Vehicle registration plates of Florida

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Since 1918, the U.S. state of Florida has issued license plates for vehicles registered there.

Passenger plates 1964 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 Florida license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Florida 1964 7-5661.jpg 1964 blue on orange Sunshine State
Florida 1965 7-51135.jpg 1965 reflective gold on red 400th Anniversary
Florida 1968 7-35064.jpg 1968 reflective white on black Sunshine State 12-3456
Florida 1969 7W-20106.jpg 1969 reflective white on red Sunshine State 12-3456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1971 red on reflective white Sunshine State 12-3456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1972 green on reflective white Sunshine State 12-3456
Florida 1973 34D-255.jpg 1973 green on reflective white Sunshine State 12-3456
Florida 1974 11WW-517.jpg 1974 red on reflective white Sunshine State 12-3456
Florida 1979 11W19535.jpg 1975 red on reflective white Sunshine State 12-3456
Florida 1979 CYD 913.jpg 1977 green on reflective white with graphic state name none ABC 123 AAA 000 to FAZ 999 later with county name stickers
Florida 1983 XRN 061.jpg 1978 green on reflective white with graphic of state map county name ABC 123
123 ABC
FBA 000 to ZZZ 999
000 AAA to 999 KZZ
ZAA 000 to ZZZ 999 followed by 000 ZAA to mid Z series were used exclusively on rent-a-cars and leased vehicles. County name appeared on bottom of plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1986 orange on reflective white with graphic of state map county name ABC 12D AAA 00A to
J99 ZZZ
YAA 00A to mid Y series used on rental cars and individuals that leased their vehicles. Early issues with county names on bottom of plate, later replaced by "LEASE" on bottom of plate.
Florida 1996 QNJ 07D.jpg 1991 green on reflective white with graphic of state map county name ABC 12D KAA 00A to
W99 ZZZ
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1997 green on reflective white with state map and "citrus orange" graphic county name or "Sunshine State" ABC 12D XAA 00A to
XZZ 99Z
county name issued in all counties except Miami-Dade County; "Sunshine State" issued in Miami-Dade County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg AB1 23C AA0 00A to
XZ9 99Z
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A12 34B A00 00A to
X99 99Z
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A12 BCD A00 AAA to approximately B series
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg county name A12 BCD approximately B series to approximately late I/early J series Issued in all counties except Miami-Dade County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Sunshine State" T00 AAA to approximately X series Issued in Miami-Dade County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg December 2003 green on reflective white with state map and "orange blossom" graphic myFLORIDA.com with county name A12 BCD approximately late I/early K series Issued in all counties except Miami-Dade County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg December 2003 until late March 2009 A12 3BC A00 0AA to
N99 9ZZ
Issued in all counties except Miami-Dade County. Dies changed from narrow set to wider set mid-production.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg late March 2009 to present 123 ABC 000 MAA to
999 RZZ
Issued in all counties except Miami-Dade County.
Florida license plate Sunshine State.gif December 2003 myFLORIDA.com with "Sunshine State" A12 3BC approximately late X series Issued in Miami-Dade County.
Florida license plate.gif December 2003 to 2006 A12 3BC P00 0AA to
X99 9ZZ
Issued in Miami-Dade County. Dies changed from narrow set to wider set mid-production.
2006 to present 123 ABC 2006 through 2008:
000 HAA to 999 LZZ
2008 through 2009:
000 VAA to 999 YZZ
mid-2009:
000 TAA to 999 TZZ
Issued in Miami-Dade County, as well as alternate choice in all other counties. In 2008 state changes mandatory 5 year license plate replacement to 6 years.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg November 1, 2009 to present myFLORIDA.com with "Sunshine State" slogan ABC D12 AAA A00 to present Issued in Miami-Dade County, as well as alternate choice in all other counties. State changes mandatory 6 year license plate replacement to 10 years.
Florida license plate In God We Trust.jpg October 1, 2008 to present myFLORIDA.com with "In God We Trust" slogan 123 4GA
123 4HA
123 4IA
000 0GA to present Issued in all counties as alternate choice without additional charges.

