Vehicle registration plates of Virginia

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The state of Virginia first required its citizens to register their vehicles and display license plates on their cars in 1906. Plates are currently issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Motor vehicle registration statistics[edit]

As of 2008, the DMV has 7,698,416 active registrations, 1,696,795 (22%) of which are special or personalized plates.[1] In 2008, 1,624,146 pairs of license plates were sold, with 831,361 of them being personalized plates.[2]

Passenger baseplates 1950 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 state's first license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Virginia 1950 378-641.jpg 1950 White on black none 123-456 unknown
Virginia 1959 565-418.jpg 1959 Black on white none 123-456 unknown
1972 Virginia License Plate.jpg 1972 blue on white with embossed state name none ABC-123 AAA-000 to ZZZ-999
Virginia 1974 CJV-477.jpg 1974 Blue on white none ABC-123 AAA-000 to ZZZ-999
VA 1976.jpg 1975 blue on reflective white with screened graphic red state name and slogan 1776 Independence Bicentennial 1976 (optional plate, extra $10 initial fee) 123-456 100-000 to 499-999
VA 1983.jpg 1979 blue on reflective white with screened state name none ABC-123 AAA-100 to ZZZ-999 after ZZZ-999 the IAA-100 and QAA-100 series were used which were skipped during original issue.
Virginia license plate 1994.jpg 1993 blue on reflective white with blue screened state name none ABC-1234 ZZZ-9999 to ZXA-9999 Serials progress backwards.
VA 2002.jpg 1993 blue on reflective white with blue screened state name none ABC-1234 ZXA-9999 to XYX-1000 Serials progress backwards.
2002 Virginia License Plate Sample.jpg 2002 blue on reflective white with blue screened state name, blue slogan and ship outline 1607 400th Anniversary 2007 ABC-1234 exclusively from JAA-0000 to JAX-9999
intermittently from JAY-0000 to JDC-9999
2003 Virginia License Plate Sample.jpg 2003 blue on reflective white with red screened state name, slogan and ship outline ABC-1234 intermittently from JAY-0000 to JDC-9999
exclusively from JDD-0000 to KCW-9999
2002 Virginia License Plate.jpg 2006 blue on reflective white with red screened state name and multi-colored Jamestown logo Jamestown: America's 400th Anniversary ABC-1234 KCX-0000 to KNP-9999
VA 2002.jpg 2008 blue on reflective white with blue screened state name none ABC-1234 XYX-1000 to WLx-???? Serials progress backwards.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 2014 blue on reflective white with blue screened state name and black slogan Virginia is for Lovers ABC-1234 VAA-0000 to present[3]

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Virginia disabled person license plate.JPG Disabled person 1993 blue on reflective white with blue screened state name Embossed International Symbol of Access at left.

Optional types[edit]

Virginia offers dozens of optional license plates.[1] Most can be personalized for an additional fee.

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
George Washington Bicentennial 1999 to ? Dark blue on Flag of the United States with image of Washington. 1234WB 1001WB to ? Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1999 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Virginia has been so honored.

Type codes[edit]

Code Prefix Suffix
AA cardinal
AB I'm Animal Friendly
AC cardinal Averett College
Averett University
AE cardinal Virginia Aviation
AG cardinal
AJ cardinal
AK Alpha Kappa Alpha
AL Antique (blue/yellow) Fight Terrorism (A/L)
AM Texas A&M University
AN Fight Terrorism (A/N)
AP Appalachian State University Alpha Phi Alpha
Appalachian Trail
AQ Antique (blue/yellow)
AS National Air and Space Museum
AT Antique (blue/yellow) Virginians for the Arts
AU Auburn University
AW Antique (blue/yellow)
AX Alexandria
AY Antique (blue/yellow)
BA Wildlife Conservationist - bass
BB
BC Bridgewater College Breast Cancer
BD Wildlife Conservationist - bear
BF Bluefield College Tiger Swallowtail - State Insect
BG Airborne (173 ABN BDE Sky Soldiers)
BH Tiger Swallowtail - State Insect
BI Share the Road
BQ Antique (blue/yellow)
BR Blue Ridge Community College Blue Ridge Parkway
BT Wildlife Conservationist - brook trout
BU BoatUS
BV cardinal
BW Bowler
BZ Bronze Star Bronze Star - Valor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Special and Personalized License Plates Report, accessed March 29, 2009
  2. ^ DMV Business Profile, accessed March 29, 2009
  3. ^ Virginia License Plates, accessed April 26,2014

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