Vehicle registration plates of Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. license plate, 2017.png
Current series
SloganEnd Taxation Without Representation
Size12 in × 6 in
30 cm × 15 cm
MaterialAluminum
Serial formatAB 1234
IntroducedAugust 2017 (2017-08)
Availability
Issued byDistrict of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles
History
First issuedOctober 1, 1907 (1907-10-01)
(pre-district plates from 1903 through September 30, 1907)

The U.S. federal district of Washington, D.C., first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1903. Registrants provided their own license plates for display until 1907, when the district began to issue plates.[1]

As of 2022, plates are issued by the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV). Front and rear plates are required for most classes of vehicles, while only rear plates are required for motorcycles and trailers.

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1907 to 1966[edit]

In 1956, the United States, Canada, and Mexico 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 first Washington, D.C. license plate that complied with these standards was issued three years beforehand, in 1953 (dated March 31, 1954).

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1907–17 White serial on black porcelain plate; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" at top none 12345 1 to approximately 65000, with gaps Some serial blocks believed to be reserved for motorcycles.[3]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1918 Embossed black serial on yellow plate; "DC 18" at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 38-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1919 Embossed white serial on green plate with border line; "D.C. 1919" at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 46-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1920 Embossed black serial on white plate with border line; "D.C. 1920" at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 55-000
1921 DC license plate.jpg 1921 Embossed blue serial on white plate with border line; "D.C. 1921" at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 67-500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1922 Embossed white serial on red plate with border line; "D.C. 1922" at right none 12-345 1 to approximately 80-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Embossed white serial on brown plate with border line; "D.C. 1923" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 112-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "DIST. COL. 1924" centered at top none 12-345 1 to approximately 91-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1925 Embossed white serial on dark gray plate with border line; "DIST. COL. 1925" centered at top none 123-456 1 to approximately 114-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1926 Embossed black serial on orange plate with border line; "DIST. COL. 1926" centered at top none 123-456 1 to approximately 112-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1927 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "DIST. COL. 1927" centered at top none A-1234 E-1 to approximately V-1000 Letters A, B, C, D, H and R used on non-passenger vehicles. This practice continued through 1934.[4]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1928 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1928" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately W-9000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1929" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately Z-8000
1930 District of Columbia.jpg 1930 As 1928 base, but with "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1930" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately Y-3000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1931 As 1929 base, but with "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1931" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately Z-3000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 As 1928 base, but with "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1932" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately W-1000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1933 As 1929 base, but with "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1933" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately X-4000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 As 1928 base, but with "DIST. OF COLUMBIA - 1934" at bottom none A-1234 E-1 to approximately X-3000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1935 Embossed green serial on white plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - 1935" at bottom none 123-456 57-001 to approximately 191-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1936 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" and "1936" centered at top and bottom respectively none 123-456 54-001 to approximately 202-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" and "1937" centered at top and bottom respectively none 123-456 46-001 to approximately 193-000
1938 District of Columbia license plate.jpg 1938 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "1938" and "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at top and bottom respectively none 123-456 46-001 to approximately 182-000
1939 District of Columbia license plate.jpg January 1, 1939 – February 29, 1940 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" and "EX-2-29-40" centered at top and bottom respectively none 123-456 46-001 to approximately 174-000
1940 District of Columbia license plate.jpg March 1, 1940 – March 31, 1941 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" and "EX-3-31-41" centered at top and bottom respectively none 123-456 52-000 to approximately 182-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1941 – March 31, 1942 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "EX-3-31-42" and "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at top and bottom respectively none 123-456 46-001 to approximately 183-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg
