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Oregon Non-Passenger Variations

Here is a look at many of the non-passenger Oregon license plates of the last fifty years. By no means does it list every type thereof; rather, I've limited myself to types with sequential serials that are continuous between different styles of plates, and for which multiple variations exist.

Each type is listed with information on specific layout and die variations and the confirmed serial ranges thereof. Originally many plate types had divergent color schemes; however, colors were more or less standardized at blue on gold following the adoption of reflectorization in 1973. Some non-passenger plate types have been made on optional graphic bases such as the Oregon Trail and Salmon issues; however, the issuance of these has ceased as of 2004. Since the Trail plates used the same serial prefixes as ordinary issues, they are covered here.

Note: License plates with a colon (:) in the serial divider position were issued as remakes of pre-existing numbers, and are not included in the data tables when they fall outside of known sequential ranges.

Information added since February 17, 2012 is highlighted in red.

A, AQ: Old Timer, Historic Vehicle, and Antique Vehicle

In spite of their divergent titles, Old Timer, Historic Vehicle, and Antique Vehicle plates appear to be continuations of each other. The classification is currently reserved for vehicles "older than one-half the number of years between the current year and 1900" that are maintained as collectors' items.

The Old Timer series began with a similar format to passenger plates. The serial format originally contained an "A" prefix that was soon squeezed out by a fourth digit, although I wouldn't be surprised if it was implied in vehicular records after that. The "Pacific Wonderland" slogan seems to have been adopted for Old Timer plates a year or two after first appearing on other types, judging by the fact that tab slots had already disappeared by the time that style arrived.

The caption changed to "Historic Vehicle" around 1964, coinciding with the discontinuation of plate stickers. Some plates have a dash in the serial; others don't. After that series was depleted, a singly-issued "Antique Vehicle" plate with an "AQ" prefix debuted. I honestly don't know if Old Timer plates remained valid after the Historic Vehicle ones came out, or if either are still in use today.

Collector Steve Grove has a page for Oregon on his Antique Auto License Plates website, which is well worth a look for anyone interested in the topic.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[A]
Black/aluminum; OLD/TIMER before serial; OREGON 50 with tab slots and holes at top Square Irwin-Hodson A-1 - A-636 636 p
[A] [A]
Gold/blue; OLD/TIMER before serial; OREGON 56 with tab slots and holes at top Tall Irwin-Hodson A-1 - A-938 938 p 2245 p
Gold/blue; OLD/TIMER before serial; OREGON with tab slots and holes at top Tall Irwin-Hodson 1-004 - 1-363 360 p
Gold/blue; OLD/TIMER before serial; OREGON with only tab slots at top Tall Irwin-Hodson 1-469 - 1-564 96 p
Gold/blue; OLD/TIMER before serial; OREGON with no slots at top Tall Irwin-Hodson 1-674 - 2-064 391 p
Gold/blue; OLD/TIMER before serial; OREGON over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson 2-128 - 2-245 118 p
[A] [A] [A]
Gold/blue; HISTORIC/VEHICLE before serial; OREGON at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson 3-252 - 5-128 1877 p 2568 p
5215 - 5819 605 p
Blue/gold; HISTORIC/VEHICLE before serial; OREGON at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson 6-437 - 8-020 1584 p 3370 p
8774
Tall Polyvend 8895 - 9194 300 p
Tall Irwin-Hodson 9539 - 9806 268 p
Blue/gold; ANTIQUE VEHICLE over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson A/Q 00001 - A/Q 01543 1543 s 4163 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over ANTIQUE VEHICLE Short Waldale A/Q 02578
Tall Irwin-Hodson A/Q 04163

B: Bus

By Oregon's definition, a bus worthy of receiving these plates is "designed and used for carrying passengers, baggage, and express for compensation." Designs parallel those of farm and truck plates, although bus plates are issued in far fewer number. There should be other variations I haven't yet documented as well.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
Green/white; OREGON SEPT. 56 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson B 3-010
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 56 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson B 5-172
[B] [B] [B]
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson B 582 - B 883 302 p
Orange/aluminum; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson B 2-706 - B 3-931 1226 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson B 6-234 5631 p
Short Polyvend B 9044
Short Irwin-Hodson B11864

