Vehicle registration plates of Missouri Article

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2008–18 Missouri license plate

The U.S. state of Missouri first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1907. Registrants had to provide their own license plates for display until 1911, when the state began to supply plates. [1]

Front and rear plates are required on all vehicles except for motorcycles. Until its closure in 2004, all plates were manufactured at the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Passenger baseplates

1911 to 1948

Image Dates issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1911 Embossed unpainted aluminum numbers on yellow plate; "MISSOURI 1911" at bottom 12345 1 to approximately 16500
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1912 Embossed white numbers on red plate; "MO 12" at right 12345 1 to approximately 24500
1913 Missouri license plate.jpg 1913 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate; "MO 13" at right 12345 1 to approximately 36000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1914 Embossed black numbers on white plate; "MO 14" at right 12345 1 to approximately 51000
1915 Missouri license plate.jpg 1915 Embossed black numbers on bright green plate; "MO 15" at right 12345 1 to approximately 73000
1916 Missouri license plate.jpg 1916 Embossed white numbers on black plate; "MO 16" at right 123456 1 to approximately 103000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1917 Embossed black numbers on gold plate; "MO 17" at right 123456 1 to approximately 151000
1918 Missouri license plate.jpg 1918 Embossed blue numbers on white plate; "MO 18" at right 123456 1 to approximately 185000
1919 Missouri license plate.jpg 1919 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "MO 19" at right 123456 1 to approximately 243000
1920 Missouri License Plate.jpg 1920 Embossed black numbers on light green plate with border line; "MO. 1920" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 309-000
1921 Missouri license plate.jpg 1921 Embossed red numbers on white plate with border line; "MO. 1921" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 350-000
1922 Missouri license plate.jpg 1922 Embossed white numbers on brown plate with border line; "MO. 1922" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 355-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1923 Embossed light blue numbers on black plate with border line; "MO. 1923" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 431-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1924 Embossed black numbers on orange plate with border line; "MO. 1924" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 495-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1925 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "MO. 1925" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 550-000
1926 Missouri license plate.jpg 1926 Embossed black numbers on yellow plate with border line; "MO. 1926" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 595-000
1927 Missouri license plate.jpg 1927 Embossed white numbers on dark blue plate with border line; "MO. 1927" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 606-000
1928 Missouri license plate.jpg 1928 Embossed purple numbers on orange plate with border line; "MO. 1928" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 631-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1929 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "MO. 1929" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 662-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1930 Embossed white numbers on brown plate with border line; "MISSOURI 1930" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 699-000
1931 Missouri license plate 99-414.jpg 1931 Embossed black numbers on gray plate with border line; "1931 MISSOURI" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 659-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1932 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "MISSOURI 1932" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 657-000
1933-Missouri-license-plate.jpg 1933 Embossed beige numbers on brown plate with border line; "1933 MISSOURI" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 598-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1934 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "MO–1934" centered at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 627-000
1935 Missouri license plate 128-249.jpg 1935 Embossed white numbers on dark green plate with border line; "MO–1935" centered at top 123-456 1 to approximately 655-000
1936 Missouri license plate.JPG 1936 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1936" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 678-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1937 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "19 MISSOURI 37" at top 123-456 1 to approximately 697-000
1938 Missouri license plate.jpg 1938 Embossed black numbers on buff plate with border line; "19 MISSOURI 38" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 715-000
1939 Missouri license plate.jpg 1939 Embossed buff numbers on black plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1939" at top 123-456 1 to approximately 731-000
1940 Missouri license plate.jpg 1940 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1940" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 767-000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1941 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1941" at top 123-456 1 to approximately 821-000
1942 Missouri license plate.jpg 1943 plate with tag.jpg 1942–43 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1942" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 820-000 Embossed plates revalidated for 1943 with green tabs due to metal conservation for World War II; fiberboard plates manufactured for the same reason.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Black numbers on white fiberboard plate; "MISSOURI-1942" centered at bottom 820-001 to approximately 865-000
1944 Missouri license plate 30-635.jpg 1944 Embossed yellow numbers on black plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1944" at top 123-456 1 to approximately 696-000
1945 Missouri license plate.jpg 1945 Embossed black numbers on buff plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1945" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 697-000
Missouri license plate 1946 graphic.png 1946 Embossed white numbers on black plate with border line; "1946-MISSOURI" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 774-000
Missouri license plate 1947 graphic.png 1947 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1947" at top 123-456 1 to approximately 828-000
1948 Missouri license plate 640-040.jpg 1948 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "MISSOURI-1948" at bottom 123-456 1 to approximately 871-000

1949 to 1967

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces 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 1955 (dated 1956) issue was the first Missouri license plate that complied with these standards.

