In this page I collected the pictures of all the official seals used on the Italian license plates. All the informations that you find here are also available in other pages of the site: in many cases I used exactly the same description used somewhere else. However I wanted to create this page to sum up the evolutions of the seals in Italy in a clear way.
Unfortunately the quality of the images that you see below is not very high due to the small size of the seals and I'm sorry for this.
Fascism became a dictatorship in Italy in 1922 and the symbol of "fascio" was placed on the Italian rear
plates from 1928, with the Royal Decre with the force of law n.3179 of December the 2nd. It was a little
convex circle of aluminum, almost always not painted, that was tightened through a hole and showed a "fascio
In 1934 front plates, previously arranged by the owner of the vehicle, started being manufactured by
the "CONI" (Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano... it means Italian National Olympic Committee) that kept the
income of their sale: for this reason they had a small symbol with the print CONI inside. At the beginning it
was rhomboid and was attached to the plate with a hole (picture 1), then later, from 1945 up to 1948, it became
oval-shaped and was printed directly on the plate (picture 2).
Association of Disabled Men of the War (1944-1948)
From 1944, when fascism ended and the fascio was removed from the Italian plates, until 1948 the symbol of the
"Associazione Mutilati e Invalidi di Guerra" (Association of disabled men of the war) was
printed on the rear plates, though this association had been making plates since 1927. As you can see it was a
thorn crown with three bayonets and the funds raised with these plates were given to the association. A collector
told me that actually this symbol was introduced a bit earlier, around 1941 because he has got a picture of the
plate "Roma 77344" that was issued on February 1941 and it has got the symbol of the association.
Italian Republic (1948-Today)
With Ministerial Decree of December the 7th 1948 a new seal was introduced on the Italian license plates: it's a star with 5 ends inside a branch of olive tree and a branch of oak with the letters "R.I." in the middle, where RI means "Repubblica Italiana" (Italian Republic). Since then this symbol, with little changes in its size and position, has been used on all the Italian plates, except the military ones and those of the Red Cross. In particular this seal was rather bigger until 1951.
Provveditoriato Generale dello Stato (1985-2003)
Since 1985, when Italian plates started being made of metal after about 20 years where plastic was used, they have had also a little print placed in various parts and you can read it only under some conditions of the light. Its aim is to prove that the plae is authentic and make it harder to produce fake plates. This print is made by the letters PGS that stand for "Provveditoriato Generale dello Stato" followed by one of the following four codes:
These codes identify the type of reflective film used to build the plate: at the beginning, the two factories that produce Italian plates used different films (A1 in Rome and B1 in Foggia), so it was supposed erroneously that it indicated the factory. Of all the codes, B1 is the most widely used. Many thanks to Marcello Taverna for this information.
Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (2003-Today)
In 2003, starting approximately from the series CH 000 CJ, the letters PGS that could be seen on the plates
under some conditions of the light were changed with MEF, that stands for "Ministero dell'Economia e delle
Finanze" (Ministry for the Economy and Finances). These new letters are followed by a code that identifies
the type of reflective film used to build the plate according to the same table used before.
In this web site you can also find the official seal that was used on the license plates used in Libya from 1937: click here to see a picture of it.