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Rick's Trade Box

Expired license plates available for trade or sale

 

This page features expired license plates that I'm offering for trade or sale. 

New plates were last added on June 13, 2017.  This page was last updated on June 13, 2017. 

Latest noteworthy updates to this page, other than the addition and removal of plates in my trade box: 

  • January 4, 2016  –  Split Virginia plates for sale or trade out to their own separate page.  Increased most shipping charges due to upcoming postage rate hikes. 
  • September 18, 2015  –  Changed method of determinining shipping charges from the actual postage amount, which varied for each plate depending on weight, to fixed amounts based on the quantity of plates.  Changed text to encourage, rather than discourage, inquiries about the availability of plates not shown on this page. 

Introduction

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.) 

Expired license plates available for trade or sale, by jurisdiction

United States
Alaska
DateTypeSerialGradePriceImageComments
1960 passenger car 6543 excellent minus, very good plus $100 for pair click to enlarge
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 New 3/2017!   These would be in mint condition if not for some very minor rub marks and slight damage to the "3" on one plate. 
1/1982 vanity JCB good minus $5 click to enlarge Sticker mania! 1976 base with 1977 through 1982 stickers visible. 
Arizona
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1932 passenger car 8CA6 good $300 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   Solid copper!  The metal has a 3/8" crack below the upper right bolt hole, visible in the enlarged photo (click on the thumbnail).  Plate dimensions are 10" by 5". 
California
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4/1982 motorcycle 9T2473 good plus $25 click to enlarge
Colorado
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1950 private truck 17T1053 very good, very good $50 for pair click to enlarge
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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 tab14-3841 very good $15 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge XH = Chaffee County. 
1964 passenger YL-1526 excellent, excellent minus $45 for pair click to enlarge
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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 click to enlarge
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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 click to enlarge UP = Fremont County (Canon City). 
1976 passenger RS 9926 very good plus, very good minus $15 for pair click to enlarge
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RS = Jefferson County (suburban Denver).  Will split pair; $8 for VG+ plate (top), $7 for VG- plate (bottom). 
undated passenger KAH7205 good $4 click to enlarge K = El Paso County (Colorado Springs).  Unstickered front plate issued in the 1990s. 
Connecticut
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1947 passenger car KL 780 very good minus $40 click to enlarge Plate dimensions are 9-1/4" by 6". 
District of Columbia
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3/1997 special event 1186 mint $20 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   1997 U.S. Presidential Inauguration special event plate for Preident Bill Clinton's second term.  Affixed to the plate is a sticker that made the plate valid for street use; not many inaugural plates have these.  Nevertheless, the plate has never been used on a vehicle and is in perfect, mint condition.  See a close-up of the validation sticker. 
Florida
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1967-68 passenger car 18D-6994 mint $40 click to enlarge 18 = Lee County (Ft. Myers). 
1975 passenger car 7-14105 very good $15 click to enlarge 7 = Orange County (Orlando). 
1976 passenger car 1-146342 very good $15 click to enlarge 1 = Dade County (Miami). 
1976 passenger car 48W-9997 very good plus $20 click to enlarge 48 = Clay County. 
Georgia
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1974 passenger car LEP 661 very good $12 click to enlarge Muscogee County (Columbus / Fort Benning). 
1976 passenger car EWA 806 very good plus $10 click to enlarge Crawford County. 
Idaho
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1974 passenger car 1/A 60 322 very good $10 click to enlarge 1A = Ada County (Boise). 
Illinois
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1961 passenger car 310 713 good minus $5 click to enlarge
1964 passenger car HV 6792 good plus $5 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   Minor rust along top of plate not evident in the photo. 
1974 passenger car NN 5507 very good; good plus $5 for pair click to enlarge
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Will split pair; $3 for VG plate, $2 for G+ plate. 
Indiana
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1959 trailer 30084A fair plus $10 click to enlarge 3,000 lb. trailer.  Oversized plate; dimensions are 13-3/4" by 5-7/8". 
3/1975 passenger car 99B6967 very good $5 click to enlarge 99 = Marion County (Indianapolis). 
2/1978 passenger car 72A3288 good plus $3 click to enlarge 72 = Scott County.  Some rust on the back. 
4/1978 passenger car 2 H3407 good plus $3 click to enlarge 2 = Allen County (Fort Wayne).  Some rust on the back. 
1978 truck 66293Z good plus $2 click to enlarge 7,000 lb. truck.  Some rust on the back. 
3/1979 passenger car 2 W6796 very good $5 click to enlarge 2 = Allen County (Fort Wayne).  Some rust on the back. 
1980 trailer 9881 A very good minus $2 click to enlarge 3,000 lb. trailer.  Some rust on the back. 
2/1984 passenger car 72A1166 very good minus $4 click to enlarge 72 = Scott County. 
2/1985 passenger car 72A 762 very good plus $6 click to enlarge Natural expiration.  72 = Scott County. 
