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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.

Stickers
11 - white on yellow
12 - white on red
13 - white on blue
14 - white on green
15 - white on magenta
Type Plate Notes Reporter
Passenger CMN-5872 NEW 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. OBX61006 reported on 2013-09-20.

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.
Mike Sager
Non-passenger Plates
Antique 47814 Flat. Still blue numbers. Mike Sager
Apportioned Truck MM-9082 MF skipped on Apportioned Truck because it is used for Manufacturer. Curtis Barwick
Dealer - Franchised
F
D
76697
Blue on white, embossed. Curtis Barwick
Dealer - Independent
I
D
116120
Walter Pilley
Dealer Transporter TP117896 Black on white. Most other types in NC are blue on white. Walter Pilley
Farm Truck YD-6608 Curtis Barwick
For Hire ZF-9667 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. Walter Pilley
Handicapped
H
D
1837B
Previous Handicapped formats were HD1234 and 1234HD. Still blue characters. Walter Pilley
Manufacturer MF-3439 Mike Sager
Motorcycle 5V4559 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
Permanent - For Hire ZB-46345 Issued to heavy trucks for hire - dump trucks, truck tractors, etc. ZB prefix is constant. Curtis Barwick
Permanent Commercial YA123370 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
Taxi TB-5322 Walter Pilley
Temporary 20725626 NEW Black on white paper
KE4MAN reports Temporary TA42496 on a truck, so it appears Truck has its own type. Walter Pilley saw TC25945 on a car, so it could be something different.
Walter Pilley
Trailer CE-63450 Curtis Barwick
Trailer - Multi-Year AD-10125 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. Curtis Barwick
Transporter TP114064 Thomas White
Weighted EX-2001 Issued to medium-duty trucks.
Walter Pilley
Specialty Plates
82nd Airborne
3957
A
A
Flat Mike Sager
American Indians
A
I
819D
A/I 001A seems to be the new format after A/I 9999. Mike Sager
Animal Lovers
E644
I
C
Flat
Original format was 0000 I/C.
Mike Sager
Appalachian State Univ. A5860 Flat Walter Pilley
Appalachian Trail
A622
A
T
Walter Pilley
Auburn University
1079
A
U
Flat Mike Sager
Blue Ridge Parkway
15A5
B
P
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.
Walter Pilley
Breast Cancer Awareness
4358
B
C
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
Bronze Star
4150
B
S
Flat Mike Sager
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 7983H Flat Mike Sager
Carolina Hurricanes
5151
C
H
Flat Mike Sager
Carolina Panthers
A7nn
C
P
Walter Pilley
Clemson University 38nnC Walter Pilley
Coast Guard
C
G
5768
Walter Pilley
Coastal Federation
8704
C
F
Flat Mike Sager
Core Sound
1302
C
S
Embossed, new design Mike Sager
Davidson College
0712
D
A
Embossed Mike Sager
Disabled Veteran
X652
D
V
Previous formats were D/V 0000 and 0000 D/V. Mike Sager
Ducks Unlimited
7980
D
U
New design with lighthouse scene. Low for new type is 1545 D/U.

Mike Sager
Duke University D2893 Mike Sager
Durham Bulls
D
B
0586
Minor league baseball team Adam Garstka
Eagle Scout
3418
E
S
2250 E/S is the lowest flat reported. Mike Sager
East Carolina University E6077 Mike Sager
Fire Fighter
V
F
717A
Mike Sager
First In Forestry
2262
F
F
Mike Sager
Florida Gators
1207
F
G
Ken Reager
Florida Seminoles
0855
N
L
Walter Pilley
Fraternal Order of Police
7120
F
P
NEW
Flat Walter Pilley
Georgia Tech University
0551
G
T
Flat Mike Sager
High Point University
0373
H
U
Flat Mike Sager
Highway Patrol (Ret.)
1462
H
P
Ken Reager
In God We Trust
3136
S
A
Flat Mike Sager
Int'l. Assoc. of Fire Fighters
3318
P
F
Mike Sager
Kids First
2830
K
F
Flat Mike Sager
Knights of Columbus K811 Paul Casadonte
Korean Veteran 0962 KV Mike Sager
Lenoir Rhyne University
0568
L
R
Flat Mike Sager
Masons 6194M Flat Mike Sager
Meredith College
0588
N
C
Walter Pilley
NASCAR
0915
N
R
Registration numbers embossed, stacked N/R and all other graphics screened Mike Sager
National Rifle Association
0624
R
A
Flat, new type
Mike Sager
NC A&T University T3390 Flat Mike Sager
NC Central University 2230E Flat Mike Sager
NC State University S684D Flat Curtis Barwick
Nursing N2195 Mike Sager
Piedmont Airlines
0482
P
A
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
Police Benevolent Assoc.
1278
P
B
The B/V suffix has also been used. Mike Sager
Purdue University B0626 Flat Mike Sager
Purple Heart
P
H
937C
Flat Ken Reager
Real Estate Agent
0161
R
E
Mike Sager
Rescue Squad
R
S
2502
Mike Sager
Retired Law Enforcement
2570
L
E
Mike Sager
Retired Military V217R 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
Rocky Mountain Elk
4894
E
F
Flat Mike Sager
Rotary International
0546
R
I
Adam Garstka
SCUBA
1035
D
I
Flat Mike Sager
Sea Turtle
7869
S
T
Flat Mike Sager
Share The Road
1822
S
R
Mike Sager
Smoky Mountains
9Z16
S
M
NEW
Flat
Original format was 1234 S/M. New style plates started at J001 S/M. After reaching Z999, now issuing 1A01 series.
Mike Sager
Sons of Confederate Veterans
A493
C
V
Mike Sager
State Parks
6003
S
P
A new type in Feb. 2009 Mike Sager
Support Our Troops
1241
U
S
Flat Mike Sager
Tobacco Heritage
1122
T
H
Mike Sager
Trout Unlimited
0813
T
U
Mike Sager
UNCW W2203 Flat
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Mike Sager
Univ of NC - Charlotte Q1743 Mike Sager
University of Florida
3024
U
F
Flat Mike Sager
University of Kentucky
0501
U
K
Walter Pilley
University of North Carolina U186Z U is constant. Numbers advance before suffix letter. Original format was U1234. Ken Reager
University of South Carolina
2338
S
C
Mike Sager
Veterans Of Foreign Wars
1932
F
W
Mike Sager
Vietnam Veteran
D010
V
V
Flat
A123 V/V format follows 9999 V/V.
Mike Sager
Virginia Tech V1715 V1570 was reported as flat, but V1620 was reported as embossed. Walter Pilley
Wake Forest University F2749 Mike Sager
Watermelon
0917
W
M
Mike Sager
Western Carolina University C1053 Flat Mike Sager
Western Square Dancer
0692
S
D
Mike Sager
Wildlife
5326
W
C
Flat Ken Reager
Winston-Salem State University
1254
W
S
Flat
This type originally used a "X" prefix letter, but now uses the "W/S" suffix.
Mike Sager
World War II Veteran
0399
W
V
Curtis Barwick