Vehicle registration plates of New South Wales – Wikipedia

The australian country of New South Wales requires its residents to register their motor vehicles and display vehicle registration plates. [ 1 ] Current regular issue plates are to the standard australian dimensions of 372 millimeter ( 14.6 in ) in distance by 134 mm ( 5.3 in ) in altitude, and use standard Australian serial dies. [ 2 ]

Issuing authorities [edit ]

Standalone departments/agencies:

  • New South Wales Police (up to 1930)
  • Department of Road Transport and Tramways (1930–1952)
  • Department of Motor Transport (1952–1989)
  • Roads & Traffic Authority (1989–2011)
  • Then RTA/RMS became a sub agency under a principal department from 2009 for a period of 10 years:
  • Transport and Infrastructure NSW (2009–2010)
  • Transport New South Wales (2010–2011)
  • Roads & Traffic Authority (2009–2011)
  • Department of Transport (January 2011 – October 2011)
  • Transport for NSW (2011–2015)
  • Department of Transport (2015–2019)
  • Roads & Maritime Services (1 November 2011 – 1 December 2019)

Since 1 December 2019 the RMS merged into Transport for NSW to form a standalone agency :

  • Transport for NSW (1 December 2019 – )[3]

previous cosmopolitan series [edit ]

Cars and Heavy Vehicles

  • 1910–1924: nnn•nnn (cars only)
  • 1910–1937: L·nn•nnn (lorries only)
  • 1924–1937: nnn•nnn (cars only)
  • 1937–1951: aa•nnn (cars and lorries)
  • 1951–1961: aaa•nnn
  • 1961–2004: aaa•nnn

early on NSW car plate From 1910 to 1937, serials on registration plates for cars were all-numeric, running from 1 to 274-000, while serials on plates for lorries consisted of the letter L followed by up to five numbers. All plates from 1910 to 1924 dwell of total darkness characters on a blank background, with the state of matter abbreviation added in 1912. In 1924, the semblance schema for car plates was reversed, so that they consisted of white characters on a black background. raise plates are supplied by the politics and motorists have to request front plates to be made. From February 1936, a new all numeric standard Australian expressive style embossed plates were introduced to replace assorted styles that lasted until May 1937. the emboss expressive style continues to the current serial. Both sets are issued forward, removing the need for motorists to have front plates made themselves. On 16 April 1937, a new consecutive format was adopted for both cars and lorries, consisting of two letters followed by three numbers, with leading nothing as necessity. This tend from AA-000 to ZZ-999, with the letters I and Q omitted to avoid confusion with the numbers 1 and 0 and the letter O. Plates for both vehicle types consisted of white characters on a total darkness background. When the two-letter serials were exhausted on 3 May 1951, a three-letter format was introduced, starting at AAA-000. [ 4 ] At the same clock time, the plates ‘ coloring material outline changed to black characters on a egg yolk jaundiced background. The yolk jaundiced was replaced with a bright lemon yellow in 1961, by which point the three-letter series format had reached the mid ‘C ‘ series. In October 1980, from KWO-050 onwards plates with brooding sheeting began to be issued. At the lapp time, the motto “ NSW – The Premier State ” was added at the bottom of the plate ; this was used until November 1988. Two far slogans followed, again appearing at the bottom of the plate : “ NSW – The first State ” from June 1989 to September 1994, and “ NSW – Towards 2000 ” from September 1994 to September 1996. Since September 1996, car plates have carried the wide state name at the bottomland. In the three-letter series format, the letters I and Q were omitted in the first place, but were allowed from 1970. respective blocks of series were skipped, or were reserved for other vehicle types ( see the Skipped Combinations section below ). By July 2004, the format had reached the ZLF series, and was frankincense close to debilitation. Hence, the current format was introduced, consisting of two letters, two numbers, and two more letters, starting at AA-00-AA. Plates continue to consist of black characters on a lemon yellow background, with reflective sheeting .
NSW trailer plate Trailers

  • 1910–1924: nnn•nnn
  • 1924–1937: nnn•nnn
  • 1937–1948: aa•nnn
  • 1948–1981: aa•nnnn
  • 1981–2014: a•nnnnn

From 1910 to 1951, trailers ( and caravans ) used the lapp registration plates and serial formats as cars. In 1951, a classify consecutive format was introduced for trailers consisting of two letters followed by four numbers. The inaugural letter progressed T, R, A, B and last C, while the numeral combinations for each series ran from 1000 to 9999 ; the first gear serial was thus TA-1000, while the final was CS-9999. Plates continued to consist of white characters on a black background, while the color system for cable car plates changed ( above ). In August 1981, preview plates adopted the same color scheme as car plates, of black characters on a lemon yellow setting. At the like time, a new series format was introduced consist of one letter followed by five numbers, starting at A-00000. This format omitted the letters I, O and T, and was exhausted in December 2014. In August 2014, a modern trailer plate was introduced consist of black characters on a white background, and a obviously “ NSW ” caption. This plate uses the same two-letter, two-number, two-letter serial format as cable car plates, but has T as the beginning letter, with the first base serial being TR-00-AA. This series format began to be used on the current mid chicken trailer denture as well from December 2014, beginning with TA-00-AA ; at the same fourth dimension, the caption on this denture was changed from the full state mention to “ NSW – TRAILER ”, the whole TI series was skipped. Motorcycles

