United States License Plate Designs and Serial Formats - Current Standard-issue Passenger Plate Designs and Serial Formats

Current Standard-issue Passenger Plate Designs and Serial Formats

The following tables give information on license plates currently being issued, with 2009 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.

Jurisdiction First issued Type/slogan Design Plate style Serial format Image
Alabama January 2, 2009 standard type:
Sweet Home Alabama
black on Gulf Coast landscape Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Numerically coded by county:
  • 0A12B34 (single-digit counties)
  • 00A12B3 (double-digit counties)
early 2007 optional type:
God Bless America
dark blue on American flag background Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB12345
12345AB
Alaska January 2, 2008 Celebrating Statehood 1959-2009 dark blue on mountain landscape background Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC123
American Samoa 1999 Centennial 2000 blue on reflective white Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
1234
Arizona 2008 Grand Canyon State black on desert landscape Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC1234
Arkansas 2006 The Natural State black on a diamond background, representing Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC
California late 2011 dmv.ca.gov dark blue on white with red state name graphic and dmv.ca.gov printed in red at the bottom Embossed serial Reflective sheeting 1ABC234 (car)
1A23456, 12345A6 (truck/light commercial)
Colorado 2000 dark green on reflective white grey and green Rocky Mountains scene graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC
Connecticut 2000 Constitution State dark blue on blue and white gradient fade Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123•ABC
Delaware 1969 The First State gold on navy blue Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123456 (variable number of digits)
District of Columbia 2003 Taxation without Representation blue on reflective white with screened red flag separator Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB-1234
2001 www.dc.gov Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB-1234
Florida December 2003 standard type:
myFLORIDA.com with county name (except Miami-Dade County)
green on reflective white with state map and citrus orange graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
2003 to 2009:
A00 0AA to X99 9ZZ

2006 to 2009:
000 HAA to 999 YZZ

Nov 2009:
AAA A00 to YZZ Z99

December 2003 standard type:
myFLORIDA.com with "Sunshine State" slogan
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
October 1, 2008 optional type:
myFLORIDA.com with "In God We Trust" slogan
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 4GA
123 4HA
Georgia May 2012 standard type:
Peach State GEORGIA with county name sticker or "In God We Trust" slogan
black on reflective sky with rolling hills with a Peachtree and peaches Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC1234
May 2012 optional type:
GEORGIA with county name sticker or "In God We Trust" slogan
Black on reflective white Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC1234
Guam February 27, 2009 Tano Y Chamorro black on reflective white with grey latte stone and three red bougainvillea flowers at center Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
AB 1234
Hawaii 1991 Aloha State black on reflective white with rainbow graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • ABC 123, where first letter is A-G, J, N, P, or R-Z (City and County of Honolulu)
  • HAB 123 (Hawai‘i County)
  • KAB 123 (Kaua‘i County)
  • MAB 123 (Maui County)
Idaho 2008 Famous Potatoes black on reflective white with red gradient and dark blue mountain scene Screened 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)
Illinois 2001 Land of Lincoln red on blue gradient fade with Abraham Lincoln portrait graphic in center Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3456
Indiana 2008 standard type:
white on dark blue with graphic of state coat of arms and county name sticker
Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123A
123AB
123ABC
optional type:
In God We Trust
white on dark blue with stylized American flag graphic Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
AB1234
optional type:
Lincoln's Boyhood Home
black on white with logo at left Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
BF1234
BH1234
Iowa 1997 blue on reflective white farm scene foreground and skyline background Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC
Kansas April 2007 dark blue on light blue gradient with state seal graphic and county code sticker Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC
Kentucky Unbridled Spirit dark blue on light blue graident with county name sticker Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC
Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise black on yellow-pink gradient with pelican graphic in center Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
Maine 1999 Vacationland black on reflective white with a chickadee and pine tassel graphic at left Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
1234 AB (variable number of digits preceding space)
Maryland www.Maryland.gov black on reflective white with state crest in center Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
1AB C23
June 2010-2015 upper: War of 1812

lower: WWW.STARSPANGLED200.ORG
blue on reflective white with Star-Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry on left Embossed serial
Reflective Sheeting
1A/B2345
Massachusetts 1988 The Spirit of America red on reflective white Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by month of expiration:
  • 123 AB4 (January through September)
  • 1AB 230 (October)
Michigan 2007 www.Michigan.gov blue on reflective white with blue box with state name Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 1234
Minnesota June 2009 Explore Minnesota.com, 10,000 Lakes black on reflective white with lake scene graphic Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC
Mississippi 2007 dark blue on Biloxi Light graphic with county name Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
Missouri June 2008 Show Me State dark blue on light blue gradient fade with state outline and bluebird graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by month of expiration:
AB1 C2D
Montana 2010 Treasure State white on blue with white state outline Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0-12345A (variable number of digits following divider)
Nebraska state.ne.us dark blue on light blue gradient with prairie scene and state outline Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties:
ABC 123
all other counties:

