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Oregon Non-Passenger Variations

Here is a look at many of the non-passenger Oregon license plates of the last sixty 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. Ranges in italics are assumed endpoints or unconfirmed plates. Information added or updated since September 2012 is indicated with an asterisk (*).

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 later than it did 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 2-120* - 2-245 126* p
[A] [A] [A]
Gold/blue; HISTORIC/VEHICLE before serial; OREGON at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson 3-090* - 5-181* 2092* p 2777* p
5215 - 5819 605 p
5-866*
Blue/gold; HISTORIC/VEHICLE before serial; OREGON at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson 6-437 - 8-250* 1814* p 3370 p
8774
Tall Polyvend 8815* - 9194 380 p
Tall Irwin-Hodson 9539 - 9806 268 p
Blue/gold; ANTIQUE VEHICLE over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson AQ 00001 - AQ 01543 1543 s 4163 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over ANTIQUE VEHICLE Short Waldale AQ 02578
Tall Irwin-Hodson AQ 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
Red/aluminum; OREGON SEPT. 54 at top Square Irwin-Hodson B 3-310*
White/black; OREGON SEPT. 55 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson B 3-012*
Green/white; OREGON SEPT. 56 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson B 3-010 - B 3-158 149* p
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 56 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson B 5-172
[B] [B] [B]
Green/white; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson B 1-510* - B 1-511* 2* p
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 740* - B 3-931 3192* p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson B 6-234 6113* p
Short Polyvend B 9044
Short Irwin-Hodson B11864 - B12346* 483* p

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 21* - C 860 840* s 57,622* s
C 1-075* - C57-642 55,081 s
Gold/blue; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson C58-257* - C101-999 43,743* s 68,087* s
C102070 - C126343 24,274 s
Gold/blue; ORE and sticker box over MOBILE HOME Short Irwin-Hodson C131615* - C135966 4352* 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 11597* 1169* p
Tall Irwin-Hodson D 13860 - D 17945 4086 p
"Live tree" graphic; PERMANENT at bottom; VETERAN at right Tall Irwin-Hodson D2 13 38 - D4 03 82* 19,045* p

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 blue "Disabled Person" plates look unissued, and why do sticker stacks often end in 1978: Did a replate happen then? A limited quantity of "DIS" prefix passenger-style plates exist in collector hands with 1976-80 stickers, followed by an even more limited quantity of non-passenger style plates with 1981-92 stickers. 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) that don't seem to have survived beyond 1994.

[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 - 899
FEB. 901 - 907 1178 900 - 1799
MAR. 1800 - 1840* 1800 - 2599
APR. 2758* 2600 - 3499
MAY 3574 - 3577 3639 3500 - 4399
JUN. 4474 - 4524 4550 - 4601 4400 - 5299
JUL. 5300 - 6199
AUG. 6377 6200 - 7099
SEP. 7139 7100 - 7999
OCT. 8110* 8000 - 8899
NOV. 8913* - 8975 9432 - 9476 8900 - 9799
DEC. 9801* 9800 - 9999
quantity
186* p 59* 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 - D 015478* 358* p 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 ever since.

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 2-857* - E 4-748 1892* 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 E40-410* - E47-521 7112* 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
E102019*
E104-801* - E111-051 6251* p
E112410 - E121463 9054 p
Blue/gold; PUBLICLY OWNED over OREGON Tall Irwin-Hodson E123776 - E148344 24,569 p 114,186 p
Tall Polyvend E151575* - E151858 284* p
Tall Irwin-Hodson E154997 - E224852* 69,856* p
Blue/gold; OREGON over PUBLICLY OWNED Short Waldale E228878* - E230335 1458* p
Tall Irwin-Hodson E237961

E, M: Exempt Motorcycle

Exempt Motorcycle plates may be seen as an extension of the Publicly Owned type; however, there are enough twists and turns in this type's history to command a heading of its own.

Oregon originally treated these permanent plates as a subset of the Motorcycle type, using the M prefix and allocating a block of numbers in the 9000 series. It's worth noting that regular motorcycle numbers may have conflicted with this series, at least in 1964-65. Whether more variations exist than are depicted here is unknown.

