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    ALABAMA

    1912-16 plates are undated. Commercial began 1916.
     
             PASSENGER           DEALER        COMMERCIAL      TAXI
    1912       1 - 3937*     4501D - 4562D    (TRUCK 1921)
    1913     151 - 4799      4851D - 4933D
    1914       1 - 6000,    6001-D - 6099-D
            6155 - 8265
    1915       1 - 7949,     8501D - 8589D
            8720 - 12097                      (Began 1916)
    1916     172 - 9742,                      12127 - ,
           16170 - 24005                      25027 -
    1917       1 - 24017                      26184 -
          (2nd block expected)
    1918       1 - 30111,                     35210 - 38554
           55296 -
    1919   01108 - 49494                      52712 - 56397   (Began
    1920   05569 - 64645                      85699 - 91936    1921)
    1921   16330 - 69512*,   78649 - 78700    83615 -          94115
          110000 -

    Letter codes denote horsepower 1922-33, weight classes 1934-41.
    All passenger series start at #1 1922-41.
    Issuance by county known 1925. Known assignments in bold.

     
    1939: Order of counties same as 1942-76.
     
         UNDER 25 H.P.  25-30 H.P.  30-39* H.P.  40+* H.P.
    1922    A-59697      B-4662       C-1256
    1923    A-75433,    B-15381
             101-907
    1924   A-119-324    B-12-749       C-493        D-331
    1925   A-164-065    B-15-117                    D-215
    1926   A-196-443    B-11-639
    1927   A-217-813    B-14-927

    1928     245-254A     18-717B      1-873C
    1929     236-425A     33-403B        569C         180D
    1930     233-987A*    41-659B*     4-552C*         4 D
    1931    A208-737    B 39-753     C 5-221        D 52
    1932     143-448A*    45-687B                     56D*
    1933     148-793A     55-284B     10-961C      1-245D
     
     
    *As of 1922; D class also for all electric and steam automobiles.
    By 1933, C class = 30-35 H.P. and D class = 35+ H.P.
     
                  TRUCK                    TAXI            DEALER
    1922     A-79148 -
             B-78345 -
    1923     A-81108 -
             B-80678 -   B-81461
    1924   A-151-339               A-172-278 -
    1925   A-200-355 - A-205-722   A-181-979 - A-182-266   190-041
           B-213-986 -
           C-201-419 - C-201-699
    1926   A-251-392 -             A-281-986 - A-282-087
           B-251-331 - B-266-612
    1927   A-250-589 - A-255-923                           290-805
           B-258-303 - B-273-762

            1 - 2500    2501-3000    3001-3500    3501-4000    4,001+ LBS.

    1934    128-404A      60-936B      12-948C       2-760D       3-146E
    1935     93-652A      79-768B*     14-267C       7-072D*      2-645E*

            1 - 2000    2001-2500    2501-3250    3251-5000 LBS.
    1936     23-087A      91-475B     121-336C      15-487D
    1937     21-532A*     85-350B*    145-014C*     16-615D*
    1938     20-636A*     82-595B*    148-643C*     14-957D*
    1939   A 15-600     B 69-650     C165-800     D 17-300     (268,350)
                                     C171-277
    1940     11-523A*     59-936B*    185-731C*     19-297D*
    1941    A 6-361     B 47-261     C219-425     D 21-801


    REPLACEMENT PLATES (Known assignments in bold.)
    START   450-001A     400-001B     300-001C     200-001D
    1930    454-885A*
    1931   A453-240
    1932    400-773B
    1933    453-398A     400-801B
    1934    450-541A
    1935
    1936
    1937    301-687C
    1938
    1939   A450-050     B400-500     C301-800     D200-200      (2,550)

    1942-52 FORMATS      1A 101 - 9A99-999
                        10A 101 - 67A9-999
     
    1949 31C10-820, 1951 11C10-656 seen.
    County codes 1942-present on County Codes page.
    Weight codes same as 1936-41.
    1944:  Plate issued for rear, windshield sticker with matching
           number issued for front.


    1953-76 FORMATS       1-101 - 9-99-999        Second hyphen dropped
                         10-101 - 67-99-999       1961.
     
