Vehicle registration plates of Georgia (U.S. state)

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Current Georgia peach tree license plate

The U.S. state of Georgia first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1910. Since then the state has used a variety of license plate designs, including different designs for passenger, non-passenger, and, more recently, specialty or optional plates.

Passenger plates 1910 to 1970[edit]

For sixty years, between 1910 and 1970, Georgia issued plates annually. The plates were dated with the year of expiry. In 1940, the slogan "Peach State" was added to the plates and used for the next thirty years. County coding was introduced in 1957 and it was revised in 1962. The 1962 codes were used through 1970.

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 Georgia license plate that fully complied with these standards: the 1954 (dated 1955) and 1955 (dated 1956) issues were 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 1910 White on black none 123 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Black on white none 12345 1 to approximately 19400
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 Black on white with border line; "GA 1914" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 20500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 White on black porcelain with border line; "GA. 1915" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 25000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 Black on white with border line; "GA 16" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 47500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 White on black with border line; "GA 1917" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 67500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1918 Black on light green with border line; "GA 1918" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 95500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Black on white with border line; "GA 1919" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 118500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 White on dark green with border line; "GA 20" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 145-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 Dark green on white with border line; "GA 21" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 133-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1922 White on black with border line; "GA 22" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 151-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 White on brown with border line; "GA 23" at left none 123-456 1 to approximately 147-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Black on gray with border line; "GA. 1924" at bottom none 123-456 1 to approximately 177-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 White on dark blue with border line; "GA. 25" at top none 123-456 1 to approximately 221-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 White on red with border line; "GA. 1926" at bottom none 123-456 1 to approximately 237-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Black on yellow with border line; vertical "GA-27" as separator none 123-456 1 to approximately 265-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 White on dark blue with border line; "GA. 1928" at bottom none 123-456 1 to approximately 294-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Golden yellow on black with border line; vertical "GA-29" as separator; vertical "FRONT" or "REAR" at right none 123-456A 1A to approximately 316-000D
(see right)
Front and rear plates issued; this practice continued until 1942. First use of weight classes, with the letters A, B, C and D used in order from the heaviest vehicles to the lightest, and a block of serials assigned to each class.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Black on gray with border line; "GEORGIA–1930" at top none 123-456A 1A to approximately 349-000D
(see right)
First use of full state name. Weight class letters and method of assigning serials to each class same as 1929.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 White on dark green with border line; "GA–31" at top none A1234
1A234
A1 to Z9999; 0A1 to 9Z999 Four weight classes as in 1929 and 1930; separate blocks of serials for regular and locking-bar plates assigned to each class.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg White on dark green with border line; "GA" at top left, "31" at top right and space for locking bar at top middle none
