Vehicle registration plates of Louisiana

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The U.S. state of Louisiana first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1915.[1]

Passenger plates 1915 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that fixed 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 Louisiana license plate that fully complied with these standards: the 1954 (dated 1955) and 1955 (dated 1956) issues were both 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
1915 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1915 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate; "LA" and "1915" embossed vertically at left and right respectively none 12345 1 to approximately 10500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1916 Embossed white numbers on green plate; stylized "LA" and "16" embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 16000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1917 Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate; stylized "LA" and "17" embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 27000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1918 Embossed black numbers on orange plate with border line; stylized "LA" and "18" embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 40000
1919 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1919 Embossed black numbers on light green plate with border line; stylized "LA" and "19" embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 50000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1920 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate; stylized "LA" and "20" embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 54000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1921 Embossed black numbers on gray plate with border line; stylized "LA" and "21" embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 79000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1922 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; stylized "LA" and "22" embossed at left none 123456 1 to 20000; 100001 to approximately 105000 Separate bases issued for vehicles up to 23 hp and for vehicles above this power; this practice continued until 1930. In all years, the base with low-numbered serials (starting from 1) was issued on the vehicles above 23 hp.[2]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Embossed maroon numbers on white plate with border line; stylized "LA" and "22" embossed at left none 20001 to 100000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Embossed black numbers on gray plate with border line; "LA 23" embossed at left none 123456 1 to 30000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "LA 23" embossed at left none 30001 to approximately 116000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "LA 24" embossed at right none 123456 1 to 30000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "LA 24" embossed at right none 30001 to approximately 143000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1925 Embossed red numbers on gray plate with border line; "LA 25" embossed at right none 123456 1 to 40000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "LA 25" embossed at right none 40001 to approximately 179000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1926 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "LA-1926" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom none 123-456 1 to 40-000; 200-001 to approximately 205-000
1926 Louisiana license plate.jpg Embossed maroon numbers on white plate with border line; "LA-1926" embossed in maroon block letters centered at bottom none 40-001 to
200-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1927 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "LA-1927" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom none 123-456 1 to 50-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Embossed black numbers on cream plate with border line; "LA-1927" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom none 50-001 to approximately 224-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "LA-1928" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom none 123-456 1 to 70-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate with border line; "LA-1928" embossed in dark blue block letters centered at bottom none 70-001 to approximately 232-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 Orange base with embossed black block lettering and border; "LOUISIANA 1929" embossed at bottom and vertical "FRONT" or "REAR" at left none 123-456 First use of the full state name.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg Black base with embossed yellow block lettering and border; "LOUISIANA 1929" embossed at bottom and vertical "FRONT" or "REAR" at left none
1930 Louisiana license plate FRONT.JPG Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1930 Green base with embossed yellow block lettering and border; "LOUISIANA-30" embossed at bottom and vertical "FRONT" or "REAR" at left none 123-456
1931 Louisiana license plate.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1931 Black base with embossed white lettering and border; "LOUISIANA–1931" embossed at top and vertical "FRONT" or "REAR" at left none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 Red base with embossed white block lettering and border and pelican at center. none 123 456
1933 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1933 Orange base with embossed black block lettering and border and pelican at center. none 123 456
1934 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1934 Navy base with embossed white lettering and border. "LA" and "34" embossed above and below pelican at center. none 123 456
1935 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1935 Black base with embossed yellow lettering and border. "LA" and "35" embossed above and below pelican at center. none 123 456
1936 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1936 Orange base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican at center. none 123 456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 Red base with embossed yellow lettering and border and pelican at center. none 123 456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1938 Red base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican at center. none 123 456
1939 Louisiana license plate.JPG 1939 Black base with embossed golden yellow lettering and border and pelican in center. none 123 456
1940 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1940 Golden yellow base with embossed black lettering and border and map of Louisiana in center. none 123 456
1941 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1941 Gray base with embossed black lettering and border and shape of state of Louisiana in center. none 123 456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1942-43 Red base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican at center. none 123 456 Revalidated for 1943 with windshield stickers, due to metal conservation for World War II.
1944 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1944 Yellow base with black lettering and pelican in center; "LOUISIANA - 1944" centered at top none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 380 000 Manufactured on soybean-based fiberboard due to ongoing metal conservation.
1945 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1945 Black base with embossed white block lettering and border and pelican in center; "19 LOUISIANA 45" embossed at top none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 341 000
Louisiana-1946-license-plate.jpg 1946 White base with embossed black block lettering and border and pelican in center; "19 LOUISIANA 46" embossed in black at top none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 337 000
1947 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1947 Unpainted metal base with embossed black block lettering and border and pelican in center; "19 LOUISIANA 47" embossed in black at bottom none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 356 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1948 Blue-green base with embossed white block lettering and border and pelican in center; "19 LOUISIANA 48" embossed in white at top none 123 456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1949 Yellow base with embossed black block lettering and border and pelican in center; "19 LOUISIANA 49" embossed in black at bottom none 123 456
1950 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1950 Royal blue base with embossed yellow lettering and border and pelican decal in center; "19 LOUISIANA 50" embossed in yellow at bottom none 123 456
Louisiana-1951-license-plate.jpg 1951 Teal base with embossed yellow lettering and border and pelican in center; "LOUISIANA–1951" embossed in yellow at bottom none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 566 000
Louisiana-1952-license-plate.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1952 Green base with embossed white lettering and border and pelican in center; "19 LOUISIANA 52" embossed in white at bottom none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 590 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1953 Teal base with embossed yellow lettering and border and pelican in center; "LOUISIANA-1953" embossed in yellow at bottom none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 638 000
