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Passenger plates are now in use with blue characters once again.

Charles Robinson reported that his local license office was instructed to pack up remaining blue number stock to be returned in preparation for the release of the red number stock on April 16, 2007, so it is likely that a number of combinations manufactured in the V and W series in blue stock were never issued. Charles also reported that as of October 2008, vanities are now flat, as are some special types. As of November 2008, all vanities and special types are now being made flat.

The DMV is scrapping flat plates and returning to embossed when its supply of aluminum for the flat plates runs out in May 2009. Drivers complained about the quality of the flats, and law enforcement officers said they had trouble distinguishing them from novelty plates sold in stores.

Upon reaching the end of the ZZZ Passenger series, the series reverted to AAA. The original run of 7 character plates always started at N in the center position and ran through Z, so the new issues will have the unused A through M combinations in the center position.

From Charles Robinson: 2016 NC stickers are white on black. Single month/year stickers will be issued after current inventory is exhausted...projected to be around May 2015.

Stan Schwartz advises that single month year stickers are in the format MM-YY with the license plate number printed under it in small letters. Black print on a plain white background.

North Carolina does not use the letters G, I, O, Q, or U.

Stickers

11 - white on yellow

12 - white on red

13 - white on blue

14 - white on green

15 - white on magenta

16 - white on black

Standard Passenger Plates

Passenger (First in Flight)

FJM-6638
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The current high has blue characters.

Red high: ZND-9976

Blue low: ZNE-1005

The official release date for the red character plates was April 16, 2007, but some were issued early. WTF-1973 is the blue high. WTF-1995 is the red low.

As noted above, the series progressed to AAA after ZZZ.

First series high: ZZZ-9905 2014-02-13 Gunther Frostyburger

Second series low: AAA-1010 2011-11-16 Tyler Rotondo

Richard Baucom reports new plates with 07 3M hologram with second squigglyline hologram- a first for NC.

OBX has been issued in Dare County, but it is a special issue since N.C. does not use O and begins the second alpha at N in each series. In a departure from normal issues, OBX-1 through OBX-9999 was issued from Dec. 1999 through July 25, 2000. An additional block of plates numbered from OBX-01 through OBX-0999 was made available on Aug. 14, 2000. There is an annual fee of $20 for OBX plates. For those who may be unfamiliar with North Carolina, OBX is a trendy designation associated with the Outer Banks region on the coast. OBX-9401 reported by Reid Williamson. OBX-6188 reported by Eric Sivertsen.

The OBX series has been extended. OBX71149 reported on 2015-06-29.

Another special issue is the GTP series that designates the North Carolina Global TransPark, which is an economic development area in eastern NC near Kinston. The high is GTP99822 from Ken Reager on 2008-06-10.

The GC suffix is used for another special issue that designates the Guilford Battleground Company, a non-profit that supports the Guilford Battleground National Military Park in Greensboro, NC. Chris Cargill reports 0366GC.

Chris Cargill reports that the XXX series was issued in the Greenville and Rocky Mount areas, but all of the plates were recalled because they looked too close to KKK. Ken Reager reports seeing XXX-3nnn in use on 9/12/08, so not all of them were pulled off the roads. Mike Sager reports XXX-3006 on 2009-02-28. Ken Reager reports XXX-3922 on 2010-07-02.

As of late June 2012, it appeared that the series jumped from the BCT to BKK, but Mike Sager has recently seen new plates with prefixes BCY, BCZ, BDE, and BDK, so it may be that the series didn't really jump, but rather the BKK plates were distributed out-of-order for whatever reason.

As of Dec. 2012, Mike Sager reports that it looks like BKK-1001 thru BKL-9999 and CDB-1001 thru ???-???? are the out-of-order sequences. He has seen a lot of BKK and BKL plates, and now a couple CDB plates, but nothing in between.

Walter Pilley reports BJZ-9454 on 2013-03-19, which is the highest in the regular progression below BKK. He also reports BKM-8227, which is the only plate reported between the BKL and CDB series.

Curtis Barwick reports BLD-3470 on 2013-03-26.

Walter reports BLY-6nnn on 2013-05-10.

Mike Sager reports BMC-3340 on 2013-05-12.

Ken Reager reports BMD-5nnn on 2013-05-20.

Walter reports BMX-1078 on 2013-07-02.

Mike Sager reports CAL-7507 on 2013-07-07.

Walter reports CAM-4000 on 2013-07-19, CAP-nnnn on 2013-08-01, and CAS-1182 on 2013-08-03.

Mike Sager reports CBA-8221 on 2013-08-03.

