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)
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 metal 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)
1954 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1954 Yellow embossed lettering on black base none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
1955 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1955 Black on yellow base none 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 White on black The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Green on white The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1958 32-1939.jpg 1958–59 Black on yellow The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1959 with aluminum tabs.
1961 Nebraska license plate.JPG 1960–61 Yellow lettering and rims on black base 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 The Beef State 1-123456
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10) Revalidated for 1963 and 1964 with stickers.
Nebraska 1965 80-81.jpg 1965 Black on white 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 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 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 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 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 white none 1-A1234
1-AB123
10-A123
10-AB12
5/9-A1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Nebraska 1988 2-H1569.jpg 1987–90 Red lettering on red/orange/yellow/black screened background 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 lettering on white/blue/orange screened background 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 1993–96 Blue on white with blue and yellow graphic 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 white with black and orange graphic 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 1999–2002 Red on 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 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.
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 2005–11 Dark blue on 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 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. These one- or two-digit codes were assigned based on the number of registered vehicles in each county at that time.[1] In 2002, the system was discontinued in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy Counties, with an ABC 123 serial format being adopted in these counties.

County Code
Adams 14
Antelope 26
Arthur 91
Banner 85
Blaine 86
Boone 23
Box Butte 65
Boyd 63
Brown 75
Buffalo 9
Burt 31
Butler 25
Cass 20
Cedar 13
Chase 72
Cherry 66
Cheyenne 39
Clay 30
Colfax 43
Cuming 24
Custer 4
Dakota 70
Dawes 69
Dawson 18
Deuel 78
Dixon 35
Dodge 5
Douglas 1
Dundy 76
Fillmore 34
Franklin 50
Frontier 60
Furnas 38
Gage 3
Garden 77
Garfield 83
Gosper 73
Grant 92
Greeley 62
Hall 8
Hamilton 28
Harlan 51
Hayes 79
Hitchcock 67
Holt 36
Hooker 93
Howard 49
Jefferson 33
Johnson 57
Kearney 52
Keith 68
Keya Paha 82
Kimball 71
Knox 12
Lancaster 2
Lincoln 15
Logan 87
Loup 88
McPherson 90
Madison 7
Merrick 46
Morrill 64
Nance 58
Nemaha 44
Nuckolls 42
Otoe 11
Pawnee 54
Perkins 74
Phelps 37
Pierce 40
Platte 10
Polk 41
Red Willow 48
Richardson 19
Rock 81
Saline 22
Sarpy 59
Saunders 6
Scotts Bluff 21
Seward 16
Sheridan 61
Sherman 56
Sioux 80
Stanton 53
Thayer 32
Thomas 89
Thurston 55
Valley 47
Washington 29
Wayne 27
Webster 45
Wheeler 84
York 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History Of Nebraska Passenger Vehicle License Plates". Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 

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