This page features expired license plates that I'm offering for trade or sale.
New plates were last added on October 31, 2016. This page was last updated on January 27, 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.)
|1/1982||vanity||JCB||good minus||$5||Sticker mania! 1976 base with 1977 through 1982 stickers visible.|
|1969||passenger car||YDE-031||very good||$15|
|1972||truck or commercial vehicle||M 54 287||fair plus||$15|
|1950||private truck||17T1053||very good, very good||$50 for pair||17 = Prowers County. Plate dimensions are 12-1/2" by 5-1/2". Includes original paper envelope with plate number stamped on it. Selling as a pair only.|
|1952||passenger car renewal tab||14-3841||very good||$15||14 = Fremont County (Canon City). There were no 1952 Colorado plates except for motorcycle plates; instead, they affixed metal "52" tabs to the upper right corners of 1951 plates. Tabs for non-passenger plate types had the plate type (such as "dealer" or "truck") stamped on the tab; passenger car plate tabs had no such designation. Tab measures 3 inches by 1-1/4 inches. No additional shipping charge if purchased with a plate; reduced shipping if purchased alone.|
|1959||farm truck||XH-15||good||$5||XH = Chaffee County.|
|1964||passenger||YL-1526||excellent, excellent minus||$45 for pair||YL = Teller County. Never used! A nearly, but not quite, flawless pair of plates. Selling as a pair only.|
|1964||passenger||YL-1527||very good plus, very good||$40 for pair||YL = Teller County. Never used! Extra white paint at bottom right edge of bottom plate is a manufacturing flaw. Selling as a pair only.|
|1966||passenger car||UP-4546||good||$12||UP = Fremont County (Canon City).|
|1976||passenger||RS 9926||very good plus, very good minus||$15 for pair||RS = Jefferson County (suburban Denver). Will split pair; $8 for VG+ plate (top), $7 for VG- plate (bottom).|
|9/1995||passenger||KAH7205||very good, good||$10 for pair||K = El Paso County (Colorado Springs). Will split pair; $6 for VG stickered plate (top), $4 for G unstickered plate (bottom). Stickered rear plate SOLD to B.J., Jan. 20, 2017.|
|6/1997||passenger car||KAY3542||very good plus||$7||K = El Paso County (Colorado Springs). Natural expiration.|
|1947||passenger car||KL 780||very good minus||$40||Plate dimensions are 9-1/4" by 6".|
District of Columbia
|1991||specialty vanity||PAUL||mint||$120||Reduced 1/2017! VERY RARE Bicentennial 1791-1991 special interest plate celebrating the 200th anniversary of the District of Columbia. Yes, this is a real license plate! (was $150)|
|1967-68||passenger car||18D-6994||mint||$40||18 = Lee County (Ft. Myers).|
|1975||passenger car||7-14105||very good||$15||7 = Orange County (Orlando).|
|1976||passenger car||1-146342||very good||$15||1 = Dade County (Miami).|
|1976||passenger car||48W-9997||very good plus||$20||48 = Clay County.|
|1974||passenger car||LEP 661||very good||$12||Muscogee County (Columbus / Fort Benning).|
|1976||passenger car||EWA 806||very good plus||$10||Crawford County.|
|5/1986||passenger car||BYG 092||very good||$12||Honolulu County.|
|1974||passenger car||1/A 60 322||very good||$10||1A = Ada County (Boise).|
|1961||passenger car||310 713||good minus||$5|
|1974||passenger car||NN 5507||very good; good plus||$5 for pair||Will split pair; $3 for VG plate, $2 for G+ plate.|
|10/1993||passenger car||BN 261||good plus||$2||Less-common two letter, three number format.|
|1959||trailer||30084A||fair plus||$10||3,000 lb. trailer. Oversized plate; dimensions are 13-3/4" by 5-7/8".|
|3/1975||passenger car||99B6967||very good||$5||99 = Marion County (Indianapolis).|
|2/1978||passenger car||72A3288||good plus||$3||72 = Scott County. Some rust on the back.|
|4/1978||passenger car||2 H3407||good plus||$3||2 = Allen County (Fort Wayne). Some rust on the back.|
|1978||truck||66293Z||good plus||$2||7,000 lb. truck. Some rust on the back.|
|3/1979||passenger car||2 W6796||very good||$5||2 = Allen County (Fort Wayne). Some rust on the back.|
