Vehicle registration plates of New Hampshire

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The U.S. state of New Hampshire first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1905.

Passenger baseplates 1905 to present[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that standardized 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 New Hampshire license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1905-11 White on green none 1234 1 to approximately 7200 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1912 Green on white none 1234 1 to approximately 8400
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 White on green none 1234 1 to approximately 9100 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 White on green none 1234 1 to approximately 9900 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 Green on white none 12345 1 to approximately 11200 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 White on green none 1234 1 to approximately 8200 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 Green on white none 12345 1 to approximately 13400 Porcelain
New Hampshire 1918 18831.jpg 1918 White on dark green none 12345 1 to approximately 14900 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Dark green on white none 12345 1 to approximately 16600 Porcelain
1920 NH license plate.JPG 1920 White on dark green none 12345 1 to approximately 18700 Porcelain
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 Dark green on white none 12345 1 to approximately 19900 Last porcelain plate
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1922 Green based with embossed white lettering and border none 12345 1 to approximately 21600 First embossed plate since 1912
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 White based with embossed green lettering and border none 12.345 1 to approximately 26.000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Green based with embossed white lettering and border none 12-345 1 to approximately 35-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 White based with embossed green lettering and border none 12-345 1 to approximately 47-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; embossed white Old Man of the Mountain graphic at left; "N H" and "1926" embossed in white centered at top and bottom respectively none 12-345 100 to approximately 89-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate with border line; "N H" and "1927" embossed in dark green centered at top and bottom respectively none 12-345 100 to approximately 95-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "NH-28" embossed in white block letters centered at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 103-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "NH-29" embossed in green block letters centered at top none 123-456 1 to approximately 109-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 As 1928 base, but with "NH-30" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 111-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 As 1929 base, but with "NH-31" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 112-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 As 1928 base, but with "NH-32" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 107-000
1933 NH passenger plate.jpg 1933 As 1929 base, but with "NH-33" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 107-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 As 1928 base, but with "NH-34" embossed at top none 12-345 100 to approximately 91-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1935 As 1929 base, but with "NH-35" embossed at top none 12-345 100 to approximately 94-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936 As 1928 base, but with "NH-36" embossed at top none 12-345 100 to approximately 97-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 As 1929 base, but with "NH-37" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 101-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1938–39 As 1928 base, but with "NH-38-9" embossed at top none 12-345 100 to approximately 98-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939–40 As 1929 base, but with "NH-39-40" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 104-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940–41 As 1928 base, but with "NH-40-41" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 108-000
1942 New Hampshire license plate.jpg 1941–42 As 1929 base, but with "NH-41-42" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 110-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942–44 As 1928 base, but with "NH-42-43" embossed at top none 123-456 100 to approximately 104-000 Revalidated until March 31, 1944 with white rectangular tabs, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1944 As 1929 base, but with "NH 44" embossed at top none 12-345 1 to approximately 89-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1945 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "NH 45" embossed in black block letters centered at top none 12-345 1 to approximately 98-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "NH 46" embossed in white block letters centered at top none 12-345
123456
1 to approximately 109000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 As 1945 base, but with "NH 47" embossed at top none 12-345
123456
1 to approximately 114000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 As 1946 base, but with "NH - 48" embossed at top none 12-345
123456
1 to approximately 120000
1949 NH license plate.JPG 1949 Embossed forest green numbers on white plate with border line; "NH - 49" embossed in forest green block letters centered at top none A/B123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Embossed white numbers on forest green plate with border line; "NH - 50" embossed in white block letters centered at top none A/B123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951 As 1949 base, but with "NH - 51" embossed at top none A/B123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952 As 1950 base, but with "NH - 52" embossed at top none A/B123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1953 As 1949 base, but with "NH - 53" embossed at top none A/B123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1954 Embossed white numbers on forest green plate with border line; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" embossed in white block letters at bottom; embossed "1954" centered at top none AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955 Embossed forest green numbers on white plate with border line; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" embossed in forest green block letters at bottom; embossed "1955" centered at top none AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 As 1954 base, but to 6" x 12" size, and with "1956" at top none AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Embossed forest green numbers on white plate with border line; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" embossed in wide forest green block letters at bottom; "19" embossed in top left corner and "57" in top right corner "SCENIC" embossed in wide forest green block letters centered at top AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1958 Embossed white numbers on forest green plate with border line; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" embossed in wide white block letters at bottom; "19" embossed in top left corner and "58" in top right corner "SCENIC" embossed in wide white block letters centered at top AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959 As 1957 base, but with "59" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1957 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1960 As 1958 base, but with "60" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1958 base AB123 County-coded
1961 NH license plate.JPG 1961 As 1957 base, but with "61" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1957 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1962 As 1958 base, but with "62" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1958 base AB123 County-coded
New Hampshire 1963 Hillsborough County license plate.jpg 1963 As 1957 base, but without border line, and with "63" embossed in top right corner "PHOTOSCENIC" embossed in narrow forest green block letters centered at top AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1964 As 1958 base, but with "64" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1958 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 As 1957 base, but with "65" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1957 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 As 1958 base, but with "66" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1958 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1967 As 1957 base, but with "67" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1957 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1968 As 1958 base, but with "68" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1958 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 As 1957 base, but with "69" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1957 base AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970 As 1958 base, but with "70" embossed in top right corner "SCENIC" as on 1958 base AB123 County-coded
New Hampshire 1971 5519.jpg 1971 As 1957 base, but with "71" embossed in top right corner "LIVE FREE OR DIE" embossed in narrow forest green block letters centered at top AB123 County-coded First use of the state motto on regular passenger plates. The motto had first been used on vanity plates on the 1970 base.
New Hampshire 1972 5519.jpg 1972 As 1958 base, but with "72" embossed in top right corner "LIVE FREE OR DIE" embossed in narrow white block letters centered at top AB123 County-coded
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1973–74 As 1957 base, but with "73" embossed in top right corner and no "19" in top left corner "LIVE FREE OR DIE" as on 1971 base AB123
A/B1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1974 with stickers. Four-digit serials with stacked county codes introduced in counties that had exhausted their three-digit allocations.
New Hampshire 1979 LI541.jpg 1975–76 As 1958 base, but with "75" embossed in top left corner; top right corner reserved for revalidation sticker "LIVE FREE OR DIE" as on 1972 base AB123
A/B1234
County-coded Staggered registration introduced, with each plate expiring in the same month as the registrant's birthday.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1977 AB123
AB1234
Narrow dies introduced, allowing for six-character serials with full-size county code letters.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg December 1977 – July
1978
Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" embossed in wide red block letters at bottom "LIVE FREE OR DIE" embossed in narrow red block letters centered at top XA1234 XA1 to
XF9999
Interim plates issued only to new registrants. Elements changed from red to green in response to concerns of confusion with Massachusetts plates of the time; unissued red plates were recalled and repainted accordingly before issue.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg July 1978 – December 1978 As above, but with elements in green rather than red As above, but green XG1 to approximately XN7000[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 1979 – December 1983 Embossed forest green numbers on white plate with border line; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" embossed in forest green block letters centered at bottom "LIVE FREE OR DIE" embossed in forest green block letters centered at top 123456 1 to 999999
New Hampshire 1985 65064A.jpg December 1983 – December 1986 12345A 10000A to approximately 59000G[1]
1986 New Hampshire sample plate.jpg January 1987 – March 1989 Embossed forest green numbers on white plate; "NEW HAMPSHIRE" screened in pale green block letters centered at top, with a pale green graphic of the Old Man of the Mountain in a circle between the two words "Live Free or Die" screened in small pale green block letters centered at bottom 123456 1 to 999999
New Hampshire 1992 base license plate.jpg March 1989 – December 1998 As above, but with dark green numbers and graphic, and state name in larger dark green letters "LIVE FREE OR DIE" screened in larger dark green block letters centered at bottom ABC-123 AAA-001 to approximately DEX-500[1]
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 1999 – present Embossed dark green numbers on graphic plate with Old Man of the Mountain and Cannon Mountain against pale blue sky; screened "New HAMPSHIRE" centered at bottom, with "New" in dark green cursive letters above "HAMPSHIRE" in dark green serifed letters "LIVE FREE OR DIE" screened in dark green block letters centered at top 12345 1 to 99999 Old Man graphic at far right (also the style for vanity plates).
2000 New Hampshire License Plate.jpg 123 456 999 999 to 100 000 Serials progressed backwards.[2] Old Man graphic in center.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 123 4567 100 0000 to 418 0000 (as of April 1, 2017) Old Man graphic slightly to left of center.