  • 1910–1939: nn•nnn
  • 1939–1950: aa•nn
  • 1950–1961: aa•nnn
  • 1961–1989: aa•nnn

From 1910 to 1939, registration plates for motorcycles consisted of black characters on a white backdrop, and used all-numeric serials of up to five numbers. On 10 July 1939, the color schema was reversed to blank characters on a black base, and a consecutive format of two letters followed by two numbers was introduced, running from AA-00 to ZZ-99, with the letters I and Q skipped for the reasons described above. On 14 November 1950, the serial format was expanded to two letters followed by three numbers, starting at AA-000. As with cable car plates, the color schema changed at this point to black characters on a egg yolk yellow al-qaeda, with the egg yolk scandalmongering in act being replaced with lemon yellow in 1961. Since October 1980, motorcycles have been provided with one plate rather than two, and plates have been manufactured with reflective sheet. The two-letter, three-number serial format was exhausted in August 1989, at which point the current format was introduced, consisting of three letters and two numbers, starting at ZZZ-99 and build up backwards. In November 2009, a plate consist of black characters on a whiten background was introduced, using the lapp serial format but starting at ABA-00 and advance forwards. As of May 2021, there will be only H and I prefixes left to go as F, G and J prefixes are about to commence. Anticipate there will be a new series after the AAA-NN series will be exhausted anterior to 2025 as an appraisal alone .

current cosmopolitan series [edit ]

NSW slimline faint vehicle plate

  • Cars and Heavy Vehicles: aa·nn·aa – commenced July 2004.
  • Slimline light vehicle series: aaa·nna – commenced 1991.
  • Trailers: Ta·nn·aa – commenced December 2014 from TA-00-AA.
  • Trailers: Ta·nn·aa – commenced August 2014 from TR-00-AA.
  • Motorcycles: aaa·nn – commenced August 1989 from ZZZ-99; progresses backwards (currently issuing ‘J’ series).
  • Motorcycles: aaa·nn – commenced November 2009 from ABA-00; progresses forwards (currently issuing ‘F’ series).

Allocated series [edit ]

General issue combinations at the start of each year (cars and trucks)
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
Nil 1 1000 3000 5000 6000 7-999 8-999 10-999 15-999
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
21-999 30-999 40-999 53-999 67-999 77-999 88-999 99-999 100-999 178-999
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
200-999 233-999 253-999 263-999 270-999 280-999 289-999 AA-000 DN-999 FA-999
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
JA-999 LB-999 LZ-999 MA-999 MD-999 NA-999 TX-999 ZZ-999 AA-999 UW-999
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
ZZ-999 AAA-000 AEK-000 ALY-000 APB-000 AUG-000 BCC-000 BKC-000 BSA-000 BWA-000
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
CAA-000 CLL-000 CTA-000 DAA-000 DKA-000 DOJ-000 EDA-000 EMA-000 AAA-000 BAJ-000
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
AIA-000 CWI-000 DXI-000 GEA-000 GQA-000 HEA-000 HQA-000 JCA-050 JPE-050 KBH-050
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
FOA-000 LCZ-050 LOS-050 MBE-050 MOZ-050 NEA-050 NTZ-050 OFE-050 OSA-050 PHA-050
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
RGZ-050 RQB-050 SAA-000 SPF-050 TCM-050 TOA-050 UCW-050 QUA-050 UWA-050 VOD-050
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
WKA-050 XCA-050 XQD-050 YFA-050 ZBM-050 AC-00-MA AI-00-ZZ AN-00-NZ AT-00-WB AZ-00-CE
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
BC-00-CE BH-00-AA BM-00-HG BT-00-TA BY-00-VB CC-00-CC CG-00-NA CK-00-VA CO-00-VO CS-00-SL
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
CW-00-JC DA-00-AA DD-00-UA

Other allocations
Dealer slimline plate Summit lease slimline plate

  • Dealer Slimline: Same serial format as general slimline plates but with Y as the first letter, the first serial being YBA-00A. The name or web address of the dealer in question is screened at the bottom, along with any corresponding logos. Some dealers plates have since been discontinued mostly Holden Dealers or through change of dealership.
  • Business Plates: Business Plates become available during 2021 and so far two businesses plates have been issued.
  • Fleet Plates: Fleet managers had plates allocated and issued for SG Fleet and Summit in full standard size and Fleet manager’s business name printed below. SG Fleet plates has since changed to Dealer slimline size as reported in September 2015. Summit soon changed the size too. SG fleet plates are issued in BQA, CAA & CCB blocks and now into SGF. Summit Fleet was in CFF series but now moved over to SUM series.
  • Motorcycle Dealers: From BNA to BNZ, BPA to BRZ, BTA to BTZ, BVA to BXZ, CXA-CXZ and in various allocations DTA onwards. As of May 2021 Motorcycle Dealers now start from GAA-00 onwards. Various dealer names are screenprinted at the top between embossed NSW with some printed bottom texts.

