Vehicle registration plates of Minnesota

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The U.S. state of Minnesota first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1909.

Passenger plates 1940 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 1954 (dated 1955) issue was the first Minnesota license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Minnesota 1940 342-577.jpg 1940 White lettering on black base.
Minnesota 1949 84-698.jpg 1949 Black lettering on silver waffle-type base 1849 CENTENNIAL 1949
Minnesota 1950 487-627.jpg 1950 White lettering on black base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1954 74-087.jpg 1954 Blue lettering on off-white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1955 LV 6371.jpg 1955 Yellow lettering on maroon base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1956 6H 1902.jpg 1956 Green lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1958 9C 1290.jpg 1958 Blue lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1960 6E 1919.jpg 1960 Black lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1962 9E 9653.jpg 1962 Maroon lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1967 4HF 401.jpg 1965-67 Green lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1968 8SH 388.jpg 1968-70 Blue lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1973 1SM 749.jpg 1971-73 Green lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota 1977 ES 9550.jpg 1974-77 Red lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1977 Blue lettering on reflective white base 10,000 Lakes ABC 123 AAA 001 to CGZ 999
Minnesota 1982 EIW 800.jpg 1978—circa 1982 Blue on reflective white with lake scene graphic. 10,000 Lakes ABC 123 CHA 100 to KZZ-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg circa 1982—1987 Blue on reflective white with lake scene graphic and embossed state-shaped divider between letters and numbers of serial. 10,000 lakes ABC-123 LAA-100 to ?
Minnesota 1995 787-HDD.jpg 1987—1993 Blue on reflective white with lake scene graphic. Explore Minnesota / 10,000 lakes 123-ABC 100-AAA to ? "10,000 lakes" slogan displayed in blue bar across bottom of plate.
Minnesota 1997 209-KQF.jpg 1993—1997 ? "10,000 lakes" slogan displayed in blue gradient across bottom of plate.
Minnesota license plate 1997.gif 1997—circa 2000 ABC-123 AAA-100 to ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg circa 2000—2008 ? to SZZ-999 "10,000 lakes" slogan displayed in small blue gradient across bottom of plate. First letter of serial ranged from A to R, then T-V, then X, then S.
Minnesota license plate 2008.jpg 2008—June 2009 Black on reflective white with lake scene graphic. 123-ABC 100-AAA to present Serials are surface-printed rather than embossed.
Minnesota license plate 2009.jpg June 2009—present Explore Minnesota.com / 10,000 lakes ?

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