2/2001 trailer 180204H very good $2 click to enlarge 3,000 lb. trailer. 
2/2003 passenger car 72C1122 excellent minus $5 click to enlarge 72 = Scott County. 
2/2003 passenger car 72C3405 excellent minus $5 click to enlarge 72 = Scott County. 
2/2003 truck 736222L good plus $2 click to enlarge Natural expiration.  7,000 lb. truck. 
Iowa
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1973 truck A/R 1861 very good $5 click to enlarge Minor manufacturing errors: embossed features are slightly diagonal relative to the metal; edge is not straight above the upper right bolt hole. 
10/1987 passenger car LZT 136 very good plus, very good $25 for pair click to enlarge
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Carroll County; natural expiration.  Unusual year sticker marked DuplicateSee a close-up of the sticker here.  Will split pair; $20 for stickered rear plate, $5 for unstickered front plate. 
Kentucky
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1948 passenger car 250-892 very good $40 click to enlarge Hardin County (Elizabethtown).  Plate dimensions are 12-3/16" by 5-7/8". 
1974 passenger car Y27-304 good plus $7 click to enlarge Warren County (Bowling Green). 
1977 passenger car HNT-556 very good plus $10 click to enlarge Union County. 
Maine
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1950 passenger car 185-044 very good $40 click to enlarge Undated base used 1950-55, with 1950 add-on tab. 
Maryland
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1975 farm truck F071 good plus $15 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!  
1975 historic 5183 very good, good plus $40 for pair click to enlarge
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 New 4/2017!   Uncommon Historic Motor Vehicle type.  Both Antique and Historic plates were issued on this base; the Antique type is far more common.  Natural expiraiton stickers.  Will split pair; $20 for each plate. 
1977 handicapped 1011 fair plus $3 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   11th plate number issued on this base. 
1986 multi-purpose passenger vehicle (MPV) 00479 X very good minus, good plus $75 for pair click to enlarge
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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). 
Massachusetts
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1955 passenger car N66-552 good minus $15 click to enlarge Oversized plate; dimensions are 13-1/4" by 6-1/4". 
1972 motorcycle LX 9529 very good $15 click to enlarge Dimensions are 7-5/8" by 4-5/8". 
1/1975 passenger car 926-542 very good minus$15 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
Michigan
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1966 commercial (truck, etc.) 8346-CJ excellent minus $12 click to enlarge Never used. 
1976 passenger car PGP370 very good $7 click to enlarge
Minnesota
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1973 passenger car 8WD 282 good plus $8 click to enlarge Natural registration.  8 = Northeastern part of state. 
Mississippi
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1955 private trailer 13-678 very good minus $20 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!  
Missouri
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4/1974 motorcycle 12-122 very good $12 click to enlarge
1998 drive away DA-6810 very good plus $15 click to enlarge This type used by automotive businesses to drive unregistered vehicles. 
undated motorcycle plate backer none very good $10 click to enlarge 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. 
Montana
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1930 passenger car 108-672 very good minus $50 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   Tar substance on the first four digits of the plate number and on the "O" in "Montana".  Very displayable!  Oversized plate; dimensions are 13-1/2" by 5-5/8". 
1969 passenger car 37-1831 excellent minus $12 click to enlarge 31 = Daniels County.  Never used!  Would be in mint condition if not for some minor rub marks from storage. 
New Hampshire
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7/1987 passenger car 15017G very good $10 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
New Jersey
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1923 passenger car 101900 very good minus $30 click to enlarge Oversized plate; dimensions are 15" by 6-1/8".  Extra drilled hole above the "3" in the year. 
undated passenger car WPN-739 very good minus $6 click to enlarge The W series was issued in 1972. 
undated passenger car 995-CEC very good minus $6 click to enlarge The early C series was issued in 1974. 
undated passenger car 399-MXH very good $10 click to enlarge The late M series was issued in 1980. 
undated passenger car 856-SYR very good; very good minus $18 for pair click to enlarge
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The late S series was issued in 1982.  Will split pair; $10 for VG plate, $8 for VG- plate. 
New Mexico
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1959 passenger car 2-75971 good minus $20 click to enlarge 2 = Bernalillo County (Albuquerque). 
New York
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1955 passenger car 82-36NA fair plus $10 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   NA series issued in Nassau County (Long Island).  Oversized plate; dimensions are 13-1/2" by 6-1/4". 
1957 passenger car 2268-NK good, fair plus $40 for pair click to enlarge
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 New 3/2017!   NK series issued in Nassau County (Long Island). 
1961 passenger car 7U-6209 very good $15 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   1960 plate with 1961 renewal tab attached.  7U series issued in Bronx County. 
1963 passenger car 982-CB good plus, fair $20 for pair click to enlarge
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 New 3/2017!   Top plate is a 1962 with 1963 renewal tab attached.  Tab is in fair-to-poor condition.  CB series issued in Bronx County. 
