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Florida License Plates

Florida was using a five-year rolling replacement cycle for all plates, then it changed to six years, but as of September 1, 2009, it is ten years. As of the same date, all motor vehicle and driver license fees increased by nearly 70%.

The letter O is not used on any type of plate.

The new format for Florida Passenger plates is AAA A00 through ZZZ Z99. The current county name plates will use the same format in a different range when the current inventory runs out.

Stickers

black on yellow

Standard Passenger Plates

New base - new

KQQ F32SUNSHINE STATE
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Seen in Pinellas Co.

It appears the Fxx series was skipped. Plates advanced from EZZ to GAA.

This is the new series in the "Sunshine State" design. Sunshine State plates were introduced in 1994 in response to a series of tourist killings, as tourists could be identified by special "LEASE" plates on rental cars. It was earlier reported that Sunshine State plates are now issued to all rental cars, but rental cars have been sighted with county name plates as well. Each of the other counties is also issued some Sunshine State plates to mix in with their standard county name plates. This is done to make it more difficult to identify rental cars; however, rental cars have a slightly different sticker, more or less defeating the purpose of this security measure. These plates are also issued as the only passenger series in Miami-Dade County (the largest in Florida), which is the only county that doesn't issue county name plates. This series started at P00 0AA (Phil reports P17 2AA). The Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, and Y series followed.

Wider dies on this base began after W50 3CM. After the Y series, a new format began since the Z series was not used.

The high for the X series is X26 8ZZ. Phil reports X40 3BC with narrow dies, which is odd because wider dies started in the W series, as noted above.

The series range in the new format for Sunshine State bases is 000 HAA - 999 LZZ, then 000 VAA to 999 ZZZ, then 000 TAA to 999 TZZ. T series followed X and Y series. No Z series plates ever appeared.

The new series mentioned above follows 999 TZZ.

Note: JDX reports that regular Sunshine State plates in the YGF series are being used on unmarked police cars.

Sunshine State series changed from brown stem to green stem somewhere between 488 WYM and 145 XBR.

New format low - AAB Z23

Rick Trapp - 10 Nov ’18

New base - county name

IE8 0MQORANGE
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Orange Co.

66 of the 67 Florida counties (Miami-Dade County as the exception) issue plates with the county name embossed at the bottom. Each letter series in both the Sunshine State and county issued starts at 000. This series started at A00 0AA and continued through the N00 0AA series. County series changed from brown stem to green stem somewhere between N13 1GR and N80 5LZ.

A new format was then issued with county names in the 000 MAA - 999 RZZ series. After reaching 999 RZZ, the series changed to Y12 ABC.

High for previous type: N28 9ZX

- 17 Sep ’18

New Base - In God We Trust

208 20ZIN GOD WE TRUST
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In an odd move, Florida is issuing two types of "In God We Trust" optional plates. This type appears on the standard orange blossom base, but has "IN GOD WE TRUST" embossed at the bottom where the county name would usually appear. There may not be any additional charge for this plate.

A second style of "In God We Trust" plate that does require an extra fee is a full graphic with a 5 character registration to the right of "In God We Trust" in black bordered gold lettering. A stylized American flag appears at the bottom of the plate. The state name appears in red block letters at the top center. See separate listing below.

JM reports that a strange 0 (zero) is appearing on these and other plates now, skinny with rounded corners and similar to Georgia's zero.

Jason Taylor reports 000 3GA as a possible low.

Series jumped from 000 0JV to 000 0BA because the K series was used for Motorcycle.

As of Nov. 2013, the series had reached BY, but no BZ plates have been reported. However, the newest issues have advanced to the PA and PB series.

Ed Richter - 17 Oct ’18

Previous Issue - county name

K87 AARMARION
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This series started at A00 AAA, and was issued

concurrently with two other formats (AB1 23C and A12 34B) until both others were discontinued in the middle of their runs. The A and B series in this format, as well as all of the other two formats, were issued as both county name and Sunshine State plates, until the state decided to split up production of the two types. The separate T series started when the original issue was in the B series. The C (which might have been ended in the middle of its run), D, E, F, G, H, I, and J series were issued entirely as county name plates, until the issue presumably ended in the early K series. This format was discontinued in both the county name and Sunshine State series because of a computer error. The myflorida.com county plates started around the late I/ early J break, depending on the county of issue (I21 ZAM was on the myflorida base from Polk County, while J04 AXN was on the old base from Martin County). The current high was from Marion County.

