Vehicle registration plates of Indiana

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Indiana
Indiana2017plate.jpg
Current series
Size12 in × 6 in
30 cm × 15 cm
MaterialAluminum
Serial format123A
123AB
123ABC
IntroducedJanuary 1, 2017 (2017-01-01)
Availability
Issued byIndiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
History
First issuedJuly 1, 1913 (1913-07-01)
(pre-state plates from 1905 to June 30, 1913)

The U.S. state of Indiana first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1905. Registrants provided their own license plates for display until July 1, 1913, when the state began to issue plates.[1]

Plates are currently issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

Passenger plates 1913 to present[edit]

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.[2] The 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first Indiana license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1913 Black numbers on yellow porcelain plate none 12345 1 to approximately 45000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1914 White lettering on blue base none 12345 1 to approximately 67000
Indiana 1915 license plate 64097.jpg 1915 Green lettering on pink base none 12345 1 to approximately 97000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1916 Black lettering on white base none 12345 1 to 99999
A1234 A1 to approximately D9000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1917 Yellow lettering on black base none 12345 1 to 99999
A1234 A1 to approximately K2000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1918 Black lettering on green base none 123456 1 to approximately 223000
Indiana 1919 license plate - 108660.jpg 1919 White lettering on black base none 123456 1 to approximately 277000
1920 Indiana License Plate.jpg 1920 Green lettering on white base none 123456 1 to approximately 296000
1921 Indiana license plate.jpg 1921 Black lettering on orange base none 123456 1 to approximately 344000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1922 White lettering on dark blue base none 123456 1 to approximately 407000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 White lettering on brown base none 123-456 1 to approximately 499-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Orange lettering on black base none 123-456 1 to approximately 562-000
Indiana 1925 license plate - 294-519.jpg 1925 Maroon lettering on tan base none 123-456 1 to approximately 620-000
1926 Indiana license plate.jpg 1926 White lettering on green base none 123-456 1 to approximately 667-000
Indiana 1927 - license plate.jpg 1927 White lettering on black base none 123-456 1 to approximately 707-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 White lettering on maroon base none 123-456 1 to approximately 713-000 First use of the full state name.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 Black lettering on orange base none 123-456 1 to approximately 743-000
1930 Indiana license plate.jpg 1930 Orange lettering on dark blue base none 123 456 1 to approximately 763 000
1931 Indiana license plate 01.JPG 1931 Black lettering and rims on orange base none 123 456 1 to approximately 761 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 White lettering on dark green base none 123 456 1 to approximately 741 000
Indiana 1933 license plate - Number 182 734.jpg 1933 White lettering on maroon base none 123 456 1 to approximately 742 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 White lettering on black base none 123 456 1 to approximately 722 000
Indiana 1935 license plate - Number 174 554.jpg 1935 Black lettering on light green base none 123 456 1 to approximately 729 000
1936 Indiana license plate.JPG 1936 White lettering and rims on red base none 123 456 1 to approximately 779 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 Gold lettering on black base none 123 456 1 to approximately 835 000
Indiana 1938 license plate - Number 185 649.jpg 1938 Maroon lettering on cream base none 123 456 1 to approximately 857 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1939 Dark blue lettering on golden yellow base none 123 456 1 to approximately 849 000
Indiana 1940 license plate - Number 185 649.jpg 1940 Silver lettering on black base none 123 456 1 to approximately 873 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1941 White lettering on blue base none 123 456 1 to approximately 923 000
1942 Indiana license plate.JPG 1942 Dark blue lettering on golden yellow base none 123 456
1 234 567
1 to approximately 1 034 000 Revalidated for 1943 with black tabs, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1944 White lettering on black base none 123456 1 to approximately 899000
Indiana 1945 license plate - Number 32 911.jpg 1945 White lettering on brown base none 123 456 1 to approximately 894 000
1946 Indiana license plate.JPG 1946 Yellow embossed lettering on black base none 123 456 1 to approximately 901 000
1947 Indiana license plate.JPG 1947 Dark blue lettering on golden yellow base none 123 456 1 to approximately 942 000
1948 Indiana license plate.JPG 1948 White embossed lettering on navy blue base none 123 456 1 to 999 999
A-12345 A-1 to approximately A-27000
1949 Indiana license plate 2.jpg 1949 White embossed lettering on red base none 123 456 1 to 999 999
A-123456 A-1 to approximately A-112000
1950 Indiana license plate.jpg 1950 Yellow lettering on black base none AB 1234 County-coded
1951 Indiana license plate.JPG 1951 Black lettering on white base none AB 1234 County-coded Revalidated for 1952 with yellow tabs, and for 1953 with green tabs, due to metal conservation for the Korean War.
1954 Indiana license plate.JPG 1954 White lettering embossed on maroon base none AB 1234 County-coded Revalidated for 1955 with red tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1956 Yellow lettering embossed on navy blue base DRIVE SAFELY AB 1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1957 Dark blue lettering embossed on golden yellow base DRIVE SAFELY AB 1234 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1958 Golden yellow lettering embossed on dark blue base DRIVE SAFELY AB 1234 County-coded
1959 Indiana license plate.JPG 1959 Navy lettering embossed on golden yellow base LINCOLN YEAR AB 1234 County-coded Commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Indiana from 1816 to 1830.
1960 Indiana license plate.JPG 1960 White lettering embossed on navy base SAFETY PAYS AB 1234 County-coded
Indiana 1961 license plate - Number GJ 976.jpg 1961 White lettering on dark red base SAFETY PAYS AB 1234 County-coded
