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New Mexico License Plates

Stickers are black on white every year.

Standard Passenger Plates

Chile Capital (A-B)

BWKC35
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Steve C - 16 May ’24

Passenger

912 XGK
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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.

Steve Hill - 28 Apr ’24

Chile Capital (W)

WBCL44
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This is thought to be the mail-out series.

Steve Hill - 7 Jun ’24

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

Turquoise

RXX 831
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This plate began in 2010 as a Centennial commemorative, replacing the Balloon plate. It started at LGR-001.

Low: LGR-012

RU- and RV- skipped.

Steve Hill - 5 Jun ’24

Turquoise (W)

WAC 006
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Thought to be a mail-out series.

Steve Hill - 2 May ’24

Non-passenger Plates

Handicapped

HP
16AZ
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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.

Steve Hill - 7 Mar ’24

Motorcycle

52199A
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Centennial MC high: 21787A 2015-07-06 Phil Tonin

Bautista - 17 Mar ’24

Recreational Vehicle

86486
RV
C
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Balloon base, stacked r/v with a big A at end.

Steve Hill - 27 Jun ’23

State Government

009227
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 - 1 Mar ’23

Trailer

54580
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

Steve Hill - 23 Dec ’21

Specialty Plates

4H

4H
0168
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Rick Morrison - 27 Dec ’14

Cumbres & Toltec Railroad

CT
02679
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Steve Hill - 17 Jun ’22

Donate Life

3612
LFE
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Steve Hill - 23 May ’23

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

Future Farmers of America

0076
FFA
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Steve Hill - 2 May ’24

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

Look Twice

0283
MCY
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Steve Hill - 9 Apr ’24

Miners Heritage

0140
MH
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Steve Hill - 2 May ’24

New Mexico State Police Retired

0335
SPR
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Joseph Guillaume - 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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Steve Hill - 11 Dec ’19

Route 66

2355
RT
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Steve Hill - 11 Dec ’23

Santa Fe

01356
SF
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Donald Schoderbek - 7 Aug ’10

Spay & Neuter

3335
SN
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Steve Hill - 7 Apr ’21

Support Our Troops

95418
US
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Series appears to have been expanded to 5 digits after 2999US.

Steve Hill - 26 Mar ’24

University of New Mexico

49834
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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 - 29 Feb ’24

Volunteer Firefighter

5676
VF
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Steve Hill - 30 Jun ’19

Western New Mexico University

0403
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Rick Morrison - 9 Mar ’14

Wildlife (Deer)

WL
8044
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Steve Hill - 2 May ’24

Wildlife (Quail)

8345
WL
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Steve Hill - 23 May ’24

Wildlife (Roadrunner)

RY573
WL
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Steve Hill - 2 May ’24

Wildlife (Trout)

TW808
WL
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Steve Hill - 2 May ’24

Military Veteran 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
A303
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Progressed from D/V 9999 to D/V 001A, then to D/V A001..

Michael Smith - 21 May ’23

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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Rick Morrison - 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