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Expatriate Malaysia Guide -
Malaysian Car Number Plates


Malaysian Car Number Plates

Malaysian car number plates typically begin with one or more letters followed by up to four numerical digits. (WPA 1234, BGX 1234, ...)

All vehicles' licence plates in Malaysia, other than those issued to diplomats, have white characters on a black background. The issue of licence plates is regulated and administered by the Malaysian Road Transport Department.


Vehicles registered in a particular state will bear licence plates beginning with that state's identifying character. Additionally, certain divisions of government, such as the military, have their own distinguishing characters.

State Car Plate Prefix Example
Kuala Lumpur W WRC 1234
WB 1234 D
Selangor B BJX 1234
Perak A AFT 1234
Penang P PGV 1234
Kedah K KBW 1234
Perlis R RG 1234
Kelantan D DAX 1234
Terengganu T TAM 1234
Pahang C CBV 1234
Johor J JJT 1234
Melaka M MBH 1234
Negeri Sembilan N NBU 1234
Sarawak Q QAF 1234
Sabah S SS 1234 J
Labuan L LC 1234
Taxi H HWA 1234
Military Z ZZ 1234
Diplomats DC 11-22-DC

There are also a number of special prefix used in vehicles number plates in Malaysia. These special prefixes may denote the brand of the car or a special events. Among the more commonly used special prefixes are:

Proton (and their models), Perodua (and their models), Naza, SUKOM, XIII NAM, BAMbee, Putrajaya...

Related Links:
- New cars agents and distributors in Malaysia
Get a Taxi/Cab in KL
- TMpoint - TM's one stop centre for fixed line phone, mobile & broadband
- Learn simple Bahasa Malaysia (common phrases)
- Do's and Don'ts in Malaysia (local culture)


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