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Vehicle registration plates of Colorado

The U.S. state of Colorado first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1913.

Contents

  • Passenger plates 1913 to present 1
  • Non-passenger and optional types, 2000 to present 2
    • Non-passenger types 2.1
      • 2000 to present 2.1.1
      • Prior to 2000 2.1.2
    • Optional types 2.2
      • 2000 to present 2.2.1
      • Prior to 2000 2.2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Passenger plates 1913 to present

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that standardized 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 Colorado license plate that complied with these standards. However, the 1954 (dated 1955) issue was six inches in height by twelve inches in width, although the mounting holes were not in these standardized positions.

The basic design of Colorado's license plate (a row of mountains against an all-white or all-green background) has been in use since 1960, though not continually until 1978.[1] This makes it the second-oldest American plate design still in circulation, after that of Delaware. In 2000, a more detailed version of the mountain face replaced the previous monochrome one.
Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1932 orange on black none 1-12-345
10-1-234
County-coded
1933 black on orange none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1934 yellow on black none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1935 black on yellow none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1936 white on blue none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1937 black on silver none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1938 white on teal none 1-12345
10-1234
County-coded
1939 yellow on black none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
1940 black on yellow none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
1941 yellow on black none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1942 white on maroon none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1943–44 yellow on black none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded Revalidated for 1944 with yellow tabs.
1945 white on black none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
1946 yellow on black none 1-12345
10-12345
County-coded
1947 black on yellow none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1948 black on unpainted aluminum none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1949 yellow on black none 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1950 green on white Colorful 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1951–52 white on green Colorful 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded Revalidated for 1952 with yellow tabs.
1953 green on yellow Colorful 1-123456
10-12345
County-coded
1954 white on black Colorful 1-23456
12-3456
County-coded
1955 black on white Colorful A1 2345
A12 3456
County-coded
1956 white on black none 1:23456
12:3456
County-coded
1957 black on yellow none 1-23456
12-3456
County-coded
1958 green on white with skier Colorful 00B 123
AB 123
County-coded
1959 embossed white on green Colorful AB-1234 County-coded
1960–61 embossed green on white; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded Revalidated for 1961 with stickers.
1962 embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1963 embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
1964 embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1965 embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
1966 embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1967 embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
1968 embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1969 embossed green on white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
1970 embossed white on green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1971 embossed green on reflective white; mountains at bottom none AB-1234 County-coded
1972 debossed white on reflective green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1973 embossed green on reflective white Colorful AB-1234 County-coded
1974 debossed white on reflective green; mountains at top Colorful AB-1234 County-coded
1975–76 embossed red on reflective white and blue graphic Centennial AB-1234 County-coded First multi-year baseplate. Awarded "Plate of the Year" for best new license plate of 1975 by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the first and, to date, only time Colorado has been so honored.
1976 embossed red on reflective white Centennial AB-1234 County-coded Issued at end of Centennial graphic supply.
1976–82 embossed white on reflective green; mountains at top none AB-1234 County-coded
1982–93 ABC-123 County-coded
1993–99 ABC1234 County-coded
1992 Blue denim style none A0A0000 optional graphic
2000 Multi colored graphic mountain scene red & yellow 'C' in upper left none 000AAA This is an optional plate for $25 extra per year
January 2000 – present dark green on reflective white with grey, and green mountain scene graphic none 123-ABC 001-AAA to present

Non-passenger and optional types, 2000 to present

When the current passenger baseplate was introduced in 2000, the state simplified its non-passenger and specialty plates as well, issuing them in the same serial format—123-ABC—and with similar graphic elements.

Non-passenger types

2000 to present

The serials on non-passenger types are embossed unless noted.

Image Type Notes
Apportioned Permanent Trailer Red background; stacked "PRM" prefix.
Apportioned Tractor Red background; stacked "ATR" prefix.
Apportioned Trailer Red background; stacked "ATL" prefix.
Apportioned Truck Red background; stacked "ATK" prefix.
Colorado State Patrol Black background; surface-printed serials in a format of CSP 123.
Commercial Fleet Red background; stacked "FLT" prefix.
Dealer Blue background; stacked "DLR" prefix.
Dealer—Demo Blue background; stacked "DMO" prefix.
Dealer—In Transit Blue background; stacked "INT" prefix.
Depot Blue background; stacked "DPT" prefix.
Disabled Person Green background; wheelchair in center; surface-printed serials.
Farm Tractor Green background; stacked "FTR" prefix.
Farm Tractor—Personalized Green background; stacked "FTR" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Farm Truck Green background; stacked "FTK" prefix.
Farm Truck—Personalized Green background; stacked "FTK" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Government Green background; stacked "GVT" prefix.
Gross Vehicle Weight Tractor Red background; stacked "TVW" prefix.
Gross Vehicle Weight Truck Red background; stacked "GVW" prefix.
Gross Vehicle Weight Truck—Personalized Red background; stacked "GVW" prefix; surface-printed serials.
Manufacturer Blue background; stacked "MFG" prefix.
Recreational Truck Green background; stacked "RTK" prefix.
Special Mobile Machine Green background; stacked "SMM" prefix.
Special Mobile Machine—Exempt Green background; stacked "SMX" prefix; motorcycle-sized plate.
Trailer Green background; stacked "TRL" prefix.
Transporter Blue background; stacked "TPR" prefix.
Truck Green background; stacked "TRK" prefix.

