United States license plate designs and serial formats

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In the United States, the appearance of license plates is frequently chosen to contain staples, cultures, or slogans associated with the issuing jurisdiction, which are the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, each of which independently registers motor vehicles.

Trends in serial formats[edit]

Formats for license plate numbers, which are usually alphanumeric, are chosen to provide enough unique serials for all motor vehicles a jurisdiction expects to register. Most states have issued plates using three letters followed by three numbers (ABC-123), but several either do not require this many plates or have outgrown this allocation. For example, less-populous states such as Delaware and Rhode Island are able to use six-digit all-numeric serials, while several populous states use seven-character formats of three letters and four numbers, including 1ABC234 in California and ABC-1234 in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas,[1] Virginia, and Washington, while Florida uses ABC-D12, Illinois uses A12-3456, and Maryland uses 1AB2345.

Trends in serial coding[edit]

In some states, info such as the month of expiration or the county of registration is incorporated into the plate's serial. The last number on a Massachusetts license plate indicates the month the vehicle's registration expires (for example, 1234 AB would expire in April, the fourth month; 0 indicates October expirations; and X and Y were used for November and December expirations, respectively, on commercial plates and pre-1978 passenger plates), as does the first number or letter on West Virginia plates (1 to 9 and O, N, and D for January through September and October, November, and December expirations, respectively). In Alabama, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, a one- or two-digit number representing the county of issue begins a license plate number. Standard-issue Idaho license plate numbers begin with a single-letter or a number-letter code representing the county of issue. County codes have been based on historical population figures, the county names in alphabetical order, or some combination thereof.

Only three places in the United States use letters to designate a residence where a vehicle was registered. In Hawaii, the license plates have a unique letter designation based on the island counties that residents purchased or registered the vehicles from; the first letter starting with A-G, J, N, P, or R-Z are issued to residents who live in The City and County of Honolulu, while H is registered in Hawai‘i County, K is issued to vehicles in Kaua‘i County and M for vehicles registered in Maui County. in the State of Idaho the first one or two characters are used to designate the county of residence/registration. For example all vehicles registered in Ada county start with 1A, vehicles in Twin Falls County start with 2T and vehicles in Valley county start with V (as there is only one county that starts with the letter V). In the US territory of Guam, the license plates use the first two letters that are coded by village of issuance, for example, "TM-1234" refers to a vehicle that was registered by a person who lives the village of Tamuning.

License plate numbers are usually assigned in ascending order, beginning with a starting point such as AAA-001. Thus an observer familiar with the sequence can determine roughly when the plate was issued. In a few cases, numbers have been assigned in descending order. For example, when Virginia switched to seven characters for its standard issue in 1993, numbers beginning with AAA-1000 were already in use for extra-cost, optional-issue plates; therefore, the new standard license plates were issued in descending order from ZZZ-9999. Virginia's "400th Anniversary" plate series, issued from 2003 until 2007, was numbered in ascending order from JAA-1001, commemorating the colony at Jamestown.

Other designations[edit]

Counties[edit]

Although increasingly few states place the full name of the county of registration explicitly on their standard-issue plates but not as part of the plate serial, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee continue the practice.

Florida allows its residents to choose either "Sunshine State" or "In God We Trust" slogans instead of their county, and in Miami-Dade County, all plates are issued with one of these slogans due to the targeting for crimes of cars registered there in the early 1990s. Florida also terminated a practice by which plates registered to rented vehicles had the letter Y or Z as their first digit, which also led to targeting of cars for theft due to the ease of replacement and the softer hit on the affected driver. The Georgia, as of 2011, allows drivers to choose the slogan "In God We Trust" in place of the county name where the vehicle is registered.

Indiana and Ohio display two-number county codes, while Kansas plates display two-letter county codes, but none of these three is a part of the plate serial and instead are placed in the corner of the plate in a smaller font size. Texas places the county name on the windshield registration sticker, but it likewise is not part of the plate serial.

Vehicle type[edit]

In most states, plates for vehicles, other than passenger cars, such as trucks and trailers, may use different numbering formats, either with or without the vehicle type appearing explicitly on the plate.