Walter reports CBB-1302 on 2013-08-31, CBH-4850 on 2013-09-02, CCJ-8303 on 2013-09-25, and CCS-1859 on 2013-09-29.

From Charles Robinson: The official press release for the optional "First in Freedom" plates will be June 24, one week before their availability. I understand these plates will be assigned a block from the current numbering system. Approximately 900,000 will be made for July availability (that would be close to half of the DAA-DMZ series, for example).

Walter Pilley - 7 Sep ’18

Passenger (First in Freedom)

PND-2564
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Began at PAA-1001. This is a second standard issue available to all registrants at no extra cost. Personalized plates are available on this type, but not special plates with full backgrounds. First available July 1, 2015.

Walter Pilley - 5 Sep ’18

Non-passenger Plates

Antique

58890
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Flat. Still blue numbers.

Mike Sager - 19 Aug ’18

Apportioned Truck

NH-1019
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MF skipped on Apportioned Truck because it is used for Manufacturer.

These plates now use smaller, 7 character dies, instead of the normal large, 6 character dies.

Walter Pilley - 5 Sep ’18

Dealer - Franchised

FD
83120
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Blue on white, embossed.

Walter Pilley - 18 Dec ’15

Dealer - Independent

ID
146265
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Walter Pilley - 5 Sep ’18

Dealer Transporter

TP117896
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Black on white. Most other types in NC are blue on white.

Walter Pilley - 30 May ’14

Farm Truck

YF-9711
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Curtis Barwick - 19 Feb ’16

For Hire

ZH-7210
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Issued to a wide variety of commercial vehicles for hire - light and medium duty delivery trucks, charter buses, limousines, tow trucks, etc. Low for this type is ZB-1001.

Curtis Barwick - 1 Jan ’16

Handicapped

$
HD
1266D
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Previous Handicapped formats were HD1234 and 1234HD. Still blue characters.

Walter Pilley - 23 Dec ’15

Manufacturer

MF-3483
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Walter Pilley - 13 Apr ’15

Motorcycle

6F8540
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Serial letter normally advances before leftmost number. However, plates in the 4H and 5H series were apparently inadvertently made and issued out of sequence between the 3H and 3J series.

Plate 5H7240 was apparently issued way out of sequence, and the sequence is not clear. In April 2007 series 2W was issued, and in June 2007 series 2Z was issued, but 3D and 3F series had been out for over a year. Otherwise nothing over the mid-3 series.

Walter Pilley - 17 Oct ’15

Permanent - For Hire

ZB-48748
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Issued to heavy trucks for hire - dump trucks, truck tractors, etc. ZB prefix is constant.

Curtis Barwick - 18 Nov ’15

Permanent Commercial

YA131653
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Issued to heavy-duty trucks and truck tractors. Not really permanent. Original format was YA-00000.

The high of YA022418 was reported on 2009-10-06, but this series apparently jumped to the YA10nnnn block recently.

Curtis Barwick - 8 Oct ’15

Taxi

TC-1017
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Mike Sager - 31 Aug ’18

Temporary

24208354
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Black on white paper

Here is a clarification from Ric Allison about Temporary plates: There are two different types of temp plate categories. The one listed with all numbers is a temp purchased with a new car sale while waiting for a new plate from a dealer only. These are issued for 30 days. No more, no less.

The one with TA, TB, TC etc... Are sold by DMV when a customer requests a multi use temp tag. The are issued for 10 days for someone who is selling a vehicle for demo purposes, or someone from outside NC who bought a car here and returning home. These are also issued more commonly by DMV for people requesting an insurance hearing for lapses in their insurance. When their tag is suspended, and actually taken by law enforcement, they would be issued this temp plate to drive on until their insurance hearing at which point, it would either be requested to be turned in or surrendered after all fines are paid and a new regular plate issued.

T high: TC64873 2015-02-23 Walter Pilley

Mike Sager - 8 Sep ’18

Trailer

CH-48625
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CG series not used since North Carolina does not use the letter G.

Curtis Barwick - 15 Feb ’16

Trailer - Multi-Year

AE-44778
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Black on white embossed with "MULTI YEAR" legend, but otherwise undated. Earlier plates were in the AY-12345 format, then AZ-12345. now AA-12345.

Mike Sager - 9 Feb ’16

Transporter

TP 69949
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We had a 2010 high of TP114064, but the latest high (which was a new plate) was in the TP 60000 series and had black characters on a green background.

Walter Pilley - 11 Oct ’15

Weighted

JF-5219
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Issued to medium-duty trucks.

