Hawaii License PlatesThe current base began in 1991.
I, O, or Q not issued on any plates in Hawaii. Unlike some other county-coded states, Hawaii does not appear to require new plates when one moves from one county to another. There are many plates from other counties on each island.
Commercial plates are listed on the site as Truck plates, but in reality, they can on both cars and trucks as long as they are owned by a commercial entity. On the other hand, a personal pickup would not be issued these plates.
For a period of time around the late 1990s, a different font was used on plates in Hawaii. Most Hawaii plates have a font equivalent to that of Oregon, but for those few years the characters were shorter and fatter.
In Honolulu County, they start somewhere between FTR and FTV and run through GNZ. Plates from GPA forward are on the current font.
In Kauai, they run from KRD through KRZ. Plates up to KRC and from KSA onward are on the current font.
In Maui, they run from either MZL or MZM through MAE. Also, MUB, MUE, and MUF were seen with this font. However, MUA and MUC were seen with the current font?!? Maui trailer plates are in the MU- series, so perhaps they originally skipped some early MU- plates and then issued them after reaching MZZ.
In Hawaii, they run from HWN to HWZ, then from HUA to HUV. This is how it is known that HU- was issued after HW-.
Most plates issued before the font change (approximately 1991 through 1997) are very faded with the rainbow on the plate usually indiscernible. The exception to this is the Exx plates in Honolulu County which were replaced.
The Honolulu County Exx plates are only being replaced in Honolulu County. For those Exx plates on other islands, they continue to languish in their faded state. While it was reported that a similar replacement of older plates is underway in Hawaii County, there is no direct evidence of this, although some but not all HX- through HZ- plates look newer, but all HN-HW plates are still old and worn.
11 - black on white
12 - white on black
13 - black on white
14 - white on black
15 - black on white
16 - white on black