|1980||trailer||9881 A||very good minus||$2||3,000 lb. trailer. Some rust on the back.|
|2/1984||passenger car||72A1166||very good minus||$4||72 = Scott County.|
|2/1985||passenger car||72A 762||very good plus||$6||Natural expiration. 72 = Scott County.|
|2/2001||trailer||180204H||very good||$2||3,000 lb. trailer.|
|2/2003||passenger car||72C1122||excellent minus||$5||72 = Scott County.|
|2/2003||passenger car||72C3405||excellent minus||$5||72 = Scott County.|
|2/2003||truck||736222L||good plus||$2||Natural expiration. 7,000 lb. truck.|
|1973||passenger car||2/0 2464||very good minus||$5||20 = Clarke County.|
|1973||truck||A/R 1861||very good||$5||Minor manufacturing errors: embossed features are slightly diagonal relative to the metal; edge is not straight above the upper right bolt hole.|
|1980||passenger car||FKK 269||excellent minus||$10||Polk County (Des Moines).|
|10/1987||passenger car||LZT 136||very good plus, very good||$25 for pair||New 10/2016! Carroll County; natural expiration. Unusual year sticker marked Duplicate. See a close-up of the sticker here. Will split pair; $20 for stickered rear plate, $5 for unstickered front plate.|
|1948||passenger car||250-892||very good||$40||Hardin County (Elizabethtown). Plate dimensions are 12-3/16" by 5-7/8".|
|1974||passenger car||Y27-304||good plus||$7||Warren County (Bowling Green).|
|1977||passenger car||HNT-556||very good plus||$10||Union County.|
|1950||passenger car||185-044||very good||$40||Undated base used 1950-55, with 1950 add-on tab.|
|1986||multi-purpose passenger vehicle (MPV)||00479 X||very good minus, good plus||$75 for pair||New 10/2016! 350th Anniversary specialty plate. MPV plates were rare on this base. MPVs were truck-based passenger vehicles, including passenger vans, SUVs, motor homes, and private buses. Dark stains on the bottom plate are a bit more pronounced than the photo would indicate. Will split pair; $40 for very good minus (top) plate; $35 for good plus (bottom plate).|
|1955||passenger car||N66-552||good minus||$15||Oversized plate; dimensions are 13-1/4" by 6-1/4".|
|1972||motorcycle||LX 9529||very good||$15||Dimensions are 7-5/8" by 4-5/8".|
|1/1975||passenger car||926-542||very good minus||$15||Natural expiration.|
|1966||commercial (truck, etc.)||8346-CJ||excellent minus||$12||Never used.|
|1976||passenger car||PGP370||very good; very good minus||$12 for pair||Will split pair; $7 for VG plate, $5 for VG- plate.|
|1977||passenger car||SDC805||very good minus||$5||SOLD to B.J., Jan. 20, 2017.|
|1973||passenger car||8WD 282||good plus||$8||Natural registration. 8 = Northeastern part of state.|
|3/1985||passenger car||CTK 201||very good plus||$8||New 10/2016! SOLD to B.J., Jan. 20, 2017.|
|1997||drive away||232 6D/A||very good||$15||This type used by automotive businesses to drive unregistered vehicles.|
|1998||drive away||DA-6810||very good plus||$15||This type used by automotive businesses to drive unregistered vehicles.|
|undated||motorcycle plate backer||none||very good||$10||This dealer advertising plate mounted behind a motorcycle plate so that only the bottom with the text was visible. Dealer is First Capitol, Villa Ridge, Mo.. A great companion to the Missouri motorcycle plate above.|
|1969||passenger car||37-1831||excellent minus||$12||31 = Daniels County. Never used! Would be in mint condition if not for some minor rub marks from storage.|
|7/1987||passenger car||15017G||very good||$10||Natural expiration.|
|1923||passenger car||101900||very good minus||$30||Oversized plate; dimensions are 15" by 6-1/8". Extra drilled hole above the "3" in the year.|
|1954||passenger car||S/L U80||good||$10||S/L = Somerset County. Dimensions are 10-3/4" by 6-1/2". Dated 1952 base plate with '54 renewal tab.|
|undated||passenger car||WPN-739||very good minus||$6||The W series was issued in 1972.|
|undated||passenger car||995-CEC||very good minus||$6||The early C series was issued in 1974.|