This plate also uses the narrow 7 character dies instead of the normal 6 character dies.

From Curtis Barwick: Evidently Farm Trucks will never use the FA-FZ prefix again as WEIGHTED trucks are now using it. As far as I know, Farm Trucks in the FL-1001 thru FZ-9999 series have never been replaced and some are still on the road though I haven't seen one lately. FA-1001 thru FK-9999 series were replaced in 1990.

Walter Pilley - 5 Sep ’18

Specialty Plates

82nd Airborne

4117
AA
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Flat

Mike Sager - 28 Aug ’15

American Indians

AI
311E
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A/I 001A seems to be the new format after A/I 9999.

Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Animal Lovers

F646
IC
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Flat

Original format was 0000 I/C.

Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Appalachian State Univ.

A6163
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Flat

Mike Sager - 9 Feb ’16

Appalachian Trail

C123
AT
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Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Auburn University

1408
AU
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Flat

Curtis Barwick - 1 Jan ’16

Blue Ridge Parkway

24D4
BP
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Flat

Original format was 1234 B/P, then A123 B/P, now 1A23 B/P.

These plates are also available as Motorcycle in the 1234 B/R format.

Motorcycle high: 0264B/R

Progression: The digit in the first position progresses last, so the current series is 1A01 - 1Z99, then 2A01 - 2Z99, then 3A01 and up.

Mike Sager - 14 Aug ’15

Breast Cancer Awareness

5155
BC
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Flat

Mike Sager reports R225 B/C, which must be a personalized version of this plate since it is so far out of sequence.

Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Bronze Star

4425
BS
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Flat

Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

8137H
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Flat

Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Carolina Hurricanes

5341
CH
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Flat

Mike Sager - 29 Nov ’15

Carolina Panthers

J049-CP
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Mike Sager - 31 Aug ’18

Clemson University

4012C
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Mike Sager - 5 Dec ’15

Coast Guard

CG
5768
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Walter Pilley - 16 Apr ’14

Coastal Federation

9204
CF
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Flat

Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Core Sound

1561
CS
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Embossed, new design

Mike Sager - 29 Jul ’15

Davidson College

0712
DA
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Embossed

Mike Sager - 21 Nov ’13

Disabled Veteran

2K43
DV
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Previous formats were D/V 0000, 0000 D/V, and Z123D/V.

Walter Pilley - 24 Nov ’15

Ducks Unlimited

8929
DU
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New design with lighthouse scene. Low for new type is 1545 D/U.

Mike Sager - 6 Feb ’16

Duke University

D3077
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Mike Sager - 24 Nov ’15

Durham Bulls

DB
0633
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Minor league baseball team

Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Eagle Scout

3670
ES
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2250 E/S is the lowest flat reported.

Mike Sager - 6 Feb ’16

East Carolina University

E6810
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Mike Sager - 9 Feb ’16

Fire Fighter

VF
434B
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Walter Pilley - 24 Apr ’15

Fire Fighter Rescue Squad

RF
5303
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Walter Pilley - 29 Jun ’15

First In Forestry

2744
FF
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Mike Sager - 22 Jul ’15

Florida Gators

1207
FG
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Ken Reager - 22 Jan ’09

Florida Seminoles

A187
NL
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Curtis Barwick - 4 Sep ’15

Fraternal Order of Police

7387
FP
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Flat

Mike Sager - 10 Nov ’15

Georgia Tech University

0656
GT
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Flat

Mike Sager - 22 Oct ’15

High Point University

0373
HU
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Flat

Mike Sager - 17 Aug ’12

Highway Patrol (Ret.)

1557
HP
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Walter Pilley - 2 Jan ’15

In God We Trust

3906
SA
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Flat

Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Int'l. Assoc. of Fire Fighters

3936
PF
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Walter Pilley - 5 Jul ’15

Iraqi Veteran

0626
IV
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Walter Pilley - 21 Jan ’16

Kids First

2901
KF
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Flat

Mike Sager - 26 Jun ’15

Knights of Columbus

K811
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Paul Casadonte - 25 Mar ’13

Korean Veteran

0962 KV
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Mike Sager - 17 Feb ’14

Lenoir Rhyne University

0606
LR
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Flat

Walter Pilley - 13 Mar ’15

Masons

6622M
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Flat

Mike Sager - 6 Feb ’16

Medal of Valor

0358V
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Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Meredith College

0695
NC
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Mike Sager - 28 Oct ’15

NASCAR

0915
NR
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Registration numbers embossed, stacked N/R and all other graphics screened

Mike Sager - 9 Jan ’14

National Guard

2182
ng
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Walter Pilley - 7 Oct ’15

