Nevada License Plates 1969-present

NV 69 #CA6242
Nevada 1969 passenger issue. These plates were first issued in 1969 and are still valid today. The 1969 issue marked the last general plate reissue in Nevada before 2001. The first one-to-three alpha of a Nevada plate of this era indicates the county of issue. "CA" would indicate Clark county. All white-on-blue series Nevada plates are debossed rather than embossed.
NV 70 #CF9960
Nevada 1970 passenger issue (1969 base). Continuation of the 1969 baseplate. Staggered monthly registration was introduced in Nevada starting in 1969. Existing registrations were not staggered, so most registrants received DEC 70 stickers for their '69 plates. New registrants between July and December, 1969, however, received stickers expiring 12 months later. This was such a plate, issued in November, 1969. These stickers were a little too wide for the available space on the plate and ended up overlapping the state name in some cases. This plate was also issued in Clark county, indicated by the "CF" prefix.
NV 74 #WCA354
Nevada 1974 passenger issue. This undated "NEV" baseplate was introduced in 1970 and was the first issue since 1916 to carry an abbreviated state name. This is a passenger issue from Washoe county, which was allocated plates in the Wxx series.
NV 76 #CKF836
Nevada 1976 passenger issue. Around 1975, the state name on the plates was lengthened back out to "Nevada". This plate was another Clark county plate, as were all plates starting with "C" during this era.
NV 84 #201ACT
Nevada 1984 passenger issue. Around 1982, Nevada began issuing these plates with a more centered state name and reversed serial (starting at 100ABA). These plates were issued in order and carried no county coding. Some plates of this type carried county stickers (see next).
NV 84 #879AKJ
Nevada 1984 passenger issue. Same series as above. See, I told you some of them have county stickers. Of course, this one is from Clark county as well.
NV 84 #772AAB
Nevada 1984 passenger issue. This is a rare variety issued near the end of the blue Nevada bases. This variety had a centered state name at the top and no sticker navel at all. These were issued in the AAx series of plates, which was issued out of sequence at the end of the plate's run in 1984. Not all the AAx plates were issued in this format, however (Jeff Ellis reports known plates like this in the AAA, AAB and AAN series, but also a known AAF plate in the previous format with the offset state name and sticker naval). This makes it difficult to narrow down exactly how many of these were made/issued.
NV 85 #990-BCY
Nevada 1985 passenger issue. This Mountain Goat graphic plate was first issued in 1984, picking up at where the previous series had left off number-wise (at 001-BAA, appropriately enough). The first issue of this plate had the state name and slogan in a lighter shade of blue and had the Ram standing to the right of the bolt hole and immediately left of "Nevada". This plate shared ALPCA's Plate of the Year award in 1985 with North Dakota.
NV 86 #220-BKN
Nevada 1986 passenger issue. A slight revision to this baseplate, in the early BGx series the serial was spaced wider on the plate and painted with a lighter blue paint. These plates otherwise used the same background sheeting as the earlier ones, with the light blue state name/slogan and the ram to the right of the bolthole.
NV 86 #699-BKY
Nevada 1986 passenger issue. Starting in the BKU series of plates, the plate was tweaked again, retaining the lighter blue paint and wider spacing for the serial from the last plate, but changing the background image slightly. The state name and slogan were changed to a darker blue color, and the ram in the graphic was moved to the left of the bolthole (standing on the "6" in this case).
NV 87 #519-BZD
Nevada 1987 passenger issue. By the BNx series, the state reverted to the darker blue paint for the serial, leaving the background the same as on the last revision of the plate. This variation was issued through the end of 2000, when it was replaced by a new baseplate.
NV 02 #999-MPS
Nevada 2002 passenger issue. This new graphic issue was introduced in January, 2001 and replaced all previous "Silver State" baseplates by the end of that year. Pre-1984 blue plates, however, are still valid and are in fact eligible to be re-manufactured, a move to keep motorists with older, "classic" Nevada plates happy. The new design features a blue serial on a blue background, with a mountainline and yellow-orange sky at the top. These plates began at number 001-MAA, although a number of these plates were remanufactured with numbers from the previous base.
NV 07 #485-TUV
Nevada 2007 passenger issue. Starting in late 2006 in the TUx series, Nevada joined the ranks of states using 3M's digital flat plate technology. These flat plates are unique in that they are the first that I'm aware of to continue to have an embossed sticker well. Garden variety flat plate otherwise, right down to the ugly generic 3M typeface. Not much else to say, they look awful.

Additional Nevada information provided by: Jeff Ellis

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Last Modified 5/19/2013 (changed image of two 1986 plates).