The M 9000 series was exhausted at some indeterminate point in time. The state then started treating Exempt Motorcycle plates as a subset of the Publicly Owned type, shifting them to the "E" prefix with a block of numbers in the 9 series, as before.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[M] [E]
White/black; ORE. EXEMPT at top Rounded Irwin-Hodson M9236* - M9454* 219* s
Blue/gold; OREGON over EXEMPT Rounded Irwin-Hodson M 9666*
Squared Irwin-Hodson E9 00052 - E9 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.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[F] [F]
Black/aluminum; OREGON and tab slots at top Square Irwin-Hodson F 41 - F40-417* 40,377* 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 - F68-170*
26,706* p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Square Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR 54 JUNE 54 F21-680* - F21-755 SEPT 54 DEC 54 F42-086* - F66-877
76* p 24,792* p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 55 JUNE 55 F21-507* SEPT. 55 F30-426 - F31-188 DEC. 55 F40-522 - F68-937*
763 p 28,416* 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 - F31-163* DEC. 56 F41-524 - F68-860
387 p 1318 p 978* p 27,337 p
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 57 F10-189 JUNE 57 F20-424 - F21-617* SEPT. 57 F30-583 DEC. 57 F40-028 - F64-041*
1194* p 24,014* p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 58 JUNE 58 F22-404 SEPT. 58 F30-519 - F32-030* DEC. 58 F44-455 - F66-726
1512* p 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 F10-315* - F41-241* 30,927* p 37,716* p
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson F42-217* - F48-030 5814* p
[F] [F] [F]
Orange/aluminum; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson F10-543 - F71-183* 60,641 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson F71-722 - F99-423* 27,702* p 89,549 p
Short Polyvend F 99806* - F100895 1090* p
Short Irwin-Hodson F108nnn
Short Polyvend F110917 - F111236 320 p
Short Irwin-Hodson F139042* - F147980 8939* 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 for some time 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 H913194* - H947390* 34,197* p 118,604* p
Short Polyvend H947549* - H951311 3763* p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson H953286 - H971115 17,830 p
Short Polyvend H974121 - H979983* 5863* p
Short Irwin-Hodson H981710* - H998528 16,819* p
H101158* - H134426* 33,269* p
Oregon Trail graphic Short Irwin-Hodson H800039 - H809738 9700 p 21,305 p
Short Irwin-Hodson HC 06019 - HC 17623 11,605 p
(HC 31616 reported) 64,424 p
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Irwin-Hodson HC 35504* - HC 54346* 18,843* p
Tall Waldale HC 56093 - HC 57988 1896 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson HC 59458 - HC 96039 36,582 p

HF, LF: Fixed Load

Fixed Load plates are definitely one of the stranger plate types around: Tar kettles, backhoes, and road graders over 3000 pounds fall into this category. They actually span two series: "HF" for Heavy Fixed, and "LF" for the rarer Light Fixed type. Many of the HF and LF plates in collector hands 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.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[HF] [HF] [HF]
Gold/blue; OREGON over DEC, sticker box, and 73 Short Irwin-Hodson LF 01085* - LF 03117* 2033 s
HF 00296 - HF 03799 3504 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over DEC and sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson HF 06311 - HF 10005* 3695* s 6327 s
Short Polyvend HF 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 are relatively hard to come by, making their documentation difficult.