1954 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1954 Yellow base with embossed green lettering and border and pelican in center; "LOUISIANA-YAMS" embossed at bottom center between "19" and "54" none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 700 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1955 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; embossed white pelican in the center; "LOUISIANA 1955" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 740 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1956 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; embossed white pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 56" embossed in white block letters at top none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 801 000
1957 Louisiana license plate.jpg 1957 Embossed golden yellow numbers on purple plate with border line; embossed golden yellow pelican in the center; "LOUISIANA 1957" embossed in golden yellow block letters at bottom none 123 456 1 001 to approximately 865 000
Louisiana-1958-license-plate.jpg 1958 Embossed white numbers on red plate with border line; embossed white pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 58" embossed in wide white block letters at bottom "SPORTSMEN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow white block letters at top 123 456 1 001 to approximately 880 000
1959 Louisiana license plate.JPG 1959 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; embossed white pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 59" embossed in wide white block letters at top "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow white block letters at bottom 123 456 1 001 to approximately 910 000
1960 Louisiana license plate.JPG 1960 Embossed golden yellow numbers on purple plate with border line; embossed golden yellow pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 60" embossed in wide golden yellow block letters at bottom "LSU CENTENNIAL" embossed in wide golden yellow block letters at top 123 456 1 001 to approximately 934 000
Louisiana-1961-license plate.jpg 1961 Embossed golden yellow numbers on dark green plate with border line; embossed golden yellow pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 61" embossed in wide golden yellow block letters at bottom "SPORTSMEN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow golden yellow block letters at top 123 456 1 001 to approximately 948 000
Louisiana-1962.jpg 1962 Embossed white numbers on brown plate with border line; embossed white pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 62" embossed in wide white block letters at bottom "SPORTSMEN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow white block letters at top 123 456
1234567
1 001 to approximately 1006000 Plates with seven-digit serials omitted the pelican. This occurred again in 1963.
Louisiana-1963-license-plate.jpg 1963 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; embossed white pelican in the center; "19 LOUISIANA 63" embossed in wide white block letters at bottom "SPORTSMEN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow white block letters at top 123 456
1234567
1 001 to approximately 1036000 Last base to feature the embossed pelican.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1964–65 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide white block letters centered at bottom; "64" embossed in bottom left corner and "65" in bottom right corner "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow white block letters at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1966–67 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide white block letters centered at bottom; "66" embossed in bottom left corner and "67" in bottom right corner "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow white block letters at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1968–69 Embossed green numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide green block letters centered at bottom; "68" embossed in bottom left corner and "69" in bottom right corner "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow green block letters at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1970–71 Embossed red numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide red block letters centered at bottom; "70" embossed in bottom left corner and "71" in bottom right corner "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow red block letters at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Louisiana 1973 60L516.jpg 1972–73 Embossed blue numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide blue block letters centered at bottom; "72" embossed in bottom left corner and "73" in bottom right corner "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow blue block letters at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1974–75 Embossed black numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide black block letters centered at bottom; "74" embossed in top left corner and "75" in top right corner "BAYOU STATE" embossed in narrow black block letters centered at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1976–77 As above, but without embossed years
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1978–83 "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow black block letters at top
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1983–84 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate; logo of the 1984 World's Fair screened in bottom left corner; "Louisiana" screened in blue serifed letters centered at top "World's Fair" screened in blue serifed letters centered at bottom 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1984–89 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "LOUISIANA" embossed in wide dark blue block letters centered at bottom "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" embossed in narrow dark blue block letters at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
651A608.jpg 1989–93 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate; screened dark blue graphics of mother pelicans with chicks at top corners; "LoUiSiAna" screened in red and dark blue serifed letters (the 'U', 'S' and 'A' in dark blue) centered at bottom "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" screened in red italic block letters centered at top 123A456 Letter corresponds to State Police troop area of issue
Louisiana 1993 FUY 905.jpg 1993 – December 31, 2001 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate, with or without border line; "Louisiana" screened in red handwritten font centered at top "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" screened in blue italic block letters centered at bottom ABC 123 AAA 000 to approximately KLK 999 Known as the "Lipstick" base. All 1974–93 plates were replaced with this design during 1995–96.
Louisiana Purchase license plate.jpg January 1, 2002 – July
2004
As 1993–2001 base, but with a screened blue compass graphic in the center containing a map of the contiguous US with the area of the Louisiana Purchase highlighted "Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial 1803-2003" screened in two lines of blue serifed letters centered at bottom ABC 123 KLL 000 to approximately MSN 999 Limited-run plate to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.
Louisiana 1993 FUY 905.jpg July 2004 – February 2005 As 1993–2001 base "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" as from 1993–2001 ABC 123 MSP 000 to approximately NFU 999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg February 2005 – January 2, 2011 Embossed black numbers on reflective white, yellow and pink gradient plate with black border line; screened pelican graphic in the center; "Louisiana" screened in red handwritten font centered at top "Sportsman's Paradise" screened in red serifed letters at bottom, offset to left ABC 123 NFV 000 to approximately VCS 999 Initial plates featured a larger font for the state name.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg January 3, 2011 – December 31, 2012[3] Embossed black numbers on reflective white plate with pale green grass graphic and black border line; white pelican within green state icon screened at far left; "Louisiana" screened in red handwritten font centered at top "200 YEARS" screened in two lines of black characters centered at bottom; small red banner and black vertical dividing line on either side; left banner contains "1812" and right banner contains "2012" ABC123 VCT000 to approximately WUG999 Limited-run plate to celebrate 200 years of statehood. Pelican and state icon later reduced in size.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg January 1, 2013 – January 2014 As 2005–11 base "Sportsman's Paradise" as from 2005–11 ABC 123 WUH 000 to approximately XRZ 999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg January 2014 – December 2015 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate with border line; logo of the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission (featuring a bucking horse and rider) screened at far left; "LOUISIANA" screened in red block letters centered at top "www.louisianatravel.com" screened in dark blue block letters centered at bottom ABC123 XSA000 to approximately ZOZ999 Limited-run plate to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg January 2016 – present As 2005–11 base "Sportsman's Paradise" as from 2005–11 ABC 123 ZPA 000 to ZZZ 999
123 ABC 000 AAA to 999 BME (as of June 23, 2017)

