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The new 2012 general issue base is being called the "Texas Classic" plate. Counties must exhaust their remaining supply of the 2009 base before issuing them. This base will be issued for Passenger and Truck in the same format.

The new 2009 7 character base is still in use. Current supplies of the ABC-123 base were still issued until they were exhausted. This new base was mainly for new registrations, but anyone could pay an additional fee to upgrade to the new plates. Otherwise, existing plates will be replaced by the new base after they have been in use for 7 years. The format of this new issue is BC1-D234.

Vincent Perillo reports that around the BT series, the color on the Texas Sky has changed to a darker more true blue color.

True blue low: BT2-G896

True blue high: BW9-T969

After this the color returned to the normal shade with more green in it as was seen on the BB-BS series until the shade changed dramatically at CJ3.

Original blue low: BW9-V863

Gregory McWaters reported that the blue sky has been lightened around the CJ series to enhance legibility. He reports the blue Texas sky is more cloudy or maybe it would be better to describe as "hazy". Very little blue remains except at the top edge. The license number is completely on a white backround. The Davis mountain range remains along with the red and dark blue in the top left along with the lone star. "TEXAS" is outlined in a thin line of blue to help it stand out.

Variations:

Darker blue sky: CJ3-V996 Truck darker blue sky: AX3-7762

Lighter blue sky: CJ3-W031 Truck lighter blue sky: AX4-5339

David Wilson sent us this information from the TX DOT website (note especially the reference to the small circled number at the bottom of the plates):

Standard Passenger Plates

2012 Base

LDV 8535
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Black on white

This new general issue base is being called the "Texas Classic" plate. Counties must exhaust their remaining supply of the 2009 base before issuing them.

Vincent Perillo reports the serial font is bolder than on the 2009 plate, also the space between each character is larger than on the previous issue.

Brian Lasaine informs us that the "Texas Classic" plate will be used for both Passenger and Truck, however, as with Passenger plates, each county must use their supply of 2009 base Truck plates before issuing the new base to Trucks.

Low: BBB-0048 2013-11-13 Brian Lasaine (seen in Houston)

- 3 Aug ’18

2009 Base

DZ5 H930
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Now in use. Progression appears to with the number in the prefix increasing, so after BB1-Z999 would come BB2-B001.

Wally Punzmann reports a low of BB1-B191. Remember that Texas does not use vowels on Pass. plates, but they are now on truck. The lowest Pass. plate should be BB1-B001.

The series progressed from DT to DW, skipping DU because U is a vowel, and DV because that is used for Disabled Veteran.

Ben Maltz - 8 Oct ’13

Passenger

VLX 999
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The Texas shaped separator is the color of the state flag, instead of previous solid red. Another new change is that the shuttle has the American flag on the side.

The change to the new graphic base was at the J99-GPZ/J01-GRB break. The 123-BBB format followed Z99-ZZZ. BBB-123 follows 999-ZZZ.

High for 123-BBB series: 097-ZZX 2014-12-18 Gunther Frostyburger

Phillip Mendoza - 16 Aug ’12

Non-passenger Plates

Antique Auto

JSH-S7
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Brian Lasaine - 15 Apr ’15

Apportioned Truck

R37-8767
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On the new Texas Classic base. From Brian Lasaine:

Date: June 27, 2013 To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors Subject: Issuance of Front and Rear Apportioned Plates PURPOSE To advise all counties and law enforcement that certain classifications of Apportioned vehicles will now be issued two license plates. DETAILS Beginning Monday, July 1, 2013, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) will start issuing a front and a rear Apportioned license plate to certain vehicle classifications. Apportioned Truck (TK) and Apportioned Bus (BS) vehicle classifications in TxIRP will be issued two Apportioned plates. This change is to assist law enforcement to easily identify vehicle information by the license plate number from the rear of the vehicle since previously a single Apportioned plate was displayed only on the front. The types of vehicles the new double Apportioned license plates will be issued to may include buses and pickups (e.g., vehicles that �traditionally do not pull trailers�). Both the new double Apportioned plate and the existing single Apportioned plates will be seven characters. The double Apportioned plate pattern will begin with the letter �K� and the existing single Apportioned plate pattern will begin with the letter �R�. For tax assessor-collectors, beginning July 1, 2013, in RTS, you will notice �APPORTIONED TRK DOUBLE PLT� as a new Plate Type on the Class/Plate/Sticker Type Choice (REG008) screen when processing a title transaction on a vehicle to be registered as Apportioned. If you have any questions, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center. COUNTY ACTION Distribute to staff as appropriate. LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION Distribute to all law enforcement personnel as appropriate. CONTACT If you have questions, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

Low: R00-4534 2014-06-14 Gunther Frostyburger

Two plate Apportioned: K04-nnnn 2015-07-01 Vincent Perillo

Low: K00-0904

- 3 Jun ’18

Combination

1H0 3474
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Flat

On the new Texas Classic base.

Wally Punzmann - 29 Jul ’15

Dealer

1BB-1218
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Embossed high: 2F4 764

Now using black serial and state name instead of blue.