1962 Indiana license plate.JPG 1962 Yellow embossed lettering on black base SAFETY PAYS AB 1234 County-coded
Indiana 1963 license plate - Number 84 D2596.jpg 1963 Yellow lettering on blue base none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded
Indiana 1964 license plate - Number 20A 1653.jpg 1964 Reflective white lettering on dark red base none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded
Indiana 1965 license plate - Number 20A4348.jpg 1965 Reflective white lettering on dark green base none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded
Indiana 1966 license plate - Number 20A4574.jpg 1966 Black lettering on reflective white base 150th Year 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Commemorated Indiana's 150 years of statehood.
Indiana 1967 license plate - 20A2598.jpg 1967 Red lettering on reflective white base none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded
Indiana 1968 license plate - Number 20A2291.jpg 1968 Blue lettering on reflective white base none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded
Indiana 1969 license plate - Number 10C2722.jpg 1969 Black lettering on reflective white base none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded
Indiana 1970 license plate - Number 60A3334.jpg 1970 Red serial on reflective white background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Staggered registration introduced, with the month of expiration determined by the initial letter of the registrant's surname. Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1971.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1971 Blue serial on reflective white background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1972.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1972 Green serial on reflective white background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1973.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1973 Red serial on reflective white background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1974.
In75platelg.jpg 1974 Black serial on reflective white background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1975.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1975 Blue serial on reflective white background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1976.
Indiana 1976 license plate.jpg 1976 Blue serial on reflective white, red and blue graphic background Heritage State 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded First graphic plate; commemorated the US Bicentennial. The letter in the serial was moved to the bottom of the plate to accommodate the Minuteman graphic. Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1977.
Indiana 1978 license plate.jpg 1977 Green serial on reflective white, green and yellow background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1978.
In79platelg.jpg 1978 Black serial on reflective white, red and light blue background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Indianapolis 500 race cars in background. This issue is thought by some to be a tribute to Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who died in 1977; sample plates, normally numbered 00A0000 in most years, were numbered 00H0000 this year, lending some credence to this belief. Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1979.
Indiana 1980 license plate.jpg 1979 Brown serial on reflective white, yellow and brown background 1779 George Rogers Clark 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1979 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Indiana has been so honored. Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1980.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1980 Black serial on reflective white, yellow, orange and red background none 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Final single-year passenger plate in the United States. Plates expired from January 31 through June 30, 1981.
In83platelg.jpg 1981 Brown serial on reflective white, light and dark brown and black graphic background Hoosier State 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded First multi-year plate in Indiana since 1955, and the first to be renewed with decals (except for plates with numbers up to and including 100, which were reissued annually). Plates were valid until June 30, 1984.
Indiana 1986 license plate.jpg 1984 Black serial on reflective white, yellow, green and red background Wander Indiana 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Staggered registration expanded to January–October with 1987 expiration. Plates were valid through October 31, 1987.
Indiana license plate, 1989.png 1987 Blue serial on reflective blue, white and gold background Back Home Again 0A1234
00A1234
County-coded Small white-on-blue county name sticker in bottom right corner. Plates were valid through October 31, 1990.
Indiana 1991 license plate.jpg 1990 Red serial on reflective white background Hoosier Hospitality 0A1234
0AB123
00A1234
County-coded Small white-on-blue county name sticker in bottom right corner as on the Back Home Again base. Allen County began issuing two-letter, three-digit serials in 1992 after reaching 2Z9999. Plates were valid through October 31, 1993.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1993 Black serial on reflective red, yellow and black background Amber Waves of Grain 0A1234
0AB123
00A1234
00AB123
County-coded Replacement cycle extended from 3 to 5 years. Early plates had a small yellow-on-black county name sticker in the bottom right corner; this was soon discontinued. Plates were valid through October 31, 1998.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1998 Dark blue serial on reflective white background, gold state outline and coat of arms - Indiana and Crossroads of America Printed in dark blue. The Crossroads of America 0A1234
0AB123
00A1234
00AB123
County-coded Final embossed plate. Plates were valid through October 31, 2003.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2003 Dark blue on reflective farm scene graphic www.IN.gov 0A1234
0AB123
00A1234
00AB123
County-coded First screened plate. The original design had the slogan "Back Home Again" (as on the 1987–90 base); this was replaced with the state's web address before production began. Early plates used a bolder serial font that included full-height letters; this was changed in response to legibility concerns. Plates were valid through October 31, 2008.
2008 Indiana Plate Selection.JPG 2008 White serial on reflective dark blue; torch and stars from the state flag at left; county number and name on white sticker at top none Standard Version
123A, 123AB or 123ABC Grandfathered
Version

