Nunavut License Plates 1999-present

Nunavut is Canada's newest territory, having been split off from the Northwest Territories in April, 1999. Nunavut consists of the Northern and Eastern-most section of the old Northwest Territories, closest to the Arctic Circle. There are few roads in the territory, so few vehicle registrations exist (approximately 2,000 passenger plates have been issued in the first three years of the territory's existance.) The territory also is home to the majority of the polar bears in the region, which resulted in a minor "turf battle" of sorts between Nunavut and Northwest Territories over which would keep the distinctive polar bear-shaped plates after the split. The compromise can be seen as follows:

NU 00 #10094N
Nunavut 2000 passenger issue. Upon its split from the Northwest Territories in 1999, Nunavut began issuing plates identical to the Northwest Territories polar bear plate, with the jurisdiction name changed at the bottom of the plate. The serial format used on regular passenger registrations is 12345N, with plates starting at number 10000N. This example is one of the first 100 plates issued in the territory, which would be more impressive if there were more than a couple thousand vehicles registered there total.
NU 12 #000
Nunavut undated passenger sample. In 2012 after several years of disputed ownership of the polar-bear shaped plate design, Nunavut relented and released a new graphic issue. This plate features a polar bear in front of the northern lights and one of the many native rock sculptures (Inukshuks) found in the territory. The initial batch of sample plates used the traditional sample serial of '000,' which unfortunately planted a zero right in the middle of the bear's face.
NU 12 #00 00
Nunavut undated passenger sample. The sample was later revised to use this '00 00' serial, eliminating the character blocking the bear in the center. The standard serial format on these plates is six-digits, all-numeric with a space in the center allowing the graphic to be seen properly. Like the samples, the regular issues are made using 3M's digital flat plate technology, the first appearance of these flat plates anywhere in Canada.

ON Ahead to Ontario
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Last Modified 5/19/2013 (added both 2012 samples.)