The designated prefix changed to "HT" when "TL" was depleted in the early 1970s. The newest dated sticker confirmed on any Heavy Trailer plate is MAR 90. It seems that "Permanent Registration" decals were issued to existing registrations at that point, 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 TL 1-562
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 56 TL 5-49* - TL 5-3970 JUNE 56 TL 6-1383 - TL 6-4016* SEPT. 56 TL 7-4174 - TL 7-4535*
3922* s 2634* s 362* s
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
DEC. 57 TL 1-4577 - TL 1-5625
1049 s
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 57 JUNE 57 TL 6-1816* SEPT. 57 TL8-7913
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 58 JUNE 58 TL 6-564* SEPT. 58 DEC. 58 TL8- 707 - TL 8-3362*
2656* s
Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[TL] [TL] [TL] [TL] [TL] [TL]
Annual Issues
Green/white; OREGON DEC. 59 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 1-7351
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 60 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 4-135 - TL 4-805 671 s
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 61 at top Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 951* - TL 5-083 4133* s
Gold/blue; OREGON DEC. 61 over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson TL 6:278 (remake)
Red/aluminum; OREGON DEC. 62 over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson TL 4-920 - TL 7-130* 2211* s
Black/aluminum; OREGON DEC. 63 over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson TL 1-948 - TL10-082 8135 s
Green/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 64 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 1-240* - TL 10-743* 9504* s
Orange/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 65 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 556* - TL 9-584 9029* s
Green/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 66 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 5-197* - TL 11-117* 5921* s
Black/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 67 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 8 - TL 12-835* 12,828* s
[TL] [TL] [TL] [HT] [HT] [HR] [HT] [HP]
Quarterly Issues
Green/white; ORE and sticker box Tall Irwin-Hodson TL 62-019* - TL 70-095* 8077* s
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson TL 51-250 - TL 64-745* 13-496* s
Orange/aluminum; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson TL 54-161* - TL 97-642 43,482* s 48,567* s
HT 00-516 - HT 05-600 5085 s
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson HT 06-008* - HT 37-516* 31,509* s 55,537* s
Short Polyvend HT 42951 - HT 44431 1481 s
Short Irwin-Hodson HT 45773
HT 50 322* - HT 57 072* 6751* s
Short Polyvend HT 61 374* - HT 61 544* 171* s
Blue/gold; OREGON over PERMANENT Short Irwin-Hodson HP 00001 - HP 99999 99,999 s 469,217 s
HQ 00001 - HQ 99999 99,999 s
HR 00001 - HR 99999 99,999 s
HS 00001 - HS 76097* 76,097* s
Tall Waldale HU 00326* - HU 07286* 6961* s
Tall Irwin-Hodson HU 27929 - HU 50293* 22,365* s
(HU 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 - K757926* 55,415* s
Blue/gold; ORE and sticker box over CAMPER Short Irwin-Hodson K760686* - K788165 27,480* s 59,217* s
Blue/gold; sticker box over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson K794914 - K809467* 14,554* s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Irwin-Hodson K819902*

LT: Light Trailer

Uh-oh, not yet another type of trailer plate! These plates may have split off from the heavy "TL" type in 1968, and a unique black-on-aluminum multi-year base was issued in 1969 with 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]
Blue/aluminum; DEC. OREGON 68 at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson LT 20-932* - LT 26-629* 5698* p
Black/aluminum; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom Tall Irwin-Hodson LT 918 58,174 s
LT 1-480 - LT 35-620* 34,141* s
LT 3-7749 - LT 5-1114 13,366 s
LT 54-348 - LT 59-091 4744 s
Blue/gold; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom; large state name Tall Irwin-Hodson LT 6-6022 15,096 s
Blue/gold; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom; small state name Tall Irwin-Hodson LT 7-2636 - LT 7-8485* 5850* s
Blue/gold; DEC. OREGON and sticker box at bottom; large state name Tall Irwin-Hodson LT 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 this was only a two-year base, it's a bit interesting to note that I've come across a number of illicit combinations in my research over the years...such as a 67 sticker on a 1965 annual plate, and 1966 bases with 1978 and 1982 stickers. People will put stickers on anything, I suppose!