Non-passenger and specialty plates[edit]

Non-passenger[edit]

The state issues many non-passenger types of license plates to various vehicle classes and types.

Image Type First issued Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio call sign
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Antique 123 456
BA1 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Antique Motorcycle Q123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned A12 34B Annual plates. Issued in pairs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg City Government XA1234 "City" legend.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg College 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg County Government 123456 "County" legend.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Custom Vehicle 2008 VAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer MAB 12C
NA1 23B
PA1 23B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person 123456
Y1ABC
Z1ABC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person - Motorcycle 1234
W'A1B
On 1998 base.
On myflorida.com base.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ex-Prisoner of War 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fleet GAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorary Consul 1
123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Horseless Carriage 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Indefinite YA1 23B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Manufacturer A12 345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Member of Congress 1
12
Serial is district number.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motor Scooter—driver under 21 years old 12ABC
Florida Motorcycle license plate.jpg Motorcycle 12345A
1234EA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor Survivor 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Permanent Trailer C12 34A
123 4CA
Permanent plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Seminole Indian 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Sheriff ZAB12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Temporary registration P-123456
Q-123456
R-123456
S-123456
ABC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck over 5,000 lb. N12 34A County name or "SUNSHINE STATE" slogan at bottom. Issued in pairs with the validation sticker placed on the front plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Transporter G12 34A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wrecker D12 34A
E12 34A
"WRECKER" legend.

Specialty[edit]

Florida has offered a wide variety of specialty license plates to its motorists, most for an extra fee. Only a few of these types are no longer issued; a number of other types have been redesigned since they were first issued.

