Vehicle registration plates of New Jersey

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Current New Jersey license plate

The U.S. state of New Jersey first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1903. Registrants had to provide their own license plates for display until 1908, when the state began to supply plates.[1] 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 for almost all classes of vehicles, but "USED CAR DLR", "NEW CAR DLR", "BICYCLE", "TRICYCLE", "SCOOTER", "MOTORCYCLE", "OXBOARD", "TRAILER", and "SEGWAY" plates only issue rear.

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 and 1956 metal tabs were issued for re-validation of plates. In 1956 re validation began with front windshield stickers. In 1999 the state tried re-validating plates with stickers, but that scheme ended in 2004 with stickers issued to expire in 2005. Some non-passenger plates stickers extended to 2010 with stickers issued to expire in 2011 (2014 for trailer plates only) Since then passenger and non-passenger plates have been re-validated with just the registration card issued to the driver.

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1908 to 1958[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles (except those for motorcycles) at 6 inches (15 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width, with standardized mounting holes.[2] The first New Jersey license plate that complied with these standards was a modification of the 1952 plate, introduced in 1956.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1908 Gold lettering and blue background painted on porcelain-coated steel base none 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on right side between "N.J." and "08"
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1909 White lettering and black background painted on porcelain-coated steel base none 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on right side between "N.J." and "09". Made in Philadelphia PA, this lasted until 1915.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1910 Black lettering and yellow background painted on porcelain-coated steel base none 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on left side between "N.J." and "10"
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1911 Red lettering and white background painted on porcelain-coated steel base none 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on right side between "N.J." and "11"
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1912 Yellow lettering and blue background painted on porcelain-coated steel base none 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on left side between "N.J." and "12"
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"
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1915 White lettering on green background painted on porcelain-coated steel base none 12345 unknown Steel registration seal on right side between "N.J." and "15"
1916-NJ-License-Plate.JPG 1916 Embossed white lettering on brown plate with border line; "NJ" and "16" embossed at left. none 12345
A1234
unknown No steel registration seal. Letter dies used through 1917 but came back in 1926. "A" and "O" were used for 1916. "A" "B" "N" "O" and "X" were used for 1917.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1917 Embossed white lettering on blue plate with border line; "NJ" and "17" embossed at right. none 12345
A1234
unknown No steel registration seal
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1918 Embossed blue lettering on white plate with border line; "N. J. - 1918" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1919 Embossed white lettering on gray plate with border line; "N. J. - 1919" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1920 Embossed white lettering on red plate with border line; "N. J. - 1920" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1921 New Jersey license plate.jpg 1921 Embossed white lettering on forest green plate with border line; "N. J. - 1921" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown 1 plate has the stamped year for 1920 and then overstamped for 1921 so far 213948 is the only overstamped plate known.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1922 Embossed white lettering on black plate with border line; "N. J. - 1922" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Embossed orange lettering on black plate with border line; "N. J. - 23" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 As 1920 base but with "N. J. - 1924" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
New Jersey 1925 license plate.jpg 1925 Embossed silver lettering on midnight blue plate with border line; "N. J. - 25" embossed at top. none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1926 Embossed white lettering on orange plate with border line; "N. J. - 1926" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1927 As 1921 base but with "N. J. - 27." embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left. First license plate to have seriffs, this die modification made these plates more readable.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 Embossed white lettering on sky-blue plate with border line; "N. J. - 1928" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 As 1922 base but with "N. J. - 29." embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1930 As 1919 base but with "N. J. - 1930" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1931 As 1920 base but with "N. J. - 31." embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 As 1922 base but with "N. J. - 1932" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
1933 NJ passenger plate.jpg 1933 As 1923 base but with "N. J. - '33." embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 Embossed mint green lettering on black plate with border line; "N. J. - 1934" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1935 As 1922 base but with "N. J. - '35." embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1936 As 1923 base but with "N. J. - 1936" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 As 1934 base but with "N. J. - '37." embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left. This and the 1938 license plate (below) are the only license plates to have 8 holes instead of 4.
1938 New Jersey license plate.jpg 1938 As 1922 base but with "N. J. - 1938" embossed at top. none A12345 unknown County letter code at left
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1939 As 1923 base but with "NJ 39" embossed at right. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B) 2 versions of these 1939 plates are shown 1 with the slots (the standard) and 1 with bolt holes.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1940 As 1934 base but with "NJ 40" embossed at right. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1941 As 1922 base but with "N.J. '41" embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B) Courtesy plates had "NJ 41" embossed at right. This is the first NJ license plate that the letters are not the same size as the numbers.
1942 NJ license plate.jpg

