Vehicle registration plates of Mississippi

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Current Mississippi license plate

The U.S. state of Mississippi first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1912. Since then, the state has gone through a variety of license plate designs and currently has several different designs for passenger, non-passenger, and optional-issue plates.

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1912 to 1976[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.[1] The first Mississippi license plate that complied with these standards was issued 22 years beforehand, in 1934.

Image Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
1912 Mississippi license plate.png 1912 Embossed black on white; vertical "1912" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 1234 First state issue. Local municipalities had issued license plates earlier.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1913 As 1912 base, but with "1913" at right 1234
1914-18MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1914–18 Embossed black on white; vertical "MISS" at right 12345 1 to approximately 44500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1919 Embossed light green on black; vertical "1919" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 12345 1 to approximately 60000
1920 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1920 Embossed white on maroon with border line; vertical "1920" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 12345 1 to approximately 65000
1921 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1921 Embossed red on white with border line; vertical "1921" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 12345 1 to approximately 64500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1922 Embossed black on light green with border line; vertical "1922" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 12345 1 to approximately 77000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Embossed yellow on black with border line; vertical "1923" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 123456 1 to approximately 107000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Embossed white on dark blue with border line; vertical "1924" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 123456 1 to approximately 133000
1925 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1925 Embossed black on golden yellow with border line; vertical "1925" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 123-456 1 to approximately 177-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1926 Embossed white on dark green with border line; vertical "1926" and "MISS" at left and right respectively 123-456 1 to approximately 207-000
1927 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1927 Embossed yellow on navy blue with border line; "MISS. 1927" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 235-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 Embossed white on black with border line; "MISS. 1928" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 249-000
1929 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1929 Embossed white on maroon with border line; "MISS-1929" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 279-000
1930 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1930 Embossed red on dark blue with border line; "MISS-1930" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 283-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1931 Embossed white on orange with border line; "MISS 1931" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 245-000
1932 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1932 Embossed golden yellow on black with border line; "MISS-1932" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 221-000
1933 Mississippi license plate.JPG 1933 Embossed white on dark green with border line; "MISS." centered at top; tax code letter and "33" stamped on locking bar, displayed to left and right of state abbreviation respectively 123-456 1 to approximately 120-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 Embossed white on black with border line; "MISS." centered at top; tax code letter and "34" stamped on locking bar, displayed to left and right of state abbreviation respectively 123-456 1 to approximately 149-000
1935MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1935 Embossed orange on black with border line; "MISS." centered at top; "35" and tax code letter stamped on locking bar, displayed to left and right of state abbreviation respectively 123-456 1 to approximately 152-000
1936 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1936 Embossed white on black with border line; "MISS." centered at top; tax code letter and "36" stamped on locking bar, displayed to left and right of state abbreviation respectively 123-456 1 to approximately 164-000
1937MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1937 Embossed white on green with border line; "MISS." centered at top; tax code letter at top left and "37" at top right 123-456 1 to approximately 170-000
1938MississippiLicensePlate.JPG 1938 Embossed white on dark blue with border line; "MISS." centered at top; tax code letter at top left and "38" at top right 123-456 300-001 to approximately 491-000 Issued only from January 1 through October 31, 1938.
1939MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1938–39 Embossed black on yellow with border line; "MISS." centered at top; "19" at top left and "39" at top right 123-456 300-001 to approximately 506-000
1940 Mississippi license plate.JPG 1939–40 Embossed yellow on black with border line; "MISS." centered at top; "19" at top left and "40" at top right 123-456 700-001 to approximately 892-000
1941 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1940–41 Embossed white on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-41" at top 123-456 100-001 to approximately 318-000
1942MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.jpg 1941–42 Embossed yellow on dark blue with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-42" at top 123-456 400-001 to approximately 643-000
1943MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1942–43 Embossed orange on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-43" at top 123-456 600-001 to approximately 815-000 Due to wartime metal shortages, some 1943 plates were over-stamped on previously-used license plates, and the old embossed letters and numbers are still partially visible under the new paint.
1944 Mississippi passenger plate.jpg 1943–44 Embossed white on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-44" at top 123-456 700-001 to approximately 898-000 Due to wartime metal shortages, some 1944 plates were over-stamped on previously-used license plates, and the old embossed letters and numbers are still partially visible under the new paint.
1945MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1944–45 Embossed yellow on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-45" at top 123-456 500-001 to approximately 700-000 Due to wartime metal shortages, some 1945 plates were over-stamped on previously-used license plates, and the old embossed letters and numbers are still partially visible under the new paint.
1946MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.JPG 1945–46 Embossed white on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-46" at top 123-456 200-001 to approximately 411-000
1947 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1946–47 Embossed yellow on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-47" at top 123-456 500-001 to approximately 735-000
1948 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1947–48 Embossed white on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-48" at top 123-456
1949 Mississippi passenger plate.png 1948–49 Embossed orange on black with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-49" at top 123-456
1950 Mississippi passenger plate.png 1949–50 Embossed black on yellow with border line; vertical "MISS" used as separator; county name and "EX. 10-31-50" at top 123-456
1951MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.JPG 1950–51 Embossed yellow on black with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456 First use of the full state name.
1952MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1951–52 Embossed white on dark green with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1953MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1952–53 Embossed maroon on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1954MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1953–54 Embossed white on black with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1955MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1954–55 Embossed white on blue with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1956MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1955–56 Embossed yellow on black with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1957MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1956–57 Embossed white on dark green with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1958MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1957–58 Embossed black on golden yellow with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1959MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1958–59 Embossed dark green on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1960MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.JPG 1959–60 Embossed red on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1961MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1960–61 Embossed black on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 123-456
1962MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1961–62 Embossed maroon on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively A12 1234
1963 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1962–63 Embossed blue on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 12-3456

