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Michigan License Plates

The current fully-reflective base debuted Jan. 3, 2007. The previous white on blue beaded plates, which had been in use since 1982, were replaced by the new issue upon expiration. Eric reports that the new plates began at BAA 0000 in Passenger, and CA 00000 in Light Commercial.

Michigan changed to a 10 year plate life as of 2015. All plates older than 10 years must be replaced. This will eliminate many Great Lakes Splendor plates and all World's Motor Capital plates during 2015.

The new Spectacular Peninsulas optional plate that replaced the Great Lakes Splendor optional began at 0HA A00 in Passenger, and G00 00A in Light Commercial. (Splendor plates, as well as World's Motor Capital plates, may continue to be renewed indefinitely, but are no longer be available to new registrants.)

The retired blue plates were ordered by the Secretary of State through AJX 1999 in Passenger, and 8000 NB in Light Commercial. All unissued blue plates were shredded for scrap in January 2007.

Passenger plates are now optionally issued to noncommercial pickups.

Isaac reports State Police plates in the standard blue bar design with a full color graphic logo to the left of the numbers, still in four digits, and still displayed in pairs.

Stickers

11 - black on orange

12 - black on green

13 - black on white

14 - black on yellow

15 - black on orange

16 - black on green

Standard Passenger Plates

2013 Series

DXX 9263
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Spotted in Tucson, AZ

This updated version of the 2007 base began in 2013, but it did not replace it. Both bases are still valid.

"PureMichigan" logo at top. Series presumably began at DAA 0000.

Low: DAA 0801 2015-09-13 Duncan Malloch

Cam McPhee - 10 Sep ’17

2007 Series

CPS 0987
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This base began in January, 2007 and it is still valid. It replaced previous bases by the end of that year. This base was updated with a new design in 2013 for new registrants, but the 2007 base is still being revalidated.

The series presumably started at BAA 0000. BAA 0006 reported as a low in the Bay City area by Colin MG.

Mike Iczkowski - 9 Jan ’14

Mackinac Bridge

BBJ 625
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Spotted in Portland, MI

This is the new in 2013 Mackinac Bridge optional plate that replaces the Spectacular Peninsula optional.

The design was changed in 2014 for better visibility. The main change was from white registration characters to black, but the graphic background was also toned down.

Original high: AJG 843

Revised low: AJH 790

Andy Deceunynck reports that he saw two MBA nnn plates in St Ignace, MI which is the town on the north end of the bridge. The letters would seem to be an acronym of Mackinac Bridge. Eric Kipp speculates that the "MBA" on the plate legend likely stands for "Mackinac Bridge Authority." Gary Forgue reports seeing several MBA plates in the Detroit area in the past year.

Eric Kipp reports AA 2110 on 2014-07-09, which appears to be a Commercial plate on the Mackinac Bridge base.

Bill Christian, III - 19 Feb ’16

Spectacular Peninsulas

9LQ C19
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Spotted in Rochester Hills

This is the new optional "Bridge" plate that replaces the "Bridge" plate with the Great Lakes Splendor legend. Steven reports 2HA A56 as the low.

Spec. Pen. Purple Heart: 476C1 2013-11-10 Bill Christian, III

Eric Kipp - 26 Jan ’16

Non-passenger Plates

Apportioned

RB 28194APPORTIONED
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'Pure Michigan' base presumably started with RB 00000

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 3 Dec ’15

Commercial

DA 74957
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Commercial low: CA 00275

2007 high: CF 13636 2015-07-15 Eric Kipp

The "Pure Michigan" base presumably started at DA 00000.

Eric Kipp - 16 Jul ’15

Commercial - Mackinac Bridge

AB 0352
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This is on the revised design.

Eric Kipp - 11 May ’15

Commercial - Spectacular Peninsulas

G65 84K
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G01 42A reported as a low by Rob.

Bill Christian, III - 19 Nov ’13

Dealer

667d77DEALER
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From John Northup: Dealer plates expiring Feb 2014 are now being issued with the "PureMichigan" tourism logo at the top of the plate, instead of the blue bar. This makes the state name much more difficult to read. The numbering sequence resets every year. Even-year expirations have the small "D" in the fourth position; odd-year expirations place it in the third.

Low: 000D03 2015-07-02 seen in the Detroit area by Gary Forgue.

Bill Christian, III - 1 Sep ’13

Fleet

PF 05097FLEET
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A new series being piloted on Consumers Energy vehicles, for use by large fleets. These plates do not require validation tabs (PF stands for Permanent Fleet).

Roy Michalik - 22 Jun ’15

GVW Truck

BB11056
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New dies. New format for 2007 is AB12345 with no space between the letters and numbers. As in the past, there is room at the bottom for the weight sticker. AA00852 is the low.

BA02155 is the low for Pure Michigan.

Eric Kipp - 18 Feb ’14

Handicapped

%2204J9
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On the Pure Michigan base

Eric spotted the first plate of this new type - 0000E0 on 2007-09-29.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 6 Dec ’15

Handicapped - Mackinac Bridge

%B6329
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On the new Mackinac Bridge base.

