Vehicle registration plates of Nevada

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The U.S. state of Nevada first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1910. Plates are currently issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Passenger baseplates 1933 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 Nevada license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1933 NV passenger plate.jpg 1933 Embossed orange lettering and border on turquoise base none AB123 varied by county
AB123 to?
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 Debossed white numbers on blue plate with border line; "NEVADA" debossed in white block letters centered above numbers; "69" debossed in top left corner none Coded by county of issuance:
  • A12345
  • AB1234
  • ABC123
varied by county
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 As above, but with "NEV" offset to left above numbers
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1974 As above, but with thinner dies and "NEVADA" offset to left above numbers
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1982 As above, but with "NEVADA" centered above numbers 123ABC 001AAA to approximately 999ANR Some plates carried the county of issuance on a sticker at the bottom.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1984 Embossed blue numbers on white and silver graphic plate with a mountain scene featuring a Bighorn sheep; "NEVADA" screened in blue serifed letters centered at top "THE SILVER STATE" screened in blue serifed letters centered at bottom 123·ABC 001·BAA to approximately 999·LDE Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1985 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Nevada has been so honored. Co-recipient with North Dakota.
2001 Nevada Sample License Plate.jpg 2001 Embossed dark blue numbers on graphic plate featuring the Sierra Nevada mountains, in light blue, against a yellow and orange gradient sky; "NEVADA" screened in dark blue serifed letters centered at top "THE SILVER STATE" screened in white serifed letters centered at bottom 123·ABC 001·MAA to approximately 999·TUU
2010 Nevada License Plate 2006 As above, but with numbers screened rather than embossed 001·TUV to 999·ZZZ;
001·LDF to 999·LZZ;
001·ANS to 999·AZZ
After 999·YZZ was issued, the Lxx series not issued on the 1984 base were issued, followed by the Axx series not issued on the 1982 base. 001·ZAA to 999·ZZZ are dealer issues.[1]
2015 12A·345 00A·000 to 38B·000 (as of August 11, 2015)

County coding, 1969–82[edit]

County Code
Carson City/Ormsby County OR
ORA–ORZ, OAA–OCH
Churchill CH
CHA–CHW
Clark C
CA–CF, CJ–CZ
CAA–CGZ, CJA–CZZ, TAA–TLU
Douglas DS
DSA–DSZ, DAA–DAB
Elko EL
ELA–ELZ, EAA–EAC
Esmeralda ES
Eureka EU
Humboldt HU
HUA–HUK
Lander LA
Lincoln LN
Lyon LY
LYA–LYF
Mineral MN
MNA–MND
Nye NY
NYA–NYP
Pershing PE
Storey ST
Washoe W
WAA–WOZ, WRA–WRX
White Pine WP
WPA–WPJ

Non-passenger plates[edit]

Image Type First issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Blue numbers on white plate; "NEVADA" and "APPORTIONED" screened in blue serifed letters centered above and below numbers respectively 12345 A 00001 A to present [2]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Dealer Same design as passenger base D/L/R12345 D/L/R00001 to present [2]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Exempt Same design as passenger base E/X12345 E/X00001 to present [2]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Handicapped Same design as passenger base; wheelchair symbol to left of numbers 12345 00001 to 99999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2009 A1234 A0001 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Loan Same design as passenger base L/O/A/N12345 L/O/A/N00001 to present [2]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer Same design as passenger base 12345 A 00001 E to present Letters E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, S, U, V and W have been used.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck Blue numbers on white plate; "NEVADA" screened in blue serifed letters centered above numbers 12345 P 00001 P to present

Optional types[edit]

Charitable & Collegiate plates[edit]

