), Kabupaten Mesuji (BE - L**), Kabupaten Lampung Barat (BE - M**), Kabupaten Lampung Timur (BE - N**/P*), Kabupaten Tulang Bawang Barat (BE - Q**), Kabupaten Pesawaran (BE - R*), Kabupaten Tulang Bawang (BE - S**/T*), Kabupaten Pringsewu (BE - U*), Kabupaten Tanggamus (BE - V**/Z*), Kabupaten Way Kanan (BE - W**), Kabupaten Pesisir Barat (BE - X**) Plat BE5804CJ.jpg BG Sumatra Selatan: Kota Palembang (BG - A**/I*/L**/M*/N*/O*/R*/U*/X*/Z*), Kabupaten Musi Banyuasin (BG - B**), Kota Prabumulih (BG - C**), Kabupaten Muara Enim (BG - D**), Kabupaten Lahat (BG - E**), Kabupaten Ogan Komering Ulu (BG - F**), Kabupaten Musi Rawas (BG - G**), Kota Lubuk Linggau (BG - H**), Kabupaten Banyuasin (BG - J**), Kabupaten Ogan Komering Ilir (BG - K**), Kabupaten Penukal Abab Lematang Ilir (BG - P**), Kabupaten Musi Rawas Utara (BG - Q**), Kabupaten Empat Lawang (BG - S**), Kabupaten Ogan Ilir (BG - T**), Kabupaten Ogan Komering Ulu Selatan (BG - V**), Kota Pagaralam (BG - W**), Kabupaten Ogan Komering Ulu Timur (BG - Y**) BH Jambi: Kota Jambi (BH - A*/H*/L*/M*/N*/Y*/Z*), Kabupaten Batanghari (BH - B*/V*), Kabupaten Tebo (BH - C*/W*), Kabupaten Kerinci (BH - D*), Kabupaten Tanjung Jabung Barat (BH - E*/O*), Kabupaten Merangin (BH - F*/P*/X*), Kabupaten Muaro Jambi (BH - G*/I*), Kabupaten Tanjung Jabung Timur (BH - J*/T*), Kabupaten Bungo (BH - K*/U*), Kabupaten Sarolangun (BH - Q*/S*), Kota Sungai Penuh (BH - R*) BK Sumatra Utara bagian Timur (pesisir Timur): Kota Medan (BK - A**/B*/C*/D*/E*/F*/G*/H*/I*/K**/L**), Kabupaten Labuhanbatu Utara (BK - J**), Kabupaten Deli Serdang (BK - M**), Kota Tebing Tinggi (BK - N**), Kabupaten Batubara (BK - O**), Kabupaten Langkat (BK - P**), Kota Tanjung Balai (BK - Q**), Kota Binjai (BK - R**), Kabupaten Karo (BK - S**), Kabupaten Simalungun (BK - T**/U*), Kabupaten Asahan (BK - V**), Kota Pematang Siantar (BK - W**), Kabupaten Serdang Bedagai (BK - X**), Kabupaten Labuhanbatu (BK - Y**), Kabupaten Labuhanbatu Selatan (BK - Z**) BL Aceh: Kota Banda Aceh (BL - A**/J*), Kabupaten Aceh Besar (BL - B**/L**), Kabupaten Aceh Barat Daya (BL - C**), Kabupaten Aceh Timur (BL - D**), Kabupaten Aceh Barat (BL - E**), Kota Langsa (BL - F**), Kabupaten Aceh Tengah (BL - G**), Kabupaten Gayo Lues (BL - H**), Kota Subulussalam (BL - I**), Kabupaten Aceh Utara (BL - K**/Q*), Kota Sabang (BL - M**), Kota Lhokseumawe (BL - N**), Kabupaten Pidie Jaya (BL - O**), Kabupaten Pidie (BL - P**), Kabupaten Aceh Singkil (BL - R**), Kabupaten Simeulue (BL - S**), Kabupaten Aceh Selatan (BL - T**), Kabupaten Aceh Tamiang (BL - U**), Kabupaten Nagan Raya (BL - V**), Kabupaten Aceh Jaya (BL - W**), Kabupaten Aceh Tenggara (BL - X**), Kabupaten Bener Meriah (BL - Y**), Kabupaten Bireuen (BL - Z**) BM Riau: Kota Pekanbaru (BM - A**/J*/L**/N*/O*/Q*/T*/V*), Kabupaten Indragiri Hulu (BM - B**), Kabupaten Pelalawan (BM - C**/I*), Kabupaten Bengkalis (BM - D**/E*), Kabupaten Kampar (BM - F*/Z**), Kabupaten Indragiri Hilir (BM - G**), Kota Dumai (BM - H**/R**), Kabupaten Kuantan Singingi (BM - K**/X*), Kabupaten Rokan Hulu (BM - M**/U*), Kabupaten Rokan Hilir (BM - P**/W*), Kabupaten Siak (BM - S**/Y*), Kabupaten Kepulauan Meranti (BM - X**) BN Kepulauan Bangka Belitung: Kota Pangkal Pinang (BN - A*/P*), Kabupaten