Plate History Gallery


Plates shown here are not for sale, for display only.


1910-1911

black/aluminum slide-in numbers & letters.
undated. numbers issued sequentially over three years 1910-1913.

height 5"; length variable. rectangle (photo taken at an angle)
single.


1912

black/yellow. undated. numbers issued sequentially over three years 1910-1913.

height 6"; length 13-1/8".
single.



1913

black/white. undated. numbers issued sequentially over three years 1910-1913.

height 6"; length 13-1/8". rectangle (photo taken at an angle)
single.



1914

steel, lightly emobssed. black/white.

height 6"; length varied by number of characters 5-3/4" to 11-1/8".
single.



1915

porcelain, flat. white/black.

height 6"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 13".
single.



1916

steel, embossed. dark blue/white.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 6"; length 14-1/2"
single.



1917

steel, embossed. white/black.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 6"; length 14-1/2"
single.



1918

steel, embossed. black/lt.green.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 5-1/2"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14-1/2"
single.



1919

steel, embossed. black/white.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 5-1/2"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14-1/2"
single.



1920

steel, embossed. white/dk.green.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 5-1/2"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14-1/2"
single.



1921

steel, embossed. dk.green/white.

height 5-1/2"; length varied by number of characters 11-7/8" to 14-3/8"
single.



1922

steel, embossed. white/black.

height 5-1/2"; length varied by number of characters 11-7/8" to 14-3/8"
single.



1923

steel, embossed. white/brown.

height 5-1/2"; length varied by number of characters 11-7/8" to 14-3/8"
single.



1924

steel, embossed. black/gray.
(plate shown has been restored)
height varied 5-1/2" to 6"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14"
single.



1925

steel, embossed. white/blue.

height 6"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14"
single.



1926

steel, embossed. white/red.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 6"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14"
single.



1927

thin steel, embossed. black/yellow.
height 6"; length varied by number of characters 10" to 13-3/4"
single.





1928

steel, embossed; white/dk.blue.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 6"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14"
single.



1929

steel, embossed; orange-yellow/black. 
(plate shown has been restored)
height 6"; length varied by number of characters 12" to 14"
marked with vertical "FRONT" and "REAR", the only year to do so
pair. weight code letter suffix.


1930

steel, embossed; black/gray.

height 6"; length 14"
pair. weight code letter suffix.



1931

thin steel, embossed; white/green.

height 5"; length 9-1/2". variation: "dog ear" tabs meant to be bent
pair. weight code prefix.




1932

steel, embossed; white/dk.blue.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1933

steel, embossed; dk.blue/orange.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1934

steel, embossed; orange/dk.blue.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1935

steel, embossed; dk.blue/orange.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1936

steel, embossed; orange/dk.blue.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1937

steel, embossed; dk.blue/orange.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1938

steel, embossed; orange/dk.blue.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1939

steel, embossed; dk.blue/yellow.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
pair. weight code suffix.



1940

steel, embossed; yellow/green. embossed peach image bottom center.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2". variation: 6-1/2" x 14" without peach image.
pair. weight code prefix.



1941

steel, embossed; yellow/dk.blue. glass-bead reflectorization. full-color peach decal in center.

height 6-1/2"; length 14"
pair. weight code suffix.



1942

thin steel, embossed; red legends and border, white serial/dk.blue.

height 5-1/2"; length 12-3/8"
single. weight code prefix.



1943

thin steel strip, embossed with stamped serial; white/red.

height 5-1/4"; length 12-1/2"
single. strip made to place over "1942" on previous year plate with aligning bolt slots.



1944

thin steel, embossed; yellow/black.

height 3-1/2"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix. used independently.



1945

steel, embossed; white/black.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1946

steel, embossed; black/aluminum paint.
(plate shown has been restored)
height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1947

aluminium, embossed; maroon/cream. steel variations exist

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1948

aluminium, embossed; black/bare aluminum.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1949

aluminium, embossed; red/bare aluminum.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1950

aluminium, embossed; black/bare aluminum.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1951

aluminium, embossed; lt.green/bare aluminum.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1952

steel, embossed; white/black.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1953

steel, embossed; orange/black.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1954

steel, embossed; black/yellow.

height 5-3/8"; length 12-1/2"
single. weight code prefix.



1955

steel, embossed; yellow/black.

height 6"; length 12"
single. weight code prefix.



1956

steel, embossed; white/black.

height 6"; length 12"
single. weight code prefix.



