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    NEBRASKA

    Highest 1905-15 pre-state plate known:  #65435

    Numbers began at 1 1915-21.  Renewals received same number 1915-21
    so 1921 high could match 1919-20 high.  All tabs have no serial.

    1915      69873*
    1916     100937
    1917     147720
    1918     170682
    1919-20  273039   Truck began 4/11/1919.
    1921     271489*

    1922-65 FORMATS           1-1 - 9-99999           County codes on
    (Except 1951)            10-1 - 93-9999           County Code page.

    1942-44   14-10005, 21-10793
    1956      1-101777
    1964     5/9-26327

    (Highest known 7-digit numbers 1942-65 - see Misc. #1)
     
    1930-32:  Salesmans' cars exempt from paying wheel tax issued
              special series, only in Douglas County, numbered from
              1-01 to 1-03999.
     
    1940-48:  #00 prefix issued to State Owned vehicles.
     
    1942-53:  #99 prefix listed as Reciprocity truck on 1942 chart with
              small-size plate.  Full size with #99 prefix seen 1948-49,
              1952-53.  Prefix no longer used by 1960.

    1951 FORMATS     A1A - Z9999J     County codes on County Code page.
                    AN1A - WH999N     No I,O,Q used.  Sample = EK398A.
                                     (Verify N suffix, i.e. SC384N)

    1966-2018 FORMATS                     County codes same as 1922-50.
     1-A 1 - 9-Z9999,  1-AA 1 - 9-ZZ999           No I,M,O,Q,W,X used*.
    10-A 1 - 93-Z999, 10-AA 1 - 93-ZZ99           Sample = 94-A123.

    *1966-68:  1-X7126, 15-X546, 59-X238 seen (conflicts with Trailer).

    1966-71:  Plain numbers are state-owned vehicles.
    1972-on:  Plain numbers are personalized.
    1976-on:  Each base replaced monthly during first issue year of
              next base, i.e. 1976 base replaced throughout 1984.
              Sometimes, earlier year sticker issued, i.e. "NOV 93".

    (For counties reaching double-letter series or stacked prefixes,
     see Misc. #1)


    BASEPLATES                 ISSUED  EXPIRATION  TERM
    1966-68 CENTENNIAL         1-3-66      -        3
    1969-71 CORNHUSKER I       1-2-69      -        3
    1972-75 CORNHUSKER II      1-3-72      -        4
    1976-84 BICENTENNIAL       1-2-76    "1-77"     8
    1985-87 PLAIN              1-3-84   "DEC 84"    3
    1988-90 SUN                1-2-87   "JAN 88"    3
    1991-93 WINDMILL           1-2-90?  "DEC 90"    3
    1994-96 CHIMNEY ROCK I     1-4-93?  "NOV 93"    3
    1997-99 CHIMNEY ROCK II    1-2-96?  "DEC 96"    3
    2000-02 CHIMNEY ROCK III   1-4-99?  "NOV 99"    3
    2003-05 SANDHILL CRANE     1-2-02   "JAN 03"    3
    2006-11 COVERED WAGON      1-3-05   "12 05"     6
    2012-17 GOLDENROD          1-3-11   "12 11"     6
    2018-   SESQUICENTENNIAL   1-3-17    "1 18"     6

    "BIG THREE" FORMAT 2003-18    NAA 000 - ZZZ 999   All letters used.
                                                      QAA-QZZ omitted.
    2000-02 BASE:  Douglas       1-NT  8   (434,753)
    (For           Lancaster     2-Z7469   (197,450)
     comparison)   Sarpy       5/9-N4465   (114,454)    (TOTAL 746,657)

    In January 2002, Douglas (1), Lancaster (2) and Sarpy (59) dropped
    their county codes and were assigned NAA 000 series numbers.  The
    county name sticker was discontinued in late 2002, since they were
    hard to read and many were peeling off anyway.  New plates in the
    OAA series were issued with no sticker starting September 2002.
    Motorcycle plates have been issued out of the below passenger
    series; blocks unknown.  Note the unexplained overlaps between
    bases, i.e. ONE/OIS and RTE/RSJ.
    NAA-NZZ omitted prefixes:  NAG,NFQ,NGR,NIG,NUB,NUD,NUG,NUN,NUT,NYG
                               and 4 others.

    2003-05 BASE:  Douglas            NAA 000 - NPO 297       (400,298)
                   Lancaster          NQC 000 - NUA 999       (103,000)
                   Sarpy              NUV 273 - NXA 000        (56,728)
                   Lancaster          NYL 353 - NYW 101        (10,749)
                   Type 1 - Embossed  OAA 000 - OHU 733       (202,734)
                                                (TOTAL TYPE 1  864,734)
                   Type 2 - Flat      OIX 812 - ONE 408       (110,597)
                                                (GRAND TOTAL 1,004,409)
                   Motorcycle        (NUC 726 - NUF 235)    (inc.above)
                   Passenger         (NUH)
                   Dealer (unmarked)  ZDA 000 - ZDZ 999

    2006-11 BASE:  Passenger          OIS 324 - RTE 388     (1,624,065)

    2012-17 BASE:  Passenger          RSJ 150 - UDZ 950     (1,654,801)
     
    2018-   BASE:  Passenger          UJX 946 - VAG 069       (424,124)