Vehicle registration plates of Texas

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The U.S. state of Texas first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1917.

Passenger baseplates 1917 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
1951-Texas-License-plate.jpg 1951 Black embossed lettering on yellow background AB1234
Texas 1954 DW9473.jpg 1954 Yellow on black
Texas 1966 JDD52.jpg 1966 White on black, star separator
Texas 1967 CKK361.jpg 1967 Black on white, star separator
Texas 1969 LKT75.jpg 1969 Black on white, star separator
Texas 1972 MSZ336.jpg 1972 Green on white, star separator
Texas 1974 KJN 25.jpg 1974 Red on white, star separator
Texas 1975 FWY-332.jpg 1975 Black on reflective white, star separator
Texas 1995 C67 FLX.jpg 1992 Dark blue and red on reflective white, flag screened next to state name The Lone Star State
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1995 State outline within abstract graphic. 150 Years of Statehood ABC-12D approximately VJL 01B to late W series Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new standard-issue license plate of 1995 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Texas has been so honored. Co-recipient with Pennsylvania.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1996 State flag to left of state name. The Lone Star State ABC-12D ? to ZZZ-99Z Returned to previous base. Some late Z-series plates made on next series' graphic sheeting, with state flag to right of state name.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1998 State flag to right of state name. The Lone Star State A12-BCD B01-BBB to ? Some early B-series plates made on previous series' graphic sheeting, with state flag to left of state name.
1999 Dark blue on reflective white with graphic scene of space shuttle and cowboy. The Lone Star State A12-BCD ? to Z99-ZZZ
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2004 123-ABC 001-BBB to ?
2005 Texas License Plate.jpg 2005 Revised version of 1999 base: state flag motif added to state outline, flag of the United States added to space shuttle; seven stars in top left corner made more prominent in commemoration of Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, which occurred over the state; small changes to other graphic elements such as cowboy and vegetation along bottom of plate. The Lone Star State 123-ABC ? to 999-ZZZ
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2007 ABC-123 BBB-001 to present Still in use on many cars bought before the license plate update
2009 Texas License Plate.jpg 2009 First standard-issue non-embossed license plate issued in Texas; features the Davis Mountains against a sky backdrop, with a lone star and streaks of red and blue in the upper-left corner; state motto is retained on the bottom The Lone Star State AB1-C234
  • AA0-A001 to AZ9-Z999

(Trucks)

  • BB0-B001

(Passenger Vehicles)

  • XA0-A001

(Semi-Trailer Tractors)

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg August 2010 The Lone Star State AB1-2345 (Trucks)
  • AA0-0001

(Trucks)

2012 Texas License Plate.jpg July 2012 New "Texas Classic" black lettering on white sheeting design with double security thread in the sheeting The Lone Star State
  • ABC-1234 All vehicles

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
TXDisabled.JPG Disabled Person 1 AB CD
TXDisabled2.JPG Disabled Person The Lone Star State 1 AB CD Non-embossed

Optional types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 4-H
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A Fine Cause
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Adopt-A-Beach
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Association
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Animal Friendly

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