What do the initials on the license plates of vehicles in the Dominican Republic mean?

This Wednesday, a video went viral in which an agent of the General Directorate of Security and Land Transit (Digesett) asks a driver for authorization to drive a vehicle with a license plate with the initials DD.

The license plates with the initials DD stand for dealer plates and in this regard, Diario Libre makes an account of the types of license plates circulating in the country and what their initials stand for.

In the Dominican Republic there are more than 30 types of plates for a national vehicle fleet that, according to the 2021 statistical bulletin of the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII) at the close of fiscal year 2020 amounted to 4,842,367 units.

Among the plates circulating in the country are the so-called ordinary, exonerated, state exonerated, official, military and police plates.

General Regulation No. 14-2011 of the DGII on Replacement, Assignment and Renewal of Plates, Official and State Exempted Plates explains that ordinary plates are those used for the identification of vehicles that do not enjoy tax exemptions.

Ordinary license plates are identified with the following letters.

A – Automobile

B – Public interurban automobile

C – Tourist car

D – Public urban bus

F – Trailer

G – Jeep

L – Cargo

H – Ambulance

I – Private bus

T – Urban public automobile

P – Tourist bus

U – Heavy machinery

J – Forklift

R – Intercity public bus

S – Dump truck

M – Hearses

According to regulation No. 14-2011 of the DGII, the state exonerated license plate is used for the identification of vehicles owned by state agencies and that enjoy tax exemptions and the official license plate is used for the identification of vehicles owned by state entities.

The exempted, state exempted, official, military and police license plates are identified with the following letters.

OE – National Army

OF – Air Force

OM – Navy

OP – National Police

State exonerated plates: EA, EG, EL, EM, ED, EI

VC – Consular Plates

WD – Diplomatic plates

OI – International Organization Plates

EX, YX, Z, NZ – Exonerated Plates

Letters are also used for other types of plates listed below.

DD – Dealer plates

X – Display plates

K – Motorcycle license plates

The DGII’s 2021 statistical bulletin indicates that of the total number of motor vehicles registered as of December 2020, 55.7% (2,695,457 units) correspond to motorcycles, 20.5% to automobiles (994,301), jeeps with a 10.7% share (516,912), cargo vehicles with 9.5% (458,762) and the remaining 3.7% is distributed among buses, heavy machines, dump trucks and others.

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