Low: A70 9AA (Polk Co.) 2014-01-05 Jason Taylor

Scott Broady - 29 Jan ’06

Previous Issue - Sunshine State

X82 ZZYSUNSHINE STATE
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The previous Sunshine State series started at T00 AAA, and ran through the T, U, V, W, and X series, before ending (presumably) at X99 ZZZ. The myflorida.com base started in the mid-X series, around XH-XI, depending on the county of issue. A small number of plates in the XZ series were accidentally produced out of sequence on the old base before the myflorida base was introduced.

JM - 30 Dec ’09

Non-passenger Plates

Antique

BX0 238
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May be issued to any 25 year or older car or truck less than 26,000 GVW. May be used for daily transportation without restriction. May be issued 100 point show car or even rust bucket/junker. Two year registration.

Michael Smith - 21 Jan ’16

Apportioned

F42 05T
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Now white on red. Still seen on the front of semi trucks. F...L and F...M series seen in red, red low of F50 99L so far.

Earlier issue was black on light blue, wide dies, found on the front of semi trucks.

Jason Taylor reports a different type of apportioned, also white on red, but seems to be issued in pairs, seen on box trucks. Embossed apportioned at the bottom.

High for this type: B58 96U

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 10 Jan ’16

City

XD5640CITY
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Black on yellow, wide dies, narrow rounder zeros. Previous series was five or six digit numeric.

Jacco Hoekstra - 12 Sep ’18

County

TE0659COUNTY
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New series of County plates, still black on reflective yellow with wide dies. Previous series was six-digit numeric.

David Wilson - 26 Nov ’15

Dealer

PF9 08DDEALER
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New dies

DEALER designation is embossed where county name would be.

FL tradition has ALWAYS been "M" was reserved exclusively for dealer plates. In 2000, NAA 00A was started and immediately reverted back to Mxx nnx series. In 2006, NA0 00A was started and almost immediately skipped to PA0 00A.

Kyle Wasson - 26 Jan ’15

Fleet

GA8 211
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Fleet plates are all-embossed dark green on light green. Most of them use the old wide dies, but for an unknown reason a few scattered plates use the current narrow dies. This series started at GAA 000 and is issued to utility trucks. A new format plate GA1 143 was reported earlier, but it was suspected that the letter I was in the third position. Now GA1 150 has been reported with narrow dies, so this appears to be a new or alternate format. GA4 182 was reported by Mike Hart on 2006-01-31 and the plate showed almost no wear, so this appears to be the new format. GA0 146 has also been seen by Mike Hart, and as Florida does not use the letter "O" in any position, that has to be a zero in the third position.

Fleet plates are being used on Trucks and Trailers.

Jason Taylor - 28 Dec ’13

Handicapped

YI14Q$SUNSHINE STATE
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Six digit plates followed five digit, but a new format is now in use. "myflorida" base started in 90000 range. Wheelchair symbol embossed to right of serial, which overruns the graphic, making it very hard to read. Sunshine State slogan.

After Z9ZZZ, serial range is YA01A to ZZ99Z.

JD Merritt - 2 Dec ’15

Handicapped Motorcycle

WT7X$
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New myFlorida.com double orange graphic with wheelchair symbol to the right of the serial.

6618 is the high on the previous citrus base.

Ken R. - 21 Aug ’09

Manufacturer

A09 152MANUFACTURER
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Same use as Dealer and Transporter plates, but for use by manufacturer representatives who call upon franchise car dealers and attend factory sales at the auctions. Also in use by franchise dealers' captive finance company employees with company cars.

JDX - 5 Mar ’10

Motorcycle (myflorida.com)

MGRR45
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Miniature myflorida.com and double-orange graphic now adorn Florida's motorcycle plates too. Florida motorcycle plates use the regular yellow stickers, and the serial is embossed underneath the state map, instead of over it, as on passenger plates. Changeover to myflorida.com was reported to be between 20000H and 30000H, depending on the county of issue, but Matt Embro saw 40813H on the single orange base.

Series appears to have gone from nnnnnR to nnnnEA, but not all of the E series was used before changing to the K series. The K series has the rounder "0" die, similar to full size plates.

Tiger Joe reports it appears the M series was skipped, going from LZ to NA.

David Wilson reports 93BKK with "UNDER 21" in red on white on 2015-11-28.

He also reports Y35368 as a Motorcycle specialty plate that was black on red, white, and blue.

