Vehicle registration plates of Maryland

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The US state of Maryland first required its residents to register their vehicles and display license plates in 1910.

Passenger plates 1977 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 Maryland license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Maryland 1975 KX 1972.jpg 1971 until 1975 white on blue none AB 1234
1976 Maryland License Plate.jpg 1976 until 1980 red on white none ABC-123 AAA-000 to HMN-xxx
1980 Maryland License Plate.jpg 1980 until 1986 black on white none ABC-123 AAA-000 to KHN-999 (Also HNA-HNE series)[clarification needed]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1983 until February 1986 black on white, reflective 350th Anniversary 123-ABC 000-AAA to 000-AKE Optional issue. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1984 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Maryland has been so honored. On these plates, the word "Maryland" was no longer embossed with dyes and was instead printed in Garamond Swash Italic font.
1986 Maryland License Plate.jpg February 1986 until September 2004 black on white, reflective none ABC-123 NAA-001 through ZZZ-999 (1986–1992), then started again at AAA-001 through MZZ-999. Two-year renewals started in July 1992.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg late September 2004 until February 2005 black on white, reflective none 1AB C23 1AA A01 to 9AK Z99
Maryland Passenger Sample License Plate 2005.jpg February 2005 until late 2005 black on white, reflective www.maryland.gov 1AB C23 1AL A01 to 9CM Z99
2005 Maryland Sample License Plate.jpg late 2005 until 2006 black on white, reflective www.maryland.gov 1AB C23 1CN A01 to 9CN Z99 These plates were manufactured in New Jersey, and therefore used New Jersey's number dies, because the plate production facility at the Maryland State Prison was closed at the time due to violence.[1]
Maryland Passenger Sample License Plate 2005.jpg 2006 until June 13, 2010, and expected from June 2015 onwards black on white, reflective www.maryland.gov 1AB C23 1CP A01 to approximately 4GD J47[2] Identical to 1AL A00 to 9CM Z99 series. This plate is expected to resume issuance in June 2015 at approximately 4GD J48.
Maryland Passenger Sample License Plate 2010.jpg June 14, 2010 (Flag Day) expected until June 2015 War of 1812 200th anniversary commemorative design with U.S. flag and Fort McHenry silhouette. Blue on reflective white. State name in blue. "War of 1812" text under state name in red. www.starspangled200.org 1A/B2345 1M/D0000 to 9M/D9999, then 1A/A0000 to present A/B indicates the letters are stacked. Both letters fit in the same height as each digit. This type is issued to BOTH passenger cars AND multi-purpose vehicles (SUVs and minivans) using the same serial format.

Non-passenger types[edit]

Multi-purpose vehicles (such as minivans and sport utility vehicles), as well as pickup trucks and cargo vans, have traditionally been issued separate plate types. As of June 14, 2010, however, multi-purpose vehicles are being issued the new "War of 1812" 200th anniversary commemorative design plate (see passenger table above) with the same serial format. It is anticipated that multi-purpose vehicles will again return to the 12345M6 format when standard plates return to issuance in June 2015.

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Multi-purpose vehicle (Issued to sport utility vehicles and minivans). The letter is always M. 1986 black on reflective white none 123456M 000001M to 999999M
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg M123456 M000001 to M999999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 123M456 000M001 to 479M999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2005 black on reflective white www.maryland.gov 480M000 to 999M999 895M000 through 909M999 were manufactured in New Jersey, and therefore used New Jersey's number dies, because the plate production facility at the Maryland State Prison was closed at the time due to violence.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2007 12345M6 00000M1 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck (issued to pickup trucks, large vans, and other such vehicles not commercially registered) black on reflective white www.maryland.gov 123 456
12A 345
300 001 to 999 999
000 001 to 299 999
00A 001 to present

Government Plates[edit]

Plates issued to state and local government agencies, including police and transit buses operated by a city or county or the state (for City of Baltimore).

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Local Government-owned vehicle Stacked LG with registration number black on reflective white www.maryland.gov LG12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Government-owned vehicle Stacked SG with registration number black on reflective white www.maryland.gov SG12345

Optional-issue plates[edit]

Image First issued Type Serial format Serials issued Notes
Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake Sample License Plate Version 1.jpg Treasure the Chesapeake (original style, ceased issue in 2004) 123 ABC (passenger)
ABC 12M (multi-purpose vehicle)
001 BAY through 999 BAY (passenger)
001 AAA through 899 BNM (passenger)
BAY 01A through BAY 99Z (multi-purpose)
AAA 01A through AEY 99W (multi-purpose)[2]
Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake Sample License Plate.jpg early 2004 Treasure the Chesapeake (new style) 12345 C/A
12345 B/Y
00001 C/B through 99999 C/B
00001 B/Y through 99999 B/Y
00001 C/A through 99999 C/A
00001 C/C through present
Same serial format used for passenger and multi-purpose vehicle registrations.
Maryland Agricultural Plate.gif Our Farms, Our Future A123456 A000001 through present Same serial format used for passenger and multi-purpose vehicle registrations.

Organization plates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maryland Highs". licenseplates.cc. Bannister Design LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Sage, Kit; Tanner, Eric. "licenseplates.cc Maryland highs page". Retrieved January 3, 2011. 

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