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Historic Spanish Morocco
Ceuta & Melilla Territory Information
Spanish Sahara

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Historic Spanish Sahara License Plates

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Ceuta License Plates

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Melilla License Plates

Ceuta & Melilla Territory Information

Ceuta and Melilla Map

Spain held two territories in Northern Africa: Spanish (Western) Sahara and Spanish Morocco.

Until 1956, Spanish Morocco (Marruecos EspaƱol) consisted of the northern part of Morocco and used the Spanish registration system beginning with the code CE and up to five numerals.

In 1956, the area reverted to Morocco using the Moroccan system with the exception of Ceuta and Melilla which are still part of Spain today. The "CE" (Ceuta) and "ML" (Melilla) prefixes were used from the 1930's through 2000.

Since 2000, plates are in the standard Spanish format with the Euroband on the left and the registration beginning with four numerals followed by three serial letters.

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Ifni License Plates
Morocco and Ifni Map

Ifni was a territory of Spain on the Southern Moroccan coast until 1969 and used the system in use in metropolitan Spain.
In 1969 it was incorporated into the Agadir district of Morocco
The "I" prefix was in use between 1900 and 1927). IF was used between 1927 and 1969.

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Spanish Sahara License Plates
Spanish Sahara Map

Spanish Sahara was a Spanish territory until 1975. It was annexed by Morocco and Mauritania in 1976.
See Western Sahara for current status.
The "SH" prefix was in use between 1927 and 1975.

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Tangier License Plates
Tangier Map

Tangier was an international zone in 1923 under the joint administration of France, Spain and Great Britain. Italy joined in 1928.

After a period of effective Spanish control from 1940 to 1945 during World War II, Tangier was reunited with the rest of Morocco following that country's independence in 1956.


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