10 Things You Didn’t Know About Malaysia’s Car Number Plates

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We see car number plates everyday on the road, but how many of us know all about it?

Before we start, let’s get ourselves familiar with the registration prefix of each states:

A – Perak | B – Selangor | C – Pahang | D – Kelantan | J – Johor | K – Kedah | M – Malacca | N – Negeri Sembilan | P – Penang | R – Perlis | T – Terengganu | W – Kuala Lumpur | Langkawi (KV) | L- Labuan | Q – Sarawak | S – Sabah | Putrajaya – Putrajaya

1. Did you know certain alphabetical letters are omitted from our car plates?


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The letters I and O are omitted from the alphabetical sequences due to their similarities with the numbers 1 and 0. The letters Z is omitted and reserved for use on Malaysian military vehicles. This answers why the W series’ traditional 7-character format was exhausted at WYY 9999 not WZZ 9999. For the new series, the last number will then eventually be WYY 9999 Y.

2. Why were cars in Perak registered as letter ‘A’, Selangor as letter ‘B’ and so on?


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Rumour has it that Perak’s Cars were registered as ‘A’ because Perak is the first state to have a car, and later Selangor with ‘B’ and so on. This is not true! Here’s why:

In the early days before 1945, Perak was PK and Penang PG. The British Military Administration restarted the system in 1945 with ‘A’ for Perak, ‘B’ for Selangor etc to prevent confusion between Singapore and Selangor, Perak and Penang etc.

3. Which states have the most cars registered after KL?


On average, some 1,100 new vehicle numbers are recorded in KL daily, compared to about 500 in Johor and 300 in Selangor.

4. When was the first car in Wilayah registered?


W 1 was the first registration plate of Kuala Lumpur in 1974.

5. What are some of the most expensive number plates in Malaysia?


  • WWW 1   – RM 520,000.00 (Sultan of Johor)
  • WWW 3 – RM 360,000.00
  • WWW 9 – RM350,000
  • MCA  1    – RM 300,100.00
  • RM 8 – RM 297,000.00
  • WWW 5 – RM 220,000
  • TAY  1  – RM 242,000.00
  • BMW 5  – RM 188,100.00
  • BMW 8 – RM 174,776.00
  • BMW 11 – RM 165,000.00
  • WWW 888 – RM 165,000.00
  • WWW 99 – RM 145,000
  • BMW 3   – RM 132,000.00
  • WWW 333 – RM 110,036
  • BMW 6    -RM 97,777.00 (Dato’ Lee Chong Wei)

6. Which number plate series has garnered the most total tender value?


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Did you know Perlis’ RM number plate series has garnered the most total tender value? According to state JPJ director Zulhasmi Mohamad, the total number of bidders for RM number plates was 6,272. Perlis’ RM number plate series garnered 1,507 winning bids nationwide, with the total tender surpassing RM7 million—the highest ever received by the state Road Transport Department (JPJ), Bernama reports. Bidding opened on February 23 and ended March 10. The largest bid was RM297,000 for ‘RM 8′ by a company outside of Perlis.


7. How is the number plate of Military like?

The Malaysian military uses Z as the starting prefix of a licence plate, followed by a second prefix letter to denote the branch of the military.

ZA to ZD: Army
ZL: Navy
ZU: Air Force

8. Do taxis have a different number plate?


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Most newer Malaysian taxi assume a H prefix at the start of its plate, followed by its respective location prefix such as HA: Ipoh, Perak, HB: Klang Valley, Selangor, HW: Kuala Lumpur and so on.

9. What about those number plates with special prefixes?


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Those are called Vanity Plates which are available at extra cost. Among the more commonly used special prefixes are:

  • WAJA: Issued for Proton Waja cars.
  • Satria: Issued for Proton Satria cars.
  • NAZA: Issued for Naza vehicles.
  • SUKOM: Issued only during the 1998 Commonwealth Games, which was held in Kuala Lumpur at that year.
  • XIII NAM: Issued only during the 2003 NAM Summit which was held in Kuala Lumpur at that year.
  • X OIC: Issued only during the 2003 OIC Summit which was held in Kuala Lumpur at that year.
  • XI ASEAN: Issued only during the 2005 ASEAN Summit which was held in Kuala Lumpur at that year.
  • BAMbee: Issued only during the 2000 Thomas and Uber Cup which was held in Kuala Lumpur at that year.

10. How about G1M & 1M4U plates?


G1M stands for Gagasan 1Malaysia and this series of number plate is handled by Kelab Explorasi 7 Benua Malaysia (KE7B). Proceeds from the plate sales were used to fund the club’s trek expeditions to places like Mount Everest and Greenland and also channelled to National Athletes Welfare Foundation, Malaysian Children’s Hope Foundation and the Poverty Eradication Foundation.

The 1M4U plate has been introduced in conjuction with the 1Malaysia For Youth movement, with the objective of it helping to raise funds to support the movement’s activities. The plate cannot be registered in Langkawi or Labuan, unlike previously with the G1M plate.

This article was originally published by Vulcan Post.

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Damien Ooi

Wilayah plate started with WA1 and not W1. W was the plate for butterworth those days before it joined Penang with P.

Damien Ooi

Wilayah plate starts with

Degilism Mb

Alan Na Kareen Chong Dwina Nana Marlyn Chong
Now I know …

PC Ang

I have one, will let go if someone interested.

Linda Lam

Another thing about Malaysia car number plates you didn’t know is you can buy Patriotism with money because they even have PATRIOT number plate for sale!!! Who says we cannot have the alphabet I and O in the car number plate?

Saifuddin Ahmad

Wasn’t W used for Province Wellesly?

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