Vehicle registration plates of Utah

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Current Utah arch license plate

The U.S. state of Utah first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1909. Registrants provided their own license plates for display until 1915, when the state began to issue plates.[1]

Plates are currently issued by the Utah State Tax Commission Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1915 to 1967[edit]

In 1956, the United States and Canada came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles (except those for motorcycles) at 6 inches (15 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width, with standardized mounting holes.[2] The 1954 (dated 1955) issue was the first Utah license plate to comply with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1915 Dark green on white; "U 15" at right none 1234 1 to approximately 8000
Ut1916.JPG 1916 Yellow on brown; "U 16" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 14000
Ut1917.JPG 1917 Black on gray; "U 17" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 18500
Ut1918.JPG 1918 Gray on black; "U 18" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 22000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1919 White on dark olive green; "U 19" at right none 12345 5000 to approximately 34500 Serials 1 through 399 used on dealer plates, and 400 through 4999 on truck plates.[3]
Ut1920.JPG 1920 White on blue; "U 20" at right none 12345 5000 to approximately 42000 Dealer and truck plate serials same as 1919.
Ut1921.JPG 1921 Orange on black; "U 21" at right none 12345 7001 to approximately 47500 Serials 1 through 400 used on dealer plates, and 401 through 7000 on truck plates.
Ut1922.JPG 1922 White on black; "U 22" at right none 12-345 8-501 to approximately 49-500 Serial 1 issued to Secretary of State; 2 through 300 used on dealer plates, 301 through 8-000 on truck plates, and 8-001 through 8-500 on trailer plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 White on red; slanted "UTAH" and "1923" at left none 12-345 8-501 to approximately 65-000 First use of the full state name. Secretary of State, dealer, truck and trailer plate serials same as 1922.
Ut1924.JPG 1924 White on dark blue; slanted "UTAH" and "1924" at right none 12-345 10-000 to approximately 79-000 Serial 1 issued to Secretary of State; 2 through 299 used on dealer plates, 300 through 499 on trailer plates, 500 through 999 on exempt plates, and 1-000 through 9-999 on truck plates.
Ut1925.JPG 1925 White on green; "UTAH 25" at left none 12-345 13-000 to approximately 91-000 Serial 1 issued to Secretary of State; 2 through 299 used on dealer plates, 300 through 399 on trailer plates, 400 through 999 on exempt plates, and 1-000 through 12-999 on truck plates.
Ut1926.JPG 1926 Black on silver; "26 UTAH" at right none 12-345 14-000 to approximately 95-000 Serial 1 issued to Secretary of State; 2 through 299 used on dealer plates, 300 through 499 on trailer plates, 500 through 12-999 on truck plates, and 13-000 through 13-999 on exempt plates.
Utah 1927 license plate.jpg 1927 White on dark blue; "UTAH 27" at left none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 82-000
Ut1928.JPG 1928 Black on yellow; "UTAH 28" at right none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 91-000
Ut1929.JPG 1929 Black on green; "UTAH 29" at left none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 96-500
Ut1930.JPG 1930 White on black; "UTAH 30" at right none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 93-500
Ut1931.JPG 1931 Black on silver; "31 UTAH" at right none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 91-500
