Vehicle registration plates of Kansas

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The U.S. state of Kansas first required its residents to register their vehicles and display license plates in 1910.

Passenger plates 1910 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that fixed the size for license plates for vehicles, except those for motorcycles, at six inches in height by twelve inches in width, with standardized mounting holes. The 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first Kansas license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Kansas 1924 192-144.jpg 1924 White lettering on green base 1234
1933-Kansas-license-plate.jpg 1933 White lettering and border embossed on black base 12-3456
Kansas 1949 11-3987.jpg 1949 Black lettering on silver base THE WHEAT STATE embossed and centered along bottom. 1234 1950 green lettering on silver base
THE WHEAT STATE embossed
Kansas 1951 JW-201.jpg 1951 White lettering on dark blue base THE WHEAT STATE embossed and centered along bottom. 1234 1952 white tab with black letters reading 52

1953 yellow tab with black letters

Kansas 1954 JW-3154.jpg 1954 Black lettering on white base THE WHEAT STATE embossed and centered along bottom. 1234 1955 blue plate with white letters

THE WHEAT STATE on bottom 1956 white back with black letters THE WHEAT STATE on bottom 1957 white with red letters THE WHEAT STATE on bottom 1958 blue with yellow letters THE WHEAT STATE on bottom 1959 yellow with blue letters THE WHEAT STATE on bottom 1960 white with blue letters centennial 1961 on bottom 1961 white with black letters centennial 1961 on bottom 1962 white with green letters 1963 green with white letters 1964 blue with white letters

1965 KS passenger plate.jpg 1965 White embossed digits on red background; KANSAS and last two digits of year of registration embossed and centered along top. MIDWAY USA embossed and centered along bottom. 1234
KS 1989.jpg 1989 Blue digits embossed on white background, stylized "Kansas" screened and centered across top with stripes ABC 123
KS 1995.jpg 1995 Black digits embossed on blue/white/tan gradient background; screened wheat in centre; stylized "Kansas" screened and centered along top. ABC 123
2000 Black digits embossed on white background; screened sunflowers in bottom left corner; stylized "Kansas" screened and centered along top. ABC 123
KS 2002.jpg 2002 Black digits embossed on screened State Capital in center with sunflowers in bottom left corner; Kansas screened and centered along top ABC 123
Kansas license plate.jpg 2007 Blue digits embossed on light blue background; screened state seal, bold "Kansas" screened and centered across top 123 ABC

County coding[edit]

Kansas has a system of county codes used for identification of the home county of a state resident or company on license plates and state tax forms.[1]

The codes are two letters based on the first letter of and another letter in the name of the county. There is no true convention for the selection of the letters; for example, Bourbon County is the only county that begins with "BO," yet its code is "BB." In most cases, but not all, as noted above, the only county that begins with two particular letters gets those letters. Exceptions are Decatur, Dickinson, Hodgeman, Leavenworth, Logan, McPherson (MC is used for Mitchell), Norton (NO is used for Neosho), Pawnee, and Pottawatomie.

The two-letter code began appearing on Kansas license plates in 1951. From 1930 to 1950, the code was a number based on the order a county ranked in terms of population based on the 1920 United States Census. From 1951 until 1988, the two letters were stamped on the license plate on the far left side, one letter on top of the other. Since then, the letters are on a sticker applied to the upper-left corner of the plate.

There is also a place on the address form of Kansas tax forms to place the county code.

County 1930-50 numerical code 1951-present letter code
Allen County 24 AL
Anderson County 52 AN
Atchison County 15 AT
Barber County 67 BA
Barton County 33 BT
Bourbon County 17 BB
Brown County 25 BR
Butler County 9 BU
Chase County 81 CS
Chautauqua County 63 CQ
Cherokee County 10 CK
Cheyenne County 82 CN
Clark County 91 CA
Clay County 41 CY
Cloud County 36 CD
Coffey County 44 CF
Comanche County 90 CM
Cowley County 8 CL
Crawford County 4 CR
Decatur County 74 DC
Dickinson County 18 DK
Doniphan County 45 DP
Douglas County 16 DG
Edwards County 79 ED
Elk County 68 EK
Ellis County 38 EL
Ellsworth County 64 EW
Finney County 71 FI
Ford County 35 FO
Franklin County 21 FR
Geary County 47 GE
Gove County 88 GO
Graham County 76 GH
Grant County 103 GT
Gray County 89 GY
Greeley County 105 GL
Greenwood County 32 GW
Hamilton County 101 HM
Harper County 51 HP
Harvey County 28 HV
Haskell County 100 HS
Hodgeman County 93 HG
Jackson County 42 JA
Jefferson County 46 JF
Jewell County 43 JW
Johnson County 19 JO
Kearny County 98 KE
Kingman County 57 KM
Kiowa County 85 KW
Labette County 11 LB
Lane County 97 LE
Leavenworth County 7 LV
Lincoln County 66 LC
Linn County 49 LN
Logan County 95 LG
Lyon County 13 LY
Marion County 23 MN
Marshall County 20 MS
McPherson County 26 MP
Meade County 86 ME
Miami County 31 MI
Mitchell County 55 MC
Montgomery County 5 MG
Morris County 54 MR
Morton County 94 MT
Nemaha County 34 NM
Neosho County 22 NO
Ness County 75 NS
Norton County 61 NT
Osage County 29 OS
Osborne County 56 OB
Ottawa County 65 OT
Pawnee County 69 PN
Phillips County 58 PL
Pottawatomie County 39 PT
Pratt County 53 PR
Rawlins County 77 RA
Reno County 6 RN
Republic County 40 RP
Rice County 48 RC
Riley County 30 RL
Rooks County 70 RO
Rush County 73 RH
Russell County 60 RS
Saline County 14 SA
Scott County 96 SC
Sedgwick County 2 SG
Seward County 84 SW
Shawnee County 3 SN
Sheridan County 87 SD
Sherman County 80 SH
Smith County 50 SM
Stafford County 59 SF
Stanton County 104 ST
Stevens County 92 SV
Sumner County 12 SU
Thomas County 78 TH
Trego County 83 TR
Wabaunsee County 62 WB
Wallace County 99 WA
Washington County 37 WS
Wichita County 102 WH
Wilson County 27 WL
Woodson County 72 WO
Wyandotte County 1 WY

Optional types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Personalized motorcycle 2006 to 2010 registration years Brown on tan with brown buffalo. various various
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Personalized passenger 2006 to 2010 registration years Brown on tan with brown buffalo and embossed brown border in shape of state reminiscent of historical Kansas license plates and "Home On The Range" slogan. various various Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2005 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time Kansas was so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Personalized passenger 2010 to 2015 registration years Orange with yellow windmills and grass and "America's Heartland" slogan. various various

References[edit]

  1. ^ Codes from the 2005-06 Kansas state transportation map (index of counties).

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