Personalised Number Plates
First initiated in the spring of 1999, personalised number plates are easily identifable (in most cases) by the absence of one or more numerals, which are replaced with a centered dot. Owners of regular vehicles, light (kei) vehicles and commercial vehicles are eligible to apply at the following times:
- 1. Upon first registration (includes imports),
- 2. Upon Ownership Change,
- 3. Loss or Damage to Current Plates
Commemorative number plate for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Where to Apply?
The application process is conveniently done online, and is accessible 365 days a year. At the time of application, details from the current shaken certificate will be required, e.g. Chassis no. and number plate.
Applications in JAPANESE only.
Numbers allocated by lots
The fourteen numbers shown below are allocated by lots only on a nationwide basis. Applications for one of these numbers (or any of the additional numbers allocated on a prefectural basis) need to be submitted by Sunday every week, with the results posted every Monday.
NB: In the event that applicants are unsuccessful in obtaining their desired number, they can re-apply again the following week.
Pricing of personalised number plates varies depending on the prefecture in which vehicles are to be registered, however in comparison to the price of a standard number plate are by no means excessive. The table below lists prices for vehicles to be registered in the Kanto area.
|Illuminated Plates||(R) JPY5,500 (L) JPY6,620|
|Illuminated Plates||(R) JPY5,300 (L) JPY6,500|
|Illuminated Plates||(R) JPY5,400 (L) JPY6,560|
Key: (R) Regular Vehicles, (L) Light Vehicles
Confirmation Email & Payment terms
Upon submitting the application online, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email account with details on how to make payment via bank transfer. In order for the transport bureau to confirm payments, registrants are required to enter their name and application ID in the payer (name) column.
Registrants will recieve an additional email confirming payment, along with notification of the time period in which the number plates can be transferred to your vehicle from the given transport bureau.
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