1964 passenger car TP-6931 good $30 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   TP series issued in Tompkins County (Ithaca).  Some rust on the back. 
8/1972 passenger car DL-7762 very good $20 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge This plate design and numbering format issued in the mid-to-late 1970s.  Expiration sticker was removed. 
North Carolina
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1965 passenger car UB-2695 good $20 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!  
1966 city strip 28109 good $20 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1966 passenger car WC-6230 good $20 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!  
1967 city strip 42944 good $20 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1967 passenger car NC-1792 good $30 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Hard to find "NC" plate number prefix letters! 
1967 passenger car NN-4354 good plus $12 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Some rust on back. 
1968 city strip 4160 very good minus $25 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1968 city strip 4161 good plus $15 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate.  Two extra drilled holes at top center. 
1968 passenger car ZL-5266 good plus $20 click to enlarge
1970 city strip S 881 fair $5 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate.  Horizontal bends above and below "RALEIGH". 
1970 city strip S 882 good minus $15 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1970 city strip AD 968 fair $10 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1971 passenger car HR-7314 good plus $12 click to enlarge
1972 city strip F 435 good minus $15 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1972 city strip F 436 good $20 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1972 passenger car HH-3267 very good minus $15 click to enlarge
1973 city strip A 727 fair plus $5 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate.  Surface rust on the front of the plate. 
1973 passenger car AHK-388 very good minus $10 click to enlarge
1973 passenger car DBD-138 very good plus $15 click to enlarge
1974 city strip AAT 592 good $10 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   Raleigh city tax supplemental plate. 
1974 passenger car DBV-150 good $8 click to enlarge
1975 horseless carriage 10960 very good plus $30 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!  
1975 passenger car HVH-688 very good plus $15 click to enlarge
1975 passenger car HWZ-796 very good $12 click to enlarge
1975 trailer E-26999 very good $8 click to enlarge
1975 trailer E-32274 very good $8 click to enlarge
1976 passenger car KWJ-461 very good plus $15 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
1976 truck DP-2300 very good plus $12 click to enlarge
7/1985 passenger car YBC-533 very good minus $10 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   The 1981 dated base plate was issued only for a few months in 1981.  The white reflective background is yellowed and flat (not shiny) in the lower left corner. 
undated handicapped placard F4763 very good $7 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   This isn't a license plate, but rather a placard to be placed on the dashboard.  It's metal and the same size as a license plate, but has only a single bolt hole.  That isn't an error.  Age is uncertain, but despite the word Permanent stamped on the plate, these haven't been valid for at least 15 years, probably longer. 
2004 weighted CD-3019 good plus $4 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   "Weighted" plates are issued to medium-duty trucks. 
North Dakota
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1976 passenger car 203-374 excellent $10 click to enlarge
Ohio
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1961 passenger car 4103-NK good $5 click to enlarge NK suffix = Preble County.  Some rust on the back of the plate. 
1965 passenger car 43687 good $8 click to enlarge All numeric = Franklin County (Columbus). 
1970 passenger car 4165 PP good $5 click to enlarge PP suffix = Montgomery County (Dayton).  Some rust on the back of the plate. 
1971 passenger car 791 QJ good minus $3 click to enlarge QJ suffix = Montgomery County (Dayton).  Some rust on the back of the plate. 
4/1975 passenger car 3766 CB very good $7 click to enlarge CB suffix = Hamilton County (Cincinnati).  Some rust on the back of the plate. 
undated passenger car RR 5338 very good $7 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge
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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 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge
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Butler County.  Will split pair; $6 for VG+ plate, $4 for VG- plate. 
2/1995 passenger car CIS-999 very good minus $4 click to enlarge Hamilton County (Cincinnati).  Some rust on the back. 
Oklahoma
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1976 passenger car JA-6613 very good minus $5 click to enlarge JA = Jackson County (Altus). 
Oregon
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4/1979 passenger car DLF 518 very good $10 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
Pennsylvania
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1908 passenger car 2705 good minus $300 click to enlarge  New 6/2017!   This is a heavy steel plate coated with porcelain.  The porcelain has large chipped areas that have been touched up with paint in the upper corners and the lower right corner.  The dark spot under the crossbar of the "5" is discolored but intact porcelain.  Dimensions are 8-1/4" by 6-1/2".  Due to the weight and extra care needed to ship a porcelain plate, shipping cost is higher.  See back of plate. 