Persons with disabilities[edit]

In the states, special plates displaying the International Symbol of Accessibility are issued to persons with disabilities that entitle them to special parking privileges. Alternately, a placard, which in some jurisdictions can be hung from the rear view mirror, is issued and has the advantage of being transferred from vehicle to vehicle.

Current standard-issue passenger plate designs and serial formats[edit]

The following tables give information on license plates currently being issued, with 2013 or later expiration dates, for private (non-commercial) use on passenger vehicles by the governments of the fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Information on serial numbering patterns is also given. Older designs and serial formats previously issued may still be valid for continued usage in certain jurisdictions; these are noted in a separate table below.

In addition to "regular" passenger plates, all jurisdictions also provide plates for other types of vehicles that may only be roughly similar in design and layout. Additionally, there has been a recent explosion in the field of what are called "specialty" plates to promote specific causes or interests. These plates are usually offered at an additional cost when the motorist registers his or her vehicle. To keep this table as simple as possible, most of these alternate types of plates will not be noted. More information may also be found within the individual articles for each state, as linked within the table. Exceptions to this guideline may be made for specialty plates that are available at no extra cost to the motorist, as these tend to be seen more commonly on the roads.

JurisdictionFirst issuedType/sloganDesignPlate styleSerial formatImage
AlabamaJanuary 2, 2014standard type:
black screened serial with lake and forest graphic
Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Numerically coded by county:[2]
  • 0AB1234 (single-digit counties)
  • 00AB123 (double-digit counties)[3]
October 2013[4]optional type:
God Bless America
black screened serial on reflective white; stylized U.S. flag at topScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
1234AB5
AlaskaJanuary 2010[5]The Last FrontierBlue on gold with state flagEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 1232007 Alaska License Plate.jpg
American Samoa1999Centennial 2000blue on reflective whiteEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
1234AS 2006.jpg
Arizona2008Grand Canyon Stateblack on desert landscapeScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC1234[6]
Arkansas2006The Natural Stateblack on a diamond background, representing Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro[7]Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC[8]
Californialate 2011dmv.ca.govdark blue on white with red state name graphic and slogan printed in red at the bottomEmbossed serial Reflective sheeting1ABC234[9]2011CALicense.jpg
Colorado2000dark green on reflective white grey and green Rocky Mountains scene graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC2003 Colorado License Plate.jpg
Connecticut2000Constitution Statedark blue on blue and white gradient fadeEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
1ABCD2 (2013–present)
123•ABC (2000-2013)[10]
Delaware1969The First Stategold on navy blueScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
123456 (variable number of digits)DE 2005.jpg
District of ColumbiaJuly 2013standard type:
Taxation without Representation; jurisdiction name displayed as "District of Columbia"
blue on reflective white with red flag separatorScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB-1234Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2001optional type:
www.washingtondc.gov[11]
Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
FloridaDecember 2003standard type:
myFLORIDA.com with county name[12] or "Sunshine State"
green on reflective white with state map and citrus orange graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC D12 (2009–present)
123 ABC (2006 to 2009)
A12 3BC (2003 to 2009)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
October 1, 2008optional type:
myFLORIDA.com with "In God We Trust" slogan
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 4ABBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
GeorgiaMay 2012standard type:
Peach State with county name or "In God We Trust" sticker
black on reflective blue with hills, peach tree, and peachesScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC1234Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
May 2012optional type:
GEORGIA with county name or "In God We Trust" sticker
black on reflective whiteScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
GuamFebruary 27, 2009Tano Y Chamorroblack on reflective white with grey latte stone and three red bougainvillea flowers at center[13]Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by municipality of issuance:
AB 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Hawaii1991Aloha Stateblack on reflective white with rainbow graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance: Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Idaho2008Famous Potatoesblack on reflective white with red gradient and dark blue mountain sceneScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • A 123456 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A 12345 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A B1234 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A BC123 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A 1B234 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 00A 1234 (variable number of digits following space)
