Vehicle registration plates of Maryland

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The U.S. state of Maryland first required its residents to register their vehicles and display license plates in 1910.

Passenger plates 1910 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 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first Maryland license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
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1910 Black on yellow, and Green on yellow Willard plates none 1234 Two Willard 1910 plates are shown, one with the green numbers on yellow plate, and one with the original black numbers on yellow plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1911 White on black none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1912 Blue on white none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Yellow on black none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 White on green none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 White on blue none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 Yellow on blue none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 Green on white none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1918 White on blue none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Black on white none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 White on red none 12-345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 Red on white none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1922 White on black none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 Black on yellow none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Orange on black none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 White on dark green none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 White on black none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Black on white none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 White on medium blue none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Bright blue on white none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 White on green none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 White on red none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 Red on white none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1933 White on blue none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Yellow on black none 123-456 1634 on left MARYLAND in middle 1934 on right TERCENTENARY on bottom
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1935 Blue on white none 123-456
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1936 White on black none 123-456 For some reason "19" was stamped on the left MARYLAND stayed in the middle and "36" was stamped on the right
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 Black on white none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1938–39 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EX-3-31-39" embossed in white block letters centered above numbers respectively none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939–40 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND' and "EX-3-31-40" embossed in green block letters centered above numbers respectively none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940–41 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EX-3-31-41" embossed in white block letters centered above numbers respectively none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941–44 Embossed black numbers on silver plate with border line; "MARYLAND" embossed in black block letters centered above numbers; "3-31" embossed in top left corner and "1942" in top right corner "DRIVE CAREFULLY" embossed in black block letters centered below numbers 12-345
123-456
30-000 to approximately 647-000 Revalidated until March 31, 1943 with yellow tabs, and then until March 31, 1944 with black tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1944–47 Embossed silver numbers on black plate with border line; "MARYLAND" embossed in silver block letters centered above numbers; "3-31" embossed in top left corner and "1945" in top right corner "DRIVE CAREFULLY" embossed in silver block letters centered below numbers 12-345
123-456
30-000 to approximately 688-000 Revalidated until March 31, 1946 with silver tabs, and then until March 31, 1947 with yellow tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947–51 Embossed black numbers on silver plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "48" embossed in black block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none 12-345
123-456
30-000 to approximately 795-000 Revalidated until March 31, 1949 with black tabs, then until March 31, 1950 with red tabs, and finally until March 31, 1951 with black tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951–53 Embossed silver numbers on black plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "MARCH 52" embossed in silver block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none 12-345
123-456