C: Coach or Mobile Home

Coach plates were issued to house trailers until approximately 1971. I assume this was a precursor of the Travel Trailer type; and quite possibly Camper and Motor Home as well.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[C] [C] [C] [C]
Gold/blue; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson C 860 56,783 s
C 2-562 - C57-642 55,081 s
Gold/blue; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson C59-873 - C101-999 42,127 s 66,471 s
C102070 - C126343 24,274 s
Gold/blue; ORE and sticker box over MOBILE HOME Short Irwin-Hodson C133839 - C135966 2128 s

D: Disabled Veteran

Some of these plates have a wheelchair symbol under the "D;" others (with newer, higher serials) don't. According to the Oregon License Plate Manual, these plates "do not allow special parking privileges:" I guess they changed their mind somewhere along the way.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[D] [D] [D] [D]
Blue/gold; PERMANENT over OREGON; VETERAN at right; wheelchair under prefix Tall Irwin-Hodson D 00001 - D 05631 5631 p 17,945 p
Blue/gold; PERMANENT over OREGON; VETERAN at right; no wheelchair Tall Irwin-Hodson D 06079 - D 07887 1809 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over PERMANENT; VETERAN at right; no wheelchair Tall Waldale D 10429 - D 11365 937 p
Tall Irwin-Hodson D 13860 - D 17945 4086 p
"Live tree" graphic; PERMANENT at bottom; VETERAN at right Tall Irwin-Hodson D/2 13 38 - D/3 36 76 12,339 p 15,001 p
(D/3 63 38 reported)

D, DIS: Disabled Person

Disabled and handicapped-related plates certainly present some of the most perplexing mysteries in non-passenger Oregon platedom. Most of these plates tend to be gold on blue and are stamped with the month of expiration. There would seem to be evidence that different serial blocks were reserved for different months: Numbers invariably get higher as you go from January to December; oblivious to base color.

The mysteries only begin there, however. Why do lots of "Disabled Person" plates look unissued, and why do sticker stacks often end in 1976: What, if anything, replaced them then? Evidence of later handicapped issues is limited to some plates with a "D" and wheelchair preceding the number (all of which seem to have numbers in a narrow and somewhat arbitrary range) and a handful of plates in the non-passenger style with "DIS" before the number; drawn from serial blocks that seem to be all over the place. Who knows?

[DIS] [DIS] [DIS]
Type 1: Gold/blue; DISABLED/PERSON before serial; month, OREGON, and sticker box at bottom; Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
Type 2: Blue/gold; DIS before serial; month, OREGON, and sticker box at bottom; Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
Type 3: Blue/gold; DIS before serial; OREGON over wide sticker box; Short Irwin-Hodson dies
Series Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Number block theory
JAN. 30 - 47 159 393 1 - 833?
FEB. 901 - 907 1178 834 - 1666?
MAR. 1800 - 1835 1667 - 2499?
APR. 2500 - 3332?
MAY 3574 - 3577 3639 3333 - 4165?
JUN. 4474 - 4524 4550 - 4601 4166 - 4998?
JUL. 4999 - 5831?
AUG. 6377 5832 - 6664?
SEP. 7139 6665 - 7497?
OCT. 7498 - 8330?
NOV. 8975 8331 - 9163?
DEC. 9432 - 9476 9164 - 9999?
quantity
118 p 55 p 47 p
Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[D] [D]
Blue/gold; OREGON over wide sticker box; no wheelchair Short Polyvend D012008
Blue/gold; OREGON at top; wheelchair under prefix Tall Irwin-Hodson D 015121 1424 p
Tall Polyvend D 016142 - D 016290 149 p
Tall Irwin-Hodson D 016544