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Design First issued Serial format Notes
1983 LA boat trailer plate.jpg Boat Trailer Embossed blue on white with border line; "LOUISIANA" at bottom; "BOAT TRAILER" at top unknown D123456 Likely to have begun at D500000.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg As 1993–2001 passenger base, but with embossed "BOAT TRAILER" in place of slogan c. 1993 D123456
K123456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Commercial As 1993–2001 passenger base, but with embossed "COMMERCIAL" in place of slogan c. 1993 A123456
N123456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dealer As 1993–2001 passenger base, but with embossed "DEALER" in place of slogan DI12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle Embossed red on white with border line; "LA." at bottom; "MOTORCYCLE" at top 1983 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Similar to 1993–2001 passenger base; "MC" embossed at bottom 1995
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Private Truck Embossed green on white with border line; "LOUISIANA" at bottom; "PRIVATE" at top 1978 A123456 T, R and part of S series issued.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg As 1993–2001 passenger base, but with embossed "PRIVATE" in place of slogan c. 1993 Rest of S series issued, followed by V and part of W.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg As 1993–2001 passenger base, with screened "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" slogan c. 2004 Rest of W series issued, followed by X; currently issuing Y series.
LOUISIANA 1963, 16,000 lb TRACTOR plate.jpg Tractor "TRACTOR" embossed at top; weight of vehicle embossed in top right corner. 1963 123456
LOUISIANA 1966 ---8,000 LB TRUCK plate.jpg Truck "TRUCK" embossed at top; weight of vehicle embossed in top right corner. 1966 B123456, now at C123456
LOUISIANA 1967 10,000lb PRIVATELY OWNED COMMERCIAL TRUCK plate.jpg Truck "TRUCK" embossed at top; weight of vehicle embossed in top right corner. 1967 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer Embossed red on white with border line; "LOUISIANA" at bottom; "TRAILER" at top mid 1980s A123456 D series issued up to D499999 (higher numbers reserved for Boat Trailer), followed by part of E series.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg As 1993–2001 passenger base, but with embossed "TRAILER" in place of slogan c. 1993 Rest of E series issued; currently issuing L series.

