Vehicle registration plates of South Dakota

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2006–15 South Dakota license plate

The U.S. state of South Dakota first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1913.

Passenger baseplates 1913 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 South Dakota license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Brown on white none 12345 1 to approximately 14000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 White on red none 12345 1 to approximately 21000
1915 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1915 Yellow on brown none 12345 1 to approximately 26000
1916 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1916 White on black none 12345 1 to approximately 43000 First plate with actual year.
1917 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1917 White on brown none 12345 1 to approximately 67000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1918 Brown on white none 12345 1 to approximately 84000
1919 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1919 Silver on brown none 123456 1 to approximately 105000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 Brown on white none 123456 30000 to approximately 135000 Numbers below 30000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 White on green none 123456 30000 to approximately 154000 Numbers below 30000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
South Dakota 1922 35109.jpg 1922 White on dark blue none 123456 30000 to approximately 150000 Numbers below 30000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 Black on silver none 123-456 30-000 to approximately 153-000 Numbers below 30-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Silver on black none 123-456 20-000 to approximately 151-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 Black on white none 123-456 20-000 to approximately 149-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 Black on silver none 123-456 20-000 to approximately 147-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Black on light green none 123-456 20-000 to approximately 145-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 Black on red none 123-456 20-000 to approximately 143-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Black on green none 123-456 20-000 to approximately 141-000 Numbers below 20-000 reserved for motorcycles and trucks.
1930 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1930 Black lettering and border embossed on yellow base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 Black on white none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 Yellow on black none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1933 SD passenger plate.jpg 1933 Black lettering and border embossed on yellow base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Yellow on black none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1935 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1935 Black lettering and border embossed on yellow base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936 White on dark red none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1937 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1937 Red lettering and border embossed on white base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1938 White on blue none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939 Blue on white Rushmore Memorial 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940 Black on yellow none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1941 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1941 Golden yellow lettering embossed on black base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1942 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1942 Black lettering embossed on golden yellow base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Revalidated for 1943 with black tabs, and for 1944 with windshield stickers, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1945 Green on white none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1946 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1946 White on black none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1947 South Dakota license plate.jpeg 1947 Black on unpainted aluminum none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 Red on unpainted aluminum none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1949 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1949 Blue lettering and border embossed on unpainted aluminum "waffle" base none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1950 47-954.jpg 1950 Black on orange none 1-1234
1-A123
10-123
10-A12
10-1A2
10-12A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1951 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1951 Orange lettering and border on black base none 1-1234
1-A123
10-123
10-A12
10-1A2
10-12A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952 Maroon on beige with Mount Rushmore decal at top none 1-1234
1-A123
10-123
10-A12
10-1A2
10-12A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
First base to feature a drawing of Mount Rushmore in any form.
1953 South Dakota license plate.JPG 1953 Beige lettering and border on maroon base with Mount Rushmore decal at top none 1-1234
1-A123
10-1234
10-A123
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1954 Black on white with Mount Rushmore decal at top none 1-1234
1-A123
10-1234
10-A123
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1955 South Dakota license plate.jpg 1955 White lettering and border on green base with Mount Rushmore decal at top none 1-1234
1-A123
10-1234
10-A123
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 Green on beige with Mount Rushmore decal at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
First 6" x 12" plate.
1957 South Dakota license plate.JPG 1957 Black lettering and border on white base with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Revalidated for 1958 with maroon tabs, and for 1959 with red tabs.
South Dakota 1960 A1-1880.jpg 1960 Black on tan with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1961 A1-2707.jpg 1961 Green on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1962 2-25884.jpg 1962 Black on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1963 Red on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1964 SD license plate.JPG 1964 Dark blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1965 19-1064.jpg 1965 Green on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 Dark blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1967 Red on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1968 30-3446.jpg 1968 Light blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969 Orange on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1970 61-1492.jpg 1970 Dark blue on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1971 A1-3705.jpg 1971 Dark green on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1972 1-24075.jpg 1972 Black on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1973 1-18108.jpg 1973 Red on white with stamped Mount Rushmore graphic at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 1974 1-32334.jpg 1974 Blue on white with screened red and black Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
First screened graphic license plate in the United States. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1974 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first time South Dakota was so honored.
South Dakota 1975 6-10243.jpg 1975 Red on white with screened light blue and black Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1976-80 Embossed blue on white with screened blue and white Mount Rushmore graphic and three red stripes at top none AB:1234 Coded by county of issuance
(AB)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1981-86 Embossed red on white with screened dark blue Mount Rushmore graphic in bottom right corner; county name on sticker at top none ABC:123 AAA:001 to BRP:599; CAB:001 to approximately KAS:888
(see right)
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1981 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the second time South Dakota was so honored. Letter Q not used in serials; all three-letter combinations from 1983 onwards were consonant-vowel-consonant.[1]
South Dakota 1991 1AX 971.jpg 1987-89 Embossed red on white with screened blue Mount Rushmore graphic in bottom right corner Celebrate the Century (optional) 1AB 123
10A 123
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Numeric county codes reintroduced. Letters I, O and Q not used in serials; this practice continues today.
South Dakota 1996 1H 0485.jpg 1990-95 Embossed green on gradient gold and white with Mount Rushmore graphic in top right corner Great Faces. Great Places. 1A 1234
10 A123
10 AB12
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 2000 1A07581.jpg 1996-99 Embossed green on white with large gold Mount Rushmore graphic in background Great Faces. Great Places. 1A12345
10A1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 2003 4AA 656.jpg 2000- early 2003 Embossed blue on red, white and blue with blue Mount Rushmore graphic at bottom none 1AB 123
10A 123
10A B12
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
South Dakota 2006 67L 726.jpg late 2003-05 As above, but with numbers screened
South Dakota 2008 2KW 954.jpg 2006- December 2015 Screened dark blue on full-color Mount Rushmore graphic Great Faces. Great Places. 1AB 123
1AB C12
10A 123
10A B12
10A BC1
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2006 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time South Dakota was so honored. Serials in each county continued from where the 2000 base left off.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 2016[2] Screened dark blue on beige Mount Rushmore graphic Great Faces. Great Places. 1A1 234
10A 123
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)

