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All new Nevada issues are flat, except for the Sesquicentennial.

Update: Nevada has moved plate production to a new location and changed back to embossed plates as of July 13, 2015. A small embossed state shape replaces the dot separator.

According to the DMV, starting 7/1/16 there will be a rolling replate so all vehicles will have embossed plates with the new dies. Older plates replaced first, keeping the same number, "new" plates will be mailed with registration sticker

Stickers

11 - black on green

12 - black on orange

13 - black on yellow

14 - black on green

15 - black on orange

16 - black on yellow

17 - black on green

Standard Passenger Plates

2016 series

604 F21
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Michael Smith - 29 Jun ’18

Passenger

48H 925
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Spotted in Las Vegas

The latest change is from flats to embossed with different dies and the state shape in the middle. As noted, these plates came into use in July, 2015.

Flat high: 53B nnn

Embossed low: 65B 013

Having issued all of the A series through 999·AZZ, the issue progressed to the new format of 00A·000, which will run through 99Z·999. After 99Z 999, the next series will be 000 A00-999 Z99.

Plate production moved out of state prison to a new facility on 7/13/15. With the move plates will return to embossed print instead of flat.

Series low: 00A·017 2015-08-15 Michael Smith

The A series followed part of the L series, which followed the Y series. (See below)

The 1982 blue base went through at least ANM, so it is likely the current issue started at ANP, but the lowest reported so far has been ANU.

The current base began in January, 2001, replacing the previous base by the end of that year. Plates were embossed through late 2006 when flat plates were introduced.

Series began at 001·MAA (but see note at bottom since L series plates are now being issued as of June 2013.)

Embossed high: 836·TUM

Flat low: nnn·TUP

Jayson Elliot reports 833·TUR and 445·TUU embossed, so there seems to have been some flipping back and forth between embossed and flats.

Tony Mahoney reports a TUT embossed and a TUV flat.

Although the series began at MAA, there are lower plates on the road because the owners kept their old numbers from the previous base.

Note: When the ZAA series began to appear in early 2011, it was reported to us that the Z series was being introduced as the new Dealer plate, however, that report seems to have been incorrect. Regular Pass. plates were around XJA at the time, so the Z series was way out of sequence. Only ZAA through ZCC have been reported to us. 003·ZCC is the high reported by Michael Smith on 2016-02-08. Z series plates changed back to embossed late in the ZBG series.

We now have a partial answer from the Nevada DMV about the Z series. Those plates are part of a "special program." No details were given. The odd part is that even the holders of Z series plates have not been told why they received them, or what the significance of them is.

Now we have this information from Michael Smith regarding the Z series: The "choose to receive new license plates" referred to below are the Z series.

Customers (of dealers) can choose to receive new license plates or to transfer their current license plates and use applicable credits. The registration certificate, decal and license plates (if any) are mailed to the new owner.

This inquiry also yielded some other information. Upon reaching 999·YZZ, Nevada will remain in 6 character plates by doing as Virginia did at one time issuing plates with the letters I, O, and Q. However, it appears that Nevada is holding off with the I. O, and Q plates temporarily because the latest plates issued after the end of the Y series have been in the L series. Johnathan Baker reports that after reaching upon YZZ, apparently they decided to continue where they left off on the L series, so they might have started LDE since LDD was where they left off on the 1986 base.

Y series high: 396·YZZ 2014-08-27 Michael Smith

L series high: 997·LZZ 2014-10-18 Michael Smith

A series low: 4nn·ANU 2015-03-11 Andy DeCeunynck

Michael Smith - 22 Apr ’18

Non-passenger Plates

Apportioned

104028P
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Nevada issues two kinds of apportioned plates, Numbers ending in a "P" are for trucks, and numbers ending in "A" are for buses (motor coaches) and some limo companies also opt to use these.

Low for A plates: 00086 A

High for A plates: 55632 A

Michael Smith - 4 May ’18

Classic Rod

N770
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Number 0914 was reported in the same location by Eric Sivertsen on both Classic Rod and Street Rod plates, both on classic Porsche 914s. What is the difference between a Classic Rod and a Street Rod in Nevada, especially when both plates can appear on the same model car? If you know, please tell us!

Michael Smith - 26 Jun ’18

Classic Vehicle

0F38
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Flat

Series went from 0001-9999, then 001-999, and now to 000A-999Z. Letter in last position as not to interfere with previously issued clark county plates from the 70's that were CVx nnn.

From Michael Smith: There has been a dramatic increase in classic rod and classic vehicle plates over the last 2 years because vehicles with these plates are exempt from the yearly smog check. So vehicles that are over 20 years old and otherwise couldn't pass the test get around the law this way.