Blank License Plate Shape.svg
Blank License Plate Shape.svg
April 1, 1942 – March 31, 1945 As 1940–41 base, but with "EX-3-31-43" at bottom none 123-456 52-001 to approximately 216-000 Revalidated through March 31, 1944, with black tabs, then through March 31, 1945, with white tabs, due to metal conservation for World War II.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1945 – March 31, 1946 As 1941–42 base, but with "EX-3-31-46" at top none 123-456 45-001 to approximately 136-000 Only rear plates issued due to ongoing metal shortage.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg
Blank License Plate Shape.svg
April 1, 1946 – March 31, 1948 As 1940–41 base, but with "EX-3-31-47" at bottom none 123-456 50-001 to approximately 181-000 Revalidated through March 31, 1948, with white tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1948 – March 31, 1949 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "19 D.C. 48" at top none 1234 1 to 9999 Letters B, C, D, H, L, M, R and T used on non-passenger vehicles. This practice continued through March 31, 1955.[4]
1-2345 1-1000 to
9-9999
A-1234 A-1 to approximately N-1000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1949 – March 31, 1950 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "19 D.C. 49" at bottom none 1234 1 to 9999
1-2345 1-1000 to
9-9999
A-1234 A-1 to approximately P-7000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1950 – March 31, 1951 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "19 D.C. 50" at bottom none 1234 1 to 9999
1-2345 1-1000 to
9-9999
A-1234 A-1 to approximately S-5000
1951 District of Columbia license plate.jpg April 1, 1951 – March 31, 1952 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "19 D.C. 51" at top none 1234 1 to 9999
1-2345 1-1000 to
9-9999
A-1234 A-1 to approximately S-2000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1952 – March 31, 1953 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "19 D.C. 52" at bottom none 1234 1 to 9999
1-2345 1-1000 to
9-9999
A-1234 A-1 to approximately P-1000
1954 District of Columbia license plate.jpg
Blank License Plate Shape.svg
April 1, 1953 – March 31, 1955 Embossed dark green serial on white plate with border line; "DIST. OF COLUMBIA" centered at top; "3-31" at top left and "54" at top right "THE NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at bottom 1234 1 to 9999 Revalidated through March 31, 1955, with dark green tabs.
1-2345 1-1000 to
9-9999
A-1234 A-1 to
Z-9999
AB-123 AA-1 to approximately AB-999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1955 – March 31, 1956 Embossed white serial on dark green plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "56" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦12♦34 AA♦10♦00 to AY♦99♦99; EA♦10♦00 to approximately EA♦99♦99 Serials with B, C, D, H and L as the first letter used on non-passenger vehicles. This practice continued through March 31, 1964.[4]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1956 – March 31, 1957 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "57" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦12♦34 AA♦10♦00 to AY♦99♦99; EA♦10♦00 to approximately EA♦99♦99
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1957 – March 31, 1958 Embossed golden yellow serial on royal blue plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "58" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately SZ♦999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1958 – March 31, 1959 Embossed royal blue serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "59" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately WB♦999
1960 District of Columbia License Plate.JPG April 1, 1959 – March 31, 1960 As 1957–58 base, but with "60" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately WK♦999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1960 – March 31, 1961 As 1958–59 base, but with "61" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately WP♦999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1961 – March 31, 1962 As 1957–58 base, but with "62" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately WV♦999
1963 DC license plate.jpg April 1, 1962 – March 31, 1963 Embossed dark green serial on reflective white plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "63" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately WV♦999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1963 – March 31, 1964 Embossed black serial on reflective yellow plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "64" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top AB♦123 AA♦100 to approximately XJ♦999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1964 – March 31, 1965 Embossed red serial on reflective white plate with border line; "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "65" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top 1A234 1A101 to 9Z999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1A23 1A01 to approximately 2T99
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1965 – March 31, 1966 Embossed black serial on reflective golden yellow plate with border line; "WASHINGTON, D.C." centered at bottom; "3-31" at top left and "66" at top right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top 1AB23 1AA01 to approximately 2MH99

1966 to present[edit]

Since November 2000, the standard Washington, D.C. license plate design has featured some form of the slogan "Taxation Without Representation", referring to the unique circumstance that the district's residents face, in which they must pay federal income tax but cannot elect a voting member of the United States Congress.[5]

