Vehicle registration plates of the Northwest Territories
In 1970, to celebrate the centennial of the territory, a unique polar bear-shaped plate was introduced. The basic bear shape has been retained ever since, and the plate is now a registered trademark of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
In April 1999, the territory of Nunavut was created from the eastern part of the Northwest Territories. The new territory adopted a virtually identical bear-shaped licence plate, following an agreement between the governments of the two territories. In 2011, the Government of Nunavut decided to discontinue the bear shape and replace it with a conventional rectangular design, which was introduced in July 2012.
Passenger plates 1963 to present
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 Northwest Territories' first licence plate that complied with these standards. The current bear-shaped plates feature the standardized mounting holes.
|Image||First issued||Design||Slogan||Serial format||Serials issued||Notes|
|1963||black on orange||Canada's Northland||1234||1 to approximately 3900|
|1964||orange on black||Canada's Northland||1234||1 to approximately 4100|
|1965||white on light green||Canada's Northland||1-234||1 to approximately 4-900|
|1966||black on reflective orange; territorial shield at left||Canada's Northland||12-345||1 to approximately 11-500||Revalidated for 1967, 1968 and 1969 with tabs.|
|1970||bear-shaped; white on blue||Centennial||1-234||1 to approximately 7-500||Awarded inaugural "Plate of the Year" for best new licence plate of 1970 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.|
|1971||bear-shaped; blue on white||none||1-234||1 to approximately 8-500|
|1972||bear-shaped; white on blue||none||12-345||1 to approximately 10-500|
|1973||bear-shaped; dark blue on white with yellow slogan, date, and border||RCMP Centennial||12-345||1 to approximately 11-000|
|1974||bear-shaped; red on white||none||12-345||1 to approximately 11-500|
|1975||bear-shaped; turquoise on white||none||12-345||1 to approximately 18-000|
|1977||bear-shaped; red on white||none||12-345||1 to approximately 21-500|
|1979||bear-shaped; turquoise on white||none||12-345||1 to approximately 21-500|
|1981||bear-shaped; red on white||none||12-345||1 to approximately 21-000|
|1983||bear-shaped; blue on white||none||12-345||1 to approximately 30-500|
|1986||bear-shaped; blue on white||Explore Canada's Arctic||123456||1 to approximately 125000|
|2010||bear-shaped; nature scene||Spectacular||123456||300000 to present|
- "Nunavut polar bear (license plate) on verge of extinction". APTN. August 5, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
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