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Flat plates have come to South Carolina. A press release from the South Carolina DMV dated 2007-09-18 reported that the standard issue "Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places" graphic is the first to change to a flat, digitally produced format in September. Starting in October, Personalized, Permanent Trailer, Amateur Radio, Disabled Veteran, and Dealer plates will change to flat. The new flat general issue "palmetto sunrise" plate began to appear in June and July 2008.

Stickers

black on white

Standard Passenger Plates

2017 series

QFE 202
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Derreck Cole - 11 Sep ’18

2008 Series (Sunrise)

NYC 900
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"Sunrise" design. Flat (3M font) Began: July 1, 2008 Ended: unknown Low reported: AAA 103 Letter O not used. Letters I, Q, U are in use. As with the previous base, TGR, USC, and USA (see below) are issued out of order. Black month stickers indicate plate mailed directly from 3M manufacturing facility (3M printed the stickers); Red month stickers issued by DMV.

Walter Pilley - 21 Aug ’17

Passenger

304 XXM
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"Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places" base. Began 1/1/1998, Ended 6/30/2008. Embossed high: 589 XBJ Flat low: 568 XBK Numbers 101 to 999 used on flat version; embossed version ended letter series at 900. Optional letter series issued out-of-order: TAG (as in car tag), TGR (for fans of Clemson Univ. Tigers), USC (for fans of Univ. of S.Car.), UNC (for fans of Univ. of N. Car.), and UGA (for fans of the Univ. of Ga.) [Optional letter series issued numbers 101 to 999]. Ben Bunton reports that the use of the letter U on regular plates began in the Nxx series. Letters I, O, Q not used.

Ken Reager - 10 Jun ’09

Non-passenger Plates

Antique

13470
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Flat

Ben Bunton - 29 Oct ’14

Camper

KT
46510
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Flat. CT prefix still in use by renewal. K/T prefix began at 10001.

Ben Bunton - 30 Aug ’14

County Government

CG72674
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Went flat around CG63000

Mark Eckels - 16 Jun ’15

Dealer

X622649
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Annual issue began 2009. The first digit after the X denotes the last digit of the expiration year.

2015 (black on gray) expiration high: X519305 2014-12-30 Ben

2014 (black on lt. yellow) expiration high: X419014 2014-04-25 Ben

2013 (black on gray) expiration high: X322440 2013-07-26 Ben

2012 (black on lt. yellow) expiration high: X219587 2012-05-01 Ben

2011 (black on gray)

2010 (black on lt. blue) expiration high: X015357 2010-05-06 Ben

2009 (black on lt. green) expiration high: X923870 2009-06-20 Ben

Mark Eckels - 23 Feb ’16

Farm

30335FM
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After FM99999, the series started over at FM1001 (embossed). Flat low: FM4918 After FM9999, went to 10001FM (suffix instead of a prefix)

Ben Bunton - 26 Sep ’14

Fleet

FV28619
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Now flat

Adam Garstka - 7 Oct ’15

Handicapped

%111599W
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Flat

Palmetto tree design in background, first issued January 2, 2010. "W" is now a suffix. Numbering began at 1001W. Smaller handicapped logo on left side.

Previous base (black/white) high: 98151. W was part of the plate number as a prefix, but not displayed as part of the serial (printed on the sticker and registration only.)

Mark Eckels - 11 Nov ’15

Motorcycle

ZE
19513
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Now flat

After reaching ZZ 9999, the series went to a stacked Z/A format with 5 digits.

Handicapped Motorcycle 1051Z was spotted on 2014-08-27 by Ben Bunton.

Antique Motorcycle ZA 1209 was spotted on 11-09-2005 by Dennis Griesemer.

Walter Pilley - 17 Nov ’15

Permanent Trailer

4460PT
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After exceeding PT99999, the series continued in PV. Ben Bunton reports seeing PV10001, which could be the first in the PV series. Changed from embossed to flat between PV36000 and PV39000. After PV99999, series changed to PT suffix, beginning at 1001PT.

Permanent Trailer originally debuted in mid 80s as TP10001 to about TP 25000, then started at PT00000. When the law changed in 1997 or 98, TP Prefix was for fleets of 7 or more trailers, but no limit is required any more.

