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Old 11-15-2006, 12:11 PM
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SOT - what do the letters on the plate stand for

I was just looking at my ED license plate - M3398Z. I think the syntax for all ED plates are M****Z.

Does anyone know what the M and Z stand for? M, I would guess is Munich or Motorsport. But, Z? Is this something BMW deliberately chooses? How about B****M if so? B for Bayern, M for Munich as a nice tie in?

Also, I don't recall any sequential or serial numbers. Things like 1111, 1234 etc. I wonder if those are suppressed.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:28 PM
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M is for Munich

Z is for Zoll

The first letter is the city the car is registered to. The larger the city and lesser the letters

F = Frankfurt
B = Berlin
M = Munich

The smaller the city, the more letters:

DGF = Dingolfing
DAH etc..
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:53 PM
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Nope, I fear the orderly Germans won't allow vanity plates neither for quite a while...

There's even a german Wiki entry for that too: click

So according to it, the first M stands for Munich (the area where the plate has been issued, like with all other regular plates of Munich-based vehicles), the next up to 4 numbers are basically random and the last letter indicates just a 'series' and has no other particular meaning.
If BMW is able to select something, then it's just picking one of those plates they got from the authorities. Of course, as the major outlet for such export plates in the Munich area, they probably have the biggest choice. But an ED plate will always have a M as the first character.
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Thanks!

Its interesting that the first letter "M" stands for Munich, a city. I would have thought that plates would be more State centric (Bayern), like in the USA (CA, WA, etc.), rather than city.
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Old 11-15-2006, 01:51 PM
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I was just looking at my ED license plate - M3398Z. I think the syntax for all ED plates are M****Z.

Does anyone know what the M and Z stand for? M, I would guess is Munich or Motorsport. But, Z? Is this something BMW deliberately chooses? How about B****M if so? B for Bayern, M for Munich as a nice tie in?

Also, I don't recall any sequential or serial numbers. Things like 1111, 1234 etc. I wonder if those are suppressed.
For the ED plates, the 4 numbers between the B and Z, does appear to be sequential. Mine was 6552. Viewing posts from the ED thread, I can see that those who took delivery a few days befor I got numbers just under 6552, and for took delivery a few days after I got numbers just over 6552. Those numbers do appear to be a sequential. Now, I would also venture to guess that BMW recycles these numbers. Just my guess. So, if the plate number gets to M 9999 Z, then it goes back to 0001. Again, just my guess.

The ED plates also have the expiration dates stamped on them explicitly. Mine was two weeks from date of pick-up.
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Old 11-15-2006, 03:01 PM
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I asked my wife's cousin who is in Hanover and the plates (not the zoll plates like we get) have a city code OR a county code. More numbers after M is not the city of Munich but the county of. That is why some euro plates have more numbers than others.
Our Zoll plates are sequentially numbered with an expiry date. EU cars have D for Germany, I for Italy, P for Poland etc. If they are in the EU they have the circle of stars above the letter on the left in the blue.
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I had the unfortunate luck of getting the plate M6665Z. My wife and I called it the devil car and whenever somebody looked at us funny or we drove in the wrong area we said it was possessed.

This sucks because I intended on keeping the front plate in AZ but I don't really wan't to be running around with the mark of the beast on the front of my car...
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