Blank License Plate Shape.svg

1942 Embossed yellow lettering on black plate with border line; "N.J. 1942" embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B) Courtesy plates had "NJ 42" embossed at right, but both are revalidated for 1943 with tabs. The following year tab 1944 was used only for Boats.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1944 Embossed black lettering on straw plate with border line; "N.J. '44" embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1945 Embossed blue lettering on straw plate with border line; "N.J. 1945" embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
1946 New Jersey License Plate.jpg 1946 As 1944 base but with "N.J. '46" embossed at top. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
New Jersey 1947 EW 36.jpg 1947 As 1945 base but with "N.J. 1947" embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1948 As 1944 base but with "N.J. '48" embossed at top. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
1949 New Jersey license plate.JPG 1949 Embossed straw lettering on black plate with border line; "N.J. 1949" embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
1950 NJ license plate.jpg 1950 As 1944 base but with "N.J. '50" embossed at top. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
New Jersey 1951 NW71N.jpg 1951 As 1949 base but with "N.J. 1951" at bottom. none A/B 1234
A/B 123
A/B 12A
Coded by county (A/B)
1954 New Jersey license plate.jpg1956 NJ passenger plate.jpg 1952 Embossed orange lettering on black plate with border line; "N. 52 J." embossed at bottom. none A/B 123
A/B 12A
A/B A12
A/B 1A2
A/B 1234
Coded by county (A/B) Revalidated for 1953, 1954 (shown in photo), 1955 and 1956 (also shown in photo) with tabs (Passenger) 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960 with tabs (Non-Passenger).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1957 As above but changed to 6" x 12" size, and with stacked "NJ" embossed at right none A/B 1234 Coded by county (A/B) Revalidated for 1958 with windshield stickers. The older 1952 plates (by now dated "56") were also validated with windshield stickers.

1959 to present[edit]

All New Jersey passenger plates issued since 1959 are still valid on the roads today.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1959 New Jersey.jpg

Blank License Plate Shape.svg

1959 Embossed black lettering on buff plate, non-reflective, "N.J." embossed in wide block letters centered at top "GARDEN STATE" embossed in plain block letters centered at bottom ABC-123; Square dot used as dash AAA-100 to RHZ-9991, 2 Two different "B" dies were used from 1959-60 one with the New Jersey "B" die (the standard) and one with the Arkansas "B" die
1970 New Jersey.jpg 1969 As above, but reflective RIA-100 to SZZ-9991, 2, 5 Experimental plates. Some of these plates had the heavy steel backing.
1959 New Jersey.jpg 1970 As above, but non-reflective as from 1959–69 UAA-100 to YZZ-9991, 2, 5
1973 New Jersey.jpg 1973 123-ABC; Square dot used as dash 100-AAA to 999-HBZ2, 5
1977 New Jersey License Plate.jpg

Blank License Plate Shape.svg

1977 As above, but with "NEW JERSEY" embossed in plain block letters centered at top 100-HCA to 999-KZZ2, 5 First use of the full state name on passenger plates. Two different dies were used for the state name during 1978 – one with a narrow 'W' (the standard), and the other with a wide 'W' somewhere in between IDX and JPY.
1979 New Jersey.jpg

