The Federal Republic of Germany has been founded at May 23, 1949. During the time from May 8, 1945 to May 23, 1949 the ten states of the later Federal Republic of Germany have been administrated by the military
administration of the western allied forces from the USA, UK and France. Officially this occupation was in power until the contracts of Paris has been signed at May 5, 1955. From this time on the Federal Republic of Germany became a sovereign country again.
The old registration plates of the "Deutsches Reich" became unvalid through the new systems the military adminitration issued. During the years 1945 to 1947 the American, British and French military
adminstration brought their own diferent license plate for each zone systems on the roads. In the year 1948 another new
system has been established for all zone including the Soviet occupation zone (you'll find examples from the Soviet occupation zone on the pages on East Germany's plate history). This system was in use until 1956 in
the western zones. At July 1, 1956 the current county code system for West-Germany has been introduced.
On the following pages I will show you the complete license plate system history
of the Federal Republic of Germany with the help of plates from my own collection.
Today Germany is one of the top four automobile manufacturers in the world. Auto parts for German made cars are available from dealers worldwide and auto parts stores such as partsgeek.com
online. The German company Volkswagen, one of the largest automotive companies in the world today, was originally founded in 1937 to develop an alternative to German luxury auto models called the "People's Car" which would be more affordable for the average German citizen.
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