This page features expired Virginia license plates that I'm offering for trade or sale.
New plates were last added on August 15, 2016. This page was last updated on January 31, 2017.
Latest noteworthy updates to this page, other than the addition and removal of plates in my trade box:
These real, expired license plates are for collecting purposes only, and are not legal for street use on any vehicle, except possibly in some specific cases under state Year of Manufacture laws. I make no claim that any of these license plates qualify for Year of Manufacture use.
Please note that, while I do enjoy trades, trading usually only makes sense to me if you can offer something in trade that's on my want list. Otherwise, there's no point. I would only be trading plates I don't want for different plates I don't want. If you have nothing on my want list, you're welcome to buy what you want instead.
Please note that this is not some fancy e-commerce online store where you can put items in a "shopping cart" and then "check out" and pay, all in one visit. You will need to make a list of the items you want, and then send that list and your zip code or country to me in an e-mail, so that I can verify that the plates you want are still available and give you a final price to pay and payment instructions.
All plates shown are the actual plates you will receive, except possibly in a few cases that are specifically noted otherwise. Click on any thumbnail image below to see a larger photo of that plate.
(There's no sigificance to the different color prices. It's just a way for me to keep better track of my inventory.)
|1940||passenger car||61-616||good||$30||Cool palindrome number! Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".|
|1942||passenger car||338-929||good minus||$12||Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".|
|1942||passenger car||453-302||fair plus||$8||Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".|
|1945||passenger car||153-973||very good minus||$50||Only single plates, not pairs, were issued in 1945. Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".|
|1946||passenger car||115-811||very good minus||$60||Only single plates, not pairs, were issued in 1946. Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".|
|1947||passenger car||104-550||very good minus||$15||Plate dimensions are 11-3/4" by 5-3/8".|
|1948||city strip||2389||very good minus||$40||Portsmouth city tax supplemental plate.|
|1951||passenger car||752-102||fair (xh)||$5||Extra hole between the bottoms of the "1" and "0" in the plate number.|
|1952||passenger car renewal tab||???||very good||$25||There were no 1952 Virginia plates except for a few non-passenger types such as dealer plates; instead, they affixed a single metal "52" tab to the lower right corner of the rear 1951 plate. Different color tabs were used for different plate types, with white-on-black tabs such as this one used on passenger car plates. Tab measures 3 inches by 1 7/8 inches. No additional shipping charge if purchased with a plate; reduced shipping if purchased alone.|
|1953||passenger car||925-695||very good minus; very good minus (xh)||$60 for pair||Bottom plate has an extra hole to the left of and below the "1" in the year. Selling as a pair only.|
|1953||truck||T219-082||very good plus||$25|
|1954||passenger car||468-238||fair plus||$8|
|1956||city strip||2433||fair plus (2xh)||$20||Portsmouth city tax supplemental plate. Two additional drilled holes in upper corners.|
|1956||passenger car||967-638||good minus; good minus (xh)||$50 for pair||Top plate has an extra hole to the left of the "9" in the plate number. Selling as a pair only.|
|1957||passenger car||431-048||good minus||$8|
|1958||passenger car||199-544||good minus; fair plus||$20 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|1959||city strip||15806||fair||$10||Norfolk city tax supplemental plate.|
|1961||sample||000-000||very good plus||$50||Got a 1959 Maryland sample? Let's trade.|
|1963||car trailer||C/T 36-727||good plus||$8||A "car trailer" is a lightweight personal trailer, such as a boat trailer or camping trailer, that can be pulled by a car.|
|1963||city strip||5082||fair plus||$15||Chesapeake city tax supplemental plate.|
|1967||motorcycle||5762||excellent minus||$45||Never used! Would be in mint condition if not for some minor rub marks from storage. Smudge at the bottom left corner is fingerprint made of black paint.|
|1968||convertible||CO/NV 3-505||fair plus||$5||A "convertible" is not a car with a retractible canvas roof, but rather a vehicle that can be converted from a passenger vehicle to a cargo vehicle, such as a station wagon.|
|1969||passenger car||1-698||very good minus||$15||Low, reserved number.|
|1970||passenger car||A593-841||excellent minus||$15|
|1971||passenger car||1-698||very good minus||$15||Version 1, painted with no border. Low, reserved number.|
|1971||passenger car||930-900||very good minus||$10||Version 3, painted with black border.|
|1972||reserved number||1-698||good plus||$12|
|1972||reserved number||5-882||very good; good plus||$50 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|1972||passenger car||CMA-004||very good; good minus||$20 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|1972||passenger car||DJZ-333||very good; good minus||$20 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|1973||car trailer||C/T 45-058||excellent||$10||Never used! Would be in mint condition if not for some minor rub marks from storage. A "car trailer" is a lightweight personal trailer, such as a boat trailer or camping trailer, that can be pulled by a car.|