00A0, 00A00 or 00A000

Handicapped Plates
2008-2010:
123456
2010>:
D123A, D123AB
National Guard Plates
NG123A

Serials not issued sequentially.

Letters or combinations of letters are unique to a particular county.

Issued concurrently with "In God We Trust" base. Staggered registration once again expanded to include all twelve months of the calendar year; four dates, the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of each month, are used (except in January and December). Grandfathered Version are laid out by county coding depending on demand for them. Some counties may only use single suffix numbers while others may use as much as three.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2013 Black serial on reflective white fading to gold; number 200 and circle of 19 stars (the 19th enlarged and colored gold) over dark blue state shape at left; expiration date, year, county number and recycling symbol in corners clockwise from top left Bicentennial 1816-2016 Standard Version
123A, 123AB or 123ABC, No Grandfathered Version
Serial tied to vehicle. Registrants keep their old license plate numbers upon renewal if they have a license plate in either the 123A, 123AB or 123ABC formats. If vehicle was issued a previous plate with serial 661XYZ for example, the vehicle's 2013 issued plate will have serial 661XYZ.
Indiana2017plate.jpg 2017 Dark blue serial on reflective country scene graphic featuring a covered bridge; expiration date, year, county number and recycling symbol in corners clockwise from top left none Standard Version
123A, 123AB or 123ABC, No Grandfathered Version with possibilities for 1234AB, 12345A, or 1234 ABC
Serial tied to vehicle. Registrants keep their old license plate numbers upon renewal if they have a license plate in either the 123A, 123AB or 123ABC formats. If vehicle was issued a previous plate with serial 661XYZ for example, the vehicle's 2013 issued plate will have serial 661XYZ.