Bill Christian, III - 24 Jul ’15

Handicapped - Spectacular Peninsulas

%8J0577
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Looks like this series may have picked up near where the now-defunct blue trailer series concluded. Chris Chan reports the same type of plate in the Flint area in the nXnnnn series, but the reason for the X series is unknown. John Northup reports X-series high on 3/7/10.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 25 Apr ’15

Historical Vehicle

227132HISTORICAL
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Instead of keeping the distinctive yellow-on-navy style with the pre-1982 dies (to accommodate the two-line legend), new Historical Vehicle plates are the standard blue bar style, with HISTORICAL screened on the bottom. Low for this series, 079541, reported by John Northup 8-1-2009. The series continued where the former yellow/blue series left off, however skipping the 100000's, which are used for State Govt.

Roy Michalik - 27 Jan ’15

In-Transit Repair

025g996IN-TRANSIT REPAIR
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000G013 reported as a low by Isaac.

Now on the "PureMichigan" base

Roy Michalik - 18 Jun ’15

Motorcycle

A208D
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Upon reaching ZZ 999, the series changed to the A000A format.

2007 base low: K022N

Eric Tanner reports that after finishing Z999Z, they apparently rolled back around to A000A again, which was last used on the old blue base.

Eric Tanner - 12 Aug ’11

Motorcycle - Handicapped

%18E6
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David Wilson - 14 May ’10

Motorcycle - Spectacular Peninsulas

39JE1
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Martin Houle - 27 Apr ’14

Municipal

103x669MUNICIPAL
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MUNICIPAL is screened across the bottom. Isaac reported 000x050 for a low.

Bill Christian, III - 23 Nov ’15

Non-Profit

051y518NON-PROFIT
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Now on Pure Michigan base.

Issued to non-profit entities, like churches, the Red Cross, and some ambulance companies.

Gary Forgue reports 000Y038 as a low.

Ayrie Ayrie - 10 Nov ’14

Permanent Trailer

D306907TRAILER
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New dies; still no space. Beginning in 2004, all trailers were switched to this type upon renewal. The series presumably begain at A000000. Chris Chan reports A000042 as a low. Trivia: Personalized plates aside, this was Michigan's first 7-character series--of any type--since 1932.

Bill Christian, III - 31 Jul ’15

Special Equipment

000s510SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
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Usually reserved for very specialized equipment permanently mounted to a vehicle, such as for mounting commercial signs.

Isaac Wilson IV - 21 Sep ’07

State Govt

106582STATE GOVT
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"STATE GOVT" screened at bottom. Probably started at 100000. 100002 reported as a low by Jim Turner.

MDOT has a different numbering scheme than other state government vehicles, using 7 numbers instead of 1nnnnn, and possibly starting with 0030000. Isaac reports 0033154 on 2009-07-24.

Roy Michalik - 6 Jun ’15

Specialty Plates

Disabled Veteran

DV138U
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Still on the blue bar base.

Five-year expiration; has the old two-sticker month and year validation system.

The newest version of this plate features a screened, diagonally stacked DV before the characters, which also begin with DV embossed for regular series plates, but personalized is now an option with up to six characters.

Bill Christian, III - 19 Sep ’13

Ex-Prisoner of War

43A18
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 24 Jan ’14

Gold Star

03gs38
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Colin McGregor - 8 Mar ’15

Olympic Education

2MT704
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Issue began in 1996 at 0MA00, but it appears Olympic is now using the same configuration as other Specialty plates. Fee is $25 annually, hence the scarcity. By comparison, the optional "Bridge" graphic plates cost only $5 extra upon first registration and nothing additional to renew.

It looks like SOS has gone back to the special format for Olympic plates, tacking an extra number to the end thanks to the Florida dies (FRPs now have the option of six digits for personalized tags). However, Plate It Your Way still shows the 0MA00 format as the only one for Olympic plates.

Isaac Wilson IV - 13 Jul ’10

Special Organization

1CF38
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Series shared by Michigan State Fire Fighters Union, Michigan State Firemen's Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Freemasons, and Police Officers Association of Michigan.

Now on "Pure Michigan" as of at least 1CF38.

Bill Christian, III - 10 Aug ’13

Specialty (college/fundraisers)

B49LS
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On the "Pure Michigan" base.

Both the B and G series are being issued on the new base. No reason is known.

G high: GY92K 2015-10-12 Bill Woodard

This series is applied to all of Michigan's university and fundraiser plates, except for those listed elsewhere on this page. There was an alternate series in the A00AA format that was used for mail orders from Lansing, but it has been discontinued. This series now features new dies.

Rob reports a low of AA04A on a Central Michigan Univ. plate.

Vanities are permitted on specialty plates, but they had a limit of 5 characters due to space limitations until recently. Now that the new smaller dies are in use, 6 characters will now fit and may be used.

Roy Michalik - 22 Jun ’15

Specialty - Handicapped

F713%
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ISA comes after plate number

Roy Michalik - 7 Jul ’15

Veteran

7LRC4
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On the "Pure Michigan" base.

