Vehicle registration plates of New Jersey

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The U.S. state of New Jersey first issued license plates in 1908. Plates are currently issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

All bases of all classes of plates from 1959 to present are still valid for display in New Jersey. Since 2004, passenger plates have no requirement to display proof of valid registration, using only the registration card issued to the driver, which is stored in the glove box or on the person. New Jersey issues both front and rear license plates.

Issuance and validation[edit]

Passenger plates were issued in pairs 1908 to present except for 1944, 1945, and 1946. New plates were issued every year until 1943 due to wartime restrictions. From 1943 until 1952 plates were issued yearly. Between 1953 to 1956 metal tabs were issued for revalidation of plates. In 1956 revalidation began with front windshield stickers. In 1999 the state tried revalidating plates with stickers, but that scheme ended in 2004 with stickers issued to expire in 2005. Since then passenger plates have been revalidated with just the registration card issued to the driver.

Passenger baseplates 1908 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 plates issued in 1955 were the first New Jersey license plates that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1913 NJ passenger plate.jpg 1913 Red lettering and white background painted on porcelain-coated steel base None 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on right side between "N.J." and "13"
1914-NJ-License-Plate.jpg 1914 White lettering on red background painted on porcelain-coated steel base None 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on left side between "N.J." and "14"
1933 NJ passenger plate.jpg 1933 Orange lettering embossed on black base None A12345 unknown County letter code at left
New Jersey 1947 EW 36.jpg 1947 Blue on straw None
New Jersey 1951 NW71N.jpg 1951 White on black None
1956 NJ passenger plate.jpg 1952-1956 Orange lettering embossed on black base None A/B 123; A/B 12C; A/B 1C2; A/B C12; A/B 1234 unknown Tab for subsequent years inserted over original date
1959 New Jersey.jpg 1959 black on buff, non-reflective, N.J. embossed in wide block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers ABC-123 AAA-100 to RHZ-9991, 2
1970 New Jersey.jpg 1969-1970 black on buff, non-reflective, N.J. embossed in wide block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers ABC-123 RIA-100 to SZZ-9991, 2, 5
1959 New Jersey.jpg 1970 black on buff, non-reflective, N.J. embossed in wide block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers ABC-123 UAA-100 to YZZ-9991, 2, 5
1973 New Jersey.jpg 1973 black on buff, non-reflective, N.J. embossed in wide block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers 123-ABC 100-AAA to 999-HBZ1, 2, 5
1977 New Jersey License Plate.jpg 1977 black on buff, non-reflective, NEW JERSEY embossed in plain block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers 123-ABC 100-HCA to 999-KZZ1, 2, 5
1979 New Jersey.jpg 1979 yellow on medium blue, non-reflective, NEW JERSEY embossed in plain block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers 123-ABC; New Jersey state icon used as dash 100-LAA to 999-ZZZ1, 2, 5
1985 New Jersey.jpg 1985 yellow on medium blue, non-reflective, NEW JERSEY embossed in plain block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers ABC-123; New Jersey state icon used as dash ZAA-100 to ZZZ-9992, 3, 5
1986 New Jersey.jpg 1985 yellow on medium blue, non-reflective, NEW JERSEY embossed in plain block font above numbers GARDEN STATE embossed in plain block letters below numbers ABC-12D; New Jersey state icon used as dash AAA-10A to HZZ-99Z2, 3, 5
1992 New Jersey.jpg 1992 black embossed numbers on yellow to white gradient, reflective; New Jersey screened in black plain serifed font above numbers; black outlines for registration stickers at top corners Garden State screened in black plain block letters below numbers ABC1234; New Jersey state icon used as dash AAA1000 to ADJ99993, 4, 5
1997 New Jersey.jpg 1993 black embossed numbers on yellow to white gradient, reflective; New Jersey screened in black plain serifed font above numbers; black outlines for registration stickers at top corners Garden State screened in black plain block letters below numbers AB-123D; New Jersey state icon used as dash BA-100A to ZZ-999Z 3, 4, 5
NJ 2007.jpg 1999 black embossed numbers on yellow to white gradient, reflective; New Jersey screened in black plain serifed font above numbers; black outlines for registration stickers at top corners Garden State screened in black plain block letters below numbers ABC-12D; New Jersey state icon used as dash JAA-10A to VZT-99Z 3, 4, 5
New Jersey 2008.jpg 2007 black embossed numbers on yellow to white gradient, reflective; New Jersey screened in black plain serifed font above numbers Garden State screened in black plain block letters below numbers ABC-12D; New Jersey state icon used as dash VZU-10A to ZZZ-99Z 3, 4, 5 Security threads added to vertical center of plate somewhere in the Z series
NJ-2011.jpg 2010 black embossed numbers on yellow to white gradient, reflective; New Jersey screened in black plain serifed font above numbers; security threads added to plate Garden State screened in black plain block letters below numbers A12-ABC;[1] New Jersey state icon used as dash A10-AAA to Z99-EFE 4, 5 K90-EEF (current highest embossed series known on 04-30-2014)
NJ 2013.jpg 2014 black flat printed numbers on yellow to white gradient, reflective; New Jersey screened in black plain serifed font above numbers; security threads added to plate[2] Garden State screened in black plain block letters below numbers A12-ABC;[3] New Jersey state icon used as dash A81-EFF to present 4, 5 P60-ELB (current highest series known on 07-10-2014)