IllinoisJuly 2001Land of Lincolnred on blue gradient fade with Abraham Lincoln portrait graphic in centerEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3456 (2006–present)
123 4567 (2001-2006)[14]
2001 Illinois License Plate.jpg
IndianaJanuary 2013standard type:
Bicentennial 1816-2016
black on white with yellow gradient and blue outline of state, stars, and "200"Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123A
123AB
123ABC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
optional type:
In God We Trust
black on white with American flag graphicScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Iowalate 2011black on reflective white farm scene foreground and city skyline backgroundScreened serial
Reflective sheeting [15]
ABC 123 (December 2012 – present)
123 ABC (2011-2012)
IowaLicensePlate2011.gif
KansasApril 2007dark blue on light blue gradient with state seal graphic and county code stickerEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABCKansas license plate.jpg
Kentucky2005standard type:
Unbridled Spirit
dark blue on light blue graident with county name stickerEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC2011 Kentucky License Plate.jpg
2011optional type:
In God We Trust
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Louisiana2013[16]Sportsman's Paradiseblack on yellow-pink gradient with pelican graphic in centerEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Maine1999Vacationlandblack on reflective white with a chickadee and pine tassel graphic at leftEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
1234 AB (variable number of digits preceding space)Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
MarylandJune 2010War of 1812blue on reflective white with Star-Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry at left[17]Embossed serial
Reflective Sheeting
1AB2345Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Massachusetts1988The Spirit of Americared on reflective whiteEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by month of expiration:
  • 1ABC 23
  • 1AB 234
  • 123 AB4
  • 12A B34
  • 123 ABC
MA-Base-Plate.jpg
Michigan2013Pure Michiganblue on reflective white with blue wave at bottomEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 1234MI 12 Sample.jpg
2013The Mackinac Bridgewhite on orange and blue with stylized Mackinac Bridge in backgroundEmbossed Serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
MinnesotaJune 2009Explore Minnesota.com, 10,000 Lakesblack on reflective white with lake scene graphicScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABCBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
MississippiOctober 2012"Birthplace of America's Music"dark blue on guitar graphic and "Celebrating Mississippi's Creative Culture" with county nameEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
MissouriJune 2008Show Me Statedark blue on light blue gradient fade with state outline and bluebird graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by month of expiration:
AB1 C2D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
MontanaJanuary 2010standard issue:
Treasure State
white on blue with white state outlineScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0-12345A (variable number of numbers following divider)
  • 00-1234A (variable number of digits following divider)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
optional issues:[18]
replica 1989 Centennial base
replica 1991 "Big Sky" base
replica 2000 base
replica 2006 "Big Sky Country" base
blue on white with gold and maroon graphicsABC123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
black on light blue gradient with multicolor state outlineCoded by county of issuance:
  • 0-12345A (variable number of numbers following divider)
  • 00-1234A (variable number of digits following divider)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
black on light blue with blue and tan graphicsBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
black on light blue gradient with multicolor state outlineBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
NebraskaJanuary 2011nebraska.govgreen on white with Western Meadowlark and goldenrodScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123[19]
Or coded by county of issuance:[20]
  • 0-A1234 (variable number of digits following letter)
  • 0-AB123 (following exhaustion of above format; variable number of digits following letter)
  • 00-A123 (variable number of digits following divider)
  • 00-AB12 (following exhaustion of above format; variable number of digits following divider)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
NevadaJanuary 2001The Silver Statedark blue on sunset graphicEmbossed or screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123•ABCBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
New HampshireJanuary 1999Live Free or Diegreen on Old Man of the Mountain graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 4567 (2000–present)
123 456 (1999)[21]
2000 New Hampshire License Plate.jpg
New Jersey2007Garden Stateblack on yellow gradient fadeEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
D12-ABC (2010–present)[22]
ABC-12D (2007-2010)
New Jersey 2008.jpg
New Mexico1989Land of Enchantmentred on yellow with turquoise yucca graphics and red ziaEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABCNmyellow90s.png
2010upper: Centennial 1912-2012

