Wyoming License Plates 1969-present

WY 69 #1-345H
Wyoming 1969 Passenger issue. Wyoming plates have featured the bucking bronco character continuously from 1936 through present. Plates of this era were issued with a single or stacked double-digit county code before the bronco, and serial after (in either 1234 or 123A format). This plate was issued in county #1, Natrona county. Codes were assigned to counties based on total property valuation in the county as it stood in 1929. Click here for a complete listing of Wyoming county codes. From 1957 through 1974, plates were issued with the state name abbreviated as "WYO" and alternating between the top (odd years) and bottom (even years) of the plate.
WY 69 #1/3 380
Wyoming 1969 Passenger issue. Counties numbered 10 or higher use a stacked county code to standardize the placement of the bronco and serials on the plates. This issue came from county #13, Converse county.
WY 70 #1-709X
Wyoming 1970 Passenger issue. Even-year plate with the WYO 70 at the bottom. Another Natrona county plate, code #1. Being the largest county, Natrona was most likely to have plate numbers in the high single-letter series such as this "X" plate. Most higher-number counties had a hard time breaking 9,999 plates and reaching "A" at this point. The die set in use at this time had the letters slightly shorter than the numbers.
WY 71 #1/4-1591
Wyoming 1971 Passenger issue. This plate features a stacked two-digit county code. It was issued in Niobrara county, #14. Again, counties with higher numbers tended to stick within the all-numeric range of serials.
WY 72 #1/4-141
Wyoming 1972 Passenger issue. Another issue from Niobrara county, with still a lower serial. Even-year issue, so the WYO 72 is at the bottom of the plate. The 1972 Wyoming issue won ALPCA Plate of the Year in 1972, despite being essentially the same design as every other Wyoming plate of the time. My theory is that 1972 was a slow year for exciting new plates, and the award was given to Wyoming more as a "lifetime achievement" type of thing for the longevity of the distinctive bronco logo. The bronco had been in use for 36 years at the time, but the Plate of the Year award wasn't established until 1970.
WY 73 #2-406C
Wyoming 1973 Passenger issue. This plate was issued in county #2, Laramie county. This black-on-white issue was one of the more lackluster bronco issues of the era.
WY 74 #1/8-2123
Wyoming 1974 Passenger issue. This plate used the same colors and format as the 1972 issue. It was issued in county #18, Crook county. This was the last year for yearly plate issues in Wyoming.
WY 76 #2-C991
Wyoming 1976 Passenger issue. At the end of 1974, this new issue was released, celebrating the U.S. Bicentennial. The slogan makes the point that, although not admitted as a state until 1890, the "Spirit of '76" was still felt in the state. These plates were used with stickers through the end of 1977. This plate was issued in Laramie county (#2) and features a new serial format where plates above 9999 had a prefix letter instead of a suffix letter. The dies were also changed slightly, with the letter now being the same height as the numbers. This was the first year that the bronco was screened rather than stamped into the background of the plate.
WY 77 #1/4-436
Wyoming 1977 Passenger issue. Same series as above, this plate features a stacked county code and all-numeric serial. Again, this plate comes from county #14, Niobrara county, which doesn't surprise me as I bought this one from the same gentleman as the other "14" plates.
WY 77 #6-883F
Wyoming 1977 Passenger issue. Some Wyoming counties placed orders for additional 1975-base plates in late 1977, at the time that the prison was already producing the 1978 baseplates (see next.) This resulted in a small run of Spirit of '76 plates produced without the embossed outer border, using instead the beveled edge found on the 1978 plates. This was such an overflow issue from county #6, Carbon.
WY 79 #1/2-789A/C
Wyoming 1979 Passenger issue. This plate was issued at the end of 1977, and remains one of my favorite graphic issues of all time. I think I had the Honeycomb version of this plate on my old Huffy bike. This plate features the bronco, stamped again this time, riding over an old wooden fence. It also has smaller dies for the stacked county codes, and started a new serial format where plates over number 9999 for a given county would have a stacked alpha suffix, starting with 1 A/A. This plate was issued in Lincoln county, #12. These plates remained in use through the end of 1982.
WY 84 #1 294A/F