E: Publicly Owned vehicle

The all-purpose government-vehicle plate wasn't always thus: In the '50s the state went overboard with specially-captioned plates for all sorts of entities: Counties, Schools, "Irrigation Districts," and so on with little serial blocks dedicated to each. The captions were standardized under a "Publicly Owned" umbrella in the Pacific Wonderland era, and the series has been steadily chugging along since then. Some plates of the '80s employ Polyvend's straighter-lined dies; whether this variation proves to be scattered or not remains to be seen. Motorcycles are issued numbers in the 900000 series.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Black/aluminum; OREGON-PUBLICLY/OWNED Square Irwin-Hodson E 9 28,777 p
Black/aluminum; OREGON-IRRIG. DIST./OWNED Square Irwin-Hodson E 1-122
Black/aluminum; OREGON-SCHOOL DIST./OWNED Square Irwin-Hodson E 3-031 - E 4-748 1718 p
Black/aluminum; OREGON-CITY/OWNED Square Irwin-Hodson E 8-384 - E10-305 1922 p
Black/aluminum; OREGON-COUNTY/OWNED Square Irwin-Hodson E14:584 - E16-693 2110 p
Black/aluminum; OREGON-STATE/OWNED Square Irwin-Hodson E26-657 - E28-785 2129 p
Gold/blue; OREGON-PUBLICLY/OWNED Tall Irwin-Hodson E37-865 - E38-238 374 p 83,599 p
Gold/blue; OREGON-IRRIG. DIST./OWNED Tall Irwin-Hodson E40-007
Gold/blue; PUBLICLY OWNED over OREGON (Backfilled serial block?) Tall Irwin-Hodson E41-515 - E47-521 6007 p
Gold/blue; OREGON-SCHOOL DIST./OWNED Tall Irwin-Hodson E50-780 - E50-798 19 p
Gold/blue; OREGON-COUNTY/OWNED Tall Irwin-Hodson E71-914
Gold/blue; OREGON-STATE/OWNED Tall Irwin-Hodson E80-607
Gold/blue; OREGON-PUBLICLY/OWNED over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson E90-106 - E94-411 4306 p
Gold/blue; PUBLICLY OWNED over OREGON Tall Irwin-Hodson E95-654 - E111-051 15,398 p
E112410 - E121463 9054 p
Blue/gold; PUBLICLY OWNED over OREGON Tall Irwin-Hodson E123776 - E148344 24,569 p 114,186 p
Tall Polyvend E151858
Tall Irwin-Hodson E154997 - E224297 69,301 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over PUBLICLY OWNED Short Waldale E230335
Tall Irwin-Hodson E237961
Motorcycle size; OREGON over EXEMPT Squared Irwin-Hodson E/9 00052 - E/9 00967 916 s

F: Farm vehicle

The stickered green-on-white series came about in 1959 following a series of quarterly issues. The numbering reset in late 1961 (when the blue/aluminum base came out) and late 1965 (when the orange/aluminum base debuted), and has been continuous since then. The changes affecting farm plates are analogous to the changes on truck plates.

A recent "spotting" is a recently-manufactured plate using new and substantially different dies for both the state name and serial. The dies in question are similar to those Irwin-Hodson has used on Newfoundland & Labrador license plates, and may set the trend for other types as well.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[F] [F]
Black/aluminum; OREGON and tab slots at top Square Irwin-Hodson F 41 - F37-382 37,342 p
F 2-394 - F32-786 (scattered)
Layout & dies Quarterly issues
[F] [F] [F] [F] [F] [F] [F] [F]
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Square Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR 53 JUNE 53 SEPT 53 DEC 53 F41-465 - F66-621
25,157 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Square Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR 54 JUNE 54 F21-755 SEPT 54 DEC 54 F42-967 - F66-877
23,911 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 55 JUNE 55 SEPT. 55 F30-426 - F31-188 DEC. 55 F40-522 - F68-538
763 p 28,017 p
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 56 F10-092 - F10-478 JUNE 56 F20-291 - F21-608 SEPT. 56 F30-186 - F30-732 DEC. 56 F41-524 - F68-860
387 p 1318 p 547 p 27,337 p
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 57 F10-189 JUNE 57 F20-424 SEPT. 57 F30-583 DEC. 57 F40-028 - F63-331
23,304 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 58 JUNE 58 F22-404 SEPT. 58 F30-519 DEC. 58 F44-455 - F66-726
22,272 p
Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[F] [F]
Green/white; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson F10-135 - F42-994 32,860 p
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson F11-935 - F40-617 28,683 p 36,096 p
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson F42-471 - F48-030 5560 p
[F] [F] [F]
Orange/aluminum; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson F10-543 - F64-708 54,166 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson F71-722 - F98-452 26,731 p 89,549 p
Short Polyvend F 99999 - F100895 897 p
Short Irwin-Hodson F108nnn
Short Polyvend F110917 - F111236 320 p
Short Irwin-Hodson F142345 - F147980 5636 p
Short Waldale? F149634
New Irwin-Hodson F151202 (serifed "1") 6815 p
F157071 - F158016
(F161270 reported)

