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New Mexico License Plates
The Complete Identification Guide to License Plates Issued in the State of New Mexico 1910 - Present
Plus History, Trivia and More!
    
 
 
New -- Early New Mexico License Plates, 5th Edition Online eBook -- New
 
The authoritative history of New Mexico License Plates, Bill Johnston's Early New Mexico License Plates, is now updated as the 5th Edition and available as a free eBook at the link above.
 
 
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New Mexico Chile Plates

The New Mexico chile plate was voted the best plate of 2017 by members of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA).  The chile plate beat out 16 other nominated plates from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan.  This marks the second time New Mexico has won the honor, with the last being the turquoise centennial plate in 2010.  Read more on ALPCA's web site:  2017 Best Plate Award
 
              
 
 
 
 

 1912 NM passenger           29 NM gov           39 NM staff           1915 NM passenger

 
The New Mexico Transportation History Project is a not-for-profit organization (working to record and preserve the history of motor vehicles in the state of New Mexico. (We are not in any way affiliated with the New Mexico MVD). This website provides a visual account of a particularly important aspect of that work, i.e., the history of motor vehicle registration and licensing, including a permanent photographic record of every type of New Mexico license plate which has been issued from Territorial days to present.

The photos begin with the Territorial “pre-state” tags issued by certain municipalities starting in 1910, then continue with the state-issued plates which first appeared shortly after statehood was attained in early 1912. Multiple styles of some types of plates exist and you will find most of those varieties illustrated as well.

We also include photos of many related items such as early vehicle titles and registration certificates, driver’s licenses, chauffeur badges, tribal plates, error plates, Highway Department signs and maps, plates issued by U.S. military installations within New Mexico, and so forth.

All of the photographs seen here are from the book Early New Mexico License Plates by Bill Johnston, and/or from the NMTHP archives.

NMTHP would like to hear from you... Do you have an old New Mexico license plate that you would like to know more about, or that you would like to donate or sell to our organization? If so please contact us!
 

24 NM motor truck              30 NM bus              45 NM mp              31 NM usg

 

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Let us know of any errors you see, whether typographical, factual, or otherwise.

                                
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1936 Mailing Envelope
Smokey Bear Plate
1959 Car Photo
Early 1970s Mailing Envelopes
NMSP Vehicle Security Check Sticker
1915 Car Photo
Famous People Plates - Desi Sawyer
1940 Official Plate Photo
NM State Police Sample Plate
Henry E. Beisman Highwya Papers Collection
Concerns of Police Survivors (COP) Plate
Acequias Sangre Viva Plate
New 1940 Plate Photo
New YOM plates - 1949 Ford / 1969 Mercury
Future Farmers of America Plate
Miners Heritage Plate
Additional NM Ranger Plates
1944 Motorcycle Error Plate
1929 Truck Photo
1951 and Undated NMSP Plate Photos
NMSP Prototype Motorcycle Plate
New Issue - Look Twice for Motorcycles
2022, 2024, 2025 Vanity Plates
1919, 1955, and 1984 Car Photos
New DAV and B.F. Goodrich Tags
Low Numbered Chauffeur Badges
1939 Variety & Sample Chauffeur Badges
1950 & 1919 Car Photo
Fake 1912 Plate



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13 NM mc             43 NM nmsp          34 NM mc           24 NM mc            20 NM mc

 

 20 NM dlr     16 NM dlr     NM pre    23 NM passenger

  
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