Wyoming 1984 Passenger issue. This issue was released starting in 1983, and was used through the end of 1987 with stickers. The fence remains from the 1978 issue, but the bronco is once again screened on the background. This plate follows the same format as the previous issue, with stacked county prefix and stacked alpha suffix. This plate was issued in county #1, Natrona county. This issue was produced with a beveled border, the less common of a couple different borders used on these plates (see next).
WY 84 #2 101B/R
Wyoming 1984 Passenger issue. This plate features the more common border, an odd embossed, unpainted border running along only the top and bottom of the plate, flattening out on both sides. This is another issue from Laramie county (#2).
WY 84 #3 615A/G
Wyoming 1984 Passenger issue. One more variation on this base, this plate features larger dies for the stacked letter suffix on the serial. These dies were also used on the 1988 base (see next), but don't seem to appear in a specific pattern on these plates. This issue comes from Sheridan county, #3.
WY 89 #1/7-462A/D
Wyoming 1989 Passenger issue. New plates were issued starting in 1988 to commemorate the Centennial of the state in 1990. This plate changed back to the stamped bronco, and features a cloud-covered mountain motif in the background. These plates were used from 1988 through the end of 1992. Staggered registration was introduced in some counties during this period, so some plates have separate stickers for month and year. This plate was issued in county #17, Campbell county.
WY 94 #1/0-560A/B
Wyoming 1994 Passenger issue. In 1993, this new base was introduced, featuring a panoramic mountainscape behind the familiar bronco. This base was issued through the end of 2000 and is being replaced as of 2001. This plate was issued in county #10, Fremont county.
WY 02 #1 345D
Wyoming 2002 Passenger issue. This new graphic plate was first released for two-year registrants in January, 2000 and for one-year registrants in January, 2001. It features an image of the Devil's Tower National Monument near the Black Hills National Forest in the Northeast corner of Wyoming. This issue was recently named ALPCA's Plate of the Year for 2000. These plates retain the familiar bronco and rider, but the serial format has been changed from previous plates to eliminate the stacked alpha characters at the end of the plate. This plate was issued in Natrona county, #1.
WY 02 #4 172V
Wyoming 2002 Passenger issue. Yecch! Is this the same plate I voted for in the Plate of the Year competition? In an unfortunate turn of events, Wyoming is one of the latest states to fall prey to the 3M Corporation and their evil "digital plate technology," allowing for these all-flat plates to be produced. I am, obviously, not a fan of these things, as they look incredibly cheap and fake. I especially dislike the fact that 3M uses the same ugly serial typeface on all the flat plates their system produces. Many Wyoming residents apparently share my view, as there was legislation proposed to force the state to resume producing embossed plates. Unfortunately, the law was killed in committee. I just wish ALPCA could run a recall election for the 2000 Plate of the Year...
WY 04 #2 99YX
Wyoming 2004 Passenger issue. Later-period flat plate, featuring a couple changes from the issue above. First off, the bar code has been dropped from the plate, presumably due to the state realizing that it had no earthly use for the thing. Second, the image of the bronco and cowboy has been sharpened up somewhat, adding more detail to both horse and rider. Someone must've realized along the way that, since they're essentially laser-printing the plates anyway, that they didn't need to mimic the old "blob-on-a-horse" effect of the old embossing die.
WY 10 #19 7405
Wyoming 2010 Passenger issue. This plate featuring a graphic of the Grand Tetons was introduced in January, 2008 for two-year registrations, then rolled out for one-year registrations in January, 2009. Aside from the changes to the graphic, notable changes on this issue include the first use of a full-size county code for two-digit counties (no longer stacked characters) and room for five-digit serials, hopefully eliminating the need for some of the two- and three-alpha suffixes that larger counties had been using on the previous issue. These were facilitated by a smaller serial font and bronco graphic than on the previous plate. This issue should replace all previous plates by the end of 2009.

Additional Wyoming information provided by: Bud Seyler

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