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    CALIFORNIA

    Highest 1905-13 prestate plate known:  #122186


    1914   1 - 122009                        Discs also issued 1914-15.
    1915   1 - 163557

    1916-19 BASE                       All tabs match baseplate number.
    1916 Type 1                    1 - 229904               (229,904 P)
    1917 Type 2               233042 - 599705               (366,664 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Far holes  (LL hole under "A" of "CAL"), different "2"
    Type 2 - Near holes (LL hole right of "L" of "CAL")

    Numbers issued as follows:                1916-19 TABS
    1916        1 - 234317                    1916  Bear    1 - 213567
    1917   234318 - 357299  (+122,982)        1917  Poppy   1 - 337335
    1918   357300 - 485000  (+127,701)        1918  Bell    1 - 435228
    1919   485001 - 599705  (+114,705)        1919  Star    1 - 599705

    1916 tab #230350 reported.
    Non-passenger number blocking began 1922.
    1922 regional number assignments 1 - 733000 in County Code Book.

    1920   1 - 527-583   TB
    1921   1 - 651-048*
    1922   1 - 2000, 70001 - 881909   (813,909)

    1923 Type 1:  Double "CAL" flanking number          1 -       999
         Type 2:  "CAL" in center                   10 00 -     20 00
         Type 2a                                   73 790 -   999 999
         Type 2b: As Type 2, but long base (issued 5/16)    1-000 000
         Type 3:  Large star, "CAL" at far left        *1 -    99*999
                 (Formats *00, *000, 00*00)
         Type 4:  Small star, "2/3", 1920-21 dies 100*000 -   127*827
                                                     (TOTAL 1,056,038)

    1924 Type 1:  No star                               1 -     2-000
         Type 1a                                   70-757 - 1-000-000
         Type 2:  Star                                 *1 -   *50-000
         Type 1b                                1-050-001 - 1-196-289
                                                     (TOTAL 1,127,533*)
        
    1925 Type 1:  Double "CAL" flanking number          1 -      999
         Type 2:  "CAL" in center                   10 00 -    20 00
         Type 2a                                  254 299 -  999 999
         Type 2b (Formats A 0 - A 000, A-00 00)       A 1 - E-99 999
         Type 2c (COM used F 864 - F7 791)       F-20 691 - F-97 033
                 (No D used, D = Dealer)             (TOTAL 1,224,040)

    1926 Type 1:  Double "CAL" flanking number          1 -      999


         Type 2:  "CAL" in center                   10 00 -    37 59
         Type 2a                                  326 192 -  999 999

         Type 1a (A-G)                                A-1 -    G-999
         Type 2b (A-G)                            A-1 000 - G-90 142

                 (All letters used, H expected)      (TOTAL 1,367,703)

    1927   1 - 999, 10-00 - 48-72, 400-860 - 1-856-637     (1,460,650)
    1928   1 - 999, 1-000 - 2-766, 450-242 - 2-077-568     (1,630,093*)
                           (Reportedly up to 2-080-000 stocked)

    Non-Passenger known (for passenger block limits):
    1925   E 23 87, COM 243 681
    1926   E 6 199, X 302 693 - 323 169 (X = Box-back auto)
    1927   E 51-83, X 352-947 - 374-183
    1928   E 33-31, X 401-302 - 434-676


    1929-40 FORMATS                       No I,O,Q used.  Q added 1936.
    1929-30:  1A-1 - 1A-999, 1A-10-00 - 9A-99-99, 1B-1 etc.
    1931-39:  1A 1 - 1A 999, 1A 10 00 - 9A 99 99, 1B 1 etc.
    1940:   1A 101 - 1A 999, 1A 10 00 - 9A 99 99, 1B 101 etc.

    Exact number blocks unknown.  Three differing 1929-30 news articles
    describe the system as follows:
    1. 1929 - Sacramento A-E, Oakland G-H, San Francisco J-K, Fresno L,
              Los Angeles M-Y, San Diego Z.
    2. 1929 - Fresno 8K-1 - 7L-99-99.
    3. 1930 - Oakland 1G-6H, San Francisco 7H-7K, Fresno 8K-9L,
              Los Angeles 1M-9T, Long Beach 1Y-9Y, San Diego 1Z-9Z.
    All agree that A-L = Northern California, M-Z = Southern California.
    No Y above 2Y-699 seen 1929.  1931 9Z 99 94 seen.