30-000 to approximately 795-000 Revalidated until March 31, 1953 with white tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1953–54 Embossed yellow numbers on black plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "54" embossed in yellow block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB-12-34 AA-10-01 to approximately JF-65-00 For each two-letter series, only the letters A through H, and J, were used.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1954–55 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "55" embossed in black block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB♦12♦34 Letter K added to two-letter series.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955–56 Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "56" embossed in red block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB:12:34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956–57 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-57" embossed in dark green block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB-12-34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957–58 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-58" embossed in white block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB-12-34 Letter L added to two-letter series.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1958–59 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-59" embossed in blue block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB:12:34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959–60 Embossed white numbers on blue plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-60" embossed in white block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB♦12♦34
1960-61 Maryland license plate.JPG 1960–61 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-61" embossed in black block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB:12:34
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1961–62 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-62" embossed in blue block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB-12-34 AA-10-01 to approximately FY-47-00 Letters M through Z (excluding O, Q and U) added to two-letter series.
1962-63 Maryland license plate.jpg 1962–63 Embossed white numbers on blue plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-63" embossed in white block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB♦12♦34 AA♦10♦01 to approximately FN♦98♦00
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1963–64 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-64" embossed in blue block letters centered above and below numbers respectively none AB:12:34 AA:10:01 to approximately FX:92:00
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1964–65 Embossed white numbers on blue plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-65" embossed in white block letters centered below and above numbers respectively none AB-1234 AA-1001 to approximately GF-1300
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965–66 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-66" embossed in black block letters centered below and above numbers respectively none AB♦1234 AA♦1001 to approximately GP♦7800
1966-67 Maryland license plate.JPG 1966–67 Embossed yellow numbers on black plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-67" embossed in yellow block letters centered below and above numbers respectively none AB:1234 AA:1001 to approximately GZ:9000
1967-68 Maryland license plate.JPG 1967–68 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-68" embossed in blue block letters centered below and above numbers respectively none AB-1234 AA-1001 to approximately HG-8000
1968-69 Maryland license plate.JPG 1968–69 Embossed white numbers on blue plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-69" embossed in white block letters centered below and above numbers respectively none AB♦1234 AA♦1001 to approximately HT♦5900
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969–70 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" and "EXP-3-31-70" embossed in blue block letters centered below and above numbers respectively none AB 1234 AA 1001 to approximately JB 9300
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1970 – March
1975
Embossed white numbers on blue plate; border line around plate and around sticker spot in bottom right corner; "MARYLAND" embossed in white block letters centered below numbers; "71" embossed in bottom left corner none AB 1234 AA 1001 to approximately SC 4300
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1975 – March
1980
Embossed red numbers on white plate; border line around plate and around sticker spot in top right corner; "MARYLAND" embossed in red block letters centered above numbers none ABC 123 AAA 001 to approximately HNB 999
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1980 – January 1986
Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MARYLAND" embossed in black block letters centered above numbers none ABC 123 AAA 001 to approximately KHN 999
1986 Maryland License Plate.jpg February 1986 – September 2004 Embossed black numbers on white plate; shield with design of the state flag screened in the center; "Maryland" screened in black italic serifed letters centered at top none ABC 123 NAA 001 to ZZZ 999,
then AAA 001 to MZZ 999 (from mid-1992)
Modification of the optional 350th Anniversary base introduced in 1983 (see below). Two-year renewals started in July 1992.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg September 2004 – February 2005 1AB C23 1AA A01 to 9AK Z99
Maryland Passenger Sample License Plate 2005.jpg February 2005 – November 2006 "www.maryland.gov" screened in black italic serifed letters centered at bottom 1AL A01 to 9CM Z99
2005 Maryland Sample License Plate.jpg November 2006 – December 2006 1CN A01 to 9CN Z99 Manufactured in New Jersey using that state's number dies, while the plate production facility at the Maryland State Prison was closed for three weeks due to inmate unrest.[1]
Maryland Passenger Sample License Plate 2005.jpg December 2006 – June 13, 2010 1CP A01 to approximately 4GD J47[2] Identical to 1AL A00 to 9CM Z99 series. Expected to be reintroduced in June 2015.
Maryland Passenger Sample License Plate 2010.jpg June 14, 2010 – June 2015 (expected) War of 1812 200th anniversary commemorative design with U.S. flag and Fort McHenry silhouette. Blue on reflective white. State name in blue. "War of 1812" text under state name in red. www.starspangled200.org 1A/B 2345 1M/D 0000 to 9M/D 9999, then 1A/A 0000 to present Same serial format used for passenger cars (class A), trucks (class E), and multi-purpose vehicles (class M; SUVs and minivans).