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 White on dark blue with border line; "GA–32" at top none 12345A Coded by weight class (A) Letters A, B, C and D used in order from the heaviest vehicles to the lightest, as in 1929 and 1930, but with serials in each class starting from 1. Letter E added for the lightest class when 99999D was reached. These practices continued until 1936.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1933 Dark blue on orange with border line; "GA–33" at top none 12-345A Coded by weight class (A)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Orange on dark blue with border line; "GEORGIA" at top and "1934" at bottom none 12-345A Coded by weight class (A)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1935 Dark blue on orange with border line; "GEORGIA" at bottom and "1935" at top none 12-345A Coded by weight class (A)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936 As 1934 base, but with "1936" at bottom none 123-456 1 to approximately 331-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 As 1935 base, but with "1937" at top none 123-456 1 to approximately 364-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1938 As 1934 base, but with "1938" at bottom none 12-345A Coded by weight class (A)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939 Dark blue on yellow with border line; "GEORGIA" at bottom and "1939" at top none 12-345A Coded by weight class (A)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940 Orange on green with border line; peach graphic at bottom with "GA" to left and "40" to right, or no peach graphic at top with "GA" to left and "40" to right Peach State A12-345 Coded by weight class (A)
1941-Georgia-License-Plate.jpg 1941 Reflective yellow on dark blue with border line; peach sticker in the center; "GA 41" at top Peach State 123-45A
123-4EX
Coded by weight class (A) First reflectorized passenger plate in the United States, and also the first to use a sticker of any kind.[1][2]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942 Reflective white and red on dark blue with border line; "1942" at top and "GEORGIA" at bottom none A12-345 Coded by weight class (A) Revalidated for 1943 with date strips.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1944 Reflective yellow on black with border line; "GA 44" at left none A123456 Coded by weight class (A)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1945 White embossed lettering and border on black base none A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Black embossed lettering and border on unpainted aluminum base none A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 Brown embossed lettering and border on cream base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 Black embossed lettering and border on unpainted aluminum base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1949 Red embossed lettering and border on unpainted aluminum base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
1950 Georgia License Plate.JPG 1950 Black embossed lettering and border on unpainted aluminum base Peach State A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
1951 GA passenger plate.jpg 1951 Green embossed lettering and border on unpainted aluminum base Peach State A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952 White embossed lettering and border on black base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1953 Orange embossed lettering and border on black base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1954 Black embossed lettering and border on yellow base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
1955 Georgia License Plate.JPG 1955 Yellow embossed lettering and border on black base Peach State A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 White embossed lettering and border on black base Peach state A-12345
A/B-12345
unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 White on dark green Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class (see right) Letters D and E were used for vehicles weighing 3,000 lb or less; no letter for vehicles between 3,001 lb and 3,500 lb; J for vehicles between 3,501 lb and 4,000 lb; and A for vehicles 4,001 lb or greater. This continued until 1971.[3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1958 Black on white Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959 White on black Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
1960 Georgia license plate.jpg 1960 Black on white Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
1961 Georgia license plate.jpg 1961 Black on yellow Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
1962 Georgia license plate.jpg 1962 Red on white Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
1963 Georgia license plate.jpg 1963 White on red Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
1964 Georgia license plate.jpg 1964 Peach on green Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 Blue on white Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 White on red Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1967 Red on white Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1968 White on green Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 White on black Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 White on blue Peach State 1·12345
1·A·12345
10·1234
10·A·1234
100·1234
100·A·123
Coded by county of issuance (1, 10 or 100) and weight class