General notes When a blacken on yellow plate is judged to be in need of refilling, Transport for NSW are required to manufacture a replacement at no price to the owner, hence it is quite common to see plates from older series in the current format. Registration plates, both personalised and standard, are able to be transferred between vehicles. A number of Sydney bus operators still recycle old plates including Forest Coach Lines and Punchbowl Bus Company. [ 5 ]

Skipped combinations [edit ]


  • aaa·nnn – combinations from the ‘A’ series through the ‘E’ series containing I and Q were originally skipped, before being issued from 1970–72 prior to the commencement of the ‘G’ series, the ‘F’ series was reserved for trucks until 1980; series FOA–FPZ were subsequently issued on cars, the entire ‘I’ series was skipped, except for red on white interstate truck series ISA–ISZ that started in the early 1950s, series FAA-FNZ except FBY, WBB–WCZ and ZLG–ZZY were also skipped.


  • aa·nn·aa – combinations with I or O as the third letter are skipped (except for series AA-IA through AA-IZ, issued in 2004), All combinations containing AS, AX and BO are skipped, series CU-NA through CU-NZ have also been skipped, (Trailer series: All combinations containing TI are skipped because of TI-75-xx and TI-xx-TS sequence).
  • aaa·nna – AFP, AFR, ASS, AVA-AVZ, BQB-BQZ, BRA, BRC-BRH, BRJ-BRZ, BUA-BUZ, BXG-BXZ, BYA-BYZ, CAL-CAZ, CCC-CCZ, CFN-CFZ, CKB-CKZ, CLE-CLZ, CUA-CUZ, DEA-DEZ, DGI-DGZ, DIA-DIZ, DOA-DOZ, DRA-DRZ, DUA-DUZ, EFA-EFZ. CBA-CBZ series are allocated to white-on-blue series. Some previously skipped combinations are now issued over the counter, e.g. BRB in blue-on-white and CKA in Eurostyle.

drift of general-series plates [edit ]

Years Plate style Years Plate style
1937–1951 White-on-black plate with aa·nnn serial format 1951–1980 Black-on-lemon yellow plate with state abbreviation at top, write out 1979
1980–1988 Plate featuring “ The Premier State ” motto 1989–1994 Plate featuring “ The first base State ” motto, issued 1989
1994–1996 Plate featuring the “ Towards 2000 ” motto, issued 1996 1996–2004 home plate with entire state name at bottom, issued 1998
2004–present plate with aa·nn·aa serial format, issued 2016

MyPlates range [edit ]

NSW – Centenary of Federation, limited edition, 2001 Euro Plate NSW, 2002–present

bicentennial plate Historic vehicle denture NSW plate Share the Spirit “ MyPlates ” stove is a product of the Plate Marketing Pty Ltd on behalf of Transport for NSW. It offers personalisation of registration plates including denture color and content. Since 2009, all non-reflective bases have been converted to reflective. As of 1 October 2010, Plate Marketing Pty Ltd ( once function of the LicenSys group ) has been appointed to manage and operate the myPlates business under a 15-year partner placement. Formats available by type of vehicle :

  • Light vehicles options: aa-nnn, aa-nnnn, aaa-nnn, aaa-nna, aa-nn-aa,nnn-aaa, nn-aaa, nn-aaaa, cccccc (where c can be a numeral, letter or space)
  • Motorcycle format options: aa-nn, aa-nnn, aaa-nn, nn-aaa, ccccc
  • Trailer format options: a-nnnnn, aa-nnnn, cccccc
  • Heavy vehicles options: aaa-nnn, aa-nnn, aa-nnnn, cccccc

