Vehicle registration plates of Vermont

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Current Vermont license plate

The U.S. state of Vermont first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1905. Plates are issued by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Passenger baseplates 1905 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 1956 (dated 1957) issue was the first Vermont license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1905-06 White on blue "VERMONT AUTOMOBILE REGISTER" 123 unknown Made from Massachusetts using that state's writing and dies from 1903-08
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1907-08 Black on white; "VT." at right none 1234 unknown First Vermont made plate
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1909 As above but with date below "VT." none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1910 As 1909 base but "VT." got a little bigger none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1911 As 1909 base but date got to the right corner none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1912 As 1909 base but with no changes none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 As 1909-12 base but added borders to the left and right, and numbering centered none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 As above but date and abbrivation reversed none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 As 1913 base but border line got a little bigger none 1234 unknown
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "VT" embossed vertically in white at right none 12345 1 to approximately 15500 First embossed plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 Embossed blue numbers on white plate with border line; "VT" embossed vertically in blue at right none 12345 1 to approximately 20500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1918 Embossed golden yellow numbers on green plate with border line; "VT" embossed vertically in golden yellow at right none 12345 1 to approximately 22500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Embossed blue numbers on off-white plate with border line; "VT 19" embossed in blue at right none 12345 1 to approximately 27000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "VT 20" embossed in white at left none 12-345 1 to approximately 32-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 Embossed black numbers on white plate; "VT 21" embossed in black at left none 12-345 1 to approximately 37-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1922 Embossed blue numbers on white plate; "VT 22" embossed in blue at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 42-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1923 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with border line; "VT 23" embossed in black at left none 12-345 1 to approximately 48-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1924 Embossed black numbers on silver plate with border line; "VT 24" embossed in black at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 57-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1925 Embossed golden yellow numbers on green plate with border line; "VT 25" embossed in golden yellow at left none 12-345 1 to approximately 64-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1926 Embossed green numbers on golden yellow plate with border line; "VERMONT 1926" embossed in green block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 69-000 First use of the full state name.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1927 Embossed golden yellow numbers on green plate with border line; "VERMONT 1927" embossed in golden yellow block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 75-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1928 Embossed green numbers on golden yellow plate with border line; "VERMONT 1928" embossed in green block letters at top none 12-345 1 to approximately 80-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1929 Embossed tan numbers on maroon plate with border line; "VERMONT 1929" embossed in tan block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 85-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Embossed maroon numbers on tan plate with border line; "VERMONT 1930" embossed in maroon block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 85-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "VERMONT 1931" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 1 to approximately 76-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1932 Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate with border line; "VERMONT 1932" embossed in dark blue block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 70-000
1933 VT license plate.jpg 1933 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "VERMONT 1933" embossed in white block letters at top none 12-345 101 to approximately 69-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1934 Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate with border line; "VERMONT 1934" embossed in dark blue block letters at top none 12-345 101 to approximately 66-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1935–36 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "VERMONT 1935" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12-345 101 to approximately 73-000 Validated until March 31, 1936.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936–37 Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate with border line; "VERMONT EXPIRES MARCH 31 1937" embossed in dark blue block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 77-000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1937–38 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "VERMONT TO APR. 1 1938" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12-345 1 to approximately 77-000
1938 Vermont license plate.jpg 1938 Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate; "19 VERMONT 38" embossed in dark blue block letters at bottom none 12 345 1 to approximately 78 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1939 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate; "19 VERMONT 39" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12 345 1 to approximately 81 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1940 Embossed dark blue numbers on white plate; "19 VERMONT 40" embossed in dark blue block letters at bottom none 12 345 1 to approximately 84 000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1941 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate; "19 VERMONT 41" embossed in white block letters at top none 12 345 1 to approximately 87 000
1942 Vermont license plate.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1942–43 As 1940 base, but with "19 VERMONT 42" embossed at bottom none 12 345 1 to approximately 88 000 Revalidated for 1943 with yellow tabs, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1944 Embossed black numbers on white plate; "VERMONT 44" embossed in black block letters at bottom none 12345 1 to approximately 74000
1945 Vermont license plate.JPG 1945 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate; "VERMONT 45" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12345 1 to approximately 81000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 As 1944 base, but with "VERMONT 46" embossed at bottom none 12345 1 to approximately 88000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 Embossed white numbers on black plate; "47 VERMONT" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 12345 1 to approximately 93000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1948 Embossed gold numbers on dark green plate; "48 VERMONT" embossed in gold block letters centered at bottom "GREEN MOUNTAINS" embossed in gold block letters centered at top 12345 1 to approximately 96000 Most recent passenger base to use a color other than green or white.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1949 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate; "VERMONT 49" embossed in dark green block letters centered at bottom "GREEN MOUNTAINS" embossed in dark green block letters centered at top 12345 1 to approximately 99000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1950 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "50 VERMONT" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom "GREEN MOUNTAINS" embossed in white block letters centered at top 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1951 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate; "VERMONT 51" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom none A123 A1 to W999
AB123 AB1 to approximately GR999
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1952 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate; "52 VERMONT" embossed in dark green block letters centered at bottom none 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1953 As 1951 base, but with "VERMONT 53" embossed at bottom none 12345
A1234
1954 Vermont license plate.jpg 1954 As 1952 base, but with "54 VERMONT" embossed at bottom none 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955 As 1951 base, but with "VERMONT 55" embossed at bottom none 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1956 As 1952 base, but with "56 VERMONT" embossed at bottom none 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate; "VERMONT" embossed in white block letters centered at bottom; "57" embossed in bottom right corner "SEE" embossed in white block letters to left of state name, giving "SEE VERMONT" 12345
A1234
First 6" x 12" plate.
1958 Vermont license plate.JPG 1958 Embossed dark green numbers on white plate; "VERMONT" embossed in dark green block letters centered at bottom; "58" embossed in bottom right corner "SEE" embossed in dark green block letters to left of state name, giving "SEE VERMONT" 12345
A1234
1959 Vermont license plate.JPG 1959 As 1957 base, but with "59" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1957 base 12345
A1234
1960 Vermont license plate.jpg 1960 As 1958 base, but with "60" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1958 base 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1961 As 1957 base, but with "61" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1957 base 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1962 As 1958 base, but with "62" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1958 base 12345
A1234
1963 Vermont license plate.jpg 1963 As 1957 base, but with "63" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1957 base 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1964 As 1958 base, but with "64" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1958 base 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1965 As 1957 base, but with "65" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1957 base 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1966 As 1958 base, but with "66" in bottom right corner "SEE" as on 1958 base 12345
A1234
Vermont 1968 176753.jpg 1967–68 Debossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "VERMONT" debossed in wide white block letters centered at bottom; white rectangular sticker box debossed at bottom left corner and "67" at bottom right corner none 123456 1 to approximately 187000 Shade of green changed from forest green to the kelly green still used today.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1969–71 Debossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "VERMONT" debossed in wide white block letters centered at bottom; white rectangular sticker box debossed at bottom right corner "SEE" debossed in narrow white block letters to left of state name, giving "SEE VERMONT" A·1234 A·100 to
Y·9999
1234·A 100·A to approximately 7000·E
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1972–76 Similar to 1969–71 base, but with state name, slogan and sticker box at top rather than bottom "SEE" as on 1969–71 base, but at top A·1234 A·100 to
Y·9999
1234·A 100·A to
9999·L
AB·123 AM·100 to
LY·999
A123B A100A to approximately A999B
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1977–84 Debossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "VERMONT" debossed in wide white block letters centered at bottom; white round sticker box debossed at bottom left corner and white rectangular sticker box at bottom right corner "GREEN MOUNTAINS" debossed in narrow white block letters centered at top A·1234 A·100 to
Y·9999
Round sticker box never used. Revalidated until 1989.
1234·A 100·A to
9999·Y
AB123 AM100 to
YY999
123AB 100AB to approximately 999EC
1985 Vermont License Plate Sample.jpg 1985–87 Debossed white numbers on green plate; screened white rectangular box around numbers; "Vermont" screened in white serifed letters centered at top; white sugar maple screened at top left corner "Green Mountain State" screened in white serifed letters centered at bottom 1A234 1A100 to
9Y999
1987–89 123A4 100A1 to
999Y9
1989 1AB23 1AA00 to approximately 9FF99 Issued as replacements for 1977–84 plates.
12AB3 10AA0 to approximately 99BC9 Issued only to new registrants.
Vermont 2000 CGX 308.jpg January 1, 1990 – present ABC 123 Intermittently from AAB 100 to BNF 999;[1] exclusively from BNG 100 to HAW 999 (as of May 17, 2017) Narrow dies introduced. Same serial format used on Truck (until 2009), Trailer (Large) and Municipal plates. Letters I, J, O, Q, U, V and Z not used.

