Indiana License PlatesThe 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.
11 - black on green
12 - black on white
13 - black on blue
14 - black on gold
15 - black on green
16 - black on white