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.

Minnesota requires license plates be replaced every seven years, due to the reflective coating.

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 Embossed yellow numbers on maroon plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in yellow block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "55" in bottom right corner "10,000 LAKES" embossed in yellow block letters centered above numbers AA 1234 First letter corresponds to congressional district of issue Letters A, B, C, E, F, G, H, J and K were used to indicate the nine congressional districts of the time, in that order.
LA 1234
MA 1234
LA 1000 to approximately MD 9999 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1956 6H 1902.jpg 1956–57 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in green block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "56" in bottom right corner "10,000 LAKES" embossed in green block letters centered above numbers 1A 2345 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MA 1234 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1958 9C 1290.jpg 1958–59 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in blue block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "58" in bottom right corner "10,000 LAKES" embossed in blue block letters centered above numbers 1A 2345 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MA 1234 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1960 6E 1919.jpg 1960–61 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in black block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "60" in bottom right corner Embossed black bar centered above numbers containing debossed "10,000 LAKES" in white 1A 2345 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MA 1234 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1962 9E 9653.jpg 1962–64 Embossed maroon numbers on white plate with border line; embossed maroon bar centered below numbers containing debossed "MINNESOTA" in white; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "62" in bottom right corner Embossed maroon bar centered above numbers containing debossed "10,000 LAKES" in white 1A 2345 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MA 1234 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1967 4HF 401.jpg 1965–67 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in green block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "65" in bottom right corner "10,000 LAKES" embossed in green block letters centered above numbers 1AB 234 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MAB 123 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1968 8SH 388.jpg 1968–70 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; embossed blue bar centered below numbers containing debossed "MINNESOTA" in white; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "68" in bottom right corner Embossed blue bar centered above numbers containing debossed "10,000 LAKES" in white 1AB 234 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MAB 123 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1973 1SM 749.jpg 1971–73 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in green block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "71" in bottom right corner "10,000 LAKES" embossed in green block letters centered above numbers 1AB 234 First number corresponds to congressional district of issue
MAB 123 Mail-order issues.
Minnesota 1977 ES 9550.jpg 1974–77 Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in red block letters centered below numbers; "19" embossed in top left corner and "74" in top right corner "10,000 LAKES" embossed in red block letters centered above numbers AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately PW 3999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1977 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MINNESOTA" embossed in blue block letters centered above numbers "10,000 LAKES" embossed in blue block letters centered below numbers ABC 123 AAA 001 to CGZ 999
Minnesota 1982 EIW 800.jpg 1978–82 Embossed blue numbers on lake scene with pale blue and white water, pale blue sky, green island and trees, and a small green canoe; "Minnesota" screened in light blue serifed letters centered above numbers "10,000 lakes" screened in light blue serifed letters centered below numbers ABC 123 CHA 001 to approximately FOR 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1982–87 ABC-123; state icon used as dash LAA-001 to approximately RME-999
Minnesota 1995 787-HDD.jpg 1987–93 Embossed blue numbers on lake scene with light blue and white water, light blue sky, dark green island and trees, and a small dark green canoe; "Minnesota" screened in blue serifed letters centered above numbers "EXPLORE" screened in blue serifed letters to left of state name, giving "Explore Minnesota"; "10,000 lakes" screened in blue serifed letters centered below numbers 123-ABC; state icon used as dash 001-AAA to approximately 999-HZK Same design as previous, but with darker colors.
Minnesota 1997 209-KQF.jpg 1993–97 001-HZL to approximately 999-PYW White section of water now fades into the light blue band at the bottom containing the "10,000 lakes" slogan.
Minnesota license plate 1997.gif 1997–2000 ABC-123; state icon used as dash AAA-001 to DBZ-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2000–08 DCA-001 to XZZ-999,
SAA-001 to SZZ-999
White section of water increased in size; fade to light blue at bottom now occurs behind the "10,000 lakes" slogan. W, Y and Z not used as first letters in serials; S issued after X.
Minnesota license plate 2008.jpg 2008–June 2009 Screened black numbers on lake scene with light blue and white water, light blue sky, dark green island and trees, and a small dark green canoe; "Minnesota" screened in dark blue serifed letters centered above numbers "EXPLORE" screened in dark blue serifed letters to left of state name, giving "Explore Minnesota"; "10,000 lakes" screened in dark blue serifed letters centered below numbers 123-ABC; dark blue state icon used as dash 001-AAA to 999-PPU (as of November 21, 2014) 001-BAA to 999-BZZ reserved for mail-order issues; over-the-counter issues thus jumped from 999-AZZ to 001-CAA.
Minnesota license plate 2009.jpg June 2009–present As before but with ".com" added to right of state name, giving "Explore Minnesota.com"

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