Vehicle registration plates of Arkansas

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The U.S. state of Arkansas first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1911.

Passenger plates 1911 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that standardized 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 1956 (dated 1957) issue was the first Arkansas license plate that fully complied with these standards: the 1947 (dated 1948), 1952 (dated 1953) and 1955 (dated 1956) issues were all six inches in height by twelve inches in width, but had non-standard mounting holes.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1911 Black on silver none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1912 Silver on black none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Yellow on light green none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 Black lettering and border embossed on gray background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 Gray lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 Black lettering and border embossed on deep yellow background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 Yellow lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1918 Black lettering and border embossed on lime green background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Lime green lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 Black lettering and border embossed on green-blue background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 Silver lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK at left and year at right. none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1922 Black lettering and border embossed on yellow background, ARK at left and year at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 Yellow lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK at left and year at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Blue lettering and border embossed on gray background, ARK in the state shape map and 24 at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 Cream lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK in the state shape map and 25 at right. none 123-456
1926 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1926 Black lettering and border embossed on cream background, ARK 26 at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Yellow lettering and border embossed on green background, ARK 27 at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 Orange lettering and border embossed on black background, Either FRONT or REAR used as dash, ARK 28 at right. none 123-456 2 versions of these 1928-31 plates are shown 1 for Front and 1 for Rear
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 White lettering and border embossed on black background, either FRONT or REAR used as dash, ARK 29 at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Yellow lettering and border embossed on black background, either FRONT or REAR used as dash, 30 ARK at left. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 White lettering and border embossed on black background, either FRONT or REAR used as dash, ARK 31 at right. none 123-456
1932-Arkansas-license-plate.jpg 1932 Yellow lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK 32 in embossed script at top. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1933 Green lettering and border embossed on black background, ARK at left and year at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Red lettering and border embossed on white background, year at left and ARK at right. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1935 Blue lettering and border embossed on tan base, ARK at left and year at right. CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 36 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936 Blue lettering and border embossed on white base, ARKANSAS at top and year used as dash. none 123-456 First use of full state name on passenger plates
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 Black lettering and border embossed on white base, ARKANSAS at top and year used as dash. none 123-456
1938 Arkansas license plate.png 1938 Embossed gray lettering, designs and border on red background, "ARKANSAS" embossed in winged signage below registration; "38" embossed inside state shape at left. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939 Black lettering and border embossed on aluminum base, ARKANSAS at top and year used as dash. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940 Red lettering and border embossed on aluminum background, ARK 1940 at top and EXPIRES 12-31-40 at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 Green lettering and border embossed on aluminum background, ARKANSAS at top and year used as dash. OPPORTUNITY LAND 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942-43 Orange lettering and border embossed on dark blue background, year at top and ARKANSAS at bottom. none 123-456 Revalidated for 1943 with windshield stickers
Arkansas 1944 74-892.jpg 1944 White lettering on black background, 19 ARK. 44 at top. none 123-456
00-1234
Fiberboard due to metal shortage during World War II
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1945 Yellow lettering and border embossed on black background, 19 ARK. 45 at top. none 123-456 Returned to embossed lettering
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Black lettering and border embossed on white background, 19 ARK. 46 at top. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Early 1947 Red lettering and border embossed on aluminum background, 19 ARKANSAS 47 at top. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Late 1947 Black lettering and border embossed on aluminum background, 19 ARKANSAS 47 at top. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948–49 Embossed black numbers on unpainted aluminum plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1948" embossed in black block letters centered at top "OPPORTUNITY LAND" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 345-000 Revalidated for 1949 with aluminum tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1950" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 374-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1951" embossed in dark green block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in dark green block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 375-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952 Embossed white numbers on brown plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1952" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 380-000
1953 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1953 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1953" embossed in blue block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in blue block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 394-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1954 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1954" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 393-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1955" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 399-000
1956 Arkansas license plate.JPG 1956 Embossed black numbers on pale green plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1956" embossed in black block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 422-000
1957 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1957 Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 1957" embossed in red block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in red block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1958 Arkansas license plate.JPG 1958 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 58" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1959 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1959 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 59" embossed in black block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1960 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1960 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 60" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1961 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1961 Embossed red numbers on gray plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 61" embossed in red block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in red block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1962 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1962 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 62" embossed in blue block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in blue block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1963 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1963 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 63" embossed in white block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1964 Arkansas license plate.JPG 1964 Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 64" embossed in red block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in red block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1965 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1965 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 65" embossed in blue block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in blue block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 Embossed red numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 66" embossed in red block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in red block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1967 Arkansas license plate.jpg 1967 Embossed blue numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS 67" embossed in blue block letters centered at top "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in blue block letters centered at bottom 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1968–74 Embossed red numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "ARKANSAS" embossed in red block letters centered at top none ABC 123 AAA 001 to EEW 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1975–77 "LAND OF OPPORTUNITY" embossed in red block letters centered at bottom EEX 001 to GEC 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1978–88 Embossed red numbers on reflective white plate; "Arkansas" screened in large blue serifed letters centered at top "Land of Opportunity" screened in small blue block letters centered at bottom ABC 123 GED 001 to POP 999
Arkansas license plate 1989 series.jpg 1989 – May
1996
Embossed blue numbers on reflective white plate; red band screened at top containing "Arkansas" in large white serifed letters in the center "The Natural State" screened in small red serifed letters centered at bottom ABC 123 POR 001 to ZZZ 999
Arkansas license plate 1998 series.jpg May
1996 – February 2006
Embossed red numbers on reflective white plate; "Arkansas" screened in large dark blue serifed letters centered at top "The Natural State" screened in small dark blue serifed letters centered at bottom 123 ABC 001 AAA to 999 KPF
Arkansas License Plate.jpg March 2006 – present Embossed black numbers on reflective gradient sky blue and white plate; diamond graphic screened in the center; "Arkansas" screened in large dark red serifed letters centered at top "The Natural State" screened in small dark red serifed letters centered at bottom 123 ABC 001 KPG to 999 WWL (as of January 25, 2016)

