Vehicle registration plates of Colorado

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Current Colorado license plate

The U.S. state of Colorado first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1913.

Passenger plates 1913 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 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first Colorado license plate that complied with these standards. However, the 1954 (dated 1955) issue was six inches in height by twelve inches in width, although the mounting holes were not in these standardized positions.

The basic design of Colorado's license plate (a row of mountains against an all-white or all-green background) has been in use since 1960, though not continually until 1978.[1] This makes it the second-oldest American plate design still in circulation, after that of Delaware. In 2000, a more detailed version of the mountain face replaced the previous monochrome one.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Black on white none 12345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 White on blue none 12345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 Black on yellow none 12345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 White on brown none 12345 unknown First embossed Colorado plate
1917 Colorado license plate.jpg 1917 Black on pink none 12345 unknown
1918 Colorado license plate.jpg 1918 White on black none 123-456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919-20 Silver on dark brown none 123-456 unknown Revalidated for 1920 with tabs on left of plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 Silver on brown none 123-456 unknown For dated plates only.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 Silver on dark blue none 123-456 unknown
1922 Colorado license plate.jpg 1922 black on white none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 white on black none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
1924 Colorado license plate.jpg 1924 Black embossed lettering and rims on gray painted base none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
1925 Colorado license plate.jpg 1925 White embossed lettering and rims on maroon base none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
1926 Colorado license plate.jpg 1926 White embossed lettering and rims on green base none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
1927 Colorado license plate.jpg 1927 White on black none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 Maroon on beige none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 White on maroon none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Orange on black none 12-34-56 Issued in blocks by county
1931 Colorado license plate.JPG 1931 Black on orange none 123-456 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 Orange on black none 1-12-345
10-1-234
County-coded
1933 Colorado license plate.jpg 1933 Black on orange none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Yellow on black none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1935 Colorado license plate.JPG 1935 Black on yellow none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1936 Colorado license plate.JPG 1936 White on blue none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1937 Colorado license plate.JPG 1937 Black on silver none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1938 Colorado license plate.JPG 1938 White on teal none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939 Yellow on black none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940 Black on yellow none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 Yellow on black none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1942 Colorado license plate.jpg 1942 White embossed lettering and rims on maroon base. none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1943–44 Yellow on black none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded Revalidated for 1944 with yellow tabs, due to metal conservation for World War II.
1945 Colorado license plate.jpg 1945 White on black none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
1946 Colorado license plate.JPG 1946 Yellow on black none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
1947 Colorado license plate.jpg 1947 Black on yellow none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1948 Colorado license plate.jpg 1948 Black on unpainted aluminum none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1949 Colorado license plate.JPG 1949 Yellow on black none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Green on white Colorful 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1951 Colorado license plate.JPG Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951–52 White on green Colorful 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded Revalidated for 1952 with yellow tabs, due to metal conservation for the Korean War.
1953 Colorado Vehicle License Plate.jpg 1953 Green on yellow Colorful 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1954 Colorado license plate.jpg 1954 White on black Colorful 1-1234
A1-1234
1A-1234
10-1234
A10-123
10A-123
County-coded
1955 Colorado license plate.JPG 1955 Black on white Colorful A/1 1234
A/10 1234
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 White on black none A:1234 A:1 to
Z:9999
Issued in Denver County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A/10 1234 County-coded Issued in Arapahoe, Jefferson and Adams Counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2:12345
13:1234
Issued in all other counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Black on orange none 123-456 1001 to approximately 203-000 Issued in Denver County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A/10 1234 County-coded Issued in Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Logan and Morgan Counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2-12345
14-1234
Issued in all other counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1958 Green on white with skier at right Colorful A/B 123 A/A 1 to approximately N/R 999 Issued in Denver County.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2 123
2/A 123
A/2 123
1/0 123
10/A 123
A/10 123
County-coded Issued in all other counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959 Embossed white on green Colorful AB-1234 County-coded
1960 Colorado license plate.JPG 1960–61 Embossed green on white; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded Revalidated for 1961 with stickers.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1962 Embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1963 Embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1964 Embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 Embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
Colorado 1966 RZ-8130.jpg 1966 Embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1967 Colorado license plate.jpg 1967 Embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1968 Embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1969 Colorado license plate.JPG 1969 Embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 Embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1971 Embossed green on reflective white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1972 Debossed white on reflective green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1973 Embossed green on reflective white Colorful AB-1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1974 Debossed white on reflective green; mountains at top Colorful AB-1234 County-coded
Colorado 1976 plate.jpg 1975–76 Embossed red on reflective white and blue graphic Centennial AB-1234 County-coded Commemorated Colorado's 100 years of statehood. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1975 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Colorado has been so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976 Embossed red on reflective white Centennial AB-1234 County-coded Issued at end of Centennial graphic supply.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976–81 Embossed white on reflective green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1983 Colorado License Plate.jpg 1982–92 ABC-123 County-coded
1995 Colorado License Plate.jpg 1993– December 1999 ABC1234 County-coded
2003 Colorado License Plate.jpg January 2000 – mid
2015
embossed dark green on reflective graphic plate with white and grey mountains against dark green background none 123-ABC 001-AAA to 999-ZZZ (see right) Letter Q not used in serials until early 2013, when all such serials (001-AAQ through 999-ZZQ) started to be issued after 999-ZZZ was reached.
2016 Colorado License Plate 435 wide.jpg mid
2015 – present
ABC-123 Unissued 1982–93 serials

Non-passenger and optional types, 2000 to present[edit]

When the current passenger baseplate was introduced in 2000, the state simplified its non-passenger and specialty plates as well, issuing them in the same serial format—123-ABC—and with similar graphic elements.