lower: Land of Enchantment
yellow on turquoise with large yellow and red ziaEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-123New Mexico Centennial License Plate 2010.jpg
New York2010Empire Statedark blue on reflective goldEmbossed serial
Reflective Sheeting
ABC-1234NY-2010-License-Plate.jpg
North Carolina2011[23]First in Flightblue on white with Wright Flyer graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
North Dakota1993Discover the Spiritblack on light blue gradient fade with prairie scene graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Northern Mariana Islands1989Hafa Adaidark blue on white with seal in centerEmbossed or Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
OhioJune 7, 2010Birthplace of Aviationblue on white various slogans in gray with a red borderEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 1234Ohio license plate 2013.jpg
Oklahoma2009Native Americadark red on white and blue with photograph of Sacred Rain Arrow sculpture[24]Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123ABC2010 Oklahoma License Plate.jpg
Oregon1990dark blue on fir tree and mountain graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC (2004–present)
ABC 123 (1990-2004)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Pennsylvania2006visitPA.comblue on white with yellow and blue barsEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-12342005 Sample Pennsylvania License Plate.jpg
Puerto Rico2011Puerto Rico Does It Better/Puerto Rico Lo Hace Mejorblack on white with green gradient at bottom and grey building in backgroundScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Rhode Island1996Ocean Statedark blue on stylized grey and white ocean wave graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-456 (2007–present[25]
AB-123 and 12345 (1996-2007)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
South Carolinasummer 2008standard type:
travel2sc.com
black on orange, white, and blue gradient with palmetto tree in centerScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
February 14, 2003optional type:
In God We Trust
black on multicolored backgroundEmbossed or screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123 4ABSouth Carolina In God We Trust License Plate.JPG
South Dakota2006Great Faces. Great Places.blue on Mount Rushmore graphicScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0AB 123
  • 0AB C12 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 00A 123
  • 00A B23 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 00A BC3 (following exhaustion of above format)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Tennessee2011www.tnvacation.comblack on mountain scene with county name stickerScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
A12-34BBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
TexasJuly 2012The Lone Star Stateblack on white with 5-point star in the upper left corner.Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234[1]Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Utahlate 2007Greatest Snow on Earth and Life Elevateddark blue on skier graphic[26][27]Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3BCBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
Life Elevateddark blue on graphic of Delicate ArchEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3BC[28]Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Vermont1985Green Mountain Statewhite on green with small white tree in top left cornerDebossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123 (1990–present)
12AB3 (1989)
1AB23 (1988)
123A4 (1986-1987)
1A234 (1985)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
U.S. Virgin Islands2005America's Caribbeanblack on beach scene graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by island of issuance:[29]
ABC 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Virginia2007[30]dark blue on white with blue state nameEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234[31]VA 2002.jpg
Washington1987Evergreen Statedark blue on white with light blue Mount Rainier graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC1234(2010–present)
123-ABC (1987-2020)
Washington 1998 522-SEP.jpg
West Virginia2006[32]Wild, Wonderfulblue on white with state name in dark blue barEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by month of expiration:
  • 0AB 123 (1 through 9 for January through September, respectively)
  • ABC 123 (O, N, and D for October, November, and December, respectively)
WV 2008.jpg
WisconsinJune 2000America's Dairylandblack on reflective white with stylized lake and farm graphicEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC2007 Wisconsin License Plate.jpg
Wyoming2008black on Grand Tetons graphicScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0-12345 (variable number of digits following divider)
  • 0-1234A (following exhaustion of above format; variable number of digits following divider)
  • 00-12345 (variable number of digits following divider)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg

Plate types no longer issued but still valid[edit]

Plates with the following designs and serial formats are no longer being issued but may still be valid for use in certain instances. This table does not include year of manufacture registrations.

