Vehicle registration plates of South Dakota

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The U.S. state of South Dakota first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1913.

Passenger baseplates 1913 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 state's first license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Brown on white none 12345 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 14000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 White on red none 12345 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 21000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 Yellow on brown none 12345 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 26000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 Green on black none 12345 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 43000 First plate with actual year.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 White on brown none 12345 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 67000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1918 Brown on white none 12345 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 84000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Silver on brown none 123456 (variable number of digits) 1 to approximately 105000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 Brown on white none 12345
123456
30000 to approximately 135000 Numbers below 30000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 White on green none 12345
123456
30000 to approximately 154000 Numbers below 30000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
South Dakota 1922 35109.jpg 1922 White on dark blue none 12345
123456
30000 to approximately 150000 Numbers below 30000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 Black on silver none 12-345
123-456
30-000 to approximately 153-000 Numbers below 30-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Silver on black none 12-345
123-456
20-000 to approximately 151-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
1933 SD passenger plate.jpg 1933 Black lettering and border embossed on yellow base none 12-3456 unknown
South Dakota 1950 47-954.jpg 1950 Black on orange none
South Dakota 1960 A1-1880.jpg 1960 Black on tan with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1961 A1-2707.jpg 1961 Green on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1962 2-25884.jpg 1962 Black on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1963 Red on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
1964 SD license plate.JPG 1964 Dark blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
South Dakota 1965 19-1064.jpg 1965 Green on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 Dark blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1967 Red on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1968 30-3446.jpg 1968 Light blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 Orange on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1970 61-1492.jpg 1970 Dark blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
South Dakota 1971 A1-3705.jpg 1971 Dark green on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1972 1-24075.jpg 1972 Black on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1973 1-18108.jpg 1973 Red on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none
South Dakota 1974 1-32334.jpg 1974 Blue on white with screened red and black Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none First screened graphic license plate in the United States. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1974 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first time South Dakota was so honored.
South Dakota 1975 6-10243.jpg 1975 Red on white with screened light blue and black Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976 Embossed blue on white with screened blue and white Mount Rushmore graphic and three red stripes at top none AB:1234 Coded by county of issuance (AB)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1981 Embossed red on white with screened dark blue Mount Rushmore graphic in bottom right corner none ABC:123 AAA:001 to approximately KAS:888[1] Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1981 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the second time South Dakota was so honored.
South Dakota 1991 1AX 971.jpg 1987 Embossed red on white with screened blue Mount Rushmore graphic in bottom right corner Celebrate the Century (optional) 0AB 123
00A 123
Coded by county of issuance (0 or 00) Numeric county codes reintroduced.
South Dakota 1996 1H 0485.jpg 1990 Embossed green on gradient gold and white with Mount Rushmore graphic in top right corner Great Faces. Great Places.
  • 0A 1234
  • 00 A123
  • 00 AB12 (following exhaustion of above format)
Coded by county of issuance (0 or 00)
South Dakota 2000 1A07581.jpg 1996 Embossed green on white with large gold Mount Rushmore graphic in background Great Faces. Great Places. 0A12345
00A1234
Coded by county of issuance (0 or 00)
South Dakota 2003 4AA 656.jpg 2000 Embossed blue on red, white and blue with blue Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none
  • 0AB 123
  • 00A 123
  • 00A B12 (following exhaustion of above format)
Coded by county of issuance (0 or 00)
South Dakota 2006 67L 726.jpg late 2003 As above, but with numbers screened
South Dakota 2008 2KW 954.jpg 2006 Screened dark blue on full-color Mount Rushmore graphic Great Faces. Great Places. Coded by county of issuance:
  • 0AB 123
  • 0ABC 12 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 00A 123
  • 00A B23 (following exhaustion of above format)
  • 00A BC3 (following exhaustion of above format)
Serial progression continued from where 2000 base ceased. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2006 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time South Dakota was so honored.

Non-passenger types[edit]

2006 to present[edit]

Image Type Design Slogan Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg City Government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none CTY1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg County Government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none CO 1234
CO12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Department Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none FD 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg School Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none S 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Oglala Sioux Tribe government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none OST 123
OST1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none AB123 State seal at left, state flag bottom right corner.

Optional types[edit]

Image Type Design Slogan Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veteran Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. VETERAN 1234A Logo for branch of service at left.

County coding[edit]

Code County
1 Minnehaha
2 Pennington
3 Brown
4 Beadle
5 Codington
6 Brookings
7 Yankton
8 Davison
9 Lawrence
10 Aurora
11 Bennett
12 Bon Homme
13 Brule
14 Buffalo
15 Butte
16 Campbell
17 Charles Mix
18 Clark
19 Clay
20 Corson
21 Custer
22 Day
23 Deuel
24 Dewey
25 Douglas
26 Edmunds
27 Fall River
28 Faulk
29 Grant
30 Gregory
31 Haakon
32 Hamlin
33 Hand
34 Hanson
35 Harding
36 Hughes
37 Hutchinson
38 Hyde
39 Jackson
40 Jerauld
41 Jones
42 Kingsbury
43 Lake
44 Lincoln
45 Lyman
46 McCook
47 McPherson
48 Marshall
49 Meade
50 Mellette
51 Miner
52 Moody
53 Perkins
54 Potter
55 Roberts
56 Sanborn
57 Spink
58 Stanley
59 Sully
60 Tripp
61 Turner
62 Union
63 Walworth
64 Ziebach
65 Shannon
66 Washabaugh
67 Todd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Dakota License Plates". licenseplates.tropikordia.com. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 

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