YOM Pairs vs. Singles

We receive many requests from antique car owners requesting pairs of plates with which to register their antique cars under Year of Manufacture (YOM) laws.  Check with your DMV to see what your state requires.  Some states require original pairs, while others only require a single plate.  Other states, like Illinois, allow you to use any state plate on your car (provided you have valid antique vehicle plates in your car).

Below is a list of how each state issued its license plates in the past.  Obviously your DMV cannot require a pair for YOM if a pair was never issued.  This can help guide you, but again your DMV is the final judge.

ALABAMA: PAIRS - 1912-1915; 1937-43; 1946, 1947, 1949-51; 1954-62  -  SINGLES: 1916-36; 1944, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1963 - current

ALASKA: PAIRS - 1932 - current  - SINGLES: 1921-31

ARIZONA: PAIRS - 1914-51; 1954-65; 1969-88  -  SINGLES: 1952, 1953, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1988 - current 

ARKANSAS: PAIRS - 1911-33; 1939-42  -  SINGLES: 1934-38; 1944 - current

CALIFORNIA: PAIRS - 1914-44; 1947 - current   -  SINGLES: 1945, 1946

COLORADO: PAIRS - 1920-42; 1947 - current   -   SINGLES: 1913-19; 1943-46

CONNECTICUT: PAIRS - 1907-80; 1987 - current  -  SINGLES: 1980-87

DELAWARE: PAIRS - 1909-44  -  SINGLES: 1945 - current

DC: PAIRS - 1919-45; 1947 - current  - SINGLES: 1907-18; 1946

FLORIDA: PAIRS - 1918-21 - SINGLES: 1922 - current

GEORGIA: PAIRS - 1929-41  -  SINGLES: 1910-28; 1942 - current

HAWAII: PAIRS - all years

IDAHO: PAIRS - 1918-42; 1948 - current  -  SINGLES: 1945-47

ILLINOIS: PAIRS - all years

INDIANA: PAIRS - 1913-42; 1946-54   -   SINGLES: 1944-45; 1956 - current

IOWA: PAIRS - 1911-15; 1919-44; 1947-51; 1953 - current  -  SINGLES - 1916-18; 1945-46; 1952

KANSAS: PAIRS - 1930-43; 1946-48; 1950-55  -  SINGLES: 1913-29; 1944-45; 1949; 1956 - current

KENTUCKY: PAIRS - 1910-42  -  SINGLES: 1943-current

LOUISIANA: PAIRS 1915-42; 1950-51  -  SINGLES: 1943-49; 1952-current

MAINE: PAIRS 1905-43; 1950 - current  -  SINGLES: 1944-49

MARYLAND: PAIRS 1910-43; 1948-53; 1956 - current  -  SINGLES: 1944-47; 1954-55

MASSACHUSETTS: PAIRS: 1903-44; 1948-52; 1955-78; 1995-current - SINGLES: 1945-47; 1953-54; 1979-95

MICHIGAN: PAIRS: 1910-43; 1957-81 - SINGLES: 1944-56; 1982 - current

MINNESOTA: PAIRS: 1909-10; 1912-43; 1947 - current - SINGLES: 1911, 1944-46

MISSISSIPPI: PAIRS: 1912-24 - SINGLES: 1925-current

MISSOURI: PAIRS: 1918-43; 1972 - current - SINGLES: 1911-17; 1944-71

MONTANA: PAIRS: 1913-44; 1946-47; 1951-current - SINGLES: 1945, 1948-50

NEBRASKA: PAIRS: 1922-44; 1946 - current - SINGLES: 1915-21; 1945

NEVADA: PAIRS: 1916-42; 1961 - current - SINGLES: 1943-60

NEW HAMPSHIRE: PAIRS 1905-42; 1948 - current - SINGLES: 1942 - 1947; 1978-80 (red number baseplate only)

NEW JERSEY: PAIRS: 1908-43; 1947 - current - SINGLES: 1944-46

NEW MEXICO: PAIRS: 1924-43; 1948-60 - SINGLES: 1912-23; 1944-47; 1961-current

NEW YORK: PAIRS: 1910-41; 1948-49; 1951-52; 1955-63; 1966-current - SINGLES: 1942-47; 1950; 1953-54; 1964-65

NORTH CAROLINA: PAIRS: 1918-20; 1930-43; 1948-51; 1955 - SINGLES: 1913-17; 1921-29; 1944-47; 1952-54; 1956 - current

NORTH DAKOTA: PAIRS: 1911-43; 1948-50; 1958-current - SINGLES: 1944-47; 1951-57

OHIO: PAIRS: 1908-43; 1947-52; 1954-current - SINGLES: 1944-46; 1953

OKLAHOMA: PAIRS: 1920-25; 1936-42 - SINGLES: 1915-19; 1926-35; 1944 - current

OREGON: PAIRS: 1911-45; 1947-current - SINGLES: 1908-10; 1946

PENNSYLVANIA: PAIRS: 1906-43; 1947-51 - SINGLES: 1944-46; 1952- current

RHODE ISLAND: PAIRS: 1904-41; 1946 (aluminum) - current - SINGLES: 1942-46 (black)

 

 

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