Image Dates issued Description Serial format Serials issued Notes
1954 Missouri license plate X66-795.jpg 1949–55 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; month of expiration at top left 123-456 1 to
905-000
Staggered registration introduced. All plates validated for 1949 with orange tabs, for 1950 with green tabs, for 1951 with white tabs, and for 1952 with black tabs. Plates expiring between January and August were validated for 1953 with maroon tabs, while those expiring between September and December were validated for that year with stickers. All plates were then validated for 1954 and 1955 with stickers.
A12-345 Letter corresponds to month of expiration
1956 Missouri license plate.jpg 1956–61 Embossed yellow numbers on black plate with border line; month of expiration at top left and "MO" at top right 123-456 1 to
999-999
Validated with stickers each year.
A12-345
AA1-234
First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1967 Missouri license plate.jpg 1962–67 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; month of expiration at top left and white box at top right containing debossed "62" AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration Valid without stickers in 1962, then revalidated with stickers each year thereafter.

1968 to 1979

Image Dates issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1968 Missouri license plate CK8-141.jpg 1968 Embossed white numbers on green plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at bottom; month of expiration at bottom left and "68" at bottom right none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1969 Missouri license plate CK6-395.jpg 1969 Embossed green numbers on white plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; "69" at top left and month of expiration at top right none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1970 Missouri license plate E4S-664.jpg 1970 Embossed black numbers on white plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at bottom; month of expiration at bottom left and "70" at bottom right none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1971 Missouri license plate KP4-999.jpg 1971 Embossed white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; month of expiration at top left and "71" at top right none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1972 Missouri license plate P9N-536.jpg 1972 Embossed blue numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; month of expiration at top left and "72" at top right none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1973 Missouri license plate PM3-127.jpg 1973 Embossed maroon numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at bottom; month of expiration at bottom left and "73" at bottom right none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1974 Missouri license plate P9P-239.jpg 1974 Embossed black numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; "74" at top left and month of expiration at top right none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1975 Missouri license plate PM7-505.jpg 1975 Embossed blue numbers on reflective white plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at bottom; "75" at bottom left and month of expiration at bottom right none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1976 Missouri license plate P4R-441.jpg 1976 Embossed reflective (glass-beaded) yellow numbers on blue plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top, month of expiration at top left and "76" at top right none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1977 Missouri license plate ET9-177.jpg 1977 Embossed reflective (glass-beaded) white numbers on red plate with border line; embossed white stylized "76" and flag stripes centered at top; "MO" at top left and "77" and month of expiration at top right " 200 YRS" at top left, below state abbreviation AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1978 Missouri license plate C3N-638.jpg 1978 Embossed reflective (glass-beaded) yellow numbers on black plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top, "78" at top left and month of expiration at top right none A1A-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
1979 Missouri license plate BL4-029.jpg 1979 Embossed reflective (glass-beaded) white numbers on blue plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at bottom, month of expiration at bottom left and "79" at bottom right none AA1-234 First letter corresponds to month of expiration

