Vehicle registration plates of Wyoming

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The U.S. state of Wyoming first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1913. Plates are issued and regulated by the Wyoming Department of Transportation through its Motor Vehicle Services division.

Wyoming license plates have included an image of a Bucking Horse and Rider since 1936.

Wyoming state law usually requires front and rear license plates. However, on July 1, 2015, a new law took effect that allowed custom and antique vehicles to display only rear plates, as well as vehicles that were originally manufactured without a plate bracket on the front.[1]

Passenger baseplates 1913 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 Wyoming license plate that complied with these standards.

Image First issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1913 Red on white none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1914 White on blue none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1915 White on black none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1916 Blue on white none 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1917 Brown on light yellow none 12345
1918 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1918 Embossed white numbers and lettering on brown plate with white border line; "1918 WYO." embossed at left none 12345 1 to approximately 20900
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1919 Embossed black numbers and lettering on light green plate; "1919 WYO." embossed in black at left none 12345 1 to approximately 21600
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1920 Embossed white numbers and lettering on green plate; "1920 WYO." embossed in white at left none 12345 1 to approximately 23100
1921 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1921 Embossed white numbers on green 1920 base plate; "1921 WYO" embossed in black on green metal insert at left none 12345 1 to approximately 24500
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1921 (New registrations only) Embossed black numbers and lettering on orange plate; "1921 WYO. embossed in black at left none 12345 1 to approximately 26700
1922 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1922 Embossed navy blue numbers on cream plate; "1922 WYO" embossed in navy blue at left none 12345 1 to approximately 28000
1923 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1923 Embossed white numbers on navy blue plate; "WYO 1923" embossed in white at left none 12345 1 to approximately 36000
1924 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1924 Embossed white numbers on red plate; "1924 WYO" embossed in white at left none 12345 1 to approximately 39000
1925 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1925 Embossed black numbers on white plate; "1925 WYO" embossed in black at left none 12345 1 to approximately 45000
1926 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1926 Embossed white numbers on green plate; white lines at top and bottom borders; "WYO 1926" embossed in white at left none 12345 1 to approximately 45000
1927 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1927 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate; "1927 WYO" embossed in black at left none 12345 1 to approximately 47000
1928 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1928 Embossed yellow numbers on navy blue plate; yellow lines at top and bottom borders; "WYO 1928" embossed in yellow at left none 12345 1 to approximately 49000
1929 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1929 Embossed red numbers on white plate; red lines at top and bottom borders; "WYO 1929" embossed in red at left none 12345 1 to approximately 52000
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1930 Embossed white numbers on black plate; white lines at top and bottom borders; "WYOMING 1930" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1931 Embossed green numbers on gray plate; green lines at top and bottom borders; "WYOMING 1931" embossed in green block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1932 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1932 Embossed cream numbers on brown plate; cream lines at top and bottom borders; "WYOMING 1932" embossed in cream block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1933 Embossed black numbers on white plate; black lines at top and bottom borders; "WYOMING 1933" embossed in black block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1934 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1934 Embossed white numbers on dark red plate; white lines at top and bottom borders; "WYOMING 1934" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1935 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1935 Embossed blue numbers on white plate; blue lines at top and bottom borders; "WYOMING 1935" embossed in blue block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1936 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "1936 WYOMING" embossed in black block letters at top none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
First use of the Bucking Horse and Rider.
1937 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1937 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on brown plate with border line; "1937 WYOMING" embossed in yellow block letters at top none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Issued in the colors of the University of Wyoming, in honor of its 50th anniversary.[2]
1938 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1938 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on navy blue plate with border line; "1938 WYOMING" embossed in yellow block letters at top none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1939 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1939 Embossed navy blue numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on golden yellow plate with border line; "1939 WYOMING" embossed in navy blue block letters at bottom none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1940 Wyoming sample license plate.jpg 1940 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on turquoise plate with border line; "1940 WYOMING" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1941 Wyoming sample license plate.jpg 1941 Embossed red numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "1941 WYOMING" embossed in red block letters at top none 1-1234
2-A123
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
One-letter, three-digit serials issued in Laramie County after 2-9999 was reached. This occurred again in 1942.
1942 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1942 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "1942 WYOMING" embossed in black block letters at top none 1-1234
2-A123
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1943 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1943 Embossed golden yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "1943 WYOMING" embossed in golden yellow block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Five-digit serials issued in Laramie County after 2-9999 was reached; this occurred on each subsequent base until 1956. Natrona County followed suit from 1949.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1944 Black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on golden yellow plate with border line; "1944 WYOMING" in black block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Manufactured on soybean-based fiberboard due to metal conservation for World War II.
1945 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1945 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "1945 WYOMING" embossed in black block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1946 Embossed green numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on beige plate with border line; "1946 WYOMING" embossed in green block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1947 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "1947 WYOMING" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1948 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1948 Embossed brown numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on golden yellow plate with border line; "1948 WYOMING" embossed in brown block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1949 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1949 Embossed red numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "1949 WYOMING" embossed in red block letters at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1950 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1950 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "1950 WYOMING" embossed in white block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1951 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1951 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "1951 WYOMING" embossed in black block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1952 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1952 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "52 WYOMING" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1953 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1953 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with white border line; "53 WYOMING" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1954 Wyoming license plate.JPG 1954 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "54 WYOMING" embossed in black block letters at bottom none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1955 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "55 WYOMING" embossed in yellow block letters at top none 1-12345
