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New Mexico License Plates

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Standard Passenger Plates

Centennial

RCJ 442
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Spotted in Tempe, AZ

This plate began in 2010, replacing the Balloon plate. It started at LGR-001.

Low: LGR-012

Steve Hill - 29 Oct ’20

Balloon

LGP129
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This optional base became available in 1999, but it was replaced in 2010 by the optional Centennial plate. Balloon plates are no longer available, but they are still valid.

Apparently issued NM1234, 1NM234, 12NM34, 123NM4, 1234NM, then AA 001 to BZ 999, then CAA001 to DZZ999. The E series was skipped on the balloon plates, so FAA001 followed DZZ999. The series ended at LGP999.

Kyle Wasson - 17 Oct ’11

Chile Capital (A)

AWYS49
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Steve Hill - 11 Nov ’20

Chile Capital (W) new

WATB25
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This is thought to be the mail-out series.

Steve Hill - 25 Nov ’20

Passenger new

891 WWP
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Seen in Santa Fe

The current base became available in 1991, replacing all earlier issues.

The letters E, I, O, U, Q, and V are not used on either of the regular passenger issues.

Martin Houle - 24 Nov ’20

Non-passenger Plates

Handicapped

$
HP
3624
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This plate is missing "Land of Enchantment" and the plant in the lower left corner. The wheelchair logo is on the left, and H/P was originally stacked on the right, but now it has shifted to the left after 9999 H/P. "Handicapped" is embossed below the numbers.

The latest high for this type was on the Centennial base.

Andrew Turnbull - 30 Dec ’18

Motorcycle

46509A
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Centennial MC high: 21787A 2015-07-06 Phil Tonin

Steve Hill - 2 Oct ’20

Recreational Vehicle

34248
RV
C
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Balloon base, stacked r/v with a big A at end.

Steve Hill - 2 Jul ’20

State Government

007206
SG
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New type with Green/Yellow fade with Zia sun offset to the upper right.

G 92371 is the high for the former type.

Steve Hill - 19 Aug ’20

Trailer

49199
TR
T
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These were on the Balloon base, but no longer. The change might have been with the J series.

Balloon high: 09797T/RH

Wally Punzmann - 25 Jul ’15

Specialty Plates

Donate Life

1923
LFE
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Steve Hill - 2 Oct ’20

Emergency Medical Technician

0101
EMT
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Eric Sivertsen - 9 Mar ’08

Fraternal Order Of Police

0058
FOP
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Eric Sivertsen - 9 Mar ’08

Las Cruces

0868
LC
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This new plate is available only to residents of Las Cruces. When a person holding a special City of Las Cruces registration plate ceases to reside in Las Cruces, that person shall immediately remove the special City of Las Cruces registration plate from the vehicle; return it to the Motor Vehicle Division; and exchange it for another plate.

For purposes of plate issuance to residents of Las Cruces, the vehicle's current registration must show a Las Cruces (street or P.O. Box) address. No additional proof of residence is required.

The fee payable for the initial issuance of a special City of Las Cruces registration plate and for each subsequent renewal is thirty-seven dollars ($37.00) in addition to regular vehicle registration fees. Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) of the fee collected for each registration plate shall be distributed to the city of Las Cruces Recreation Fund.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 28 Aug ’12

New Mexico State Police Retired

0335
SPR
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José de Nueces - 14 Sep ’20

New Mexico State Univ.

SU
2592
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After 9999S/U, the series changed to S/U0001

Steve Hill - 23 Oct ’20

New Mexico Tech

NMT
3990
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Steve Hill - 29 Feb ’20

Retired Firefighter

0708
RF
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Seen on Plateshack Y2K

Steve Hill - 11 Dec ’19

Route 66

1330
RT
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Seen on Plateshack Y2K

Steve Hill - 2 Oct ’20

Santa Fe

01356
SF
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Donald Schoderbek - 7 Aug ’10

Spay & Neuter

2785
SN
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Steve Hill - 29 Feb ’20

Support Our Troops

79002
US
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Series appears to have been expanded to 5 digits after 2999US.

Steve Hill - 1 Jul ’20

University of New Mexico new

38707
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Progression: UNM001 - UNM999

001UNM - 999UNM

UNM0001 - UNM9999

0001UNM - 9999UNM

00UNM01 - 99UNM99

00001 and up

The latest design has an all-numeric 5 digit serial.

Steve Hill - 25 Nov ’20

Volunteer Firefighter

5676
VF
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Steve Hill - 30 Jun ’19

Western New Mexico University

0403
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- 9 Mar ’14

Wildlife

WL
4050
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Steve Hill - 24 Jul ’19

Military Plates

Active Duty

0017
AD
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Eric Sivertsen - 9 Mar ’08

Air Force

6274
AF
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Steve Hill - 7 Aug ’19

Armed Forces Veteran

VET
999S
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 21 Mar ’14

Army

9475
AR
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 31 Jan ’16

Disabled Veteran

DV
951T
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Progressed from D/V 9999 to D/V 001A.

Seen on Plateshack Y2K

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 11 Dec ’15

Ex-Prisoner of War

POW
2119
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Eric Sivertsen - 28 Dec ’06

Marines

3480
MC
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 23 Feb ’10

National Guard

5108
NG
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- 11 Nov ’14

Purple Heart

0731
PH
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New purple heart base. Purple letters and numbers on white base.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 5 Jun ’13