In Europe, there are several legal EEC tags used for the different countries. The main EEC tag, however, is used by several European countries to maintain cohesiveness between nations so that it is clear which country the vehicle is registered in. 



EEC plates came about from a desire to have vehicle registration tags that were the same throughout several countries in the Union. Before the EEC plates came into existence, different countries in Europe each had similar, but different, registration plates. The tags were first released in Germany in 1995. Since then, several countries have adopted the usage of the plates, but usage is not required in countries other than Germany.



The EEC tags are used in Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Poland and other European countries scattered throughout Europe. Great Britain, France and some other European countries have their own tags in addition to the EEC plates as of 2011. The plates are used on the front and back of the vehicles, just like American vehicle registration tags. However, some countries in Europe require that the plate on the front of the car be yellow, while the back plate can be white. Some countries require the same plate on the front and back of the car.



There are two main types of EEC plates. The first kind is the official EEC plate. It has a blue stripe along the left side of the plate with the European flag of a circle of 12 gold stars in the top left corner. Below this corner is a letter standing for the first letter of the country of origin for the vehicle, such as D for Germany or GB for Great Britain. The other kind of EEC plates are solid white with no blue stripe along the side. Both plates have a combination of eight numbers and letters arranged in blocks of four, two and two.



Official EEC plates are only available to individuals registering vehicles in Europe. However, there are many online sites where you can purchase fake EEC plates for decorative purposes or for show purposes on an antique or non-operational vehicle, such as an old vinyl-topped European vehicle. It is important to never operate a vehicle with artificial license plates so that you do not incur legal trouble. Many sites also offer smaller or larger versions of European plates for decorative and display purposes. You can choose the lettering to make custom plates.