The current series of Oregon motorcycle plates 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 M2 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 1842* - 44780* 42,939* 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 90949* - M186740 (71) 95,792* 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 519,358* s
M2 01448 - M2 10516* (wide 2; 76) 9069* s
M2 13814 - M2 54559* (75*) 40,746* s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top; no sticker box Squared Irwin-Hodson M2 55416* - M3 13414 (8/79) 57,354 s
Polyvend M3 14969* - M3 37347* (82) 22,379* s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M3 41201* - M3 57973* (7/84) 16,773* s
Polyvend M3 61378* - M3 67933 (5/86*) 6556* s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M3 70165 - M3 96584 (12/85) 26,420 s
Polyvend M3 99312 - M4 10366* (7/87) 11,055* s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M4 10563* - M5 47726 (8/89) 137,035* s
Waldale M5 50759 - M5 59592 (9/07) 8834 s
Squared Irwin-Hodson M5 63868* - M7 07727 (3/07*) 143,860* 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 MP 00018 - MP 06496 (3/86?) 6479 s 22,507* s
Polyvend MP 12580* - MP 13630 (3/93*) 1051* s
Squared Irwin-Hodson MP 22524* (8/16)

PF: Permanent Fleet

According to the Oregon License Plate Manual, these plates are issued to "owner[s] of a fleet of vehicles registered as a fleet rather than individually." The point of appeal for this type is that they don't require stickers...thus letting companies like UPS off the hook for trying to revalidate the plates on hundreds of trucks scattered throughout the state at any one time.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[PF] [PF]
Blue/gold; PERMANENT FLEET over OREGON Tall Irwin-Hodson PF 07024 - PF 20081* 13,058* p 26,847 p
PF 22 237 - PF 22 670 434 p
PF 23714 - PF 26812 3099 p
Blue/gold; OREGON over PERMANENT FLEET Short Waldale PF 27821
Tall Irwin-Hodson PF 31763
(PF 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 - R499010* 98,771* s
Blue/gold; ORE and sticker box over TRAVEL TRAILER Short Irwin-Hodson R499555 - R563863 64,309 s 326,648 s
Short Polyvend R570888 - R571918* 1031* s
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 R615674* - R749480* 133,807* s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Waldale R755064* - R762983 7920* s
Tall Irwin-Hodson R765270 - R820284 55,015 s
(R826202 reported)
Oregon Trail graphic Short Irwin-Hodson R982042* - R999976* 17,935* 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 SC 01199* - SC 02691* 1493* p 2352* p
Tall Irwin-Hodson SC 03550
Blue/gold; OREGON over SCHOOL BUS; PERM at right Tall Waldale SC 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 SP 00016 - SP 00843 828 s 19,946 s
Short Polyvend SP 01062 - SP 01364 303 s
Short Irwin-Hodson SP 01695 - SP 07792 6098 s
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Irwin-Hodson SP 11228* - SP 16209 4982* s
(SP 19961 reported)
Motorcycle size; OREGON at top Waldale SP 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 62,938* p
T64-048* - T65-115* 1068* p
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 T13-482* - T25-275 SEPT 53 T28-727 - T37-157 DEC 53 T45-768 - T90-282*
11,840 p 11,794* p 8431 p 44,515* p
T100480* T97-994* T95-777*, T120844*
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 T29-978* - T46-204 SEPT. 55 T79-163* - T90-043 DEC. 55 T116181 - T139196*
12,748 p 16,227* p 10,881* p 23,016* p
OREGON [mo yr] at bottom
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 56 T-1 - T-6340 JUNE 56 T30-177 - T44-586* SEPT. 56 T77-776 - T86-400* DEC. 56 T106492 - T139703
6340 p 14,410* p 8625* 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 40631* SEPT. 57 T77-527 - T84-843 DEC. 57 T101483 - T136445
6682 p 14,219* p 7317 p 34,963 p
OREGON [mo yr] at top
Tall Irwin-Hodson dies
MAR. 58 T 1 - T 6-637* JUNE 58 T27-063* - T38-480 SEPT. 58 T80-481 - T83-081* DEC. 58 T101518 - T133808
6637* p 11,418* p 2601* 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
Green/white; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson (T133062 remake seen, 12/61*)
Blue/aluminum; ORE and sticker box over PACIFIC WONDERLAND Short Irwin-Hodson T101120 - T143502 (12/62) 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 - T346344* (6/66) 145,389* 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 - T437070* (12/84) 5666* p
Short Polyvend T439182 - T442423* (12/84) 3242* p
Short Irwin-Hodson T443987 - T460452 (6/85) 16,466 p
Short Polyvend T460849 - T465539* (6/88) 4691* p
Short Irwin-Hodson T468233 - T550039 (9/89) 81,807 p
Short Waldale (expected)
New Irwin-Hodson T558465* - T578318 (6/06) 19,854* 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. I'm not sure if these plates are issued in pairs or singly: At least some carry undated "Tow Identification" or "Prorated Tow" stickers, in any case.

