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    CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE PLATES

     

    Numbers assumed to have begun at #1 1914-21, 1951-55,

    #1001 1922-50, 1956-62.

    No I,O used 1914-19.  Only repeating letters used 1917-19.

     

    1914      1 - 9999, A000 - Q285      (24,285)

    1915      1 - 9999, A000 - S653      (26,653*)

    1916-19   1 - 9999, A000 - Z999,

    (1917)            AA 000 - ZZ 999,

    (1919)           AAA 000 - MMM 380   (69,380)   (TTT reported)

     

    1920     788 - 27 825*                  1932      1 547 -  9 512

    1921       1 - 24 952*                  1933      7 124 -  9 483

    1922   1 001 -(21 000* assigned)        1934      19 53 - 11 111

    1923   2 071 - 21 512*, 50 794          1935      15 38 - 10 333

    1924   1 077 - 15 271*                  1936      18 33 - 10 874

    1925   2 977 -  9 689                   1937      31 70 -  99 70

    1926   5 408 -  9 499                   1938      23 07 - 11 289

    1927   1 302 - 11 437                   1939      21 95 - 15 159

    1928   1 537 - 10 620                   1940      2109  - 18194*

    1929   1 247 - 11 060*                  1941      2531  - 22647*

    1930   1 247 -  8 410                   1942-44   5769  - 35 593

    1931   3 462 -  9 322                   1945-46  11 970 - 77 465

     

    VARIATIONS

    1929:  6 holes, square "2" of date  1 247 - 4 603

           4 holes, slanted "2" of date 9 440

    1936:  Legend at bottom            18 33 - 26 89, 10 803 - 10 874

           Legend at top               98 64 - 98 76

    1939:  Thick dies                  34 77 - 36 43, 10 984

           Thin dies                   6880  - 8863

     

    TABS

    1943 "V"                             1950   0009007 - 0066027*

    1944 "Bear"     58158 -  181787*     1952     12551 -

    1946            10306 -              1953

    1948          0014712 - 0069756      1954

    1949          0036261 -              1955

     

    1947-50 BASE

    1947 Type 1: Thick dies        11 472 - 77 460           (65,989)

    1949 Type 2: Thin dies         79 479 - 132737           (53,259)

                                                      (TOTAL 121,266)

     

    1951-55 BASE                              (4-6-digits have space)

    1951                              964 - 113 889         (112,926)

     

     

    1956-62 BASE                                (5-digits have space)

    1956 Type 1: Tab slot             454 - 126132          (125,679)

    1960 Type 2: Tab slot, alum.   135794 -

    1961 Type 1a                   138353 - 145392            (7,040)

    1961 Type 3: No tab slot       146124 - 200016           (53,893)

                                                      (TOTAL 199,563)

     

    1963-70 BLACK BASE

    1963                           100057 -  999628         (899,572)

     

     

    1970-87 BLUE BASE                                  No I,O,Q used.

    1970          Type 1           1A0000 -  5A8845          (48,846)

    1970          Type 2           6A0313 -  4C9223         (168,911)

    1971 "MAR 72" Type 3           7C1030 -  7K9568         (638,539)

    1976 "JUN 77" Type 4           8K0217 -  4P9694         (329,478)

    1980 "APR 81" Type 5           1R5593 -  9Z9999         (804,407)

    1985 "JUL 86" Type 6          21A0000 - 29B0054         (170,055)

                                                    (TOTAL 2,240,055)

     

    Description of Types:

    Type 1 - Large 5" x 8" size

    Type 2 - Small 4" x 7" size, wide "CAL" to left of UR corner

    Type 3 - Small 4" x 7" size, wide "CAL" in UR corner

    Type 4 - Small 4" x 7" size, thin "CAL" in UR corner

    Type 5 - As Type 4, but aluminum, not steel

    Type 6 - As Type 5, but thinner 7-character dies

     

    Monthly Staggered Registration began 3/1/1971, expire "MAR 72",

    for new registrations only on a pilot basis.  Monthly Staggered

    Registration began 1976 for all others, same as passenger.

    Final order:  29B5000 - 29C4999 (29C apparently instead of 21C)

     

     

    1984-2018 WHITE BASE                               No I,O,Q used.

    1983 "MAR 84" Type 1         11A0000 - 15V9999        (1,110,000)

    2001 "MAY 02" Type 2         15W0000 - 21Z4021        (1,394,022)

                                                    (TOTAL 2,504,022)

     

    Description of Types:

    Type 1 - No space between letter and numbers (16K0199 seen)

    Type 2 - Half space between letter and numbers (16K5977 seen)

     

     

    SEQUENCES

    1970-87 TYPES 1-5:  Letter control - 1A0000 - 9A9999, 1B0000,etc.

    1986-87 TYPE 6:  Letter control - prefixes 21A-29A, 21B-29B used.

    1983-ON TYPES 1-2:  Prefix number control - 11A0000 - 11Z9999,

                        12A0000, etc.

    (Expected to skip A-B in prefixes 21-29)