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 14, 2014  –  Added photos of current Rhode Island, District of Columbia, and Alabama plates.  Added a photo of a current Nebraska county-coded plate.  Replaced photo of a current Nebraska metro-area format plate. 
  • September 18, 2014  –  Replaced photos of current Minnesota and Wisconsin plates. 
  • August 11, 2014  –  Added images of current Georgia no-cost optional and Mississppi plates, and an older-format New Jersey plate.  Replaced candid image of a current Ohio plate with that of one I've added to my collection.  Replaced candid image of a current Missouri plate with that of one I've acquired.  Replaced someone else's photo of a current North Dakota plate with a candid photo I took myself.  Replaced candid image of a current Vermont plate with another candid image with the expiration sticker in the correct position.  Removed embossed Iowa plate, as this design is no longer in use. 
  • June 12, 2014  –  Added a photo of the new flat New Jersey plate.  Replaced candid photo of the current Indiana standard plate with that of one I've added to my collection. 
  • April 5, 2014  –  Added a photo of the new standard-issue Virginia is for Lovers plate. 
  • March 10, 2014  –  Added a current Nebraska plate.  Moved current Virginia palte to the recent column, as they're now issuing a plate with the tourism slogan Virginia is for Lovers at the bottom. 
  • February 3, 2014  –  Moved current Connecticut plate to the recent column, as they've decided to go back to using a dot separator between the third and fourth serial characters.  Moved current Alabama standard and no-cost optional plates to the recent column, as they're now issuing both of these plates with new designs.  Moved current Louisiana plate to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with a new design.  Removed previous-design Indiana and Mississippi plates, as they're no longer on the road. 
  • October 17, 2013  –  Added photos of the latest Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana plate designs.  Added photos of Connecticut and Iowa plates with the latest serial formats. 

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
Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island
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
(mini-vans, SUVs)
Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland
District of Columbia
(standard)
District of Columbia District of Columbia 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
North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
Southeast
Current design and format Recent designs and/or other serial formats also in use
South Carolina
(standard)
South Carolina
South Carolina
(no-cost option)
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 Alabama
Alabama
(no-cost option)
Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama 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 Minnesota
North Dakota North 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 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
(Jackson photo, above)
New Mexico
(standard #2)
New Mexico New Mexico
Colorado Colorado
Utah
(standard #1)
Utah
(Jackson photo, above)
Utah
Utah
(standard #2)
Utah
(Jackson photo, above)
Utah Utah
Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona
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 Montana Montana
Idaho Idaho Idaho Idaho
Oregon Oregon Oregon
Washington Washington
(Clinchy photo, above)
Washington
Alaska Alaska Alaska Alaska 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, and Debbie Kretschmer. 

Jackson, Clinchy, D. Kretschmer, and Hager photographs are presumed to be copyrighted, and were submitted by and used with permission of Chirstopher Jackson, Ross Clinchy, and Debbie Kretschmer, respectively.  Fazekas plate is from the collection of Jeff Fazekas. 


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