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    WEST VIRGINIA
     
    Numbering assumed to have begun at #1 all years except 1921 #10001.

    1905 (1905/06)  (none known)  (#119 plate known with no "LICENSED")
                                  (#138 certificate known)
    1906 (1906/07)   209 -  454

    UNDATED 1907-09 BASE                                 TOTAL   GAP
    1907 Type 1:  Red  "57" on white back   406 -  651   (246)   142
    1908 Type 2:  Red "107" on white back   794 - 1086   (293)

    1907-11:  Small undated brass tag with matching number issued.
             (Verify 1909-10)
    1914/15:  10,200 pairs ordered.
    1915/16:  17,000 pairs ordered.
    1922:  6-digit or A prefix expected.
    1933:  Renewed to 6/30/34 with matching-number windshield sticker.

    1909 (1909/10)         845          1940/41              257-311
    1910 (1910/11)        1633          EXP.6/30/42          349-105
    1911 (1911/12)        2445          EXP.6/30/43 TAB      306-409
    1912 (1912/13)        3469          EXP.6/30/45          213-763
    JULY 1914 (1913/14)   5985          EXP.6/30/46          238-696
    1914/15              10183          EXP.6/30/47          249-692
    1915/16              16455          EXP.6/30/48          281-273
    1916/17              24793          EXP.6/30/49          311-459
    1917/18              32644          EXP.6/30/50          338-845
    1918/19              42417          EXP.6/30/51          364-212
    1919/20              65937          EXP.6/30/52          376-704*
    1921                 87019          EXP.6/30/53          383-542
    1922                 95727          EXP.6/30/54          398-291
    1923               140-312          1954 (Exp.6/30/55)   417-876
    1924               164-388          1956 (Exp.6/30/56)   435-395
    1925               173-079          1957 (Exp.6/30/57)   460-475
    1926               210-555*         1958 (Exp.6/30/58)   468-760
    1927               207-129          1959 (Exp.6/30/59)   477-223
    1928               216-324*         1960 (Exp.6/30/60)   472-618
    1929               231-386*         1961 (Exp.6/30/61)   478-154
    1930               222-594          1962 (Exp.6/30/62)   487-575
    1931               215-789          1963 (Exp.6/30/63)   499-862
    1932               192-155          1964 (Exp.6/30/64)   520-919
    1933               214-003*         1965 (Exp.6/30/65)   531-702
    1934/35            206-291          1966 (Exp.6/30/66)   560-852
    1935/36            219-171          1967 (Exp.6/30/67)   582-162
    1936/37            227-603          1968 (Exp.6/30/68)   602-588*
    1937/38            236-705          1969 (Exp.6/30/69)   624-450
    1938/39            236-152          1970 (Exp.12/31/69
    1939/40            244-933                 to 11/30/70)  591-040


    EXP.6/30/43 TAB:  Number matches 1942 plate.  Non-Pass. unmarked.
    EXP.6/30/44 WINDSHIELD STICKER:  Number does not match 1942 plate.
     

    1971-76 MOUNTAIN STATE BASE                          No I,O,Q used.
    7-1-70  "(6) 71"  Reserved           1 -    2000          (2,000 S)
    1-1-70  "(1) 71"  Standard     1A-1001 - DZ-9999      (1,449,911 S)

    Replaced 1/1/76 to 7/4/76.
     

    1976-82 MAP BASE     Numbering same as 1971-76.  No I,O,Q, DV used.
    Jan.76  "(1 76)"   Type 1:  West Va. dies             (1,326,113 S)
    Jun.76  "(8 77)"   Type 2:  Arkansas dies               (670,234 S)
                                                    (TOTAL 2,019,979 S)
    Replaced during 1995.
     

    1982-95 NEW MAP BASE        New registrations only.  No I,O,Q used.
    Feb.81  "(1) 82"  Alpha 1-1     1AA-101 - DMM-999     (1,553,472 S)
    Jun.84  "(5) 85"  Alpha 2-1     1NA-101 - DZM-999     (1,196,602 S)
    Jul.92  "(6) 93"  Alpha 1-2     1AN-101 - DMZ-999       (383,354 S)
                                                    (TOTAL 3,133,428 S)
    Alpha 1:  A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,J,K,L,M
    Alpha 2:  N,P,R,S,T,(U),V,W,X,Y,Z (No U seen on Alpha 2-1 series)

    No hologram, or "86", "89", "90" or undated hologram.
                                              Dated "82"    (447,909 S)
    Replaced during 1995.                     Dated "85"  (2,094,903 S)
     

    1996-2017 PLAIN BASE
    Jan.95  "(1) 96"  Standard 1    1A 1001 - DZ 9999     (2,366,737 S)
    Jul.00  "(6) 01"  Standard 2    1AA 101 - DZZ 999     (4,158,926 S)
    Aug.15  "(7) 16"  Standard 3    11A 101 - D9Z 999        (35,615 S)
                                                    (TOTAL 6,561,278 S)
    Standard 1 series:  No I,O,Q,S, DV used.
    Standard 2 series:  No I,O,Q used.  OMA-ONZ omitted.

                        No N-Z used on series 3A-3B, 4A-4B, 5A-5B,
                        6A-6C, 7A-7C, 8A-8B, 9A-9C, OA, DA.
    Standard 3 series:  Verify C,D,F,G,H,I,J,M,N,O,P,Q,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z.
                        Assuming no I,O,Q,S used.
    Each year's leftover plates are issued the next year with sticker.
     

    1997-2017 SCENIC BASE                                No I,O,Q used.
    12-1-95 "(1) 97"           1S 1001 - DS 9999            (107,988 S)
    Apr.98  "(3) 99"           1SA 101 - DSZ 999             (96,997 S)
                                                      (TOTAL 204,985 S)
    Optional $10 one-time extra cost upon initial renewal; $15
    otherwise.  Monthly system below.          Non-slogan    (61,295 S)
    Slogan "www.callwva.com" added, reported 4/8/03, "(8) 04"(19,715 S)

    (Monthly breakdown by base - see Misc. 1)