Ut1932.JPG 1932 White on black; "32 UTAH" at left none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 95-500
Ut1933.JPG 1933 White on black; "UTAH - 1933" at top none 12-345 1-500 to approximately 78-500
Ut1934.JPG 1934 Black on silver; "UTAH - 1934" at bottom none 123-456 30-000 to approximately 133-000
Ut1935.JPG 1935 White on black; "1935 - UTAH" at bottom none 123-456 50-001 to approximately 154-000
Ut1936.JPG 1936 Black on silver; "UTAH - 1936" at bottom none 123-456 50-001 to approximately 167-500
1937 Utah license plate.jpg 1937 White on black; "UTAH - 1937" at top none 123-456 50-001 to approximately 179-000
Ut1938.JPG 1938 Maroon on white; "UTAH - 1938" at bottom none 123-456 50-001 to approximately 174-000
Ut1939.JPG 1939 White on blue/black; "UTAH - 1939" at top none 123-456 100-001 to approximately 229-500
Ut1940.JPG 1940 Orange on dark blue; "UTAH - 40" at bottom none A-1234
Ut1941.JPG 1941 White on black; "UTAH - 41" at top right none A 1234
Ut1942.JPG 1942–43 Black on white; "42 UTAH" at left CENTER SCENIC AMERICA A 1234 Revalidated for 1943 with windshield stickers, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Ut1944.JPG 1944 Black on white; "UTAH 44" at bottom none A1234 Manufactured on soybean-based fiberboard due to ongoing metal conservation.
Ut1945.JPG 1945 White on maroon; "45 UTAH" at left CENTER SCENIC AMERICA A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1946 White on black; "46 UTAH" at left CENTER SCENIC AMERICA A1234
Ut1947.JPG 1947 Yellow on black; "47 UTAH" at left THIS IS THE PLACE A1234
Utah 1948 license plate.jpg 1948 White on black; vertical "UTAH" and "48" at left THE FRIENDLY STATE A1234
Ut1949.JPG 1949 White on black; "UTAH - 49" at bottom right none A 1234
Ut1950.JPG 1950 Orange on black; "UTAH - 50" at top right none A 1234
Ut1951.JPG 1951 White on green; "UTAH 1951" at top right none A/B 123
Ut1952.JPG 1952 White on blue; "UTAH 1952" at bottom left none 123 A/B
Ut1953.JPG 1953 Yellow on black; "UTAH 1953" at top right none A/B 123
Ut1954.JPG 1954 White on dark green; "UTAH 1954" at bottom right none A/B 123
Ut1955.JPG 1955 White on black; "UTAH 1955" at top none AB 123
Ut1956.JPG 1956 White on dark red; "UTAH 56" at bottom right none A/B 1234 A/A 1000 to approximately D/J 9999 For each two-letter series, only the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J and K were used. This practice continued until 1970.
Ut1957.JPG 1957 White on dark blue; "UTAH 57" at top right none A/B 1234 A/A 1000 to approximately D/J 5000
Ut1958.JPG 1958 Yellow on dark blue; "UTAH 58" at top right none A/B 1234 A/A 1000 to approximately D/H 9999
Ut1959.JPG 1959 White on red-orange; "UTAH 59" at top none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately DK 5000
Ut1960.JPG 1960 Dark red on off gray; "UTAH 60" at top none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately DK 9999
Ut1961.JPG 1961 Dark blue on off white; "UTAH 61" at top none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately EC 5000
Ut1962.JPG 1962 Red on off gray/white; "UTAH 62" at top none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately EE 5000
1963 Utah license plate.jpg 1963 White on dark blue; "UTAH 63" at bottom none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately EH 5000
Ut1964.JPG 1964 White on green; "UTAH 64" at top none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately EJ 9999
Ut1965.JPG 1965 White on blue; "UTAH 65" at bottom none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately FA 9999
Ut1966.JPG 1966 White on black; "UTAH 66" at top none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately FB 9999
1967 Utah license plate.JPG 1967 White on green; "UTAH 67" at bottom none AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately FD 5000