A-12345

Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1963–64 Embossed red on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 12-3456
1965MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1964–65 Embossed white on blue with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 12-3456
1966MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1965–66 Embossed blue on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 12-3456
1967MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1966–67 Embossed white on black with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 12-3456
1968MississippiLicensePlate.jpg 1967–68 Embossed black on beige with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 12-3456

12A 345

1969MississippiPassengerPlate.jpg 1968–69 Embossed white on brown with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 1A 12345
10A12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) and weight class (A)
1970MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.jpg 1969–70 Embossed blue on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 1A 12345
10A12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) and weight class (A)
1971MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.jpg 1970–71 Embossed green on white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 1A 12345
10A12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) and weight class (A)
1972MississippiPassengerLicensePlate.jpg 1971–72 Embossed green on reflective white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 1A 12345
10A12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) and weight class (A)
Mississippi1973plate.jpg 1972–73 Embossed red on reflective white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively 1A 12345
10A12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) and weight class (A)
1974 Mississippi license plate.jpg 1973–74 Embossed blue on reflective white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively ABC 123
123 ABC
Coded by weight class (A) The 123 ABC serial format was used in the five largest counties (Hinds, Harrison, Jackson, Washington and Lauderdale); this practice continued until the cessation of weight classes in 1976.
Mississippi1975plate.jpg 1974–75 Embossed red on reflective white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively ABC 123
123 ABC
Coded by weight class (A)
Mississippi1976plate.jpg 1975–76 Embossed maroon on reflective white with border line; "MISSISSIPPI" and county name centered at top and bottom respectively ABC 123
123 ABC
Coded by weight class (A)

1976 to present[edit]

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Mississippi 1981 NHP 893.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1976–81 Embossed red numbers on reflective white plate with border line; green magnolia graphic screened in the center; "MISSISSIPPI" screened in green italic serifed letters centered at top; county name embossed in red block letters centered at bottom The Hospitality State ABC 123 Issued in blocks by county First graphic plate; staggered registration also introduced. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1977 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first time Mississippi was so honored. Some plates had the magnolia graphic in a darker shade of green.
Mississippi87plate.jpg 1981–87 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate; "MISSISSIPPI" screened in red stylized serifed letters centered at top; county name embossed in dark blue block letters centered at bottom none ABC 123 Issued in blocks by county Wide dies.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1987–92 1ABC123 1AAA001 to approximately 1FNJ999 Narrow dies reintroduced. The initial '1' indicated the passenger class of plates.
Mississippi98plate.jpg 1992–97 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective gradient sky blue and white plate; "MISSISSIPPI" screened in blue stylized serifed letters centered at top; county name embossed in dark blue block letters centered at bottom none ABC 123 Issued in blocks by county Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1992 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the second time Mississippi was so honored.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1997–2002 Embossed dark green numbers on reflective gradient yellow, white and green plate; magnolia graphic screened in the center; "MISSISSIPPI" screened in dark green stylized serifed letters centered at top; county name embossed in dark green block letters centered at bottom none ABC 123 Issued in blocks by county
Mississippi Southern pines license plate.jpg 2002 – October 2007 Retained the script "Mississippi" design in use since the 1980s, and set it in dark green against a background of trees and water, which represent the large wooded areas of the state and the location of Mississippi on the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Like the preceding issue, it also displayed a magnolia in the center of the license plate, visible between the "123 ABC" registration scheme of numbers and letters. The registration and the county name were embossed in dark green. none 123 ABC Issued in blocks by county
Mississippi license plate.jpg October 2007 – October 2012 Featuring an image of the Biloxi Light at the center of the plate, on a multicolored background depicting a yellow sunrise behind the lighthouse. none ABC 123 Issued in blocks by county Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2007 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time Mississippi was so honored.
Mississippi New License Plate.jpg October 2012 – 2017 Featuring an image of a guitar, white background with blue lines from the bottom of the plate. State name printed at the top in blue, county name stamped at the bottom. Continues use of the classic "Mississippi" design that has been in use since the 1980s. Birthplace of America's Music / Celebrating Mississippi's Creative Culture ABC 123 Issued in blocks by county