    OVERFLOW FORMATS                                     No I,O,Q used.
    1936   10 A 1 - 19 A 999, 10 B 1 - 17 D 931              (37,894 P)
          (19 D 999 reportedly highest ordered = 39,960 P)
    1937 Stacked     A/A 00 01 - A/J 93 71                   (89,363 P)
                     M/M 00 01 - M/P 73 31                   (27,329 P)
         Unstacked    MR 30 74 -  MS 99 09                   (16,835 P)
         Stacked     M/T 00 04 - M/W 96 95                   (39,689 P)
                                                    (TOTAL M  89,687 P)
                                                      (TOTAL 179,050 P)
    1938     10 A 1 -  96 A 34    (85,948 P)
             10 M 1 - 98 N 456   (178,278 P)          (TOTAL 264,226 P)
    1939     10 A 1 - 13 B 464    (93,371 P)
             10 M 1 - 18 P 731   (188,543 P)          (TOTAL 281,914 P)
    1940   10 A 101 - 31 C 960   (181,559 P)
           10 M 101 - 25 R 371   (256,486 P)          (TOTAL 438,045 P)

    CAPACITY                                  TOTALS OF OBSERVED PLATES
    1929-35      2,069,793                    1936   2,184,846*
    1936-39 w/Q  2,159,784                    1937   2,338,046*
    1940         2,138,184                    1938   2,424,010*
                                              1939   2,441,698*
                                              1940   2,576,229*

    1941-44 BASE                         Number control.  No I,O used.*
    1941 Type 1        01 A 101 - 99 Z 999       (CAPACITY 2,136,024 P)
    1941 Type 1a         8A 101 - 9Z 99 99      
    (CAPACITY   465,253 P)
    1942 Type 2          1A 101 - 3T 21 74                  (625,711 P)
    1943?Type 1b         4A 101 - 7Z 99 99       
    (CAPACITY   237,576 P)
                                              (GRAND TOTAL 3,464,564 P)
     
    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Dated 1941, thick dies                (CAPACITY 2,838,853)
    Type 2 - Dated 1942 in reverse date block, thin dies      (625,711)
     
    *Type 2:  No Q seen after 1Q.
     
    NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    Fresno Bee, 10/9/1940, p.10, mentions that:
          "The 1941 plates for passenger cars issued to the public will
           be of at least five characters, the lowest being 8A 101."

    Oakland Tribune, 11/17/1940, p.60, states that 2,601,177 pairs of
    passenger plates were ordered.  This figure is extremely close to
    the following calculation:

          01 A 101 - 99 Z 999 = 2,136,024
            8A 101 - 9Z 99 99 =   465,253 (Omitting 1 prefix)
                        TOTAL = 2,601,277 (1941 registrations 2,620,978)
     
    Oakland Tribune, 9/12/1940, p.55, reports that an additional
    order was made for 79,192 pairs of plates (= 8 prefixes).  It's
    unknown if this is included in above figure or not, as a 7/17/1940
    article mentions only that "about 3,000,000" were initially ordered.


    Type 1a prefixes not seen (__ = seen 1945, 8Y seen 1947): 
    8K,8Y,9P

    Oakland Tribune, 7/11/1941, p.8, reports that "the firm will
    manufacture 653,320 regular plates for new cars and 2,408,700
    "cover strips" for old cars for the year 1942."  This figure is
    extremely close to the following calculation:
     
          1A 101 - 3T 99 99 = 653,334
     
    1942 Goodrich tag 3S 75 21 seen.
     
    Type 1b highs seen by prefix:  (Only A,B,C,W,X,Z seen)
     
    4A 79 82, 4B 79 69,           4W 89 17, 4X 91 61
    5A 91 09, 5B 73 62,           5W 77 23, 5X 99 41
    6A 39 54, 6B 64 28,           6W 89 66, 6X 56 99
    7A 66 78, 7B 99 98, 7C 99 94, 7W 62 98, 7X 72 69, 7Z   672
     
    4B 83 72 shown in 12/26/1941 press photo with 1942 strip. 
    5B 73 62, 5X 96 95, 6W 74 10 have 1942 strip.