National Rifle Association

0970
RA
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Flat, new type

Walter Pilley - 3 Feb ’16

National Wild Turkey Federation

WT
0463
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Mike Sager - 22 Feb ’15

NC A&T University

T3696
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Flat

Walter Pilley - 5 Feb ’15

NC Central University

2674E
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Flat

Mike Sager - 8 Sep ’18

NC State University

S013F
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Flat

Mike Sager - 27 Dec ’15

Nursing

N2370
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Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Partially Disabled Veteran

PD
4088
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Walter Pilley - 24 Aug ’15

Piedmont Airlines

0587
PA
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Piedmont Airlines was a big part of North Carolina history. It was founded in 1948, and was purchased by US Airways in 1989.

Walter Pilley - 18 Nov ’15

Police Benevolent Assoc.

1302
PB
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The B/V suffix has also been used.

Mike Sager - 12 Sep ’15

Purdue University

B0734
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Flat

Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Purple Heart

PH
167E
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Flat

Mike Sager - 22 Oct ’15

Real Estate Agent

0190
RE
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Mike Sager - 27 Apr ’15

Rescue Squad

RS
2786
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Walter Pilley - 28 Aug ’15

Retired Law Enforcement

3210
LE
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Walter Pilley - 23 Dec ’15

Retired Military

V517R
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It appears that after reaching 9999R, this series changed to an M prefix. Retired Air Force, Army, and Navy all share this format with their individual seals. Format now appears to be A123R.

Walter Pilley - 23 Nov ’14

Rocky Mountain Elk

5026
EF
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Flat

Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Rotary International

0546
RI
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Adam Garstka - 25 Apr ’14

SCUBA

1035
DI
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Flat

Mike Sager - 1 Feb ’13

Sea Turtle

B264
ST
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Flat

Mike Sager - 8 Sep ’18

Share The Road

1850
SR
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Walter Pilley - 27 Nov ’14

Silver Star

D403
ss
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Walter Pilley - 14 Jan ’15

Smoky Mountains

55E5
SM
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Flat

Original format was 1234 S/M. New style plates started at J001 S/M. After reaching Z999, series progressed to the 1A01 series, and now the 11A1 series.

Mike Sager - 3 Jan ’16

Sons of Confederate Veterans

C047
CV
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Walter Pilley - 16 Feb ’16

State Parks

7490
SP
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A new type in Feb. 2009

Mike Sager - 5 Dec ’15

Support Our Troops

1386
US
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Flat

Walter Pilley - 9 Jan ’15

Tobacco Heritage

1293
TH
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Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Trout Unlimited

1222
TU
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Walter Pilley - 19 Dec ’15

UNCW

W2326
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Flat

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

Univ of NC - Charlotte

Q1790
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Walter Pilley - 10 Oct ’15

University of Alabama

1256
ua
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Walter Pilley - 22 Jun ’15

University of Florida

3426
UF
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Flat

Mike Sager - 6 Feb ’16

University of Georgia

0657
ga
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Mike Sager - 28 Aug ’15

University of Kentucky

0552
UK
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Walter Pilley - 17 Jul ’15

University of Michigan

0347
um
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Mike Sager - 28 Oct ’15

University of North Carolina

U186Z
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U is constant. Numbers advance before suffix letter. Original format was U1234.

Ken Reager - 12 Mar ’14

University of South Carolina

2915
SC
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Mike Sager - 12 Oct ’15

Veterans Of Foreign Wars

2101
FW
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Mike Sager - 6 Sep ’15

Vietnam Veteran

E824
VV
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Flat

A123 V/V format follows 9999 V/V.

Mike Sager - 6 Feb ’16

Virginia Tech

V1785
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V1570 was reported as flat, but V1620 was reported as embossed.

Mike Sager - 2 Aug ’15

Wake Forest University

F2809
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Mike Sager - 22 Feb ’15

Watermelon

0917
WM
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Mike Sager - 10 Aug ’11

Western Carolina University

C1278
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Flat

Mike Sager - 26 Jun ’15

Western Square Dancer

0787
SD
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Mike Sager - 14 Dec ’14

Wild Turkey

WT
0463
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Mike Sager - 10 Aug ’15

Wildlife

5502
WC
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Flat

Walter Pilley - 31 Oct ’15

Winston-Salem State University

1478
WS
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Flat

This type originally used a "X" prefix letter, but now uses the "W/S" suffix.

Mike Sager - 23 Dec ’15

World War II Veteran

0553
WV
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Mike Sager - 25 Nov ’14