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
  • August 22, 2015  –  Added a photo of a Connecticut plate with the most recent previous numbering format. 
  • July 22, 2015  –  Added photos of a standard North Carolina plate with the new month/year expiration sticker, and a no-cost optional North Carolina plate.  Replaced standard New Mexico plate photo with one I took myself.  Added placeholder for new Alaska no-cost optional plate.  Removed previous-design Arkansas plate photo, as I was just in Arkansas for several days and saw none of these in use. 
  • February 16, 2015  –  Added photo of an optional Montana plate.  Moved current Nevada palte to the recent column, as they're now issuing plates with a different numbering format. 
  • January 22, 2015  –  Added photo of the current Alabama optional God Bless America plate.  Replaced photo of the current Utah Greatest Snow on Earth plate.  Removed previous-generation Alabama standard and optional plates, as they're no longer in use. 
  • 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. 

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 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
(standard)
North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
North Carolina
(no-cost option)
North Carolina
(Casadonte photo, above)
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
(no-cost option)
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
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
Colorado Colorado
Utah
(standard #1)
Utah Utah
Utah
(standard #2)
Utah
(Jackson photo, above)
Utah Utah
Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona
Nevada 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
(no cost option)
Montana
Idaho Idaho Idaho Idaho
Oregon Oregon Oregon
Washington Washington
(Clinchy photo, above)
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, and Paul Casadonte. 

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


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