Panamanian vehicle registration plates now have the province of first registration
at the bottom of the plate (for passenger transportation vehicles, it is the one
at the front). The registration number on the side of the vehicle starts with
a digit indicating the province (see below).
Previously, the registration plate started with a digit followed by
a small diamond separator, indicating the district of registration.
(They are followed here by their main towns to aid location):
- 1 - Bocas del Toro (Bocas del Toro)
- 2 - Coclé (Penonomé)
- 3 - Colón (Colón)
- 4 - Chiriquí (David)
- 5 - Darién (La Palma)
- 6 - Herrera (Chitré)
- 7 - Los Santos (Las Tablas)
- 8 - Panama (Panama City)
- 9 - Vereguas (Santiago)