JurisdictionDates issuedTypePlate styleSerial formatStatusImage
Alabama
early 2007-October 2013optional type:
God Bless America
dark blue on American flag backgroundAB12345
12345AB[3]
Being replaced upon expiration, October 2013 to October 2014.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Alaska1981—late 2004"The Last Frontier"; blue on gold with state flagEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
late 1997—late 2004"Gold Rush Centennial"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
January 2, 2008 – December 31, 2009"Celebrating Statehood 1959-2009"; dark blue on mountain landscape backgroundEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC123[33]Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
American Samoa
none
Arizona1980—1996white on maroonEmbossed serial
Reflective characters on nonreflective background
ABC-123Valid.Arizona license plate 1980 series.jpg
1996—late 2007desert scene with embossed serialsEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123•ABCBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
Arkansas
none
California1963—1969yellow on blackEmbossed serial
Non-reflective background
ABC 123Valid.California SAM-123.jpg
1969—1980yellow on blueEmbossed serial
Non-reflective background
123 ABCCalifornia 002-ZZZ.jpg
1980—January 19871ABC234California 1SAM123.jpg
January 1987—October 1987"The Golden State"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
CaliforniaGoldenState2GAT123.png
October 1987—1995blue on white with red embossed state nameEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
California 2SAM123 E.jpg
1995-1998, 2000-2011Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
blue on white with red screened state nameCalifornia license plate.jpg
1998— 2000"Sesquicentennial - 150 Years"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
California 4SAM123.jpg
Colorado1978—2000embossed mountain sceneReflective embossed serial
Non-reflective background
Coded by county of issuance: AB-1234, ABC-123, ABC1234Valid.1983 Colorado License Plate.jpg
1995 Colorado License Plate.jpg
Connecticut
none
Delawarewhite on blackup to 12-345Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
silver on blackup to 123456Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
yellow on blue without sloganup to 123456Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
District of Columbia"A Capital City"123-456Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
"Celebrate & Discover"1991-November 2000AB-1234 (1997-2000)
123-456 (1991-1997)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2001blue on reflective white with red flag separator and "WWW.Washingtondc.gov"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
BB-1234Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2001-July 2013blue on reflective white with red flag separator and "Taxation without Representation" with jurisdiction name displayed as "Washington, D.C."Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB-1234Washington, D.C. license plate.JPG
FloridaDecember 2003—early 2009green on reflective white with state map, citrus orange graphic, and myFLORIDA.com with county nameEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3BCBeing replaced on a ten year rolling basis.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
December 2003—2006green on reflective white with state map, citrus orange graphic, and myFLORIDA.com with "Sunshine State" slogan
Georgia1997—December 2003"...on my mind"123 ABC
12345 QA
1234 AB
1234 ABC
Valid.
December 2003—May 2007www.GEORGIA.govABC 1234
May 2007-May 2012GEORGIA.govABC 1234
Guamblack on reflective white with map graphic in center, "Tano Y Chamorro"Coded by municipality of issuance:
  • ABC1234 (variable number of digits following space)
  • ABC123A (following exhaustion of above format)
Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Hawaii
none
Idahodark blue on reflective white with red gradient and dark blue mountain scene, "Famous Potatoes"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • A 123456 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A 12345 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A B1234 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A BC123 (following exhaustion of above format)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Illinois
none
Indiana2008-2012white on dark blue with graphic of state coat of arms and county name stickerscreened serial
Reflective sheeting
123A
123AB
123ABC
Being replaced upon expiration in 2013.2008 Indiana Plate Selection.JPG
Iowa1997-late 2011blue on reflective white farm scene foreground and skyline backgroundEmbossed or screened serial
Reflective sheeting[15]
123 ABC[34]Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
KansasJanuary 2001-April 2007state capitolEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Kentucky
none
Louisiana1993-2001, 2004-2005"Sportsman's Paradise" without pelicanEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
January 2002-early 2004"Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial 1803-2003" written in early 18th-century lettering and has the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial logo as the separator[35]Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2011-2013"200 Years"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Maine
none
Marylandno sloganABC 123, 1AB C23Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
— June 2010www.Maryland.govblack on reflective white with state crest in center1AB C23Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Massachusettsgreen on white (coded by month of expiration)
"The Spirit of America" (coded by month of expiration)
123-450
120-ABC
Valid.MassPlateGreen1.jpg
Michigan1996-2007optional type:
"Great Lakes Splendor"
1AB C23[36]ValidMichigan Great Lakes Splendor License Plate.JPG
1996optional type:
"World's Motor Capital"
Embossed Serial - Reflective SheetingABC 12
12 ABC
ValidMichigan Centennial Licence Plate 1996.JPG
2007-2013optional type:
"www.Michigan.gov"