1957

steel, embossed; white/dk.green.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1958

steel, embossed; black/white.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1959

steel, embossed; white/black.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1960

steel, embossed; black/white.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1961

steel, embossed; black/yellow.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1962

steel, embossed; red/white.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1963

steel, embossed; white/red.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1964

steel, embossed; peach(beige)/green.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1965

steel, embossed; blue/white.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1966

steel, embossed; red/white.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1967

steel, embossed; red/white.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1968

steel, embossed; white/green.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1969

steel, embossed; white/black.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1970

steel, embossed; white/blue.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county code - weight class - serial. absence of letter does indicate class.



1971-1975

aluminum, embossed; blue/white reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. "71" embossed top left. 
succeeding year decals placed top right.
  passenger: 3-letters/3-number format. 
  truck/non-passenger: 2-letter/4-number format.

1971 valid without year decal. Year decals used:








1976-1982

aluminum, embossed; red/white reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. "76" embossed top left. 
succeeding year decals placed top right.
variation: "GEORGIA" screenprinted.
  passenger: 3-letters/3-number format. 
  truck/non-passenger: 2-letter/4-number format.

1976 valid without year decal. Year decals used:








1983-1989

aluminum, embossed serial only; green/white reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. screened "19" top left/"83" top right. 
succeeding year decals placed either bottom corner.
  passenger: 3-letters/3-number format. 
  truck/non-passenger: 2-letter/4-number or 2-letter/5-number format.

1983 valid without year decal. Year decals used:
     



1990-1996

aluminum, embossed serial only; black/white-fade-peach reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. screened "19" top left/"90" top right. 
succeeding year decals placed either bottom corner.
  passenger: 3-letters/3-number or 3-letters/4-number format.
  truck/non-passenger: 2-letter/4-number or 2-letter/4-number format.

1990 valid without year decal. Year decals used:
     



1997-late 2004
"on my mind" 
(valid if renewed through present, at least to year 2020; see year decals below)

aluminum, embossed serial only; black/white reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. screened "98" bottom right. month decal bottom left.
succeeding year decals placed bottom right corner.
  passenger: 3-letters/3-number or 3-letter/4-number format. 
  truck/non-passenger: 2-letter/4-number or 2-letter/4-number format.
    some truck format plates were issued to passenger.

1998 valid without year decal. 
Only early issues received "97" decal, necessitating a "98" decal upon renewal. 
Beginning in 1999, some counties updated to 'smart' stickers with plate serial printed. Counties transitioned to this format between 1999 and 2003.
Year decals used:
       
       



late 2004-mid 2007 "gray fade www" 
(valid if renewed through present, at least to year 2020; see year decals below)

aluminum, embossed serial only; black/gray-fade-white reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. screened "05" bottom right. month decal bottom left, until 2007.
succeeding year decals placed bottom right corner.
  passenger: 3-letter/4-number format. 

2005 valid without year decal. 
Only early issues received "2004" decal, necessitating a "2005" decal upon renewal. 
Year decals used:
   
   



mid 2007-mid 2012 "white .gov" 
(valid if renewed through present, at least to year 2020; see year decals below)

aluminum, embossed serial only; black/white reflectorized sheeting.

height 6"; length 12"
single. county decal, bottom. 
succeeding year decals placed bottom right corner.
  passenger: 3-letter/4-number format. 
 
Year decals used:
    
     
 several variations of 2008 and 2009 formats.



mid 2012-present "peachtree"

aluminum, flat; black/graphic peach field design reflectorized sheeting.
variation of serial number font: manufacturer changed from 3M to Avery in early 2016.

height 6"; length 12"
single. screenprinted county name or decal, bottom. 
succeeding year decals placed bottom right corner.
  passenger: 3-letter/4-number format. 
 
Year decals used:
       




mid 2012-present
"plain white"

aluminum, flat; black/white reflectorized sheeting.
variation of serial number font: manufacturer changed from 3M to Avery in early 2016.

height 6"; length 12"
single. screenprinted county name or decal, bottom. 
succeeding year decals placed bottom right corner.
  passenger: 3-letter/4-number format. 
 
Year decals used: see above "peachtree" design.



pic credits:
Eugene Gardner: 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913
Ben Bunton: 1917, 1919, 1930, 1931, 1933-1938, 1940-1945, 1947-1989, 1997-current
Rod Pearman: 1916, 1918, 1920, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1946 
mecum.com (01/17/2014): 1915
wikiwand.com: 1921
worldlicenseplates.com: 1914, 1922, 1923
ebay.com / jlrods (12/17/2017): 1925
liveauctioneers.com (03/14/2015): 1928
ebay.com / felix1 (6/25/2018): 1932
pinterest.com / wishesandhorses: 1939
saleofcar.com / (cache of ebay listing): both 1990