Chinese zodiac series plates

The Chinese zodiac series allows you to pick one of the 12 traditional ‘year of the’ animal symbols which is then displayed on a black background with a gold border.

  Design and order your 'Chinese zodiac' plates (online)

Check if your plate characters are available and buy online.

Chinese Zodiac plate design

Alternatively you may download an application form and post it, along with a cheque (made payable to the Department of Transport), or take it to your nearest Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent.

All plate applications are reviewed for issue prior to final approval. The Director General reserves the right to refuse any plate application, please refer to the information below.

Chinese zodiac plate fee

Fee type Fee
Chinese zodiac plates
Chinese zodiac series licence plates $445.00
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  Design features 'Chinese zodiac' plates

This series includes all twelve Chinese zodiac signs.


Chinese zodiac series plates may consist of:

  • Two (2) letters and four (4) numbers; or
  • Three (3) letters and three (3) numbers

2 letters and 4 numbers 3 letters and 3 numbers


Chinese zodiac series plates include white characters with a red, white and gold coloured animal character against a black background.


The images displayed are an approximate representation and may vary from the actual plate.


Chinese zodiac series plates are only available in aluminium.


Chinese zodiac series plates are only available for motor vehicles in normal size.

The Chinese zodiac series is not available for motorcycles or trailers.

Available sizes (Chinese zodiac)

Vehicle type Size type Dimensions Material
Motor vehicles Normal size 372mm x 134mm Aluminium
Opens in a new window Wikipedia: Sexagenary cycle, years (1924/2043)

  Refusal of plate application

The Chief Executive Officer reserves the right to refuse any plate application.

Grounds for refusal include but are not limited to:

  • Have offensive, sensitive or contentious connotations (for example, sexual, violent, drug related, perverse or racial content).
  • Have negative political or anti law references (for example, gang related names or conflicts with road safety messages).
  • Be likely to incite or promote hatred including but not limited to negative religious or cult references.
  • Be a registered name of a company or business, and the applicant is not the Director of the said company or business for which the plate is requested.
  • Be ambiguous and plate characters not easily identifiable.
  • Be in contravention of any State or Commonwealth Legislation (for example ANZAC, NAVY, RAN, AFC, RAAF).
  • Be a close resemblance of character combinations of an existing registration plate or series of plates.
  • Any of the above in a language other than English or could be read by using a rear view mirror.
  • Make or model of vehicle.

  Fitting plates to your vehicle

Screws are not supplied with plates issued by the Department of Transport.

You will need to organise the removal of the old plates and attachment of the new plates yourself, or arrange for them to be fitted by a car dealership or garage.

Euro Series

As vehicle design specifications vary, plates in the Euro Series are produced without any pre-drilled holes. This allows you to position the holes to suit your vehicle.

  Forms and documents used on this page: 'Chinese zodiac' plates


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