Embossed Serial - Reflective SheetingABC 1234[37]ValidMI 2008.jpg
optional type:
Spectacular Peninsulas
Green and Blue with Great Lakes Outline on Reflective White with Black CharactersEmbossed Serial
Reflective sheeting
1AB C23Michigan Spectacular Peninsulas license plate.jpg
Minnesotacirca 2000—2008blue on reflective white with lake scene graphic, "Explore Minnesota; 10,000 lakes"; second slogan displayed in small blue gradient across bottom of plateEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-123Being replaced on a seven-year rolling basis.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2008—2009black on reflective white with lake scene graphic, "Explore Minnesota; 10,000 lakes"Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC
Mississippi
none
Missouri
none
Montana2006—2009black on grey and white gradient with mountain graphic; "Big Sky Country"Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0C-12345 (variable number of digits following divider)
  • 0C-1234A (following exhaustion of above format; variable number of digits following divider)
  • 0-12345A (variable number of digits following divider)
Valid if permanently registered.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Nebraska
none
Nevadawhite on blueA12345, AB1234, ABC123, 123ABCBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
New Hampshire
none
New Jersey1959—1969, 1970—1973black on tan, non-reflective, state abbreviated "N. J."ABC-123Valid.1959 New Jersey.jpg
1969—1970black on tan, reflective, state abbreviated "N. J."ABC-1231970 New Jersey.jpg
1973—1977black on tan, non-reflective, state abbreviated "N. J."123-ABC1973 New Jersey.jpg
1977—1979black on tan, non-reflective, full state name123-ABCNew Jersey 1977 Plate.jpg
1979—1985buff on blue, non-reflective123-ABC1979 New Jersey.jpg
1985ABC-1231985 New Jersey.jpg
1985—1992ABC-12D1986 New Jersey.jpg
1992—1993black on yellow and white gradient, reflective, sticker boxesABC12341992 New Jersey.jpg
1993—1999AB-123D1997 New Jersey.jpg
1999–2007black on yellow and white gradient with sticker boxesABC-12D[38]NJ 2007.jpg
New Mexico1999–2010Land of Enchantment
hot air balloon
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
NM1234
1NM234
12NM34
123NM4
1234NM'
AB 123
ABC123
Valid.
New York2001-2010dark blue on reflective white with blue bars (upper blue bar has the state name over a skyline of Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, and New York City; lower bar includes the words "The Empire State" in white)Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234[39]Valid.
North Carolina2007-2011red on reflective white with blue and red graphics, "First in Flight"ABC-1234Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
North Dakota
none
Northern Marianas Islands
none
Ohio1996-1998dark blue on gold gradient fade "The Heart of it All"ABC 1234Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
1998-2001dark blue on gold gradient fade "The Birthplace of Aviation"ABC 1234Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2001-2003red, white, and blue "Ohio Bicentennial"AB12CD
2004-2010dark blue on reflective white with state seal ("Sunburst") graphic and red and blue barsABC 1234
2010-2013"Beautiful Ohio": Dark blue on rolling hills with farm, distant skyline, and airborne biplaneABC 1234Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Oklahoma
none
Oregon1956-1959gold on blue1A-1234Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
1959-1964gold on blue with "Pacific Wonderland" sloganBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
1964-1974gold on blueABC 123 (A-M corresponds to January–December, skipping I)Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
1974–1988blue on goldABC 123 (A-M corresponds to January–December, skipping I; N and later series had no month correlation)Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
1988–1990blue on light green tree graphicABC 123 (A-M corresponds to January–December, skipping I, N-series had no month correlation)Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Pennsylvania1999-2004blue on blue, white and yellow gradient, "www.state.pa.us"ABC-1234Valid.PA 00.jpg
Puerto Rico1986-2007standard issue:
black on reflective white with Fortaleza graphic, "Isla del Encanto"
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123validBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
optional issue:
black on reflective flag graphics, "Cincuentenario 1952-2002"
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
2007-2011standard issue:
black on reflective blue with Fortaleza graphic, "Isla del Encanto"
Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
ABC-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Rhode Island
none
South Carolina
none
South Dakota
none
Tennessee2006-2011black on mountain scene with "The Volunteer State" and county name stickerScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABCvalidBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
Texas2009-2012black on Davis Mountains and sky background with a lone star and streaks of red and blue in the upper-left cornerScreened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB1-C234Valid.2009 Texas License Plate.jpg
U.S. Virgin Islands
none
Utah1972-1985black on whiteEmbossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
ABC-123
Valid.Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
1985—2008blue on white with skier graphic, "Ski Utah!", and "Greatest Snow on Earth"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABCBlank License Plate Shape.jpg
1992—2008dark blue on Delicate Arch background; "Centennial"Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC[28]Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
20022002 Winter Olympics commemorative plate with snowflake logo above "Salt Lake 2002" and the Olympic rings; "Olympic Winter 2002"[40]Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123A4Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Vermont
none
Virginia1979 series (wide die)Jamestown (400th anniversary)ABC-123

