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Low Numbers

A low-numbered New Mexico license plate is defined as one which has a serial number with no more than three digits, and no other letters or numerals as part of the serial number. The presence of the zia symbol is acceptable because even where used as a separator between numerals, it is not part of the serial number itself. These plates hold a special fascination for many people, and on this page we illustrate one for every year from 1912 through 1974, inclusive (excepting 1943, when cars and trucks did not receive metal plates).
Photo Credit: 1930 courtesy Alan Betts.  All others by Bill Johnston.


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