History of plate launches

  • 1969
  • White on black personalised introduced – Cars AB-123 & Motorcycle AB-12
  • 1976
  • White on black personalised extended into AB-1234 and black on yellow ABC-123 added.
  • 1981
  • Custom Plates introduced initially as NSW-THE PREMIER STATE in black on reflective lemon base.
  • 1987
  • Custom Plates replaced by current Custom yellow.
  • Bicentenary plates launched – black on reflective white with shield – ABC-123 (AAA-050 TO ABZ-999) and later added AB-123
  • 1991
  • Premium slimline plates were introduced commencing at AAA-11A, black on reflective white base in smaller embossed characters and NSW embossed at left hand side.[6]
  • 1994
  • Premium slimline personalised plates were introduced and was offered in combinations – AB-123, AB-1234, ABC-123 & CUSTOM[7]
  • 1997
  • RSL Plates in green on mid yellow – “NSW Lest We Forget”
  • 1998
  • Sydney Olympic Games Plates – “Share the Spirit” in black on white with blue band on bottom and the Sydney Olympic Logo – ABC-123, AB-123 & AB-1234
  • 2000
  • Due to popular demand, Olympic slimlines introduced – ABC-123, AB-123 & AB-1234
  • 2001
  • Centenary of Federation plates available for 12 months ABC-123, AB-123 & AB-1234 and CF series 1901-CF to 2001-CF were offered in reflective embossed white characters. Recent remakes are now in reflective black base.
  • 2002
  • White Euro plates: N aa-nnn and N aa-nna new style of plates fitting European dimensions was introduced in April 2002. In these plates, the N is compulsory prefix then spaced combinations.
  • New England plates that ran for about 4 years.
  • 2003
  • The colour range were introduced. See colour chart.
  • 2004
  • White on black personalised extended into ABC-123
  • 2005
  • Metallic range was introduced. See colour chart.
  • Premium slimline plates replaced by bordered slimline plates commencing at AWA-11A
  • 2006
  • Black Euro introduced, and an auction custom i.e. N-CSTM1 was conducted.
  • 2007
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge plates – SHB Harbour Bridge shaped plates from SHB-1 to SHB-99 only sold via on-line auctions. In white on graphic background of the bridge. Standard slimline series HB-12-AC issued for 12 months those sales ceased on 27 March 2008. Black on white with bridge graphic in light grey.
  • 2008
  • NRL Team Plates – Plates for NRL fans team colours are introduced.
  • Centenary NRL Footy plates of all NRL teams were sold through an online auction – They comes in team colours and the number digits represents half back half eight, front rowers, back rowers, centres and wingers. The auction has since been completed.
  • 2009
  • HSV, FPV and V8 Supercar plates were introduced. From 22 September 2010, slimline version were added.
  • All plates range changed to reflective bases.
  • 2010
  • Corporate plates with business names and logos are introduced
  • 2012
  • Bright lights commences on 1 May 2012 and was initially in black base only with reflective colours are Venetian green, casino sunrise, moulin rougue, gold rush, midnight jazz, hot flamingo and blue lagoon. It was extended to motorcycles during November 2012. The range has since been modified to include reflective black with the rest of reflective colour choices.
  • The first number personalised plate range begins, allowing motorists to choose alternative series as the current personalised plates capacity are near full or not available. Current range of plate options will apply to all first number combinations as shown as 123-ABC, 12-ABC & 12-ABCD.
  • 2013
  • Custom Traditional black introduced. Custom yellow expanded into AA-123, AA-1234, ABC-123, 123-ABC, 12-ABC & 12-ABCD combinations.
  • Art range – 7 selected designs were launched.
  • Tech Range released 4 November 2013
  • 2014
  • US sized plates released – comes in US style star spangles, NSW State plate and black on white plain.
  • Le Chic & Vintage range introduced on 13 July 2014
  • Bright Lights now withdrawn from sale as they are under review following customer feedback that the colours are hard to read by a normal human eye. As of Feb 2015, 9604 sets will be recalled and replaced by a larger & clearer version of bright lights. Prototype sets are being pressed and tested prior to potential re-release.[8][9]
  • Art Cycle range launched 30 September
  • 2014 Premiership plates launched 6 October