Michael Smith - 4 May ’18

Dealer

DLR
66566
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D 7350 W spotted on a trailer.

Michael Smith - 8 Jan ’16

Handicapped

G7151
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Flat

Wheelchair symbol precedes number

Progressed to A0001 after 99999.

Embossed high: 79720

Flat low: 82120

Michael Smith - 30 Apr ’18

Motorcycle

322689
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New series with sunset graphic is now appearing in the six digit numeric style with leading zeroes.

While plates were in the 200000 series, there was a jump to the 900000 block. It is possible that the 900000 series is equivalent to the Z series for Pass.

900000 series high: 900065 2015-03-16 Michael Smith

Earlier series began as all numeric. After reaching 99999, the next series was 0A000 - 9Z999, then 00A00 - and up. Floating letter moved right as combinations in each digit ran out.

This plate (as well as the previous version) is also used on small trailers.

Jayson Elliot reports 033442 as flat, but higher plates, such as 034861, have been embossed.

Michael Smith - 22 Apr ’18

Street Rod

0914
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Street Rod preceeds the numbers.

See notes for Classic Rod.

Eric Sivertsen - 5 May ’06

Temporary

NW-423-902
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New temporary tags now have a printed # on paper tag instead of old handwritten expiration date.

Michael Smith - 22 Apr ’18

Trailer

24813X
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Series started in the 80's with numbers ending in F. Followed by G, H, J, K, L, M, S, U, and now V. I, O, and Q skipped because the state doesn't use those letters. N was used on the Nevada 125th anniversary plate issued in 1989. P and R saved for apportioned. T was used previously as trailer plates.

Michael Smith - 22 Apr ’18

Specialty Plates

Agriculture

AG
5024
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Now flat

Michael Smith - 8 Mar ’15

Animal Appreciation

SN
5021
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This plate has always been flat.

S/N stands for "Spay & Neuter."

S/N 0001 reported as a low by Eric Sivertsen.

Michael Smith - 19 Feb ’16

Aviation

AV
1024
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This plate is flat. Supports education and construction through the Nevada Airport Managers Association.

Note: This plate has been discontinued for failing to meet minimum standards. Current plate holders are not required to surrender the plates as long as the plates are used on a vehicle continuously. Plates may be transferred to a new vehicle but not to another person.

Issued from 5/31/05 to 12/31/06.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 16 Dec ’11

Breast Cancer

PK
1924
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Michael Smith - 23 Jul ’14

Children in Arts

AR
E285
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Flat

This plate was embossed until around A/R 8200. The highest reported embossed is A/R 8107.

Series went from 9999 to A000

Johnathan Baker - 27 Jul ’18

Citizenship Project

CP
8948
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Supports the Citizenship Project in Las Vegas. The plate has always been flat.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 9 Apr ’15

Disabled Veteran

C818
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Now flat

On regular passenger base with DISABLED VETERAN stacked to the left of the numbers.

Handicap symbol has been added to right side of plate.

After 9999 went to three digits, 000-999. Then to A000-Z999

Michael Smith - 26 Jan ’16

Ducks Unlimited

DU
2441
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Supports wetlands conservation efforts by the Nevada Waterfowl Association. This plate has always been flat.

Note: This plate has been discontinued for failing to meet minimum standards. Current plate holders are not required to surrender the plates as long as the plates are used on a vehicle continuously. Plates may be transferred to a new vehicle but not to another person.

Issued from 8/1/05 to 12/31/06.

Michael Smith - 6 Aug ’13

Gold Star Family

FV
0422
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 5 Jan ’16

Hoover Dam

BC
4444
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Flat

B/C stands for Boulder City, the sponsor of the plate.

Michael Smith - 11 May ’14

Horse Power

HP
A084
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White text on blue background, always flat. A white wild horse and several wild burros illustration is on the left, with "Wild & Free" on the bottom.

Michael Smith - 8 Jan ’16

Hot August Nights

RS
4538
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Supports childrens charities operated by the Hot August Nights car enthusiast club in Reno. This plate has always been flat.

Michael Smith - 12 Nov ’13

Lake Tahoe

LT45557
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Flat

Jayson Elliot reports LT31791 highest embossed and LT31800 as the lowest flat seen so far.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 31 Jan ’16

Las Vegas Centennial

LV
L17G
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Progression:

L/V 0000 - L/V 9999

L/V A000 - L/V Z999

L/V 000A - L/V 999Z

L/V 0A00 - L/V 9Z99

L/V 00A0 - L/V 99Z9

L/V AA00 - L/V ZZ99

L/V A0A0 - L/V Z9Z9

These plates were embossed from the start through L/V 999D in the third series. Flat plates began at L/V 000E with a much smaller font, which was apparently unpopular with the MVD because L/V 000F through L/V 999F plates were back to the embossed style. Flat plates returned with L/V 000G through L/V 999Z, and continued in next series. Thanks to John Walters for this information.

