Vehicle registration plates of Nebraska

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The U.S. state of Nebraska first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1915. All plates were made of steel until 1947 when aluminum plates were introduced.

Passenger plates 1923 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 Nebraska license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Nebraska 1923 52-1967.jpg 1923 Olive green on black none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1928 11-5528.jpg 1928 White on dark blue none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1933 NE passenger plate.jpg 1933 Blue lettering and border embossed on yellow base. none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Issued in pairs, for front and rear of vehicle.
Nebraska 1934 33-4319.jpg 1934 White on dark green none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1938 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1938 Silver on black none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1946 Nebraska license plate.jpg 1946–47 Bright white embossed lettering on red base none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1947 with brown tabs.
1948 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1948 Dark blue on unpainted aluminum none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1949 Nebraska license plate.jpg 1949 Crimson on unpainted aluminum none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1950 17-360.jpg 1950 Dark blue on white none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951 White on black none A1234A
AB123A
Coded by county of issuance (A or AB)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952–53 Black on golden yellow none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1953 with black tabs.
1954 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1954 Golden yellow on black none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1955 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1955 Black on golden yellow none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 White on black with border line The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) First 6" x 12" plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Green on white with border line The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1958 32-1939.jpg

1959 Nebraska license plate 01.jpg

1958–59 Black on golden yellow with border line The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1959 with aluminum tabs.
1960 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1960–61 Golden yellow on black with border line The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1961 with stickers.
Nebraska 1963 21-16501.jpg 1962–64 Green on white with border line; green sticker box in bottom right corner The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1963 and 1964 with stickers.
1965 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1965 Black on white with border line The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska automobile license plate 1966.jpg 1966–68 Red on reflective white with state outline Centennial 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Commemorated Nebraska's 100 years of statehood. Revalidated for 1967 and 1968 with stickers.
Nebraska 1970 11-F506.jpg 1969–71 Black on reflective white with state outline Cornhusker State 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1970 and 1971 with stickers.
1972 Nebraska License Plate.jpg 1972–75 Red on reflective white with state outline Cornhusker State 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1973, 1974 and 1975 with stickers. After reaching 59-ZZ99, Sarpy County introduced five-character serials with stacked county codes; these were used on each subsequent base until 2002.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976–84 Red on reflective white with blue 1776 BICENTENNIAL 1976 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
2/1-A1234
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Only base on which Scotts Bluff County, as well as Sarpy County, used five-character serials with stacked county codes.
Nebraska 1987 1-D4623.jpg 1984–87 Blue on reflective white none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1988 plate.jpg 1987–90 Red on reflective white with yellow, orange and red sunset graphic at top none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1991 1-D6756.jpg 1990–93 Black on reflective white with light blue, gold and black windmill graphic at top none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Early Lancaster County plates were manufactured in South Dakota using that state's number dies.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1993–96 Blue on reflective white with blue and yellow graphic at top featuring Chimney Rock and city skyline none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1996–99 Black on reflective white with black and orange graphic at top featuring Chimney Rock and city skyline none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 2000 plate.jpg 1999–2002 Red on reflective gradient blue and white with yellow Chimney Rock and light blue city skyline graphics none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2002–05 Black on reflective gradient yellow, orange and red with black prairie landscape graphic, three black silhouettes of sandhill cranes, and an orange sun www.state.ne.us ABC 123 NAA 001 to ? Issued in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy Counties, the three most populous. Initially issued with stickers at the bottom displaying the county name; these were discontinued due to poor quality.
Nebraska 2005 plate.jpg 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Issued in all other counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2005–11 Dark blue on reflective gradient blue and white with red state outline and Conestoga wagon graphic www.nebraska.gov ABC 123 Issued in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy Counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Issued in all other counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2011–present Dark green on reflective gradient white and yellow with Western meadowlark and goldenrod nebraska.gov ABC 123 Issued in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy Counties.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Issued in all other counties.

County coding[edit]

Nebraska counties by license plate prefix

Nebraska established a county-code system for its passenger plates in 1922, with one- or two-digit codes assigned to each county in order of the number of registered vehicles in the county at that time.[1] These codes remained constant through 1950.

For 1951, letter codes were used. One-letter codes were assigned to the first counties whose names began with those letters, while all other counties were assigned two-letter codes consisting of the initial letter and the next available letter in their names (the letters I, O and Q were not used). There were three exceptions: Douglas County, the most populous in the state, was assigned single-letter X to increase capacity; Otoe County was assigned Z as O was not allowed; and Dodge County was assigned DG instead of DD as double-letter codes were also not allowed.[2]

The numeric code system was reintroduced in 1952, with the codes the same as before. It remains in use to this day, except in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy Counties, which adopted an uncoded ABC 123 serial format in 2002.

County Numeric code Letter code, 1951
Adams 14 A
Antelope 26 AN
Arthur 91 AR
Banner 85 B
Blaine 86 BA
Boone 23 BN
Box Butte 65 BX
Boyd 63 BY
Brown 75 BR
Buffalo 9 BU
Burt 31 BT
Butler 25 BL
Cass 20 C
Cedar 13 CE
Chase 72 CH
Cherry 66 CR
Cheyenne 39 CY
Clay 30 CL
Colfax 43 CF
Cuming 24 CU
Custer 4 CS
Dakota 70 D
Dawes 69 DA
Dawson 18 DW
Deuel 78 DE
Dixon 35 DX
Dodge 5 DG
Douglas 1 X
Dundy 76 DU
Fillmore 34 F
Franklin 50 FR
Frontier 60 FN
Furnas 38 FU
Gage 3 G
Garden 77 GA
Garfield 83 GR
Gosper 73 GS
Grant 92 GN
Greeley 62 GE
Hall 8 H
Hamilton 28 HA
Harlan 51 HR
Hayes 79 HY
Hitchcock 67 HT
Holt 36 HL
Hooker 93 HK
Howard 49 HW
Jefferson 33 J
Johnson 57 JH
Kearney 52 K
Keith 68 KE
Keya Paha 82 KY
Kimball 71 KM
Knox 12 KN
Lancaster 2 L
Lincoln 15 LN
Logan 87 LG
Loup 88 LU
Madison 7 M
McPherson 90 MC
Merrick 46 ME
Morrill 64 MR
Nance 58 N
Nemaha 44 NE
Nuckolls 42 NU
Otoe 11 Z
Pawnee 54 P
Perkins 74 PE
Phelps 37 PH
Pierce 40 PR
Platte 10 PL
Polk 41 PK
Red Willow 48 R
Richardson 19 RC
Rock 81 RK
Saline 22 S
Sarpy 59 SA
Saunders 6 SU
Scotts Bluff 21 SC
Seward 16 SE
Sheridan 61 SH
Sherman 56 SR
Sioux 80 SX
Stanton 53 ST
Thayer 32 T
Thomas 89 TH
Thurston 55 TU
Valley 47 V
Washington 29 W
Wayne 27 WA
Webster 45 WE
Wheeler 84 WH
York 17 Y

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History Of Nebraska Passenger Vehicle License Plates". Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nebraska - county codes". BPRlicenseplates.com. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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