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Iowa

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"72" base:  This base began in 1972 and was renewed yearly until replaced by the "75" base.  At left was the county code (see "Iowa county codes" page).  The yearly sticker includes the county number and needs to match the county number on the plate.

 

 

 

"75" base:  This base began in 1975 and was renewed yearly until replaced by the "79" base.  At left was the county code (see "Iowa county codes" page).  The yearly sticker includes the county number and needs to match the county number on the plate.

 

 

"79" base:  This base began in 1979 and was renewed yearly until replaced by the "86" base.  The county of issue is indicated at the bottom of the plate.  This base was manufactured in both debossed and embossed formats.  On both formats, the yearly sticker includes the county number from the old county coding system used through 1978 (see "Iowa county codes" page) and needs to match the county indicated on the plate.

 

 

"86" base:  This base began in 1985 ("86" embossed expiration) and was renewed yearly until replaced by the graphic farm scene base in 1996.  The county of issue is embossed at the bottom of the plate.  The yearly sticker includes the county number from the old county coding system used through 1978 (see "Iowa county codes" page) and needs to match the county indicated on the plate.

1986 (reflective white/blue) Benton County vg $5.00 "LHG 379" (10351)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Benton County vg $5.00 "LHG 379" (10352)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Black Hawk County vg $5.00 "LPP 550" (10431)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Black Hawk County vg $5.00 "LPP 550" (10432)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Marshall County vg $5.00 "XLL 458" (10521)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Marshall County vg $5.00 "XLL 458" (10522)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Polk County vg $5.00 "UES 399" (10421)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Polk County vg $5.00 "UES 399" (10422)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Winnebago County vg $5.00 "SWA 528" (10375)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Emmet County vg $5.00 "NFY 816" (11687)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Emmet County natural vg $5.00 "NFY 816" (11688)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Jasper County vg $5.00 "WYH 292" (11718)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Jasper County natural vg $5.00 "WYH 292" (11719)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Johnson County vg $5.00 "VXW 822" (10413)

1986 (reflective white/blue) Warren County vg $5.00 "WZZ 287" (11732)

1997 (reflective white/blue) Warren County natural vg $5.00 "WZZ 287" (11733)

 

 

 

1996 farm scene graphic:  This design began in 1996 ("97" expiration sticker) and features the popular farm scene with barns and silos superimposed over a white city skyline.  Passenger plates have a "000 AAA" plate number format.

When this design first started, the plate number was embossed and the county name appeared on a sticker placed at the bottom of the plate (type I).  Later, the plate number was still embossed, but the county name was screened at the bottom of the plate (type II).  In 2001 ("2002" expiration sticker), the state began producing the plates in flat format.  At some point, the flat plates went from having an indent around the perimeter of the plate (type III) to a completely flat plate using a lighter, thinner aluminum (type IV).  On all types, the yearly stickers midway through the "2005" expiration include the county number from the old county coding system used through 1978 (see "Iowa county codes" page) and needs to match the county indicated on the plate.  The new format (beginning midway through the "2005" stickers) has the plate number, month/year of expiration, and (an unexplainable) "01".  For example, plate number "000 AAA" expiring in, say, August 2005 would read "000AAA08200501" all in one line.  This format sticker continues to the current.  In 2011, a new modification was made to the design, making this type V.  Sometime during the "YRM" block, the state started printing the plate numbers in black. 

In summary, the different types are as follows:

type I:  At the inception of this design in 1996, the plate numbers were embossed, standard
               aluminum thickness, and the county name on a sticker at the bottom of the plate.

type II:  When this type started is unknown.  Same as type I, but with the county name
               screened at the bottom of the plate.

type III:  in 2001, aluminum thickness the same as in types I and II, with an indented
               edge around the plate, but with flat plate numbers.

type IV:  also in 2001, a completely flat plate, no indent around the edge, but now a very
               thin aluminum thickness.

type V:  beginning July 1, 2011, same as type IV, but with black plate numbers
               starting with the "000 YPL" block.

type VI:  Starting with the "000 YYA" block, zeros began appearing with a slash through them,
               to differentiate them from the letter "O".  Of course, plates without a zero in the
               plate number appeared no different from type V plates.

type VII:  Ultimately, the state reached "000 ZZZ" and reversed the format to "AAA 000".
               Zeros continued to have a slash through them.

 

Embossed, county sticker plate (type I):

 

 

 

Embossed, screened county plate (type II):

 

 

Flat plate, indented edge (type III):

 

 

Thin flat plate (type IV):

2002 (blue/reflective multicolored) Greene County natural vg $3.00 "761 LKF" (10359)

2002 (blue/reflective multicolored) Greene County natural vg $3.00 "982 LKF" (10415)

2002 (blue/reflective multicolored) Greene County natural vg $3.00 "602 LKF" (10442)

2003 (blue/reflective multicolored) Hancock County natural vg $3.00 "325 MAF" (10625)

2003 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "491 LWC" (10587)

2003 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "941 LZZ" (10612)

2003 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "138 LLS" (10621)

2003 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "705 MHH" (10661)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "493 MOB" (13455)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "794 NNI" (11060)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "818 MOC" (10822)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "411 MEI" (10889)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "755 MWG" (10934)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Lee County natural vg $2.00 "279 PFK" (13449)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "697 LLW" (10672)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "338 NLE" (10748)

2004 (blue/reflective multicolored) Pottawattamie County natural vg $2.00 "402 MSG" (13451)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "677 PDB" (11347)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "072 NNJ" (11086)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Cerro Gordo County natural vg $3.00 "917 NNH" (11119)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Lee County natural vg $2.00 "393 PFL" (13452)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "394 PLB" (10825)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "634 PKZ" (10860)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "413 PKZ" (10863)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "015 PGF" (10868)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "841 PGA" (10900)

2005 (blue/reflective multicolored) Linn County natural vg $3.00 "324 PGD" (10942)

2006 (blue/reflective multicolored) Mills County natural vg $3.00 "483 PNB" (13458)

2006 (blue/reflective multicolored) Polk County natural vg $3.00 "384 PXZ" (13459)

2006 (blue/reflective multicolored) Scott County natural vg $3.00 "626 RDG" (13874)

2006 (blue/reflective multicolored) Scott County natural vg $3.00 "673 RDG" (13934)

2007 (blue/reflective multicolored) Mills County natural vg $3.00 "090 RNS" (14060)

2007 (blue/reflective multicolored) Polk County natural vg $3.00 "028 RLO" (14061)

2007 (blue/reflective multicolored) Polk County natural vg $3.00 "657 RLK" (14062)

2007 (blue/reflective multicolored) Pottawattamie County natural vg $3.00 "912 RBP" (14063)

 

 

 

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