Roy Michalik - 22 Jun ’15

Veteran Handicapped - Spectacular Peninsulas

VXE 6%VETERAN
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ISA comes after plate number

John Northup - 1 Aug ’09

Inactive Series

Blue - 3/4 Issue

AJR 7469
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AAA0013 is the low for this issue, seen in Tempe, AZ by Ted Martin on 2006-03-04. The die and spacing change took place at AFP8999/AFP 9000.

AUR 5436 was reported by Joey Hurd on 2006-03-22 in Chicago. This is way out of sequence, but it appears to be a regular issue.

ATJ7242 was seen and photographed by John Northup on 05-05-05, but it is way out of sequence from the current allotments.

DSD1225, which is some sort of special issue, was reported by Frank Foster on 2005-05-01. A good guess would be that the first letter "D" stands for Detroit, and the "SD" something else.

SCH9802 (unspaced) was photographed and reported by Isaac.

This series follows "ZZZ 999" in the standard white on blue plate style that has been in use for more than 20 years. There is no space between the letters and numbers on these plates. It is not known yet if the 3/3 plates were produced and issued all the way through ZZZ 999.

Colin McGregor - 8 Mar ’15

Blue - Commercial - narrow dies

0567 NB
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Low for narrow dies is 5197 KP. John Northup reports that non-commercial trucks will now receive regular passenger plates instead of truck plates, and fees will be based on the same schedule as cars. Existing truck plates on non-commercial vehicles will continue to be renewed, but new registrations will receive passenger plates. Commercial trucks will continue to receive truck plates.

Rob - 28 Dec ’06

Blue - Commercial - wide dies

9518 KN
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Eric Tanner - 2 Jul ’02

Blue - GVW Truck

1431BG
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Eric Tanner - 5 Jan ’07

Blue - Handicapped

%S8476
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New dies. R0003 was seen with new dies, but R0060 was seen with old dies. R1658 had new dies.

Chris Chan - 20 Jan ’07

Blue - Historical Vehicle

074 754
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Yellow on navy blue series with 1970s dies. No longer issued, but still valid for existing registrations. New registrants get the fully-reflective blue/white series. Ten year validation interval; this example expires April 2016.

John Northup - 1 Aug ’09

Blue - narrow dies

ZZZ 999
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John reports having seen two ZZZ plates in Brighton, so perhaps that office got the last of the 6-digit plates. Plates have been observed as high as XHE 280 with no sticker box, and as low as XJH 451 with a sticker box in the lower right corner. Narrow dies low was UDU 000, reported by Eric 11/18/01.

Colin McGregor - 8 Mar ’15

Blue - Trailer - narrow dies

0G2412
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- 26 Feb ’04

Blue - Trailer - wide dies

Z 91025
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Eric reports official confirmation that the last wide die trailer plate was Z 99950. The first narrow die trailer plate was in the new configuration - 0B0001. This series has since been replaced by the new Permanent Trailer issue and is no longer revalidated.

John Northup - 26 May ’01

Blue - wide dies

UDT 999
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In 1994, narrower dies were adopted to allow seven characters on personalized plates. These moved onto passenger plates with the UDU xxx series. They eventually crept into all other plate series as well, completely replacing the 1982 die set, except for a few blue-base holdouts that clung to the large 1970s die set. As of 2007, all series were using even narrower 8-digit Florida-style dies.

Eric Tanner - 18 Nov ’01

Great Lakes Splendor - Commercial

F20 99D
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As with the passenger of this type, the "Month" and "Year" boxes have been eliminated. The highest reported truck series with the boxes is F13 26B. Note that this type is no longer issued to noncommercial pickups; they now get passenger plates (see note under "truck" above).

Eric Tanner - 1 Jun ’06

Great Lakes Splendor - Handicapped

%5050X
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Rob - 28 Dec ’06

Great Lakes Splendor - Motorcycle

41EP8
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Began in 1997 with other Bridge plates. Started at 00AA0.

Eric Tanner - 2 Mar ’06

Great Lakes Splendor - Passenger

0GR A02
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Screening has been changed to eliminate the "Month" and "Year" boxes in the blue band at the top of these plates since Michigan has changed to using a single validation sticker. The newer "Florida" dies are now in use on Bridge plates.

Low: 0AA A00 Eric

Chris Chan - 1 Apr ’07

Great Lakes Splendor - Purple Heart

115C5
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Isaac Wilson IV - 6 Mar ’06

Great Lakes Splendor - Trailer

128 6C3
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Phased out in favor of the "permanent trailer" plate. No longer revalidated.

Eric Tanner - 3 Aug ’04

Great Lakes Splendor - Veteran

7HXU6
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Smaller dies

Rob - 22 Dec ’06

World's Motor Capital

01 MVH
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No longer issued but still being revalidated. This type was not available as personalized. Low of AAA 04 reported by Bill on 2008-03-19.

Although these plates are still in use, they won't be for much longer. Michigan changed to a 10 year plate life as of 2015. All plates older than 10 years must be replaced. This will eliminate many Great Lakes Splendor plates and all World's Motor Capital plates during 2015.

Spencer - 17 Jul ’07