Image(s) Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1966 – March 31, 1967 Embossed black serial on reflective white plate with border line; "WASHINGTON, D.C." centered at top; "3-31" at bottom left and "67" at bottom right "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at bottom 123-456 100-001 to 300-000 Validated from April 1, 1967, through March 31, 1968, with stickers.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1967 – March 31, 1968 As above, but without "67" 300-001 to approximately 368-000
District of Columbia 1973 sample license plate 000-000.jpg April 1, 1968 – March 31, 1974 Embossed black serial on reflective white plate with border line; "WASHINGTON, D.C." centered at bottom "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top 123-456 500-001 to 999-999
DC 1976 Bicentennial License Plate.jpg April 1, 1974 – March 31, 1978 Embossed blue serial on reflective white plate; embossed blue U.S. Capitol dome graphic used as separator; screened red stripes above and below serial; "WASHINGTON, D.C." centered at bottom; "3-31" at bottom left and debossed sticker box at bottom right "1776 BICENTENNIAL 1976" at top 123-456 100-001 to 500-000 Monthly staggered registration introduced August 1, 1983. All plates replaced between 1984 and 1986.
Washington, D.C. license plate, 1978–1979 series with March 1980 expiration date.png April 1, 1978 – March 31, 1979 As above, but with "3-31" on sticker at bottom left (applied during production) "NATION'S CAPITAL" centered at top 500-001 to 562-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg April 1, 1979 – September 1984 As above, but without "3-31" sticker 562-001 to 925-000
Washington, D.C. license plate, 1984-1991.png October 1984 – July
1991
Embossed blue serial on reflective white plate; screened district flag used as separator; screened red stripes above and below serial; "Washington, D.C." screened in blue centered at bottom; debossed sticker boxes in bottom corners "A Capital City" screened in blue centered at top 123-456 925-001 to 999-999;
010-001 to 501-750
Plates with all-numeric serials validated until April 2016.[6] Slogan changed in 1991 in honor of the district's bicentennial.
Washington, D.C. license plate, 1991–1997 series.png July 1991 –
April
1997
"Celebrate & Discover" screened in blue centered at top 501-751 to approximately 853-000
Washington, D.C. license plate, 1997–2000 series with December 2000 sticker.png April
1997 – November 2000
As above, but with "Washington, D.C." and sticker boxes at top rather than bottom "Celebrate & Discover" as above, but at bottom AB-1234 AA-0000 to
AY-9999
AP series reserved for Apportioned plates.
Washington, D.C. license plate, 2000–2001 series with December 2001 sticker.png November 2000 – October 2001 "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" screened in blue at bottom AZ-0000 to BA-9999;
BC-0000 to approximately BG-1999
Blank License Plate Shape.svg January 2001 – January 2002 "WWW.Washingtondc.gov" screened in blue centered at bottom BB-0000 to approximately BB-1999 Alternative issue.
Washington, D.C. license plate, October 2002.png October 2001 – October 2002 As above, but with serial screened rather than embossed, and without debossed sticker boxes "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" as above BG-2000 to BH-9999;
BK-0000 to approximately BP-1399
Blank License Plate Shape.svg January 2002 – c. 2018 "www.washingtondc.gov" screened in blue centered at bottom BJ-0000 to
BJ-9999;
EA-0000 to approximately EA-2999
Alternative issues. EA series began in mid-2010.
District of Columbia DC 2012 license plate.png c. 2018  – present "www.dc.gov" screened in blue centered at bottom EA-3000 to present
DC 2011.jpg October 2002 –
July
2013
As above, but with "WASHINGTON, DC" in blue at top "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" as above BP-1400 to DZ-9999;
EB-0000 to
EJ-9999
DC series reserved for D.C. Government Fleet plates.
DC 2013.jpg July
2013 –
August
2017
As above, but with "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" in blue at top EK-0000 to FN-3999
Washington, D.C. license plate, 2017.png August
2017 – present
As above, but with "WASHINGTON, DC" at top as from 2002 to 2013 "END TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" screened in blue at bottom FN-4000 to GV-9999; JA-0000 to JA-0300 (as of June 4, 2022)