Ben Bunton - 12 Nov ’14

State Government

11392SG
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Now flat

Embossed high: SG96440

Flat low: SG96977

SG99nnn reserved for State Government Low Speed Vehicle. Format changed to nnnnnSG after SG98999.

Ben Bunton - 6 Nov ’14

State Government Motorcycle

SG1115
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Dennis Griesemer - 21 Apr ’09

Trailer

TL85058
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Dennis Griesemer - 21 Apr ’04

Truck

P539919
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New design with black letter/numbers. Has "Property Carrying" across top of plate framed by a blue horizontal line on top and a red horizontal line on the bottom.

Embossed high: P393487 2012-12-31 Ken Reager

Flat low: P393513 2011-09-26 Ken Reager

Mark Eckels - 30 Jan ’16

Utility Trailer

UT16442
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Dennis Griesemer - 21 Apr ’04

Utility Trailer - Permanent

UP31978
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Blue on white. UP stands for Utility Permanent. Can be seen on large trailers. DMV issues according to ownership, rather than use.

Adam Garstka - 7 Oct ’15

Specialty Plates

Arts

BE
634
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"Driven by the Arts" at top, state name at bottom.

B/E 525 was embossed, but B/E 634 is flat.

Ric Allison - 20 Aug ’14

Clemson Tigers

T21933
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Low: T1

Changed to flat around T17500

Ken Reager reports T17499 embossed.

Adam Garstka - 1 May ’15

Confederate Veterans

CV
2318
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Embossed

Mark Eckels - 25 Oct ’15

Ducks Unlimited

DU
4248
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Now flat

Mark Eckels - 15 Aug ’12

Emergency Medical Svcs

EA
1170
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Has always been flat.

Adam Garstka - 6 Oct ’14

Endangered Species

K11371
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Discontinued after K9999. Most offices are out of stock as of March 2010.

The state has now decided to offer this type again. Flat plates started at K10000.

Original design was Bald Eagle 1994-2002 when Turtle design began.

New design with darker background began Oct.2012. Old design ended K10561, New design began K11000.

Ben Bunton - 15 Nov ’13

First in Golf

GF4019
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Ken Reager - 24 Oct ’14

Fraternal Order Of Police

LE
3845
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Flat

Ben Bunton - 5 Nov ’14

Georgia Tech

YJ
673
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Has always been flat.

Low: Y/J4

Ken Reager - 27 Jan ’15

In God We Trust

358 5HW
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This is an optional plate. No additional fee is charged for it. The series started at 100 1AA. Lowest spotted: 102 1AA.

Ken Reager spotted embossed 333 3WL, which must be a specially requested plate.

Embossed high: 394 6DT

Flat low: 490 0DT

Mark Eckels - 30 Jan ’16

National Guard

NG
33897
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Mark Eckels - 16 Jun ’15

Presbyterian College

PC
691
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P/C 1 reported as a low on the campus by Ken Reager.

Ken Reager - 6 Sep ’12

Public Education

16194
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Now flat

"Public Education...A Great Investment"

Ken Reager - 28 Oct ’14

SC State University

D 5438
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Ken Reager - 25 May ’15

Share The Road

BK
3616
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Ben Bunton - 3 Nov ’14

Shriners

SR4075
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Ken Reager - 16 Dec ’11

University of Georgia

GA
527
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Adam Garstka - 25 Sep ’15

University of North Carolina

TH
0206
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Walter Pilley - 12 May ’15

University of South Carolina

U29336
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Now flat

Mark Eckels - 30 Jan ’16

Veteran

VT
40533
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Veteran (handicapped): same design, but with handicapped logo above the star. High: V/T40040 (began at 40001)

Veteran (motorcycle): same design as passenger.

High: V/T80032 (began at 80001)

Mark Eckels - 7 Aug ’15

Vietnam Veteran

VV
7523
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Now flat

V/V 1 reported as a low by Dean W.

Ben Bunton - 22 Oct ’14

Wild Turkey

WT
1000
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Began flat at 1000, now stacked prefix.

Low: WT4

Ben Bunton - 21 Mar ’13