Non-passenger types[edit]

2000 to present[edit]

The serials on non-passenger types are embossed unless noted.

Image Type Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Permanent Trailer Red background; stacked "PRM" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Tractor Red background; stacked "ATR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Trailer Red background; stacked "ATL" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Truck Red background; stacked "ATK" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado State Patrol Black background; surface-printed serials in a format of CSP 123.
Colorado - Commercial Fleet.jpg Commercial Fleet Red background; stacked "FLT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer Blue background; stacked "DLR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer—Demo Blue background; stacked "DMO" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer—In Transit Blue background; stacked "INT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Depot Blue background; stacked "DPT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person Green background; wheelchair in center; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Tractor Green background; stacked "FTR" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Tractor—Personalized Green background; stacked "FTR" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Truck Green background; stacked "FTK" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm Truck—Personalized Green background; stacked "FTK" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Government Green background; stacked "GVT" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gross Vehicle Weight Tractor Red background; stacked "TVW" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gross Vehicle Weight Truck Red background; stacked "GVW" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Gross Vehicle Weight Truck—Personalized Red background; stacked "GVW" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Manufacturer Blue background; stacked "MFG" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Recreational Truck Green background; stacked "RTK" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Mobile Machine Green background; stacked "SMM" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special Mobile Machine—Exempt Green background; stacked "SMX" prefix; motorcycle-sized plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer Green background; stacked "TRL" prefix.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Transporter Blue background; stacked "TPR" prefix.
Colorado plate 2003.jpg Truck Green background; stacked "TRK" prefix.

Prior to 2000[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person Reflective white on green. 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fleet Reflective gold on blue. 1234IA5

Optional types[edit]

2000 to present[edit]

Specialty types have surface-printed serials. Some types are available in personalized format, in which case the type logo, which normally appears at the center of the plate between the numbers and the letters of the serial, is absent.

Image Type Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 10th Mountain Division
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Adopt a Greyhound"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Advancing Clean Energy"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Cross—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Cross—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio—Commercial Stacked "CCL" prefix. Serial is callsign.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio—Passenger Stacked "SCL" prefix. Serial is callsign.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg American Indian Scholars—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Broncos Country"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star of Valor—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bronze Star of Valor—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Truck/Tractor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Truck/Tractor—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Vehicle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Vehicle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado College—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado School of Mines
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado School of Mines—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado State University
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Colorado State University—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Committed to a Cure"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Denver Firefighter
Colorado 2000 License Plate.jpg Designer—Passenger Serial is embossed.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer—Passenger—Personalized
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer—Truck Stacked "TRK" prefix; serial is embossed.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran Handicapped—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran Handicapped—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Distinguished Service Cross—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Distinguished Service Cross—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Elks Care, Elks Share"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Airman
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Guardsman
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Marine
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Sailor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fallen Soldier
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Fighter
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Growing Your Future"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Growing Your Future"—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorably Discharged Veteran Plate is screen printed.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorary Consul
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Horseless Carriage
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Italian American—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Kids1st—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Korean War Veteran
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Medal of Honor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Member U.S. Congress
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Member U.S. Senate
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mesa State College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mesa State College—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Metro State College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Metro State College—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Collector—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Collector—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg National Guard
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy Cross
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg NORAD Issued July 1, 2008 through January 1, 2010.[2]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor Survivor
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pioneer
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Prisoner of War
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Regis University
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Regis University—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg "Respect Life"
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Respects Wildlife
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Passenger—Personalized
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the RoadMotorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Share the Road—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Silver Star
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Representative R-000 serial format.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Senator S-00 serial format.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod—Personalized
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support EducationMotorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Education—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Motorcycle
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Passenger
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support the Troops—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Colorado
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Colorado—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Denver
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Denver—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Northern Colorado
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Northern Colorado—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force Available only to veterans.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force 50th Anniversary Available to general public.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force Academy
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Air Force Academy—Personalized No logo at center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Army
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Army Special Forces
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Coast Guard
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Marine Corps
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Navy
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Vietnam Veteran
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Western State College
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Western State College—Personalized No logo at center.

Prior to 2000[edit]

Image Type Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 10th Mountain Division 12345E
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Truck/Tractor 12Z34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Collector Vehicle 12N34
12R34
Colorado 1992 Designer Plate.jpg Denim Coded by county of issuance:
A1B1234
Successor to Designer base; issued from July 1992 to December 1999. Still currently revalidated.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Designer Coded by county of issuance:
A1B-123
Issued from January 1989 to June 1992. Still currently revalidated.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter 12345F
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorably Discharged Veteran 12345B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pioneers 12345D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart 012345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg United States Air Force 12345C

References[edit]

External links[edit]