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Minnesota License Plates

Minnesota issued its first license plate in 1909.

As early as 1903, Minnesota authorized state boiler inspectors to register motor vehicles. The license number was painted on the automobile and the vehicle owner can choose to license vehicle with the state or local cities. In 1905, the state was the only government body to register automobiles.

The first slogan appeared on Minnesota license plates in 1949: 1849-centennial-1949 was embossed/stamped  on the bottom of license plates  to celebrate 100 years of statehood. In 1950, the slogan 10,000 LAKES was embossed/stamped on the license plates and this continues today. In 1987, the word EXPLORE was screen on to top left of Minnesota license plates and still appears.

The 1978 graphic was a lake scene with a canoe being paddled. The outline of a map of the state of Minnesota separated numbers from letters. The basic layout of the 1978 graphic appears on all Minnesota non-special interest license plates today. Prior to 1979, all Minnesota license plates were very standard with practical designs for easy recognition by law enforcement.

The 1912 through 1914 license plate issues were unusual, the year was embossed but unpainted while all the other embossed numbers were painted black. The 1949 plate issued by Minnesota was made of waffle Aluminum. Waffles made thin aluminum stronger. All license plates issued by Minnesota were dated with the year. Minnesota issued its only porcelain license plate in 1909. Minnesota issued its first retro-reflective license plate in 1956. Today, Minnesota’s license plates are digitally printed with an embossed/stamped  border, but the license plate number is flat (non-embossed/non-stamped).

Minnesotans are avid collectors of classic antique cars and through the state, barns have been converted to store classic cars.  Many “barn finds” of classic cars have been found in Minnesota and classic car restoration outfits and classic car collectors have called www.licenseplates.tv to re-create classic license plates for their show cars and museum cars.

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3 Responses to “Minnesota License Plates”

  1. Salahuddin

    Insurance follows the car as a geanrel rule. But even though he has liability coverage on the car does not mean you will be covered if in an accident, since you are not a listed driver. Insurance will cover an accident for permissive use, which is what your friend is doing. But;;;;;if you are driving the car on a regular basis, then the insurance company would deem you to be a regular driver and not listed, so they could deny any claim and you would be on the hook out of pocket. I suggest you try and get this car insured with yourself or added to his policy. good luck

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  2. Gaylord DeGroot

    Like your detailed information on Minnesota plates. I have a pretty thorough collection. Do you have more information regarding the letter prefix used in the 20’s and 30’s. I understand the “S” for snow vehicle and the “T” for truck. Where do the “X”, “Z” plates fit in?

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