Michigan License PlatesThe current fully-reflective base debuted Jan. 3, 2007. The previous white on blue beaded plates, which had been in use since 1982, were replaced by the new issue upon expiration. Eric reports that the new plates began at BAA 0000 in Passenger, and CA 00000 in Light Commercial.
Michigan changed to a 10 year plate life as of 2015. All plates older than 10 years must be replaced. This will eliminate many Great Lakes Splendor plates and all World's Motor Capital plates during 2015.
The new Spectacular Peninsulas optional plate that replaced the Great Lakes Splendor optional began at 0HA A00 in Passenger, and G00 00A in Light Commercial. (Splendor plates, as well as World's Motor Capital plates, may continue to be renewed indefinitely, but are no longer be available to new registrants.)
The retired blue plates were ordered by the Secretary of State through AJX 1999 in Passenger, and 8000 NB in Light Commercial. All unissued blue plates were shredded for scrap in January 2007.
Passenger plates are now optionally issued to noncommercial pickups.
Isaac reports State Police plates in the standard blue bar design with a full color graphic logo to the left of the numbers, still in four digits, and still displayed in pairs.
11 - black on orange
12 - black on green
13 - black on white
14 - black on yellow
15 - black on orange
16 - black on green