Vehicle registration plates of New Hampshire

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The state of New Hampshire began requiring its citizens to register their vehicles and display license plates on their cars in 1905.

Passenger baseplates 1918 to present[edit]

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. The 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first New Hampshire license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
New Hampshire 1918 18831.jpg 1918 White on dark green none Porcelain
1933 NH passenger plate.jpg 1933 White based with embossed green lettering and border none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950-52 (even years only) Embossed white on forest green with border line; NH - (last two digits of registration year) embossed between upper screw holes none A/B 123 (stacked letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving). See county code tables below. Alternated with white plates from 1949 to 1953
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1949-53 (odd years only) Embossed forest green on white with border line; NH - (last two digits of registration year) embossed between upper screw holes none A/B 123 (stacked letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving). See county code tables below. Alternated with white plates from 1949 to 1953
1970 New Hampshire LZ 678.jpg 1954-70 (even years only) Embossed white on forest green with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; 19 to left of upper left screw hole, last two digits of registration year to right of upper left screw hole SCENIC (centered above numbers, same font as NEW HAMPSHIRE) AB 123 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving). See county code tables below. Alternated with white plates from 1956 to 1970
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955-61; 1965-69 (odd years only) Embossed forest green on white with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; 19 to left of upper left screw hole, last two digits of registration year to right of upper left screw hole SCENIC (centered above numbers, same font as NEW HAMPSHIRE) AB 123 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving) See county code tables below. Alternated with green plates from 1956 to 1970
New Hampshire 1963 Hillsborough County license plate.jpg 1963 Embossed forest green on white with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; 19 to left of upper left screw hole, last two digits of registration year to right of upper left screw hole PHOTOSCENIC (centered above numbers, thin embossed font) AB 123 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving) See county code tables below. Only year "Photoscenic" used instead of "Scenic"
New Hampshire 1971 5519.jpg 1971 Embossed forest green on white with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; 19 to left of upper left screw hole, last two digits of registration year to right of upper left screw hole LIVE FREE OR DIE (centered above numbers, thin embossed font) AB 123 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving) See county code tables below. Alternated with green plates from 1971 to 1973
First year the state motto appeared on modern plates.
New Hampshire 1972 5519.jpg 1972 Embossed white on forest green with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; 19 to left of upper left screw hole, last two digits of registration year to right of upper left screw hole LIVE FREE OR DIE (centered above numbers, thin embossed font) AB 123 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving) See county code tables below. Alternated with white plates from 1971 to 1973
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1973-74 Embossed forest green on white with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; last two digits of registration year to right of upper left screw hole LIVE FREE OR DIE (centered above numbers, thin embossed font) AB 123 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving) See county code tables below. Same as 1971 plate, but without 19 for registration year
New Hampshire 1979 LI541.jpg 1975-78 Embossed white on forest green with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers; last two digits of registration year to left of upper left screw hole LIVE FREE OR DIE (centered above numbers, thin embossed font) AB 123, A/B 1234 (letters square; numbers rectangular with slight curving.) See county code tables below. Polarized version of 1973-74 plate, with registration year on opposite side.
First base to use stickers and staggered registration; Expiration month of registration is the month of the registrant's birthday, with corporate/leased vehicles expiring in March
New Hampshire 1985 65064A.jpg 1979-86 Embossed forest green on white with border line; NEW HAMPSHIRE in square font below numbers LIVE FREE OR DIE (centered above numbers, thin embossed font) 123456

12345A

1-999999
10000A-?????G[1]
Expiration month of registration is the month of the registrant's birthday, with corporate/leased vehicles expiring in March.
1986 New Hampshire sample plate.jpg 1987-91 Forest green embossed numbers on white plate with beveled edge; forest green plain font screened NEW HAMPSHIRE with Old Man of the Mountain logo circle between the two words above with W in New partially in circle, all centered between holes; month registration sticker top left corner and year registration sticker top right corner Live Free or Die (smaller, but same font as NEW HAMPSHIRE, centered below numbers) 123456[2] 1 to 999999 First use of the Old Man of the Mountain logo
Expiration month of registration is the month of the registrant's birthday, with corporate/leased vehicles expiring in March.
New Hampshire 1992 base license plate.jpg 1992-98 Forest green embossed numbers on white plate with beveled edge; forest green plain font screened NEW HAMPSHIRE with Old Man of the Mountain logo circle between the two words above with W in New partially in circle; month registration sticker top left corner and year registration sticker top right corner LIVE FREE OR DIE(same font as NEW HAMPSHIRE, centered below numbers) ABC-123 AAA-001 to D??-??? Plate now reflective, using darker green; state name larger and stickers smaller
Expiration month of registration is the month of the registrant's birthday, with corporate/leased vehicles expiring in March.
2000 New Hampshire License Plate.jpg 1999–Present Dark green embossed numbers with beveled plate edge; screened painting of Old Man of the Mountain and Cannon Mountain against sky, with Old Man to left of center on standard plates and to far right on vanity plates; green stylized cursive New over stylized serifed HAMPSHIRE centered at bottom of plate; registration month sticker at bottom left; registration year sticker at bottom right LIVE FREE OR DIE (plain green font screened above numbers) 123 456
123 4567
999 999 to 100 000 (descending), then
100 0000 to present (ascending)[3] (&+-* also available as characters on vanity plates)
Expiration month of registration is the month of the registrant's birthday, with corporate/leased vehicles expiring in March, or the month specified by the individual leasing/financing company.

1949-1979 county codes[edit]

New Hampshire has 10 counties (see List of counties in New Hampshire). From 1949 to 1979, the two letters on passenger plates represented the county in which the vehicle was registered as follows:[4]

County code allocations[edit]

County Letter blocks
Sample Plates AC (All have serial AC 000, even on post-1979 bases. Starting with the 1999 base, sample plate purchasers can choose either "AC 000" or "VISIT")
Belknap BA-BZ
Carroll CA-CZ
Cheshire EA-EZ issued first, then ZA-ZZ
Coös OA-OZ
Grafton GA-GZ
Hillsborough HA-HZ issued first, then IA-IZ, JA-JZ, and LA-LZ
Merrimack MA-MZ issued first, then NA-NZ
Rockingham RA-RZ issued first, then KA-KZ and PA-PZ
Strafford FA-FZ issued first, then DA-DZ
Sullivan SA-SZ

Alphabetical cross-reference[edit]

Letter blocks County
AA-AB Not Issued
AC Sample Plates (AC 000). AC 001 to AC 999 not issued.
AD-AZ Not Issued
BA-BZ Belknap
CA-CZ Carroll
DA-DZ Strafford
EA-EZ Cheshire
FA-FZ Strafford
GA-GZ Grafton
HA-HZ Hillsborough
IA-IZ Hillsborough
JA-JZ Hillsborough
KA-KZ Rockingham
LA-LZ Hillsborough
MA-MZ Merrimack
NA-NZ Merrimack
OA-OZ Coös
PA-PZ Rockingham
QA-QZ Not Issued
RA-RZ Rockingham
SA-SZ Sullivan
TA-YZ Not Issued
ZA-ZZ Cheshire

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1987 to 1989 Live Free or Die AB1234

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholson, David; Craig Donsanto. "New Hampshire". Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nicholson, David; Craig Donsanto. "New Hampshire". Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sage, Kit; Tanner, Eric. "licenseplates.cc New Hampshire highs page". Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ "New Hampshire - county codes". Retrieved May 6, 2013. 

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