Vehicle registration plates of Nunavut

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A sample vehicle registration plate from Nunavut.

The Vehicle registration plates of Nunavut were established in 1999 when the territory was formed by the splitting of the Northwest Territories. These polar bear-shaped plates are identical to those previously issued when it was part of the Northwest Territories, save for the name of the jurisdiction on the plate and the "N" suffix that appears on all plates.

At the time of division the governments of Nunavut and the NWT agreed to both jurisdictions continuing to use the polar bear plates, which had been in use since 1971. Although the design of the plates was shared, the Government of the Northwest Territories held the copyright. In 2010 when the dies for the plates became worn out the GNWT decided to make some changes and the Government of Nunavut opted to go with a new plate design.[1] On 3 August 2011, Nunavut announced that a contest would be held to create the new plates.[2]

On 6 March 2012, Nunavut announced that the new design for the licence plates will be available in July 2012. In total there were 123 people who submitted 200 designs with Iqaluit resident Ron Froese being the winner. His design, which is set at night, features 25 stars to represent the communities of Nunavut, the inuksuk that is outside the Legislative Assembly, a polar bear and three sets of northern lights to represent the three regions of Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Region, the Kivalliq Region and the Qikiqtaaluk Region[3][4][5]

Passenger baseplate 1999 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 licence plates for vehicles, except those for motorcycles, at six inches in height by twelve inches in width, with standardized mounting holes. The 2012 issue was the territory's first licence plate that fully complied with these standards. However the 1999 issue bear shaped plates feature the standardized mounting holes as did the Northwest Territories plates they were based on.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Nunavut plate.jpg 1999 Bear-shaped; blue on white. Explore Canada's Arctic 12345N 10000N to present
NUNAVUT SAMPLE.jpg 2012 conventional rectangular; aurora borealis on blue sky. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ Nunavut 2012 present issue

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