Notes

  • 1 Plates did not use the letters D, T, X, or Z in the first position;
  • 2 Plates did not use the letter Q in any position;
  • 3 Plates did not use the letters D, T, or X in the first position;
  • 4 Plates did not use the letters I, O, Q in any position;
  • 5 Plus remakes of serials issued on previous bases

Courtesy plates[edit]

New Jersey Courtesy License Plate

Courtesy Plates are issued to individuals with political connections. The plates are in an ABC 1/ABC 12 or 1 ABC/12 ABC format and range from 1 to 20. Courtesy plates may also be personalized with the owners 3 initials appearing before the number of 20 or less. If not personalized, then the individual is issued a standard Courtesy Plate, where the first letter is a county code, the second letter is the first initial of the vehicle owner's name, and the third letter is the initial of the last name of the vehicle owner.

Courtesy plates must be approved by a NJ State Senator from your election district prior to being submitted to the MVC.[4] The staff for your senator must also get approval from the state senator from the NJ county that corresponds to the first letter on the plate being requested. D, O, T, and X can not be used in the first letter position and no Q can be used in any position[5]

Courtesy plate county codes 1959 to present[edit]

Letter County
A Atlantic
B Bergen
C Camden
E Essex
F Ocean
G Gloucester
H Hudson
I Hunterdon
J Salem
K Middlesex
L Morris
M Monmouth
N Burlington
P Passaic
R Mercer
S Somerset
U Union
V Sussex
W Warren
Y Cumberland
Z Cape May

Current plate types[edit]

All plates issued since 1959 are still valid for use.[6]

Non-Passenger[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned AB-123C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commercial XAB-C12 XA-123B, X-1234A, X12-A34, XAB1234, (last seen: XAF8090) XA-12BC, XAB-12C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commercial Vanity varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commuter Van CV12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Constructor 12345
New Jersey SVM 2.jpg Courtesy ABC  1, ABC 12
1  ABC, 12 ABC
Nj new.jpg Equipment In Transit 1960 12-1-AB
NJ 2004 Farm Use.jpg Farm Use FA-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Handicapped HA1234 H1234, 1234H
NJ 2000 Historic.jpg Historic 12345QQ QQ-A123, 123A-QQ, QQ-1234, 1234-QQ, QQ12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Historic Motorcycle Q1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg In Transit Empty ZA-12
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Limousine OL1234A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Limousine Vanity OLABCDEF
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Livery OL1234A Withdrawn and replaced with Limousine plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Livery Vanity varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Moped 1A2B3
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle 1ABC2 A123B, AB123, 123AB, A1234, 1234A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Courtesy
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Dealer DA-12−1
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg New Car Dealer DAB-12 1
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NJ Transit 1234-NJ no longer in use
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg No Fee NF12345 NF-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Non-Conventional Dealer
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Omnibus OXA1234 (OYA1234) OXA-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Passenger Vanity varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg PUC-LIM OL-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg School Vehicle I S1-A123(as of 10/10, approaching end of series) S1-123A, 123A-S1, 1234AS1
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg School Vehicle II S2-A123 S2-123A, 123A-S2, 1234AS2
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod R1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Temporary A000000 Skipped E and G; as of 05-15-2014, H63####
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Temporary
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Temporary Rental/Lease
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tractor TA-0000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer TAB-12C 1234TAB, T12-A3B, TAB-123, T123-AB, 123-TAB, T1A-234, TAB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Transporter
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Used Car Dealer DLB-12 1(2)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Vehicle Converter
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Vehicle Manufacturer

Governmental[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
New Jersey Assembly 1993 AA 0.jpg Assembly AV1 Letters at left are assemblyman's initials
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Cabinet (numeric)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg County Government CG1-ABC A123-CG, CG12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Department of Transportation TD12345 TD-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Former Assembly
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Former Senator
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Governor 1
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Highway Authority HA-A123 No longer issued, as the Garden State Parkway is now under the purview of the Turnpike Authority.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mayor AB1CD The first two letters are a code signifying the municipality, and the last two letters are the mayor's initials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mayor Emeritus ME1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Municipal Government 12345MG MG12345, MG-A123, MG-123A, MG-1234, 1234-MG, 123MG-A, MG-12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Municipal No Fee
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Municipal Government Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Senate AB Letters indicate senator's initials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Government SG12345 SG-A123, SG-A12B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Police SPA123B SP-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Senate Majority Leader
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Turnpike Authority TPA1234 TP-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Congress
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Senate 1 or 2 (depending on seniority), flanked by state seals