Non-passenger plates[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Notes
Annual Special Permit c. 1971-present; undated prior to 1980 Annual plates; unique design each year:
1980: yellow on red
1981: red on yellow
1982: white on green
1983: black on yellow
1984: yellow on blue
1986: black on white
1987: white on green
1988: white on red
1990: yellow on red
1991: red on yellow
1991: yellow on red
2008: black on orange
2009: black on blue
2010: white on green
2011: black on magenta
2012: white on black
2013: black on white
2014: black on orange
2015: black on dark yellow
2016: white on dark blue
2017: black on lemon yellow
2018: black on red
2019: black on gray
2020: black on dark yellow
2021: black on green (expiration extended to 2022 with stickers)
2023: orange on white
1234-65
TC-1234
TT-123
TT-1234[a]
Temporary-use permits supplemental to registration plates; issued to heavy trucks registered outside of D.C.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Apportioned c. 2000-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial, but with "APPORTIONED" in place of slogan AP-1234 Infrequently issued. Validated with plate stickers, as opposed to windshield stickers. Current highest serial seen: AP-1396 (on October 28, 2021).
Washington DC Bus License Plate.jpg Bus 1927-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial B-12345 Current serial sequence began 1974 at B-101; serials became screened at around B-40500. Current highest serial seen: B-52131 (on November 2, 2020).
Washington DC Clergy License Plate.jpg Clergy 1975-1984, with limited issuance since 1984 As 1984–91 passenger base, with "A Capital City" at top, but with district flag at left CLERGY
1234
Likely no longer manufactured, but still revalidated.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Commercial 1926-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial C-12345 Current serial sequence began 1974 at C-101; serials became screened at around C-68000. Current highest serial seen: C-82000 (on June 3, 2021).
2013 Washington, D.C. dealer vehicle registration plate.JPG
2013