ABC-1234 (forward from JAA-1000)

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
Washington
none
West VirginiaDecember 2002—early 2006blue on reflective white with state name in dark blue bar, "Wild, Wonderful / www.callwv.com"Coded by month of expiration:
  • 0AB 123 (1 through 9 for January through September, respectively)
  • ABC 123 (O, N, and D for October, November, and December, respectively)
Valid.WV 2006.jpg
Wisconsin
none
Wyoming
none

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ "Alabama County Codes". 15q.net. 2010-10-03. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  3. ^ a b "License Plates". Licenseplates.cc. 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ http://revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle/gba.cfm
  5. ^ Same style also was issued from late 2004 until December 2007.
  6. ^ "License Plates". Licenseplates.cc. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration". State.ar.us. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  8. ^ "License Plates". Licenseplates.cc. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  9. ^ 12345A1 issued to trucks
  10. ^ Plus remakes of serials issued on previous bases: 1234, 12345, 123•456, A•123, AB•123, AB•1234
  11. ^ "District of Columbia: Department of Motor Vehicles - Services - Plates - Taxation without Representation Plates". Dmv.dc.gov. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  12. ^ except Miami-Dade County
  13. ^ "DRT launches new license plates"[dead link]
  14. ^ Plus 12 345, 123 456, AB 1234, ABC 123, A12 345 as remakes of serials issued on previous bases.
  15. ^ a b [2]
  16. ^ Also issued 2005-2011.
  17. ^ "In The News". Starspangled200.org. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  18. ^ }https://doj.mt.gov/driving/license-plates/
  19. ^ In Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties.
  20. ^ all other counties
  21. ^ Plus 1234, 12345, and ABC123 as remakes of serials issued on previous base.
  22. ^ "ALPCA Garden State Region » Blog Archive » New Format Plate Spotted in the Wild!". Alpcagardenstate.org. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  23. ^ Also issued 1982-early 2007.
  24. ^ "Plate Retention Program 2008". Tax.ok.gov. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  25. ^ http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/projo/access/1192776441.html?dids=1192776441:1192776441&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jan+10%2C+2007&author=Bruce+Landis%3BJournal+Staff+Writer&pub=The+Providence+Journal&edition=&startpage=A.1&desc=State%27s+new+license+plates+go+by+the+numbers[dead link]
  26. ^ "Deseret news article on new Utah plates". Deseretnews.com. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  27. ^ Frey, David. "New West news article on new Utah plates". Newwest.net. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  28. ^ a b First letter progressing backwards from Z.
  29. ^ C: St. Croix, J: St. John, T: St. Thomas
  30. ^ Also issued 1994-July 2002.
  31. ^ Progressing backwards from ZZZ-9999.
  32. ^ Also issued 1995-December 2000.
  33. ^ "License Plates". Licenseplates.cc. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  34. ^ [3]
  35. ^ Regulation License Plate to Commemorate Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial.
  36. ^ A12 34B issued to light trucks.
  37. ^ AB 12345 issued to commercial vehicles.
  38. ^ "Jim Moini's License Plates". Moini.net. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  39. ^ Plus ABC-123, 1AB-234, A1B-234, A12-3BC, AB1-23C as remakes of serials issued on previous bases.
  40. ^ http://dmv.utah.gov/license-plates/standard-issue-plates

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