Vehicle registration plates of Georgia (U.S. state)

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The U.S. state of Georgia first required its residents to register and display license plates on their motor vehicles in 1910. Since then the state has used a variety of license plate designs, including different designs for passenger, non-passenger, and, more recently, specialty or optional plates.

Passenger plates 1910 to 1970[edit]

For sixty years, between 1910 and 1970, Georgia issued plates annually. The plates were dated with the year of expiry. In 1940, the slogan "Peach State" was added to the plates and used for the next thirty years. County coding was introduced in 1957 and it was revised in 1962. The 1962 codes were used through 1970.

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 1954 (dated 1955) issue was the first Georgia license plate that met with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 Orange embossed lettering and border on navy base Peach State 123-4AB unknown Peach logo sticker in center.
1951 GA passenger plate.jpg 1951 Green embossed lettering and border on unpainted aluminum base Peach State A-12345; A/B-12345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 white on black Peach State Coded by county of issuance and vehicle weight:
  • 0·A·12345 (variable number of digits following letter)
  • 00·A·1234 (variable number of digits following letter)
  • 000·A·1234 (variable number of digits following letter)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 white on light blue Peach State Coded by county of issuance and vehicle weight:
  • 0·A·12345 (variable number of digits following letter)
  • 00·A·1234 (variable number of digits following letter)
  • 000·A·1234 (variable number of digits following letter)

Passenger plates 1971 to present[edit]

In 1971, the first stickers with the full county name appeared in place of the "Peach State" slogan, repalacing the numeric county codes. The plates began to be coded with the vehicle weight, a practice that continued until about 1980 or 1981.

The 1983 plate also retained the ABC 123 serial format

For the 1990 plate, the serial format is again ABC 123, but in early 1996, ZZZ 999 is reached, and the format changes to ABC 1234 with narrow dies.

As of 2008, standard passenger plates on the 1997 base may continue to be revalidated through the present at the discretion of the owner, who may instead choose to receive a new plate of the current design, although issuance of this design ceased in December 2003. Original serial formats were 000 AAA, 0000 AA (although not all letter series), and 00000 QA with narrow dies. In March 2001 a format of 0000 AAA was introduced, running until the mid-AWT series before the base and serial format are changed.

In December 2003 a 2005-dated base was introduced for new registrations. Beginning at approximately AVA 0001, the debossed left sticker box was removed, as in approximately November 2006 the state switched to a single sticker displaying both month and year of expiry, a practice that would be continued on the 2007 base.

The 2007 base retains the peach state outline graphic, but it is shifted to the center of the plate, instead of being slightly off-center to the left as in the previous design. This base continued the serial sequence of the prior base. The state's various non-passenger and optional issues gradually migrated to the new base as supplies of the old base were exhausted. As of July 2009, not all types have yet made the transition.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Georgia 1971 CDF 764.jpg 1971 to 1975 First multi-year plate: blue on white, dated "71" in top left corner. none ABC 123 (coded by vehicle weight) AAA 101 to approximately LVO 985
Georgia 1977 GPO 643.jpg 1976 Red on white, dated "76" in top left corner, embossed state name. none ABC 123 (initially coded by vehicle weight) AAA 101 to approximately TER 359
1976 GA passenger plate.jpg 1980 Red on white, dated "76" in top left corner, screened state name. ABC 123 ? to approximately YAA 101
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1983 Green on white, screened 19 and 83 in top corners. none, Peach State (Vanity Plates) ABC 123 AAA 101 to approximately WBP 731
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1990 Black on gradient orange and white with orange and green peach graphic at top center, dated "19" and "90" in top corners. none ABC 123 AAA 101 to ZZZ 999
Georgia license plate 1996 series.jpg by spring 1996 ABC 1234 AAA 1001 to approximately ADA 1001
Georgia 1999 840 BSS.jpg 1997 to March 2001 Black on white with orange and green peach graphic at center and "... on my mind" slogan at top right, dated "98" in lower right sticker box. ... on my mind 123 ABC 101 AAA to 999 ZZZ Letters Q, U, and V used only in XAA series and later.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1997 1234 AB at least Q, R, S, and T series
1997 GA passenger plate.jpg 1997 12345 QA 10001 QA to approximately 49945 QG
Georgia 2005 3343 ALG.jpg March 2001 to December 2003 1234 ABC 1001 AAA to approximately 5582 AWT
Georgia 2003 license plate.jpg December 2003 to May 2007 Black on gradient grey and white with orange and green peach graphic and state outline at center and "www.GEORGIA.gov" slogan at top in white, dated "05" in lower right sticker box. www.GEORGIA.gov ABC 1234 AAA 0001 to approximately AVM 9999; at least some late AVx series plates; AWB 0001 to approximately AWB 1750
Georgia 2007 license plate.jpg May 2007 to May 2012 The www.GEORGIA.gov base is modified to remove the grey gradient in favor of a plain white background. The "www." is dropped, and "GEORGIA.gov" appears in black in a larger font at the top of the plate. GEORGIA.gov ABC 1234 approximately AVN 0001 to BGP series, excluding at least some late AVx series plates and AWB 0001 to approximately AWB 1750; BVA series to BWP series; BGP series and up.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg May 2012-Present Black on sky with rolling hills, Peachtree, and peaches Peach State GEORGIA ABC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg May 2012-Present Black on white reflective base GEORGIA ABC1234