2020 Washington DC Dealer License Plate.jpg
2020

2021 Washington DC Dealer License Plate.jpg
2021

2022 Washington DC Dealer License Plate.jpg
2022
Dealer 1919-present Generally issued on the same cycle as passenger plates until 2004, when annual plates with a unique design each year began. DLR-1234[a] 2005: white on red
2006: white on blue
2007: black on yellow
2008: black on pink
2009: black on teal
2010: white on light blue
2011: black on yellow
2012: white on dark green
DLR12345 2013: black on blue
2014: black on maroon
DLR-12345[a] 2015: black on yellow
2016: black on grey
2017: black on green
2018: black on red
2019: black on orange
2020: black on blue
2021: black on pink
2022: black on yellow
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled c. 1981-present As passenger base, with no district flag Disabled access H/P12345
Disabled access 12345
Serial sequence began at Disabled access H/P001; the letters were dropped when the "Celebrate & Discover" slogan was introduced, at around Disabled access 12000. Current highest serial seen: Disabled access 26021 (on October 6, 2020).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Foreign Organization Beginning by at least 2003; discontinued by 2015 Similar to passenger base, but with plum blossom symbol at left T/P/E1234 Issued to vehicles owned by official representatives of Taiwan. No longer issued.
Washington DC Government Vehicle License Plate.jpg D.C. Government Fleet 1927-present As passenger base, but with district flag at left with "D.C. GOVT." above and "Fleet" below GVT1234[a]
GT-1234[a]
D/C 12345
Current serial sequence began 2000 at D/C 0001. Current highest serial seen: D/C 14350 (on June 3, 2022).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg D.C. Government Motorcycle 1952-present 5-digit plates: embossed blue on white; 6-digit plates: flat blue on white GM-123
DC-1234
DC-123A
"GVT Motorcycle" legend
Blank License Plate Shape.svg District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority 2001-2011; 2011-present W/A/S/A1234
D/C/W1234
D.C. Water plates replaced WASA plates in October 2011.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Historic Motor Vehicle 1979-present White plate with Capitol dome and district flag at left. Screened blue serial letters and embossed red serial digits until 2006; full serial screened blue since H/M/V1234 Issued to vehicles that are at least 25 years old. Serial sequence began at H/M/V1; serials became fully screened at around H/M/V900. Current highest serial seen: H/M/V3018 (on May 11, 2020).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Livery 1974-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial L-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Manufacturer 2004-2011 Annual plates; unique design each year. MFR-1234[a]
Washington, D.C. motorcycle license plate 1980s-1990s.JPG
Washington, D.C., motorcycle license plate.JPG
Washington DC License Plate in MX Series.jpg
2021 Washington DC Motorcycle License plate MY Series.jpg
Motorcycle c. 1908/1912-present M and MC series: blue on white
Subsequent series: black on white
1234M
MC123
MT1234
MR1234
MC1234
MX1234
MY 1234
MT series began in 2002.
MR series began in 2010 but was not issued to completion before
MC series began in 2012. MR series later issued to completion.
MX series began in 2019 but was not issued to completion before MY series began in 2021.
Washington DC License Plate Motor Driven Cycle.jpg Motor-Driven Cycle c. 2018-present Black on white M/D/C1234
Washington DC Rental Car License Plate.jpg Rental vehicle 1927-1954, 1964-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial R-12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Solid Waste c. 1980s As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial SW-123 Probably no longer issued.
Washington DC Taxi License Plate.jpg Taxi c. 1920-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial H-12345
12345-H
Current serial sequence began 1974 at H-101; serials became screened at around H-85500. H-99999 reached early 2011, followed by 00001-H onwards. Current highest serial seen: 05395-H (on February 26, 2022).
Washington DC temporary license plate.jpg Temporary registration c. 1955-present Orange-red on white cardboard. 12345DA
X 12345
Z 12345
K 12345
N 12345
X series began in 2001.
Z series began in 2003.
K series began in 2007.
N series began in 2011.
Washington, D.C. temporary motorcycle license plate.JPG Temporary registration — motorcycle c. 2009-present Black on white cardboard MM 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Temporary registration issued by new car dealer c. 2008-present Pink on white cardboard. 12NC345 Issued only by Tesla, Inc. since 2014, when the only other new car dealerships in D.C. moved to Maryland.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer 1932-present As passenger base, with district flag used as separator in serial T-12345 Current serial sequence began 1974 at T-101; serials became screened at around T-15500. Current highest serial seen: T-20013 (on May 8, 2020).
Blank License Plate Shape.svg WMATA Transit police White with black lettering 12345 The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority issues these to itself replacing standard passenger plates on WMATA-owned transit police cars

Optional plates[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Notes
1970 Washington, D.C. low number license plate.jpg Passenger—low number 2001-2017: Annual plates; unique design each year.
2018-2019; 2022-2023: Plate valid for 2 years.
2020-2022: Plate valid for 2 years; renewed for third year with sticker.
1
12
123
1234
Serials issued: 1 to 1250
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority AKA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity APA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Anacostia River environmental protection ENV 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bad Boys Club BBC 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bicentennial 1991-2001 200-ABC Personalized, Disabled American Veteran, and personalized disabled person also available.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blue Knights BKI 1234[7]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Breast Cancer Awareness BCA 1
BCA 12
BCA 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg The Children First Foundation October 23, 2013–present CFF 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg College of William and Mary CWM 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg D.C. Firefighters Local 36 FFA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Delta Sigma Theta sorority DST 1234
Washington DC Disabled American Veteran License Plate.jpg Disabled American Veteran DAV123
DAV 123
DAV-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled American Veteran—Disabled DAV 123
DV♿-1234
DV♿-123[a]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Donate Life OET 1234[8]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Florida A&M University FAM 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Fraternal Order of Police District of Columbia Lodge FOP 123
FOP 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg George Washington University GWU 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Howard University Alumni HUA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity KAP 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Mississippi State University MSU 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Morehouse College Alumni MCA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg National Association of Black Scuba Divers UAS 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Norfolk State University NSU 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Alumni ATU 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Omega Psi Phi fraternity QUE 1234
Washington D.C. Personalized License Plate with website slogan.jpg Personalized "DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" and "www.washingtondc.gov" legends.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Porsche Club of America PCA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Prince Hall Family (Order of the Eastern Star) OES 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Prince Hall Masonic Family PHA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Proud DC Veteran OVA 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Purple Heart Veteran PH-1234[a]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg St. John's College SJC 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Southern Methodist University SMU 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Spirit of Faith Christian Center SOF 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Strong Woman Veteran PRD 1234 First observed March 2021.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg University of Michigan UMI 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg University of Mississippi UMS 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg United States Air Force Veteran AIR 1 First issued November 10, 2021.[9]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg United States Army Veteran ARM 1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg United States Coast Guard Veteran COA 1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg United States Marine Veteran MAR 1
MAR 12
Blank License Plate Shape.svg United States Navy Veteran NAV 1
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Washington Capitals February 2022–present Two designs:
WASHINGTON CAPITALS began at CAP 0000; 2018 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS began at CAP 0500.
CAP 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Washington Nationals June 2013–present NAT 123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg White Stars unknown Probably never issued.

