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The Bicentennial base is reusing numbers from the 2008 base upon renewal. Therefore, it will be impossible to track highs for this issue. Here is our information for the 2008 base:

Indiana is randomly issuing the new base, so tracking highs has become impossible. Plates are being issued in the 3 number/3 letter, 3 number/2 letter, and even 3 number/1 letter formats in each county. 3/3 plates have already been spotted from at least AAF through ZZZ, so obviously some combinations have been skipped, but there is no actual master allocation. On the good side, people who previously had low numbers (1-100) in the traditional county coded plates may keep the number on the new base by paying a $30 fee, which is less than the personalized fee. The new font looks much better with the traditional numbering format, and as with the embossed plates, the new font closely resembles the older format with the smaller letter and appropriate spacing, and it looks far better than on the green background plates currently being phased out.

Eric has documented the following observations about the 2008 issue:

In the 1-letter suffix, only A, C, F, J, K, M, Q, S, W, and Y have been seen.

In the 2-letter plates, all except M in the 1st position, and all but F in the 2nd position have been seen.

In the 3-letter plates, no X in the 1st position have been seen, but all letters in the 2nd and 3rd positions have been seen.

Based on the above, it appears they don't use I or O in the 1st letter position regardless of how many letters there are.

A new style black on white county sticker appears top center with both the county number and name. The original style had the county name in both cases, such as 74-Spencer, but as of April 2012 the county name is in all caps, such as 74-SPENCER.

New plates are being made to order on an individual basis, so plate offices no longer issue plates locally around the state. All new plates are mailed from Indianapolis. New plates do not have actual stickers. The "stickers" for the county name/number, expiration month, and expiration year are all screened on new plates.

Stickers

11 - black on green

12 - black on white

13 - black on blue

14 - black on gold

15 - black on green

16 - black on white

Standard Passenger Plates

2017 series

999ZZZ
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- 15 Mar ’17

2008

999ZZZ
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John Northup - 10 Jun ’10

Bicentennial

703ZZN
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This is the new general reissue plate that became available Dec. 27, 2012. It is replacing the 2008 base. This base was due for replacement in 2018, but Indiana is changing from a five year plate cycle to seven years, so it could remain in use until 2020.

Keith Foreman advises the county number in black is also screened like the plate number and is in the lower right corner. The year 14 is also screened in the upper right corner, also black in color.

The lettering of this new base seems to be as erratic as the last base.

Lows: 358AA and 348A (Highs contributor Daniel Hayford has 348A, and that is the lowest he has seen.)

Tracking highs on this issue will probably be impossible because numbers are being carried over from the 2008 base to this one upon renewal.

Kyle Wasson - 13 Aug ’13

Non-passenger Plates

Equipment

792 E
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Red on white. Not a common plate, it can be observed on non-motorized equipment like LCV dolly converters or mobile traffic solar powered signs. Only observed in the "nnn E" format.

Martin Houle - 27 Apr ’14

Farm

F717BT
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Jacob Newkirk - 20 Apr ’10

MFG DLR

4822 C
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MFG DLR on bottom, red on white flat.

David Wilson - 26 Nov ’15

Motorcycle

 
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Motorcycle formats are M000A and M000AA.

M554M and M820CR have been reported.

Veteran Motorcycle - V/B495

- 3 Jul ’10

Municipal

68315
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Jeremiah White - 25 Jun ’09

Police

10838
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Dark blue on white background with generic police shield to the left of the serial.

Jeremiah White - 25 Jun ’09

Semi-Trailer

SP786ABE
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Indiana has three types of new 8 character Semi-Trailer plates. The first uses an "SE" prefix and is flat with red characters on a white background and uses validation stickers. The second type uses an "SP" prefix and is flat with black characters on a white (or light gray) background and does not have stickers, but has "NO" and "EXP" in the upper left and right corners.

SP low: SP338AAA

SP high: SP139SMS 2014-04-10 Keith Foreman

SE low: SE205AAA

The SF series is the latest to appear. Color is black on tan. INDIANA at top, SEMI-TRAILER at bottom.

SF high: SF772AAC 2014-05-01 Keith Foreman

Keith also reports SE138B, which doesn't fit in with what is currently in use.

Sam Farley - 22 Jul ’14

Sheriff

5588
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Jeremiah White - 25 Jun ’09

Temporary

L982244
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In typical modern Indiana fashion, Temp plates have been observed with seemingly random numbers in more than one format, so tracking a high for them seems impossible. Keith Foreman has seen the A111111 format, and an all-numeric 7 digit format.

Keith Foreman - 6 Jun ’10

Trailer

TR135XZC
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Blue on white

TR103AAA reported as a low.

