11.3.8 Two-Digit Years in Dates

Date values with two-digit years are ambiguous because the century is unknown. Such values must be interpreted into four-digit form because MySQL stores years internally using four digits.

For DATETIME, DATE, and TIMESTAMP types, MySQL interprets dates specified with ambiguous year values using these rules:

For YEAR, the rules are the same, with this exception: A numeric 00 inserted into YEAR(4) results in 0000 rather than 2000. To specify zero for YEAR(4) and have it be interpreted as 2000, specify it as a string '0' or '00'.

Remember that these rules are only heuristics that provide reasonable guesses as to what your data values mean. If the rules used by MySQL do not produce the values you require, you must provide unambiguous input containing four-digit year values.

ORDER BY properly sorts YEAR values that have two-digit years.

Some functions like MIN() and MAX() convert a YEAR to a number. This means that a value with a two-digit year does not work properly with these functions. The fix in this case is to convert the YEAR to four-digit year format.