Vehicle registration plates of Hawaii

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Hawaii
Hawaii sample license plate, 1991 series.png
Current series
Slogan Aloha State
Size 12 in × 6 in
30 cm × 15 cm
Material Aluminum
Serial format ABC 123
Introduced 1991
(27 years ago)
 (1991)
History
First issued 1905; 113 years ago (1905)

Hawaii first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1922, while still an organized incorporated territory of the United States. It was admitted to the Union as the 50th state in August 1959.

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1922 to 1952[edit]

No slogans were used on passenger plates during the period covered by this subsection.

Image Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
1922 Hawaii license plate.jpg 1922 White on dark green; vertical "HAWAII" and "1922" at right 12-345 Issued in blocks by county Serials started from 1-000 in Honolulu County, from 20-000 in Hawaii County, from 30-000 in Maui County, and from 40-000 in Kauai County. This continued until 1926.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Green on white with border line; "HAWAII 1923" at bottom 12345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Red on white with border line; "HAWAII 1924" at top 12345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1925 Black on orange with border line; "HAWAII 1925" at bottom 12345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1926 White on green with border line; vertical "HAWAII" and "1926" at left 12345 Issued in blocks by county Serials started from 50000 in Honolulu County; starting serials in other counties same as 1922–25. This continued until 1940.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1927 Black on silver with border line; "HAWAII 1927" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 Orange on black with border line; "HAWAII 1928" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 Golden yellow on blue with border line; "HAWAII 1929" centered at top 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1930 White on red with border line; "HAWAII 1930" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1931 White on black with border line; "HAWAII 1931" centered at top 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 Yellow on green with border line; "HAWAII 1932" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
1933 HI license plate.jpg 1933 Red on orange; "HAWAII 1933" centered at top 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 White on blue; "HAWAII 1934" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1935 Black on golden yellow; "HAWAII 1935" centered at top 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1936 White on green; "HAWAII 1936" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 Blue on white; "HAWAII 1937" centered at top 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
1938 Hawaii license plate.jpg 1938 Yellow on black; "HAWAII 1938" centered at bottom 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1939 White on blue; "HAWAII 1939" centered at top 12-345 Issued in blocks by county
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1940 Black on yellow; "HAWAII 1940" at bottom, offset to right A/A1234 County-coded (see right) Honolulu County used O as the second letter; Hawaii County used H; Maui County used M; Kauai County used K.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1941 Red on gray; "HAWAII 1941" centered at top A1234 County-coded
1942 Hawaii license plate.jpg 1942–45 White on black; "HAWAII 1942" centered at bottom A1234 County-coded Revalidated for 1943, 1944 and 1945 with windshield stickers, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1946 Black on white; "HAWAII 1946" centered at top A1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1947 White on green; "HAWAII 1947" centered at bottom A1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1948 Black on golden yellow; "HAWAII 1948" centered at top A1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1949 Golden yellow on black; "HAWAII 1949" centered at bottom A1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1950 As 1948 base, but with "HAWAII 1950" at top 1A1234
A1234
County-coded 1A1234 serial format used in Honolulu County.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1951 As 1949 base, but with "HAWAII 51" at bottom 1A-123
A 123
A-1234
County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1952 As 1948 base, but with "HAWAII 52" at top 1A-123
A-123
A-1234
County-coded

1953 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces 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.[2] The first Hawaii license plate that complied with these standards was a modification of the 1953 plate, introduced in 1956.[3]

Since 1969, all Hawaii passenger plates have featured a round mounting hole at the top right and horizontal slots in the other three corners.[why?]

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1953–56 Golden yellow on black; "HAWAII" at bottom, offset to left none 1A-123
A-123
A-1234
1A-1234
County-coded Validated for 1953 with silver tabs, for 1954 and 1956 with golden yellow tabs, and for 1955 with white tabs.
1957-8-9 Hawaii license plate.jpg 1957–60 White on red with border line; "HAWAII" centered at bottom "ALOHA" centered at top 1A-123
A-123
A-1234
1A-1234
County-coded Validated each year with windshield stickers.
1961 Hawaii license plate 9E-2334.jpg 1961–68 White on green with border line; "HAWAII" centered at top "ALOHA STATE" centered at bottom 1A-123
A-1234
1A-1234
K-12345
County-coded Validated each year with windshield stickers.
1969 Hawaii license plate 9B-90.jpg 1969–75 Black on reflective yellow with border line; "HAWAII" centered at top; "69" etched in top right corner "ALOHA STATE" centered at bottom 1A-123
A-1234
1A-1234
K-12345
County-coded
1976 Hawaii license plate 565-895.jpg 1976–80 Blue on reflective white with border line; "HAWAII" centered at top; pink images of King Kamehameha I and Diamond Head screened in background; red hibiscus screened in top left corner and "76" in top right corner "ALOHA STATE" centered at bottom 1A-1234
A-12345
County-coded
Hawaii license plate, 1981–1990.png 1981–90 Brown on reflective white; "HAWAII" centered at top; orange warrior head image screened in background; "81" screened in top right corner "ALOHA STATE" centered at bottom ABC 123 County-coded (see right) Honolulu County used A, B, C and D as the first letter; Hawaii County used H; Maui County used M; Kauai County used K.[1][4]
Hawaii sample license plate, 1991 series.png 1991–present Black on reflective white with rainbow graphic "ALOHA STATE" at bottom Coded by county of issuance:[4][5] Series with first letter A-D not issued. Honolulu plates issued starting with E series, up to T series as of 2017.[4]

Non-passenger types[edit]

1981 base[edit]

Image Type Serial format Serials issued
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck 123 ABC

1991 base[edit]

Image Type Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Honolulu Police Department HPD1234 Numeric portion of serial is the unit number of the plated vehicle.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle 123 XBC First letter is X.[4]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg TheBus BUS123 Numeric portion of serial is the unit number of the plated vehicle.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer 123 WBC First letter is W.[4]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck 123 TBC First letter is T.[4]

Optional types[edit]

1991 base[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Serials issued
Blank License Plate Shape.svg America United Sticker at left AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bishop Museum Sticker at left AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Choose Life Sticker at left AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Firefighter Sticker at left AB123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Persian Gulf Veteran 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veteran Flag of the United States at left A123

Unique base[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Serials issued
Hawaii license plate 2017 national park Haleakalā.png Haleakalā National Park AB123
Hawaii license plate 2017 national park Volcanoes.png Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park AB123

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hawaii License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  2. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
  3. ^ http://www.plateshack.com/y2k/Hawaii/hiy2k.html
  4. ^ a b c d e f Watanabe, June (February 19, 2010). "Kokua Line: Alphabet soup". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Watanabe, June (March 2, 2010). "Kokua Line: Some letters exclusive to neighbor island plates". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-01-23.

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