  • 2015
  • formerly called Bright Lights now relaunched as Colour on Black available for car and light vehicles at this stage.
  • Black on coloured plates base introduced.
  • Australiana Range launched 16 November 2015.
  • AB-123 & 12-ABC blocks have been removed from NRL range following complaints of character spacing.
  • 2016
  • Ford Mustang plates commenced 1 March offered in white on black or black on white with Mustang logo and red, white, and blue stripes draped downside on top after “NSW”.
  • Japanese plates designs become known in March. Green on white base in Japanese symbols at left and NSW right next to the symbol on top. Launch date is now confirmed for 27 June 2016. Designs have been amended in readiness for release—Original JDM now called JDM Classic while the other JDM is a new design, NSW at top while the bottom is in Japanese inscription and is designed to accommodate 2X2X2 combinations.
  • Marine Rescue NSW Charity Trailer only plates launched 28 March 2016
  • State of Origin NSW Theme plate launched 3 May 2016. Updated twice since 2020 and into current version in 2021.
  • All Euro ranges are now offered in both slimline or large sizes for front of vehicles, effective 1 July 2016.
  • 2 Oct 2016 2016 Premiers Cronulla Sharks released
  • 1 Nov 2016 – Australian Range expanded – Whale, Sunset, Surf, Skyline and Black Bridge Tech Plate – Brushed Metal added on range.
  • 2017
  • 28 May 2017 Classic Stripes range released in 7 stripes colour choices. Now reduced with removal of gold, navy and green colours.
  • 4 September 2017 – Wanderlust range in 6 choices and two Socceroos plates launched. Carbon Fibre now include red, blue and green.
  • 28 September 2017 – Updated Supercars design launched.
  • 1 October 2017 – 2017 NRL Premiership launched for the winning team – Melbourne Storm.
  • 19 November 2017 – Dog and Cats (Animal range as current), Newcastle United Jets, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Mariners and Zodiac range released and all except animal range are withdrawn as of July 2021.
  • 2018
  • 12 February 2018 – (Animal Range) added are Kangaroo, Paws and Koalas, then extended to trailers in all ranges. Australian and Wanderlust range extended to trailers. As of July 2021, Koala and Kangaroos were withdrawn.
  • June – Prestige plates introduced in 2009 has been removed from sale as now no longer offered.
  • October – Serenity New age style plates and Statement Plates released – # SAMPLE, @ SAMPLE and I (love) SAMPLE. Serenity now withdrawn as of July 2021
  • 2019
  • 7 February – Euro Platinum Plates, Euro sized coloured and Black on white & Black on yellow Japanese JDM plates released. Leather & Tough cycle plates also released.
  • Horses plates added, and updated Eels/Storms NRL plates, now include hyphen in the middle to streamline with the remainder of sports plates. Rest of NRL plates not yet updated.
  • Personalised plates in NSW reached 50 years since the launch.
  • V8 Supercar plates have been removed from sale effective 22 July 2019.
  • 2 September – Pastel, Chinese Traditional and Music launched. BlackCarbon fibre added for Euro Premium and slimline premium range. Panthers NRL plates has a 3rd revised version including hyphen.
  • 8 October 2019 – 2019 NRL Premier Roosters added and A League Soccer plates updated. Socceroos and Matildas plates discontinued
  • 2020
  • 21 April 2020 – NRL plates range revamped, first time in 12 years on my plates website but rolled back to the old version after only 24 hours and relaunched on 28 May, Botanical Range 4 choices and introduction of NSW HEAVY TRAILER legend plates comes in White on Black and Black on gold custom colour. AA-000, AA-0000, AAA-000, 000-AAA will be used.
  • 28 May 2020 – NRL Plates relaunched, 4 Comic range choices launched.
  • 20 July 2020 – Cute, Camo and Sport & Leisure range launched
  • 2021
  • February 2021 – Glitter, Flag range launched.
  • March 2021 – Three new colour on black Euro, in yellow, green and orange and White on black international introduced.
  • July 2021 – New motorcycle plates were added – Rockabilly, Wings and Rock N Roll
  • August 2021 – Cricket bat and Soccer ball were added as a new to Sports and Leisure range.
  • Dec 2021 – Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers has logo updated and slight change of colour hues.