Brandon Daly - 2 Sep ’18

Permanent Trailer

050 1CR
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Dark blue lettering on white with embossed state name, serial, and "Permanent Trl" in both upper and lower case. Dies from the older green and orange map plates are still used. Previous series was through Cnn nnZ. Old dies are still used on the new series.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 15 Feb ’16

Sheriff

ZJH58
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Black on bright yellow, with an embossed star on the left with "SHERIFF" embossed inside the star in tiny upper case letters. Previous series was 5-digit numeric. New issue has the new, wider dies and appears to have started at ZAA00.

Jacco Hoekstra - 7 Sep ’18

Temporary

CGV1785
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Electronic temporary tag program. Dealers have the cardboard templates with control numbers. Upon issuing tag, the next available number is generated by the state system; therefore, a dealer in a different city could be issuing the next available number. Paper tags are black on white.

Michael Smith - 14 Sep ’18

Transporter

G4123G
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This plate is usually issued to repair shops and driveaway services, with similar use as dealer plates. It has an orange base with black characters and has the same dies used on plates in the 80s & early 90s. TRANSPORTER embossed at bottom and FLORIDA on top.

Jason Taylor - 5 Jan ’14

Truck

N03 58USUNSHINE STATE
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Pasco Co.

This plate is issued ONLY to trucks OVER 26,000 GVW, usually to sanitation, gravel, & cement mixers. Issued in pairs on myFlorida.com base with county name on the bottom. Plate type has been in continuous existence since 1977 and never discontinued in 1992.

Phil reports N31 04E as the high on the citrus map base, and N69 55E as the low on the myflorida.com base.

Jason Taylor - 25 Dec ’14

Wrecker

D66 01BWRECKER
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There are two types of Wrecker plates. The D series (seen here) is on the current www.MyFlorida base and is for local tow trucks. The E series type are tan with brown dies, issued in pairs, and are Gross Vehicle Weight Tow Trucks. They are usually issued to flatbeds, tow trucks that tow heavy trucks, and tow trucks doing interstate tows.

GVW Wrecker High: E4410D (no spacing)

JM - 20 May ’08

Specialty Plates

Aquaculture

AE2 080
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This is the 38th most popular license plate with nearly 17,000 issued. It supports Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, in addition to the Protect Wild Dolphin and Save Our Seas plates.

Jacco Hoekstra - 5 Sep ’18

Challenger-Columbia

TQ9QV
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This is the 12th most popular specialty plate in Florida with over 34,000 registrations. Revenues are distributed to the Astronaut Memorial Foundation and Technological Research and Development Authority.

Jacco Hoekstra - 5 Sep ’18

Conserve Wildlife

CD2YB
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After CZ99Z, series shifted to CA0AA.

Jacco Hoekstra - 21 Sep ’18

Disabled Veteran

DV2126G
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The AAA0 format followed 99999. Still on the red, white, and blue base with an embossed wheelchair to left and "DISABLED VETERAN" screened in blue at bottom. The older version had "DMV" screened at the bottom.This is the Handicap version of the DV plate. The numeric type Disabled Veteran plate does not allow Handicap parking privileges.

Jason Taylor reports BEQ7 (with embossed wheelchair to the left) on 2013-01-03. We don't know where this fits into the sequence.

DV39304B is the high on the other type. White base. Vertical blue stripe w/ white stars to left & red & white vertical stripe to the right of dies. DMV on bottom of plate. Renewable annually & optional 2 yr renewal. Single plate for the rear & generic "DV" plate without serial for the front.

Rick Trapp - 22 Feb ’16

Florida A&M University

M85YA
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This is the 25th most popular specialty plate with nearly 21,000 active registrations. It supports Florida A&M University for Academic Enhancement.

Brandon Daly - 31 Jan ’12

Florida State Univ.

WQ87J
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This is the 5th most popular specialty plate in Florida with over 75,000 active registrations. It is a/k/a the "NOLES" plate and generated $1.8 million last year for Florida State University for academic enhancement.

Rick Trapp - 26 Oct ’15

Gold Star Family

4GDF
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Requires proof from the U.S. Government that the service member was killed while serving and proof of relationship to the service member to acquire this plate.

JDX - 25 Jan ’10

Golf Capital Of The World

JC4 85Y
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This is the 14th most popular speciaty plate in Florida with over 29,700 issued. This program shall assist organizations for the benefit of teaching golf to youth.

