Vehicle registration plates of Missouri

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The U.S. state of Missouri first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1911.

Passenger plates 1911 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 Missouri license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1911 Silver lettering embossed on dark yellow base. "MISSOURI 1911" at bottom. none 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1912 White lettering embossed on red base. "MO 12" at right. none 123456
1913 Missouri license plate.jpg 1913 White lettering embossed on dark blue base. "MO 13" at right. none 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 Black lettering embossed on gray base. "MO 14" at right. none 123456
1915 Missouri license plate.jpg 1915 Black lettering embossed on bright green base. "MO 15" at right. none 123456
1916 Missouri license plate.jpg 1916 White lettering embossed on black base. "MO 16" at right. none 123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 Black lettering embossed on orange base. "MO 17" at right. none 123456
1918 Missouri license plate.jpg 1918 Blue lettering embossed on white base. "MO 18" at right. none 123456
1919 Missouri license plate.jpg 1919 White lettering embossed on black base. "MO 19" at right. none 123456
1920 Missouri License Plate.jpg 1920 Black lettering embossed on bright green base. "MO. 1920" at bottom. none 123-456
1921 Missouri license plate.jpg 1921 Red lettering embossed on white base. "MO. 1921" at bottom. none 123-456
1922 Missouri license plate.jpg 1922 White lettering embossed on brown base. "MO. 1922" at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 Blue lettering embossed on black base. "MO. 1923" at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Black lettering embossed on orange base. "MO. 1924" at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 White lettering embossed on green base. "MO. 1925" at bottom. none 123-456
1926 Missouri license plate.jpg 1926 Black lettering embossed on yellow base. "MO. 1926" at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Silver lettering embossed on black base. "MO. 1927" at bottom. none 123-456
1928 Missouri license plate.jpg 1928 Black lettering embossed on golden yellow base. "MO. 1928" at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 White lettering embossed on black base. "MO. 1929" at bottom. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 White lettering on brown base none 123-456 First use of full state name since 1911.
Missouri 1931 99-414.jpg 1931 Black lettering on gray base none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 White lettering on black base none 123-456
1933-Missouri-license-plate.jpg 1933 Yellow embossed lettering and border on brown base, "1933 MISSOURI" embossed below registration. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 White lettering on black base none 123-456
Missouri 1935 128-249.jpg 1935 White lettering on dark green base none 123-456
1936 Missouri license plate.JPG 1936 Black embossed lettering and border on off-white base, "MISSOURI-1936" embossed below registration. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 Silver embossed lettering and border on black base, "19 MISSOURI 37" embossed above registration. none 123-456
1938 Missouri license plate.jpg 1938 Black embossed lettering and border on buff base, "19 MISSOURI 38" embossed below registration. none 123-456
1939 Missouri license plate.jpg 1939 Buff embossed lettering and border on black base, "MISSOURI-1939" embossed above registration. none 123-456
1940 Missouri license plate.jpg 1940 Black embossed lettering and border on bright white base, "MISSOURI-1940" embossed below registration. none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 White embossed lettering and border on black base, "MISSOURI-1941" embossed above registration. none 123-456
1942 Missouri license plate.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942–43 Black embossed lettering and border embossed on off-white base, "MISSOURI-1942" embossed below registration. none 123-456 Revalidated for 1943 with green tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942 As above but made with fiberboard rather than steel none 123-456 This base started at 800-000 numbers from 1 to 799-999 are made with steel
1944 Missouri license plate.JPG 1944 Yellow lettering and rims embossed on black base none 123-456
1945 Missouri license plate.jpg 1945 Black lettering and rims embossed on off-white base none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Silver lettering and rims embossed on black base none 123-456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 Black lettering and rims embossed on off-white base none 123-456
Missouri 1948 640-040.jpg 1948 White lettering on maroon base none 123-456
1954 Missouri license plate 2.jpg 1949–55 As above but without embossed year none 123-456 1 to 905-000 Validated for 1949 with orange tabs, for 1950 with green tabs, for 1951 with white tabs, and for 1952 with black tabs. Plates expiring between January and August were validated for 1953 with maroon tabs, while those expiring between September and December were validated for that year with stickers. All plates were then validated for 1954 and 1955 with stickers.
A12-345 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1956 Missouri license plate.jpg 1956–61 Black lettering and rims embossed on yellow base none 123-456 1 to 999-999 Validated with stickers each year.
A12-345
AA1-234
First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1962–67 White lettering and rims embossed on maroon base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration Valid without stickers in 1962, then revalidated with stickers each year thereafter.
Missouri 1968 CK8-141.jpg 1968 White lettering on green base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1969 CK6-395.jpg 1969 Green lettering on white base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1970 E4S-664.jpg 1970 Black lettering on white base none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1971 KP4-999.jpg 1971 White lettering on maroon base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1972 P9N-536.jpg 1972 Blue lettering on reflective white base none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1973 PM3-127.jpg 1973 Maroon lettering on reflective white base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1974 P9P-239.jpg 1974 Black lettering on reflective white base none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1975 PM7-505.jpg 1975 Reflective blue on reflective white base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1976 P4R-441.jpg 1976 Reflective yellow on blue base none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1977 ET9-177.jpg 1977 Reflective white on red base Bicentennial logo at top AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1978 C3N-638.jpg 1978 Reflective yellow on black base none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1979 BL4-029.jpg 1979 Reflective white on blue base none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Missouri 1984 SYJ 526.jpg 1980–85 white on maroon Show-Me State AAB 123 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1986–89 A1A 234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1990–96 1A2 34A
Mo2006.jpg 1997–2005 Dark blue on reflective white, blue and green gradient Show-Me State 123 ABC 001 AAA to 999 ZZZ
Missouri 2008 plate.jpg 2006 – June 15, 2008 1AB 23C 0AA 01A to approximately 9DF 99X
Missouri New License Plate.jpg June 16, 2008 – present Dark blue on light blue gradient fade with bluebird graphic Show Me State AA1 B2C[1]
AA1 BC2 (following exhaustion of above format)
First letter corresponds to month of expiration