1980 to present

Image Dates issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Missouri license plate, 1980–1996 series with 1984 sticker.png 1980–96 Embossed reflective (glass-beaded) white numbers on maroon plate with border line; "MISSOURI" centered at top; month of expiration at top left "SHOW-ME STATE" centered at bottom AAB 123 First letter corresponds to month of expiration
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1986–96 A1A 234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1995–96 1A2 34A
Missouri license plate, September 2006.png 1997 – early 2006 Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white, blue and green gradient plate; "MISSOURI" screened in green, with wavy dark blue underline, centered at top "SHOW-ME STATE" screened in dark blue centered at bottom 123 ABC 001 AAA to 999 ZZZ Letters I, O, Q, U and V not used in serials, and D used only as the first letter. [3]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg early 2006 – June 15, 2008 1AB 23C 0AA 01A to approximately 9DG 99G
2008 Missouri license plate DE8 Y2A.jpg June 16, 2008 [4] – October 14, 2018 Dark blue on light blue gradient fade with bluebird graphic Show Me State AA1 B2C First letter corresponds to month of expiration Letters I, O and Q not used in serials.
BicentennialLicensePlate.png
October 15, 2018 – present The license plate’s color palette honors the Missouri state flag with the use of red, white, and blue. Waves in the bands of color represent a river. Rivers are an important symbol for Missouri, as waterways figured prominently in the state’s historic role as a gateway for American exploration and transportation. "BICENTENNIAL" centered at top; "1821 * 2021" centered at bottom AA1 B2C First letter corresponds to month of expiration

Month coding

Since June 2008, serials on passenger and truck plates are coded by the month of the registration's expiration. The first letter of the serial constitutes this code. Once all available combinations beginning with the first letter assigned to that month are issued, a second code letter may be used for that month.

Non-passenger plates

Image Type Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Apportioned 12A B3C
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bus 123 45B
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Commercial Trailer 12A 345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dealer D1-A
D1-AB
D12-A
D12-AB
D123-A
D123-AB
D1234-A
D1234-AB
Numerical portion of serial remains constant for each dealer; suffix letter ascends for each plate issued to that dealer.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled Handicapped/disabled access AB 12C All disabled plates expire in September.
Missouri local government license plate - Lee's Summit.JPG Local Government varies Variety of designs issued for vehicles belonging to local governments.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle AB 1CD
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer 12A 3BC
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck less than 6,000 lb. 1AB 234 Coded by month of expiration.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck 6,000 to 12,000 lb. 12A 3BC

Previous non-passenger plates

1998 base

Image Type Legend Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dealer Dealer D1-A
D1-AB
D12-A
D12-AB
D123-A
D123-AB
D1234-A
D1234-AB
Annual plates. Numerical portion of serial remained constant for each dealer; suffix letter ascended for each plate issued to that dealer.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled Person Disabled Progression of serial formats unknown, but included:
Handicapped/disabled access 1 ABC
Handicapped/disabled access 1 AB2
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Disabled Person - Truck less than 6,000 lb. Disabled Handicapped/disabled access 1 A2B "BL6" embossed at top right.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle none A1 234 A0 001 to Z9 999
1A 234 0A 001 to approximately 5S 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Shuttle Bus SHUTTLE BUS 123 4SB
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer TRAILER ABC 123 Annual plates.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer - Commercial COMM TRL 000 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer - HRC[ clarification needed] HRC TLR 000 000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Trailer - Permanent PERM TRL PA1 234
Missouri sub-6,000 lb truck license plate, July 2008.png Truck 6,000 lb. and less SHOW-ME STATE 123 AB4 000 AC1 to approximately 600 XR0 "BL6" screened at top right. C, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, R and S used as second letter in serial.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Truck 6,000 to 12,000 lb. SHOW-ME STATE 123 AB4 000 AT1 to approximately 400 XT0 "BL12" screened at top right. T, W, X, Y and Z used as second letter in serial.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg U.S. Senate Member of Congress USS-1 Black on gold. Number indicates state's senior or junior senator.

Optional types

Optional types on this base continue to be issued, likely until January 2009. Most, if not all, optional types on this base were available in personalized format and with certain non-passenger designations. Where applicable, this designation was printed in a small rectangle screened in the upper right corner of the plate.

Image Type Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Conservation
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Fight Terrorism
Blank License Plate Shape.svg God Bless America
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Helping Schools
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Purple Heart
Blank License Plate Shape.svg St. Louis Cardinals
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Shriners
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Southwest Missouri State University

References

  1. ^ "Old Missouri License Plates". LeatherLicensePlates.com. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.
  3. ^ "Missouri License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Waters, Amelia (June 24, 2008). "The Show-Me state's new license plate changed". KHQA. Retrieved August 4, 2017.

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