Bangka (BN - B*/Q*), Kabupaten Bangka Tengah (BN - C*/T*), Kabupaten Bangka Barat (BN - D*/R*), Kabupaten Bangka Selatan (BN - E*/V*), Kabupaten Belitung (BN - F*/W*), Kabupaten Belitung Timur (BN - G*/X*) BP Kepulauan Riau: Kota Tanjung Pinang (BP - A*/P*/T*/W*), Kabupaten Bintan (BP - B*), Kota Batam (BP - C*/D*/E*/F*/G*/H*/I*/J*/M*/O*/Q*/R*/U*/V*/X*/Y*/Z*), Kabupaten Karimun (BP - K*), Kabupaten Lingga (BP - L*), Kabupaten Natuna (BP - N*), Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas (BP - S*)
Road to AZZ (BG)
- ADN 02.26
- ADO 02.26
- ADP 03.26
- ADQ 03.26
- ADR 03.26
- ADS 04.26
- ADT 04.26
- ADU 05.26
- ADV 06.26
- ADW 06.26
- ADX 06.26
- ADY 07.26
- ADZ 07.26
- AEA 08.26
- AEB 10.26
- AEC 11.26
- AED 11.26
- AEE 11.26
- AEF 11.26
- AEG 12.26
- AEH 12.26
- AEI 01.27
Aaronian Car Plate
A (Aaronia Capital Area)
- Aaronia City (A - A**/C*/D**/E*/H**/I**/K**/N*/O*/U**/Y*/Z*)
- Bulikami Regency (A - B**)
- Suman Kari Regency (A - F*/V**)
- Pharaman Regency (A - G**)
- Malikwaba City (A - J**/W**/X*)
- Bharaa City (A - L**)
- Mubhawa Regency (A - M*/P**)
- Mahlingnakkal City (A - Q**/R*/S*/T**)
- A 550 HUR New Car Plate from Aaronia
- A 1773 BT New Car Plate from Bulikami Regency
- A 1172 VAE New Car Plate from Suman Kari Regency
- A 3 GLM New Car Plate from Pharaman Regency
- A 666 XD New Car Plate from Malikwaba
- A 1488 LC New Car Plate from Bharaa
- A 456 MP New Car Plate from Mubhawa Regency
- A 1999 TUH New Car Plate from Mahlingnakkal
B (Hawaa Province)
- Mola City (B - A**/B**/C**/N*)
- Hararri Regency (B - D**)
- Buthaa Regency (B - F**)
- Lushabhumi Regency (B - G**)
- Narata Regency (B - H**)
- Mubharumi City (B - E* I*/J**/K*/L*/M**/O**)
- Thumata Regency (B - P**)
- Lutith Regency (B - Q**)
- Rahaa Regency (B - R**)
- Menathabhumi Regency (B - S**)
- Bola Regency (B - T**/Z*)
- Umabharat Regency (B - U**)
- North Wimajaya Regency (B - V**)
- South Wimajaya Regency (B - W**/X*/Y*)
- B 117 CC New Car Plate from Mola
- B 696 DRU New Car Plate from Hararri Regency
- B 1007 FFA New Car Plate from Buthaa Regency
- B 544 GEM New Car Plate from Lushabumi Regency
- B 1919 HY New Car Plate from Narata Regency
C (Rayajaling Province)
Newer Car Plate
- BG 1433 F 01.21
- BG 4 EB 01.26
Registration plate design
Measured at approximately 460 by 135 mm and constructed from stamped metal sheet. With some exception (see below), vehicle registration plate in Indonesia use the following format: LL NNNN LL where "L" are letters of the Latin alphabet, and "N" numbers from "0" to "9" (note that the first number is never a "0"). The first single or double letter prefixes denote the area of registration. This is followed by number between 1 and 9999 without leading zeroes. This is then followed by one or two letters although they may be optional. For example: DK 1126 GI is a vehicle registered in Bali region, because it begins with DK. A smaller, four digit numbers separated by dot is located at the top (old format, with horizontal line as divider) or bottom (newer format, commonly without divider) of the plate with following format: NN・NN which denote the month and year of when the plate will expire (e.g. 11.23 means until November 2023), and the owner must pay the tax to renew it every five years .