Optional types[edit]

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2007 Screened white on blue with national flag at bottom; "08" screened in top right corner and county code on sticker in bottom right corner In God We Trust A/B1234 While very popular, this plate was controversial as the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana claimed that it is a symbol of endorsement of a religion. After a lawsuit from the ACLU, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the plates' constitutionality.[3]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2012 Screened black on national flag motif; expiration year screened in top right corner, county code in bottom right corner, expiration date in top left corner and recycling symbol in bottom left corner In God We Trust ABC123 RAA101 to ZZZ999
*ZZZ999 to AAA101 change over occurred in January 2018.
*AMY101 As of June 2018
*Occasionally plates with serials AAA101-PZZ999 have also been issued.
"In God We Trust" now appears at the bottom instead of on the left. The changes were made to address visibility issues with the previous version and in preparation for the introduction of the Bicentennial passenger base in 2013.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg March 4, 2008[4] Screened black on white with graphic of young Abraham Lincoln at left; "09" screened in top right corner and county code on sticker in bottom right corner Lincoln's Boyhood Home B/F1234
B/F123A
B/H1234
Aside from this and the In God We Trust Plates, there are approximately 70 other various organizations, schools, and other entities that offer plates using the same format but come with a $15 organizational fee. See Indiana Plate Types for further details.

Non-passenger plates[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Standplate amateurradio-large.jpg Amateur Radio As current passenger base FCC call sign Issued only to Indiana residents holding valid amateur radio operator's licenses.
Bus general.jpg Bus Screened black on white; vertical "BUS" at left B123AB
Standplate disability-large.jpg Disability Screened blue on white; International Symbol of Access at left D123AB
D123ABC
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Farm Semi-Trailer As regular Semi-Trailer (Permanent) plate, but with vertical "FARM" at left FP123AB
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Farm Vehicle Screened black on white; vertical "FARM" at left F123AB Issued on farm trucks, farm trailers and farm semi-tractors.
Indiana Fleet license plate 2017.jpg Fleet Vehicle Screened black on white; "FLEET" at bottom FL123ABC
Standplate antiquecar-large.jpg Historic Vehicle Screened black on tan; state seal at left and "HISTORIC" at bottom AN123A Issued on vehicles that are at least 25 years old.
Motorcycle plate.jpg Motorcycle 2008 Screened blue on white; "M CYCLE" at bottom right and "09" at top right 123456 1 to approximately 178000
2010 As above, but with "11" at top right M123A M101A to M999Z
M123AB M101AA to present
INMUN.png Municipal Black on light blue; "MUNICIPAL" at bottom 12345
Standplate rv-large.jpg Recreational Vehicle Screened black on white; vertical "RV" at left R123AB
SemiTractor plate.jpg Semi-Tractor Screened black on white; "SEMI TRACTOR" at bottom TC123ABC Issued on tractors used in combination with semi-trailers. Tractors not used in such a combination are registered as trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Semi-Trailer (Non-Permanent) Screened red on white; "SEMI TRAILER" at bottom SE123ABC
SemiTrailer plate.jpg Semi-Trailer (Permanent) Screened black on light gray; "SEMI TRAILER" at bottom; "NO" at top left and "EXP" at top right SP123ABC
Standplate specmachine-large.jpg Special Machinery Screened black on white; "SPECIAL MACHINERY" at bottom SM123AB Issued on vehicles used to perform specific functions unrelated to transportation on highways.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer Screened black on white; "TRAILER" and gross weight at bottom TR123ABC
Standplate truck-large.jpg Truck 2013 Screened black on white; "TRUCK" and gross weight at bottom TK123ABC

Organizational and collegiate plates[edit]

Indiana issues a large number of organizational and collegiate license plates.[5][6] A portion of the fees for these plates is given to the respective organization or college.

