The 10 Most Expensive Car License Plates In Malaysia

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It could be due to superstition, or even prestige. Maybe it’s just because it looks and sounds nice, or it commemorates a special occasion or memory. Whatever the reasons, Malaysians are spending big money when it comes to getting the car license plate of their dreams.

Recently, the FF  series garnered a lot of attention and money as well. The registration number FF8 went to a RM950,000 bid while FF9 was snapped up by an influencer for RM911,999. In total 34,032 individuals placed bids while 8,348 bidders successfull bidders added RM34.2 million to the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) coffers.

If you think only those car license plates published in the news are being sold in six digits, you’d be surprised. A quick search on websites such as Buy Car Plate showed that these car license plates are also being sold at exorbitant prices:

License Plate Number
Current Price
PE 1
RW 1
VB 1
IM 8
VE 1

It may seem absurd that there are Malaysians who are willing to part with a lot of money for some letters and numbers, but there’s no denying how it can catch people’s attention on the road.

Here are the top 10 most expensive car registration numbers sold in Malaysia!


Price: More than RM3 million in total

The MALAYSIA number plates were released in conjunction with National Day 2018.

MALAYSIA 1 got all the spotlight with a RM1,111,111 bid that was won by an investment firm in Johor. Meanwhile MALAYSIA 2 went for RM422,000.

In total, the 10 special numbers in the series ‘MALAYSIA 1’ to ‘MALAYSIA 999’ raked in RM3.62 million.

RM plate series

Price: More than RM 7 million in total

In February 2015, the plate prefix RM that’s issued in Perlis was open for bidding. With the letters being exactly like the Malaysian ringgit currency symbol, it’s no wonder the bid went up to the millions.

The RM 1 plate was reserved for Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin while RM2 to RM7 except RM5, which belongs to Tengku Amir Shah, Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Selangor, were reserved to Perlis state EXCO’s

Sure, it’s not just for one plate number but a series. Yet the bid amount spent on getting the RM series came up to more than RM7 million in total! It became one of the highest-bidding serial plate thus far.


Price: RM1.3 million

Yayasan Patriot Negara Malaysia (YPN) started a fund-raising drive to promote moderation, so they started selling the PATRIOT series license plate. It courted a lot of controversy, although the Road Transport Department (JPJ) claimed that there’s nothing fishy about it whatsoever.

Regardless, it’s currently Malaysia’s most expensive lone license plate, with the bid ending at RM1.3 million to a confidential bidder, supposedly from the south.


Price: RM990,000

The owner of this license plate will be on this list for quite some time. This exorbitant car registration number belongs to the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar. A collector of exotic, classic and otherwise highly collectible automobiles, the Sultan of Johor spends good money on car license plates as well. V1 was bought in August 2016.


Price: RM836,660

Before the ruler bought V1, the Sultan of Johor bought F1 in July 2016 for RM836,660. F1 is the most expensive from the F series, but the other single- and double-digit number plates in the F series commanded well over six figures as well!


Price: RM 748,000

Let’s hope the person who has this license plate really is winning, because this registration number cost him/her a whopping RM748,000! There’s not much information on the winning bidder of this registration number.

That’s just the top 5. Here are some others that are among the most expensive car license plates in Malaysia:

License Plate Number
RM 520,000
Belongs to the Sultan of Johor
RM 300,100
Highest bid for a Perlis license plate
RM 228,200
Belongs to the Sultan of Johor

Although the BMW plate series didn’t make it into this list, the BMW6 registration number is owned by a well-known and loved personality, Datuk Lee Chong Wei. He bought the plate for a staggering RM97,777! Other numbers in the series, BMW3, 5, 8 and 11 were sold with a total cost of RM659,876! While it can’t beat the RM plate series, it is still quite a feat!

Why are these car license plates so expensive?

Prices for these car license plates have already been set and there are certain letters and numbers which become more expensive due to their combination. So as an example, the price of a license plate goes up when:

  • A single number and letter is combined (i.e. W1)
  • Double number and letter is combined (i.e. NG33)
  • Repeated numbers and letters (i.e. BB88)
  • Triple letters or numbers (i.e. WWW1 or BGP777)

Another reason that is driving the prices of certain vehicle registration numbers up is the categorization of number plates by JPJ. They have a list of registration numbers that comes with categories that end up defining the cost of the license plate as well. So here’s what you need to know:

Minimum Reserved Price
Prime Value Numbers
For numbers between 1 to 10
Attractive Numbers
Double digits or repeated numbers of up to four such as 13, 18, 33, 77, 555, 777, 8888, 9999
Popular Numbers
Easy to remember numbers or numbers that rhyme such as 20, 44, 400, 9696, 998

Car registration numbers that are not in the above categories will cost a minimum of RM300.

Now that you know the cost of getting your dream car license plate, are you willing to spend as much as those in the top 10 list? Perhaps not. But there’s no denying that the hype and popularity of getting the best license plate number will be something that many Malaysians eagerly look out for.

This article was first published in September 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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