Professional[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Chiropractor 1 DC 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dentist DMD 123, DDS 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg EMT-A EM1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farmer XYA-12B XYA-100 Farmer plates begin with either XY or XZ
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter A1-2B 1A-B2
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firemen's Benevolent Association FF1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg First Aider F1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fraternal Order of Police FP1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg New Jersey Press NJP-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg New York Press 1234NYP NYP-123, 123-NYP
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Newark Firefighter FD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Operating Engineer OE1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Patrolmens Benevolent Association PB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Physician MD-1234 12MD A, MDA-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Podiatrist DPM-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Society of Professional Engineers PE1234

Organizational[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio (call sign)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Freemason MB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honor Legion PD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Knights of Columbus (Columbianism) KC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Rotary International RI1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Square Dancer SD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Teamsters IB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Telephone Pioneer PA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg United Bowhunters UB1234

Military and Veteran[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Auxiliary CP1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Reserve CF1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Retired RA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Guard NGA 123 The letter appearing after the N/G is the first letter of the plate owner's last name.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Airborne AB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Legion AL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amvets AV1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Army Guard NGA 123 The letter appearing after the N/G is the first letter of the plate owner's last name.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Army Reserve AR1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Coast Guard Auxiliary CA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Coast Guard Reserve CR1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Combat Veteran CI1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Combat Wounded PH1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled American Veteran WD1234 DAV-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran DV1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gold Star Family 2011 MH1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Leatherneck ML1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Merchant Marine MM1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy Cross NC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy Lakehurst LK1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy League NL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy Reserve NR1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor '41 1234PH
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Prisoner of War P1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Silver Star 1234SS
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Silent Service SS1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tin Can Sailors DD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Army Retired GI1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veterans of Foreign Wars WV1234 VFW-123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Vietnam Veteran VV1234

College and University Optionals[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg New Jersey Institute of Technology JT1234 "Highlanders"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Notre Dame ND1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Penn State Alumni PS1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Rutgers RU1234, 1234RU New graphic features Rutgers' red "R" and numbers-first format.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Seton Hall SH1234 Base revised in 2007 - rim is no longer embossed and has updated Pirates logo
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Stevens Tech ST1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Temple University UN1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Delaware UD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Michigan UM1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg West Point WP1234

Specialty[edit]

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
NJ 1995 AF.jpg Animal Friendly 1995 IM1234, IM123A, IM12AB (ended at ...99CZ) No longer issued but still valid
NJ 2001 AF.jpg Animal Friendly (Mutts) 2002 IM12EA Plate features characters from Patrick McDonnell's comic strip
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Battleship 1996 BB12AB BB1234, 1234BB Features an image of battleship USS New Jersey
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Baymens Heritage 1998 BH12AB BH1234 Sports an image of the Tucker's Island Lighthouse
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Center for Food Action CF1234 No longer being issued (see below)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Choose Life 2011 CF1234 Uses same prefix as previously issued Center for Food Action plates, of which less than 100 were registered.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Conquer Cancer 1998 A123CC CC1234, CC12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Conserve Wildlife 1994 CW12AB CW1234, CW123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Conserve Wildlife 1997 WC123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Deborah Heart & Lung 2000 DH1234
Discovernjhistory.jpg Discover NJ History 1997 ZZ1234 Features painting of a house in Lambertville, NJ by renowned New Jersey artist Harry Devlin. Proceeds go to the Historic License Plate Preservation Fund to save priceless historic buildings, artifacts and documents.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Liberty State Park 1999 1234LS LS1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Meadowlands 2001 MC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg New Jersey Agriculture 2001 1234GS GS1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NPDF Safe Cop PF1234
Olympic Spirit 1995 1234 US US1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Organ Donors Save Lives 2002 DL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pinelands 1998 PL12AB PL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Price of Honor 2002 LE12AB LE1234, 1234LE
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Shore to Please 1993 SR123A SA1234,SA123A, SC123A, SE123A, SF123A, SJ123A, SK123A, SL123A, SN123A
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Treasure Our Trees 1998 WE123A, XA123WE (commercial) WE1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg United We Stand 2004 1234UW UW1234

Sports[edit]

The New Jersey sports bases all share the same numbering system and are the first NJ plates to be issued in a flat, non-embossed format.

Image Type First Issued Current Serial Format Previous Serial Formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NASCAR 2010 RM12AB Different bases will be available for drivers Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kasey Kahne and a generic NASCAR base.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NBA 2010 RM12AB Different bases will be available for New Jersey Nets New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers[7]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NHL 2010 RM12AB New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers [8]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg MLB 2010 RM12AB New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies.[9]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NFL 2010 RM12AB New York Jets, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20090710_N_J__license_plates_to_get_slightly_different_look.html
  2. ^ Jim Moini's License Plates
  3. ^ http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20090710_N_J__license_plates_to_get_slightly_different_look.html
  4. ^ http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/Vehicles/SP-2.pdf NJ MVC: Information about Personalized License Plates
  5. ^ http://licenseplates.tropikordia.com/athome.asp?State=New%20Jersey New Jersey License Plates (Scroll down to “1959-79 BLACK/STRAW BASE”)
  6. ^ Jim Moini's License Plates
  7. ^ NBA License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  8. ^ NHL License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  9. ^ MLB License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  10. ^ NFL License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2010-12-22.

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