Organizational plates[edit]

Plate Organization Slogan
500 Festival.jpg Indy 500 Festival 500FESTIVAL.COM
Specplate ada-large.jpg American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association
Millitaryplate al-large.jpg American Legion LEGIONNAIRE
Specplate asi-large.jpg Autism Society AUTISM AWARENESS
Specplate ibc-large.jpg Bicycle Indiana I Share The Road
Orgplate be-large.jpg Black Expo INDIANA BLACK EXPO, INC.
Specplate bsaca-large.jpg Boy Scouts BOY SCOUTS
Specplate ibcat-large.jpg Breast Cancer Awareness INDIANA BREAST CANCER AWARENESS TRUST
Specplate dare-large.jpg D.A.R.E Indiana D.A.R.E. INDIANA
Specplate dli-large.jpg Donate Life Indiana Be an Organ, Tissue, & Eye Donor!
Ducks Unlimited Web Page.jpg Ducks Unlimited DUCKS UNLIMITED
Orgplate ffa-large.jpg FFA Foundation www.inffa.org
Specplate gliphl-large.jpg Freemasons FREEMASON
Specplate greenways-large.jpg Greenway Foundation I SUPPORT TRAILS!
Orgplate hfh-large.jpg Habitat For Humanity Help build it!
Specplate i4hf-large.jpg Indiana 4-H Foundation 4-H Foundation
Specplate iac-large.jpg Indiana Arts Commission CELEBRATE THE ARTS
Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.jpg Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police CHIEFS OF POLICE

IACP FOUNDATION

Specplate iapc-large.jpg Indiana Association of Pregnancy Centers Choose Life
Specplate ibloodc-large.jpg Indiana Blood Center indiana BLOOD CENTER
Indiana Coal Mining Insitute.jpg Indiana Coal Mining Institute COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON!
Specplate ide-large.jpg Indiana Department of Education Hoosier Family of Readers
IEMSA Plate.jpg Indiana Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA) Supporting EMS
Golf Found Plate.jpg Indiana Golf Foundation THE FIRST TEE OF INDIANA
Specplate iht-large.jpg President Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust (formerly Indiana Heritage Trust) ENVIRONMENT
Specplate ihsf-large.jpg Indiana Homeland Security Foundation SECURE INDIANA
Indiana Motor Truck.jpg Indiana Motor Truck Association - Put The Phone Down INTRUCKING.ORG
Specplate ione-large.jpg Indiana Organization of Nursing Executives BE A NURSE
Indiana Patriot Guard Riders.jpg Indiana Patriot Guard Riders PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS
Recycling Coal Plate.jpg Indiana Recycling Coalition INDIANARECYCLING.ORG
Specplate isa-large.jpg Indiana Sheriff's Association LAW ENFORCEMENT, CORRECTIONS, COURT SECURITY
Indiana soccer.jpg Indiana Soccer WE SUPPORT INDY ELEVEN
Specplate ab-large.jpg Indiana State Museum (Abraham Lincoln) Lincoln's Boyhood Home
Orgplate isp-large.jpg Indiana State Police REMEMBERING OUR HEROES
Specplate ivfa-large.jpg Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association SAVING INDIANA LIVES
Indiana Youth Group.jpg Indiana Youth Group INDIANA YOUTH GROUP
Orgplate colts-large.jpg Indianapolis Colts GO COLTS
Specplate imhfm-large.jpg Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
Indianapolis zoo.jpg Indianapolis Zoological Society Advancing Animal Conservation
Specplate jdrf-large.jpg Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation IMPROVING LIVES. CURING TYPE I DIABETES.
Specplate idcs-large.jpg Kids First Trust Fund PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE
Lincoln Drama.jpg Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association LINCOLN FAMILY ARRIVES 1816
Specplate lions-large.jpg Lions of Indiana WE SERVE
Lupus Foundation of America.jpg Lupus Foundation of America SOLVING THE CRUEL MYSTERY
Marine Foundation.jpg Marine Foundation of Indiana SEMPER FI
Specplate nra-large.jpg National Rifle Association TEACHING FREEDOM
Orgplate wtf-large.jpg National Wild Turkey Federation CONSERVATION
Orgplate loti-large.jpg Native American Land of the Indians
Pacers Foundation.jpg Pacers Foundation PACERS FOUNDATION
Specplate snsi-large.jpg Pet Friendly - Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana PET FRIENDLY
Specplate pmchsv-large.jpg Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St Vincent stvincent.org/paytonmanning
POWMIA.jpg Prisoner of War - Missing in Action NOT FORGOTTEN
Orgplate pf-large.jpg Professional Firefighters FIREFIGHTERS
Specplate rcf-large.jpg Riley Hospital for Children RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
Orgplate sa-large.jpg Shrine Association Indiana Shriner
Specplate so-large.jpg Special Olympics of Indiana Special Olympics Indiana
Tony Stewart Foundation.jpg Tony Stewart Foundation ACCELERATING CHANGE
Specplate hfgi-large.jpg To Your Health To Your Health

