Vehicle registration plates of Texas

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Current "Texas Classic" passenger license plate

The U.S. state of Texas first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1917.

Passenger baseplates 1917 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 Texas license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917-22 White on dark blue none 123456 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923-24 White on black none 123-456 1 to approximately 939-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 White on maroon none 123-456 1 to approximately 935-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 Black on gray none 123-456 1 to approximately 997-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 White on green none 123-456 1 to
999-999
A12-345 A00-000 to approximately A69-000
Texas 1928 license plate.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 White embossed lettering and rims on dark brown base none 123-456
1-234-567
1 to approximately 1-114-000 2 1928-30 plates were used 1 on the front and 1 on the back of the cars.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Orange on black none 123-456
1-234-567
1 to approximately 1-195-000
Texas 1930 license plate.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Dark blue embossed lettering and rims on gold base none 123-456
1-234-567
1 to approximately 1-358-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 White on black none 123-456
A1-2345
Texas 1932 license plate.jpg 1932 White embossed lettering and rims on green base none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1933 license plate.jpg 1933 Orange embossed lettering and rims on white base none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1934 license plate.jpg 1934 Black embossed lettering and rims on orange base none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1935 license plate.jpg 1935 White embossed lettering and rims on maroon base none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1936 license plate.jpg 1936 Dark blue embossed lettering and rims on lemon yellow base Centennial 123-456
A12-345
Commemorated the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Texas.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937 Ivory on black none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1938 license plate.jpg 1938 Black embossed lettering on white base none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1939 license plate.jpg 1939 Dark purple embossed lettering on gold base none 123-456
A12-345
TEXAS 1940.png 1940 Dark purple embossed lettering on white base none 123-456
A12-345
1 to approx 1,405,201 1 - 999*999 A00*000 - Y99*999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 Gold embossed lettering on black base none 123-456
A12-345
Texas 1942 license plate.jpg 1942–44 Black embossed lettering on gold base none 123-456
A12-345
Revalidated for 1943 with black tabs, and for 1944 with green tabs, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1945 Black on gold none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately H/L4000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Cream on black none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately J/B7000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 White on black none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately J/U7000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 Gold on black none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately K/U7000
1949 Texas license plate.JPG 1949 Black on gold none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately L/Y8000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Gold on black none A/B1234 A/A10 to L/Z9999; U/A10 to approximately U/E3000
1951-Texas-License-plate.jpg 1951 Black on gold none A/B1234 A/A10 to L/Z9999; U/A10 to approximately U/R8000
Texas 1952 license plate.jpg 1952 Gold embossed lettering on black base none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately P/J2000
1953 Texas license plate.jpg 1953 Black on gold none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately P/J4000
Texas 1954 DW9473.jpg 1954 Gold on black none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately P/X9000
1955 Texas license plate.jpg 1955 Black on gold none A/B1234 A/A10 to approximately S/D3000
1956 Texas license plate.jpg 1956 Gold on black none AB1234 AA10 to approximately SV6000
1957 Texas license plate.JPG 1957 Black on white, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately UR-3000
1958 Texas license plate 01.jpg 1958 White on black, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately TT-6000
TEXAS 1959.jpg 1959 Black on white, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately UK-3000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1960 White on black, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately UN-7000
1958 Texas license plate 02.jpg 1961 Black on white, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately UY-9000
1962 Texas license plate.jpg 1962 White on black, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately VZ-4000
1963 Texas license plate.jpg 1963 Black on white, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately WS-7000
1964 Texas license plate.JPG 1964 White on black, star separator none AB-1234 AA-10 to approximately YT-1000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 Black on white none ABC 123 BBB 10 to approximately PHG 999 Vowels and Q not used in serials; this practice continued until 1975.[1]
Texas 1966 JDD52.jpg 1966 White on black, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately PYK-999
Texas 1967 CKK361.jpg 1967 Black on white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately RKN-999
1968 Texas license plate.JPG 1968 White on black, star separator HemisFair ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately RSM-999
Texas 1969 LKT75.jpg 1969 Black on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately RWV-999
TEXAS 1970.jpg 1970 Blue on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately SDN-999
TEXAS 1971.jpg 1971 Black on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately SWD-999
Texas 1972 MSZ336.jpg 1972 Green on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately TKK-999
TEXAS 1973.jpg 1973 Black on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately VDD-999
Texas 1974 KJN 25.jpg 1974 Red on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 BBB-10 to approximately VMG-999
Texas 1975 FWY-332.jpg 1975 Black on reflective white, star separator none ABC-123 AAA-10 to approximately MMV-500 Letters I and O not used in serials; this practice continued until 1990. Staggered registration introduced 1978.
TEXAS 1980.jpg 1976–81 As above, but with state-shaped separator MMV-501 to ZZZ-999
License plate 542 fjg.jpg 1982–84 123-ABC 001-AAA to 999-HEW
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1985–86 Dark blue on reflective white, screened red state-shaped separator Sesquicentennial 123-ABC 001-HEX to 974-PAY Commemorated the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Texas.
Texas license plate, 1988.png 1986–89 As above, but with bolder state name none 975-PAY to 999-ZZZ
Blue on white Texas license plate.jpg 1990 ABC-12D BBB-01B to BKW-99Z Vowels and Q not used in serials (as from 1965–74); this practice continues today.
TEXAS 1991.jpg 1990–91 Dark blue and red on reflective white, state flag screened to left of state name none ABC-12D BKX-01B to GTX-99Z
TEXAS 1993.jpg 1992–94 The Lone Star State GTY-01B to VJL-99J
TEXAS 1995.jpg 1995–96 State outline within abstract graphic. 150 Years of Statehood ABC-12D VJL-01K to WSJ-99F Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new standard-issue license plate of 1995 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Texas has been so honored. Co-recipient with Pennsylvania.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg
1996–97 As 1990–95 base The Lone Star State ABC-12D WSJ-01G to ZZZ-99Z Some late Z-series plates made on next series' graphic sheeting, with state flag to right of state name.
Texas 1995 C67 FLX.jpg 1998 As above, but with state flag to right of state name A12-BCD B01-BBB to J99-GPZ Some early B-series plates made on previous series' graphic sheeting, with state flag to left of state name.
TEXAS 2000.jpg 1999–2003 Dark blue numbers on reflective plate with graphic scene featuring a cowboy, oil fields, a Space Shuttle, stars and the moon; screened red state-shaped separator The Lone Star State A12-BCD J01-GRB to Z99-ZZZ
TEXAS 2005.jpg 2004–05 123-ABC 001-BBB to 999-HWL
Texas 2005 plate.jpg 2005–06 As above, but with a slightly smaller cowboy, the state flag added within the state-shaped separator, the national flag added to the Space Shuttle, and seven larger stars above the shuttle 001-HWM to 999-ZZZ The seven larger stars honored the astronauts killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster of 2003, which occurred over Texas.
TEXAS 2008.jpg 2007 – June 2009 ABC-123 BBB-001 to approximately VLX-999
Texas license plate, 2009-2012.jpg July 2009 – June 2012 First standard-issue non-embossed license plate issued in Texas; features the Davis Mountains against a sky backdrop, with a lone star and streaks of red and blue in the upper-left corner; state motto is retained on the bottom The Lone Star State AB1-C234 or AB1-2345
  • BB0-B001 to DZ9-Z999

