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Special-Issue Passenger

A variety of specialty license plates have been introduced in recent years to support various entities and causes; starting with the "University" series of plates, first issued in 1990. Many of the newer issues feature a serial format of numerics bookended by a constant suffix (or, less commonly, prefix) character. The Sesquicentennial issue of 1997 was so popular in its two years of issue that its format quickly overflowed into a number of alpha-serial configurations; specifically A1234T and AB123T.

[Wisconsin 2010 Sesquicentennial]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1999-2010 Sesquicentennial]

Sticker mania! (at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Sesquicentennial]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Sesquicentennial]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2000-10 Sesquicentennial]

More sticker mania... (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Sesquicentennial]

The very last Sesquicentennial plate! (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Sesquicentennial]

Pre-1986 reserved series (at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Sesquicentennial personalized]

Personalized (at)

[Wisconsin undated Children's Trust Fund]

Second-lowest number possible (at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Children's Trust Fund]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated Children's Trust Fund]

Personalized (BA)

[Wisconsin 2009 Donate Life]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Ducks Unlimited]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2001/05 Endangered Resources]

(e)

[Wisconsin undated Endangered Resources]

Crude graphic, Avery sheeting (at)6

[Wisconsin 2011 Endangered Resources]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2011 Endangered Resources]

Pre-1986 reserved series (at)

[Wisconsin 2011 Endangered Resources]

Introduced April 2010; flat. (at)

[Wisconsin 2013 Endangered Resources]

Personalized plates use "that font." (at)

[Wisconsin 2011 Freemason]

Personalized (BA)

[Wisconsin 2010 Gold Star Family]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2008 Green Bay Packers]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2014 Harley-Davidson]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2013 Junior Golf]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012 Lions Foundation]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009/10 Lao Veterans of America]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2011 Marquette University]

(BA)

[Wisconsin 2011 Milwaukee Brewers]

First number, March 2010 (at)4

[Wisconsin 2011 Milwaukee Brewers]

Alternate design (at)4

[Wisconsin undated UW-Madison]

(e)

[Wisconsin 2009 UW-Madison]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated UW-La Crosse]

(BA)

[Wisconsin undated UW-Stevens Point]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 UW-River Falls]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Salutes Veterans]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Women's Health Foundation]

(BA)

At the 2009 ALPCA convention in Erie, PA, Michael Maske of Marinette showcased an interesting presentation display of Wisconsin collegiate license plate designs; both old and new.

Occupational and Military Passenger

Predating the most recent trend of special-interest graphics are a selection of occupational- and military-related license plate issues; the first of which was the Guard Member plate of 1984 (exp. 1985); a graphic design predating the 1986 general issue. A distinctive series of "military group" and "civilian group" plates followed in 1988, with designs marked by broad gradients along the top and bottom edges of the plate. Both are modular designs designed to be customized for specific occupations, military branches, and so forth by the application of various decals on the blank emblem space at left and along the top edge.

[Wisconsin 1985 Guard Member]

Groove at top (at)

[Wisconsin 1992 Guard Member]

No groove, personalized (e)

[Wisconsin 2007 Naval Reserve]

(at)5

[Wisconsin 1991 Silver Star]

(e)

[Wisconsin 2007 U.S. Marine Corps Veteran]

(at)3

[Wisconsin 2007 U.S. Navy Retired]

Choppier fade (at)1

[Wisconsin 2008 Air Force Veteran]

Choppiest fade (at)1

[Wisconsin 2009 Marine Corps Veteran personalized]

Personalized "09" straggler (at)

[Wisconsin 1989 Firefighter]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1989 civilian group]

Defaced of decals? (at)3

In 2007, earlier "military" and "civilian" plates were replaced by new (and considerably plainer) designs, which were met with a fair amount of consternation from motorists. As a result, another new "military group" issue debuted in July 2008; looking like a rather awkward cross between the previous two designs.

[Wisconsin undated Guard Member]

Personalized (BA)

[Wisconsin 2009 Korean War Veteran]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009 U.S. Army personalized]

Personalized (at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Vietnam War Veteran]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Afghanistan War Veteran]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2009 Navy Veteran personalized]

Personalized (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Emergency Medical Technician]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 Firefighter]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2011 Civil Air Patrol]

Personalized (at)

[Wisconsin 2012 Emergency Medical Technician]

Personalized, or carryover series? (at)

A series of veteran plates has also been available for motorcycles since 2002. It's a bit interesting to note that these plates foreshadowed the basic design of the full-sized 2007 "military group" plates by five years.

