Vehicle registration plates of Louisiana

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The U.S. state of Louisiana first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1915.[1]

Passenger plates 1915 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that fixed 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 Louisiana license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Louisiana-1946-license-plate.jpg 1946 White base with embossed black block lettering and border and pelican in center. "19 Louisiana 46" embossed in black at top. 123 456
Louisiana-1951-license-plate.jpg 1951 Teal base with embossed yellow lettering and border and pelican in center. "Louisiana - 1951" embossed in yellow at bottom. 123 456
Louisiana-1952-license-plate.jpg 1952 Green base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican in center. "Louisiana 1952" embossed in white at bottom. 123 456
Louisiana-1958-license-plate.jpg 1958 Red base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican in center. "Sportsmen's Paradise" 123 456
Louisiana-1961-license plate.jpg 1961 Teal base with embossed yellow lettering and border and pelican in center. "Sportsmen's Paradise" 123 456
Louisiana-1962.jpg 1962 Brown base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican in center. "Sportsmen's Paradise" 12 345
Louisiana-1963-license-plate.jpg 1963 Green base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican in center. "Sportsmen's Paradise" 123 456 The last year that the embossed pelican was featured on Louisiana plates.
Louisiana 1973 60L516.jpg 1972-73 Reflective white base with embossed blue lettering and border. "Sportsman's Paradise" 123A456
Louisiana 1993 FUY 905.jpg 1993 White base with embossed blue lettering and border, Louisiana in red at top. "Sportsman's Paradise" at blue at bottom ABC 123 to KKS 999, MSN 000 to NFU 999
Louisiana Purchase license plate.jpg January 1, 2002 until December 31, 2003[2] Dark blue on reflective white with red and blue graphics and embossed border. Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial 1803—2003 ABC 123 KLU 000 to MSM 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2005-11, 2013 Black on pink gradient with pelican graphic. Sportsman's Paradise ABC 123 NFV 000 to VCZ 999, WTF 000 to XRZ 999 Initial plates featured a larger font for the state name.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 3, 2011 until December 31, 2012[3] Dark blue lettering on white, with white pelican on green state outline graphic, red lettering, and green swamp motif on bottom. 200 Years ABC 123 VDA 000 to WTE 999 In celebration for the 200 years of state hood.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 2014 until December 2015 white plate with travel website on bottom and bucking horse at left www.louisianatravel.org ABC 123 XSA 000 to present In celebration for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Design First issued Serial format Notes
1983 LA boat trailer plate.jpg Boat trailer White base with embossed blue lettering and border unknown D123456 or K123456[4] "Boat trailer" embossed at top.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commercial "COMMERCIAL" embossed at bottom. A123456 or N123456[5]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer "DEALER" embossed at bottom. DI12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle "MC" embossed at bottom. 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Private Truck "PRIVATE" embossed at bottom. S123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg V123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg W123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" screened at bottom.
LOUISIANA 1963, 16,000 lb TRACTOR plate.jpg Tractor "TRACTOR" embossed at top; weight of vehicle embossed in top right corner. 1963 123456
LOUISIANA 1966 ---8,000 LB TRUCK plate.jpg Truck "TRUCK" embossed at top; weight of vehicle embossed in top right corner. 1966 B123456
LOUISIANA 1967 10,000lb PRIVATELY OWNED COMMERCIAL TRUCK plate.jpg Truck "TRUCK" embossed at top; weight of vehicle embossed in top right corner. 1967 123456

Optional types[edit]

Optional types do not use leading zeros in their serials.

Image Type Design First issued Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian A/I 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Animal Friendly F/A 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bring Back the Bobwhite 12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Choose Life C/L 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Emergency Medical Technician
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter—Retired 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "In God We Trust" T/G 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Louisiana Tech University 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Marine Corps League 12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Our Environment...Our Future Black on reflective light blue, white, and dark blue with multicolored graphic of pelican at right. 123
E/E 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Preserve Our Hunting Heritage" W/D 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Save the Louisiana Black Bear B/B 1234
LAplateSonsOfConfederate.jpg Sons of Confederate Veterans C/V 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Olympics 12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Think Safe Kids 12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Veteran—Marine Corps "USMC" printed diagonally to left of serial M/A 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Veteran—Navy—Retired "NAVY" printed diagonally and "RETIRED" printed horizontally to left of serial 123

Government plates[edit]

Image Type Design First issued Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Public "PUBLIC" embossed vertically at left; "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" screened at bottom. 123456
LAgameWardenPlate2.jpg Wildlife & Fisheries Enforcement SF 12

State Police troop codes[edit]

From 1965 until 1993, Louisiana State Police troop area codes were used as part of the serial on the plate, invariably in the center of the serial. From 1993 until 1996, stickers were used to show the troop. This was done to give some idea of where the plates were issued. However, registrants who applied via the mail got plates with the "X" code, which was used for Baton Rouge.

Code Troop or area
A Baton Rouge
B New Orleans
C Raceland, (later Gray after troop office was moved in the mid 1970s)
D Lake Charles
E Alexandria
F Monroe
G Shreveport
H Leesville
I Lafayette
K Opelousas
L Covington
M Raceland (eliminated in 1973)
N New Orleans (overflow)
X Baton Rouge/statewide mail

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Greenwood Press, 2001. ISBN 0-313-31534-5. Quote from p. 200: "The state of Louisiana began issuing license plates in 1915."
  2. ^ Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles web site [1].
  3. ^ Louisiana Bicentennial Commission web site [2].
  4. ^ http://www.licenseplates.cc/highs.php?where=LA
  5. ^ http://www.licenseplates.cc/highs.php?where=LA

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