Michael Smith - 23 Jun ’18

Las Vegas Springs

VS
02688
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Now flat

This plate has been discontinued due to inadequate number of plates sold.

Michael Smith - 13 Dec ’14

Masonic Lodge

MS
5697
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 19 Dec ’12

Miss/Exploit Child

MX
B310
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Originally issued with horizontal MX prefix, but stacked M/X since #1700.

This type was originally embossed, but has been flat since around M/X 7100.

After M/X9999 was reached switched to M/X A000.

Michael Smith - 12 Nov ’14

Mount Charleston

7455
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Originally embossed, now flat

Supports the natural environment of the Mount Charleston area through grants administered by the Nevada Division of State Lands.

Michael Smith - 4 May ’18

Nevada Libraries

NL
1271
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This plate has always been flat.

Note: This plate has been discontinued for failing to meet minimum standards. Current plate holders are not required to surrender the plates as long as the plates are used on a vehicle continuously. Plates may be transferred to a new vehicle but not to another person.

Issued from 6/18/05 to 12/31/06.

Michael Smith - 3 Dec ’13

Nevada Test Site

AT
2541
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Michael Smith - 4 May ’13

Nevada Tourism

NV
2525
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This plate has always been flat.

Note: This plate has been discontinued for failing to meet minimum standards. Current plate holders are not required to surrender the plates as long as the plates are used on a vehicle continuously. Plates may be transferred to a new vehicle but not to another person.

Issued from 6/27/05 to 12/31/07.

Joey Hurd - 8 May ’10

Organ Donor

DL
3013
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Now flat

Michael Smith - 11 May ’14

Outside Las Vegas

FL
3081
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Flat

This plate has been discontinued due to inadequate number of plates sold.

Michael Smith - 13 Dec ’14

Professional Firefighter

PF
7401
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Originally embossed, now flat.

Michael Smith - 29 Nov ’14

Pyramid Lake

PL
1411
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Progression notes from Jayson Elliot - 123, A12, 12A, 1A2, 1234, 123, and A12 are only embossed, 1A2 and 1234 are only flat, and 12A is mostly embossed (high is 19P) with some flat (low is 61S). After 9Z9 added fourth digit starting at 0000.

Michael Smith - 15 May ’18

Red Rock Canyon

RC
4106
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Flat

Michael Smith - 18 Feb ’15

Reno Air Races

RR
3580
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This plate has always been flat.

Michael Smith - 3 Apr ’15

Rodeo

NR
J121
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Flat

Series went from 9999 - A000

Johnathan Baker - 26 Apr ’18

Sesquicentennial

M444
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Flat except for embossed registration characters.

Available from 2013-07-29 to 2016-10-31.

These plates are being made in Oregon by Irwin-Hodson.

After 9999 went to A000-Z999.

Michael Smith - 22 Apr ’18

Support Wildlife

SW
8287
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This plate has always been flat.

Michael Smith - 15 Feb ’15

Supporting March of Dimes

SC
0591
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No longer issued.

Michael Smith - 11 Aug ’13

Teamsters

TM
0544
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Flat

No longer issued.

Michael Smith - 6 Feb ’14

Thunderbirds

SD
0577
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Thunderbirds a.k.a. as Star Dusters (S/D)

No longer issued.

Michael Smith - 9 Sep ’13

United We Stand

123L
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Series progressed 0001-9999 then A000-Z999 and now 000A-999Z.

This plate has always been flat. It used smaller, harder to read flat numbers through U/S 5999, then used larger versions for U/S 6000 and up.

Low: U/S 0015 (same person also has U/S 0003)

Michael Smith - 23 Apr ’18

UNLV

17324
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The old version was a rebel on a white base. It was issued from 1993 to March 2010 and it's still a valid plate.

Michael Smith - 22 Apr ’18

UNR (Wolf Pack)

19011
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Originally embossed, now flat.

The old version was a large blue N on a white base. It was issued from 1993 to September 2011 and it's still valid.

Michael Smith - 25 Nov ’15

V & T Railroad

VT
3178
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Virginia & Truckee Railroad

This plate is still embossed.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 24 Dec ’14

Veteran

U009
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Embossed

After 9999, series went to A001.

Michael Smith - 23 Apr ’18

Volunteer Firefighter

VF
1646
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Embossed

Michael Smith - 9 Feb ’15