County coding[edit]

From 1949 to 1979, passenger plates in New Hampshire featured a two-letter code indicating the county in which the vehicle was registered, as follows:[3]

County code allocations[edit]

County Letter blocks
Belknap BA-BZ
Carroll CA-CZ
Cheshire EA-EZ, ZA-ZZ (from 1972)
Coös OA-OZ
Grafton GA-GZ
Hillsborough HA-HZ, LA-LZ, IA-IZ (from 1959), JA-JZ (from 1968)
Merrimack MA-MZ, NA-NZ (from 1967)
Rockingham RA-RZ, KA-KZ (from 1955), PA-PZ (from 1968)
Strafford FA-FZ, DA-DZ (from 1970)
Sullivan SA-SZ

Alphabetical cross-reference[edit]

Letter blocks County
BA-BZ Belknap
CA-CZ Carroll
DA-DZ Strafford
EA-EZ Cheshire
FA-FZ Strafford
GA-GZ Grafton
HA-HZ Hillsborough
IA-IZ Hillsborough
JA-JZ Hillsborough
KA-KZ Rockingham
LA-LZ Hillsborough
MA-MZ Merrimack
NA-NZ Merrimack
OA-OZ Coös
PA-PZ Rockingham
RA-RZ Rockingham
SA-SZ Sullivan
ZA-ZZ Cheshire

In addition, XA-XN were used on interim plates issued to new registrants between December 1977 and December 1978, while the serial AC 000 was and still is used on sample plates.

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commercial 1988–89 As 1987–89 passenger base "Live Free or Die" as on 1987–89 passenger base AA1234 AA0001 to approximately AB9999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1989–present As 1989–98 passenger base "LIVE FREE OR DIE" as on 1989–98 passenger base AC0001 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle 1987–94 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; green graphic of Old Man of the Mountain screened in top left corner with 'N' and 'H' on either side; "MOTORCYCLE" screened at bottom none 12345 1 to 99999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1994–2004 1234A 1000A to approximately 2000T
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2004–08 As above, but without border line 2001T to 9999Z
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2008–present A1234 A1000 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer ? to 2004 As 1989–98 passenger base "LIVE FREE OR DIE" as on 1989–98 passenger base TA1234 TA0001 to TZ9999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2004–present T123456 T100000 to present Same dies as current passenger base.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Hampshire License Plates". licenseplates.tropikordia.com. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Sage, Kit; Tanner, Eric. "licenseplates.cc New Hampshire highs page". Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ "New Hampshire - county codes". bprlicenseplates.com. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 

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