Vehicle registration plates of Kansas

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The U.S. state of Kansas first required its residents to register their vehicles and display license plates in 1910.

Passenger plates 1910 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 Kansas license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Kansas 1924 192-144.jpg 1924 White lettering on green base 1234
1933-Kansas-license-plate.jpg 1933 White lettering and border embossed on black base 12-3456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "KANSAS" embossed in black block letters centered at top; "19" embossed in top left corner and "47" in top right corner none 1-12345
10-12345
100-1234
Coded by county (1, 10 or 100)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "KANSAS" embossed in white block letters centered at top; "19" embossed in top left corner and "48" in top right corner none 1-12345
10-12345
100-1234
Coded by county (1, 10 or 100)
Kansas 1949 11-3987.jpg 1949 Embossed black numbers on silver plate with border line; "KANSAS" embossed in black block letters centered at top; "19" embossed in top left corner and "49" in top right corner "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in black block letters at bottom 1-12345
10-12345
100-1234
Coded by county (1, 10 or 100)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Embossed green numbers on silver plate with border line; "KANSAS 50" embossed in green block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in green block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-12345
100-1234
Coded by county (1, 10 or 100)
Kansas 1951 JW-201.jpg 1951–3 Embossed silver numbers on dark blue state-shaped plate with border line; "KANSAS 51" embossed in silver block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in silver block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B) First base to use two-letter county codes. Revalidated for 1952 with white tabs, and for 1953 with yellow tabs.
Kansas 1954 JW-3154.jpg 1954 Embossed black numbers on white state-shaped plate with border line; "KANSAS 54" embossed in black block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955 Embossed silver numbers on black state-shaped plate with border line; "KANSAS 55" embossed in silver block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in silver block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 Embossed black numbers on white plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 56" embossed in black block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Embossed red numbers on white plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 57" embossed in red block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in red block letters at bottom, offset to right A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1958 Embossed yellow numbers on blue plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 58" embossed in yellow block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom, offset to right A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959 Embossed blue numbers on yellow plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 59" embossed in blue block letters centered at top "THE WHEAT STATE" embossed in blue block letters at bottom, offset to right A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1960 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 60" embossed in blue block letters centered at top "CENTENNIAL 1961" embossed in blue block letters at bottom, offset to right A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B) Both this and the 1961 base commemorated Kansas' 100 years of statehood.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1961 Embossed brown numbers on white plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 61" embossed in brown block letters centered at top "CENTENNIAL 1961" embossed in brown block letters at bottom, offset to right A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1962 KS license plate.JPG 1962 Embossed white numbers on green plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 62" embossed in white block letters centered at top none A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1963 KS license plate.JPG 1963 Embossed green numbers on white plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 63" embossed in green block letters centered at top none A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1964 KS license plate.JPG 1964 Embossed white numbers on blue plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 64" embossed in white block letters centered at top none A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1965 KS passenger plate.jpg 1965 Embossed white numbers on red plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 65" embossed in white block letters centered at top "MIDWAY USA" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1966 KS license plate.JPG 1966 Embossed white numbers on black plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 66" embossed in white block letters centered at top "MIDWAY USA" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1967 KS license plate.JPG 1967 Embossed white numbers on Columbia blue plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 67" embossed in white block letters centered at top "MIDWAY USA" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1968 KS license plate.JPG 1968 Embossed yellow numbers on black plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 68" embossed in yellow block letters centered at top "MIDWAY USA" embossed in yellow block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
1969 KS license plate.JPG 1969 Embossed white numbers on black plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 69" embossed in white block letters centered at top "MIDWAY USA" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 Embossed white numbers on pale green plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 70" embossed in white block letters centered at top "MIDWAY USA" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom A/B-12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1975 Embossed white numbers on green plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 75" embossed in white block letters centered above numbers "WHEAT CENTENNIAL" embossed in white block letters centered below numbers A/B C12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B) and month of expiration (C) Some later-issue plates were manufactured without the slogan.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1975–80 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with state-shaped border; "KANSAS 76" embossed in white block letters centered above numbers none A/B C12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B) and month of expiration (C)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1980–82 Embossed white numbers on blue plate; yellow stalk of wheat screened at far left; "KANSAS" screened in yellow serifed letters centered above numbers none A/B C12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B) and month of expiration (C) Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1980 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first time Kansas was so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1982–88 Embossed blue numbers on white plate; gold sunflower screened at top left corner; "KANSAS" screened in blue serifed letters centered above numbers none A/B C12345 (variable number of digits) Coded by county (A/B) and month of expiration (C)
KS 1989.jpg 1988–90 Embossed dark blue digits on white plate; brown stalk of wheat screened in the center; pale yellow band screened across top containing stylized "KANSAS" in the center and three dark blue stripes on either side none ABC 123 AAA 000 to approximately DVD 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1990–93 DVE 000 to approximately GRR 999 State name made more legible.
KS 1995.jpg 1994–2001 Embossed blue numbers on light blue, white and light yellow gradient plate; yellow stalk of wheat screened in the center; "KANSAS" screened in blue serifed letters centered above numbers none ABC 123 GRS 000 to approximately PAZ 999, SMA 000 to approximately SVB 999 Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1994 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the second time Kansas was so honored.
2000 Black digits embossed on white background; screened sunflowers in bottom left corner; stylized "Kansas" screened and centered along top. ABC 123
KS 2002.jpg January 2001–April 2007 Embossed black digits on sky blue plate; State Capitol screened in the center surrounded by clouds; fading gold band screened at bottom with gold wheat stalks screened at left; "KANSAS" screened in black serifed letters centered above numbers none ABC 123 PBA 000 to approximately SLZ 999,
TAA 000 to approximately XUY 499
Kansas license plate.jpg April 2007–present Embossed dark blue numbers on light blue plate; top half of state seal screened in white in bottom right corner; "KANSAS" screened in dark blue serifed letters centered above numbers none 123 ABC 000 AAA to 999 HKP (as of March 14, 2015)