Collegiate plates[edit]

Plate College
Collegeplate au-large.jpg Anderson University
Collegeplate bsu-large.jpg Ball State University
Collegeplate bc-large.jpg Bethel College
Collegeplate bu-large.jpg Butler University
Collegeplate du-large.jpg DePauw University
Specplate ec-large.jpg Earlham College
Specplate fc-large.jpg Franklin College
Specplate gc-large.jpg Grace College and Seminary
Collegeplate hc-large.jpg Hanover College
Specplate hu-large.jpg Huntington University
Specplate iit-large.jpg Indiana Institute of Technology
Specplate isu-large.jpg Indiana State University
Specplate iu-large.jpg Indiana University
Specplate iupufw-large.jpg Indiana University Purdue University of Fort Wayne
Specplate iupui-large.jpg Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis
Collegeplate iwu-large.jpg Indiana Wesleyan University
Collegeplate ivt-large.jpg Ivy Tech Community College
Specplate mc-large.jpg Manchester University
Collegeplate mu-large.jpg Marian University
Collegeplate pu-large.jpg Purdue University
Specplate rhit-large.jpg Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Joseph' College.jpg Saint Joseph's College
Collegeplate smc-large.jpg Saint Mary's College
Collegeplate tu-large.jpg Taylor University
Collegeplate trine-large.jpg Trine University
Specplate ue-large.jpg University of Evansville
Specplate ui-large.jpg University of Indianapolis
Specplate und-large.jpg University of Notre Dame
Specplate usf-large.jpg University of Saint Francis
Specplate usi-large.jpg University of Southern Indiana
Specplate vu-large.jpg Valparaiso University
Specplate vinu-large.jpg Vincennes University
Specplate wc-large.jpg Wabash College

Military plates[edit]

Indiana also issues several military-related license plates.[7] Most are available for veterans only.

Plate(s) Representation Elegebility
Hoosier Veteran Plates (1).jpg Hoosier Veteran (all branches of service) Verify Veteran Status with one of the following:
  • A US Uniformed Services Retiree ID card
  • A DD214 or DD215
  • US military discharge papers
  • Indiana ID with Veteran Status (V or AM)
Millitaryplate dhv-large.jpg Disabled Hoosier Veteran Certified by Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs
Millitaryplate epow-large.jpg Ex-Prisoner of War Certified by Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs
Millitaryplate gs-large.jpg Gold Star Family Spouse, Parent, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Siblings, or Children of anyone who died while serving on duty in the military - active, Reserve or National Guard

Must Provide Official DD1300

Millitaryplate ph-large.jpg Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Any military document verifying the person was an active member of the United States Armed Forces and served at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Millitaryplate purh-large.jpg Purple Heart Certified by Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs
Millitaryplate sot-large.jpg Support Our Troops Any Indiana Resident; supports the Military Family Relief Fund

