NC passenger car plate

Rick Kretschmer's License Plate Archives 

NC passenger car plate

Gallery of North Carolina License Plates

Standard-issue passenger car plates dated 1913 to present

 

Now up to 68 of 103 years shown on this page. 

Latest noteworthy updates to this page
  • March 28, 2014  –  Added a photo of a 2015 expiration plate. 
  • March 11, 2014  –  Replaced 1983 plate photo. 
  • September 5, 2013  –  Added photos of 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1975, 1981, 1983, and 1992 plates.  Replaced photos of 1942, 1944, and 1949 plates. 
  • June 3, 2013  –  Added a photo of a 2014 expiration plate. 

Introduction

Hopefully, someday, this page will eventually show one North Carolina passenger car plate for each year they've been issued. 

I don't actually collect North Carolina license plates, except in the few cases where I need one to complete a set.  However, I've lived in North Carolina since 2001, and so I see current North Carolina license plates in use every day, and I have them registered to my own vehicles.  I regularly end up with old North Carolina plates in my trade box, and I also see them used on antique vehicles.  As a result of all of this, I'm able to provide information about and photos of N.C. plates despite not collecting them. 

Unlike the rest of my site, hardly any of the photos shown on my North Carolina pages are from my personal collection.  I haven't meticulously identified the source of every plate that's not from my collection on these pages, but I did photograph every plate shown unless it's credited otherwise. 

If you have, or can take, a digital photo of a plate from a year not shown below, send it to me in an e-mail attachment.  I'll add it to this page, and will credit you for submitting it.  For any plates dated 1955 or earlier, please also provide me with the dimensions of the plate, so that I may make the size of the image in proportion to the others. 

Gallery of North Carolina passenger car plates, 1913 to present

Please note that the 1940 and 1964 plates have been repainted. 

(1916 – Havnaer photo of a plate owned by Quillman H. Wood.  1918, 1920, 1940, and 1964 – Long photos and plates.  1933 – Baldwin photo and plate.  1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, and 1975 – Madsen photos and plates.  1944, 1945, 1948, 1981, and 1992 – Weddington photos and plates;  1953, 1954, and 1958 – Beard photos and plates.  1956 plate is owned by a fellow plate collector whose name I didn't get.  1983 – Frazier photo and plate.  1987 and 1996 – Jackson photos and plates.  The 1959 and 1977 plates are from my own collection.  All others either are or were previously in my trade box, are or were once registered to my car, are candid photos of plates in actual use, or have crossed my path in some other manner.) 

1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 version 2 1954 version 1 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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Page credits

Thanks to those who have directly contributed to the information on this page:  Todd Long, Steve Havnaer, Christopher Jackson, Judy Beard, Dave Baldwin, Steve Weddington, Pete Madsen, and Craig Frazier. 

Long, Havnaer, Jackson, Beard, Baldwin, Weddington, Madsen, and Frazier photos are presumed to be copyrighted by Todd Long, Steve Havnaer, Christopher Jackson, Judy Beard, Dave Baldwin, Steve Weddington, Pete Madsen, and Craig Frazier, respectively, and are used with permission. 


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