Brian Lasaine - 27 Jul ’15

Dept. of Public Safety

07757
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Flat

Brian Lasaine - 1 Jul ’18

Disabled Veteran

Z5X2DV
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TX Disabled Veteran plates are now on The Texas Classic base. "TEXAS" and the plate number are now in black. "DISABLED VETERAN US ARMED FORCES" remains along the bottom in red. The dimensional star is located in the upper right corner.

From Gregory McWaters: The current pattern being assigned to new applicants is between DV-A1A1 and DV-Z9Z9. When this pattern is exhausted, it will switch to A1A1-DV through Z9Z9-DV. After that, the plan is to go to 7 digits, pattern to be determined. All previously issued numbers are now being reissued to current plate owners once the old plate reaches 7 years (mandatory replacement). TXDMV is also now allowing DV plates to be transferred when a vehicle is purchased. Previously, new plates had to be applied for in order to verify eligibility. Now that plates are assigned to the owner for all vehicles, eligibility can be verified by name. Previous DV patterns were: DV-0001 to DV-9999, 0001-DV to 9999-DV, DV-001A to DV-999Z, A001-DV to Z999-DV, BBB1-DV to ZZZ9-DV, and DV-1BBB to DV9ZZZ.

Recent highs have been all run together, no separator, but the current high was reported with a separator. Wheelchair Symbol on LEFT. 3 Dimensional Star is on Top RIGHT.

Somewhere in this series the run together series ended and went back to normal separation. The DV-YnXn series was back to normal.

Series has now reversed to DV suffix.

This type continues to be erratic. Although B5K2-DX appeared as shown, a later high had no space or separator. Now the separator is back.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 26 Apr ’15

Disaster Relief

27D 836
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On Texas Classic base

Vincent Perillo - 9 Apr ’13

Exempt

138-7854
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On Texas Classic base

100-1000 through 899-9999 issued in pairs. 900-1000 through 999-9999 issued as singles.

Exempt Motorcycle high: XY4428

Exempt Trailer high: 906-3071

Brian Lasaine reports Exempt plates with unique 5 digit numbers for the Texas DPS (State Trooper) with the Texas Highway Patrol patch on the plate. He spotted 02420 on 2010-09-17.

Old style high: 117-9718 This one didn't have the Number in the Circle for the last year of usage.

Brian Lasaine - 20 May ’18

Farm Trailer

FJM-V13
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On Texas Classic base

Vincent Perillo - 28 Oct ’14

Farm Truck

1SB-870
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On Texas Classic base

Format was A1A ###, where the second digit is always 1. That series has been exhausted, so now the 1AA-nnn format is in use again. That series was used in the mid-1970s, but has since been replaced.

Embossed high: X1J-246

Flat low: X1K-232

Vincent Perillo - 17 Jul ’15

Fleet - Truck

105X29
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Texas has introduced a Fleet Plate, which has a 3 year expiration cycle. "Truck" appears on the plate, but it is unknown if there is a Passenger version of this type.

There is also a Passenger version of the Fleet plate in the same format.

Brian Lasaine - 20 May ’18

Handicapped

%PNPD4
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Now on the Texas Classic base. The latest news from Jim Palmer is that Handicapped plates reached 9 ZZZZ and rolled back over to 1 BBBB.Earlier, the wheelchair was moved from the middle to the first character old #XXCXX to C#XXXX C being the wheelchair, but position has shifted again to the left end somewhere between 2 YL-WP and 6 YTKY.

Brian Lasaine - 6 Aug ’18

Honorary Consul

9AA 112
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Flat

Vincent Perillo - 30 Jul ’11

Machinery

M00-2596
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Flat

Brian Lasaine - 12 Apr ’15

Manufacturer

6ER-724
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Flat

Now on the 7 character Texas Classic base.

Alex Ratkovits - 13 Jun ’18

Motor Bus

T87 474
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Embossed

Vincent Perillo - 1 Jul ’11

Motorcycle

546D3H
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Now on the Texas Classic base.

Jim Palmer reports that Texas m/c have passed 999 Z4Z and rolled back over to the original 1975 format. Motorcycle plates are now flat.

Highest embossed seen: 3AJ 759

Lowest flat seen: 3AL 041

Michael Smith - 30 Apr ’15

Private Bus (embossed)

U88 098
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Brian Lasaine - 28 Jul ’15

Private Bus (flat)

U26 031
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Changeover from "sky blue" to "Texas classic" design occurred somewhere between U21-075 and U26-031.

U04-812 flat low

Brian Lasaine - 28 Jul ’15

Rental Trailer

A01-5184
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From Jim Sadler: This apparently new serial format was spotted on the 2012 black on white base plate. The words RENTAL TRAILER are at the top of the plate under the name TEXAS. All other identification and slogans are as on the passenger plate. These plates have a white/black box in upper right corner 3 18 for the expiration.

Low: R00-0097 2014-05-02 Paul Petrinovich

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 15 Feb ’16

State Official

SO-51A
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State Seal in Upper Left Corner. Red and Blue on White.