H, HC: Motor Home

This type of plate has been a bit convoluted in terms of serial progressions and the like. The earliest numbers seem to be in the 900000s; however, the various numbering series have changed more than the plate since then, with the 900000 block followed by 100000-block plates; followed in turn by "HC" prefixed plates with five digits. These "HC" plates seem to actually work back sequentially from 99999; with lower numbers doled out to issues stamped on optional Oregon Trail bases in the mid '90s. These plates have been issued separate month and year stickers since the 1980s, although the single heavy vehicle-style sticker box was maintained well after that.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[H] [H] [H] [H] [H] [H] [H]
Blue/yellow; ORE and sticker box over MOTOR HOME Short Irwin-Hodson H900225 - H912748 12,524 p
Blue/gold; ORE and sticker box over MOTOR HOME Short Irwin-Hodson H914310 - H946331 32,022 p 114,807 p
Short Polyvend H948608 - H951311 2704 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson H953286 - H971115 17,830 p
Short Polyvend H974121 - H976952 2832 p
Short Irwin-Hodson H983379 - H998528 15,150 p
H102975 - H133562 30,588 p
Oregon Trail graphic Short Irwin-Hodson H800039 - H809738 9700 p 21,305 p
Short Irwin-Hodson H/C 06019 - H/C 17623 11,605 p
(H/C 31616 reported) 64,424 p
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Irwin-Hodson H/C 44069
Tall Waldale H/C 56093 - H/C 57988 1896 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson H/C 59458 - H/C 96039 36,582 p

HF: Heavy Fixed Load

Definitely one of the stranger plate types around. Tar kettles, backhoes, and road graders over 3000 pounds fall into this category. Most of the "HF" plates I've seen thus far are dated "Dec. 73" (Were they even revalidated after that?), but surprisingly this is still listed as a current plate type in the Oregon License Plate Manual.

Light Fixed (LF) plates were also produced in the same format; though I've only confirmed one so far.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[HF] [HF] [HF]
Gold/blue; OREGON over DEC, sticker box, and 73 Short Irwin-Hodson H/F 00296 - H/F 03799 3504 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over DEC and sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson H/F 06311 - H/F 08165 1855 s 6327 s
Short Polyvend H/F 12637

HP-HU, TL: Heavy Trailer

Customarily issued to heavy trailers and semi-trailers in excess of 8000 pounds; these plates have had a very interesting trajectory over the years. 1950s plates consisted of quarterly or annual issues similar to Farm and Truck in execution. When farm and truck plates switched to multi-year bases with stickers in 1959, heavy trailer plates split into two series: Annual dated plates for yearly validations, and stickered plates for quarterlies. This seems to have continued even into the earliest years of the 1966 orange/aluminum base, which started from a numeric block high enough not to conflict with annual issues. Unfortunately plates of this type and era seem relatively hard to come by, making their documentation difficult.

The designated prefix changed to "HT" when "TL" was depleted in the early 1970s. Later still "Permanent Registration" decals were issued to existing registrations, and new plates began being made in the "HP" series ("H"eavy "P"ermanent?) with no stickers whatsoever. The series has continued from there, with a number of different prefix letters being used over the years.

Layout & dies Quarterly issues
[TL] [TL] [TL]
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
DEC. 56 T/L 1-562
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 56 T/L5-3397 - T/L5-3970 JUNE 56 T/L6-1383 SEPT. 56 T/L7-4174
574 s
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
DEC. 57 T/L1-4577 - T/L1-5625
1049 s
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 57 JUNE 57 SEPT. 57 T/L8-7913
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 58 JUNE 58 SEPT. 58 DEC. 58 T/L8- 707
Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[TL] [TL] [TL] [TL] [TL] [TL]
Annual Issues
Green/white; OREGON DEC. 59 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 1-7351
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 60 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 4-135 - T/L 4-805 671 s
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 61 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 5-083 1196 s
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 61 over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T/L 6:278 (remake)
Red/aluminum; OREGON DEC. 62 over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T/L 4-920 - T/L 6-893 1974 s
Black/aluminum; OREGON DEC. 63 over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T/L 1-948 - T/L10-082 8135 s
Green/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 64 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 1-865 - T/L 8-348 6484 s
Orange/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 65 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 4-000 - T/L 9-584 5585 s
Green/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 66 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 7-749
Black/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 67 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L 8 - T/L 8-682 8675 s
[TL] [TL] [TL] [HT] [HT] [HR] [HT] [HP]
Quarterly Issues
Green/white; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson T/L66-611
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T/L51-250
Orange/aluminum; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson T/L 59-348 - T/L 97-642 38,295 s 43,380 s
H/T 00-516 - H/T 05-600 5085 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson H/T 19-082 - H/T 27-032 7951 s 37,613 s
Short Polyvend H/T 42951 - H/T 44431 1481 s
Short Irwin-Hodson H/T 45773
H/T 53 716 - H/T 56 694 2979 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over PERMANENT Short Irwin-Hodson H/P 00001 - H/P 99999 99,999 s 459,217 s
H/Q 00001 - H/Q 99999 99,999 s
H/R 00001 - H/R 99999 99,999 s
H/S 00001 - H/S 70398 70,398 s
Tall Irwin-Hodson H/U 27929
(H/U 69221 reported)