A new format was recently introduced which have three suffix letters, due to the increase of motorized vehicle numbers. At first, this format is used for motorcycles since September 2008 until present, for cars in Jakarta, Tangerang, Bekasi and Depok. In the three suffix letters of this new format, the first letter divides the Jakarta area into sub areas. For example, The prefix of the whole number plate for Jakarta vehicles is "B". For example, "B 1106 SG" indicates it is from Jakarta. But under the new system, the B indicator is not enough. The new system is E.g. "B 2267 PKX". There are now three suffix letters. The last two letters are random, but the first letter out of the three dictates the sub areas in Jakarta like: Z is Depok, T is East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur), B is West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat), S is Jakarta Selatan (Southern Jakarta), P is Jakarta Pusat (Central Jakarta), etc. Note that for vehicle plates in Tangerang, Depok, and Bekasi still begins with B from the first letter of the whole plate number which is still representing Jakarta although it is from a different province that Tangerang is in the province of Banten, and Depok and Bekasi is in the province of West Java. It is representing Jakarta, because the three cities are represented as sub areas of Jakarta, because the distance from Jakarta and those three cities are very near.
Registration area codes
The lettering convention to denote area of registration is a legacy of the Dutch colonial era and do not reflect the current regional divisions of the country into provinces. Instead, they follow the old system of Dutch Karesidenan or residencies lettering systems.
In general, plates that start with K are from Kalimantan Island, A is generally used in south-central Java, such as Yogyakarta, Surakarta. D for the group of islands east of Java, such as Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi, and Maluku. B is generally used in Sumatra but only alongside another letter – B as a single letter is only for vehicles registered in the Jakarta Metropolitan Area.
The list of area codes are:
Indonesian registration plate area codes
There are several classes of the registration plates, each can be distinguished by their color:
- White on black: The most common type of registration plate, for privately owned vehicles.
- Red on white: Vehicles that have not been registered yet, or for new cars that have no owners yet or no legal identification.
- Black on yellow: Commercial vehicle or public transportation, such as buses, taxis, angkot, auto rickshaws and trucks.
- White on red: Government-owned vehicles.
- Black on Red: Vehicles belonging to foreign countries. Commonly used by foreign embassies or vehicles belonging to International organizations. These adopt a different convention (see below).
- Black on White: Vehicles belonging to foreign countries. Commonly used by foreign embassies or vehicles belonging to International organizations. These adopt a different convention (see below).
- White on Blue: Belongs to rickshaws in Surabaya. Mainly coded "SB"
- Black on green: Free Zone vehicles i.e. Batam (see Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle).
- Blue on white: Vehicles belonging to foreign countries, mainly used before the vehicle has been registered.
- Military and police vehicles have their own colors and alphanumeric conventions, including their insignia and/or the rank of the officer owning the vehicle, especially for high-ranking officers. Army-personnel vehicles are yellow on green background, plus a yellow star on the top. Navy-personnel plate is yellow on light blue, plus a yellow anchor. Air Force-personnel plate is yellow on dark blue, plus a red and white air force roundel. Police plate is yellow on black. Personnel in Armed Forces Headquarters uses yellow numbers on red background plates. Slightly similar, Ministry of Defence vehicles also uses yellow on red plates, only replacing Armed Forces' insignia with the Ministry's insignia. This is also being implemented on other military vehicles, such as motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, tanks, etc.