Variation Dies Confirmed serial range quantity
[TW] [TW] [TW] [TW]
Blue/gold; OREGON over sticker box Short Irwin-Hodson TW 10235* - TW 11111 877* 9697*
Short Polyvend TW 12118
Short Irwin-Hodson TW 13236
TW 14 195
TW 16864 - TW 17938* 1075*
Blue/gold; OREGON at top Tall Waldale TW 18838
Tall Irwin-Hodson TW 19931*

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 U006879* - U031476 24,598* s 78,438* s
Short Polyvend U038791 - U040212 1422 s
Blue/gold; sticker box over OREGON Short Irwin-Hodson U042646 - U043709* 1064* s
Short Polyvend U050154*
Short Irwin-Hodson U059798* - U067523* 7726* s
Short Polyvend U071611* - U078926* 7316* s
Short Irwin-Hodson U081936* - U085316 3381* s
"Dead tree" graphic Short Irwin-Hodson U112254 - U117426 5173 s
"Live tree" graphic Short Irwin-Hodson U140128* - U303165* 163,038* s 310,332* s
Tall Waldale U408584* - U423399 14,816 s
(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 113,510* s
Extra-small Polyvend Y052118 - Y053780* 1663* s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y 058851* - Y 113996* 55,146* 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 AA1559* - AM3391 121,821* s 216,997* 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 - GZ 7840* 220,657* 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 6618* 256,061* s
[PUC] [PUC] Letters not seen: U
Assuming none skipped.
Yellow/green; separate (Irwin-Hodson) or border-touching (Polyvend) sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson AAB 573* - ACZ 106 75,458* s 804,535* s
Medium Polyvend AHA 380 - AHA 963 584 s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson BAL 612 - BBD 988 18,359 s
CAA 067 - CAY 235 24,145 s
DAM 527 - DSB 901* 456,918* s
Medium Polyvend DSW 691 - DSY 663 (88-89) 1971 s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DTC 576 (88-89)
Medium Polyvend DTO 234 - DTR 732* (88-89) 3,496* s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DTX 614* (88-89)
Medium Polyvend DVA 329* - DWG 313 (88-89) 31,953* s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DWL 642 (88-89)
Medium Polyvend DWO 042 (88-89) 3368 s
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson DWP 840* (88-89)
Medium Polyvend DWR 412 - DWV 403* (88-89) 3988* s
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 MBB 449* - MZZ 600* 619,532* s 1,660,064* s
White/red; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE PUC Extra-small Irwin-Hodson NBB 122 - NRP 572 (93) 402,049* s
White/red; border-touching sticker box flanked by ORE DOT Extra-small Irwin-Hodson NRV 997 - NZZ 549 (97) 210,342* s
PAF 878* - PSA 174 (98) 434,861* 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 166,927* s
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over APPORTIONED Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y ACU 042 - Y ADG 508 (97) 70,209* s
YADN511 (00)
Y ADP 461 - Y AFM 320 (00)
Black/white; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over APPORTIONED Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y AHM 360* (14)
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 Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y APV 466* (07)
Small Waldale YAPY572* - YAPZ846 (05) 1274* p
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE PUC, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CBE 912 - Y CBX 593* (93) 17,664* s 29,540* s
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CBZ 213* (05)
Small Waldale YCCI810 (06)
Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CCK 828* - Y CCM 481* (08) 1651* s
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE PUC, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CPB 235 - Y CRC 432 (93) 52,146* p 67,293* p
White/red; sticker box flanked by ORE DOT, over COMMERCIAL Extra-small Irwin-Hodson Y CRP 600* - Y CRS 594 (03) 2,992* p



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