Prior to 2000

Image Type Design Serial Format Notes
Disabled Person Reflective white on green. 12345
Fleet Reflective gold on blue. 1234IA5

Optional types

2000 to present

Specialty types have surface-printed serials. Some types are available in personalized format, in which case the type logo, which normally appears at the center of the plate between the numbers and the letters of the serial, is absent.

Image Type Notes
10th Mountain Division
"Adopt a Greyhound"
"Advancing Clean Energy"—Motorcycle
"Advancing Clean Energy"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
"Advancing Clean Energy"—Passenger
"Advancing Clean Energy"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Air Force Cross—Motorcycle
Air Force Cross—Passenger
Amateur Radio—Commercial Stacked "CCL" prefix. Serial is callsign.
Amateur Radio—Passenger Stacked "SCL" prefix. Serial is callsign.
American Indian Scholars—Motorcycle
American Indian Scholars—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
American Indian Scholars—Passenger
American Indian Scholars—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
"Broncos Country"—Motorcycle
"Broncos Country"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
"Broncos Country"—Passenger
"Broncos Country"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Bronze Star—Motorcycle
Bronze Star—Passenger
Bronze Star of Valor—Motorcycle
Bronze Star of Valor—Passenger
Collector Truck/Tractor
Collector Truck/Tractor—Personalized No logo at center.
Collector Vehicle
Collector Vehicle—Personalized No logo at center.
Colorado College
Colorado College—Personalized No logo at center.
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines—Personalized No logo at center.
Colorado State University
Colorado State University—Personalized No logo at center.
"Committed to a Cure"—Motorcycle
"Committed to a Cure"—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
"Committed to a Cure"—Passenger
"Committed to a Cure"—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Denver Firefighter
Designer—Passenger Serial is embossed.
Designer—Passenger—Personalized
Designer—Truck Stacked "TRK" prefix; serial is embossed.
Disabled Veteran—Motorcycle
Disabled Veteran—Passenger
Disabled Veteran Handicapped—Motorcycle
Disabled Veteran Handicapped—Passenger
Distinguished Service Cross—Motorcycle
Distinguished Service Cross—Passenger
"Elks Care, Elks Share"
Fallen Airman
Fallen Guardsman
Fallen Marine
Fallen Sailor
Fallen Soldier
Fire Fighter
"Growing Your Future"
"Growing Your Future"—Personalized No logo at center.
Honorably Discharged Veteran
Honorary Consul
Horseless Carriage
Italian American—Motorcycle
Italian American—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Italian American—Passenger
Italian American—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Kids1st—Motorcycle
Kids1st—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Kids1st—Passenger
Kids1st—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Korean War Veteran
Medal of Honor
Member U.S. Congress
Member U.S. Senate
Mesa State College
Mesa State College—Personalized No logo at center.
Metro State College
Metro State College—Personalized No logo at center.
Motorcycle Collector—Motorcycle
Motorcycle Collector—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
National Guard
Navy Cross
NORAD Issued July 1, 2008 through January 1, 2010.[2]
Pearl Harbor Survivor
Pioneer
Prisoner of War
Purple Heart
Regis University
Regis University—Personalized No logo at center.
"Respect Life"
Respects Wildlife
Passenger—Personalized
Share the RoadMotorcycle
Share the Road—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Share the Road—Passenger
Share the Road—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Silver Star
State Representative R-000 serial format.
State Senator S-00 serial format.
Street Rod
Street Rod—Personalized
Support EducationMotorcycle
Support Education—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Support Education—Passenger
Support Education—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
Support the Troops—Motorcycle
Support the Troops—Motorcycle—Personalized No logo at center.
Support the Troops—Passenger
Support the Troops—Passenger—Personalized No logo at center.
University of Colorado
University of Colorado—Personalized No logo at center.
University of Denver
University of Denver—Personalized No logo at center.
University of Northern Colorado
University of Northern Colorado—Personalized No logo at center.
U.S. Air Force Available only to veterans.
U.S. Air Force 50th Anniversary Available to general public.
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Air Force Academy—Personalized No logo at center.
U.S. Army
U.S. Army Special Forces
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Navy
Vietnam Veteran
Western State College
Western State College—Personalized No logo at center.

Prior to 2000

Image Type Serial Format Notes
10th Mountain Division 12345E
Collector Truck/Tractor 12Z34
Collector Vehicle 12N34
12R34
Designer Coded by county of issuance:
A1B2345
Firefighter 12345F
Honorably Discharged Veteran 12345B
Pioneers 12345D
Purple Heart 012345
United States Air Force 12345C

References

  1. ^ Colorado License Plates, 1969-present
  2. ^ [1]

External links

  • Colorado's License Plates
  • Colorado license plates 1969-present
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