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
1956 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1956 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "56 WYOMING" embossed in white block letters at bottom none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
First 6" x 12" plate. Stacked county codes introduced in two-digit counties; all serials restricted to four characters in length.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1957 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "WYO 57" embossed in yellow block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1958 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1958 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on green plate with border line; "WYO 58" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1959 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1959 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "WYO 59" embossed in white block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1960 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1960 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "WYO 60" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1961 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1961 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on red plate with border line; "WYO 61" embossed in white block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1962 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1962 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on Columbia blue plate with border line; "WYO 62" embossed in white block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1963 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1963 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "WYO 63" embossed in white block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1964 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1964 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on red plate with border line; "WYO 64" embossed in white block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1965 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1965 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "WYO 65" embossed in yellow block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1966 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1966 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on dark green plate with border line; "WYO 66" embossed in white block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1967 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1967 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on red plate with border line; "WYO 67" embossed in white block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1968 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1968 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on brown plate with border line; "WYO 68" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1969 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1969 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on dark blue plate with border line; "WYO 69" embossed in white block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1970 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1970 Embossed yellow numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on dark green plate with border line; "WYO 70" embossed in yellow block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1971 Embossed white numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on black plate with border line; "WYO 71" embossed in white block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1972 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1972 Embossed brown numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on yellow plate with border line; "WYO 72" embossed in brown block letters at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1972 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first time Wyoming was so honored.
1973 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1973 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with border line; "WYO 73" embossed in black block letters at top right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
1974 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1974 As 1972 base, but with "WYO 74" embossed at bottom right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1975-77 Embossed light blue numbers and screened light blue Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate with light blue border line; red band screened at bottom containing "WYOMING" in white block letters in the center, "19" on the left and "75" on the right "THE SPIRIT OF '76 — In the American West!" screened in red Wild West-style font centered at top 1-1234
1-123A
1-A123
1-A/B123
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Revalidated for 1976 and 1977 with stickers. Five-character serials, with two stacked letters, issued in Laramie and Natrona Counties from 1977 after four-character serials were exhausted.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1978-82 Embossed brown numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on white plate; brown wooden fence graphic screened at bottom; "WYOMING" screened in Wild West-style font on wooden sign graphic at top, offset to right; "78" screened in same manner in top left corner none 1-1234
1-123A/B
1/0-1234
1/0-123A/B
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1978 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the second time Wyoming was so honored.
Wyoming 1983 11 751AS.jpg 1983- December 1987 Embossed brown numbers and screened brown Bucking Horse and Rider on yellow plate; brown wooden fence graphic screened at bottom; "WYOMING" screened in brown serifed letters at top, offset to right; "83" screened in top left corner none 1-1234
1-123A/B
1/0-1234
1/0-123A/B
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 1988 - December 1992 Embossed red numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on graphic plate featuring white cloud-covered mountains against a blue sky; "Wyoming" screened in dark blue serifed letters at top, offset to right "1890 Centennial 1990" screened in dark blue serifed letters at bottom 1-1234
1-123A/B
1/0-1234
1/0-123A/B
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 1993 - December 1999 Embossed dark blue numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on graphic plate with blue, green and yellow mountains against a pale blue sky; "Wyoming" screened in dark blue serifed letters at top, offset to right none 1-1234
1-123A/B
1/0-1234
1/0-123A/B
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 2000 - September 2001 Embossed black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on graphic plate with Devils Tower screened at right against a cloudy blue sky; "WYOMING" screened in white serifed letters at bottom, offset to right none 1-1234
1-123A
1-12AB
1-1ABC
1/0-1234
1/0-123A
1/0-12AB
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)
Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 2000 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the third time Wyoming was so honored.
Wyoming plate 2008.jpg October 2001 - December 2007[3] As above, but with numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider screened rather than embossed Bucking Horse and Rider originally the same shape as on embossed plates, but later given greater detail.
Wyoming Plate 2014.jpg January 2008 - December 2015 Screened black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on graphic plate featuring the Teton Range, with cloudy blue sky above and green forest below; "WYOMING" screened in white serifed letters centered at bottom none 1-12345
1-1234A
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)
Full-size county codes for two-digit counties, and serials with five full-size characters, used for the first time since 1955.
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg January 2016 -present Screened black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on graphic plate featuring the desert, with the river at the bottom with cloudy blue sky above, and mountains at right, "WYOMING" screened in yellow-orange serifed letters centered at top none 1-12345
1-1234A
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 10)