K: Camper

Camper plates are issued to "structure[s] with a floor designed to be mounted upon a motor vehicle but not permanently attached" and "providing facilities for human habitation or camping:" Make of that what you will. These plates were originally issued in a unique black-and-white design, although things have predictably gone blue and gold in the decades since then.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[K] [K] [K]
White/black; ORE and sticker box over CAMPER Short Irwin-Hodson K702512 - K756543 54,032 s
Blue/gold; ORE and sticker box over CAMPER Short Irwin-Hodson K761023 - K788165 27,143 s 53,580 s
Blue/gold; sticker box over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson K794914 - K805002 10,089 s
(K814602 reported)

LT: Light Trailer

Uh-oh, not yet another type of trailer plate! These plates used a unique black-on-aluminum color scheme in their original multi-year incarnation, and featured a number of different serial-spacing conventions. What became of them after that I'm less sure about...I'd expect that "LT" was folded into the Utility Trailer classification over the years.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[LT] [LT] [LT] [LT]
Black/aluminum; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson L/T 918 58,174 s
L/T 1-480 - L/T 34-335 32,856 s
L/T 3-7749 - L/T 5-1114 13,366 s
L/T 54-348 - L/T 59-091 4744 s
Blue/gold; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom; large state name Tall Irwin-Hodson L/T 6-6022 15,096 s
Blue/gold; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom; small state name Tall Irwin-Hodson L/T 7-2636
Blue/gold; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom; large state name Tall Irwin-Hodson L/T 81-117

M: Motorcycle

The first postwar multi-year Oregon motorcycle plates were issued in 1966, and renewed the year thereafter with a sticker. Some late registrations received high-numbered plates dated "67." Although there appears to be every indication that these plates ceased being valid after that, I have seen examples of 66 and 67 plates bearing other validations...sometimes inexplicable.

The current series of Oregon motorcycle plates, in any case, dates back to 1968. Early plates (up to 85000, if what the Oregon License Plate Manual says is any indication) had straight numeric serials, although an "M" prefix was implied in vehicular records. Narrower, squarer dies came into use in the early '70s that allowed easily for five digits plus the "M." The "M" and first digit began to be stacked from the 200000 series on.

Originally the plates were validated with unique, small stickers. These were replaced by gigantic heavy vehicle-style stickers when staggered registration commenced in the late '70s (which did a number on the plates, covering up their sticker box in the process), and eventually separate month and year stickers.

A rare white/blue transitional variation with squared dies exists. Early plates in the stacked M/2 series have a wider "2" die than later examples. Finally, some plates in the '80s were made by the Polyvend Corporation in Arkansas, and feature much more rounded serial dies.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range
(earliest expiration seen)
quantity
[M] [M] [M] [M]
Green/aluminum; OREGON 66 at bottom Rounded Irwin-Hodson 2505 - 44109 41,605 s
Green/aluminum; OREGON 67 at bottom; boltholes Rounded Irwin-Hodson 45532 - 46679 1148 s 1857 s
Green/aluminum; OREGON 67 at bottom; boltslots Rounded Irwin-Hodson 46797
Green/aluminum; OREGON 67 at bottom; boltholes Rounded Irwin-Hodson 47158 - 47388 231 s
[M] [M] [M] [M] [M]
White/blue; OREGON over sticker box Rounded Irwin-Hodson 980 - 77659 (85000 expected) 76,680 s 85,380 s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M 86359
Gold/blue; OREGON over sticker box Squared Irwin-Hodson M 91126 - M186740 (71) 95,615 s
[M] [M] [M] [M] [M] [M] [M] [M] [M] [M] [M]
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Squared Irwin-Hodson M188370 - M199828 (75) 11,459 s 487,454 s
M/2 01448 - M/2 09101 (wide 2; 76) 7654 s
M/2 13814 - M/2 50987 (78) 37,174 s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top; no sticker box Squared Irwin-Hodson M/2 55779 - M/3 13414 (8/79) 57,354 s
Polyvend M/3 16552 - M/3 30997 (82) 14,446 s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M/3 41330 - M/3 54425 (7/84) 13,096 s
Polyvend M/3 63743 - M/3 67933 (6/86) 4191 s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M/3 70165 - M/3 96584 (12/85) 26,420 s
Polyvend M/3 99312 - M/4 09569 (7/87) 10,258 s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M/4 12089 - M/5 47726 (8/89) 135,638 s
Waldale M/5 50759 - M/5 59592 (9/07) 8834 s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M/5 68462 - M/6 75823 (4/09) 81,357 s