    TABS
    1942       0053385 - 2916386*t
    "V" (1943)  159462 - 2516539
    1946         78622 - 3191142*t
    1948       0692767 - 4355960*t
    1949       0290524 - 4404234*t
    1950       0841517 - 5185856*t
    1952       0486458 - 5795001*
    1953       0492672 - 6136234*
    1954       0099575 - 6206123*
    1955       0709364 - 6600835*t

    1943 unissued 4004237.
    1943, 1949 front tabs have no number; 1948, 1950-53 pairs numbered.
    (Verify 1942)
    "FOLSOM PRISON" stamped on back of 1948-49 and some 1950.
    1952 tab 42212 is Trailer.


    1945-46 BASE        Combined-format letter control.  No I,O,Q used.
    1945                          1A 101 -  9A 99 99,
                                10 A 101 -  99 A 999,
                                  1B 101 -  21 X 227      (3,499,127 S)


    1947-50 BASE        Combined-format letter control.  No I,O,Q used.
    1947 Type 1:  Wide dies       1A 101 -  9A 99 99,
                                10 A 101 -  99 A 999,
                                  1B 101 -  99 X 999,
                                  1Y 101 -    8Y 962      (3,640,176 P)
    1949 Type 2:  Thin dies     8Y 6 408 -  99 Z 999        (264,402 P)
    1949 Type 2a               10A 1 001 - 72B 8 435      (1,375,283 P)
                                      (CAPACITY 5-6-figure 3,910,023 P)
                                            (TOTAL Type 2  1,639,685 P)
                                            (GRAND TOTAL   5,285,306 P)


    1951-55 BASE                     No I,O,Q used except 1955 Type 1b.
    1951 Type 1           1A 001 -  9Z 9 999     (CAPACITY 2,069,793 P)
    1951 Type 1a       1A 10 001 - 9Z 99 999     (OBSERVED 5,206,669 P)
    1955 Type 1b          1Q 001 -  1Q 2 181                  (2,181 P)
                                                    (TOTAL 7,278,643 P)
     
    Progression unknown; appears to have switched from letter control
    to number control at some point.
     
    Type 1 prefixes not seen:  3N,9H
    Type 1a highest observed:  (Short list under 90000 3R,3S,8A,9B)
     
    1A 99660    1B 99839    1C 99272    1N 99601    1P 95702    2P 99312
    2A 98778    2B 95387    2C 97482    2N 99677    1R 97058    2R 97377
    3A 98435    3B 98523    1D 98205    3N 98779    1S 98974    2S 98424
    4A 99385    4B 99655    1E 94948    4N 99750    1T 97227    2T 98867
    5A 97195    5B 99803    1F 98250    5N 99419    1U 95942    2U 99223
    6A 99166    6B 99748    1G 98288    6N 93944    1V 98457    2V 99473
    7A 98458    7B 96562    1H 98809    7N 99663    1W 99875    2W 99376
    8A 45206    8B 99903    1J 98520    8N 98782    1X 97153    2X 98072
                9B 34883    1K 97030    9N 98822    1Y 99862    2Y 94399
                            1L 99494                1Z 99935    2Z 97800
                            1M 97247                            3P 94003
                            2M 98731                            3R 83939
                                                                3S 50920

    KNOWN ISSUE DATES
    1951:  5A 27613, 7B 39710, 1J 1001, 8J 101 - 1000, 9J 101 - 1000,
           8K 4452, 9N 6810, 9N 93449, 1P 11558, 2P 34153, 5X 6206,
           6P 9671, 6X 8327
    1952:  8P 7434, 2U 1868
    12/52:  4D 494
    1953:   1E 906
    12/23/54:  2X 28807
    1955:  *1Q 2181


    1956-62 BASE                                         No I,O,Q used.
    1956 Type 1:  Steel, tab slots  AAA 000 - TAW 751     (8,483,752 P)
    1960 Type 2:  Alum., tab slots  TBD 935 - TLZ 517       (225,583 P)
    1960 Type 1a                    TMF 385 -
    1960 Type 3:  Steel, no slots   TMJ 468 - YRT 421     (2,719,954 P)
                                                   (TOTAL 11,445,422 P)

    Samples:  SAM 000, SAM 123.  Non-Pass.:  VET, VTN, ZZV-ZZZ.


