The state of
South Carolina began requiring its citizens to register their vehicles and display license plates on their cars in 1917.
Passenger baseplates 1990 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 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first South Carolina license plate that complied with these standards.
1990 to December 1997
Carolina Wren ( state bird). Dated "91" in right sticker box.
none ABC 123
AAA 101 to ?
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1990 by the
Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time South Carolina has been so honored.
January 1998 to summer 2008
Sabal palmetto ( state tree). Dated "99" in right sticker box. Smiling Faces. Beautiful Places.
101 AAA to present
Numbers 101 to 900 issued for each letter series. Serials were initially embossed but were surface-printed beginning at around the X series, and extended to number 999.
2003 to present
Black on light blue with
national and state flags. In God We Trust
101 1AA to present
No-cost optional plate. Serials were initially embossed but were later surface-printed.
Summer 2008 to present
Black on multicolored sunset background with state flag motif at center.
AAA 101 to present
Serials are surface-printed.
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