  • Coloured plates chart

Offered in colours are :
Colour on black: AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA-nnn
Black on colour: AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn
Coloured on white: AAA·nnn AAA·nnA AA·nnn AA·nnnn nn·AAA nn·AAAA nnn·AAA cccccc
Coloured range: AAA·nnn AAA·nnA AA·nnn AA·nnnn nn·AAA nn·AAAA cccccc AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn
Premium Range: AAA·nnn AA·nnnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn Exclusions & choices: Motorists can choose any aggregate letters and numbers including entirely letters ( maximum 6 characters ). Plate customisation has besides been added into the coloured, agio range and recently motorcycles ( 7 March ). Certain restrictions about combinations have been put in place to prevent people from designing plates which appear excessively much like numeral-only plates which are auctioned off individually ( e.g. 9I2 would not be allowed as it is excessively exchangeable to 912 ). There are besides restrictions preventing people from picking combinations that are excessively similar to special plates issued by Transport for NSW ( for case, HC-nnn and HC-nnnn combinations are reserved alone for accredited hire-car operators which is not presently newly issued ) .

special aim vehicles [edit ]

cab New Series Tourist Vehicle State Transit Authority Metro conditional Vehicles with particular purposes in New South Wales have been introduced with numberplates specific to their type .

  • Taxis have two types of plate: Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong plates have a T·nnnn format, while regional and country taxis use TC·nnnn. As of October 2009, the Taxi plate design has changed to its current format following enforcement camera errors showing the zeros or eights between the character spaces. It has an embossed premium slimline at the top with sticker for LPG, CNG and TPG moved to two bottom corners. The white on blue reflective base remain the same. NSW -TAXI is the legend description. Taxi licensing is being reformed as per the Point to Point Transport reforms that would mean all existing taxi licensing will be cancelled and then a new taxi licence to be issued.[10]
  • Tow truck plates use nnnn·TT or nnnn·TT and as of March 2018 123-TTT was seen on a table top tow truck nnn·TTT depending on the registered use of the vehicle. They have blue characters on a white background, and the top of the plate reads “TOW TRUCK”, that was introduced in October 2000. The original yellow on black format with NSW The First state or Towards 2000 began in November 1990. It is now in the current NEW SOUTH WALES format and is seen to have 9906-TT as of 28 March 2008. As of September 2008 it is in 9800s series, but now it is issued in 7000 to 8999 unused blocks as the first one 7002-TT was seen at the Northern Beaches as of December 2008.
  • Buses have black on yellow plates, with the prefix Metro: M/O·nnnn, Country: nnnn·MO (Motor Omnibus) Commercial buses in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong districts have M/O-nnnn plates, with the M over the O; all other country commercial buses use nnnn-MO. Like other vehicles, buses not used for hire or reward are registered with National Heavy Vehicle plates. The M/O·6nnn series was reserved for the Wollongong region, but now cancelled M/O 6000s series are re-issued to private buses in Sydney, which continues from M/O·5nnn series and into 8000s as of June 2019.
  • Tourist vehicles have black on yellow plates, with the prefix TV·nnna. Originally issued as yellow on black TV·nnn plates in the 1960s, before changed to reflective black on yellow format in the early 1980s.[11] At the time the tourist coach market was heavily regulated with a finite number of TV plates on issue, making them like taxi plates a traded commodity. As of September 2018 it has reached TV-9999 and is reissuing cancelled blocks from TV-1000 onwards. Starting on 2 October 2019, new TV series commenced at TV-001A using last alpha suffix in place of numerical.[12]
  • Police and emergency vehicles in New South Wales, such as ambulances and police vehicles, are using aaa-nna slimline plates for cars. Some police vehicles have had personalised plates fitted, for example several Highway Patrol vehicles have plates featuring the HWP series from 1975 and in recent decades the initials of officers killed on duty. During the 2010s HWP series were allocated to Police HWP motorcycles and VIP series during the 2000s, that continues to today. NSW Ambulance plates in 1937 had AC series plates allocated for the duration of the original AA-000 to ZZ-999 series. From the 1960s CDA series plates were allocated to Central District Ambulances in Sydney but no longer in use as was phased out in the 1980s.New South Wales Rural Fire Service vehicles were exempted from displaying registration plates, however some have been fitted with standard issue plates. New South Wales Fire Brigades vehicles were at one stage only fitted with brass plates featuring the letters “NSWFB”. These plates were red on gold brass and from 1984, NSWFB plates were pressed into standard dies in gold and red base. It was withdrawn from 1991 when FBY-000 to FBY-999 was allocated that lasted until 2010 when it was replaced by the standard series. Fire trucks in NSW are now allocated the National Heavy Vehicle plates series while the auxiliary light vehicle continues to be allocated NSW general series yellow plates.
  • Conditional Registration Scheme nnnnn·E Conditional Motorcycle format: nnnn·N Forklift, Off-Road Vehicles, etc., that need to use public roads as part of their operation can be registered conditionally. As of June 2008, it is reported that the motorcycle sized series has overflowed to 0001-C onwards after reaching 9999-C then moved onto M and N suffix. By December 2021 15000-E suffix Conditional Plates are the latest issues. nnnn·U for machinery/tractors commenced in December 2013 starting as T suffix to balance between existing Conditional and Machinery/Tractors types. As of May 2018, it moved to U suffix series.
  • Rally vehicle plates: nnnnn·R Introduced in 2014,with the slogan NSW – Rally Vehicle.
  • Historic and veteran vehicles Cars – nnnnn·J Cycles – nnnn·J Introduced in 2002 as current H series is in use. For vehicles used/registered for historical interest and not used as regular transport by financial members of an approved club and is classed as a conditional registration.
  • Trade plates (current): in the format Annnn or nnnnA. Permanent trade plates have replaced white on orange annual trade plates effective 23 December 2015, with an embossed NSW and screened “Trade” legend: NSW – Trade. The RMS commenced issuing new style yellow perpetual trader plates during the 31 December 2015 renewal process.[13] The following content ranges are reserved for the new style trader’s plates:
  • A0000 to A9999 for vehicles.
  • 0000A to 5999A for trailers—available from January 2017—using full premium embossed dies.
  • 6000A to 9999A for motorcycles. Available from January 2017—using slimline embossed dies format and 5 character base that was later replaced by motorcycle sized plates following feedback from dealers.
  • This clarifies the allocation of trailer and motorcycle plates as B-series motorcycle trade plates have been discontinued and replaced by the allocation of 6000A to 9999A series. Trailers have moved to 0000A to 5999A replacing the three numeric blocks. This previous permanent arrangement existed from 1991 to 2003 in colour as shown: A·nnnn.
  • CC Consular PlatesCC·nnnn Special purpose plates are used for consular corps since 1978 in CC-2000 to CC-4999 range, initially in white on blue then changed to black on yellow by August 1983, with the same legend at top NSW CONSULAR CORPS. The legend moved from top to the bottom from changeover to fat dies in October 1992 and since the variations of dies and bases were updated on a few occasions to the current style.
  • Visit to New South Wales: It is a red numerical only visit plates similar to the Commonwealth of Australia with inscription at top Visit to and bottom as New South Wales with the graphical state coat of arms at left side.

early purpose plates [edit ]

  • NSW Auxiliary A supplementary plate to be displayed on a bike rack or other kind of racks displaying the duplicate number/alpha combination was introduced in October 1995, initially in black on off white non reflective and screenprinted legend as “NSW – BIKE RACK”. In 1998 it changed to black on reflective white, again on screenprinted legend. In 1999 the legend changed to embossed. In 2006 the legend reverted to screenprinted. In 2012 the name was changed to “NSW- AUXILIARY” again in screenprinted. in 2016, the arrangements extended to tow trucks and other vehicles covered in this scheme and in December the legend was revised to add embossed NSW and the rest screenprinted.