MP: Moped

Low-powered cycles, or mopeds, began rating their own plates at some indefinite point in the 1980s. Issuance of these appears to lag well behind production.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range
(earliest expiration seen)
quantity
[MP] [MP]
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Squared Irwin-Hodson M/P 00018 - M/P 06496 (3/86?) 6479 s 13,613 s
Polyvend M/P 13630 (9/97)

PF: Permanent Fleet

What is this? Without being in Oregon it's hard to tell, but the License Plate Manual reassures that these are issued to "owner[s] of a fleet of vehicles registered as a fleet rather than individually." Supposedly, UPS trucks are among the vehicles that wear these plates.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[PF] [PF]
Blue/gold; PERMANENT FLEET over OREGON Tall Irwin-Hodson P/F 07024 26,847 p
P/F 22 237 - P/F 22 670 434 p
P/F 23714 - P/F 26812 3099 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over PERMANENT FLEET Short Waldale P/F 27821
Tall Irwin-Hodson P/F 31763
(P/F 33870 reported)

R: Travel Trailer

Another class of plate that originally had a unique (pistachio!) color scheme; "travel trailer" plates are issued to trailers that "provide facilities for human habitation"...a mobile home, if you will. Separate month and year stickers replaced the combined heavy vehicle-type stickers in the 1980s. High serial blocks were reserved for issues on the Oregon Trail graphic base.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[R] [R] [R] [R]
White/green; ORE and sticker box over TRAVEL TRAILER Short Irwin-Hodson R400240 - R496186 95,947 s
Blue/gold; ORE and sticker box over TRAVEL TRAILER Short Irwin-Hodson R499555 - R563863 64,309 s 326,648 s
Short Polyvend R570888
Blue/gold; sticker box over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson R578166 - R581309 3144 s
Short Polyvend R582927 - R586201 3275 s
Short Irwin-Hodson R589836 - R595061 5226 s
Short Polyvend R611282 - R614177 2896 s
Short Irwin-Hodson R618471 - R748249 129,779 s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Waldale R762983
Tall Irwin-Hodson R765270 - R820284 55,015 s
(R826202 reported)
Oregon Trail graphic Short Irwin-Hodson R992023 - R999030 7008 s

SC: School Bus

School bus plates have been made by different vendors in at least three distinct styles.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[SC]
Blue/gold; SCHOOL BUS over OREGON; PERM at right Short Polyvend S/C 02051 - S/C 02378 328 p 1500 p
Tall Irwin-Hodson S/C 03550
Blue/gold; OREGON over SCHOOL BUS; PERM at right Tall Waldale S/C 06560

SP: Special Interest Vehicle

Special Interest plates are issued to vehicles 25 years old or more that are maintained as a collector's item and, presumably, are not eligible for Antique Vehicle tags. The first two die variations are very similar and differ only in details: The Polyvend-made plate has straight Os and Gs in the state name and has the state name and serial stamped very close together; the Irwin-Hodson version, meanwhile, has oval Os and Gs, a slightly higher-stamped serial, a more shapely "S" in the prefix, and generally better-quality stamping.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[SP] [SP]
Blue/gold; OREGON at bottom Short Irwin-Hodson S/P 00016 - S/P 00843 828 s 19,946 s
Short Polyvend S/P 01062 - S/P 01364 303 s
Short Irwin-Hodson S/P 01695 - S/P 07792 6098 s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Irwin-Hodson S/P 11412 - S/P 16209 4798 s
(S/P 19961 reported)
Motorcycle size; OREGON at top Waldale S/P 99202

