Utah License Plates

Around autumn 2022, a new print-to-emboss system from J.R. Wald was introduced. This system uses the North Carolina die set (but without the updated "8" as used in North Carolina). The blank is also slightly smaller and there are no debossed sticker wells. These were first observed on personalized and amateur radio types, but gradually began appearing on other types as existing stocks made on the old machinery were depleted.

Chad Garner reports seeing a YKX series in the 2007 Arch, which is surprising since it appears Utah doesn't issue plates with X and K next to each other. He also happened to see a BXK plate, as well as a ZXK plate. He has confirmed that these series have been issued, but other XK and KX combinations have not. So, the AKX, AXK, and BKX series in the New Ski plate weren't issued, but CKX was issued. In the New Arch plate, the ZKX series was skipped. Utah began issuing plates with X and K next to each other most likely between June and August of 2010. The BK series skipped BKX, and that series was issued in about May of 2010. The ZX series was issued just a few months later, and this series did issue ZXK.


11 - white on green

12 - white on red

13 - white on blue

14 - black on yellow

15 - white on green

16 - white on red

17 - white on blue

18 - black on yellow

19 - white on green

20 - white on red

21 - white on blue

22 - white on yellow

23 - white on green

24 - white on red

Standard Passenger Plates

2007 Series - Skier

H05 0EC
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Seen in SLC

This is the new version of the Ski plate with the Life Elevated slogan. Ken Reager spotted the 6th plate of this series, A00 6AA.

From Chad Garner: Apparently Utah has stopped issuing plates with any "FC" or "FK" endings. Not sure why, unless it's not supposed to be issued because it looks like a bad word. Again, I'm not sure. They did issue AFC, AFK, BFC, BFK, ZFC, and ZFK. They did not issue YFC (though I'm SURE I've seen a YFC), YFK, CFC, or CFK. I'm assuming this to be the case because Salt Lake County was issued CFH, CFJ, and CFL--without being issued CFK. I was confused as to why they would skip CFK, but this makes sense now.

Chad Garner - 14 Mar ’24

2007 Series - Arch

T12 5UT
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Each leading letter goes backwards, same as the original Arch plates, but the progression within the series is forward. Therefore, the first plate of the series was Z00 1AA, working forward to Z99 9ZZ, then the Y series followed starting at Y00 1AA, working forward to the current high.

Low: Z82-2AA

Utah has begun using a different font using thinner letters and numbers on their personalized plates, a change that took place around October 2022. Recently, it has been discovered that this font change is now being implemented on their standard issue plates. This has only been spotted on the Arch plates so far, most likely beginning at T00 1HA and the old font ending at T99 9GZ. Will update as more information becomes available.

New Font Low: T00 8HA

Old Font High: T99 9GZ

Kevin L - 7 Apr ’24

In God We Trust (2017)

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New font in use now.

New Font Low: 1Z5GM

Old Font High: 4Z3GL

This was originally just another specialty plate on the generic base, with graphics and slogan applied with decals. As of January 2017 this is a no-fee option, with the design printed on the plate and with its own alphanumeric series. The no-fee series began with Z001A, ran up to Z999Z, and then rolled over to Y001A, and so on, with the first alpha progressing backwards.

Of course, this could only go on so long before it threatened to collide with the generic specialty series, which was advancing up through the alphabet in the same format. Catastrophe was narrowly averted in April 2018 when, upon reaching N999Z, rather than going to M001A, this series rolled over to a brand-new 0A0AA format.

That format was exhausted (presumably at 9Z9ZZ) in August 2023, and the current 0AAA0 format debuted.

Kevin L - 14 Apr ’24

Non-passenger Plates

Apportioned Trailer

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Life Elevated base

Martin Houle - 6 Aug ’22

Apportioned Vehicle

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John Northup - 8 Dec ’23


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Handicap plates are now issued on the new "Life Elevated" Ski base.

Chad Garner reports Handicap plate ZG68B on the 2007 Arch plate on 2015-09-17.

Eric Bryden - 24 Mar ’22

Disabled - Arch

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New dies now in use.

New die low: ZP92X

Old die high: ZP###

Chad Garner - 25 Feb ’24

Highway Patrol

UHP 670
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UHP logo is between prefix and suffix.

Jacco Hoekstra - 18 Mar ’20

Motorcycle - Arch

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This is the new Arch plate.

Chad Garner - 18 Nov ’23

Motorcycle - Ski

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This is the new Ski plate.

Chad Garner - 7 Mar ’24


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Utah trailer plates are now issued on the "Life Elevated" base with seven digits. The Ski base ends with A. The Arch base ends with Z.

Arch high - 094713Z

09657 R is the high for the original Ski base.

Eric Bryden - 26 Mar ’22

Trailer - Arch

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Martin Houle - 22 Jul ’22


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John Northup - 16 Jul ’23

Specialty Plates

Generic Specialty

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New Font Low: 21FD1

Old Font High: 63FB3

The "decal" specials (antique, military, pets, wildlife, universities) share the same formats on this generic plate, so there is only one high for specials. The finished plates have a logo at the left and a slogan at the bottom. Handicapped and In God We Trust originally were part of this series, but both have since moved off to their own formats and series (shown elsewhere on this page).

The original format was 0000A, with a high of 4285U. That format had to stop there, lest it collide with the still-valid 1996 Centennial Handicap series, which used the same format, with a descending alpha. The next format was A000A through presumably M999Z. The format had to stop there to avoid conflict with In God We Trust (shown elsewhere on this page). At that point (summer 2019) the current 00AA0 format was adopted.

Chad Garner - 4 Feb ’24

Historical Society

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When first introduced, this plate was limited to vehicles model year 1980 or older, primarily a collector’s item, and used for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, occasional transportation, and similar uses, but is not used for general daily transportation.

By spring 2023, that limitation had been removed, and they are now available to all vehicles as a fundraiser for the Utah State Historical Society.

This series first popped up on the DMV website in December 2022.

Chad Garner - 26 Mar ’24

Historical Society Motorcycle

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John Northup - 23 Jun ’23

Medal of Honor

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This is a low and a high since only one has ever been issued in Utah. The recipient was George Wahlen.

Justin Beus - 19 Feb ’10

Former Series (no longer issued but still valid)

1986 Series

996 PMV
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Utah is no longer using county stickers. Tony Burdett reports that county stickers still appeared on the LXx series plates, but not on the LZx series. No LYx series have been seen yet. The screened CY designation on the plates for sticker location was dropped between MGN and MMY.

On the Arch plates, the XXx series had county stickers, but none of the Wxx series have them. May 2002 seems to have been the approximate time that county stickers ended.

It appears that 999 PMV was likely the last plate of this issue.

Chad Garner - 27 Jan ’16

1996 Centennial

017 UYL
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Each leading letter goes backwards (after XZZ comes WAA, then VAA, now UAA)

Chad Garner - 27 Jan ’16


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Olympics plates not issued after 30 June 2002.

Low: 523A4

Lucas Kannou - 18 Jun ’23