|1973||city strip||1175||very good||$15||Virginia Beach volunteer fireman city tax supplemental plate. SOLD to B.B., Jan. 31, 2017.|
|1973||passenger car||BSD-489||excellent minus||$9||Unstickered plates were issued to and used by motorists renewing their existing 1972 registrations for 1973.|
|8/1974||passenger car||EPF-168||very good||$8||Natural expiration.|
|3/1975||motorcycle||95595||very good||$20||Never used! Would be in mint condition if not for some small areas of missing paint on the border and other raised areas; easily touched up.|
|4/1976||passenger car||GYF-648||very good plus; very good minus||$30 for pair||Natural expiration. Selling as a pair only.|
|1/1979||truck||T198-850||very good; good plus||$15 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|9/1979||passenger car||ATM-552||very good minus||$5|
|1/1980||passenger car||KDN-537||very good minus||$5|
|8/1980||passenger car||SNJ-335||very good minus||$7||Natural expiration.|
|9/1980||passenger car||SSR-951||good||$3||Natural expiration.|
|2/1981||passenger car||GXG-617||good plus; good minus||$20 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|2/1981||truck||TB68-854||fair||$1||Natural expiration. Roadkill condition.|
|4/1981||passenger car||VLE-423||very good plus||$8||Natural expiration.|
|7/1981||motorcycle||146113||very good plus||$15|
|7/1981||passenger car||WJP-625||very good minus||$6||Natural expiration.|
|9/1981||passenger car||NEF-790||very good minus||$5|
|1/1982||truck||T/C 46-424||good||$3||Natural expiration.|
|2/1982||passenger car||XZL-211||very good||$7||Natural expiration.|
|4/1982||specialty vanity||JCB 59||very good minus||$10||Independence Bicentennial 1776-1976 specialty vanity plate. (Also see the Alaska JCB vanity plate on my main trade/sale page.)|
|5/1982||passenger car||YWM-904||good minus||$3||Natural expiration. Paint overspray along bottom edge.|
|6/1982||passenger car||MKM-966||good; good minus||$20 for pair||Selling as a pair only.|
|7/1982||motorcycle||457071||very good plus||$8||Natural expiration.|
|9/1982||passenger car||YWS-864||excellent minus; good plus||$14 for pair||Natural expiration. Will split pair; $9 for EX- plate, $5 for G+ plate.|
|12/1982||passenger car||ZJK-601||good minus||$3||Natural expiration. Roadkill condition with numerous small dents throughout.|
|1/1983||truck||T/D 51-774||very good plus; very good minus||$10 for pair||Natural expiration. Will split pair; $6 for VG+ plate, $4 for VG- plate.|
|2/1983||passenger car||XVX-586||very good plus; very good||$13 for pair||Will split pair; $7 for VG+ plate, $6 for VG plate.|
|1/1984||truck||T/E72-766||very good minus||$4||Natural expiration.|
|4/1984||passenger car||YVP-496||very good||$6|
|4/1984||vanity||ROWYCO||very good plus||$5||Natural expiration.|
|2/1985||vanity||HERR DR||very good plus||$10||"Herr Dr." is the German form of address used for a male doctor.|
|4/1985||passenger car||EZV-872||fair plus||$2||Natural expiration.|
|7/1985||trailer||T/R155-952||very good plus||$6||Natural expiration.|
|12/1985||passenger car||EAL-431||excellent minus||$8|
|1/1987||passenger car||GTT-877||excellent minus; good plus||$12 for pair||Will split pair; $8 for EX- plate, $4 for G+ plate.|
|1/1987||passenger car||GUL-352||excellent minus||$8|
|1/1987||truck||T/G 3-323||good minus, good minus||$4 for pair||Will split pair; $2 for each plate.|
|1/1990||vanity||GRAT BR||very good plus||$5||SOLD to B.J., Jan. 20, 2017; shipped Jan. 31.|
|9/1991||private trailer||T/R155-952||very good||$5|
|5/1993||passenger car||DIH-577||very good||$6|
Be sure to also check out the rest of my plates for trade or sale on my main Rick's Trade Box page!
I'm always interested in working out a trade if possible. However, for it to be worthwhile for both of us, you've got to not only find something in my trade box that you want; you also have to have something on my want list that you can offer in trade. I'm really not interested in trading to acquire plates that aren't on my want list.
Also, I will only do long-distance trades with certain people, and under certain conditions. Frankly, I'm not going to just mail a license plate to someone I've never heard of, and hope that they will send me the license plate they say they have. In order for me to trade with you via mail, you need to be someone I can implicitly trust. Therefore, you must be either someone I know personally, a fellow ALPCA member, or someone otherwise well-known and respected in the license plate collecting community.
I'm not nearly as demanding if we can arrange to trade plates in person, or if you're just buying plates. Read more about this below.
If the trade is roughly balanced in terms of number of plates, then you pay to mail yours to me, and I'll pay to mail mine to you. If the trade isn't balanced, then we'll need to work something else out with regard to postage. For postage calcultion purposes, my zip code is 27527.
I live and work in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area in the United States. I also periodically drive to the Baltimore, Maryland area, so if you're located anywhere reasonably between those two cities and aren't in a hurry, we might be able to meet the next time I pass through. I also travel to the St. Louis, Missouri area, and elsewhere, on occasion. Or, if you're going to be at a license plate collectors' event in the mid-Atlantic or southeastern U.S., I might also be planning to attend the same event.