Blank License Plate Shape.svg

1979 Embossed buff lettering on medium blue plate, non-reflective, "NEW JERSEY" embossed in plain block letters centered at top "GARDEN STATE" embossed in plain block letters centered at bottom 123-ABC; New Jersey state icon used as dash 100-LAA to 999-ZZZ2, 5 Some of these plates were overpainted.
1985 New Jersey.jpg 1985 ABC-123; New Jersey state icon used as dash ZAA-100 to ZZZ-9992, 3, 5 Missing Z series from 1973.
1986 New Jersey.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1985 ABC-12D; New Jersey state icon used as dash AAA-10A to HZZ-99Z2, 3, 5 Between ETC and EXB the NJ map separator got changed, this happened again between GED and GML.
1992 New Jersey.jpg 1992 Embossed black lettering on yellow to gradient white plate, reflective; "New Jersey" screened in black plain serifed letters centered at top; black outlines for registration stickers at top corners "Garden State" screened in black plain block letters centered at bottom ABC1234 AAA1000 to ADJ99993, 4, 5 No state map issued.
1997 New Jersey.jpg

Blank License Plate Shape.svg

1993 AB-123C; New Jersey state icon used as dash BA-100A to ZY-999Z3, 4, 5 In 1998 Some yellow plates were stamped onto older blue blanks, This was the result of blue backing and blue showing at the edge of the plate if scratched, As seen in the top left bolt hole of the plate, Somewhere in between UC and UV.
NJ 2007.jpg 1999 ABC-12D; New Jersey state icon used as dash JAA-10A to VZT-99Z3, 4, 5 In March 2001, somewhere between the LGW and LHC series, the plates changed from using 3M reflective sheeting to Avery reflective sheeting but changed back to 3M reflective sheeting in 2004 starting with the PXS series.
New Jersey 2008.jpg

Blank License Plate Shape.svg

2007 As above, but without black outlines at top corners VZU-10A to ZZZ-99Z3, 4, 5 The 3M NJ Security Threads were added to vertical center of plate in November 2009 somewhere in between ZGB and ZGE.
NJ-2011.jpg 2010 As above, but with the 3M NJ Security threads added to center of plate A12-BCD;[3] New Jersey state icon used as dash A10-AAA to T99-EEK4, 5 R40-EEK (current highest embossed serial known on April 30, 2014)
NJ 2014.jpg 2014 As above, but with numbers and state icon screened rather than embossed[4] A10-EFF to present4, 5 D83-JYN (current highest screened serial known on April 6, 2018)

Notes

  • 1 Plates did not use the letters D, T, X, or Z in the first position (this does not apply to plates from 2014 to present);
  • 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 serial formats on these plates consist of three letters followed or preceded by a number between 1 and 20. On standard courtesy plates 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 may also be personalized, with all three letters making up the owner's initials.

Courtesy plates must be approved by a NJ State Senator from the applicant's election district prior to being submitted to the MVC.[5] The staff for the applicant's senator must also get approval from the state senator from the county that corresponds to the first letter on the plate being requested. The letter Q cannot be used on these plates, and D, O, T, and X cannot be used as the first letter.[6]

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.[4]

Non-Passenger[edit]

Image Type First issued Current serial format Previous serial formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Ambulance July 1, 2014 OA-1234 This base replaces all Commercial and No-Fee plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Autocycle October 2017 A1B2C This base is for 3-wheeled Motorcycles.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Apportioned June 1996 A123-BC AB-123C
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Beach Buggy Association 1979 1234 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Boat 1919 1234; A123 No longer issued after 1962.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Boat No Fee 1953 NF12
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Boat Dealer 1959 D12−1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Clam/Oyster Permit 1935 C-1234; O-1234 C was used for Clams and O was used for Oysters.
NEW JERSEY 1948 -COMMERCIAL LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