Non-passenger plates[edit]

First issued in 2008.

Image Type Slogan Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Truck None Coded by county of issuance:

00-00000 (variable number of digits following divider)

Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

TRUCK at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned None A00000 (variable number of digits following divider) Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

APPORTIONED at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Commercial None Coded by county of issuance:

00-00000 (variable number of digits following divider)

Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

COMMERCIAL at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Exempt None E/X-12345 (variable number of digits following divider) Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

EXEMPT at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg City None CI-12345 (variable number of digits following divider) Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

EXEMPT at top of plate

Previous non-passenger plates[edit]

Image First issued Type Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg 1993 House Trailer Coded by county of issuance:

00H/T0000 (variable number of digits following divider)

Mountains

HOUSE TRL at bottom of plate

Specialty plates[edit]

First issued in 2008.

Image Type Logo used Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Amateur Radio None Amateur Radio Call Sign Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

AMATEUR RADIO at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Disabled Veteran American Flag

DV Overlay

Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

DISABLED VETERAN at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Emergency Medical Technician Star of Life Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Firefighter Firefighter Logo Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

FIREFIGHTER at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pearl Harbor Survivor American Flag

PHS Overlay

Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Pioneer (Antique) None Coded in serial: WYO-0000 Reflective white on black

PIONEER at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Prestige None Coded by county number: 00-0000 with any acceptable combination of up to four letters and numbers following county prefix personalized by owner Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Prisoner of War POW-MIA Banner Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

PRISONER OF WAR at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Purple Heart Recipient Purple Heart Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

COMBAT WOUNDED at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg University of Wyoming None Coded by county of issuance:

00-0000 (variable number of digits following divider)

Reflective yellow on brown

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING at bottom of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Veteran American Flag

Seal of Branch of Service Overlay

Coded in serial: AR000 (Army), NA000 (Navy), AF000 (Air Force), MC000 (Marine Corps), CG000 (Coast Guard), MM000 (Merchant Marine) Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

VETERAN at top of plate

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Wyoming National Guard National Guard Flags Coded in serial: 0000 Black on reflective white with Teton Range background graphic

NATIONAL GUARD at top of plate

County codes[edit]

Code County
1 Natrona
2 Laramie
3 Sheridan
4 Sweetwater
5 Albany
6 Carbon
7 Goshen
8 Platte
9 Big Horn
10 Fremont
11 Park
12 Lincoln
13 Converse
14 Niobrara
15 Hot Springs
16 Johnson
17 Campbell
18 Crook
19 Uinta
20 Washakie
21 Weston
22 Teton
23 Sublette
99 Rental vehicle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wyoming Bill to Provide Single License Plate Signed Into Law". SEMA. March 5, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ "New Wyoming Auto License Plates Appear". Weston County Gazette. Upton. October 15, 1936. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "March of the Flats". The Andrew Turnbull Network. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 

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