1926 passenger car 237-129 good minus $15 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   Oversized plate; dimensions are 15" by 6". 
1936 passenger car E5547 fair plus (2xh) $12 click to enlarge Two extra drilled holes along top edge.  Discoloration is a bit more pronounced than the photo would indicate. 
1951 passenger car ZP785 very good minus $10 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Plate dimensions are 11" by 6". 
1958 sample PA0-000 very good $40 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge
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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 click to enlarge
1979 passenger car 409-14Y very good $6 click to enlarge
South Carolina
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1972 passenger car GBL 141 very good minus $15 click to enlarge
1973 taxi 1622 excellent minus $12 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Never used. 
5/1978 truck H1467 very good minus $5 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   10 ton truck; half-year registration. 
11/1986 vanity HERMA mint $5 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Green color variation is from the manufacturing process, and is not as bad as the photo would indicate.  Never used. 
12/1988 wholesaler WX17770 very good plus $10 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Blue color variation is from the manufacturing process, and is not as bad as the photo would indicate.  Never used. 
12/1990 special mobile equipment SM16742 very good plus $10 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!  
undated utility trailerUT14133 very good $4 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   November month sticker, but no year sticker.  A couple of small scratches above the "U" in the plate number, but otherwise in mint condition and never used. 
South Dakota
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1964 passenger car 2-36961 very good $15 click to enlarge 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 click to enlarge 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. 
Tennessee
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1974 passenger car 26-T924 good $10 click to enlarge Lawrence County. 
5/2004 passenger car KSM 565 very good plus $6 click to enlarge Hamilton County (Chattanooga). 
Texas
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1974 passenger car BDF-570 very good $8 click to enlarge
9/1984 passenger car WNV-243 very good $3 click to enlarge "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. 
Vermont
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1954 passenger car 53267 very good plus $15 click to enlarge Plate dimensions are 11" by 6". 
1975 passenger car AN-670 very good $10 click to enlarge Natural expiration. 
Virginia
 Note:  Virginia plates have been moved to Rick's Trade Box – Virginia
Washington (state)
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undated passenger car HUT 608 excellent minus $10 click to enlarge 1980s vintage unstickered front plate. 
West Virginia
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6/1942 passenger car 343-100 very good minus, good $60 for pair click to enlarge
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 New 4/2017!   Plate dimensions are 12" by 5-3/8".  Selling as a pair only. 
6/1945 passenger car 45-642 fair $12 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Only single 1945 plates, not pairs, were issued.  Torn upper right bolt hole.  Plate dimensions are 12" by 5-1/2". 
6/1946 passenger car 18-109 fair $18 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Only single 1946 plates, not pairs, were issued.  Some wavy bends in the middle of the plate.  Some rust on the back.  Plate dimensions are 12" by 5-3/8". 
8/1976 passenger car 8N-3609 good $8 click to enlarge Version 2 1976 expiration with state shape graphic and tall dies. 
1995 auto auction AA/57 1 very good minus $25 click to enlarge  New 4/2017!   Registration card is taped to back of plate. 
Wisconsin
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1930 passenger car C304-169 good plus (4nh) $15 click to enlarge  New 3/2017!   The "C" prefix is a weight class code for a middle-weight car.  Cracked bolt slot at upper left; four nail holes; minor waves and bends.  Still quite displayable, nevertheless.  Oversized plate; dimensions are 16-1/2" by 4-3/4". 
7/1974 passenger car P72-749 very good minus $7 click to enlarge
1975 manufacturer 24 C very good $25 click to enlarge
Overseas (beyond continental U.S., Canada, and Hawaii)
Australia
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undated passenger car BKE-438 very good $15 click to enlarge Victoria state, circa 1977-1984.  Oversized plate; 14-5/8" by 5-3/16". 
Germany
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undated temporary export 867 Z-2595 good $20 click to enlarge 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". 
Guam
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1992 passenger car ADX 287 very good minus$20 click to enlarge Guam is a U.S. territory in the western Pacific. 
Italy
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undated Allied Forces N-23507 very good minus $20 click to enlarge 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! 

If I've got a plate available that you want

Want to trade license plates?

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. 

Face-to-face transactions

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. 

Long-distance sales

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. 

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. 

International customers

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. 

To reserve a plate or propose a trade

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. 

If you don't see the plate you want

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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