|undated||passenger car||399-MXH||very good||$10||The late M series was issued in 1980.|
|undated||passenger car||856-SYR||very good; very good minus||$18 for pair||The late S series was issued in 1982. Will split pair; $10 for VG plate, $8 for VG- plate.|
|1959||passenger car||2-75971||good minus||$20||New 10/2016! 2 = Bernalillo County (Albuquerque).|
|8/1972||passenger car||DL-7762||very good||$20||Late issue stamped with 1973-1978 dies. Natural expiration. "DL" plates are reported to have been issued in Delaware County.|
|undated||motorcycle||627593||good||$5||This plate design and numbering format issued in the mid-to-late 1970s. Expiration sticker was removed.|
|1968||passenger car||ZL-5266||good plus||$20|
|1971||passenger car||HR-7314||good plus||$12|
|1972||passenger car||HH-3267||very good minus||$15|
|1972||passenger car||VS-6951||very good minus||$15|
|1973||passenger car||AHK-388||very good minus||$10|
|1973||passenger car||DBD-138||very good plus||$15|
|1975||passenger car||HVH-688||very good plus||$15|
|1975||passenger car||HWZ-796||very good||$12|
|1976||passenger car||KWJ-461||very good plus||$15||Natural expiration.|
|1976||truck||DP-2300||very good plus||$12|
|1961||passenger car||4103-NK||good||$5||NK suffix = Preble County. Some rust on the back of the plate.|
|1965||passenger car||43687||good||$8||All numeric = Franklin County (Columbus).|
|1970||passenger car||4165 PP||good||$5||PP suffix = Montgomery County (Dayton). Some rust on the back of the plate.|
|1971||passenger car||791 QJ||good minus||$3||QJ suffix = Montgomery County (Dayton). Some rust on the back of the plate.|
|1972||passenger car||809 UN||very good plus||$10||UN suffix = Miami County.|
|4/1975||passenger car||3766 CB||very good||$7||CB suffix = Hamilton County (Cincinnati). Some rust on the back of the plate.|
|undated||passenger car||RR 5338||very good||$7||Undated, unstickered plates were used 1976-77. RR prefix = Lake County.|
|undated||passenger car||X 367 M||very good plus; very good||$15 for pair||Undated, unstickered plates were used 1976-77. X-M = Athens County. Will split pair; $8 for VG+ plate, $7 for VG plate.|
|7/1989||passenger car||638-VLA||very good||$10||Natural expiration with 1989 version 2 sticker. These odd white-on-yellow stickers were only used for part-year registration periods that both began and ended in 1989. Hamilton County (Cincinnati).|
|2/1994||passenger car||JHK-164||very good plus; very good minus||$10 for pair||Butler County. Will split pair; $6 for VG+ plate, $4 for VG- plate.|
|2/1995||passenger car||CIS-999||very good minus||$4||Hamilton County (Cincinnati). Some rust on the back.|
|1976||passenger car||JA-6613||very good minus||$5||JA = Jackson County (Altus).|
|4/1979||passenger car||DLF 518||very good||$10||Natural expiration.|
|1936||passenger car||E5547||fair plus (2xh)||$12||New 10/2016! Two extra drilled holes along top edge. Discoloration is a bit more pronounced than the photo would indicate.|
|1958||sample||PA0-000||very good||$40||This is an unfinished version 2 1958 sample plate. Version 2 plates have no tab slot. The plate is made of aluminum, and only a small amount of blue paint, visible as horizontal lines on the top 1/3 of the plate, was applied to the front. On the back of the plate, the leftmost 3 inches is unpainted, while the rest of it is painted dark blue.|
|1958||sample||PA0-000||very good||$40||This is an unfinished version 2 1958 sample plate. Version 2 plates have no tab slot. The plate is made of aluminum, and only a small amount of blue paint, visible as horizontal lines on the bottom 1/3 of the plate, was applied to the front. The back of the plate is painted dark blue.|
