Vehicle registration plates of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display licence plates in 1920.

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that fixed the size for licence 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 province's first licence plate that complied with these standards.

The last complete re-registration of all registered vehicles in Newfoundland was in 1981, with a switch from a numerical system (which reached a high of approximately 250000) to an alphanumeric system.

All plates issued since 1982 (beginning AAA-001) remain valid today. Plates remain with the vehicle to which they are originally registered, rather than with the owner. Used vehicles with expired plates are issued new licence plates — used vehicles with valid plates retain their original licence plate.

Since 1985, the province has not issued the letters I, Q, U, or Y on licence plates. At least one exception exists: on the 1996-1997 Cabot 500 base, the HAY series was issued, and some of these plates can still be observed on the road today. More recently, the letter I has been seen in the TGI series (issued to trailers). The letter O, however, is still used in all positions.

Since September 1997, the province requires only a rear plate for most registrations, except for B, C, E and G plates (see below). Some older cars still display both front and rear plates. Some early "World of Difference" and Cabot 500 base plates were issued in duplicate for the front and rear.

On Newfoundland licence plates, the first letter (or two letters) designates the registration class of the vehicle. For example, HMT-999 would be assigned to a passenger car, while TZD-019 would be assigned to a trailer.

Vehicle class[edit]

First letter(s) Vehicle type Notes on use/expiration/issue
A Private car Began at AAA-001 in 1982; ended at AZZ-999 on World of Difference base in 1998. Front and rear plates required until 1997.
B Bus BAx for public-use buses, BPx for private-use buses (e.g. tour buses). Front and rear plates required.
C Truck/heavy vehicle Issued to pickup trucks, SUVs and large vans. Began at CAA-001 in 1982. Front and rear plates required. CRx indicates large mobile crane units that are generally overwidth and need special permits and escort on public roadways. Some trucks and vans may now be registered as private cars.
D Dealer Issued to auto dealers for test driving and transporting cars.
E Emergency vehicle Emergency vehicles (fire trucks or police cars) are registered as provincial or municipal, as private ambulance companies operate in NL. Front and rear plates required. Also used by search and rescue vehicles.
F Farm vehicle FAx for farm tractors, FEx for farm equipment, FTx for farm trucks that operate on roads. Infrequently issued.
G Government vehicle GMx on municipal vehicles, GPx on provincial, GFx on federal. Municipal/provincial still issue 2001 flag series, federal only has 2003 series. None on 2002 issue. Front and rear plates required. In 2010 provincial government vehicles started featuring 2007 type plates.
H Private car Issued as next available letter after A series. Began at HAB-001 on Cabot base in fall of 1996; issued on World of Difference base from 1998; ended at HZZ-999 on pitcher plant base in summer of 2013.
J Private car Issued as next available letter after H series. Began at JAA-001 on pitcher plant base in summer of 2013.
M Motorcycle Began at MCA-001.
PR Apportioned Issued to transport trucks, began at PRP-001 on 1993 issue.
T Trailer Began at TAA-001 in 1982; jumped from TET-999 to TVT-001 when flag base was introduced in 2001; reached TZZ-999 then jumped back to TEV-001 on pitcher plant base in 2008. TXx reserved for taxi plates.
TX Licensed taxi Supplemented with a municipal taxi licence sticker.
W Tow truck Tow trucks display a second plate (in addition to a C series). Infrequently issued.
X Heavy machinery Issued to tractors, backhoes, forklifts, etc.

Passenger baseplates 1920 to present[edit]

