Vehicle registration plates of Indian tribes

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Ferrari 360 Modena bearing a plate from Cherokee Nation.

Several Indian tribes within the United States register motor vehicles and issue license plates to those vehicles.

The legal status of these plates varies by tribe, with some being recognized by the federal government and others not. Some nations issue plates for both tribal and personal vehicles, while others issue plates only for official tribal vehicles.

Some nations' plates indicate the U.S. state with which they are most closely associated, while others do not. This variation may even exist among the nations associated with one particular state.




North Dakota[edit]


South Dakota[edit]


Official, tribally owned vehicles bearing plates issued by tribes are allowed to use public roads under Washington state law.[2] The Yakama tribe began issuing plates to all members in 2011.[3]



  1. ^ Leo Good, ALPCA, Erik Bos. "License Plates of Native American Indian Tribes by Status." License Plates Portal. (retrieved 31 Oct 2011)
  2. ^ "Traffic Q&A: Can tribes issue license plates?", The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington), June 10, 2011 
  3. ^ Phil Ferolito (February 11, 2011), "Yakamas to issue own license plates", The Seattle Times 
  4. ^ Lummi culture and history, Native Languages of the Americas, retrieved 2015-07-18 

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