Special event plates[edit]

Presidential inaugurations[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Inauguration of John F. Kennedy 1961 Capitol dome and national flag at left 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Second inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson 1965 Red band at top; blue band at bottom; national and district flags at left 1234
District of Columbia Inaugural 1969 8493.jpg First inauguration of Richard Nixon 1969 Red band at top; blue band at bottom; national flag over the White House at left 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Second inauguration of Richard Nixon 1973 Capitol dome and national flag at left, as in 1961 1234
District of Columbia 1977 Inauguration license plate.jpg Inauguration of Jimmy Carter 1977 Abstract national flag graphic at left 12345
District of Columbia Inaugural 1981 W-678.jpg First inauguration of Ronald Reagan 1981 Red band at top; blue band at bottom; national flag at left 1234
A-123

Mayoral inaugurations[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Notes
Vintage 1983 Washington D.C. Mayoral Inaugural License Plate -657, Only 1K Made To Commorate The Inauguration Of Mayor Marion Barry (17042813131).jpg First inauguration of Marion Barry 1983 Red band at top; blue band at bottom; district flag at left 123
1987 Washington DC Inauguration License Plate.jpg Second inauguration of Marion Barry 1987 Similar to 1983 I-123
1991 Washington DC Mayor Inauguration License Plate.jpg Inauguration of Sharon Pratt 1991 Red with stylized district flag at left 123
1995 Washington DC Mayoral Inauguration License Plate.jpg Third inauguration of Marion Barry 1995 Green with district flag at left and district outline at right I-123
1999 Washington DC Mayoral Inauguration License Plat.jpg First inauguration of Anthony A. Williams 1999 Blue band at top containing "OUR CITY", district flag and "OUR FUTURE"; red band at bottom 123

Political types[edit]

Image Type Dates issued Design Serial format Notes
Washington DC Board of Education License Plate 1980.jpg Board of Education c. 1979-present WARD 1
Washington, D.C. city council license plate.JPG District Council c. 2007 WARD 1 Most plates say "DC COUNCIL"; some say "DISTRICT COUNCIL"
Washington DC Congress license plate.jpg Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives c. 1984 CONGRESS-1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The flag of the District of Columbia is used as a serial divider.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old District of Columbia License Plates". LeatherLicensePlates.com. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62, no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
  3. ^ Taylor, Eric Robert. "District of Columbia Archive". PorcelainPlates.net. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Tanner, Eric N. "District of Columbia Passenger License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Chan, Sewell (November 5, 2000). "Message Gets Rolling; D.C. Government Enlists Residents' Vehicles In Campaign for Congressional Representation". The Washington Post. p. C01. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  6. ^ "1984 Capital City Baseplate". DCplates.net. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Organizations Offering DC DMV Vehicle Tags | DMV".
  8. ^ "Organizations Offering DC DMV Vehicle Tags | DMV".
  9. ^ "Veterans Specialty License Plates | DMV".

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