Discontinued plates [edit ]

lease car MyPlates products and special curtly term plates :

  • V8 Supercar plates: have been removed from sale effective 22 July 2019.
  • Bright lights: AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn AAA·nnn
  • Prestige: Introduced in 2009 as v1.0 as premium typeface fonts then updated to v2.0 with typeface fonts changed to standard dies fonts. Discontinued circa June 2018.
  • Bicentenary 1788-1988 : Introduced November 1987 and discontinued after the quota 200,000 orders/issues reached.
  • RSL Range : 1998 only
  • Centenary series : Available during 2001 and is still offering remakes, but no new orders are taken.
  • New England Regional : 2001 to 2004. For the New England Region only, other regional options were explored but it was decided not to continue.
  • Sydney 2000 Olympics: Introduced in May 1998, slimline added July 1999 and then discontinued from 31 December 2000.

Slimline Sydney 2000 Olympics

  • My Plates Range A number of selections in My Plates range have been removed from 1 July 2021, the entire range of Zodiac, Serenity & Soccer A League were removed and some selected colour & theme ranges were reduced. State of Origin were withdrawn in February 2022.

Specialised series blocks in either previous styles or discontinued combinations:

  • Slogan plates: 1980 – 1988 NSW-THE PREMIER STATE, 1989-1994 NSW-THE FIRST STATE and 1994-1996 NSW-TOWARDS 2000
  • Previous trade plates style since 1910 as known as agent’s plates, in the a-nnn format was standard porcelain white on black until 1937 when it changed to very large page embossed dies in an annual non standard colour until 1952.
    From 1952, the annual cyclic colour scheme was introduced, red, purple, brown, green, orange and blue for all annual trade plates and stickers but the embossed style remained until 1959.
    From 1959 the year was added on top of NSW as the format showed as 19 NSW 59 and runs from A-0000 to A-9999.
    By 1982, the design was changed, the year moved to the left hand side in vertical, and the dies format changed to standard car size as the previous very large dies was used from 1937.
    In 1991, it changed to permanent trade plates with trade word replacing the year, colour changed to white on dark green and ran until 2004 when it was replaced by the current format trade plates with year & bottom legend—NSW TRADE screenprinted & a change to the premium dies
  • Light or heavy vehicles or trailers A-nnnn or nnnn-A formats.
  • Cycles are in either B-nnnn or nnnn-B formats.
nnnn-A/nnn-B Colour A-nnnn/B-nnn Colour
2004 nnnn·A 2005 A·nnnn
2006 nnnn·A 2007 A·nnnn
2008 nnnn·A 2009 A·nnnn
2010 nnnn·A 2011 A·nnnn
2012 nnnn·A 2013 A·nnnn
2014 nnnn·A 2015 – Perm
  • Motorcycle trade plates (B-series): issued from 1958 to 2015. These were initially issued in annual cyclic colours, then from 1991 to 2004 permanent trade plates were issued with white text on a green base. The last issued combinations were B·nnn or nnn·B from 2004 to 2015.
  • Hire Cars HC·nnnn HC-000 to 999 issued in Sydney but now extends beyond HC-1000 since 2008. HC-2000 to HC- 4999 blocks are issued outside Sydney. Previously until 1998, HV-nnn series were issued in the country but had to combine into a single HC series. Effective from the week of 29 July 2013, new HC plates design were released—in same white on reflective black with legend NSW-HIRE CAR starting with HC-1927. As of 18 December 2015 the HC series has been discontinued and won’t be issued to new drivers as it is no longer required when Hire Car drivers require a new service. Remakes or replacement are still available on request.[14]
  • Motor van: V·nnnn V series began as a motor van plates until 1939 when it changed to large page dies then into black on reflective yellow The Premier State from 1983 until it was discontinued in 1985 and was recalled.
  • Lorry series: L·nn-nnn Issued from 1910 until 1937 when it was replaced by the general series. All have been recalled.
  • Interstate visitors: B·nnnn B0series were used for interstate visitors in the 1920s to register interstate visitors to NSW and vice versa in their own states registration schemes. It was discontinued after only 2 years. The B series were later adopted by motorcycles dealer plates.
  • Interstate series: ISA·nnn 1953–1987. It began in the ISA-to-ISZ blocks and used for trucks and trailers. In April 1982, it changed to red in reflective white in The Premier State slogan. In January 1987, it was replaced by the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.
  • Country HV hire cars: HV·nnnn HV-nnn series were issued in the country until 1998 when it had to combine into a single HC 4000 series.
  • Early hire cars: H·nnnn Issued from the 1910s until 1939 when it was replaced by the current HC-nnn series.
  • Country MO prefix: MO·nnnn The prefix series commenced in 1939 and was replaced in 2008 with the current suffix series nnnn-MO[15]
  • Historic and veteran vehicles Cars – nnnn Cycles – nnn From 1959 to 2002 there were 4 numeral for cars & 3 numerals for motorcycles in colours specific to the issuing club. Each club issued plates in numerical order from 0001 for cars & 001 for motorcycles with plate 0000 remaining at the manufacturer ( Pages) for colour matching. Thus there was multiple vehicles with the same numbers but in different colours. The plates had to be used in conjunction with a name bar stating the name of the issuing club displayed directly above the plate which had Vintage Car, Veteran Car Vintage Cycle or Veteran Cycle stamped above the letters. They were withdrawn from use in 2002 and the current H series is in use. For vehicles used/registered for historical interest and not used as regular transport by financial members of an approved club.
  • Roads & Traffic Authority: vehicles use plates in RTA·000 RTB·000 and RTC·000 format, some plates are in coloured slimline or wallaby formats. Recently, there were no more combinations, so standard plates will be used on new vehicles. The Roads & Traffic Authority has been abolished and replaced by the Roads & Maritime Services.
  • Fire & Rescue New South Wales: FRNSW vehicles used to be registered in the FBY·nnn series, but now both administrative and operational firefighting vehicles are now using AB-12-CD general issues, to reduce budget expenditure.
  • NSW Government busesnnnn·ST 2008-2022 (State Transit buses) nnnn·ST Yellow based used in error 2018.The M/O·1000 to M/O·3999 range was reserved for the State Transit Authority and its predecessors but now issued to private buses since the start of ST series.[16] When the end of the series was reached in the early 1970s the series was reissued before again being exhausted again in 2000. Some plates were reissued for a third time before the State Transit Authority adopted its own nnnn·ST series from 2008. In March 2018 the base colour issued to one bus has the yellow NEW SOUTH WALES legend made in error. The ST series ceased with the last 3129ST issued to Custom Denning Element bus in March 2022.[17]
  • CdeC Consular PlatesCdeC·nnn In 1941 the CdeC plates series commenced and ran until 1978 showing the format as CdeC-nnn. CdeC has a shield with the letters inside and was white on blue. A similar format has been used in Qld, NT, & WA.
  • Yellow “general series” personalised plates: ABC·nnn From the mid-1970s personalised plates into the yellow general series format began and then later into the Premier State, First State and Towards 2000 era then into New South Wales reflective yellow. It briefly stopped in 2003 and was reinstated in 2006 for 3 years until it was finally discontinued. In 2013 it was reintroduced but in black and yolk yellow base 1951–1980 style. This original NEW SOUTH WALES yellow style continues to be offered as a remake only to both personalised and general series.