(Passenger Vehicles)

  • XA0-A001

(Semi-Trailer Tractors)

Texas license plate (June 2012).png July 2012 – present New "Texas Classic" black lettering on white sheeting design with double security thread in the sheeting The Lone Star State ABC-1234 BBB-0001 to HXS-9999 (as of October 14, 2016) Serials issued on both passenger vehicles and trucks.

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
TXDisabled.JPG Disabled 1986 Embossed dark blue on reflective white; "TEXAS" in red centered at top none 1AB Handicapped/disabled access CD 1BB Handicapped/disabled access BB to approximately
1WS Handicapped/disabled access ZZ
TXDisabled2.JPG 2005 Screened dark blue on reflective white; state flag within state shape at top right; "TEXAS" in blue centered at top The Lone Star State 1WW Handicapped/disabled access BB to approximately
1YP Handicapped/disabled access ZZ
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2007 Handicapped/disabled access 1ABCD Handicapped/disabled access 1YTBB to
Handicapped/disabled access 1ZZZZ;
Handicapped/disabled access 1BBBB to approximately
Handicapped/disabled access 1FNZZ
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2012 As "Texas Classic" passenger base The Lone Star State Handicapped/disabled access 1GWBB to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck 2000 As Space Shuttle passenger base; "TRUCK" between state name and numbers The Lone Star State 1AB-C23 4LM-B01 to
9ZZ-Z99
2004 12A-BC3 01B-BB1 to
99L-XZ3
TRUCK 2009.jpg 2005 As revised Space Shuttle passenger base; "TRUCK" between state name and numbers 01L-YB3 to
99Z-ZZ9
2009 123-4AB 000-1AA to approximately 500-0BF
Texas Truck Dark base.jpg 2009 As sky passenger base; "TRUCK" between state name and numbers The Lone Star State AB1-2345 AA0-0001 to approximately
CB1-0000

Optional types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 4-H
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg A Fine Cause
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Adopt-A-Beach
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Air Force Association
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Animal Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas License Plates". licenseplates.tropikordia.com. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 

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