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 Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1913 Embossed red numbers on white plate; "WYO" embossed in red at bottom left with silver state seal above none 1234 1 to approximately 1600
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1914 Embossed white numbers on blue plate; "WYO" embossed in white at bottom left with silver state seal above none 1234 1 to approximately 2500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1915 Embossed white numbers on black plate; state seal and "WYO" both embossed in white at left none 1234 1 to approximately 4000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1916 Blue numbers on white porcelain plate; "WYO." in blue at bottom left with black state seal above none 1234 1 to approximately 7000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1917 Embossed brown numbers on light yellow plate with border line; "WYO." embossed in brown at bottom left with silver state seal above none 12345 1 to approximately 12500
1918 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1918 Embossed white numbers on brown plate with border line; "1918 WYO." embossed in white at left none 12345 1 to approximately 18000 First dated plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1919 Embossed black numbers on light green plate with border line; "1919 WYO" embossed in black at left none 12345 1 to approximately 22000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg1921 Wyoming license plate.jpg 1920–21 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate; "1920 WYO" embossed in white at left none 12345 1 to approximately 30000 Revalidated for 1921 with light green tabs.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1921 Embossed black numbers on orange plate; "1921 WYO" embossed in black at left none 12345 30001 to approximately 36500 Issued only to new registrants. Serials continued from where the 1920–21 plates left off.
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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg 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.svg January 2000 – early 2005 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[3] – December 2007 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. Each county started issuing screened plates after exhausting their supplies of embossed plates.
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.svg January 2016 –present Screened black numbers and Bucking Horse and Rider on graphic plate featuring the Green River Lakes and Squaretop Mountain against a cloudy blue sky; golden yellow rope border around plate; "WYOMING" screened in yellow serifed letters centered at top none 1-12345
1/0-12345
Coded by county of issuance
(1 or 1/0)

Non-passenger plates[edit]

First issued in 2008.

Image Type Design Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Apportioned As Teton Range passenger base; "APPORTIONED" at top A12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Apportioned Trailer T/R/L A12345 No Bucking Horse and Rider.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Commercial As Teton Range passenger base; "COMMERCIAL" at top 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Exempt – City As Teton Range passenger base; "EXEMPT" at top C/I/T/Y-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Exempt – County C/O-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Exempt – State S-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Exempt – University of Wyoming U/W-123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck As Teton Range passenger base; "TRUCK" at top 1-12345
10-12345
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)

Previous non-passenger plates[edit]

Image Type First issued Design Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg House Trailer 1993 As 1993 passenger base, but without Bucking Horse and Rider; "HOUSE TRL" embossed at bottom 1 H/T 1234
1/0 H/T 1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 1/0)

Specialty plates[edit]

First issued in 2008.

Image Type Design Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Amateur Radio As Teton Range passenger base; "AMATEUR RADIO" at top Amateur radio call sign
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled Veteran As Teton Range passenger base, but with national flag at left; "DISABLED VETERAN" at top D/V-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Emergency Medical Technician As Teton Range passenger base, but with Star of Life at left with "EMERGENCY MEDICAL" above and "TECHNICIAN" below 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Firefighter As Teton Range passenger base, but with firefighter badge over graphic of firefighter at left; "FIRE FIGHTER" at top 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Gold Star Family As Teton Range passenger base, but with Gold Star graphic and "REMEMBER THE FALLEN" over national flag at left; "GOLD STAR FAMILY" at top GS123
Blank License Plate Shape.svg National Guard As Teton Range passenger base, but with Wyoming Military Department logo at left; "NATIONAL GUARD" at top 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Pearl Harbor Survivor As Teton Range passenger base, but with national flag at left; "PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR" at top P/H/S-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Pioneer Screened white on black; "PIONEER" at top, offset to right W/Y/O-1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Prestige As Teton Range passenger base County code followed by any acceptable combination of up to four letters and numbers, personalized by owner
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Prisoner of War As Teton Range passenger base, but with POW-MIA badge at left; "PRISONER OF WAR" at top 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Purple Heart Recipient As Teton Range passenger base, but with graphic of Purple Heart medal at left; "COMBAT WOUNDED" at top 1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg University of Wyoming Screened yellow on brown; "UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING" at bottom 1-1234
10-1234
Coded by county of issuance (1 or 10)
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Veteran As Teton Range passenger base, but with seal of branch of service over national flag at left; "VETERAN" at top AF123 (Air Force)
AR123 (Army)
CG123 (Coast Guard)
MC123 (Marine Corps)
MM123 (Merchant Marine)
NA123 (Navy)

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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