Non-passenger plates[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio On 2006 passenger base, but with "AMATEUR RADIO" in place of "The Natural State" at bottom of plate. various various
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ambulance On 1996 passenger base, but with "AMBULANCE" in place of "The Natural State" at bottom of plate. ZAB 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Truck All-embossed black on yellow. C 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg DealerMotorcycle Annual plates 2004: All-embossed black on light blue. 1234 M
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person Blue on reflective white with blue graphics and "Disabled" legend at bottom. 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle 1979–81 Embossed red numbers on white plate; "ARK. M CYCLE" embossed at top and "EXP. 6" in bottom left corner AB 12 AA 01 to ZZ 99 All motorcycle plates expired on June 30 until 1994, when staggered registration was introduced.
1981–85 12 AB 01 AA to 99 ZZ
1985–94 AB 123 AA 001 to FZ 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1994–2015 As above, but without "EXP. 6" GA 001 to ZZ 999
2015–present 123 AB 001 AA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Permanent Trailer All-embossed blue on tan. PT12 345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Transporter All-embossed black on light blue. T/P12345

Optional types[edit]

Beginning in 2000, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has released one wildlife-themed plate design each year,[1] to be issued for one calendar year, although remaining stock is sometimes issued past the end of a particular plate design's year of release.

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Arkansas State University ? to present Red on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 2ABC 2AAA to present Issued concurrently.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Arkansas State · Go Red Wolves! ? to present Red on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. ? to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Arkansas Technical University ? to present Green on reflective yellow. 10ABC 10AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Cattlemen Foundation ? to present Red on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. C/F ABCD C/F AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Choose Life ? to present Black on reflective yellow with blue and red graphics. C/L ABCD C/L AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ducks Unlimited ? to present Black on multicolored background. 1ABCD 1AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Emergency Medical Services ? to present Red on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. E/M ABCD E/M AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter ? to present Blue on reflective white with logo and legends displayed on stickers. AB123 ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighters Memorial ? to present Black on multicolored fire background. F/F ABCD F/F AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Golf Association ? to present Red on reflective white with green graphic at right. G/A ABC G/A AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Harding University c. 2009 to present Black on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 15ABC 15AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Henderson State University ? to present Black on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 7ABC 7AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Hendrix College ? to present Black on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 11ABC 11AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg In God We Trust ? to present Black on light blue with multicolored image of Arkansas State Capitol. A/R ABCD A/R AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Lyon College c. 2008 to present Black on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 13ABC 13AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ouachita Baptist University ? to present Black on reflective multicolored background. 8ABC 8AAA to present
Arkansas Professional Firefighter License Plate.jpg Professional Firefighter April 2008 to present Black on reflective red to white gradient with logo of Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association. P/F ABCD P/F AAAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart ? to present Blue on reflective white with multicolored graphic of award. PH1234 ? Earlier plates were issued in a format of PH 1234, without a graphic of the award.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Southern Arkansas University ? to present Black on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 5ABC 5AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Arkansas at Fayetteville ? to present Red on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. U/A ABC U/A AAA to present Previously issued 1ABC.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Arkansas at Little Rock ? to present Red on reflective white with multicolored graphic at left. 4ABC 4AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Arkansas at Monticello ? to present Black on multicolored background. 9ABC 9AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ? to present Black on multicolored background. 6ABC 6AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Central Arkansas ? to present Blue on reflective white with multicolored graphic elements. 3ABC 3AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of the Ozarks c. 2008 to present Black on reflective multicolored graphic. 12ABC 12AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg WildlifeAmerican black bear 2008 Black on multicolored background. 12AB ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—Diana fritillary butterfly 2009 Black on multicolored background. G/F ABC G/F AAA to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—eastern wild turkey 2003 Black on multicolored background. AB12 ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—elk 2007 Black on multicolored background. 12AB ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—ivory-billed woodpecker 2006 Black on multicolored background. 12AB 01AA to ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—largemouth bass 2002 Black on multicolored background. AB12 ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlifemallard 2004 Black on multicolored background. AB12 ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—rainbow trout 2005 Black on multicolored background. AB12 ?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—ruby-throated hummingbird 2001 Black on light blue with multicolored image of hummingbird and flower. AB12 ? Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2001 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Arkansas has been so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wildlife—white-tailed deer 2000 Black on multicolored background. AB12 AA01 to ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived September 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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