Doing business in person offers some advantages if it's at all practical. If neither of us have to go too far out of our way, one or both of us can save money by not having to pay for postage, PayPal fees, etc. There are no worries of plates getting lost or damaged in the mail. You get to physically see the plates before we finalize the deal, and I can either see the plates I'm getting in trade, or get paid in cash. There's no risk of only one of us holding up our end of the deal. For these reasons, I'm much more willing to trade with someone I don't know if we can do it in person. I generally require cash payment for plate sales conducted in person.
In addition to the cost of the plates themselves, you will also need to pay for shipping. Effective September 2015, I have simplified the process of calculating shipping charges by charging fixed amounts based on the number of plates being shipped, as shown below. These rates are subject to change without notice, and probably will change to correspond to USPS postage increases.
Through Friday, January 20, 2017:
Effective Saturday, January 21, 2017:
The above amounts are only applicable for standard sized (12" by 6") or smaller full-sized plates, shipped to U.S. addresses. Pairs count as two plates. Motorcycle plates will cost less; oversized plates may cost more. Shipping outside of the U.S. will cost more. In some cases I might be able to ship for less than the listed amounts, but I will need to know your zip code to determine this; I will then let you know if this is the case before you send payment. If the standard rates don't apply to your situation, contact me for a quote on the shipping cost.
I strive to find the most appropriate balance between cost, safety, and speed in determining the shipment method. If you have any preferences or specific requriements with regard to packing methods, shipping methods, etc., please let me know about these. However, depending on the request, I reserve the right to charge a higher amount for shipping.
I accept payment in U.S funds only. I prefer payment either via personal check or PayPal. Cash is fine too, but mail it at your own risk. I'll also accept payment via money order or Western Union money transfer. However, I will not accept stamps or postage meter strips as payment for either the plates or the postage. Sign up for PayPal here.
If you are an ALPCA member in good standing, a personal friend, or a family member, just let me know which plates you want, and normally I'll get them sent out within a day or two. You can send payment at your convenience, within reason, of course.
For all others, I will normally ship within a day or two after receipt of a PayPal instant payment, a Western Union money transfer, a U.S. Postal money order, or cash. PayPal e-checks and personal checks must clear your bank account before shipping. For other money orders, or any other forms of payment, I'll determine how soon I will ship on a case-by-case basis.
I will gladly ship plates internationally, and have done so on numerous occasions. Outside of North America, to minimize the risk of your package being unduly delayed, I will only ship using some form of airmail, however. If you know of any special requirements or restrictions with regard to sending a package to your country, please inform me of such. Since I accept payment in U.S funds only, most often international customers find PayPal to be the most convenient method of payment. I have also received payment from outside the U.S. via Western Union money transfer without difficulty.
I will NOT falsify customs forms to declare the item as a "gift" or show the value to be less than the purchase price. Please don't ask!
If you are a resident of a country that does not use the Roman or Western alphabet (A-Z), such as Russia, Greece, Japan, Korea, Israel, Arabic-speaking countries, etc., please be prepared to send me your name and mailing address (including country name) in the language of your country using a method that is not subject to being corrupted by e-mail software or word processing software that cannot support your alphabet or language. For example, send your name and address in a graphic file (such as .gif or .png format) e-mail attachment, or take a digital photo or digital scan of your written name and address and send the image (in .jpg or .pdf format) in an e-mail attachment. Also send your name and address in English in the e-mail itself.
Although I strive to keep this page up-to-date, there are times when some of the plates shown have already been reserved, traded, or sold. Also, it's possible that some plates may be currently listed on eBay, which would make them unavailable for trades or non-eBay sales during the listing period.
Please e-mail me with the following information so that I may determine whether the desired plate(s) are available, accurately calculate the shipping charges to provide you with a total amount to pay, and give you appropriate payment instructions:
Normally, I'll respond via e-mail within one or two days. Occasionaly, I may be away from my computer for longer than that, so please be patient. Once we reach an agreement, I'll then hold the plate or plates for up to 15 days to give you time to send payment. But, if you change your mind after reserving a plate, please show common courtesy and inform me of your change in plans, so that I may make the plate available to others who may be interested.
I regularly receive e-mails from people who want to know if I have such-and-such a license plate available for sale. If you're looking for an older plate, and the plate in question isn't shown on this page, almost always the answer will be "no". However, I've recently acquired a fairly large number of older plates that I'm going to sell, and it will take a while to get them all listed. So, e-mail me; I might just have what you need.
I do not sell to the general public any recent-issue license plates in styles that are still used for current registrations. However, I usually have expired, recent-issue plates that I'll trade or sell to people whom I can verify are bona-fide license plate collectors, and whom I feel reasonably confident will not re-sell them to non-collectors. If you're such a person and you're looking for a recent plate, please e-mail me with the specifics.
Please refer to the Where can I find old license plates? section of my FAQs page for some suggestions of where else you might be able to find the plate you're looking for.
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