JD Merritt - 27 Apr ’15

In God We Trust

INC46
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This is the second style of "In God We Trust" plate that does require an extra fee is a full graphic with a 5 character registration to the right of "In God We Trust" in black bordered gold lettering. A stylized American flag appears at the bottom of the plate. The state name appears in red block letters at the top center.

JDX - 27 Aug ’09

Korean War Veteran

6QBZ
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David R. Wilson - 26 Nov ’15

Manatee

IDQ 166
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New design for Manatee plates.

Phil reports IBK 364 as the first Manatee plate with wide dies he has seen, but a later plate in the series had the old dies.

The bottom of plate reads "Save the Manatee." This is the 6th most popular specialty plate with over 57,000 active registrations. It has been generating revenue for the Manatee Trust Fund since 1990.

Jacco Hoekstra - 6 Sep ’18

Marine Corps

USP8W
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Wide dies

Rick Trapp - 10 Oct ’14

Miami Dolphins

D24YF
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Wide dies

JD Merritt - 21 Mar ’11

National Guard

C41N
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"National Guard" is embossed on the left side of the plate; serial to the right; wide dies.

Adam Garstka - 16 Sep ’15

Palm Beach Atlantic University

F7CA
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The Palm Beach Sailfish along with some other colleges and universities are using a four digit alpha numeric format.

JD Merritt - 18 Sep ’12

Panther

MBD 040
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This is the third most popular specialty plate with over 80,000 active registrations. It supports Florida Panther Research and Management Trust Fund and Florida Communities Trust Fund.

Rick Trapp - 2 Jan ’16

Protect Our Reefs

RMI2W
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This is the 7th most popular specialty plate in FL with nearly 44,000 registrations. It supports the Mote Marine Laboratory.

David Wilson - 26 Nov ’15

Protect Wild Dolphins

DQI9R
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This is the second most popular specialty plate in Florida, with over 80,700 registrations. Revenues also supports Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc.

JD Merritt - 9 Mar ’14

Purple Heart

QB8QS
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The Purple Heart plate is only issued to bonafide Purple Heart recipiants. The former sequence was six digit, all numerals. The base has not changed.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 2 Mar ’15

Salutes Firefighters

YG4AL
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- 4 Aug ’14

Save Our Seas

SCK45
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This is the 13th most popular specialty plate with over 32,300 plates issued. Supports Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc.

JD Merritt - 27 Apr ’15

Sea Turtle

RLH 413
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"Helping Sea Turtles Survive"

Ranks 4th with over 79,000 issued. Supports Marine Resources Conservation Trust Fund in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct sea turtle protection, research and recovery programs.

Duncan Malloch - 30 Mar ’12

State Of The Arts

FFI 285
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This is the 16th most popular specialty plate with nearly 29,000 active registrations. It supports Florida Fine Arts Trust Funds.

JD Merritt - 14 Jun ’15

Support Education

239 AHX
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This is the 11th most popular specialty plate out of 113 choices with over 35,000 active registrations. Since October 1994, the revenue generated by the sales of this plate has been enhancing education programs in Florida.

JD Merritt - 8 Mar ’11

Support Our Troops

31TFW
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Revenue goes to Support Our Troops, Inc.

JD Merritt - 13 Sep ’12

U.S. Air Force

AKH4C
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New dies

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 27 Oct ’14

U.S. Coast Guard

745VN
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Old dies

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 6 Mar ’11

U.S. Navy

NFJ7N
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Seen on Plateshack Y2K

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 11 Sep ’13

United We Stand

765 UBR
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New dies

JD Merritt - 27 Apr ’15

University of Florida

HSV2F
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This is the number one selling specialty plate in Florida, AKA "Gator Plate," out of 113 choices. There are over 120,000 active registrations (up more than 7000 from 2008) and it supports University of Florida for Academic Enhancement.

Rick Trapp - 3 Nov ’15

University of Miami

X59IK
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New dies with rounder zero

Clark Wothe - 29 Mar ’15

University Of West Florida

W110F
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This specialty plate ranks # 89 and there are over 1400 active registrations. It supports University of West Florida for Academic Enhancement.

JD Merritt - 8 Jan ’11

Wildflower

WBJ 644
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Started in the mid-W range, and then upon reaching the end of the W series, started over at WAA 000, but no numbers have been recycled. The earlier W series now being used has never been used before.

This is the 33rd most popular specialty plate with over 18,500 active registrations. It supports Florida Wildflower Program and is one of the least expensive specialty plates at an additional $15 per year.

The state has officially renamed this plate the State Wildflower.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 9 May ’14