New Brunswick License Plates 1969-present

NB 69 #50-882
New Brunswick 1969 passenger issue. This new baseplate was issued at the end of 1968 and was valid through 1969 without stickers. It was then used through the end of 1971 with stickers. This was the last plate to use the slogan "Picture Province", which had been first used on the 1958 issue.
NB 71 #225-732
New Brunswick 1971 passenger issue (1969 base). Same series as above, with 1971 validation sticker. These plates were all replaced at the end of 1971.
NB 73 #81-400
New Brunswick 1973 passenger issue (1972 base). In 1972, this new plate was introduced. It features the name of the province in both French and English, making New Brunswick the only province issuing bilingual plates. These plates were used through the end of 1974 with stickers.
NB 76 #28-908
New Brunswick 1976 passenger issue (1975 base). In an odd move, New Brunswick replaced the 1972 baseplates in 1975 with an identical plate in color, format and numbering series except for the embossed date. These plates were used through the end of 1977 with stickers.
NB 79 #160-505
New Brunswick 1979 passenger issue (1978 base). Again, in 1978, new plates were issued in the same format as the 1972 and 1975 issues with a different embossed date. These plates ended up being used, with several die variations, through 1986, breaking the province's pattern of three-year plate replacement cycles.
NB 83 #448-399
New Brunswick 1983 passenger issue (1978 base). One of a couple variations of the 1978 plate caused by different vendors manufacturing the plates, this issue used Quebec dies for the serial. These plates were also replaced in 1986.
NB 85 #529-421
New Brunswick 1985 passenger issue (1978 base). The standard New Brunswick dies resumed near the end of this baseplate's run, following the Quebec-made plates shown above.
NB 90 #AQQ-859
New Brunswick 1990 passenger issue. This new screened base was issued in 1986 with an expiration of '03/87' screened onto the plate. These were used with stickers thereafter. This base was used through the end of 1991. Note the two non-matching "Q" dies used in the serial.
NB 90 #AZC-259
New Brunswick 1990 passenger issue. The initial run of 1987-base plates (AAA through about ARZ serials) was made on a stock of steel that was very susceptible to rusting, so in 1989 the material was changed to galvanized steel. Some interim plates were made during this period before the screened galvanized blanks were ready. These plates were made with an embossed province name and used the serial block AZA-AZG to avoid conflicts with the regular series. This is an odd plate in that it had to be stamped, painted, stamped again, and painted again to get the two colors right. The blue sections are slightly taller in embossing than the green to facilitate this. Newfoundland and California both also had multi-color embossed plates at one time, but neither had a border, making this issue far more complicated.
NB 91 #ASQ-406
New Brunswick 1991 passenger issue. The regular series started up again on galvanized steel bases with the screened background and newer Nova Scotia-style dies in 1990. The series resumed in the ASA block in this new style. The rest of the 1987-base plates were issued on this style plate, which again was used through the end of 1991.
NB 87 #ASS-558
New Brunswick 1987-base passenger issue. Oops. Automation may be a great thing, but only if someone's paying attention to what's going on. Once the end of the "ASR" series of plates was run at Waldale, Ltd.'s Nova Scotia plate manufacturing facility, the series turned over to the obviously unusable "ASS" series and all 900 sets of plates in the series were made. These plates were obviously never issued and were sold for scrap, but as often happens some of them instead migrated to the collector's market. When I first saw one of these plates, the goofy 12-year-old kid part of me insisted that I had to have one.
NB 92 #BGQ-552
New Brunswick 1992 passenger issue. In late 1990 and 1991, these new baseplates were introduced. They feature a screened background with the bi-lingual province name and a small Galley (Galleon) ship, representing the fishing and shipbuilding industries of the province. A similar ship is found on the New Brunswick coat of arms. This plate series started at BAA-100 and took almost until the end of 1999 to reach the end of the "B" series. This plate remains the current New Brunswick issue.
NB 93 #BNQ-780
New Brunswick 1993 passenger issue. This was one of a small run of New Brunswick plates to be made using the "other" set of Waldale dies. Waldale used two similar but slightly different sets of dies through this period, with the one on this plate being the same one used on initial Nova Scotia Bluenose plates, plus late 1987-base NB plates, among others. Most New Brunswick plates on this base used the other die set, as seen on the 1992 plate above. The difference is difficult to spot in most cases, probably the most notable difference between these two plates is in the "Q" character. I haven't been able to pin this die variation down very specifically, I know it ran from at least this BNQ-series plate through at least BPJ, and that the other set was back in use by BPS. More narrowing down needs to be done, obviously.
NB 00 #BYU-633
New Brunswick 2000 passenger issue. Continuation of the Galley ship baseplate. Near the end of the "B" series of passenger plates, slightly different dies came into use for the serial of the plates. These dies carried over to the end of the "B" series, then the serial format skipped over to GAA-001 ("C", "D" and "F" are already in use for Commercial, Dealer and Farm plates, respectively. Not sure why they didn't use "E".)
NB 04 #GIY-792
New Brunswick 2004 passenger issue. Starting at the tail end of 2003, the standard New Brunswick baseplate was tweaked once again. The province name and ship graphic were shuffled around a bit, and "CANADA" was added below the whole thing. This graphic is apparently the new provincial "wordmark," an official logo used on pretty much every official provincial document and, apparently, license plate. This design started within the GIY sequence and is only issued to new registrants, prior ship-base plates issued since 1990 remain valid.
NB 05 #GKS 613
New Brunswick 2005 passenger issue. Same series as above, this particular example is an error plate missing the dash. Not sure how many plates were made this way, if it's common within the GKS series or relatively isolated. This type of error is rare with Waldale-made plates, as their quality control tends to be very good.
NB 11 #GZT 697
New Brunswick 2011 passenger issue. New Brunswick introduced a new plate design in 2009. This new graphic plate features blue and gold bands near the top creating something of a sunrise effect, with the new slogan "Be...in this place" at bottom (repeated in French as well.) The slogan is no less cryptic when translated - be what exactly?
NB 13 #JEE 094
New Brunswick 2013 passenger issue. Continuation of the above series, after the G series was exhausted, the province jumped to JAA. The unpopular "Be...in this place" slogan was dropped from the plate in early 2012 in the JEA series, with the rest of the plate design unchanged.

Additional New Brunswick information provided by: Chris Roberts

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