|1958||sample||PA0-000||good plus||$40||This is an unfinished and defective version 2 1958 sample plate. Version 2 plates have no tab slot. The plate is made of aluminum, and the front is unpainted. Both of the right bolt holes have been double punched, and there are two additional punched bolt holes about an inch to the left of these. The plate has several visible scratches running horizontally across the entire plate through the serial numbers. The upper border area of the plate is bumpy. Dark blue paint covers the back of the plate except for about the rightmost 3 inches and the top inch; those areas have some paint and some bare aluminum showing.|
|undated||blank||none||excellent (yellow side), very good (blue side)||$25||Shown are two sides of a single blank plate. Pennsylvania plates were yellow on one side and blue on the other between about 1965 and 1976. On the yellow side, handwritten in the upper right corner, in what appears to be red grease pencil, is a notation that reads "6/68/65"; its meaning is unknown. The blue side has some minor scratches as seen in the enlarged photo.|
|1967||passenger car||800-27C||good plus||$10|
|1977||school bus||SA-11367||very good||$12||Yes, these year stickers are correct. Yellow school bus plates were issued since 1972. This plate had the year "72" etched into the upper left corner at the time of manufacture, as did other non-passenger plate types that year.|
|1979||passenger car||409-14Y||very good||$6|
|1972||passenger car||GBL 141||very good minus||$15|
|1964||passenger car||2-36961||very good||$15||2 = Pennington County (Rapid City). Plate was never attached to a vehicle, but has several small places where the paint has rubbed off of the raised areas.|
|undated||tax exempt||CY-1395||excellent||$20||CY = city government vehicle. Plate age uncertain, but likely from the 1960s-1970s. Plate was never attached to a vehicle and is nearly in mint condition.|
|1974||passenger car||26-T924||good||$10||Lawrence County.|
|5/2004||passenger car||KSM 565||very good plus||$6||Hamilton County (Chattanooga).|
|1974||passenger car||BDF-570||very good||$8|
|9/1984||passenger car||WNV-243||very good||$3||"W" made with an upside-down "M" die. Plate was folded in half and straightened out again; there's a crease running vertically just to the right of the "V" in the plate number.|
|1954||passenger car||53267||very good plus||$15||Plate dimensions are 11" by 6".|
|1975||passenger car||AN-670||very good||$10||Natural expiration.|
|Note: Virginia plates have been moved to Rick's Trade Box – Virginia.|
|undated||passenger car||HUT 608||excellent minus||$10||1980s vintage unstickered front plate.|
|8/1976||passenger car||8N-3609||good||$8||Version 2 1976 expiration with state shape graphic and tall dies.|
|7/1974||passenger car||P72-749||very good minus||$7|
|1975||manufacturer||24 C||very good||$25|
|1974||state government||G/F 247||very good||$15||GF = State Game and Fish Department.|
Overseas (beyond continental U.S., Canada, and Hawaii)
|undated||passenger car||BKE-438||very good||$15||Victoria state, circa 1977-1984. Oversized plate; 14-5/8" by 5-3/16".|
|undated||temporary export||867 Z-2595||good||$20||West German plate for temporary use on vehicles being exported, circa 1967-1988. Unique oval shape. Seal reads "Hauptzollamt Suttgart-West". Oversized plate; 13-7/8" by 8-3/8".|
|1992||passenger car||ADX 287||very good minus||$20||Guam is a U.S. territory in the western Pacific.|
|undated||U.S. Forces||J 01879||very good||$30||J = Keflavik. Issued to a U.S. military service member for use on their personal vehicle while stationed at Keflavik, Iceland, from sometime before 1989. Oversized plate; 17-3/8" by 5-1/8".|
|undated||Allied Forces||N-23507||very good minus||$20||AFI = Allied Forces in Italy; N = Naples. Issued to a U.S. or other NATO country military service member for use on their personal vehicle while stationed in Naples, Italy, circa 1968-present. Standard North American 12" by 6" dimensions.|
Be sure to also check out my Virginia plates for trade or sale on my Rick's Trade Box – Virginia 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. 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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