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Switzerland


Last update: 14 Oct 2004
In general:
all valid plates have been altered to a repeating number 

  Picture Date of
first issue
Date of
last issue
Type Description Remarks
1 picture wanted 1902 1904 car   ?
2 1902?   bike 1902 Bern
1932/33 Zug
1914 Zürich
plate wanted bicycle
every canton and every year, totally different in shape and sometimes in material Bernet (3x)
3 picture wanted 1904 1905 car 1234
white on black
with one shield
4 1905 1914  car 1234
number breakdown list
with two shields
front plate
Hediger
5 1905 1914  mc 1234 size?
Klotz
6 1907   army  

Armee-Corps-Stab = Army staff

Schweizer automobil freiwilligen corps
in the beginning, Swiss army motoring was managed by volunteer drivers Bernet

7
1911   army  

the Swiss cross before the number

 

nice Morgan

Bernet (2x)

8
1914 1932  car 1234 A

A/1234
number breakdown list

front plate
380x100mm
Hediger
rear would be 480x110mm

square
250x240mm
Bernet

9 1914 1932  mc 1234 A
number breakdown list
motorcycle
150x130mm
Hediger (1st)
Strassenverkehrsamt, St. Gallen (2nd)
10 1915   army U 123

car confiscated by the army in WW I

army registration painted directly on the body
Bernet

11

Mar 1925 1960 army M/1234

front plates
(rear is slightly bigger)
Bernet (all)

still in use: late 70's

size
240x150mm front
360x220mm rear

a     army M/1234 motorcycle (150x100mm)
Shoesmith
12 1927?   car 1234 A
number breakdown list
front plate
Shoesmith
13     car A/1234
square plate
rear
Hediger
a     mc 1234 A motorcycle front plate
Shoesmith
14 1932 ? car AB/1234 square plate
rear
300x230mm
Hadjadj
15 picture wanted     dlr   red on white
16
  1957 mc AB 12345 front

two sided front
Francoplaque (2nd)

17 mid 50's end
80's
bike AB/year
small number at the bottom
bicycle
red base with blue, yellow, white, green or black numbers (oldest seen 54 BE and highest seen 88 BS)
18   1960 trac a big year and a small number above the Canton weapon plate wanted
here one from Valais
Shoesmith
19 1960? 1973? car   old size
520x110mm
Francoplaque
20   1960? 1973? car   square
300x200mm
21 1960 1965 temp all with Z front plate
year in full
with Z, tax free (zoll) 
22 1960 1980 temp with and without Z motorcycle
round top corners
(UR until 1988)
23 1960 1977 temp with and without Z plate wanted round top corners
small motorcycle (< 80 km/h)
(LU until 1983)(OW until 1986)
Klotz (1st)
24
1960 1973 army M/12345 front
380x110mm
rear
300x200mm
Bernet
Klotz
25 1960 1973 other   fire brigade and road maintenance
rear
Klotz
26
1960 1973 other   abnormal load vehicles
(and abnormal load trailers)
300x200mm
Hadjadj
Francoplaque

also snowmobiles
(but than in motorcycle size)

27
1965 1984 temp   front

red band

rear

28
1965 1985 temp with Z front

red band
Z is tax free (zoll)

rear

29 mid 60's end 70's mopd AB/year
small number at the bottom
moped
small plates black on yellow (highest seen 82 SG)
30 1968 2000 army M 12/3456 trailer
Bernet
31
1968   CD CD blue
international origination
long and square version
11 = Mexico
55 = China
Francoplaque (2x)
32 1968   CD CD  green = embassies
22 = Austria
Francoplaque
33 1968   CC CC  consulates
39 = Italy
Brekke
34 picture wanted     other AT administration and 
technical personnel
35 1980 1988 temp with and without Z motorcycle
square plates
Hadjadj(1st)
Z is tax free (zoll)
36 1979 1985 temp with and without Z small motorcycle (< 80 km/h)
Z is tax free (zoll)
37 1973 now car AG
new design
300x80mm  front
300x160mm rear
Aargau
Francoplaque
38 1973 now car AI
Appenzell
Innerrhoden
Brekke
39 1973 now car AR
Appenzell
Ausserrhoden
Hadjadj
40 1973 now car BE
Bern
Francoplaque
41 1973 now car BL
Basel-Land
Francoplaque
42 1973 now car BS
Basel-Stadt
Francoplaque
43 1973 now car FR
Freibourg
Hadjadj
44   1973 now car GE

old

 

