Vehicle registration plates of Idaho

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

Passenger baseplates 1982 to present[edit]

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1982 green on white Famous Potatoes Coded by county of issuance:
  • A 123456 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A 12345 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A B1234 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A BC123 (following exhaustion of above format)
Idaho 1990 8B 58 507.jpg 1987 green on white with sawtooth mountain graphic Famous Potatoes Coded by county of issuance:
  • A 123456 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A 12345 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A B1234 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A BC123 (following exhaustion of above format)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1987 dark blue on reflective white with red gradient and dark blue mountain scene Centennial
  • C12345
  • 12345C
  • 123 ABC
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1987 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first time Idaho was so honored.

Since the introduction of this design, the plate has been colloquially referred to by Idahoans as the "nuclear winter" plate. It remains so to this day (with the most recent 2008 design retaining the characteristic features).

2000 Idaho License Plate.jpg 1991 dark blue on reflective white with red gradient and dark blue mountain scene; embossed serials Scenic Idaho / Famous Potatoes Coded by county of issuance:
  • A 123456 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A 12345 (variable number of digits following space)
  • 0A B1234 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A BC123 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A 1B234 (following exhaustion of above format)
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1991 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the second time Idaho was so honored.
ID 2008 S.jpg 2008 black on reflective white with red gradient and dark blue mountain scene; surface-printed serials Serials continue from where embossed plates left off.

County coding[edit]

The following codes are found on standard-issue Idaho license plates. The naming convention is the order of the county in an alphabetical list followed by the first letter of the county name. For example, 2T indicates the second Idaho county beginning with T in an alphabetical list, or Twin Falls County. If only one Idaho county begins with a particular letter, the letter alone serves as the county code. Idaho specialty and vanity license plates do not use county codes; some non-passenger types are county-coded, while others are not.

County Code
Ada 1A
Adams 2A
Bannock 1B
Bear Lake 2B
Benewah 3B
Bingham 4B
Blaine 5B
Boise 6B
Bonner 7B
Bonneville 8B
Boundary 9B
Butte 10B
Camas 1C
Canyon 2C
Caribou 3C
Cassia 4C
Clark 5C
Clearwater 6C
Custer 7C
Elmore E
Franklin 1F
Fremont 2F
Gem 1G
Gooding 2G
Idaho I
Jefferson 1J
Jerome 2J
Kootenai K
Latah 1L
Lemhi 2L
Lewis 3L
Lincoln 4L
Madison 1M
Minidoka 2M
Nez Perce N
Oneida 1O
Owyhee 2O
Payette 1P
Power 2P
Shoshone S
Teton 1T
Twin Falls 2T
Valley V
Washington W

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Truck P/R/P AB 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Classic 1234 Serials became surface-printed by 9991.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle MAB 123 MAA 1 to present Serials became surface-printed between MPA 509 and MPH 714.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Old Timer 12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod 123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck Coded by county of issuance:
  • A 12345T
  • A A1234T (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 0A 1234T
  • 0A A123T (following exhaustion of above format)
  • A 1T to A 99999T
  • A A1T to A Z9999T
  • 0A 1T to 0A 9999T
  • 0A A1T to 0A Z999T
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Utility Trailer 123 UAB 1 UAA to present Motorcycle-sized plate.

Government types[edit]

Image Type Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ada County Sheriff AC123 AC1 to present At least some plates issued on "Celebrate Idaho Youth: America's Promise" base.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Department of Building Safety DBS 123 DBS 1 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Department of Labor J 12 J 1 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Department F 1 F 1 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gem County Sheriff GCS 123 GCS 1 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Idaho State Patrol ISP 123 ISP 1 to present

Optional types[edit]

Optional license plate types
Image Type First issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Agriculture
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Basque B1234 B0001 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Celebrate Idaho Youth: America's Promise 1234Y 1Y to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colleges and universities: Boise State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, Northwest Nazarene University, and University of Idaho 1234S
12SAS
1AB2S
1S to 9999S
?
?
Idaho State University redesigned at least by transition to surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Corvette: America's Sports Car 1234M 1M to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Discover Idaho: 1803 Lewis & Clark 1806 1234L 1L to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Discover Idaho Heritage: Appaloosa 2003 1234B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Early Detection Saves Lives c. 2009 unknown unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Elks USA c. 2009 unknown unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Fighters 1234X 1X to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Forests Today and Tomorrow 1234F 1F to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Historic Idaho: Preserve Our Heritage JA123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honoring Our Peace Officers 1234J 1J to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Idaho Biking: Preserve Our Trails
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Idaho Centennial: 1890-1990
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ideas. Innovations. Idaho U1234 U0001 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mining: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow c. 2009 12345C 00001C to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg National Guard 1234G 1G to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg National Rifle Association c. 2009 unknown unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg On the Range c. 2009 12345B 00001B to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart: Combat Wounded 1234H 1H to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Radio Amateur
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Sawtooth National Recreation Area 1234Z 1Z to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Scenic Idaho: Wild Rivers 1234U 1U to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ski Idaho: Winter Wonderland 1234K 1K to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Snowmobile: World's Best Trails 1234N 1N to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Olympics c. 2009 unknown unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Capitol Restoration 1234R 1R to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Our Troops 12345S 00001S to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Supporting Rider Education 1234P 1P to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg The Gem State
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Timeless Idaho Values: Boy Scouts 1234I 1I to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veteran
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wilderness - Frank Church: River of No Return and Selway-Bitterroot
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlifebluebird 12345 1 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—cutthroat
IDWildlifeElk.JPG Wildlife—elk 1998
redesigned c. 2008
1234E
123AE
12ABE
1E to 9999E
1AE to 999ZE
1AAE to present
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new optional license plate of 1998 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time Idaho was so honored. Co-recipient with Alaska.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg World Famous Potatoes 1234T 1T to present

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