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "NFLD" and "1925" embossed in white block letters at left and right of numbering none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 Embossed black numbers on buff plate with border line; "NFLD" and "1926" embossed in black block letters at left and right of numbering none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Embossed white numbers on forest green plate with border line; "NFLD 1927" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 Embossed black numbers on silver plate with border line; "NFLD 1928" embossed in black block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Embossed white numbers on ocean blue plate with border line; "NFLD 1929" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Embossed white numbers on brick red plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 30" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 31" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 32" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1933 Embossed white numbers on brick red plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 33" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Embossed orange numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 34" embossed in orange block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1935 Embossed silver numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 35" embossed in white block letters at top none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936 Embossed periwinkle numbers on gray plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 36" embossed in periwinkle block letters at bottom none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 Embossed red numbers on buff plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 37" embossed in red block letters at top none 1234 unknown First (and only) use of crown.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1938 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 38" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939 Embossed dark green numbers on buff plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 39" embossed in dark green block letters at top none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940 Embossed orange numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 40" embossed in orange block letters at bottom none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 Embossed white numbers on red plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 41" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942 Embossed orange numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 42" embossed in orange block letters at bottom none 1-234 unknown These plates were repainted for 1944 (see below)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1943 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 43" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1944 Embossed red numbers on 1942 plate none 1-234 unknown Reused 1942 plates
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1945 Screened white numbers on black plate; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 45" screened in white letters at top none 1-234 unknown Manufactured on soybean based fiberboard due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Embossed white numbers on red plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 46" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 47" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 Embossed silver numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 48" embossed in silver block letters at bottom none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1949 Embossed white numbers on red plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 49" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Embossed black numbers on orange plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 50" embossed in black block letters at top none 1-234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951 Embossed white numbers on blue plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND 51" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952 Embossed white numbers on spring green plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 52" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1953 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 53" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1954 Embossed white numbers on blue-green plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 54" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955 Embossed silver numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 55" embossed in silver block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 56" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Embossed yellow numbers on sky blue plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 57" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown First "6 x 12" plate
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1958 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 58" embossed in black block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1959 Embossed yellow numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 59" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1960 Embossed white numbers on red plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 60" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1961 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 61" embossed in black block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1962 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 62" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1963 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 63" embossed in black block letters at bottom none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1964 Embossed silver numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND - 64" embossed in silver block letters at top none 12-345 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 Embossed dark blue numbers on silver plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1965" embossed in dark blue block letters centered above and below respectively none 1-234
12-345
1-001 to approximately 62-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 Embossed dark blue numbers on orange plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1966" embossed in dark blue block letters centered above and below respectively none 1-234
12-345
1-001 to approximately 71-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1967 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1967" embossed in green block letters centred above and below numbers respectively "CANADA CENTENNIAL" embossed in green block letters between numbers and year 1-234
12-345
1-001 to approximately 79-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1968 Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" embossed in red block letters above numbers; "19" embossed in bottom left corner and "68" in bottom right corner "CANADA'S HAPPY PROVINCE" embossed in two lines of red block letters centred below numbers 1-234
12-345
1-001 to approximately 87-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1969" embossed in blue block letters centred above and below numbers respectively, with an embossed blue lightning bolt either side of year "THE MIGHTY CHURCHILL" embossed in curving line of blue block letters between numbers and year 1-234
12-345
1-001 to approximately 88-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1970–72 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1970" embossed in green block letters centred above and below numbers respectively none 1-234
12-345
123-456
1-001 to approximately 136-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1973–75 Embossed red numbers on white plate; border line around plate and around sticker spots in bottom corners; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1973" embossed in red block letters centred above and below numbers respectively none 1-234
12-345
123-456
1-001 to approximately 165-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976–82 Embossed blue numbers on orange plate; border line around plate and around sticker spots in bottom corners; "NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR" and "1976" embossed in blue block letters centred above and below numbers respectively none 1-234
12-345
123-456
1-001 to approximately 259-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1982 –
mid
1993
Embossed blue numbers on white plate; "NEWFOUNDLAND" and "AND LABRADOR" embossed in red block letters centred above and below numbers respectively none ABC-123 AAA-001 to ASZ-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg mid
1993 – September 1996
Embossed red numbers on white plate; graphic screened at bottom featuring a Viking ship with a red sail against a yellow sunset; "Newfoundland & Labrador" screened in red serifed letters above numbers "A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE" screened in two wavy lines of red serifed letters below and to right of graphic ABC 123 ATA 001 to AZF 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg September 1996 – September 1997 Embossed red numbers on light blue and white gradient plate; screened red graphic of John Cabot centred at bottom; "Newfoundland & Labrador" screened in blue serifed letters above numbers "CABOT" screened in blue cursive letters to right of graphic, and "Celebrate 500 Years" in black serifed letters to left ABC 123 HAB 001 to HBC 999 Commemorated the 500th anniversary of Cabot's voyage to Newfoundland.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg September 1997 – October
2001
As 1993–96 base "A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE" as from 1993–96 ABC 123 AZG 001 to AZZ 999; HBD 001 to HEP 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg October
2001 –
July
2002
Embossed red numbers on white plate; screened provincial flag centred slightly below numbers; "NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR CANADA" screened in three lines of red serifed letters below flag none ABC 123 HER 001 to HFO 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg July
2002 –
September 2003
As above, but with "NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR" in two lines centred above numbers, and "CANADA" increased in size HFP 001 to HGZ 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg September 2003 –
April
2007
As above, but with flag graphic revised and increased in size, "Newfoundland & Labrador" in one line above numbers, and "CANADA" removed HHA 001 to HMT 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg April
2007 – present
Embossed blue numbers on white plate; screened provincial wordmark centred at bottom, consisting of "Newfoundland" and "Labrador" in blue stylized serifed letters, and a pitcher plant none ABC 123 HMV 001 to JFH 999 (as of April 1, 2017)

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle 1982–
2004
Similar design to 1982 passenger base; debossed sticker box in bottom left corner M/C A-123 M/C A-001 to M/C X-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2004–07 Embossed red numbers on white plate; border lines around plate and around sticker box in bottom left corner; "NEWFOUNDLAND" embossed in red block letters above numbers; "& LABRADOR" embossed in same letters in bottom right corner MAB-123 MDA-001 to
MDE-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2007–
present
Similar design to pitcher plant passenger base; debossed sticker box in bottom left corner MDF-001 to
MEE-999 (as of February 20, 2015)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer 1982–94 As 1982 passenger base TAB-123 TAA-001 to
TDE-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1994–96 As World of Difference passenger base TAB 123 TDF 001 to TDR 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1996–97 As Cabot passenger base TDS 001 to TDX 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1997–2001 As World of Difference passenger base TDZ 001 to TET 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2001–02 As 2001 flag passenger base TVT 001 to TVV 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2002–03 As 2002 flag passenger base TVW 001 to TWE 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2003–07 As 2003 flag passenger base TWF 001 to TWZ 999; TZA 001 to TZC 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2007–
present
As pitcher plant passenger base TZD 001 to TZZ 999; TEV 001 to TJD 999 (as of August 14, 2015)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 1982–95 As 1982 passenger base CAB-123 CAA-001 to
CHV-999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1995–96 As World of Difference passenger base CAB 123 CHW 001 to CJH 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1996–97 As Cabot passenger base CKL 001 to CKR 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1997–
2003
As World of Difference passenger base CJJ 001 to CKK 999; CKS 001 to CMS 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2003–04 As 2001 flag passenger base CMT 001 to CNE 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2004–07 As 2003 flag passenger base CNF 001 to COS 999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2007–
present
As pitcher plant passenger base COT 001 to CXP 999 (as of November 3, 2015) Series CRA through CRZ reserved for mobile crane units.

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