Mastering Your Number Plates. 

When I was young, I had a thing on number plates, I could differentiate a relatives car from the same model parked together. 

As at a time, I felt it was coincidental but the only difficulty I faced was knowing the full meanings of the region in which number plates represented. 

License or number plates are metal or plastic plates attached to a motor vehicle or trailer for official identification purposes. 

The registration identifier is a numeric or alphanumeric ID that uniquely identifies the vehicle owner within the issuing region’s database. In some countries, the identifier is unique within the entire country, while in others it is unique within a state or province. 


Early 20th century plates varied in size and shape from one jurisdiction to the next, such that if someone moved, new holes would need to be drilled into the automobile to support the new plate. 

There are three basic standards worldwide:

  •  20.5 by 4.3 inches in the bulk of European countries. 
  •  12.0 by 6.0 inches in the majority of North America and Central America & parts of South America.
  • 14.6 by 5.3 inches in Australia. 

Okay, let’s bring it back home. I can’t remember where & when I learnt this, but in Nigeria, I know colours of lettering meant something. 

  •  Red Lettering => Commercial Vehicles 
  •  Green Lettering => Government Vehicles. 
  •  Blue Lettering => Private Vehicles. 

And that the first three letters represents a local government area in the state followed by three digits then two random letters. 

So for generalization and precision purpose, I would only pick two different number plates from three states in Nigeria namely: Lagos, Abuja and Edo State.




GGEAgege Local government        
FSTFestac Local government
  • ABUJA.


Rubuchi admin council


Abuja municipal council


BENBenin city

Igueben local government

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