Motor vehicles with special number plates are registered at the Road Traffic Safety Directorate, Riga City Division (CSSD Rīgas pilsētas nodaļa). The special number plates are issued for the period indicated in the ID card provided by the State Protocol of the MFA following the process of accreditation.
The registration of motor vehicles is carried out in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No 1080 “Regulations of the Registration of Motor vehicles” (30 November 2010).
Types of special number plates issued for motor vehicles:
- “CD” for vehicles of diplomatic missions, international organisations, representations thereof, and the representation of the European Commission to Latvia, as well as to diplomatic agents and their spouses
- “CC” for vehicles of consular offices and career consular officers
- “C” - for vehicles of the administrative and technical staff
Persons with diplomatic or administrative technical status are entitled to special number plates for one car and one motorbike each. This privilege is extended also to accredited spouses and common law partners.
For the registration of a motor vehicle, a mission submits a verbal note to the State Protocol stating the owner of the vehicle, the make and model of the vehicle, and the chassis number. Once the submitted data in application has been verified, it will be forwarded to the CSDD Riga City Division.
It should be noted that the vehicle should be physically present at the registration for inspection. The registration fee is paid at the cash desk of the CSDD Riga City Division in accordance with the price list for the registration of motor vehicles.
If the registration documents are submitted in the stead of mission or a diplomatic agent with the power of attorney by a citizen or a permanent resident of Latvia, the latter has to present the following:
- A power of attorney confirmed by the head of mission concerned
- A personal identification documents
If a diplomatic agent submits the documents himself, his or her ID card as issued by the State Protocol has to be presented. The registration address should always coincide with the address of the respective mission or representation.
If a vehicle with CD, CC or C registration plates is about to be exported from Latvia permanently, resold, or destroyed, it has to be removed from the National Register before carrying out such actions.
Missions shall inform the State Protocol of a successful deregistration by a verbal note, specifying the following:
- the reason for deregistration (resold, exported or destroyed)
- the owner/user of the vehicle
- make and model of the vehicle
- the number of the deregistered plate
- status of the next owner, if the vehicle is to be resold to a non-privileged person under conditions specified in article 7.1.
To complete the deregistration, a diplomatic agent or his attorney has to make an appointment in CSDD Riga City Division and should be ready to produce:
- the registration certificates
- the special registration plates
When a holder of special number plate completes his or her mission in Latvia, the person concerned has a duty to initiate the deregistration process. If the vehicle is to be exported, the CSDD may issue a transit registration certificate and transit licence plates. Transit licence plates are valid for up to 30 days.
Vehicle registration documents and diplomatic licence plates are the property of the Latvian state and are to be returned directly to the CSDD once the vehicle is removed from the National Register. The MFA would like to emphasize that failure to observe the correct procedure can cause delays in issuing the vehicle registration certificate and special licence plates to a new vehicle of the mission or its staff member.