    1963-69 BLACK BASE                   No I,O,Q used in 3rd position.
    1-2-63  "63"  Steel          AAA 000 - ZZY 999       (15,534,000 P)

    Sample:  SAM 123.  Non-Pass.:  DPW-DPZ, VET, VTN, VTR, WWW, WXX,
                                   WYY, XXX, XYY, YYY, ZZZ.
    Branch office distribution AAA-RDA in County Code Book.
    Currently revalidated.


    1969-87 BLUE BASE            No I,O,Q used in 1st letter position*.
    10-6-69   "1969"   Type 1    000 AAA - 700 LXU        (7,374,701 P)
    May 75    "1975"   Type 2    701 LXU - 999 WKZ        (5,742,299 P)
    Dec.77   "DEC 78"  Type 3    000 WLA - 999 ZZZ        (2,414,000 P)
    4-16-80  "OCT 80"  Type 3a   1AAA000 - 1CQP896        (1,577,897 P)
    Aug.81   "AUG 82"  Type 4    1CTH297 - 1SWC463        (7,830,167 P)
                                                   (TOTAL 25,000,464 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Steel, thin legend, wide dies, blue back
    Type 2 - Aluminum, wide legend, wide dies, blue back
    Type 3 - Aluminum, wide legend, thin dies, blue back
    Type 4 - As Type 3, but unpainted back

    *Types 3a-4:  No I,O,Q used in 1st or 3rd letter position.
    Non-Pass. Suffixes:  DPW-DPZ, RDP, SAM, SDP, TDP, UDP, VDP, VET,
                         VTN, VTR, WDP, WWW, XDP, YDP, ZDP
    Non-Pass. Prefixes:  1DPA-1DPH, 1VET, 1VTA-1VTC
    July 1985:  Blue/White month stickers introduced.
    Currently revalidated.


    1983-2017 WHITE BASE      No I,O,Q used in 1st/3rd letter position.
    12-13-82  "OCT 83"  Type 1    2AAA000 - 2GPZ999       (3,955,000 P)
    Sep.87    "SEP 88"  Type 2    2GQA000 - 2ZZZ999       (9,797,000 P)
    Mar.92    "DEC 92"  Type 2a   3AAA000 - 3FMG784       (3,272,785 P)
    1- 8-94   "MAY 94"  Type 3    3GAA000 - 3XZZ999       (8,970,000 P)
    2-22-98   "NOV 98"  Type 4    4AAA000 - 4NOZ999       (7,521,000 P)
    Dec.00    "DEC 01"  Type 3a   4NPA000 - 4ZZZ999       (6,233,000 P)
    12-21-02            Type 3b   5AAA000 - 5ZZZ999      (13,755,000 P)
    7-2-07    "MAY 08"  Type 3c   6AAA000 - 6TPV999       (9,932,000 P)
    2011      "AUG 12"  Type 5    6TPW000 - 6ZZZ999       (3,822,000 P)
    2014                Type 5a   7AAA000 - 7UNE577      (10,469,578 P)
                                                   (TOTAL 77,727,363 P)

    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Graphic sun design
    Type 2 - Embossed "CALIFORNIA"                       (13,069,785 P)
    Type 3 - Script "CALIFORNIA", no slogan (3 legend sizes)
    Type 4 - As Type 3, but "SESQUICENTENNIAL - 150 YEARS" added
    Type 5 - As Type 3, but "dmv.ca.gov" added

    Non-Pass:  2DPA, 2VET.
    1983-86:  Optional extra-cost issue ($5 initial).
    1987-present:  General issue, no extra cost.