1976 bicentennial base:  This design began in 1976, designed in honor of the U.S. bicentennial, and ran until 1990 ("91" year sticker expiration).  The plate number has the county code (see "county code" page) and stacked "T/R" (for trailer) at the left, followed by a dot separator and the plate number.  After 1976, the plates were renewed with annual stickers expiring on December 31 of the year of renewal, such as "12-31-79".

1979 (blue/multicolored) Missoula County vg $3.00 "4TR-4284" (11708)

1981 (blue/multicolored) Pondera County g $2.00 "26TR-122" (12922)



1991 "Big Sky" base:  This design began in 1991 ("92" sticker) and ran to 1999 ("2000" sticker) when it was replaced by the "2000" design.  The plate number has the county code (see "Montana county codes" page) at left with a stacked "T/R" next to it, then followed by a dot separator and the plate number.  Single digit counties had a plate number format of "1T/R-0000A" and two digit counties had a plate number format of "11T/R-000A".



"2000" base:  This design was issue beginning in 2000 to commemorate the turning to year 2000 and includes in the design a faint "2000" at the top of the plate above the state name.  The plate was phased in upon the vehicle's renewal with the owner receiving new plates with "01" stickers.  The new design continued the plate number format of a stacked "TR" following the county number at the left (and before the dot separator).  For all counties, similar to the passenger version, the county number and stacked "TR" was followed by a dot separator, then the plate number in "A0000" format for single digit counties and "A000" format for two-digit county numbers (no leading zeros for either formats).  The plate was produced in embossed format in the beginning, but about mid-2003 ("2004" expiration stickers), was produced with flat plate numbers.  See the "Montana county codes" page for county code information.

2001 (black/blue & white) Gallatin County natural vg $3.00 "6TR-A1539" (11431)




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