Image Type First Issued
(Redesigned)
Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Passenger - personalized 2003 One to seven characters selected by registrant. Specialty plates may be personalized; however, some specialties are limited to five characters.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A State of Vision 2006-07-01 XA123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Agriculture Keeps Florida Green 1997-04-01 VAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Agriculture Education 2006-07-01 JA 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Red Cross 2002-07-01 123AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Animal Friend 2004-07-01 ABC12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Aquaculture 2004-07-01 AB1 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Barry University 1998-07-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bethune-Cookman College 1997-02-15
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Challenger/Columbia 1987-01-01
(2001, 2005)
ABC 123
TA123
TA1BC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Choose Life 1999-07-01 CAB1D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Clearwater Christian College 2002-10-01 A1BC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Conserve Wildlife 1998-07-01 CA123
CA12B
CA1BD
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Discover Florida's Oceans 2004-07-01 DAB12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Donate Organs 2006-07-01 Y123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Eckerd College 2002-10-01 E12 345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Edward Waters College 2002-10-01 B1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg End Breast Cancer 2002-07-01 KAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Everglades River of Grass 1998-07-01 EA12B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Family First 2004-07-01 FA1 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Family Values 2004-07-01 VA1 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fish Florida 2003-10-01 JA1BC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Flagler College 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida A&M University 1987-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Atlantic University 1987-10-01 A123B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida College 2002-10-01 L1ABF
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Corrections Foundation 2007-10-01 1CAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Gulf Coast University 1997-11-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Institute of Technology 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida International University 1987-10-01 I123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Marlins 1995-07-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Memorial University 1999-07-01 FAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Panthers 1995-06-01 P123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches 1998-07-01 RA12B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida Southern College 2002-10-01 D1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Florida State University 1987-10-01 S1ABC
S1234
VA123
WA123
WA12B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Go Fishing 1997-03-15
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gold Star Family 2008-04-01 1GAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Golf Capital of the World 2002-07-01 JA1 23B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Helping Sea Turtles Survive 1998-02-01 RAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Horse Country 2008-10-01 12HAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Hospice – Every Day Is a Gift 2003-07-01 123HA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Imagine 2004-07-01 123 4FA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg In God We Trust 2008-10-01 IAB12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Indian River Lagoon 1995-02-15 R1234
R123A
R12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Invest in Children 1995-05-01 123 CAB
123 DAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Jacksonville Jaguars 1995-06-01 J123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Jacksonville University 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Keep Kids Drug Free 1998-07-01 KA123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids Deserve Justice 2004-07-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Live the Dream 2004-07-01 DA1 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Lynn University 2002-10-01 E1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Miami Dolphins 1995-04-01 D123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Miami Heat 1995-06-01 L123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle specialty 2003-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NASCAR 2007-10-01 12NAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg New College of Florida 2002-07-01 N123
N12A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Nova Southeastern University 2002-10-01 S1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Olympic Spirit 1994-01-01 G12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Orlando Magic 1995-06-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Palm Beach Atlantic University 2002-10-01 F1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Parents Make a Difference 2004-07-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Play Tennis! 2008-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Police Athletic League 1997-02-15 PA123
PA12B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Protect Florida Springs 2007-10-01 P12 345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Protect Florida Whales 2002-07-01 WAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Protect Our Reefs 2003-07-01 RAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Protect the Panther 1990-10-15 LAB 123
MAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Protect Wild Dolphins 1998-07-01 DA12B
DA1BC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ringling School of Art and Design 2002-10-01 U1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Rollins College 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Saint Leo University 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Saint Thomas University 2002-10-01 H1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Salutes Firefighters 2002-10-01 YA1BC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Salutes Veterans 1989-10-01 DAB 123
SAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Save Our Seas 2004-07-01 RAB12
RAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Save the Manatee 1990-03-16
(2008)
HAB 123
IAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Scouting Teaches Values 1997-02-15 123 SAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road 1999-06-10
(2007)
123 EAB
EAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Southeastern University 2002-10-01 W1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Olympics Florida 1994-01-01 SAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Sportsman National Land Trust 2004-07-01 VAB12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State of the Arts 1995-02-01 FAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Wildflower 1999-07-01 WAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Stetson University 2002-10-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Stop Child Abuse 2003-07-01 123SA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Stop Heart Disease 2003-07-01 S12 345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Autism Programs 2009-09-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education 1994-10-01 123 ABC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Homeownership for All 2006-07-01 QA123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Law Enforcement 2002-10-01 PAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Our Troops 2007-10-01 12TAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Soccer 2004-07-01 123 4SA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1998-04-01
(2008)
B12AB
B1ACD
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Tampa Bay Rays 1997-03-01
(2008)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tampa Bay Estuary 1999-06-10 TAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tampa Bay Lightning 1995-06-01
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trees Are Cool 2007-10-01 12CAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force 2003-07-01 ABC1D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Army 2003-07-01 BAC1D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Coast Guard 2003-07-01 123VA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Marine Corps 1999-07-01 UAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Navy 2003-07-01 NAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Paratrooper 2003-07-01 123WA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg United We Stand 2002-07-01 123 UAB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Central Florida 1987-10-01 C123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Florida 1987-10-01
(1997, 2007)
F1ABC
GAB1C
HAB1C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Miami 1989-10-01 H123A
H12AB
X12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of North Florida 1987-10-01 N1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of South Florida 1987-10-01 U12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Tampa 2002-10-01 X1AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of West Florida 1987-10-01 W1234
W123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Visit Our Lights 2008-10-01 VA12B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Warner Southern College 2002-10-01

Discontinued types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Serial format Notes
ALL Thru 1976 County and weight coded YOM excluded
Passenger
Trailer
Truck
1977–1985 ABC 123
AB 1234
A 12345
Challenger (Specialty) 1986–1995 ABC 123 Redesigned base with 5 digit alpha numeric serials are valid
ALL 1986–1997 ABC 12D
ALL 1997–2002 A12 BCD I12 ABC and J12 ABC were grandfathered serials only if renewal date was after Sept 2009, regardless if on Citrus or myFlorida.com base. These grandfathered plates will be replaced with the ABC D12 serial on the plate's tenth renewal.
Girl Scouts GA12B

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