Colorado passenger plates received this tab to update them
for 1976. There was a grace period for placing the tabs on the plate, where
the untabbed plates could seen until the end of the first quarter of 1976.
This plate was issued to new registrations in 1976.
The PB on the left indicates that this plate was issued in Otero County.
These plates became necessary in mid-year of 1976 when the DMV ran out
of the bicentennial/centennial red, white and blue plates issued in 1975.
The centennial refers to the Centennial of the state of Colorado which
was admitted to the union in 1876
Sample version of the plate issued to new registrations
These centennial plate was issued in 1975 for the Colorado
Centennial. The dies on the plate on the right are wider and were issued
in only a few counties. The variation on the 6's on the plates is also
readily apparent. The WM for the plate on the left indicates issuance in
Garfield County. The ZA for the plate on the right indicates issuance in
Sample versions of 75 Centennial plate given out in
Blank version of the 75-76 Colorado centennial plate.
Sample version of a never issued Centennial prototype plate.
1975 Colorado dealer plate updated with 1976 tab.
Plate on the left is for a Denver area rental car as noted
by the DR prefix. The plate on the right is for a rural rental as noted by the
RR prefix. These were updated with regular passenger car tabs. The plates on
the bottom row are sample versions.
Vanity type plates using the 76 centennial base.
Low numbered 1976 Colorado license plate.
1975 Truck base updated with 76 tab shown below. The
NH on the left indicates that this plate was issued in Mesa County.
The 1975 Colorado trailer plate with 76 tab. The HY on the
left indicates that this plate was issued in Weld County. Sample version of
the plate is shown on the right.
License plate utilized by the Colorado State Patrol
from 1970 through 1983 as a replacement plate is on the left. The plate
on the right with the different dies was also utilized through the 70's.
County and city license plates used through the 70's.
Sample version of the county plate used during 70's shown
Sample of the type of the Colorado Lieutenant Governor's
plate used during 1976
Sample and regular versions of the type of Colorado Consular
Corps used during 1976
Sample version of the type of Colorado Correctional Institutions
plate used during 1976
The plate on the left updated with a 76 passenger car
tab and showing the 1940 Lincoln was first issued in 1975. The plate on
the right only had 100 pairs made and never actually saw use. It came out
in 1975. It shows a 1932 Cord convertible.
Horseless carriage plate used in Colorado from 1975 to 1979.
A blank version is shown on the right. Below is a prototype of the plate that
was never issued.
1976 Colorado farm truck tab used on farm plates.
1976 Colorado farm plate with sample version of 75 farm plate
Sample version of the 75 Colorado farm tractor plate used
1976 Colorado Recreation Truck tab place on 75 plates.
The LU on the left of this plate indicates it was issued in
Larimer County. Sample verision of the recreational truck plate is shown on
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Large 1976 mobile home tab placed on 1975 plates.
The stacked PH indicates that this plate was issued in Arapahoe
County. Sample version of the mobile home plate is shown on the right.
1976 Gross Ton Mile Truck and Tractor tab placed on
The ML on the left plate indicates it was issued in Boulder
County. The PH on the right plate indicates that it was issued in Arapahoe County.
Sample versions are shown below each plate.
I am not sure if this another sample version of the Colorado
GTM Tractor plate or simply one with a unique number.
1976 Colorado apportioned expiration sticker used on
the 75 Colorado apportioned truck plate shown below.
The TU indicates that this apportioned plate was used on truck
with sample version on right.
Sample versions of the Colorado apportioned tractor (TA)
and trailer (TR) license plates used during 1976.
1975 Colorado apportioned type plate with an unusual 1976
passenger type expiration sticker shown below. It has no mountain backdrop in
it. I am not sure as to the use of this type of plate.
76 Metro Truck tab placed on 75 plate.
A Metro Truck plate was used on any commercial truck less than
16,000 lbs used exclusively within a city or town and within a radius of 18
miles of that city or town. The TE on this plate indicates it was issued in
Adams County. A sample version of the plate is shown on the right.
76 Special Mobile Equipment tab placed on 75 plates.
The PH on this plate indicates it was issued in Arapahoe County
with a sample version shown on right.
Sample version of the 1975 Colorado special mobile equipment
dealer plate used during 1976 on left. Regular issue of the plate is shown on
Small plate used for exempt equipment in 1976
1976 Colorado handicapped tab with plate shown below.
Colorado disabled veteran license plate used during 1976. Sample
version of disabled veterans plate is shown on right.
Denver Metro Area bus plate used from 1974 to 1977. A sample
version of the plate is shown on the right.
1976 Colorado depot tab with plate shown below. Sample version
of depot tag is shown on right.
1976 Colorado amateur radio operator license plate
Colorado Centennial Governor's license plate for 1975 and
1976 Colorado State Representative license plate. A sample
version of the plate is shown on the right.
Colorado State Representative and State Senator plates of
the type used during 1976.
1976 motorcycle tab placed on 75 Colorado motorcycle
license plate shown below.
These two Colorado motorcycle plates appear to be made from
different material, as can be seen from the back. The PV on the left plate indicates
it was issued in Arapahoe County. The plate on the right was issued in Jefferson
A blank version of a highway use plate in use during
1976. Highway use plates were used to move large items such as a house.
Thanks to Tom Boyd
of Boulder, Colorado for help with a number of these plates.
1976 Colorado radio, television and press car license plates.
1976 Boulder, Colorado trash hauler plate
1976 Denver, Colorado taxi plate
1976 Denver, Colorado Bicycle Tag and 1976 Montrose, Colorado
1976 National League of Cities Denver Mayoral Conference
I am not sure of the actual use of this plate which is numbered
like a Governor's plate, but has an American Revolution bicentennial sticker
to the right.
1976 Colorado Mile Hi Jeep Club license plate attachment.
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Various 76 non-passenger Colorado plates: disabled veteran, transporter,
motorcycle dealer, apportioned truck, apportioned trailer, apportioned
tractor, SME dealer, highway use, Property of Colorado (passenger and trailer,
State Senator, Governor, consular corps.
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