County coding[edit]

Until 1961[edit]

1962 to 1970[edit]

Code & County
1: Fulton
2: DeKalb
3: Chatham
4: Muscogee
5: Bibb
6: Richmond
7: Cobb
8: Dougherty
9: Floyd
10: Hall
11: Lowndes
12: Troup
13: Clayton
14: Clarke
15: Walker
16: Gwinnett
17: Whitfield
18: Glynn
19: Houston
20: Carroll
21: Spalding
22: Thomas
23: Ware
24: Baldwin
25: Colquitt
26: Laurens
27: Coweta
28: Bartow
29: Polk
30: Decatur
31: Sumter
32: Bullock
33: Upson
34: Tift
35: Cherokee
36: Coffee
37: Catoosa
38: Newton
39: Burke
40: Walton
41: Chattooga
42: Meriwether
43: Mitchell
44: Gordon
45: Washington
46: Jackson
47: Stephens
48: Habersham
49: Grady
50: Wayne
51: Elbert
52: Emanuel
53: Crisp
54: Henry
55: Jefferson
56: Toombs
57: Douglas
58: Worth
59: Dodge
60: Tattnall
61: Brooks
62: Hart
63: Screven
64: Haralson
65: Liberty
66: Barrow
67: Peach
68: Ben Hill
69: Fannin
70: Columbia
71: Franklin
72: Appling
73: Macon
74: Early
75: Paulding
76: Chattahoochee
77: Terrell
78: McDuffie
79: Forsyth
80: Berrien
81: Cook
82: Telfair
83: Dooly
84: Madison
85: Greene
86: Harris
87: Randolph
88: Wilkes
89: Rockdale
90: Monroe
91: Murray
92: Morgan
93: Lamar
94: Effingham
95: Hancock
96: Camden
97: Pierce
98: Bleckley
99: Wilkinson
100: Irwin
101: Jenkins
102: Butts
103: Gilmer
104: Jefferson Davis
105: Pickens
106: Dade
107: Jones
108: Turner
109: Bacon
110: Taylor
111: Pulaski
112: Fayette
113: Johnson
114: Twiggs
115: Oglethorpe
116: Wilcox
117: Putnam
118: Rabun
119: Stewart
120: Warren
121: Calhoun
122: Lumokin
123: Pike
124: Talbot
125: Evans
126: White
127: Miller
128: Seminole
129: Candler
130: Clinch
131: Union
132: Banks
133: McIntosh
134: Oconee
135: Montgomery
136: Bryan
137: Lee
138: Atkinson
139: Jasper
140: Lincoln
141: Brantley
142: Treutlen
143: Crawford
144: Marion
145: Wheeler
146: Heard
147: Charlton
148: Lanier
149: Clay
150: Baker
151: Towns
152: Long
153: Dawson
154: Taliafero
155: Schley
156: Webster
157: Glascock
158: Quitman
159: Echols