Vincent Perillo - 20 Nov ’14

Temporary

17645C9
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00B0007 reported as a low in Houston by Brian Lasaine.

Brian Lasaine - 18 Apr ’18

Temporary (30 Day Permit)

439653D
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30 Day Permit-used on a car with out of state plates, Temporary says Texas Buyer on the top, those are for cars that are purchased without plates, as the plate stays with the vehicle, not the owner in Texas.

Now using D suffix, following G suffix.

Vincent Perillo - 10 Jul ’15

Token Trailer

011F-515
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Texas Classic base

Vincent Perillo - 4 May ’15

Tow Truck

T05-59J
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Now on the Texas Classic base.

Brian Lasaine - 12 Apr ’15

Trailer

001 035K
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Trailer plates are now on the Texas Classic base. They are also up to a 7 character serial consisting of six numbers and one letter. The Texas separator is located between the 3rd and 4th number. The "TEXAS" at the top of the plate is the same size as on passenger-truck plates. "Trailer" is under the state name in small font all caps. The dimensional star is in the upper left corner, sticker box in the upper right. "The Lone Star State" slogan is at the bottom.

A LOW of 046-166H was seen on the Old Base which uses Blue and Red "TRAILER" on White.

Brian Lasaine - 1 Jul ’18

Travel Trailer

B09-8522
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Flat

Texas Classic base

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 21 Oct ’15

Truck

CB0-9479
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Now using the new 2009 base.

Brian Lasaine spotted the first Truck plate, AA0-0001 in Houston. Vincent Perillo saw AA1-2345 in Houston.

The state's policy of not using A, E, and U in numbering systems that have 3 or more letters does not apply to Trucks, which now have 2 letters.

Former embossed base high - 475 3BF

Note: The new "Texas Classic" 2012 base will also be issued to Trucks in the same format as Passenger, but each county must exhaust their supply of 2009 Truck plates before issuing them to Trucks.

Vincent Perillo - 12 Aug ’13

Untitled Vehicle

P100648
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"For use on motor vehicle only when dealer has been unable to obtain release of lien"

Vincent Perillo - 1 Jul ’11

Specialty Plates

Animal Friendly - embossed

D3GTY
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The current high is the new flat style. The embossed high is D1GFW. Jim Palmer reports that there appear to be two series of Animal Friendly plates. The first began at D1BBB, but there has been a more recent jump that appears to have started with D1ZBB. David Babcock suggests that the latter may be a backwards issue since the only ones reported have been ZX or ZW.

From Brian Lasaine: When the 7 year replacement cycle comes along, the plates are replaced with the same number.

Brian Lasaine - 29 Oct ’13

Animal Friendly - flat

D8GNJ
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DD76W report by Willie C. Brock, Jr. It's possible that Animal Friendly plates were merged into the Generic Specials listed below.

David Babcock - 24 Jun ’02

Bronze Star Medal

00119V
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Flat

Vincent Perillo - 13 Aug ’13

Former P.O.W.

PW 873H
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Flat

Ex-P.O.W. Embossed: PM 791G

Vincent Perillo - 30 Jun ’11

Generic Special Issue (5-char)

GZ03B
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Texas has adopted a system similar to Colorado and Montana, whereby a number of special issue plates are using sequentially assigned blocks of numbers. Examples of Texas issues in this system are the "horned toad" plate, the "Fish Texas" bass plate, the "Hunt Texas" deer plate, as well as many others, now including State of the Arts.

Bradley Gallagher reports that there are formats other than AB12C in use for some special issues. Enjoy TX Music, for example, uses A12BC; Lone Star Proud for Kids, TX Aerospace Comm., and Olympic Spirit: AB1CD; Big Bend Nat'l Park: A123B; Scouting and State Capitol: A1BCD.

From Wally Punzmann: It seems there are two series of Generic Special Issue, as seen on the inside cover of Plates magazine August 2012 Issue: a 5-character series (BC12D as shown here already), and a 6-character series (BC12DF). Low 6-character series spotted is BB09BH. Low 5-character series is BB37C.

High: GJ02DX 2015-10-12 Willie C. Brock, Jr.

Motorcycle: B11DM 2015-09-15 Tiger Joe Sallmen

Brian Lasaine - 11 Dec ’15

Generic Special Issue (6-char)

GN64BC
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Texas has adopted a system similar to Colorado and Montana, whereby a number of special issue plates are using sequentially assigned blocks of numbers.

Brian Lasaine - 31 Jul ’18

Generic Special Issue (7-char)

B10894P
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Texas has adopted a system similar to Colorado and Montana, whereby a number of special issue plates are using sequentially assigned blocks of numbers.

Brian Lasaine - 30 Apr ’18

Purple Heart

FPF3PH
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On the new Texas Classic base.

The original series was PH1 BBB. It appears that the series reversed to BBB 1PH.

Vincent Perillo - 18 Aug ’14

Inactive Series

Passenger - state flag

J05 DZM
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Eric Tanner - 27 Aug ’00