- Fire departments, government ambulances, and other governmental vehicles administered under their respective local governments uses White on Red.
- There are also other special plates or conventions, such as for vehicles used by the President, Vice President, or other senior government officials (see below).
Emergency vehicles such as ambulances uses white on black or white on red depending on the ownership of the vehicle itself, if owned by private medical services or hospital, the plate is white on black, while the plate for ambulance provided by the government is white on red. For fire trucks, the plate is always white on red, because all fire departments are government-owned and opposition-owned. Police vehicles have special plates (see above).
Trucks and buses
For trucks, the plate colors may differ, some are officially black on yellow, but some that are issued by private contract are white on black. If a bus is used for public transport such as city buses, black on yellow plates are used, but for private use buses, the plates are white on black.
Special plate designs
Government vehicles have special registration plates. Anytime the government officials go to outside the capital or going out from Indonesia, the plates will be placed on the vehicles which is ridden by the government officials.
Senior government officials
Vehicle registration plates belonging to senior government officials like the President or Vice President always begin with RI (which stands for "Republik Indonesia") and are followed by a number. For example, the president's registration plate is "RI-1", and the vice president's is "RI-2". Other senior officials such as government ministers, Chairman of The House of Representatives, Commander of The National Armed Forces and Chief of National Police also share the same convention and get the numbers after the President and Vice President. These plates are used for everyday activities, so they are white on black design.
In a special case, there are some very special numbers which are "INDONESIA 1" and "INDONESIA 2" for the President and Vice President, respectively. These numbers are used for a ceremonial purposes, such as presidential/vice presidential inaugurations, national day ceremonies and armed forces day. On the inauguration day, at the time the new president/vice president take the oath, the plates are moved from the former presidential/vice presidential cars to the new car. These numbers also being used for all ceremonial presidential/vice presidential cars, no matters what the type of the vehicles used, and being white on red design.
Foreign countries or international organizations
Registration plates for vehicles belonging to foreign countries or international organizations adopt a different convention. They have black letters on a white background.
The plates have the letter CD followed by two or three digits denoting the country or organization, followed by up to three digits of the serial number. For example, a car with number CD 66 88 is owned by Vietnam. Generally, the number 01 is reserved for the ambassador's official vehicle.
The numbers are ordered based on when they recognized Indonesia as a country. The United States was originally assigned CD 13; due to the stigma associated with the number 13, they asked the Indian delegation to exchange numbers.
The list of countries and organizations follows:
Consulates also use the same format, but instead of using the letters CD, they use CC.
Some foreign countries and international organization vehicles in Jakarta use the " B xxxxx yyy " format and a normal white on black plate. Where "xxxxx" stands for five random digits, and "yyy" stands for the country / organization code (see above)
A few vehicle owners pay an extra amount of money to get a certain plate as their desire. Because the convention is not flexible to include a full word, people try creative uses of numbers and letters. For example, Idris Sardi, a violin player, uses (B 10 LA) for his vehicle. It is a play on the word BIOLA which means "violin" in Indonesian. Leoni, a famous actress and singer, uses L 30 NI for her car. Even the former President Megawati Soekarnoputri chooses "M 3 GA" for her personal vehicle, as the plate resembles her broadly-known nickname. Edhie Bhaskoro Yudhoyono, former President Yudhoyono's younger son, has "B 24 EB", which "EB" is being his name initial. With the new format of three suffix alphabets, many vanity or personal registration plates are possible to be created. For example, a Toyota Fortuner owner may choose the plate B 42 NER which sounds like B four-two-NER. Syahrini, an Indonesian singer, has "B 1 SYR" as her registration plate number, with "SYR" being her initials.
- Republic of Indonesia. Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 22 Tahun 2009 Tentang Lalu Lintas dan Angkutan Jalan.
- Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 22 Tahun 2009 Tentang Lalu Lintas Dan Angkutan Jalan – law regulating registration plates, among other things (in Indonesian)