NJ commercial license plate XCJ-S77.jpg

Commercial 1918 XAB-C12 XA-123B, X-1234A, X12-A34, XAB1234, (last seen: XAF8090) XA-12BC, XAB-12C, X1A-234, X-12345, XA-1234, XAB-123 1948 and current issue shown
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Commercial Vanity varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Commuter Van 1982 CV12345 CV1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Constructor 1951 12345 123; 1234
New Jersey SVM 2.jpg Courtesy 1920 ABC  1, ABC 12
1  ABC, 12 ABC
Nj new.jpg Equipment In Transit 1960 12-1-AB AB-1-12; AB-12-1; A-12-1
NJ 2004 Farm Use.jpg Farm Use 1941 GA-10B F-1234; F-A123; F-A12B; FA12345; FA-10B; FA-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Gasoline License 1928 12345 No longer issued after 1931 (see Motor Fuel Dealer).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Handicapped 1977 1234HA HA1234, H1234, 1234H
NJ 2000 Historic.jpg Historic 1964 12345QQ QQ-A123, 123A-QQ, QQ-1234, 1234-QQ, QQ12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Historic Motorcycle 1976 Q1234 Q123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Hotel Bus 2014 OH-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg In Transit Empty 1977 ZA-12 12-ZA
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Jitney July 1, 2014 OJ-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Licensed Coal/Fuel Truck 1937 1234; 123 No longer issued after 1980.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Licensed Poultry Truck 1948 123 No longer issued after 1973.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Limousine late 2000 OL1234A OL-1234; 1234-OL; OL-123A
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Limousine Vanity 2000 OLABCDEF
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Livery 1916 OL1234A OL-1234; 1234-OL; OL-123A Withdrawn and replaced with Limousine plates in 2000.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Livery Vanity 2000 varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Mobility Assistance Vehicle July 1, 2014 OM-1234 For Handicapped vehicles with 1 or 2 people. Originated as Mobile Assistance Vehicle plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Moped 1983 1A2B3
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle 1912 1ABC2 A123B, AB123, 123AB, A1234, 1234A
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle Courtesy 1975 varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle Commercial 1960 XA123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle No Fee 1952 1234A
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle Vanity 1980s varies varies
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle Dealer 1920s DA-12−1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motor Fuel Dealer 1932 12345 Slogan was changed in 1932. No longer issued after 1942.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motor Fuel Transport 1936 12345 No longer issued after 2010.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg New Car Dealer 1916 DAB-12 1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg NJ Transit 1982 1234-NJ No longer in use since the mid to late '90s
Blank License Plate Shape.svg No Fee 1932 NF12345 NF-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Non-Conventional Dealer 1979
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Omnibus 1 1921 OYA1234 OXA-123, OXA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Omnibus 2 August 2014 O2-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Outdoor Advertising 1931 12345 No longer issued.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Outdoor Advertising No Fee 1956 NF123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Paratransit July 1, 2014 OP-123A OP-1234 Originated as Special Paratransit plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Passenger Vanity 1959 varies varies Alcoholic Vanity Plates are banned by New Jersey.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Permit 1936 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg PUC-LIM 1977 OL-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Regulated Bulk Hauler 1981 NJ1234DMV Replaced by Apportioned in 1996
Blank License Plate Shape.svg School Vehicle I 1977 A123-S1 S1-123A, 123A-S1, 1234AS1, S1-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg School Vehicle II 1977 S2-A123 S2-123A, 123A-S2, 1234AS2
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Street Rod 1982 1234R R1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Taxicab July 1, 2014 OT-123A OT-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary April 1, 2012 B123456 B000001 to B999999 Skipped A; as of 04-17-12, B59####
New Jersey Temporary License Plate- "F".jpg Temporary April 1, 2012 F123456 F000001 to F999999 Skipped C and D; as of 04-06-13, F78####
New Jersey Temporary License Plate - "F" .jpg Temporary August 18, 2013 H123456 H000001 to H999999 Skipped E and G; as of 05-15-2014, H63####
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary October 12, 2014 J123456 J000001 to J999999 Skipped I; as of 10-11-14, J55####
New Jersey Temporary License Plate - "L".jpg Temporary November 14, 2015 L123456 L000001 to L999999 Skipped K; as of 11-13-15, L99####
New Jersey Temporary License Plate - "M".jpg Temporary December 3, 2016 M123456 M000001 to M999999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary Late December 2017 R123456 R000001 to present Skipped N, O, P, and Q
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle Temporary June 2015 A123456 J600001 to present Same as regular temporary plates but smaller
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary Non-Resident April 1, 2012 123456N 000001N to 999999N Skipped O; as of 12-31-16, ####83N
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary Non-Resident July 24, 2017 123456P 000001P to approximately 046000P Skipped Q; as of 07-19-17, ####79P
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary Non-Resident December 15, 2017 123456R 000001R to present
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Tractor 1918 1234-TA TA-1234; TAB-123; TA-123; TA-B123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer 1915 TAB-C12 TAB-12C, T12-A3B, TAB-123, TA-123B, T123-AB, 123-TAB, T1A-234, TAB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Transporter
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Used Car Dealer 1960 DLB-12 1(2)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dealer Temporary 1953
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Vehicle Converter 1992
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Vehicle Manufacturer 1908
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Recreational Vehicle 2015