Image First issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Agriculture A/G1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Animal Appreciation S/N1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Autonomous Vehicle A/U123 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Children in the Arts A/R1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg October 2011[4] Conserve Wildlife C/W1234 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Hoover Dam B/C1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Horse Power H/P1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Hot August Nights R/S1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg February 1998[5] Lake Tahoe LT12345 LT00001-LT99999 Originally embossed; became screened circa 2005 at approximately LT31800.[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Las Vegas Centennial with image of Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign L/V1234 0001-ZZZZ [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Missing and Exploited Children M/X1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Mount Charleston M/T1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Nevada Test Site A/T1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Organ Donor D/L1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Outside Las Vegas F/L1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Preserve Pyramid Lake P/L1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Red Rock Canyon[6] R/C1234 0001-9999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Reno Air Races R/R1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Rodeo N/R1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Support Wildlife S/W1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg United We Stand U/S1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg UNLV Collegiate 12345 00001-99999 [3] UNL is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg UNR Collegiate 12345 00001-99999 [3] UNR is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veterans 1234 0001-9999 [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Virginia & Truckee Railroad V/T1234 0001-9999 [3]

Classic Vehicle plates[edit]

Image First issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Antique Truck/Truck-Tractor 123 001-999 [7] ATV is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Classic Rod 1234 0001-9999 [7] CROD is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Classic Vehicle 1234 0001-9999 [7] CVEH is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Truck 1234 0001-9999 [7] FT is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Horseless Carriage 12 01-99 [7]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Old Timer 1234 0001-9999 [7] OT is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Old Timer Motorcycle 12 01-99 [7] OTM is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod 1234 0001-9999 [7] SROD is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Vintage various [7]

Firefighter plates[edit]

Image First issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Professional Firefighter P/F1234 [8]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Volunteer Firefighter V/F1234 [8] VFF is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.

Organization plates[edit]

Image First issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio [9]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Civil Air Patrol [9] CVAP is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Hall of Fame [9] HF is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Honorary Consular [9] CON is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Masonic Lodge [9]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg National Guard [9]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Press PRESS 123 [9] PRS is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.

Veterans plates[edit]

Image First issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force 1234 0001-9999 [10] VF is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force National Guard 1234 0001-9999 [10] GA is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Army 1234 0001-9999 [10] VA is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Army Airborne 1234 0001-9999 [10]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Army National Guard 1234 0001-9999 [10] GS is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Coast Guard 1234 0001-9999 [10] VC is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Congressional Medal of Honor 12 01-99 [10] CONMH is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran 1234 0001-9999 [10] DV is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ex-Prisoner of War 123 001-999 [10] POW is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Marines 1234 0001-9999 [10] VM is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Navy 1234 0001-9999 [10] VN is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor Survivor 123 001-999 [10] PHS is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor Veteran 123 001-999 [10] PHV is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart 12345 00001-99999 [10] HRT is the prefix for these plates but is not show on the plate.

Discontinued non-passenger and optional plate types[edit]

Image Type First issued Last issued Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commemorative: 125 Years of Vision 1989 October 31, 1990 12345N 00001N to approximately
24000N
Commemorated Nevada's 125 years of statehood. Remained valid until 1997.[11]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg White Motorcycle/Small Trailer ? 2005 ABC [12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Aviation May 31, 2005 December 31, 2006 A/V1234 A/V0001 to approximately
A/V1050
[12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ducks Unlimited August 1, 2005 December 31, 2006 D/U1234 [12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Nevada Libraries April 18, 2005 December 31, 2006 N/L1234 N/L0001 to approximately
N/L1300
[12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Nevada Tourism June 27, 2005 December 31, 2007 N/V1234 [12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Carpenters October 15, 2007 December 31, 2009 U/B1234 [12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Las Vegas Springs September 2000 December 31, 2013 V/S12345 V/S00001 to approximately V/S02700 [12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Thunderbirds August 12, 2013 December 31, 2014 S/D1234 S/D0001 to approximately
S/D0600
[12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg March of Dimes April 15, 2013 December 31, 2014 S/C1234 S/C0001 to approximately
S/C0600
[12]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Teamsters Local 631 April 15, 2013 December 31, 2014 T/M1234 T/M0001 to approximately
T/M0550
[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nevada License Plates". LicensePlates.cc. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Nevada License Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Charitable & Collegiate Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Nevada wildlife license plate". CarsonNow.org. October 20, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "DMV Now Issuing Lake Tahoe License Plates". Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. February 2, 1998. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "KTNV news at 11". KTNV-TV. 2008-06-20. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Classic Vehicle Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Fire Fighter Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Organization Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Veterans Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Nevada License Plates". licenseplates.tropikordia.com. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Discontinued Nevada License Plates". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 

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