Optional types[edit]

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg December 1975 – February 1977 Embossed blue numbers on white plate; blue graphic screened in top left corner featuring the Fort McHenry cannons; "MARYLAND" screened in red serifed letters centered below numbers; "1776" and "1976" screened in blue italic serifed characters on either side of state name "BICENTENNIAL" screened in blue serifed letters centered above numbers, with a red star on either side 123 ABC 001 AAA to approximately 999 AFH Last issued February 1977, but remained valid until March 31, 1980.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg August 1983 – February 1986 Embossed black numbers on white plate; shield with design of the state flag screened in the center; "Maryland" screened in black italic serifed letters centered above numbers; "1634" and "1984" screened in black block characters on either side of state name "350th Anniversary" screened in black italic serifed letters centered below numbers 123 ABC 001 AAA to approximately 999 AKE Commemorated the 350th anniversary of the settlement of Maryland. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1984 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Maryland has been so honored. Adopted as standard passenger base from 1986 onwards (see above).
Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake Sample License Plate Version 1.jpg December 1990 – January 2004 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate; blue heron graphic screened in the center and dark green reed graphics at bottom corners; "Maryland" screened in blue serifed letters centered above numbers "Treasure the Chesapeake" screened in blue block letters centered below numbers 123 ABC (passenger)
001 BAY to 999 BAY, then 001 AAA to 899 BNN
ABC 12D (multi-purpose vehicle) BAY 01A to BAY 99Z, then AAA 01A to AEY 99W[2]
Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake Sample License Plate.jpg January 2004 – present Embossed black numbers on graphic plate featuring gradient blue sky, white sea, a heron and reeds at far left, and a Chesapeake blue crab on sand in bottom right corner; "MARYLAND" screened in white serifed letters centered at top "Treasure the Chesapeake" screened in blue italic block letters centered at bottom 12345 C/A
12345 B/Y
00001 C/B to 99999 C/B,
00001 B/Y to 99999 B/Y,
00001 C/A to 99999 C/A,
00001 C/C to present
Same serial formats used for passenger and multi-purpose vehicles.
Maryland Agricultural Plate.gif July 2001 – present Embossed black numbers on graphic plate featuring orange and yellow gradient sky, green and white rolling hills, and a red farmhouse with a white silo and a green tree; "Maryland" screened in yellow italic serifed letters centered at top "Our Farms, Our Future" screened in two lines of yellow italic serifed letters in bottom right corner A123456 A000001 to present Issued in celebration of Maryland's agricultural heritage. Same serial format used for passenger and multi-purpose vehicles.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 1 – December 31, 2014 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with black border line, "MARYLAND" screened in black block letters centered at top "1910 VINTAGE" screened in black block letters centered at bottom VR12345 VR00001 to approximately VR00760 Special reproduction of Maryland's first license plate.

Non-passenger plates[edit]

Multi-purpose vehicles (such as minivans and sport utility vehicles), as well as pickup trucks and cargo vans, have traditionally been issued separate plate types. As of June 14, 2010, however, trucks and multi-purpose vehicles are being issued the new "War of 1812" 200th anniversary commemorative design plate (see passenger table above) with the same serial format.

Image Type Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle 1986–89 Similar to shield passenger base, but without shield none 12345D 00001D to 99999D
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1989–97 1234D5 0000D1 to 9999D9
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1997–2003 123D45 000D01 to 999D99
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2003–05 123M45 000M01 to approximately 740M00
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2005–06 www.maryland.gov 740M01 to 999M99
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2006–09 1D2345 0D0001 to 9D9999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2009 – June 13, 2010 D12345 D00001 to approximately D39000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg June 14, 2010 – mid 2012 As War of 1812 passenger base www.StarSpangled200.org D39001 to D99999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg mid 2012 – present 12345Y 00001Y to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Multi-Purpose February 1986 – October 1997 Similar to shield passenger base, but without shield none 123456M 000001M to 999999M
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg October 1997 – February 2003 M123456 M000001 to M999999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg February 2003 – February 2005 123M456 000M001 to 479M999
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2007
www.maryland.gov 480M000 to 999M999 895M000 through 909M999 were manufactured in New Jersey using that state's number dies, while the plate production facility at the Maryland State Prison was closed for three weeks due to inmate unrest.[1]
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2007 – June 13, 2010
12345M6 00000M1 to approximately 61999M9
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck February 1986 – December 1992 As shield passenger base none 123 456 300 001 to 999 999,
then 000 001 to 299 999 (from 1989)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg December 1992 – February 2005 12A 345 00A 001 to 22R 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg February 2005 – June 13, 2010 www.maryland.gov 23R 000 to approximately 99X 999

Government plates[edit]

Plates issued to state and local government agencies, including police and transit buses operated by a city or county or the state (for City of Baltimore).

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Local Government-owned vehicle black on reflective white www.maryland.gov L/G 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Government-owned vehicle black on reflective white www.maryland.gov S/G 12345

Organization plates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Current and Recent Maryland License Plates". Rick Kretschmer's License Plate Archives. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sage, Kit; Tanner, Eric. "licenseplates.cc Maryland highs page". Retrieved January 3, 2011. 

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