1957 - 1961 License Plate Numbers - County follows Number: 1 - Fulton 2 - Chatham 3 - DeKalb 4 - Muscogee 5 - Bibb 6 - Richmond 7 - Floyd 8 - Cobb 9 - Troup 10 - Dougherty 11 - Hall 12 - Walker 13 - Clarke 14 - Lowndes 15 - Whitfield 16 - Carroll 17 - Colquitt 18 - Thomas 19 - Laurens 20 - Gwinnett 21 - Spalding 22 - Polk 23 - Ware 24 - Baldwin 25 - Glynn 26 - Coweta 27 - Bartow 28 - Upson 29 - Bulloch 30 - Sumter 31 - Coffee 32 - Decatur 33 - Burke 34 - Clayton 35 - Tift 36 - Mitchell 37 - Chattooga 38 - Meriwether 39 - Washington 40 - Houston 41 - Cherokee 42 - Walton 43 - Newton 44 - Emanuel 45 - Worth 46 - Jackson 47 - Grady 48 - Gordon 49 - Jefferson 50 - Elbert 51 - Brooks 52- Screven 53 - Dodge 54 - Crisp 55 - Early 56 - Toombs 57 - Stephens 58 - Habersham 59 - Tattnall 60 - Henry 61 - Fannin 62 - Catoosa 63 - Ben Hill 64 - Haralson 65 - Hart 66 - Franklin 67 - Terrell 68 - Wayne 69 - Macon 70 - Dooly 71 - Appling 72 - Berrien 73 - Randolph 74 - Telfair 75 - Barrow 76 - Greene 77 - Wilkes 78 - Madison 79 - Cook 80 - Douglas 81 - Chattahoochee 82 - Irwin 83 - Morgan 84 - Paulding 85 - Peach 86 - McDuffie 87 - Harris 88 - Pierce 89 - Hancock 90 - Forsyth 91 - Murray 92 - Monroe 93 - Turner 94 - Jenkins 95 - Lamar 96 - Wilcox 97 - Gilmer 98 - Oglethorpe 99 - Johnson 100 - Wilkinson 101 - Columbia 102 - Jeff davis 103 - Bleckley 104 - Stewart 105 - Effingham 106 - Taylor 107 - Butts 108 - Miller 109 - Bacon 110 - Pickens 111 - Pulaski 112 - Warren 113 - Calhoun 114 - Rockdale 115 - Pike 116 - Liberty 117 - Twiggs 118 - Candler 119 - Fayette 120 - Seminole 121 - Montgomery 122 - Putnam 123 - Talbot 124 - Jones 125 - Jasper 126 - Rabun 127 - Dade 128 - Atkinson 129 - Camden 130 - Union 131 - Oconee 132 - Heard 133 - Banks 134 - Wheeler 135 - Lee 136 - Evans 137 - Lumpkin 138 - Treutlen 139 - Marion 140 - Lincoln 141 - Brantley 142 - Crawford 143 - McIntosh 144 - Clinch 145 - Bryan 146 - Baker 147 - White 148 - Clay 149 - Lanier 150 - Charlton 151 - Towns 152 - Taliaferro 153 - Webster 154 - Schley 155 - Dawson 156 - Long 157 - Glascock 158 - Quitman 159 - Echols

Non-passenger and optional types[edit]

Georgia was one of the first states to issue optional plates, introducing commemorative issues for several of its in-state colleges and universities in 1983.[citation needed] The only requirement is a minimum of 1000 plates ordered, thus the state has made plates for fans of Auburn University in Alabama and Clemson University in South Carolina, while refusing to produce plates for its own colleges and even some of its universities.

The number of optional types has increased since 1983; Georgia currently offers many specialty or optional license plates, most at an extra cost to motorists.[1] Unlike other states, where much of the extra money goes to support the cause shown on the plates, Georgia state government keeps the money for itself in the general fund.

Effective with the 2005 base, the state streamlined the ever-growing number of limited-issuance plates by instituting two-letter prefixes for almost all types other than standard passenger plates. Most of these plate types first appeared on the www.GEORGIA.gov base and are currently migrating to the new GEORGIA.gov base.

The state also offers plates for non-passenger vehicles, such as trucks, school buses, and government vehicles.

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