U.S. passenger car license plate

Rick Kretschmer's License Plate Archives 

U.S. passenger car license plate

Gallery of Current U.S. License Plates

Standard issue and no-cost optional passenger car plates in current use

 

Plates from 51 of 56 states and other jurisdictions are shown on this page. 

Latest noteworthy updates to this page
  • October 11, 2016  –  Added photos of new current plate designs for Connecticut, Maryland, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 
  • September 26, 2016  –  Added a new photo of a current format Massachusetts plate, and moved the previous current format plate to the recent column.  While both formats are current, the majority of them being issued are in the format of the new photo.  Replaced photos of current West Virginia, Florida, and Arizona plates and the most recent Texas plate.  Moved current Maryland plates to the recent plates column, since they've begun issuing plates with a completely new design.  Moved current Louisiana and Colorado plates to the recent plates column, as they're both now issuing plates with a new numbering format.  Moved current New Mexico standard #2 plate to the recent column, as they're now instead issuing a similar plate that doesn't say anything about the statehood centennial.  Moved all current Montana plates to the recent column, as they've begun issuing plates with wider, more legible plate number characters. 
  • July 26, 2016  –  Added a photo of a flat Nevada plate with the current one-letter numbering format. 
  • June 26, 2016  –  Flipped current and previous Rhode Island plate photos, as the state has reverted to issuing five-character alphanumeric plate numbers.  Removed photos of all-numeric, embossed District of Columbia plates, as these have been replaced with current-design flat plates bearing the same numbers.  Removed photos of embossed Minnesota and Idaho plates, as these are no longer valid for use.  Added a placeholder for a second Alabama no-cost optional plate now being issued. 
  • March 16, 2016  –  Moved both South Carolina standard and optional plates from the current column to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with completely new designs.  Added a photo of the new current South Carolina standard plate.  Added a photo of the previous design Colorado plate.  Moved current South Dakota plate to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with a completely new design.  Moved current Tennessee plate to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with a different numbering format.  Moved previous West Virginia plate back to the current column; even though there's a new numbering format, the old format is still also being issued.  Moved a previous Louisiana plate back to the current column, as they've reverted to issuing new plates with a previous design. 
  • February 7, 2016  –  Added a photo of a current Nevada plate. 
  • February 4, 2016  –  Moved current North Dakota plate to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with a completely new design.  Moved current West Virginia standard plate to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with a different numbering format.  Replaced photo of the optional North Carolina First in Freedom plate taken by someone else with that of one I photographed myself.  Replaced current Alaska plate photo. 

Introduction

The images shown on this page are U.S. passenger car plate designs that are in current use.  Both standard plates and optional designs available for no additional cost are shown.  Optional designs that cost extra are far too numerous for the scope of this project, and therefore are not shown. 

The left column shows the plate design and serial format currently being issued; included in the right column are older designs no longer being issued but still on the road, and additional serial formats that either are concurrently being issued or were previously issued.  Only older designs and formats issued within about the last 20 years or so, and still in use, are shown.  Even so, not all such older designs and formats are shown, either due to space considerations, or because I do not have any photo available. 

Passenger car plates are used not just for sedans, but also station wagons, mini-vans, and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), in all states except Delaware and Maryland.  For those two states, I've included images of both sedan and non-sedan private passenger vehicle plates.  In some states, passenger car plates are also used for other types of vehicles, such as pickup trucks, motor homes, and buses; however, I'm not otherwise addressing these vehicle types on this page. 

If you have, or can take, a digital photo of a plate not shown below, send it to me in an e-mail attachment.  I'll add it to this page, and will credit you for submitting it. 

Gallery of current U.S. passenger car plates

Plates shown on this page are from a variety of sources, including my collection, my trade box, plates in actual use, and submissions by others.  All photographs were taken by me, unless otherwise credited. 

New England
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
Maine Maine
New Hampshire New Hampshire
Vermont Vermont
Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts
Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island
Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut
(Clinchy photo, stickered plate above)
Northeast
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
New York New York New York
New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Delaware
(sedans)
Delaware Delaware Delaware
Delaware
(station wagons,
mini-vans, SUVs)
Delaware Delaware
Maryland
(sedans,
station wagons)
Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland
Maryland
(mini-vans, SUVs)
Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland
District of Columbia
(standard)
District of Columbia District of Columbia District of Columbia
District of Columbia
(no-cost option)
District of Columbia
Mid-South
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia
West Virginia
(standard)
West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
West Virginia
(no-cost option)
West Virginia
Kentucky
(standard)
Kentucky Kentucky
Kentucky
(no-cost option)
Kentucky
Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
North Carolina
(standard)
North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
North Carolina
(no-cost option)
North Carolina
Southeast
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
South Carolina
(standard)
South Carolina South Carolina
South Carolina
(no-cost option)
South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina
Georgia Georgia
(Fazekas plate, above)
Georgia Georgia Georgia
Georgia
(no-cost option)
Georgia
Florida
(standard #1)
Florida Florida Florida Florida
Florida
(standard #2)
Florida Florida Florida Florida
Florida
(no-cost option)
Florida Florida
Alabama
(standard)
Alabama
Alabama
(no-cost option #1)
Alabama
Alabama
(no-cost option #2)
Alabama
Mississippi Mississippi
Great Lakes
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
Ohio Ohio Ohio Ohio Ohio Ohio
Michigan Michigan Michigan
Indiana
(standard)
Indiana
Indiana
(no-cost option)
Indiana
Illinois Illinois Illinois Illinois Illinois
Wisconsin Wisconsin
North Central
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa
Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota
North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota
South Dakota South Dakota South Dakota South Dakota
Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska
South Central
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
Missouri Missouri Missouri
Kansas Kansas Kansas
Oklahoma Oklahoma
Arkansas Arkansas
Louisiana Louisiana Louisiana Louisiana Louisiana Louisiana
Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas
Southwest
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
New Mexico
(standard #1)
New Mexico
New Mexico
(standard #2)
New Mexico New Mexico New Mexico
Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado
(Benzie plate, green background plate above)
Utah
(standard #1)
Utah Utah
Utah
(standard #2)
Utah
(Jackson photo, above)
Utah Utah
Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona
Nevada Nevada
(Simmons photo, above)
Nevada Nevada Nevada
California California
(D. Kretschmer photo, above)
California California California
Northwest
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming
Montana
(standard)
Montana Montana Montana
Montana
(no-cost option)
Montana Montana
Montana
(additional
no-cost options)
Montana
Idaho Idaho Idaho
Oregon Oregon Oregon
Washington Washington Washington
Alaska
(standard)
Alaska Alaska Alaska Alaska
Alaska
(no-cost option)
Alaska
Islands
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Hawaii Hawaii
American Samoa American Samoa
Guam Guam
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands

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Page credits

Thanks to those who have directly contributed to the information on this page:  Chirstopher Jackson, Ross Clinchy, Jeff Fazekas, Debbie Kretschmer, Jeff Simmons, and Chris Benzie. 

Jackson, Clinchy, D. Kretschmer, and Simmons photographs are presumed to be copyrighted, and were submitted by and used with permission of Chirstopher Jackson, Ross Clinchy, Debbie Kretschmer, and Jeff Simmons, respectively.  Fazekas and Benzie plates are/were from the collections of Jeff Fazekas and Chris Benzie, respectively. 


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