Temporary plates[edit]

New plate prefixing[edit]

Starting in 2010 special plates such as the handicapped, POW, National Guard, Disabled American Veteran that use the background of the standard plates will no longer use just numbers. Instead they will now use a predetermined prefix of three numbers and one or two suffix letters depending on if they have one or two prefix numbers. In all the max total characters will amount to six and, except the Disabled American Veteran and Purple Heart plate will use the background of the standard plate. Starting in 2015, the colors of these plates, with the exception of the Hoosier Veteran and Purple Heart plates, will invert, producing plates with dark blue serials on a white background.

Starting in 2012 veterans of each of the five branches of the armed forces will be able, for an extra $15, to obtain a plate with the seal of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard beginning in 2012. The $15 fee will benefit the state's Military Family Relief Fund.[8]

Trucks and trailers[edit]

Indiana maintains separate plates for trucks, trailers, tractors/trailers, and farm vehicles. Except for farm vehicles, the plates follow an eight character AB123CDE format. All following plates use a plain white background

County coding[edit]

From 1963 through 2008, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles issued standard passenger plates bearing a one- or two-digit prefix identifying the county in which the vehicle was registered. These prefixes were assigned to each county in alphabetical order, beginning with 1 for Adams County and ending with 92 for Whitley County; prefixes 93 through 99 were reserved as overflow for the state's two most populous counties, Marion (93, 95, 97, 98 and 99) and Lake (94 and 96).

In each county, serials consisted of the prefix followed by one letter and up to four digits, progressing sequentially. In 1992, Allen County reached 2Z9999 and subsequently introduced a new format with the prefix followed by two letters and up to three digits; this format was later used in St. Joseph (71), Hamilton (29), Elkhart (20) and Vanderburgh (82) Counties.[9][10]

Following the introduction of multi-year plates in 1981, plates with serials containing numbers above 100 were revalidated with decals, while those with serials containing numbers 1 through 100 continued to be issued annually.

In 2008, new serial formats were introduced with the white-on-blue torch base, consisting of three digits followed by one, two or three random letters. However, the county number system was retained through the use of decals at the top of each plate displaying both the county number and name, with the overflow numbers for Marion and Lake Counties discontinued.[11]

The no-cost alternative "In God We Trust" plate introduced in 2007 featured the county number on a sticker at the bottom right corner of the plate. The revised "In God We Trust" plate, introduced in 2012, has the number screened onto the bottom right corner; this technique was subsequently adopted on standard passenger plates, beginning with the Bicentennial base in 2013.

List of county numbers[edit]

Overflow numbers (until 2008)[edit]

Renewal date tags[edit]

In the past, Indiana colored its due date tags by month. Another change to the plate system is that there are only four colors of tags which are the same regardless of the month, whether it be January, June, or December, another change because Indiana used to only issue month tags from January to October. These are all found on the top left corner of an Indiana plate based on the first three letters of the last name of the owner. Note: Business owned vehicles have black tags that expire 1-31 regardless of name.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old Indiana License Plates". LeatherLicensePlates.com. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
  3. ^ "Court Upholds 'In God We Trust' Plate". WRTV. November 17, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Bradner, Eric (March 5, 2008). "New Indiana license plate touts 'Lincoln's Boyhood Home'". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Indiana's Organizational License Plates". Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "Indiana's College and University License Plates". Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Indiana's Military License Plates". Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Jacob's License Plate Blog". Jacob Newkirk. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  9. ^ Nicholson, David. "Indiana License Plates, 1969-present". 15q.net. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  10. ^ "Indiana License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Northup, John B. License Plates of America. River Pointe Publications, 2009, p. 36.
  12. ^ https://myweb.in.gov/BMV/mybmvportal/RegistrationsAndPlates/IndianasLicensePlates/LicensePlateStickersAndFrames.aspx

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