Passenger plates 1971 to present[edit]

As of 2008, standard passenger plates on the 1997 base may continue to be revalidated through the present at the discretion of the owner, who may instead choose to receive a new plate of the current design, although issuance of this design ceased in December 2003.

In December 2003 a 2005-dated base was introduced for new registrations. Beginning at approximately AVA 0001, the debossed left sticker box was removed, as in approximately November 2006 the state switched to a single sticker displaying both month and year of expiry, a practice that would be continued on the 2007 base.

The 2007 base retains the peach state outline graphic, but it is shifted to the center of the plate, instead of being slightly off-center to the left as in the previous design. This base continued the serial sequence of the prior base. The state's various non-passenger and optional issues gradually migrated to the new base as supplies of the old base were exhausted. As of July 2009, not all types have yet made the transition.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials Issued Notes
Georgia 1971 CDF 764.jpg 1971–75 Blue on reflective white; embossed state name at top; "71" embossed in top left corner; county name on sticker at bottom none ABC 123 First letter corresponds to weight class (see right) Letters A, B, C and F were used for vehicles weighing 3,000 lb or less; E and G for vehicles between 3,001 lb and 3,500 lb; L, M and P for vehicles between 3,501 lb and 4,000 lb; and R and W for vehicles 4,001 lb or greater.
Georgia 1977 GPO 643.jpg 1976–79 Red on reflective white; embossed state name at top; "76" embossed in top left corner; county name on sticker at bottom none ABC 123 First letter corresponds to weight class (see right) Letters A through E were used for vehicles weighing 3,000 lb or less; G and H for vehicles between 3,001 lb and 3,500 lb; L, M and N for vehicles between 3,501 lb and 4,000 lb; and R and S for vehicles 4,001 lb or greater.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1979–80 ABC 123 TAA 001 to
TZZ 999;
WAA 001 to approximately WGZ 999
1976 GA passenger plate.jpg 1980–82 As above, but with state name screened rather than embossed WHA 001 to approximately YFI 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1983–89 Green on reflective white; screened state name at top; "19" and "83" screened in top corners; county name on sticker at bottom none ABC 123 AAA 001 to approximately WCW 999 Vanity plates featured the "Peach State" slogan in place of the county-name sticker.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1990 – March 1996 Black on reflective gradient white and orange; screened green state name at top with peach graphic for the 'o'; "19" and "90" screened in top corners; county name on sticker at bottom none ABC 123 AAA 001 to
YZZ 999
Letters I, O, Q, U and V not used in either serial format. The ABC 1234 format used narrower dies.
Georgia license plate 1996 series.jpg March 1996 – January 1997 ABC 1234 AAA 1001 to approximately ADM 9999
Georgia 1999 840 BSS.jpg February 1997 – June
2001
Black on reflective white with peach graphic at center; screened black state name at top, offset to left; county name on sticker at bottom; revalidation sticker boxes in bottom corners with "98" screened in right-hand box ...on my mind 123 ABC 001 AAA to
999 ZZZ
Letters I and O not used in this serial format, and Q, U and V used only from 2000, beginning with the XAQ series.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg April 1997 – June
2001
1234 AB Intermittently from 1001 QA to 9999 YZ Both these serial formats used on passenger vehicles (interchangeably with the 123 ABC format) and trucks, having originally been intended to be reserved for the latter. Letters I, O, U and V not used in the 1234 AB format. The 12345 QA format used narrower dies.
1997 GA passenger plate.jpg 12345 QA Intermittently from 10001 QA to approximately 50000 QG
Georgia 2005 3343 ALG.jpg June 2001 – November 2003 1234 ABC 1001 AAA to approximately 9999 AWT Same narrow dies as the 12345 QA format. Letters I, O, Q, U and V not used.
Georgia Plate 2006.jpg December 2003 – April
2007
Black on gradient grey and white with orange and green peach graphic and state outline at center and "www.GEORGIA.gov" slogan at top in white, dated "05" in lower right sticker box. www.GEORGIA.gov ABC 1234 Exclusively from AAA 0001 to approximately AVM 9999; intermittently from AVN 0001 to approximately AWB 1750
Georgia 2007 license plate.jpg May 2007 – April
2012
The www.GEORGIA.gov base is modified to remove the grey gradient in favor of a plain white background. The "www." is dropped, and "GEORGIA.gov" appears in black in a larger font at the top of the plate. GEORGIA.gov ABC 1234 Intermittently from AVN 0001 to approximately AWB 1750; exclusively from AWB 1751 to approximately CAQ 9999
GA license plate Peach State.jpg May 2012 – present Black on sky with rolling hills, peach tree, and peaches Peach State GEORGIA ABC1234 PAA0000 to PEZ9999; PMA0000 to QAL9999 or higher (except QAA0000 to QAH9999), then CAR0000 and up (currently CGP9999 as of May 17, 2017, alternating with plain peach plates) On both these bases, "In God We Trust" can be printed at the bottom in place of the county name.
GA license plate Peach.jpg May 2012 – present Black on white; peach in center GEORGIA ABC1234 PFA0000 to PLZ9999; QAA0000 to QAH9999 or higher, then CAR0000 and up (currently CGP9999 as of May 17, 2017, alternating with peach tree plates)

County coding[edit]

The county codes used on license plates between 1957 and 1961 were based the population for each county. Those used between 1962 and 1970 were based on the updated 1960 census figures. After 1970, decals of the county names were put on the license plates instead of the numerical system.[4][5]