Keith Foreman speculates that Indiana is using a random issue on these, somewhat similar to what they are doing with standard Pass. plates since it is unlikely they would issue that many Trailer plates.

Keith Foreman - 4 Mar ’13

Trailer - Apportioned

Z82590
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Flat

Black on white like lower weight trucks. INDIANA at top and APPORTIONED on the bottom.

Keith Foreman - 15 Dec ’14

Truck (2008 issue)

1517360
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New truck plates are all-numeric, with a weight sticker (i.e., TRUCK 10,000) at the top.

Truck low - 1801

Keith Foreman - 19 Jan ’13

Truck (2013 issue)

TK191NKX
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Flat

Black on white. The state name is top center, and a sticker with gross weight is on the bottom in black on white. The Mo/Day expiration sticker is in the upper left, and the year 14 is screened in the upper right. The county number is screened in black on white in the lower right. Thanks to Keith Foreman for these details.

New issues are completely flat without any actual stickers.

All Truck series reported so far have been in the Lxx and Mxx suffixes.

Kyle Wasson - 19 Jul ’18

Truck - Apportioned

2547895
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Kyle Wasson - 30 Jun ’18

Specialty Plates

Arts

AT554
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 15 Oct ’15

Ball State University

BS
3049
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B/U 445 also reported as a flat.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 15 Nov ’07

Breast Cancer

BC5807
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C/A 7341 also spotted, but it is unknown which series is higher.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 16 Dec ’15

Butler University

BB
3421
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Joey Hurd - 17 Sep ’08

Disability

$D257TT
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This type first appeared in an all-numeric format, but changed to the D123A format, and then the current D123AA format.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 15 Feb ’16

Disabled American Veteran

DH416D
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DF and DH prefixes are used for DAV plates now in the DF123A and DH123A formats. The wheelchair logo preceeds the number. David Wilson reports DF129A and DH439A.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 31 Jan ’11

Disabled Hoosier Veteran

HV469G
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Blue on beige, wheelchair on left.

David Wilson - 26 Nov ’15

Ducks Unlimited

DU3652
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Black on white with green duck on left. Bottom of the plate have Ducks Unlimited white on green stripe.

Martin Houle - 2 Sep ’14

Education

EC
2659
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This is the plate that features Garfield, the cat from the comic strip of the same name. Jim Davis, the originator of Garfield, is an Indiana native. This is a flat plate. E/A has also been used. E/P has been seen embossed.

Joey Hurd - 17 Sep ’08

Environment

FW4427
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Environment plates have been issued with a number of prefixes. The prefix denotes which environmental organization or cause receives funding from the sale of that particular plate. The motorist specifies the organization.

A/D - Arbor Day Foundation

H/T - Indiana Heritage Trust

D/U - Ducks Unlimited Martin Houle reports DU3652 on 2014-04-27. Letters are no longer stacked.

Q/U - Quails Unlimited

E/N, B/D, C/N, and R/T also observed.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 13 Jan ’15

Hoosier Safety

SH
1792
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Martin Houle - 1 Sep ’09

In God We Trust

WZN538
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2012 issue, redesigned in the 3 letter/3 number format. Most IGWT plates spotted so far have been in the R series, but they have also been reported in the A, B, E, I, K, L, N, R, S, T, U, V, and Z series.

Original issue:

In God We Trust plates have a numbered county code decal in the lower right corner.

It is impossible to list a high for these since many stacked prefixes are in use without any way to track the order of issuance. Prefixes reported include: AE AH AI AJ AK AN AP AO BQ BV CD CE CH CI CJ CO CU CV CW CZ DG DH DO DQ DT DW DZ EG EH EJ EK EL EQ ET EV FG FT GA GB GG GH GJ GK GL GN GR GT GU GX GZ HJ IA IE IG II IJ IM IN IQ IR IX IY IZ JA JB JE JF JH JI JJ JK JL JM JN JP JQ JR JT JX JY JZ KM KR KW KY KZ LA LE LF LH LJ LK LL LO LR LT LV MB ME MH MI MJ MQ MW MY NE NJ NK NQ NW NY NZ OA OG OH OJ OK QA QD QE QF QG QH QI QJ QK QL QM QN QO QQ QT QW QX QY QZ PK RG RL RM RQ RW TC TG TH TI TK TL TO TR UP VM WB WD WE WG WH WI WJ WM WO WQ WU WW XB XC XJ XL XM XN XP XQ XZ YE YH YM YN YT ZA ZB ZC ZD ZG ZH ZJ ZK ZL ZM ZN ZT ZY ZZ

Eric Sivertsen reports seeing A/O 3 online, which belongs to St. Rep Woody Burton, who was one of the people responsible for the legislation for these plates. The county sticker was 41.