1968 to present[edit]

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Ut1968.JPG 1968–72 White on black; "UTAH" centered at bottom none AB 1234 AA 1000 to
KK 9999;
LL 1000 to approximately PR 9999
Revalidated for 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972 with stickers. After KK 9999 was issued in 1970, the serial format continued with only the letters L, M, N, P, R, S, T, V and W used.
Ut1973.JPG 1973 Black on reflective white; "UTAH 73" at bottom none ABC 123 AAA 001 to approximately HDH 999 Three-letter series used a split-alphabet system, with each letter advancing A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J, K (block 1), or L, M, N, P, R, S, T, V, W (block 2). Progression was as follows: all three letters in block 1, then first letter in block 2 and last two letters in block 1, then first two letters in block 2 and last letter in block 1, then all three letters in block 2, and finally first two letters in block 1 and last letter in block 2.

On the 1974–78 variant, two different designs of beehive were used - one rounded, the other pointed.

All variants are still currently revalidated.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1973 As above, but without year ("UTAH" offset to left) HDJ 001 to approximately HJB 999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1973–74 As above, but with "UTAH" centered HJC 001 to approximately KEE 999
UtBeehive.JPG 1974–78 As above, but with embossed beehive used as separator in numbers KEF 001 to KKK 999;
LAA 001 to WKK 999;
LLA 001 to approximately LWK 999
Utah license plate, 1980.png 1978–81 As above, but without beehive (similar to 1973–74) MLA 001 to WWK 999;
LLL 001 to approximately MVW 999
UTMWV502.JPG 1982–85 As above, but with "UTAH" screened rather than embossed MWL 001 to WWW 999;
AAL 001 to approximately BFP 999
Utah license plate, 1985–1990 series with August 2001 sticker.png 1985–90 Blue on white with skier graphic Greatest Snow on Earth 123 ABC 001 AAA to 999 DWW Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1986 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Utah has been so honored. Letters G, U, X, Y and Z added to serials in late 1992, beginning with the FPG series.[3]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1990–93 As above, but with narrower dies 001 EAA to approximately 999 GPY
Ski Utah License Plate.JPG 1993 – November 18, 2007 As above, but with darker blue serials 001 GPZ to approximately 999 PMV
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1992–96 Dark blue on Delicate Arch graphic; "UTAH" in white Centennial 123 ABC 001 ZAA to 999 ZEZ Commemorated Utah's 100 years of statehood. Issued concurrently with the 1985 Ski base, first as an extra-fee base and then as a no-cost base from 1997. The first letter in the serial progressed backwards (so 999 ZZZ was followed by 001 YAA, 999 YZZ was followed by 001 XAA, and so on).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1996 – November 18, 2007 As above, but with "UTAH" in blue 001 ZFA to approximately 999 UYL
(see right)
Utskielevated.jpg November 19, 2007[4] – present Dark blue on skier graphic Greatest Snow on Earth / Life Elevated A12 3BC A00 1AA to F99 9ME (as of September 16, 2018) Redesigned Ski base and updated Arch base, issued concurrently. On the Arch base, the first letter in the serial progresses backwards (so Z99 9ZZ was followed by Y00 1AA, Y99 9ZZ was followed by X00 1AA, and so on).
2017 Utah License Plate.jpg Dark blue on Delicate Arch graphic Life Elevated A12 3BC Z00 1AA to V99 9KJ (as of October 21, 2018)
Utah 2017 In God We Trust United We Stand license plate.png January 1, 2017 – April
2018
Dark blue on white with national flag at left In God We Trust / United We Stand A123B Z001A to N999Z First issued in 2013 as a specialty plate; standardized from 2017 onwards.[5] In the A123B serial format, the first letter progressed backwards (so Z999Z was followed by Y001A, Y999Z was followed by X001A, and so on).
April 2018 – present 1A2BC 0A0AA to 9C9HA (as of October 21, 2018)

Non-passenger plates[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
UtahDisabled Person.JPG Disabled Person 2008 Dark blue on skier graphic; International Symbol of Access at left Greatest Snow on Earth / Life Elevated AB12C AA00A to present
UtTemp.JPG Temporary varies Hand-written date on paper none MM-DD-YY A12345 then hologram on bottom right valid for 30 days
Ut57DecQtrly.JPG Commercial 1/4 Year 1957 Dec Colors unknown; "4 Expires Dec. 31 1957" at bottom none UTAH 1234
Ut63DecQtrly.JPG 1963 Dec White on orange; "UTAH 63" at bottom none 12345
Ut67MarQtrly.JPG 1967 Mar White on brown; "UTAH 67" at bottom none 12345
Ut67JunQtrly.JPG 1967 Jun White on red; "UTAH 67" at bottom none 12345
Ut67SepQtrly.JPG 1967 Sep White on blue; "UTAH 67" at bottom none 12345
Ut67DecQtrly.JPG 1967 Dec White on black; "UTAH 67" at bottom none 12345
Ut71DecQtrly.JPG 1971 Dec White on green; "UTAH 71" at top none 12345
Ut72SepQtrly.JPG 1972 Sep White on green; "UTAH 72" at bottom none 12345
Ut72DecQtrly.JPG 1972 Dec White on brown; "UTAH 72" at bottom none 12345
Ut73SepQtrly.JPG 1973 Sep Blue on white; "UTAH 73" at bottom none 12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer 1985 As 1985 Ski passenger base Greatest Snow on Earth 12345 A 00001 A to approximately 40000 E
Utah Trailer plate.JPG 1992 40001 E to approximately 12000 R Narrower dies.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2008 As 2007 Ski passenger base Greatest Snow on Earth / Life Elevated 123456A 000001A to present Issued concurrently.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg As 2007 Arch passenger base Life Elevated 123456A 000001Z to present
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle 1985 Embossed blue on white; "UTAH" embossed in blue at top, offset to left none 123 AB 001 AA to approximately 999 ET
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1994 Embossed dark blue on white; "Utah" screened in red at top, offset to right none 123AB 001FA to approximately 999KZ
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1992 As 1992 Centennial passenger base, with "UTAH" in white Centennial 123AB 001ZA to approximately 999VP
(see right)
Issued concurrently with the 1985 and 1994 bases. The first letter in the serial progressed backwards (so 999ZZ was followed by 001YA, 999YZ was followed by 001XA, and so on).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2008 As 2007 Ski passenger base Greatest Snow on Earth / Life Elevated A12BC A01AA to present Issued concurrently. On the Arch base, the first letter in the serial progresses backwards (so Z99ZZ was followed by Y01AA, Y99ZZ was followed by X01AA, and so on).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg As 2007 Arch passenger base Life Elevated A12BC Z01AA to present