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Bus As current passenger base, but with "APPORTIONED" in place of slogan and "BUS" debossed vertically to left of numbers 12B34 10B00 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned Truck As current passenger base, but with "APPORTIONED" in place of slogan and "TRK" debossed vertically to left of numbers 12A34 10A00 to present Letters A, C and D have been used as of March 3, 2015. B reserved for Apportioned Bus.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled As current passenger base, but with debossed International Symbol of Access to left of numbers A1234 A1000 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle Debossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "VERMONT" debossed in white block letters at top left and "MOTORCYCLE" in same letters at bottom; debossed box for revalidation sticker at top right corner AB123 AA100 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Municipal As current passenger base, but in red rather than green, and with "MUN" debossed vertically to left of numbers ABC 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Street Rod As current passenger base, but with "STREET RODS" debossed diagonally to left of numbers SR123 SR001 to present
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer (Large) As current passenger base, but with "TRA" debossed vertically to left of numbers ABC 123
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Trailer (Small) As Motorcycle plate, but with "TRAILER" at bottom A12345 A10000 to present
Vermont truck 185A253.jpg Truck As current passenger base, but with "TRK" debossed vertically to left of numbers 123A456 100A000 to present Current serial format introduced mid-2009 after the truck allocations in the ABC 123 format were exhausted.

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