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Passenger, 1986-present

Wisconsin's first graphic passenger license plates, based on a design by David Hornung, were introduced in August 1986. From this point on, alpha prefixes keyed to expiration months were abandoned in favor of a single numbering series and month stickers. Due to complaints from law enforcement of the initial colors being too similar to those of neighboring states, the color scheme was changed in March 1987 to red on white. (General-series blue plates were eventually replaced in 1993-94.) Narrower dies came into use in late 1994, but the baseplate design itself remained unchanged until 2000.

[Wisconsin 2000]

Reserved series (at)

[Wisconsin 1987]

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[Wisconsin 1987]

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[Wisconsin 1994]

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[Wisconsin 1988]

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[Wisconsin 1996]

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[Wisconsin 2000]

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[Wisconsin 1997]

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[Wisconsin 2001]

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[Wisconsin 1999]

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[Wisconsin 1989]

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[Wisconsin 1990]

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[Wisconsin 2002]

(at)1

[Wisconsin 2002]

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[Wisconsin 1992]

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[Wisconsin 1991]

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[Wisconsin 1999]

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[Wisconsin 1992]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1999]

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[Wisconsin 1992]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1993]

(DN)

[Wisconsin 1996]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1993]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2002]

(at)1

[Wisconsin 1994]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1994]

(T)

[Wisconsin 1995]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

Still in use in 2009! (at)

[Wisconsin 1995]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1995]

Narrow dies started by NME...

[Wisconsin undated]

Remake (at)

[Wisconsin undated]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1996]

(DN)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1997]

(DN)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2013]

Illicit straggler with '13 sticker (at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1998]

(DN)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1999]

(at)5

[Wisconsin 2011]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2011]

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[Wisconsin 2012]

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[Wisconsin 2014]

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At some point between WKB-944 and WKT-544, the state switched its supplier of reflective sheeting from 3M to Avery. Avery plates have a shinier appearance, and are also prone to blistering around the serial.

[Wisconsin 2011]

Slightly faded. (at)

[Wisconsin 2011]

Faded white! (at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

A modified base design with a reversed serial format began to be issued in June 2000. The introduction of the new design also coincided with the start of a gradual replacement of earlier red-on-white issues: Most plates issued from 1987 to 1995 were routinely replaced between 2000 and 2003, while slightly later issues (~P to T series) were replaced in 2009.

[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2010]

Mispositioned dash! (at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2011]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2006]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2011]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

(BA)

[Wisconsin 2004]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2005]

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[Wisconsin 2011]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2009]

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[Wisconsin 2011]

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Wisconsin reverted to 3M sheeting at some point between 412-LKT and 423-LLN.

[Wisconsin 2007]

(DN)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2008]

(T)

[Wisconsin 2014]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(BA)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

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[Wisconsin 2011]

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[Wisconsin 2012]

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[Wisconsin 2012]

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[Wisconsin 2013]

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Reserved-series and carryover formats

Low numbers in pre-1986 configurations have been issued on the current base; most often for motorists who have held these numbers for many years. Several of the examples below are particularly interesting because they continue to reflect the pre-1986 month code conventions.

[Wisconsin 2011]

All-numeric format (at)

[Wisconsin 2011]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2011]

U=Oct. (at)

[Wisconsin 2010]

G=Apr. (BA)

[Wisconsin 2011]

No space (at)

[Wisconsin 2009]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2011]

F=Mar. (at)

[Wisconsin undated]

(at)

It is also possible for 1986-2000 ABC-123 series numbers to be remade as vanities on the current base:

[Wisconsin 2010 remake]

Number issued ca. 1986 (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 remake]

Number issued ca. 1988 (at)

[Wisconsin undated remake]

Number issued ca. 1989 (at)

[Wisconsin 2013 remake]

Ditto (at)

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