registration labels [edit ]

From 1932, registration labels were introduced which corresponded to the vehicle ‘s registration plate, and were displayed on the windshield or side-windows of vehicles.
The label was a wet application type soaked in coldness urine which was then applied to the glass, then squeegeed with a clean sponge to remove remaining chewing gum on the pronounce. It was time consuming. In 1992, it changed to self-adhesive printed on registration certificates and continues for heavy vehicles after the abolition of labels for light vehicles.
1932 to 1953 – Non standard annual colours were used
1953 to 2018 – Annual cyclic colours of red, purple, brown, fleeceable, orange and light blue. ( heavy vehicles merely from 1 January 2013 ) Design changes

  • 1932–1957 – Month in the middle and particular details on both sides of label and NEW SOUTH WALES with government crest at top.
  • 1957–1959 – Month in the middle and particular details on bottom of label and NEW SOUTH WALES with government crest at top while VEHICLE REGISTRATION LABEL at bottom.
  • 1960–1973 – Redesigned label showing month in middle, particular details on top of label and NEW SOUTH WALES at the right hand side & Date of expiry at left hand side.
  • 1973–1984 – Redesigned label showing month in middle, particular details on top of label on one line only and NEW SOUTH WALES moved to the top & Date of expiry moved to right hand side.
  • 1984–1987 – Redesigned label showing month & year in left hand side, particular details deleted and NEW SOUTH WALES remain at top with annual graphic designs of the Sydney Opera House, Parkes Observatory, Queen Victoria Building and Australian Bicentenary.
  • 1988 – Redesigned label showing NEW SOUTH WALES, month and year in right hand side and Australian Bicentenary logo.
  • 1989–1992 – Redesigned half size label showing NEW SOUTH WALES, month & year in full middle alignment.
  • 1992–2012 – Adhesive sticker label with vehicle details reinstated in yellow L shaped area.
  • 1 January 2013 – Registration labels abolished for light vehicles – cars, trailers, cycles and caravans.
  • 1 July 2018 – Registration labels abolished for heavy vehicles and conditional registration. Last to be abolished.

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