    1-100-000+ = Overflow series (1953-54)
    1A,1C,2A,47A = Overflow series (1955-76)
    1B = Bessemer office (1957-76)
    70 = Replacement     (1949-76)
    80 = Supplemental    (1967-76)


    1977-82 STATE CAPITAL BASE         No I,Q used. No O in 3rd position.
    Oct.76    "77"    Type 1      AAA 001 - FCF 834         (2,809,023 S)
    1979      "79"    Type 2      FCS 729 - HCC 606         (1,089,787 S)
    Jul.81  "AUG 82"  Type 3      HCR 767 - HDZ 278            (30,481 S)
                                                      (TOTAL 3,951,323 S)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Short 1964-76 dies, open-corner sticker box, dated "77"
    Type 2 - As Type 1, but 1 enclosed sticker box at UR, undated
    Type 3 - Tall 1982-on dies, 2 enclosed sticker boxes at bottom,
             undated

    County assignment unknown, but order same as 1942-76:
    Jefferson AAA 001 - APT 999 (338,661), Winston EAN 464 (2,218,244)
    Non-Pass. Prefixes:  PAA-RZZ = Truck, ZAA-ZOZ = Replacement.
    County stickers discontinued 1978. Replaced during 1982.


    1982-87 SINGLE HEART BASE                    No I,O,Q,X seen.
    Jan.82  "APR 82"     1A 00001 - 9Z 99999     80 = Supplemental.
                         10A 0001 - 67Z 9999     Replaced during 1987.
     
                                                (Capacity 229,977 w/X)
    Sep.85  "SEP 86"     47 10001 - 47 76555    (66,555)

    No space on 1A00556 - 1A25655.


    1987-92 TWIN HEARTS BASE                     No I,O,Q,U,X used.
    Jan.87  "MAR 87"     1AA 0001 - 9WZ 9999     Replaced during 1992.
                         10AA 001 - 67WZ 999    (Capacity 398,601)

    Letters not seen:  1st position - S          XA = Truck
    Madison:  47WR 163 highest seen (349,813)


    1992-97 TINY HEART BASE                      No E,I,O,Q,U,X used.
    Jan.92  "APR 92"      1AAA001 - 9ZZZ999      Replaced during 1997.
                          10AAA01 - 67ZZZ99     (Capacity 792,000)

    Madison:  47LMW26 highest seen (377,909)


    1997-2002 CRIMSON HEART BASE                 No E,I,O,Q,U,X used.
    Jan.97  "AUG 97"      1AA0001 - 9ZZ9999      Replaced during 2002.
                          10AA001 - 67ZZ999     (Capacity 399,600)
            "OCT 01"      47AAA01 - 47AHC90      (12,168)
    6-15-01 "AUG 02"      47A0A01 - 47B2G78      (25,253)
    Letters not seen:  1st position - S
                       2nd position - S


    2002-09 STARS BASE                           No E,I,O,Q,U,X used.
    Jan.02  "NOV 02"      1A0001A - 9Z9999Z      "80" reported.
                          10A001A - 67Z999Z     (Capacity 399,600)
    9-23-05 "SEP 06"      47A0A0A - 47D5N5A     (142,056)

    Letters not seen:  1st position - S
                       Madison series - S

    Other counties near end:  Shelby 58Z240B, Tuscaloosa 63Y118L

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Steel, embossed
    Type 2 - Aluminum, embossed (reported June 2004)
    Type 3 - Aluminum, flat (reported 6/13/08)

    2009-15 SWEET HOME BASE                       No E,I,O,Q,U,X used.
    1-2-09  "APR 09"     1A00A00 - 9Z99Z99
                         10A00A0 - 67Z99Z9      (Capacity 400,000)

    Madison:  47W72V0 highest seen (356,721)

    2014-17 NEW BASE                              No E,I,O,Q,U,X used.

    Jan.14  "MAR 14"     1AA0000 - 9ZZ9999
                         10AA000 - 67ZZ999      (Capacity 400,000)
     
    Madison:  47CN390 highest seen  (51,391)
    Shelby:   58YV678 highest seen (376,679)