T: Truck

"T" prefix plates like these are issued to trucks in excess of 10,000 pounds; lighter trucks, presumably, get the same spiffy tree plates as ordinary cars. Like farm vehicles, trucks have been issued a number of different plate styles over the years. The numbering seems to have been continuous since the "Pacific Wonderland" series debuted in 1961.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[T] [T]
Black/aluminum; OREGON and tab slots at top Square Irwin-Hodson T 2-178 - T55-627 53,450 p
Colon-divider (:) remakes seen with non-underlined "T," but not sequential numbers.
Layout & dies Quarterly issues
[T] [T] [T] [T] [T] [T] [T] [T]
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Square Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR 53 T 1 - T11-840 JUNE 53 T13-837 - T25-275 SEPT 53 T28-727 - T37-157 DEC 53 T45-768 - T89-031
11,840 p 11,439 p 8431 p 43,264 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Square Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR 54 T 1 - T12-233 JUNE 54 T30-993 - T45-905 SEPT 54 T78-606 - T89-546 DEC 54 T102428 - T147810
12,233 p 14,913 p 10,941 p 45,383 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 55 T-1 - T12-748 JUNE 55 T37-576 - T46-204 SEPT. 55 T80-948 - T90-043 DEC. 55 T116181 - T137153
12,748 p 8629 p 9096 p 12,258 p
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 56 T-1 - T-6340 JUNE 56 T30-177 - T39-352 SEPT. 56 T77-776 - T85-911 DEC. 56 T106492 - T139703
6340 p 9176 p 8136 p 33,212 p
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 57 T 1 - T 6-682 JUNE 57 T 26413 - T 35301 SEPT. 57 T77-527 - T84-843 DEC. 57 T101483 - T136445
6682 p 8889 p 7317 p 34,963 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 58 T 1 - T 63 JUNE 58 T32-004 - T38-480 SEPT. 58 T80-481 - T81-300 DEC. 58 T101518 - T133808
63 p 6477 p 820 p 32,291 p
Variation Dies Confirmed serial range
(earliest expiration seen)
quantity
[T] [T] [T]
Green/white; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson T100057 - T154881 (3/59) 54,825 p
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T101120 - T143502 42,383 p 62,616 p
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box (Possibly remakes) Tall Irwin-Hodson T146879 - T147461 583 p
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T150814 (12/64)
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson T151117 - T163735 (12/64) 12,619 p
[T] [T] [T] [T] [T] [T]
Orange/aluminum; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson T200956 - T346115 (6/66) 145,160 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson T346816 - T417002 (6/74) 70,187 p 250,517 p
Short Polyvend T418249 - T419339 (12/82) 1091 p
Short Irwin-Hodson T431405 (12/84)
Short Polyvend T439182 - T441533 (12/84) 2352 p
Short Irwin-Hodson T443987 - T460452 (6/85) 16,466 p
Short Polyvend T460849 - T463989 (6/88) 3141 p
Short Irwin-Hodson T468233 - T550039 (9/89) 81,807 p
New Irwin-Hodson T559057 - T578318 (6/06) 19,262 p
(T597332 reported)

TW: Tow Truck

This plate type evidently originated in the 1980s. "Wrecker" plates with non-sequential serials somewhat similar in format to dealer plates were utilized until then. At least some of these plates carry undated "Tow Identification" or "Prorated Tow" stickers.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[TW] [TW] [TW] [TW]
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson T/W 10984 - T/W 11111 128 p 7855 s
Short Polyvend T/W 12118
Short Irwin-Hodson T/W 13236 3629 p
T/W 14 195
T/W 16864
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Waldale T/W 18838

U: Utility Trailer

These "regular" trailer plates are issued to light boat or utility trailers; probably starting in the late 1970s or whenever the Light Trailer series was discontinued. Separate month and year stickers began being used in the 1980s, and the descriptive caption was removed shortly thereafter. This class is noteworthy for being one of the only non-passenger types of plate routinely made on the graphic tree bases used for passenger plates.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[U] [U] [U] [U] [U]
Blue/gold; ORE and sticker box over TRAILER Short Irwin-Hodson U012541 - U031476 18,936 s 72,453 s
Short Polyvend U038791 - U040212 1422 s
Blue/gold; sticker box over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson U042646 - U064437 21,792 s
Short Polyvend U076303
Short Irwin-Hodson U085316
"Dead tree" graphic Short Irwin-Hodson U112254 - U117426 5173 s
"Live tree" graphic Short Irwin-Hodson U145522 - U276747 131,226 s 304,938 s
Tall Waldale U423399
(U450459 reported)