2012 series: 3 letters/3 numbers. no spacing. County number is screened at lower right.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 6 Oct ’15

Indiana DARE

DI
8197
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I/D prefix also used.

Jeremiah White - 25 Jun ’09

Indiana Sheriff's Association

SR4111
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Martin Houle - 27 Apr ’14

Indiana Soccer

GK167
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Black on White with Indiana Soccer Logo on left. "Live with Goals" in white on red stripe at the bottom of plate. They issue GKnn & GKnnn series only for now.

Martin Houle - 2 Sep ’14

Indiana University

QT6335
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Newer flat style, unstacked prefix

H/H also observed on embossed type

C/C, H/R, and I/U observed on flat

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 12 Sep ’15

Indiana Wesleyan

IW
1540
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Joey Hurd - 15 Oct ’06

Indianapolis Colts

QB3017
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F/B, G/O, I/C, O/F, T/D, W/N series spotted.

Martin Houle - 2 Sep ’14

Juvenile Diabetes

JD
233
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Joey Hurd - 5 Dec ’06

Kids

KE
273
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Flat

The following are the "Kids First" license plate letter combinations. Please note that the alpha combinations have no meaning beginning with 9. CT=Children's Trust KF=Kids First KD=Kids KS=Kids Sake LK=Love Kids KP=Kids Plate HK=Hug Kids (9) KA, KB, KC, KE, KG, KH-will continue through the alphabet with K as needed according to sales.

Martin Houle - 2 Sep ’14

Land of Indians

NA
3322
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Eric Sivertsen - 29 Mar ’10

Legionnaire

AL
1306
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Flat

Eric Sivertsen - 19 Feb ’07

Lewis & Clark

LC
1614
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 15 Oct ’06

Lincoln's Boyhood Home

BH
5757
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Seen on Plateshack Y2K

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 10 Jan ’10

Notre Dame

BG
4700
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Flat

Originally embossed in the N/D series. Jeremiah White reports a low of N/D 6.

Jeremiah White - 26 Jun ’09

Professional Firefighter

FI
3275
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These are plates for "Career Professional" firefighters. C/F prefix used before F/I.

Jeremiah White - 25 Jun ’09

Purdue University

PP7802
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Flat

This is the new issue without a stacked prefix.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 26 Jun ’14

Purple Heart

PH876A
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Jim Sadler - 14 Jul ’11

Riley Hospital

RK3895
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 22 Aug ’15

Secure Indiana

FW
2460
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Flat

This plate is issue for the Homeland Security Foundation.

Series used: E/M, F/S, and F/W

Martin Houle - 2 Sep ’14

State Police Memorial

SP
7148
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 1 Mar ’10

Support Troops

AM3453
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A/M, G/I, S/T prefixes also used

Motorcycle: SX101 2014-01-10 Willie C. Brock, Jr.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 7 Nov ’15

University of Evansville

UE
1382
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University of Evansville-Purple Aces

Bruce Bufalini - 23 Jul ’15

Valparaiso University

CR
1358
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Joey Hurd - 8 Sep ’06

Veteran

VA7728
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Flat, black on white. Letters are no longer stacked. "Hoosier Vet" on bottom of plate. Logo on left side of plate, followed by letters and numbers with no spacing.

The V/V prefix was used originally on earlier plates with stacked letters. Other prefixes used include: A/V, H/V, V/H, and V/X.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 1 Jan ’14

Volunteer Firefighter

VF
6133
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Joey Hurd - 18 Jul ’06

Wabash College

WA1641
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 31 Jul ’13

Inactive Series

Farm Scene - Allen (Fort Wayne)

2 rx 641
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Dan Mergard - 9 Jan ’08

Farm Scene - Elkhart (Goshen)

20 aa 500
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Bradley Gallagher - 5 Nov ’07

Farm Scene - Hamilton (Noblesville)

29 bz 811
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Dan Mergard - 20 Feb ’08

Farm Scene - St. Joseph (South Bend)

71 ck 453
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Joey Hurd - 23 Oct ’07

Farm Scene - Vanderburgh (Evansville)

82 cd 201
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Bradley Gallagher - 5 Nov ’07

Passenger - Crossroads of America

2pg605
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Allen County

Charles Humphrey - 11 Jun ’03

Passenger - Crossroads of America

71tb206
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Saint Joseph County

Eric Tanner - 20 Jan ’03

Truck (2003 series)

693279l
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Eric Tanner - 7 Mar ’07