Category Archives: Deutscher Schildfinder

New Search, New Database: Schildfinder 2.3

The latest version of German PlateFinder/Schildfinder addresses some long-standing complaints/suggestions we’ve  received from users:

  1. Inaccurate/outdated information
  2. Inability to limit search to codes (license-plate prefixes)

The latest version of German PlateFinder addresses both of those issues:

New Database

Notable improvements include:

  • Updated license plate prefix information
  • More accurate GPS coordinates
  • Inclusion of district capitals
  • Derivation of the codes. (This is particularly useful when the code has no apparent relation to the present-day locale it maps to.)

Improved Search

For the first time, you have the choice of searching for either

  • place names, OR
  • codes

Send requests for  further improvements to

Download the latest version at the iOS App Store.

Schildfinder (German PlateFinder) 2.0 released

Yesterday the App Store approved version 2.0 of Deutscher Schildfinder (German PlateFinder), released in both German and English. (For iOS devices with German as the primary language, the app appears in German (named Schildfinder); for other languages, the app uses English and is called German PlateFinder.

Version 2.0 runs universally on all iOS devices, from the iPhone up to and including the largest iPad. On iPads and iPhone 6+ and 6s+, the app appears with a split view when in landscape mode. The table of codes and places appears as a popover on those devices when in portrait mode.


For the first time, Wikipedia pages use the new Safari view, with options to bookmark, print, share on social media—everything that the iOS Safari browser supports.

Work is underway on a “plus” version of Schildfinder/German PlateFinder. Thank you for your patience.

We welcome your  suggestions and comments—and complaints. Send them to

Watch for the iPad Version of German PlateFinder

Six months have passed since I promised that the new version of German PlateFinder would be released by the end of 2015. Well (like so many software projects), it is late.

The new version is up and running with a Master/View  Controller (where, in landscape mode, the list of codes/places appear on the left and the maps/web pages appear on the right). It runs on all sizes of iPads and on the “plus” iPhone versions. (It might even run on the smaller iPhones and iPods.)

Hopefully it will be out within the next few months.

Apologies for the delay!


Updated German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder) Released Today

Release 1.5.1 of German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder for devices with primary language set to German) was released today.

This version increases the 408 license plate codes to 668. The majority of the new codes are for cities and towns that have their own license plate prefixes.
Please submit requests for additional codes and enhancements to
We hope you enjoy the new version!

More Codes for the German PlateFinder/Deutscher Schildfinder

During the past year we’ve received periodic reports about missing license plate codes. We’ve responded by adding those codes.

This month we decided to dig deeper so look for additional codes.
We’ve found a large number of additional codes, and are currently adding them to the App. (We’re currently adding new codes that begin with “H”.)  Hopefully you’ll see a new version of the App within the next two weeks or so.
Thanks for feedback about the German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder on iOS devices with German as the default language). It is our most popular “PlateFinder”–by far. (The German language version of the App has more downloads than all other PlateFinders combined.)

German PlateFinder/Deutscher Schildfinder for iPad

Last week a new version of the bilingual German PlateFinder – Deutscher Schildfinder appeared on the iOS App Store. This is the first iPad version of our most popular app for identifying license plates–in Germany. (During the past six months, customers have downloaded more German PlateFinder apps than all our other PlateFinders together! … and most of the downloads are the German-language version.)

The Montana PlateFinder is our second most popular PlateFinder. Watch for a new version of that app “real soon now.”

Search Bar for German PlateFinder/Deutscher Schildfinder

Note the new search bar at the top of the screen

The German PlateFinder (also available in German as Deutscher Schildfinder to iOS devices with German as their default language) now sports a search bar! Hopefully this will help you locate that elusive license plate code that defies discovery! (The German PlateFinder has more than 400 codes found on present-day license plates in Germany.)

Watch for search bars on our other PlateFinder apps–coming “real soon now.”

And, yes, we have a long list of enhancements to the PlateFinders–as well as other non-PlateFinder apps!


(FWIW, There are more downloads of the German PlateFinder than of all other of our PlateFinders combined–most of the downloads are to German devices!)

German PlateFinder / Deutscher Schildfinder Released This Week

Three days ago our latest iPhone app in the “PlateFinder” series appeared in the iPhone App Store. The German PlateFinder (Deutscher Schildfinder in German) is our most aggressive undertaking thus far. Here are a few highlights:

  • If your iOS device’s default language (in Settings) is German, the entire app appears in German. For other languages, the interface defaults to English
  • All 451 of the current location codes that appear on German license plates appear in the app.
  • In order to facilitate the location of a given code, an index appears at the right-hand side of the main view.
  • (Yes, there are plans to add a search bar at the top of the main view, to facilitate searches for specific locations and codes.)
  • Like our other PlateFinder apps, this one is free.
This is our first venture in internationalized apps. Please send suggestions, feedback, complaints and bug reports to