Alberta License PlatesThe latest news from Alberta is that the proposed new issue (detailed below) has been put on indefinite hold. Until a new base is issued, the current base will be extended by expanding to an ABC-1234 configuration.
News from Rod Gough: The Alberta Government has undertaken a consultation to redesign the plates. A decision on the design is expected in early 2008, and a reissue is expected to start early 09. It is estimated this base's numbering combinations will be exhausted by April 09. The last plate to be issued should be TGU-999 since TGY-001 was the starting point for plates with vowels.
Alan Bones reports Alberta will officially announce details of the new design in January 2009, and the issue is expected to begin in the middle of 2009. The new issue will be reflective. No mention has been made as to whether the new issue will remain embossed or go flat.
Now, after all of these announcements over many months of planned changes, Alberta is not changing the design, nor are they going reflective. The only real change will be going to 7 characters in the 3 letter/4 number format with a hyphen between the letters and numbers. Plates will continue to be embossed and will feature different dies that will be smaller. Numbering will begin at BBB-0000.
David Evans reports that it is interesting to note that in the original run of plates (prior to the introduction of vowels), the letter "Y" was treated as a vowel, thus omitted until they decided to use vowels. Now it appears the letter "Y" is being treated as a consonant.
As of the middle of 2012, some two year registrations are appearing with 2014 stickers.
July 2014 Update from Rod Gough: Albertans to choose province's new licence plate Alberta's new licence plate will incorporate a new design and new features to help make roads safer. Albertans are invited to participate in an online survey to choose which of three proposed designs will be featured on the new provincial licence plate. The survey, which is available online, will run from July 8 to August 19. The design that receives the most votes will be selected for the new plate. "Alberta is the best place to live, work and raise a family; and, these three designs are all inspired by the pride Albertans have in their home. The natural beauty of our province is on display in all three designs. I know Albertans will enjoy having a say on what their new provincial licence plate will look like." Dave Hancock, Premier The licence plate, which will be available in spring 2015, is being updated to bring it in line with other jurisdictions across North America. The new plate will include: Alberta's new logo; the Alberta Government website address alberta.ca; and a reflective coating that makes the plate easier to see under low light conditions and easier for infrared equipment to read. "Our current licence plate is more than 30 years old and lacks features to help make our roads and communities safer. This new plate will make it easier for police to spot vehicles that are unregistered, uninsured, or stolen." Doug Griffiths, Minister of Service Alberta Annual vehicle registration will cost five dollars more to help cover the costs of production and implementation. Even with the increase, Alberta's vehicle registration fees will still be about 11 per cent lower than the national average. Albertans can receive a new plate from their registry agent when they renew their registration during their regularly scheduled annual renewal, or they may purchase the new plate ahead of their regular renewal time for a fee.
September 2014 update: Now the word is that the plans for a new plate issue have been scrapped, so the base in use since 1983 will continue indefinitely.
11 - white on orange
12 - black on yellow
13 - white on green
14 - white on blue
15 - white on red
16 - black on orangish/yellow
17 - white on green
18 - white on blue