License Plate County Codes
Code 1957–1961 1962–1970
1 Fulton Fulton
2 Chatham DeKalb
3 DeKalb Chatham
4 Muscogee Muscogee
5 Bibb Bibb
6 Richmond Richmond
7 Floyd Cobb
8 Cobb Dougherty
9 Troup Floyd
10 Dougherty Hall
11 Hall Lowndes
12 Walker Troup
13 Clarke Clayton
14 Lowndes Clarke
15 Whitfield Walker
16 Carroll Gwinnett
17 Colquitt Whitfield
18 Thomas Glynn
19 Laurens Houston
20 Gwinnett Carroll
21 Spalding Spalding
22 Polk Thomas
23 Ware Ware
24 Baldwin Baldwin
25 Glynn Colquitt
26 Coweta Laurens
27 Bartow Coweta
28 Upson Bartow
29 Bulloch Polk
30 Sumter Decatur
31 Coffee Sumter
32 Decatur Bulloch
33 Burke Upson
34 Clayton Tift
35 Tift Cherokee
36 Mitchell Coffee
37 Chattooga Catoosa
38 Meriwether Newton
39 Washington Burke
40 Houston Walton
41 Cherokee Chattooga
42 Walton Meriwether
43 Newton Mitchell
44 Emanuel Gordon
45 Worth Washington
46 Jackson Jackson
47 Grady Stephens
48 Gordon Habersham
49 Jefferson Grady
50 Elbert Wayne
51 Brooks Elbert
52 Screven Emanuel
53 Dodge Crisp
54 Crisp Henry
55 Early Jefferson
56 Toombs Toombs
57 Stephens Douglas
58 Habersham Worth
59 Tattnall Dodge
60 Henry Tattnall
61 Fannin Brooks
62 Catoosa Hart
63 Ben Hill Screven
64 Haralson Haralson
65 Hart Liberty
66 Franklin Barrow
67 Terrell Peach
68 Wayne Ben Hill
69 Macon Fannin
70 Dooly Columbia
71 Appling Franklin
72 Berrien Appling
73 Randolph Macon
74 Telfair Early
75 Barrow Paulding
76 Greene Chattahoochee
77 Wilkes Terrell
78 Madison McDuffie
79 Cook Forsyth
80 Douglas Berrien
81 Chattahoochee Cook
82 Irwin Telfair
83 Morgan Dooly
84 Paulding Madison
85 Peach Greene
86 McDuffie Harris
87 Harris Randolph
88 Pierce Wilkes
89 Hancock Rockdale
90 Forsyth Monroe
91 Murray Murray
92 Monroe Morgan
93 Turner Lamar
94 Jenkins Effingham
95 Lamar Hancock
96 Wilcox Camden
97 Gilmer Pierce
98 Oglethorpe Bleckley
99 Johnson Wilkinson
100 Wilkinson Irwin
101 Columbia Jenkins
102 Jeff Davis Butts
103 Bleckley Gilmer
104 Stewart Jeff Davis
105 Effingham Pickens
106 Taylor Dade
107 Butts Jones
108 Miller Turner
109 Bacon Bacon
110 Pickens Taylor
111 Pulaski Pulaski
112 Warren Fayette
113 Calhoun Johnson
114 Rockdale Twiggs
115 Pike Oglethorpe
116 Liberty Wilcox
117 Twiggs Putnam
118 Candler Rabun
119 Fayette Stewart
120 Seminole Warren
121 Montgomery Calhoun
122 Putnam Lumpkin
123 Talbot Pike
124 Jones Talbot
125 Jasper Evans
126 Rabun White
127 Dade Miller
128 Atkinson Seminole
129 Camden Candler
130 Union Clinch
131 Oconee Union
132 Heard Banks
133 Banks McIntosh
134 Wheeler Oconee
135 Lee Montgomery
136 Evans Bryan
137 Lumpkin Lee
138 Treutlen Atkinson
139 Marion Jasper
140 Lincoln Lincoln
141 Brantley Brantley
142 Crawford Treutlen
143 McIntosh Crawford
144 Clinch Marion
145 Bryan Wheeler
146 Baker Heard
147 White Charlton
148 Clay Lanier
149 Lanier Clay
150 Charlton Baker
151 Towns Towns
152 Taliaferro Long
153 Webster Dawson
154 Schley Taliaferro
155 Dawson Schley
156 Long Webster
157 Glascock Glascock
158 Quitman Quitman
159 Echols Echols

Non-passenger and optional types[edit]

Georgia was one of the first states to issue optional plates, introducing commemorative issues for several of its in-state colleges and universities in 1983.[citation needed] The only requirement is a minimum of 1000 plates ordered, thus the state has made plates for fans of Auburn University in Alabama and Clemson University in South Carolina, while refusing to produce plates for its own colleges and even some of its universities.[citation needed]

The number of optional types has increased since 1983; Georgia currently offers many specialty or optional license plates, most at an extra cost to motorists.[6] Unlike other states, where much of the extra money goes to support the cause shown on the plates, Georgia state government keeps the money for itself in the general fund.

Effective with the 2005 base, the state streamlined the ever-growing number of limited-issuance plates by instituting two-letter prefixes for almost all types other than standard passenger plates. Most of these plate types first appeared on the www.GEORGIA.gov base and are currently migrating to the new GEORGIA.gov base.

The state also offers plates for non-passenger vehicles, such as trucks, school buses, and government vehicles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "License Plate Trivia". ALPCA. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sultan, Tim (May 6, 2005). "Vintage Cars, Vintage Plates". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Georgia License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Georgia license plate County Codes". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Nicholson, David (11 February 1999). "Georgia County Codes". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Georgia Department of Revenue

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