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person AB 12C All disabled plates expire in September.
Missouri local government license plate - Lee's Summit.JPG Local government varies Variety of designs issued for vehicles belonging to local governments.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer 12A 3BC Not yet known whether coded by month of expiration.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck less than 6,000 lb. 1AB 234 Coded by month of expiration. Not yet known whether coded by weight.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 6,000 to 12,000 lb. 1AB 234 Not yet known whether coded by month of expiration or by weight.

Month coding[edit]

The current base, first issued in June 2008, features serials coded by the month of the registration's expiration. The first letter of the serial constitutes this code. Once all available combinations beginning with the first letter assigned to that month are issued, a second code letter may be used for that month.

History[edit]

2008 base[edit]

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Legend Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Power Unit 12A B3C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Trailer 12A 345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bus 123 45B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer D1-A
D1-AB
D12-A
D12-AB
D123-A
D123-AB
D1234-A
D1234-AB
Numerical portion of serial remains constant for each dealer; suffix letter ascends for each plate issued to that dealer.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person AB 12C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person—Truck 6,000 lb. and less 1A B23
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle AB 1CD
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer 12A 3BC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 6,000 lb. and less 1AB 234

1998 base[edit]

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Legend Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer Dealer D1-A
D1-AB
D12-A
D12-AB
D123-A
D123-AB
D1234-A
D1234-AB
Annual plates. Numerical portion of serial remains constant for each dealer; suffix letter ascends for each plate issued to that dealer.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person Disabled Progression of serial formats unknown, but included:
1 ABC
1 AB2
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Person - Truck less than 6,000 lb. Disabled 1 A2B "BL6" embossed at upper right.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle none A0 000
0A 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Shuttle Bus SHUTTLE BUS 123 4SB
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer Trailer AAA 000 Annual plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer - Commercial COMM TRL 000 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer - HRC[clarification needed] HRC TLR 000 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer - Permanent PERM TRL PA0 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 6,000 lb. and less SHOW-ME STATE 000 AA0 Second letter: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, or S. "BL6" embossed at upper right.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 6,000 to 12,000 lb. SHOW-ME STATE 000 AA0 Second letter: T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z. "BL12" embossed at upper right.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg U.S. Senate Member of Congress USS-1 Black on gold. Number indicates state's senior or junior senator.

Optional types[edit]

Optional types on this base continue to be issued, likely until January 2009. Most, if not all, optional types on this base were available in personalized format and with certain non-passenger designations. Where applicable, this designation was printed in a small rectangle screened in the upper right corner of the plate.

Image Type Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Conservation
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fight Terrorism
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg God Bless America
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Helping Schools
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg St. Louis Cardinals
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Shriners
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Southwest Missouri State University

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DOR to begin using new state license plate Monday". Jerfferson City News Tribune. 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 

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