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.svg Atlantic City Expressway Authority 1979 123-ACE ACE-123, ACE-12, ACE 12 Not vanity plates. Used for all tollbooths of the Atlantic City Expressway.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Cabinet (numeric)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg County Government 1926 CG1-ABC A123-CG, CG12345, CG-123A, CG-A123 From 1926 to 1959 the MGX, CGX, and SGX, were used on Commercial plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Department of Transportation 1959 TD12345 TD-1234, TD-123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Former Assembly
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Former Senator
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Governor 1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Highway Authority 1959 HA-A123 No longer issued, as the Garden State Parkway is now under the purview of the Turnpike Authority.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 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.svg Mayor Emeritus ME1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Municipal Government 1926 12345MG MG12345, MG-A123, MG-123A, MG-1234, 1234-MG, 123MG-A, MG-12AB
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Municipal No Fee
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Municipal Government Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Senate AB Letters indicate senator's initials.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Sheriff
Blank License Plate Shape.svg State Government 1926 SG12345 SG-A123, SG-A12B
Blank License Plate Shape.svg State Police SPA123B SP-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg State Senate Majority Leader
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Turnpike Authority 1959 1234TPA TP-A123, TPA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg U.S. Congress
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 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.svg Chiropractor 1977 1 DC 234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dentist 1977 DMD 123, DDS 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg EMT-A 1993 EM1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Farmer 1933 XYA-B12 XYA-123, XYA-12B Farmer plates begin with XYA and end with XZZ
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Firefighter 1977 A1-2B 1A-B2 No Blue Plates Issued.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Firemen's Benevolent Association FF1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg First Aider 1981 F1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Fraternal Order of Police 1989 FP1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg New Jersey Press 1992 NJP-123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg New York Press 1977 1234NYP NYP-123, 123-NYP
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Newark Firefighter FD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Operating Engineer 2005 OE1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Patrolmens Benevolent Association PB1234
MD2775 New Jersey physician's license plate.jpg Physician 1951 MD-1234, DO-1234 12MD A, MDA-123, MD-A123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Podiatrist 1979 DPM-123 DPM ABC
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Society of Professional Engineers PE1234

Organizational[edit]

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

Military and Veteran[edit]

Image Type First issued Current serial format Previous serial formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Air Force Auxiliary CP1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Air Force Reserve CF1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Air Force Retired RA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 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.svg Airborne AB1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg American Legion AL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Amvets AV1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 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.svg Army Reserve AR1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Coast Guard Auxiliary CA1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Coast Guard Reserve CR1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Combat Veteran CI1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Combat Wounded PH1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled American Veteran WD1234 DAV-123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled Veteran DV1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Gold Star Family 2011 MH1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Leatherneck ML1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Merchant Marine MM1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Navy Cross NC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Navy Lakehurst LK1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Navy League NL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Navy Reserve NR1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Pearl Harbor '41 1234PH
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Prisoner of War P1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Silver Star 1234SS
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Silent Service SS1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Tin Can Sailors DD1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg U.S. Army Retired GI1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veterans of Foreign Wars WV1234 VFW-123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Vietnam Veteran VV1234