Coded by county of issuance:

  • 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)
Nevada The Silver State dark blue on sunset graphic Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123•ABC
New Hampshire Live Free or Die green on Old Man of the Mountain graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 456
123 4567
New Jersey 2010 Garden State black on yellow gradient fade Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
D12-ABC (from ABC-12D)
New Mexico 1989 Land of Enchantment red on yellow with yucca graphics, Zia symbol Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC
2010 upper: Centennial 1912-2012

lower: Land of Enchantment
yellow embossed serial, reflected read; large 'retro' Zia symbol; reflective turquoise background.
The phrase "Centennial 1912-2012" will be used through 2012
Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-123
New York 2010 Empire State dark blue on reflective gold Embossed serial
Reflective Sheeting
ABC-1234 (from FAA-1000)
North Carolina First in Flight blue on reflective white with stylized first flight at Kitty Hawk graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234
North Dakota 1993 Discover the Spirit black on light blue gradient fade with prairie scene graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
Northern Mariana Islands Hafa Adai dark blue on reflective white with seal in center Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
Ohio June 7, 2010 Beautiful Ohio Birthplace of Aviation Dark blue on rolling hills with farm, distant skyline, and airborne biplane Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 1234
Oklahoma 2009 Native America dark red on white and blue with photograph of Sacred Rain Arrow sculpture (2009) Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123ABC
Oregon dark blue on fir tree and mountain graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC
Pennsylvania 2006 visitPA.com blue on reflective white with yellow and blue bars Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234
Puerto Rico Isla del Encanto (Island of Enchantment) black on reflective blue with Fortaleza and sunset graphics Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-123
Cincuentenario 1952-2002 black on reflective flag graphics Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
Rhode Island 1997 Ocean State dark blue on stylized grey and white ocean wave graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
AB-123 (Passenger Vehicle)

123-456 (Passenger Vehicle), starting number 710-001 issued from Jan, 2007.
12345 (Combination Vehicle)

South Carolina summer 2008 standard type:
travel2sc.com
black on orange, white, and blue gradient with palmetto tree in center Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
optional type:
In God We Trust
black on multicolored background Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 4AB
South Dakota 2006 Great Faces. Great Places. blue on Mount Rushmore graphic Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0AB 123
  • 00A 123
  • 00A B23 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 00A BC3 (following exhaustion of above format)
Tennessee 2006 The Volunteer State black on reflective white with mountain scene and county name sticker Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC
Texas July 2012 The Lone Star State Black on flat reflective white plate with 5-point Lone Star in the upper left corner, TEXAS in upper center, and THE LONE STAR STATE slogan in bottom center. Registration number is larger than in previous series. Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234
Utah Life Elevated and Greatest Snow on Earth dark blue on skier graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3BC
Life Elevated dark blue on graphic of Delicate Arch Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
A12 3BC (first letter progressing backwards from Z)
Vermont Green Mountain State white on green Debossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123
U.S. Virgin Islands America's Caribbean black on beach scene graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC 123 (coded by island of issuance)
Virginia dark blue on reflective white with blue state name Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
ABC-1234 (progressing backwards from ZZZ-9999)
Washington 1987 Evergreen State dark blue on reflective white with light blue Mount Rainier graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123 ABC

ABC1234

West Virginia Wild, Wonderful blue on reflective white with state name in dark blue bar Embossed 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)
Wisconsin America's Dairyland black on reflective white with stylized lake and farm graphic Embossed serial
Reflective sheeting
123-ABC
Wyoming 2008 black on Grand Tetons graphic Screened serial
Reflective sheeting
Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0-12345 (variable number of digits following divider)
  • 00-12345 (variable number of digits following divider)

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