Optional types[edit]

Optional types do not use leading zeros in their serials.

Image Type Design First issued Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg American Indian A/I 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Animal Friendly F/A 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bring Back the Bobwhite 12
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Chez Nous Autres French spelling "Louisiane" printed instead of English spelling "Louisiana" C/Z 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Choose Life C/L 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Emergency Medical Technician
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Firefighter—Retired 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg "In God We Trust" T/G 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Louisiana Tech University 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Marine Corps League 12
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Our Environment...Our Future Black on reflective light blue, white, and dark blue with multicolored graphic of pelican at right. 123
E/E 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg "Preserve Our Hunting Heritage" W/D 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Save the Louisiana Black Bear B/B 1234
LAplateSonsOfConfederate.jpg Sons of Confederate Veterans C/V 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Special Olympics 12
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Think Safe Kids 12
Blank License Plate Shape.svg U.S. Veteran—Marine Corps "USMC" printed diagonally to left of serial M/A 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg U.S. Veteran—Navy—Retired "NAVY" printed diagonally and "RETIRED" printed horizontally to left of serial 123

Government plates[edit]

Image Type Design First issued Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Public "PUBLIC" embossed vertically at left; "SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE" screened at bottom. 123456
LAgameWardenPlate2.jpg Wildlife & Fisheries Enforcement SF 12

State Police troop codes[edit]

From 1964 until 1993, Louisiana State Police troop area codes were used as part of the serial on the plate, invariably in the center of the serial. From 1993 until 1996, stickers were used to show the troop. This was done to give some idea of where the plates were issued. However, registrants who applied via the mail got plates with the "X" code, which was used for Baton Rouge.

Code Troop or area
A Baton Rouge
B New Orleans
C Raceland, (later Gray after troop office was moved in the mid 1970s)
D Lake Charles
E Alexandria
F Monroe
G Shreveport
H Leesville
I Lafayette
K Opelousas
L Covington
M Raceland (eliminated in 1973)
N New Orleans (overflow)
X Baton Rouge/statewide mail

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Greenwood Press, 2001. ISBN 0-313-31534-5. Quote from p. 200: "The state of Louisiana began issuing license plates in 1915."
  2. ^ "Louisiana License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ Louisiana Bicentennial Commission web site [1].

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