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License Plate Sticker Colours, Part 4: Month Stickers

a.k.a. "The Secrets of Staggering, Part 1"

These tables summarize the colours of validation stickers used to denote expiry months on license plates, as well as combined month-year stickers issued in different colour schemes for individual months.

Separate month-only stickers were first issued by Delaware in late 1961. Delaware preceded these by actually issuing metal month tabs for 20 years; a reflection of the state's reputation for helping pioneer staggered registration systems and multi-year baseplates alike. Although month stickers remain a common way of denoting expirations today, the practice is by no means universal: The majority of provinces and states as of 2014 instead issue combined month-year stickers, windshield stickers, or no stickers at all.

Canada
Alberta Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 84-
Saskatchewan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 77-91
Manitoba Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 10-
Québec 1 2 3 - 5 6 - 8 - 10 11 - 83-95
Prince Edward Island Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 87-94
Newfoundland & Labrador Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 82-84*
Yukon Territory Jan Feb Mar Apr May - Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 90-
Northwest Territories Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 90-11
Nunavut 99-

* Combined month-year stickers with month and year in separate colours.

United States
Alabama Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 81-97
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 97-99
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 99-02
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 02-
Alaska Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 79-
Arizona Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 75-09
Arkansas - Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 69
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 70,74,77,80,83,86,89
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 71-72,75,78,81,84
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 73,76,79,82,85,88,91
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 87,90
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 92-16
California Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 72-76 (motorcycles)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 76-86
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 86-
Colorado Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 79
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 80
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 81
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 82-88
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 89-
Delaware - - 3- - - 6- - - 9- - - 12- 41-62 (metal tabs)
- - Mar - - Jun - - Sep - - Dec 62-63
- - Mar - - Jun - - Sep - - Dec 64-70*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 73-74*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 75*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 76-10*
District of Columbia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 84-04
Florida Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 79-03
Georgia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 97-08
Indiana Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun - - - - - - 71-86
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct - - 87-02
- 02- 03- 04- 05- 06- 07- 08- 09- 10- - - 03-08 (15th day)
01- 02- 03- 04- 05- 06- 07- 08- 09- 10- - - 03-08 (Last day)
- 02- 03- 04- 05- 06- 07- 08- 09- 10- 11- 12- 09-12 (7th day)
- 02- 03- 04- 05- 06- 07- 08- 09- 10- 11- 12- 09-12 (14th day)
- 02- 03- 04- 05- 06- 07- 08- 09- 10- 11- 12- 09-12 (21st day)
- 02- 03- 04- 05- 06- 07- 08- 09- 10- 11- - 09-12 (28th day)
01- - - 04- - - - - - - - - 09-12 (Last day)
Iowa Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 84-85
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 86-97
Kansas - Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 83-88 (motorcycles)
- Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 88-94
- Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 94-01
- Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 02-13
Louisiana Jan Feb Mar Apr - - Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 78-81
Jan Feb Mar Apr - - Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 82-84*
Maine - - - - - - - - - Oct Nov Dec 75*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 76*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 77*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 78*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 79*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 80*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 81*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 82*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 83*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 84*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 85*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 86*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 87*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun (Jul-Dec year) 88*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 87-00
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 00-
Maryland 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 86-
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 91- (Chesapeake issue)
Michigan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 80-99
Minnesota - - Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov - 75-77
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 78-09
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 09-
Mississippi - - - - - - - - - Oct Nov Dec 77
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 78
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 79
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 80-82
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 82-08
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 08-13
Missouri Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 98-10
Montana Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct - - 76-80
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct - - 81-87
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 88-89
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 90-91
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 91
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 92,95-98
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 93-94
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 99-10
New Hampshire 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 82-99
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 99-
North Carolina Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 81-96
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 96-16
Ohio 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 80-89
Oklahoma Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 79-83
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 83-09
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 10-, special issues
Oregon Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 81-91
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 91-
South Carolina Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 79-85
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 86-
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 09- (alternate)
Tennessee Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 77-83
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 84-88
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 89-00
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 01-06
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 07-
Texas Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 78-94
Utah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 91-
Virginia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 73-
Washington Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jly Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 77-01
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jly Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 77-81* (motorcycles)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 82- (motorcycles)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 01-
West Virginia Jan - - - - - - - - - - - 87 (vanities)
Wisconsin Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 87-92
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 93-
Wyoming 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 90-93
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 94

* Combined month-year stickers.

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