Vehicle registration plates of Hawaii

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Hawaii first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1922, while still an organized incorporated territory of the United States. It was admitted to the Union as the 50th state in August 1959.

Passenger plates 1957 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.

Image First issued Design Serial format Serials issued
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 white on red A-12345
Hawaii 1961 1F-2664.jpg 1961 white on green A-12345
Hawaii 1969 9B-90.jpg 1969 black on reflective yellow; dated "69" in top right corner 1A-2345
Hawaii 1976 565-895.jpg 1975 blue on reflective white with pink background images of Diamond Head and King Kamehameha I as well as a red hibiscus in upper left corner, a red boxed "76" in upper right corner 1A-2345
Hawaii 1981 DTB 326.jpg 1980 brown on reflective white with orange background image of warrior ABC 123 Series with first letter A-D issued.[1]
1999 Hawaii License Plate Sample.jpg 1991 black on reflective white with rainbow graphic Coded by county of issuance:[1][2] Series with first letter A-D not issued. Honolulu plates issued starting with E series, up to R series as of 2010.[1]

Non-passenger types[edit]

1981 base[edit]

Image Type Serial format Serials issued
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 123 ABC

1991 base[edit]

Image Type Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honolulu Police Department HPD1234 Numeric portion of serial is the unit number of the plated vehicle.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle 123 XBC First letter is X.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg TheBus BUS123 Numeric portion of serial is the unit number of the plated vehicle.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer 123 WBC First letter is W.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 123 TBC First letter is T.[1]

Optional types[edit]

1991 base[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Serials issued
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg America United Sticker at left. AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bishop Museum Sticker at left. AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Choose Life Sticker at left. AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter Sticker at left. AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Persian Gulf Veteran 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veteran Flag of the United States at left A123

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Watanabe, June (February 19, 2010). "Kokua Line: Alphabet soup". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  2. ^ Watanabe, June (March 2, 2010). "Kokua Line: Some letters exclusive to neighbor island plates". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 

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