Optional plates[edit]

Utah currently offers over 60 optional license plates.[1] With the exception of the Amateur Radio Operator plate, all use the same serial format – originally 1234A (with a high of 4285U), now A123B.

Image Type First issued Design Slogan Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Amateur Radio Operator The serial number is the operator's FCC call sign.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Autism Awareness
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Boy Scouts of America
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Boys and Girls Clubs
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Cancer Research
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Children's Issues
Utah Clean Air License Plate.JPG Clean Air
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Brigham Young University
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Utah State University Eastern
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dixie State University
Blank License Plate Shape.svg LDS Business College
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Salt Lake Community College
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Snow College
UTSUU.JPG Southern Utah University
UtUofU.JPG University of Utah
UtahStateU.JPG Utah State University
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Utah Valley University
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Weber State University
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Western Governors University
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Westminster College
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled Veteran
UTEMT.JPG EMT
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Farm Vehicle
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Firefighter
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Former POW
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Gold Star
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Honorary Consulate
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Honoring Heroes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Humanitarian Service
Blank License Plate Shape.svg In God We Trust
Blank License Plate Shape.svg National Guard
UtNMHPets.JPG No More Homeless Pets
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Pearl Harbor Survivor
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Prostate Cancer Awareness
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Public Education Support
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Purple Heart/Combat Wounded
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Search and Rescue Teams
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Share the Road
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Snowmobiler
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Soil Conservation
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Special Interest Vehicles
Blank License Plate Shape.svg State Legislator
Blank License Plate Shape.svg US Congress
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Utah Housing Opportunity (Realtor)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veterans - Air Force HONORS VETERANS
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veterans – American Legion HONORS VETERANS
Utah Army Veteran License Plate.JPG Veteran - Army HONORS VETERANS
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veterans – Coast Guard HONORS VETERANS
Utah Marines Veterans License Plate.JPG Veteran - Marines HONORS VETERANS
UTNavy.JPG Veterans – Navy HONORS VETERANS
UtVintageVehicle.JPG Vintage Vehicle Vintage Vehicle
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Wildlife - Eagle Assuring Wildlife's Future
UtWildlife.JPG Wildlife - Elk Assuring Wildlife's Future
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Wildlife - Mule Deer Assuring Wildlife's Future
UTTrout.JPG Wildlife - Trout I SUPPORT WILDLIFE
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Zion National Park A CENTURY OF SANCTUARY
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Most special types 2008 dark blue on white varies

Discontinued plates[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Utah Plate 2002 Olympics.jpg 2002 Winter Olympics 1998 – June 30, 2002 black on multicolored 123A4 000A0 to approximately 618P7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old Utah License Plates". LeatherLicensePlates.com. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
  3. ^ a b "Utah License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Richard, Terry (November 20, 2007). "New Utah plate features skier Heidi Voelker". OregonLive.com. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  5. ^ McKellar, Katie (March 21, 2016). "'In God We Trust' Utah license plate to become new standard option". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. Retrieved July 24, 2017.

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