Korea (South)


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Normal series plates
Korea license plate 1973-1995 Private vehicle plate. 강원 = Gangwon province.
Korea license plate 1995-2004 Private vehicle plate. 경기 = Gyeonggi province, 61 = car.

Compared to the previous series, the vehicle class code on the top row was extended to 2 digits and a more squarish font was introduced. As sort of security feature, the textual equivalent of the four main digits was debossed in small scipt at the bottom left (in this case 사삼영영 for 4300).
Korea license plate 2004-2007 normal series plate. 57 = car from Jeollabuk province, 구 = passenger vehicle.
Korea license plate 2007 onwards normal series plate. 60 = car, 구 = passenger vehicle.

In 2007, European size plates were introduced, and the color of normal series plates changed from green to white. Also the province coding of normal series car plates was discontinued.

Motorcycle plates
Korea license plate Motorcyle plate, probably 1960s or 1970s. 경남 = Gyeongsang-nam province.
Korea license plate 1973 onwards motorcyle plate. 보산 사상 = Busan city, Sasang district.

Special series plates
Korea license plate Foreigner plate, probably non-diplomatic embassy staff. Probably from the early 1970s.
Korea license plate pre-1999 diplomatic plate. 서울 = Seoul, 0 = imported vehicle 외 = diplomat, 01 = United States.
Korea license plate Older temporary wood plate from Incheon. This series was used before the dated six digit plates shown below were introduced. The Korean Text at the bottom means "The mayor of Incheon City".
Korea license plate Temporary wood plate from Ulsan, valid January 8 to January 17, 1999. The Korean text at the bottom means "Ulsan City head of vehicle registrations".


See also from the Military Forces Abroad page:

United States forces in Korea
Korea license plate Older plate, most likely issued by United States authorities, before the Korean issued series commenced.
Korea license plate Late 1970s private car plate. 전북 = Cholla Bukdo province. These plates look similar to normal Korean plates, but the Korean serial letters at the start of the second line are replaced with a numeral.
Korea license plate Temporary exit plate expiring Feb. 20, 1989 issued by the United States to US forces vehicles leaving Korea. The normal Korean issued US forces plates have to be surrendered before the vehicle leaves the country. These US issued plates enable the vehicle to be used until new plates are issued in the country of destination.

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