County coding[edit]

Kansas has a system of county codes used for identification of the home county of a state resident or company on license plates and state tax forms.[1]

The codes are two letters based on the first letter of and another letter in the name of the county. There is no true convention for the selection of the letters; for example, Bourbon County is the only county that begins with "BO," yet its code is "BB." In most cases, but not all, as noted above, the only county that begins with two particular letters gets those letters. Exceptions are Decatur, Dickinson, Hodgeman, Leavenworth, Logan, McPherson (MC is used for Mitchell), Norton (NO is used for Neosho), Pawnee, and Pottawatomie.

The two-letter code began appearing on Kansas license plates in 1951. From 1930 to 1950, the code was a number based on the order a county ranked in terms of population based on the 1920 United States Census. From 1951 until 1988, the two letters were stamped on the license plate on the far left side, one letter on top of the other. Since then, the letters are on a sticker applied to the upper-left corner of the plate.

There is also a place on the address form of Kansas tax forms to place the county code.

County 1930-50 numerical code 1951-present letter code
Allen County 24 AL
Anderson County 52 AN
Atchison County 15 AT
Barber County 67 BA
Barton County 33 BT
Bourbon County 17 BB
Brown County 25 BR
Butler County 9 BU
Chase County 81 CS
Chautauqua County 63 CQ
Cherokee County 10 CK
Cheyenne County 82 CN
Clark County 91 CA
Clay County 41 CY
Cloud County 36 CD
Coffey County 44 CF
Comanche County 90 CM
Cowley County 8 CL
Crawford County 4 CR
Decatur County 74 DC
Dickinson County 18 DK
Doniphan County 45 DP
Douglas County 16 DG
Edwards County 79 ED
Elk County 68 EK
Ellis County 38 EL
Ellsworth County 64 EW
Finney County 71 FI
Ford County 35 FO
Franklin County 21 FR
Geary County 47 GE
Gove County 88 GO
Graham County 76 GH
Grant County 103 GT
Gray County 89 GY
Greeley County 105 GL
Greenwood County 32 GW
Hamilton County 101 HM
Harper County 51 HP
Harvey County 28 HV
Haskell County 100 HS
Hodgeman County 93 HG
Jackson County 42 JA
Jefferson County 46 JF
Jewell County 43 JW
Johnson County 19 JO
Kearny County 98 KE
Kingman County 57 KM
Kiowa County 85 KW
Labette County 11 LB
Lane County 97 LE
Leavenworth County 7 LV
Lincoln County 66 LC
Linn County 49 LN
Logan County 95 LG
Lyon County 13 LY
Marion County 23 MN
Marshall County 20 MS
McPherson County 26 MP
Meade County 86 ME
Miami County 31 MI
Mitchell County 55 MC
Montgomery County 5 MG
Morris County 54 MR
Morton County 94 MT
Nemaha County 34 NM
Neosho County 22 NO
Ness County 75 NS
Norton County 61 NT
Osage County 29 OS
Osborne County 56 OB
Ottawa County 65 OT
Pawnee County 69 PN
Phillips County 58 PL
Pottawatomie County 39 PT
Pratt County 53 PR
Rawlins County 77 RA
Reno County 6 RN
Republic County 40 RP
Rice County 48 RC
Riley County 30 RL
Rooks County 70 RO
Rush County 73 RH
Russell County 60 RS
Saline County 14 SA
Scott County 96 SC
Sedgwick County 2 SG
Seward County 84 SW
Shawnee County 3 SN
Sheridan County 87 SD
Sherman County 80 SH
Smith County 50 SM
Stafford County 59 SF
Stanton County 104 ST
Stevens County 92 SV
Sumner County 12 SU
Thomas County 78 TH
Trego County 83 TR
Wabaunsee County 62 WB
Wallace County 99 WA
Washington County 37 WS
Wichita County 102 WH
Wilson County 27 WL
Woodson County 72 WO
Wyandotte County 1 WY

Optional types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Personalized motorcycle 2006 to 2010 registration years Brown on tan with brown buffalo. various various
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Personalized passenger 2006 to 2010 registration years Brown on tan with brown buffalo and embossed brown border in shape of state reminiscent of historical Kansas license plates and "Home On The Range" slogan. various various Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2005 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time Kansas was so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Personalized passenger 2010 to 2015 registration years Orange with yellow windmills and grass and "America's Heartland" slogan. various various

References[edit]

  1. ^ Codes from the 2005-06 Kansas state transportation map (index of counties).

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