[Wisconsin 2012 Veteran Motorcycle]

Series allegedly began at VB11. (at)

[Wisconsin 2012 Veteran Motorcycle]

Newer 4"x7" version (at)

Disabled Veteran

Disabled Veteran license plates date back literally decades, and classicly resembled passenger plates (and, later on, Disabled plates) in colors and format. Disabled Veteran Truck plates were also available in the 1980s. All prior plates were replaced by a distinctive design in 1991, and the newest plates closely resemble other military-related issues in appearance.

[Wisconsin 1958 disabled veteran]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1959 disabled veteran]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1964 disabled veteran]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1972 disabled veteran]

Suffix format (e)

[Wisconsin 1972 disabled veteran]

Prefix format (e)

[Wisconsin 1976 disabled veteran]

Suffix format (at)3

[Wisconsin 1973 disabled veteran]

Prefix format (e)

[Wisconsin 1979 disabled veteran]

Diagonal prefix (e)

[Wisconsin 1979 disabled veteran]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1987 disabled veteran]

(at)4

[Wisconsin 1986 disabled veteran truck]

Truck (e)

[Wisconsin 1988 disabled veteran]

1987-91 (e)

[Wisconsin 1988 disabled veteran truck]

1987-91 Truck (e)

[Wisconsin undated disabled veteran]

1991-94 (e)

[Wisconsin 2009 disabled veteran]

1994-2009 (at)

[Wisconsin 2011 disabled veteran]

2009- (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 disabled veteran]

Remake of previous-format number? (BA)

Ex-Prisoner of War

Distinctive license plates were first issued to former prisoners of war in 1980. As with similar programs in other states, the desire for Ex-Prisoner of War license plates in Wisconsin likely stemmed from public awareness over the plight of POWs in the latter stages of the Vietnam War. The fundamental composition of this rare plate design has remained unchanged since its introduction, although variations exist.

[Wisconsin undated ex-prisoner of war]

Screened captions, grooves top and bottom (e)

[Wisconsin 2010 ex-prisoner of war]

Embossed captions, groove at top (at)

[Wisconsin 2011 ex-prisoner of war]

Different "W" die. (BA)

[Wisconsin undated ex-prisoner of war]

1984-94 style with no grooves. (at)7

Antique

Antique license plates were first issued in 1957, and have been reissued only once since. Originally available for any unmodified vehicle more than 40 years old, the qualifying criteria was "frozen" at the specificity of pre-1946 (i.e., prewar) vehicles in the mid 1980s. Such plates are permanent, and carry severe usage restrictions.

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1957-59 - grooves top & bottom (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1960-62 - one groove, slot at LL (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1962-63 - slot at UL, tab slots (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1964 - no tab slots (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1964-67 - no tab slots (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1967-69 - smaller boltslot (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1969-73 - partial groove (at)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1973? - full groove (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1973-77 - partial groove (at)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1977-80 - full groove (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

(e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 1980-84 (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

1985-94 remake (e)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

ca. 2000- (at)

[Wisconsin undated antique]

(at)

Antique Motorcycle

An extremely rare type.

[Wisconsin undated antique motorcycle]

1998- (GW)

Collector

Collector plates were introduced in 1975 and are available for unmodified vehicles more than 20 years old. These follow a rather unique numbering system where motorists with two or more collector vehicles registered in their name receive plates emblazoned with their original "collector number" followed by an incremental letter suffix. Since the usage restrictions are more permissive than those of Antique plates, Collector plates are much more common sights; even on vehicles old enough to qualify for Antique plates.

[Wisconsin undated collector]

1985-94 remake of ca. 1975 number (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

ca. 1975-84 (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

"A" suffix indicates second car. (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

ca. 1985-94 (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

Invert error in use! (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

A little off-center... (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

"C" suffix indicates fourth car. (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

ca. 1994-. Die change by 83859. (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

Masked-over suffix! (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

"A" suffix, space (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

"A" suffix, no space (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

"A" suffix (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector]

Motorcycle-style number. (at)

Collector Motorcycle

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

ca. 1985-2003 (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

"C" suffix; different format (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

"A" suffix (e)

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

ca. 2003- (at)

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated collector motorcycle]

"D" suffix (at)

Historic Military Vehicle

Wisconsin's newest collector-oriented license plate is the Historic Military Vehicle type. These plates were introduced in 2010 to alleviate problems collectors were having in titling and registering vehicles of this type.

[Wisconsin undated historic military vehicle]

(at)

Hobbyist

Hobbyist plates are available for over-20-year-old vehicles that have been reconstructed or modified from original specifications. Homemade kit vehicles also qualify for these plates, which carry usage restrictions and registration schematics similar to those of Collector plates.

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

ca. 1976-84 (e)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

ca. 1985-94 (e)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

(at)9

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

ca. 1994- (at)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

(at)

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist]

"B" suffix indicates third car. (at)

Hobbyist Motorcycle

[Wisconsin undated hobbyist motorcycle]

1994-2003 (e)

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