Non-passenger types[edit]

2006 to present[edit]

Image Type Design Slogan Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg City Government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none CTY1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg County Government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none CO 1234
CO12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Fire Department Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none FD 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg School Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none S 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Oglala Sioux Tribe government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none OST 123
OST1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg State Government Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. none AB123 State seal at left, state flag bottom right corner.

Optional types[edit]

Image Type Design Slogan Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veteran Modified blue Mount Rushmore base. VETERAN 1234A Logo for branch of service at left.

County coding[edit]

County 1925-55 1956-75, 1987-present 1976-80
Minnehaha 1 1 MA, ME, MH, MN, MO, MX, MZ
Pennington 51 2 PA, PB, PE, PG, PN, PX, PY, PZ
Brown 7 3 BN, BR, BW
Beadle 3 4 BD, BE
Codington 15 5 CD, CT
Brookings 6 6 BG, BK
Yankton 63 7 YA, YN
Davison 18 8 DN, DV
Lawrence 41 9 LA, LW
Aurora 2 10 AU
Bennett 4 11 BT
Bon Homme 5 12 BH
Brule 8 13 BL
Buffalo 9 14 BF
Butte 10 15 BU
Campbell 11 16 CA
Charles Mix 12 17 CM
Clark 13 18 CK
Clay 14 19 CL
Corson 16 20 CN
Custer 17 21 CU
Day 19 22 DA
Deuel 20 23 DU
Dewey 21 24 DW
Douglas 22 25 DG
Edmunds 23 26 ED
Fall River 24 27 FR
Faulk 25 28 FA
Grant 26 29 GT
Gregory 27 30 GY
Haakon 28 31 HK
Hamlin 29 32 HN
Hand 30 33 HD
Hanson 31 34 HS
Harding 32 35 HR
Hughes 33 36 HU
Hutchinson 34 37 HT
Hyde 35 38 HY
Jackson 36 39 JA
Jerauld 37 40 JE
Jones 38 41 JN
Kingsbury 39 42 KG
Lake 40 43 LK
Lincoln 42 44 LN
Lyman 43 45 LY
McCook 44 46 MC
McPherson 45 47 MP
Marshall 46 48 ML
Meade 47 49 MD
Mellette 48 50 MT
Miner 49 51 MR
Moody 50 52 MY
Perkins 52 53 PK
Potter 53 54 PT
Roberts 54 55 RB
Sanborn 55 56 SA
Spink 56 57 SP
Stanley 57 58 ST
Sully 58 59 SU
Tripp 59 60 TR
Turner 60 61 TU
Union 61 62 UN
Walworth 62 63 WL
Ziebach 64 64 ZB
Shannon /
Oglala Lakota
65 SN
Washabaugh
(until 1983)
66 WB
Todd 67 TD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Dakota License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Some South Dakotans not happy with new license plate design". Rapid City Journal. March 8, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 

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