Vehicle registration plates of Hawaii

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Current Hawaii license plate

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 plates 1922 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.[citation needed]

From 1969, the upper right screw hole has been round. The other screw holes are horizontal slots.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1922 White on dark green none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Green on white none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Red on white none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1925 Black on orange none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1926 White on green none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1927 Black on silver none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 Orange on black none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 Golden yellow on royal blue none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1930 White on red none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1931 White on black none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 Yellow on green none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1933 Red on orange-yellow none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 White on navy blue none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1935 Black on golden yellow none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1936 White on green none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 Purple on white none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1938 Golden yellow on black none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1939 White on blue none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1940 Black on yellow none A/B1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1941 Red on gray none A1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1942-45 White on black none A1234 County coded Revalidated for 1943, 1944, and 1945 with windshield stickers
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1946 Black on white none A1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1947 White on green none A1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1948 Black on golden yellow; "HAWAII 1948" at top none A1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1949 Golden yellow on black; "HAWAII 1949" at bottom none A1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1950 As 1948 base but with "HAWAII 1950" at top none A1234 County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1951 As 1949 base but with "HAWAII 51" at bottom none A1234
1A-234
A-1234
County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1952 As 1948 base but with "HAWAII 52" at top none A1234
1A-234
A-1234
County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1953-56 As 1949 base but with "HAWAII" at bottom none A1234
1A-234
A-1234
County coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1957-60 White on red "ALOHA" at top A-12345 County coded
Hawaii 1961 plate.jpg 1961-68 White on green "ALOHA STATE" at bottom A-12345 County coded
Hawaii 1969 9B-90.jpg 1969-75 Black on reflective yellow; dated "69" in top right corner "ALOHA STATE" at bottom 1A-2345 County coded
Hawaii 1976 565-895.jpg 1976-80 Blue on reflective white with pink background images of Diamond Head and King Kamehameha I as well as a red hibiscus in upper left corner, a red boxed "76" in upper right corner "ALOHA STATE" at bottom 1A-2345[dubious ] County coded
Hawaii 1981 DTB 326.jpg 1981-90 Brown on reflective white with orange background image of warrior "ALOHA STATE" at bottom ABC 123[1] Series with first letter A-D issued.[2]
1999 Hawaii License Plate Sample.jpg 1991-current Black on reflective white with rainbow graphic "ALOHA STATE" at bottom Coded by county of issuance:[2][3] Series with first letter A-D not issued. Honolulu plates issued starting with E series, up to ? series as of 2017.[2]

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.[2]
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.[2]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck 123 TBC First letter is T.[2]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul, Depp. "Hawaii Instant Motorcycle Shipping". Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Watanabe, June (February 19, 2010). "Kokua Line: Alphabet soup". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  3. ^ 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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