Vehicle registration plates of the United States for 1948

Vehicle registration plates of the United States by year
Vehicle registration plates of the United States for 1947 Events of 1948 Vehicle registration plates of the United States for 1949

Each of the 48 states of the United States of America plus several of its territories and the District of Columbia issued individual passenger license plates for 1948.[1][2][3][4]

Passenger baseplatesEdit

Passenger  Car  Plates
Image Region Design Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
  Alabama
  Alaska
  American Samoa
  Arizona
  Arkansas
  California The 1947 California license plate is supplemented by a 1948 tab.
  Canal Zone
  Colorado
  Connecticut
  Delaware
  District of
Columbia
  Florida
  Georgia
  Guam
  Hawai'i
  Idaho
  Illinois
  Indiana
  Iowa
  Kansas
  Kentucky
  Louisiana Embossed white serial with pelican separator on dark green plate with border line; "19 LOUISIANA 48" at top none 123 456 1-001 to

380-000; 400-001 to approximately 410-000

  Maine
  Maryland
  Massachusetts
  Michigan
  Minnesota
  Mississippi
  Missouri
  Montana
  Nebraska
  Nevada
  New Hampshire
  New Jersey
  New Mexico
  New York
  North Carolina
  North Dakota
  Northern Mariana
Islands
  Ohio
  Oklahoma
  Oregon
  Pennsylvania
  Puerto Rico
  Rhode Island
  South Carolina
  South Dakota
  Tennessee
  Texas
  Utah
  Vermont
  Virginia
  Washington
  West Virginia
  Wisconsin Embossed white serial on black plate; "EXP. WISCONSIN 46" at top, slogan at bottom AMERICA'S DAIRYLAND 1/2 12345 Coded by month of expiration (1/2) Revalidated for 1948 with black on yellow tabs
  Embossed white serial on black plate; "EXP. WISCONSIN 47" at top, slogan at bottom
  Embossed white serial on black plate; "EXP. WISCONSIN" at top, slogan at bottom
  Wyoming

Non-passenger platesEdit

Non-passenger  Plates  
Image (standard) Region Type Design & Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
  Wisconsin Bus Embossed black serial on white plate; "WIS" over "BUS" at top left, "47" over "48" at top right; quarterly tab at top center 12 A Coded by weight class (A)
  Cabin Embossed yellow serial on black plate; "WIS. CABIN" at bottom, "EXP. - 6 - 1948" at top 1234 1 to approximately 8500
  Dealer Embossed white serial on green plate; "19 WISCONSIN 48" at bottom, "DEALER" at top A 1234 Dealer number and plate number Number is dealer number, letter is plate number for that dealer
  Farm Embossed white serial on brown plate; "WIS. FARM" at bottom, "EXP. - 6 - 1948" at top 123456 1 to approximately 104999
  In transit Embossed white serial on green plate; "19 WISCONSIN 48" at bottom, "IN TRANSIT" at top AB 12 Transporter number and plate number Number is the transporter number, letters increment every time a new plate is issued to that specific transporter
  Manufacturer Embossed white serial on green plate; "19 WISCONSIN 48" at bottom, "MANUFACTURER" at top AB 12 Dealer number and plate number Number is the manufacturer number, letters increment every time a new plate is issued to that specific manufacturer
  Motorcycle Embossed white serial on green plate with border line; "A WIS 48" at top 12345 1 to approximately 11000
  Motorcycle sidecar Embossed white serial on green plate with border line; "B WIS 48" at top 123 1 to approximately 175
  Motorcycle dealer Embossed white serial on green plate with border line; "WIS 1948" at top, vertical stacked "DLR" at right AB1, A12 Dealer number and plate number Number is the dealer number, letters increment every time a new plate is issued to that specific dealer
  Municipal Embossed green serial on white plate; "19 WISCONSIN 48" at bottom, "OFFICIAL" at top; hollow green diamond at right 12345 1 to approximately 10500 Motorcycle version also available
  Municipal motorcycle Embossed green serial on white plate with border line; unknown format
  Official Embossed green serial on white plate; "19 WISCONSIN 48" at bottom, "OFFICIAL" at top; hollow green star at right 123 1 to unknown Motorcycle version also available
  School bus Embossed yellow serial on black plate; "WIS" over "SCH" at top left, "47" over "48" at top right; quarterly tab at top center 12 A Coded by weight class (A)
  Light private trailer Embossed yellow serial on black plate; "WIS. TRAILER" at bottom, "EXP. - 6 - 1948" at top 1234 A Coded by weight class (A) Weight classes are A, B, C, and D.
  Limited trailer Embossed yellow serial on black plate; "WIS. TRAILER" at bottom, "EXP. - 6 - 1948" at top; "LTD." over "2MI." at left 123 1 to unknown (55 listed in plate guide) Used on trailers hauled 2 miles or less from "loading platform or freight station"
  Heavy trailer Embossed black serial on white plate; "WIS" over "TLR" at top left, "47" over "48" at top right; quarterly tab at top center 123 A Coded by weight class (A) Issued to all commercial trailers, and private trailers over 8,000lbs. Weight classes are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, R, S, T, V, and X for commercial trailers, and private trailers use the E weight class and above
  Light truck Embossed yellow serial on black plate; "WIS. TRUCK" at bottom, "EXP. - 6 - 1948" at top 12345 A Coded by weight class (A) Weight classes are A, B, C, and D.
  Heavy truck Embossed black serial on white plate; "WIS" over "TRK" at top left, "47" over "48" at top right; quarterly tab at top center 12345A Coded by weight class (A) Weight classes are E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, R, S, T, V, and X. Also issued to light trucks for hire in the A, B, C, and D weight classes.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fox, Jams K. (1997). License Plates of the United States: A Pictorial History 1903-To the Present. Jerico, New York: Interstate Directory Publishing Company. ISBN 9781886777002.
  2. ^ Minard, Jeff; Stentiford, Tim (2004). A Moving History, 50 Years Of ALPCA. 100 Years Of License Plates. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company. p. 58. ISBN 1-56311-975-7.
  3. ^ Crisler, Bob; Crisler, Chuck, eds. (2007). License Plate Values (7th ed.). King Publishing Company.
  4. ^ Martells, Jack (1980). Antique Automotive Collectibles. Chicago: Contemporary Books, Inc. pp. 128–145. ISBN 0-8092-7205-9.

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