Vehicle Registration Plates of Nepal

In Nepal, all road vehicles with or without a motor (except bicycles) are tagged with a registration number. Licence plates are commonly known as number plates. The licence plate number is issued by the zonal-level Transport Management Office, a government agency under the Department of Transport Management.

Vehicle Registration Plates of Nepal

In Nepal, all road vehicles with or without a motor (except bicycles) are tagged with a registration number. Licence plates are commonly known as number plates. The licence plate number is issued by the zonal-level Transport Management Office, a government agency under the Department of Transport Management. The licence plates must be placed in the front as well as back of the vehicle. The plates are required to use either Devanagari or Latin script. As per the latest guidelines issued by the Traffic Police Division, the plate must not be reflective or digitally printed.

The President of Nepal travels in an official vehicle that has no number on its plates. Instead it has the Coat of Arms of Nepal embossed on it.
The licence plate of Nepal is more detailed in comparison with other countries. The current licence plate format for vehicles in Nepal consists of four parts composed of letters (L) and numbers (N) in the LL NN LL NNNN format:

The first part indicate the zone code, signifying the zone in which the vehicle is registered.
The second part is the set number which is prefixed when the four digit number runs out from the last part.
The third part indicate the type of vehicle like private, public, governmental, national corporation, tourist etc. as well as the class of vehicle like two-wheeler, light vehicle, heavy and medium-sized vehicle etc.
The last part signifies four digits running in sequence.


Zones of Nepal
All fourteen zones of Nepal have their own abbreviated code for reference purpose. These codes are normally single letter in Nepali and two letters (sometimes three letters also, but the third letter 'a' can be omitted) in English. The following is the list of zonal codes in both languages:

Zone Code in English

Mechi              ME
Koshi               KO
Sagarmatha    SA
Janakpur         JA
Bagmati           BA
Narayani         NA
Gandaki          GA
Lumbini           LU
Dhawalagiri     DH
Rapti                RA
Bheri                BH
Karnali             KA
Seti                  SE
Mahakali         MA
Classification of vehicles For the purpose of vehicle registration Vehicle & Transport Management Act, 2049 (1992) and Vehicle & Transport Management Rule, 2054 (1997) of Nepal, classifies vehicles into the following 5 main categories on the basis of size and capacity.

Heavy and medium-sized vehicle: This includes bus, truck, dozer, dumper, loader, crane, Fire engine, tanker, roller, pick-up, van, mini bus, mini truck, mini van etc. having the capacity to carry more than 14 people (for passenger vehicle) or more than 4 tons (for cargo vehicle).

Light vehicle: This includes car, jeep, van, pick-up, micro bus etc. having the capacity to carry less than 24 people or less than 4 tons.Two-wheeler: This includes vehicle having two wheels like motor cycle, scooter etc.Tractor and power-trailer:

Three-wheeler: This includes vehicle having three wheels like tempo, auto-rickshaw etc.
The above mentioned each categories are further divided into 5 sub categories on the basis of ownership and service-type which are as follows:

Private vehicle: Vehicles which are for entirely personal purpose uses red license plates with white letters.Public vehicle: Vehicles which are for public transport purpose uses black license plates with white letters.Government vehicle: Vehicles owned by government agencies and constitutional bodies such as ministries, departments, directorates, along with the police, military, etc., falls under this category which uses white plates with red letters.

National Corporation vehicle: Vehicles which are registered under the name of public corporations that are fully or partially owned by the government fall under this category. These vehicles uses yellow plates with blue letters.

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