Y, Z: Apportioned

Oregon joined the International Registration Plan, a road tax fee-handling agreement for interstate vehicles, in 1975. Apportioned plates began to be issued immediately thereafter. "Y" prefixed plates are issued to trucks; "Z" plates went to trailers. These plates use the same small dies used on Oregon's infamous PUC plates; Polyvend-made plates are easily identifiable in part to the use of a closed "4." These plates generally use leading zeroes; however, some strangely don't.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[Y] [Z]
Blue/gold; OREGON over APPORTIONED and sticker box Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y 000487 - Y 043944 43,458 s 113,081 s
Extra-small Polyvend Y052118
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y 059386 - Y 113567 54,182 s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Z 004671 - Z 047201 42,531 s 101,621 s
Z 72429 - Z 72468 40 s
Extra-small Polyvend Z081854 - Z088576 6723 s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Z 094156 - Z 106291 12,136 s

PUC and DOT plates

Oregon's permit plate (or "tax plate") for heavy trucks. Although permit plates for heavy trucks were once a fixture on big rigs across the country, the advent of apportioned registrations and the eventual standardization of road tax procedures ultimately led to their disappearance. The red "ORE PUC" plate (which had been placed under the administration of the DOT by this point) met its final end in 2002; though similar Y-prefixed plates remain in use for Oregon carriers.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range
(earliest expiration seen)
quantity
[PUC] [PUC] [PUC] [PUC] [PUC] Letters not seen: OQ
Assuming OQ skipped.
Short; blue/white; ORE 78-79 PUC; wide date Extra-small Irwin-Hodson AA2436 - AM3391 120,944 s 216,120 s
Short; blue/white; ORE 78-79 PUC; narrow date Extra-small Irwin-Hodson AN2060 - AX8576 86,509 s
Short; red/yellow; ORE 80-81 PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson GB 7162 - GY 7306 210,124 s
Short; gold/blue; ORE 82-83 PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson JB 6527 - JZ 4934 218,386 s
Short; white/red; ORE 84-85 PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson KC 0533 - LD 0050 249,493 s
[PUC] [PUC] Letters not seen: PU
Assuming none skipped.
Yellow/green; separate sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson ABC 633 - ACZ 106 48,425 s 758,521 s
Yellow/green; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Medium Polyvend AHA 380 - AHA 963 584 s
Yellow/green; separate sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson BAL 612 - BBD 988 18,359 s
CAA 067 - CAY 235 24,145 s
DAM 527 - DRT 564 448,589 s
Yellow/green; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Medium Polyvend DSW 691 - DSY 663 (88-89) 1971 s
Yellow/green; separate sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DTC 576 (88-89)
Yellow/green; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Medium Polyvend DTO 234 - DWG 313 (88-89) 70,010 s
Yellow/green; separate sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DWL 642 (88-89)
Yellow/green; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Medium Polyvend DWO 042 - DWR 412 (88-89) 3368 s
Yellow/green; separate sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DWX 928 (88-89)
[PUC] [PUC] [DOT] [PUC] [DOT] [PUC] Letters not seen: O
Assuming O skipped.
White/red; separate sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson MBD 794 - MZZ 207 595,539 s 1,619,759 s
White/red; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson NBB 122 - NRP 572 (93) 388,063 s
White/red; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE DOT Extra-small Irwin-Hodson NRV 997 - NZZ 549 (97) 203,349 s
PAM 918 - PSA 174 (98) 411,844 s
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE PUC, over APPORTIONED Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y ABA 267 - Y ACS 415 (93) 42,107 s 104,058 s
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over APPORTIONED Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y ACU 042 - Y ADG 508 (97) 68,211 s
YADN511 (00)
Y ADP 461 - Y AFM 320 (00)
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE PUC, over APPORTIONED Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y APG 202 - Y APL 464 (94) 5258 p 18,627 p
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over APPORTIONED Small Waldale YAPZ034 - YAPZ846 (05) 813 p
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE PUC, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CBE 912 - Y CBS 336 (93) 12,412 s 28,870 s
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over COMMERCIAL Small Waldale YCCI810 (06)
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE PUC, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CPB 235 - Y CRC 432 (93) 51,147 p 66,294 p
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CRS 594 (03)



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