Vietnamese motorbike license plates explained

​Buying a motorbike soon or just curious? You might want to know where your bike was first registered.

Was it spending its life speeding through crater-size potholes out in the sticks? Or pounding the relatively smooth road network in Hanoi or Saigon? These questions could well have an impact on the resale value, if not the suspension.

So here we have it. An at a glance guide to the two digit prefixes on license plates. Please drop me a comment if there are errors or omissions.​​

29, 30 ,31, 32, 33, 40 Hà Nội

41, 50, 51, 53 – 59 inc. Saigon

99 Bắc Giang

98 Bắc Ninh

97 Bắc Cạn

95 Hậu Giang

94 Bạc Liêu

93 Bình Phước

92 Quảng Nam

90 Hà Nam

89 Hưng Yên

88 Vĩnh Phúc

86 Bình Thuận

85 Ninh Thuận

84 Trà Vinh

83 Sóc Trăng

82 Kon Tum

81 Gia Lai

80 Biển xanh nhà nước (Blue plates reserved for the Government. Red plates are military)

79 Khánh Hòa

78 Phú Yên

77 Bình Định

76 Quảng Ngãi

75 Huế

74 Quảng Trị

73 Quảng Bình

72 Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu

71 Bến Tre

70 Tây Ninh

69 Cà Mau

68 Kiên Giang

67 An Giang

66 Đồng Tháp

65 Cần Thơ

64 Vĩnh Long

63 Tiền Giang

62 Long An

61 Bình Dương

60 + 39 Đồng Nai

52 Lang Sơn

49 Lâm Đồng

48 Dak Nong

47 Đăk Nông

42 Da Nang

39 + 60 Đồng Nai

38 Hà Tĩnh

37 Nghệ An

36 Thanh Hoá

35 Ninh Binh

34 Hải Dương

33 Hà Tây

28 Hòa Bình

27 Ðiện Biên

26 Sơn La

25 Lai Châu

24 Lào Cai

23 Hà Giang

22 Tuyên Quang

21 Yên Bái

20 Thái Nguyên

19 Phú Thọ

18 Nam Định

17 Thái Bình

16 + 15 Hải Phòng

14 Quảng Ninh

12 Lạng Sơn

11 Cao Bằng

*  The license plate refers to where the bike was first registered, not necessarily where it spent its life. Similarly, the blue card is an unreliable guide to provenance or the number of previous owners.

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