College and University Optionals[edit]

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

Specialty[edit]

Image Type First issued Current serial format Previous serial formats Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Alpha Kappa Alpha October 2017 IV1234 Features the Ivy leaf.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Animal Friendly 1995 IM1234, IM123A, IM12AB (ended at ...99CZ) No longer issued but still valid
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Animal Friendly (Mutts) 2002 IMBA12 IM12EA Plate features characters from Patrick McDonnell's comic strip
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Battleship 1996 BB12AB BB1234, 1234BB Features an image of battleship USS New Jersey
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Baymen's Heritage February 26, 1998[7] BH12AB BH1234, 1234BH Sports an image of the Tucker's Island Lighthouse
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Center for Food Action 2001 CF1234 No longer being issued (see below)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 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.svg Conquer Cancer 1998 CCAB12 CC1234, CC12AB, A123CC
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Conserve WildlifeWoodpecker 1993 CW1234, CW123A, CW12AB No longer issued but still valid.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Conserve Wildlife – Bald Eagle June 26, 1997 A123WC WC123A
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Deborah Heart & Lung 2000 1234DH DH1234
Discovernjhistory.jpg Discover NJ History March 26, 1997 1234ZZ ZZ1234 Features painting of a house in Lambertville, New Jersey 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.svg Liberty State Park 1999 1234LS LS1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Meadowlands 2001 MC1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg New Jersey Agriculture January 29, 2001 GS12BA,

XY123AA (farmer) XA123AA (commercial) FX123AA (farm use)

GS1234, 1234GS
Blank License Plate Shape.svg NPDF Safe Cop PF1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Olympic Spirit 1995 1234US US1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Organ Donors Save Lives 2002 1234DL DL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Pinelands 1998 PL12AB PL1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Price of Honor 2002 LEAB12 LE1234, 1234LE, LE12AB, BA12LE
NJ Shore to Please registration.jpg Shore to Please November 1993 SA12AB SA1234,SA123A, SC123A, SE123A, SF123A, SJ123A, SK123A, SL123A, SN123A, SR123A, SU123A
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Treasure Our Trees 1998 WE123A, XA123WE (commercial) WE1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg United We Stand 2004 UW12AB UW1234, 1234UW

Sports[edit]

The New Jersey sports plates were introduced in the fall of 2010. They share a common serial format – RM12AB – and were the first NJ plates to be issued with screened, rather than embossed, serials.

Image Type First issued Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg NASCAR 2010 RM12AB Plates feature the number and signature of one of the following eight drivers: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Tony Stewart. There is also a Dale Earnhardt Hall of Fame commemorative plate, a Ford Racing plate and a generic NASCAR Fan plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg NBA 2010 RM12AB Plates feature the logo of either the New York Knicks or the Philadelphia 76ers.[8] There was also a New Jersey Nets plate, which was discontinued when the Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg NHL 2010 RM12AB Plates feature the logo of either the New Jersey Devils or the Philadelphia Flyers.[9]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg MLB 2010 RM12AB Plates feature the logo of either the New York Yankees, the New York Mets or the Philadelphia Phillies.[10]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg NFL 2010 RM12AB Plates feature a graphic of the helmet of either the New York Jets, the New York Giants or the Philadelphia Eagles.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old New Jersey License Plates". LeatherLicensePlates.com. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association. 
  3. ^ http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20090710_N_J__license_plates_to_get_slightly_different_look.html
  4. ^ a b Jim Moini's License Plates
  5. ^ "Information about Personalized License Plates" (PDF). New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Jersey License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Baymen's Heritage License Plate To Be Unveiled". New Jersey Department of Transportation. February 24, 1998. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ NBA License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  9. ^ NHL License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  10. ^ MLB License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  11. ^ NFL License Plates, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Retrieved 2010-12-22.

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