County coding[edit]

County Letter blocks beginning with
1976–87 1992–97 1997–2002 2002–07 2007–present
Adams AA WN AD AD, AE
Alcorn AH-AJ WG, WJ AN AL, AC
Amite AN WD AM AM
Attala AT WA AT, AA
Benton BA VY BE
Bolivar BL, BM BR, BV (Cleveland)
BL (Rosedale)
Calhoun BL BL CA CA, CN
Carroll BT VK, VL CR CR
Chickasaw BV BX CH CH
Choctaw CA CT
Claiborne TZ CB
Clarke TW CK CK, CL
Clay TM CY
Coahoma CK, CL CL CM CM
Copiah CS CP, CQ
Covington SV CV CV, CW
DeSoto DB, DC DB SM, SN, SP DA-DH DA-DZ
Forrest DL DK RY-SA, SC FM FR-FT
Franklin FN
George GE GE, GF
Greene EB RM GR
Grenada EG RK GN GN, GA
Hancock EX EH, EJ RC HA, HB KA-KD
Harrison FB, FP EM, ER PD-PP HR-HY HA-HH (Gulfport)
HI-HK (Biloxi)
Hinds GA, GG, GH HC NJ, NS, NV HC, HG-HI HN-HW (Jackson)
HX-HZ (Raymond)
Holmes HL
Humphreys HJ MZ HM HM
Issaquena MX IS IS
Itawamba IT IT IT, IW
Jackson JA, JC, JD HS, HT MJ JG-JM JG-JM
Jasper LV JA (Paulding)
JB (Bay Springs)
Jefferson LP JD JF
Jefferson Davis JT LM JD
Jones JW LC, LD, LJ JN (Ellisville)
JP-JR (Laurel)
Kemper LA KM KM
Lafayette KL KW LX-LZ LX-LZ
Lamar KR LL LL-LN
Lauderdale KV-KY KR-KV KG-KK LA-LD LA-LD
Lawrence LW
Leake LJ KB LJ, LK
Lee LN, LO LM JW, JY LE-LG LE-LH
Leflore LX LR LR, LS
Lincoln JH, JJ LI, LJ LI, LP, LQ
Lowndes MJ, MK JA, JD LN, LP LT-LV
Madison MS MW, MY HW MB-MD MA-MF
Marion NC HK MN MN, MP
Marshall ND HF, HG MQ-MS
Monroe NH, NI NL GZ, HA MF MJ-ML
Montgomery NM, NN MT MT
Neshoba NP NT GS NE, NF NE, NF
Newton NV GN NW NV, NW
Noxubee NZ PA GL NX NX
Oktibbeha OK PD, PE GH KT KT, KU
Panola PA PH, PJ GB PA, PB, PF PA, PB (Batesville)
PC (Sardis)
Pearl River PR FR, FS, FV PR, PS PR-PU
Perry FN PE PE
Pike PN PK, PL PK-PM
Pontotoc PV RC FB PN, PP, PQ
Prentiss PW, PX RF EX PN, PP PW, PX
Quitman RA RJ EV QT QT
Rankin RK RL EE-EL RA-RG RA-RZ
Scott SB DZ, EA SC SC, SD
Sharkey SF DX SH
Simpson SH DR SP, SQ SP, SR
Smith DH SM SM, SN
Stone SP SP DD ST, SU
Sunflower SS ST CX SF SF, SG
Tallahatchie TA TL TL
Tate TG CN, CP TA, TB TA, TB
Tippah TJ CJ, CK TP TP, TQ
Tishomingo TN TP CE TS, TT
Tunica TN
Union UN UP UN, UP
Walthall WA BP WL, WM
Warren WC, WD BH WA-WD
Washington WJ AZ, BB WS, WT WS-WW
Wayne WV AW WY WY, WZ
Webster WY WS AT WE WE
Wilkinson AN WK
Winston XW WX WN WN, WP
Yalobusha YJ YC AG YL
Yazoo YT AA YZ YZ, YA
Rental car AR, AS WR, WS WR WR

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
MSDisabled.JPG Disabled Person DB A1234

Optional types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Mississippi University for Women 12W34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association. 

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