Vehicle registration plates of Colorado

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Since 1913, the U.S. state of Colorado has issued license plates for vehicles registered there.

Passenger plates 1959 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that standardized 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 Colorado license plate that complied with these standards. However, the 1954 (dated 1955) issue was six inches in height by twelve inches in width, although the mounting holes were not in these standardized positions.

Image Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1960 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1961 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1962 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1963 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1964 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 AB-1234
Colorado 1966 RZ-8130.jpg 1966 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1967 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1968 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1971 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1972 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1973 AB-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1974 AB-1234
Colorado license plate centennial.jpg 1975 to 1976 Centennial (graphic) AB-1234 First multi-year baseplate. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1975 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Colorado has been so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976 Centennial (embossed) AB-1234 Issued at end of Centennial graphic supply.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976 to 1980s AB-1234
1983 Colorado License Plate.jpg 1980s to 1993 ABC-123
1995 Colorado License Plate.jpg 1993 to 1999 ABC1234
2003 Colorado License Plate.jpg 2000 dark green on reflective white with grey, and green mountain scene graphic 123-ABC 001-AAA to present

Non-passenger and optional types, 2000 to present[edit]

When the current passenger baseplate was introduced in 2000, the state simplified its non-passenger and specialty plates as well, issuing them in the same serial format—123-ABC—and with similar graphic elements.

Non-passenger types[edit]

2000 to present[edit]

The serials on non-passenger types are embossed unless noted.

Image Type Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Permanent Trailer Red background; stacked "PRM" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Tractor Red background; stacked "ATR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Trailer Red background; stacked "ATL" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Truck Red background; stacked "ATK" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado State Patrol Black background; surface-printed serials in a format of CSP 123.
Colorado - Commercial Fleet.jpg Commercial Fleet Red background; stacked "FLT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer Blue background; stacked "DLR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer—Demo Blue background; stacked "DMO" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer—In Transit Blue background; stacked "INT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Depot Blue background; stacked "DPT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person Green background; wheelchair in center; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Tractor Green background; stacked "FTR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Tractor—Personalized Green background; stacked "FTR" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Truck Green background; stacked "FTK" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Truck—Personalized Green background; stacked "FTK" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Government Green background; stacked "GVT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gross Vehicle Weight Tractor Red background; stacked "TVW" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gross Vehicle Weight Truck Red background; stacked "GVW" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gross Vehicle Weight Truck—Personalized Red background; stacked "GVW" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Manufacturer Blue background; stacked "MFG" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Recreational Truck Green background; stacked "RTK" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Mobile Machine Green background; stacked "SMM" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Mobile Machine—Exempt Green background; stacked "SMX" prefix; motorcycle-sized plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer Green background; stacked "TRL" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Transporter Blue background; stacked "TPR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck Green background; stacked "TRK" prefix.

Prior to 2000[edit]

Image Type Design Serial Format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person Reflective white on green. 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fleet Reflective gold on blue. 1234IA5

Optional types[edit]

2000 to present[edit]

Specialty types have surface-printed serials. Some types are available in personalized format, in which case the type logo, which normally appears at the center of the plate between the numbers and the letters of the serial, is absent.

Image Type Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 10th Mountain Division
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Adopt a Greyhound"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Cross—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Cross—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio—Commercial Stacked "CCL" prefix. Serial is callsign.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio—Passenger Stacked "SCL" prefix. Serial is callsign.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star of Valor—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star of Valor—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Truck/Tractor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Truck/Tractor—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Vehicle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Vehicle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado College—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado School of Mines
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado School of Mines—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado State University
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado State University—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Denver Firefighter
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer—Passenger Serial is embossed.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer—Passenger—Personalized
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer—Truck Stacked "TRK" prefix; serial is embossed.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran Handicapped—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran Handicapped—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Distinguished Service Cross—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Distinguished Service Cross—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Elks Care, Elks Share"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Airman
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Guardsman
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Marine
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Sailor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Soldier
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Fighter
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Growing Your Future"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Growing Your Future"—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorably Discharged Veteran
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorary Consul
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Horseless Carriage
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Korean War Veteran
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Medal of Honor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Member U.S. Congress
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Member U.S. Senate
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mesa State College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mesa State College—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Metro State College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Metro State College—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Collector—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Collector—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg National Guard
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy Cross
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NORAD Issued July 1, 2008 through January 1, 2010.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor Survivor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pioneer
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Prisoner of War
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Regis University
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Regis University—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Respect Life"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Respects Wildlife
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Passenger—Personalized
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the RoadMotorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Silver Star
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Representative R-000 serial format.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Senator S-00 serial format.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod—Personalized
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support EducationMotorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Colorado
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Colorado—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Denver
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Denver—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Northern Colorado
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Northern Colorado—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force Available only to veterans.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force 50th Anniversary Available to general public.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force Academy
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force Academy—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Army
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Army Special Forces
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Coast Guard
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Marine Corps
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Navy
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Vietnam Veteran
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Western State College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Western State College—Personalized No logo at center.

Prior to 2000[edit]

Image Type Serial Format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 10th Mountain Division 12345E
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Truck/Tractor 12Z34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Vehicle 12N34
12R34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer Coded by county of issuance:
A1B2345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter 12345F
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorably Discharged Veteran 12345B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pioneers 12345D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart 012345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg United States Air Force 12345C

References[edit]

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