Vehicle registration plates of Guam

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Guam
Guam license plate 2012 TU 250.png
Current series
SloganTano Y Chamorro
Size12 in × 6 in
30 cm × 15 cm
MaterialAluminum
Serial formatAB 1234
(coded by municipality)
IntroducedFebruary 27, 2009 (2009-02-27)
History
First issued1916 (1916)

The U.S. unincorporated territory of Guam first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1916.

In 1956, the United States, Canada, and Mexico came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles (except those for motorcycles) at 6 inches (15 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width, with standardized mounting holes.[1] Guam adopted these standards in 1960.

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1947 to 1964[edit]

Image Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1947 Hand-stenciled black on white; "GUAM" at left and "1947" at right 1234 1 to approximately 2200
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1948 Embossed black on golden yellow with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1948" at right 1234 1 to approximately 4200 First embossed plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1949 Embossed white on blue with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1949" at right 1234 1 to approximately 8500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1950–51 Embossed orange on black with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1950" at right 1234 1 to approximately 9900 Revalidated for 1951 with silver tabs.
Guam license plate 1953 13793.png 1952–54 Embossed black on orange with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1952" at right 12345 1 to approximately 13800 Revalidated for 1953 with silver tabs, and for 1954 with black tabs.
Guam license plate 1955 permanent.png 1955–56 Embossed white on dark green with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1955" at right 12345 1 to approximately 14000 Revalidated for 1956 with black tabs.
Guam license plate 1957 dealer.png 1957–58 Embossed black on yellow with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1957" at right 12-345 1 to approximately
14-800
Revalidated for 1958 with black tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1959 Embossed white on dark green with border line; "GUAM" at left and "1959" at right 12-345 1 to approximately
13-900
1960 Guam license plate.png 1960 Embossed black on white with border line; "19 GUAM 60" at bottom 12-345 1 to approximately
14-000
First 6" x 12" plate.
Guam license plate 1961 graphic.png 1961 Embossed white on black with border line; "19 GUAM 61" at bottom 12-345 1 to approximately
14-100
Guam license plate 1962 graphic.png 1962 Embossed black on orange with border line; "19 GUAM 62" at bottom 12-345 1 to approximately
17-900
Guam license plate 1963 graphic.png 1963 Embossed black on white with border line; "19 GUAM 63" at bottom 12-345 1 to approximately
20-000
Guam license plate 1964 17437.png 1964 Embossed white on blue with border line; "19 GUAM 64" at bottom 12345 1 to approximately 17500

1965 to present[edit]

Since 1996, all passenger plates have featured a round mounting hole at the top right and horizontal slots in the other three corners, as with plates of Hawaii and the Northern Marianas.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1967 Guam license plate.jpg 1965–69 Embossed blue on white with border line Hafa Adai 12345 1 to approximately 38800
Guam license plate 1970 55137.png 1970–73 Embossed golden yellow on dark green with border line; latte stone graphics at left and right America's Day Begins In Guam USA 12345 1 to approximately 55200
GUAM 1978 passenger license plate Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1974–77 Embossed black on reflective white with border line; "74" at bottom left Hafa Adai 12-345 1 to approximately 57-500
1977–78 12345 57501 to approximately 61000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1978–80 As above, but without "74" 61001 to approximately 72500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1980–82 As above, but with shorter dies 72501 to approximately 83500
Guam license plate 1983 52787.png 1983–86 Embossed blue on reflective white with border line; ox cart graphic at bottom left Hub of the Pacific 12345 1 to approximately 87000
Guam license plate 1986 ACC 559.png 1986–93 Embossed dark green on reflective white; graphic in center featuring pale green map and two green latte stones Hafa Adai ABC 123 AAA 001 to approximately AFN 999
Guam license plate 1994 CHP 2294.png 1994 – February 26, 2009 Embossed black on reflective white; gold map graphic in center Tano Y Chamorro[2] Coded by municipality:
  • ABC1234 (variable number of digits following letters)
  • ABC123A (following exhaustion of above format)
Varies by village:
  • ABC 1 to ABC9999
  • ABC001A to present
Guam license plate 2012 TU 250.png February 27, 2009[3] – present Embossed black on reflective white; graphic in center featuring gray latte stone and three red bougainvillea flowers Tano Y Chamorro Coded by municipality:
  • AB 1234

Coding[edit]

Passenger, 1994[edit]

On the 1994 base, the letters of passenger plate serials indicated the village of issuance. These three-letter codes were displayed in a smaller font size than was the numerical portion of the plate serial.

Village Code
Agana AGA
Agat AGT
Agana Heights AHT
Asan ASA
Barrigada BAR
Chalan Pago CHP
Dededo DED
Inarajan INA
Maite MAI
Mangilao MAN
Merizo MER
Mongmong MNG
Ordot ORD
Piti PIT
Sinajana SNJ
Santa Rita STR
Talofofo TAL
Tamuning TAM
Toto TOT
Tumon TUM
Umatac UMA
Yigo YIG
Yona YON

On the 2009 base, the letters of passenger plate serials again indicate the village of issuance. These two-letter codes are displayed in the same font size as is the numerical portion of the plate serial.

Village Code
Agat AT
Asan AN
Barrigada BR
Dededo DE
Hagåtña HG
Inarajan IN
Mangilao MN
Merizo ME
Piti PT
Talofofo TL
Toto TO
Tumon TU
Tamuning TM
Umatac UM
Yigo YG
Yona YN

Non-passenger[edit]

On the 1994 base, commercial truck plates were coded by location of issuance, but using a different geographical coding system than for passenger plates. These codes were based on more specific geographical areas or geographical features, rather than political jurisdictions.

Bus, dealer, taxi, and trailer plates were coded only by type, not location of issuance.

Image Type Serial format Code Location
GUAM 1999 COMMERCIAL TRUCK license plate Flickr - woody1778a.jpg Commercial Truck 1234ABC FAP Fort Apugan (Hagåtña)
FSO Fort Soledad, Umatac
MLL Mount Lamlam
PDE Plaza de España (Hagåtña)
TFL Talofofo Falls, Talofofo
TLP Two Lovers Point (Tumon)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bus BUS 123 BUS all
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dealer DLR 123 DLR
Guam license plate 1983 government.png
Guam license plate 1986 government.png
Government of Guam 1234 none
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Taxi TXI 123 TXI
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer 1234 TRL TRL

Optional plates[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg VeteranUnited States Air Force Blue on reflective white with full-color graphics of the flag of the United States and the flag of Guam AF 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veteran—United States Navy Blue on reflective white with full-color graphics of the flag of the United States and the flag of Guam N 123

Other plates[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Notes
Guam license plate 1986 consular.png Consular 1986 As 1986–93 passenger base Hafa Adai
Guam license plate 1960s naval base.png Naval Base 1960 White on yellow 1234

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
  2. ^ http://www.guampedia.com/origin-of-chamorro-as-an-ethnic-identifier/
  3. ^ "DRT launches new license plates"

External links[edit]