Genèva

 

new

45 1973 now car GL
Glarus
Hadjadj
46   1973 now car GR
Graubünden
47   1973 now car LU
Luzern
48 1973 now car NE
Neuchâtel
Francoplaque
49 1973 now car NW
Nidwalden
Hadjadj
50 1973 now car OW
Obwalden
Hadjadj
51 1973 now car SG
St. Gallen
Francoplaque
52 1973 now car SH
Schaffhausen
Hadjadj
53 1973 now car SO
Solothurn
Hadjadj
54   1973 now car SZ
  Schwyz
55 1973 now car TG
Thurgau
Francoplaque
56   1973 now car TI
Ticino
57 1973 now car UR
Uri
Hadjadj
58   1973 now car VD
Vaud
59 1973 now car VS
Valais
Muller
60 1973 now car ZG
Zug
Hadjadj
61 1973 now car ZH
Zürich
Francoplaque
62 1973 now mc   Francoplaque
63 1973 now mc   small motorcycle (< 80 km/h)
18x14cm
Francoplaque
64     trac   (small) front plate only
Francoplaque
65


    other   fire brigade and road maintenance
front and rear
Francoplaque

and a public authorities

and a dealer
U=überführung
Klotz

66
    other  

abnormal load vehicles
(and abnormal load trailers)
Francoplaque

also temporary
(used on abnormal load vehicles to export them)
Hadjadj (4th)

also snowmobiles
(but than in motorcycle size)

67
    govt A/12345
P/12345
federal administration
van der Krogt

public authorities
mostly postal, but also railway
van der Krogt

68 1973 now army M/12345

Francoplaque

69
1977 Dec 2000 hire ending with V V=vermietung
Francoplaque

also motorcycle
Muller

70
1977 now dlr ending with U U=überführung
Francoplaque

also motorcycle
Europlate

71 1978? early
80's/
90's
mopd AB year/12/345 moped
a bigger version with year (oldest seen 81 FR and the newest FR 91, VS 91)
72 1979 now car JU
Jura
Francoplaque
73 1980 now mopd AB year/12/345 moped
same with sticker (oldest seen 80 BE)
74 1982 1989 temp   front

US-size
year pressed and month sticker

rear

- 1982 1989 temp with Z front

US-size
Z is tax free (zoll)

rear

75     temp   a different design
(maybe never used)
76 1987 1989 temp with and without Z plate wanted
motorcycle
Hadjadj
77 1988   temp with and without Z small motorcycle (< 80 km/h)
78







1987 now car   500x110mm

Francoplaque

Francoplaque

nice number 1
in Geneva the low numbers are used by taxi's
Brekke

Francoplaque

nice number 1
Muller

Francoplaque

Lindken

an other low number
Brekke

Francoplaque

79 1987 now govt P 12345 500x110mm
public authorities
mostly postal, but also railway
Francoplaque
80 picture wanted 1987 now army M 12345 500x110mm
also new long army plates
81
1989 1992
1993
temp   most Cantons have a year and month sticker

and with full year (no sticker, were these ever used?)
Lindken

82 1989   temp with and without Z motorcycle
83 1989   temp with and without Z small motorcycle (< 80 km/h)
84 1989? now  bike just a sticker bicycle
red base with a sticker (oldest seen 89 BE)
85

1992 now temp   one combined year and month sticker
US-size and long

also with full red band (old year design but with new sticker)
Lindken

86 1992 now temp with and without Z motorcycle
87 1992 now temp with and without Z small motorcycle (< 80 km/h)
88 ?   CD CD blue
international origination
long and square version
Francoplaque
new version (new size)
since when?
89 ?   trac   tractor trailer
on the trailer they do use a full size plate
(300x160mm)
Hadjadj
             

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