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January 2003 expiration on University of Michigan plate


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January 2006 expiration on Michigan single letter vanity plate
March 2006 expiration on Michigan, 2 digit, Conserve Wildlife Habitat plate

Images sent by Jeff Lee of Columbus, Ohio



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July 2005 expiration on Michigan Conserve Wildlife Habitat plate
June 2006 expiration on Michigan World's Motor Capital plate

Images sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota


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Three examples of the new Michigan series ABC1234
June 2005 expiration on Michigan license plate
March 2006 expiration on Michigan license plate
July 2006 expiration on Michigan license plate
Images sent by Eric Sivertsen of Park Ridge, Illinois


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May 2005 expiration on Michigan Protecting Our Waters plate
Image sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota


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March 2005 expiration on Michigan Lest We Forget plate
August 2005 expiration on Michigan license plate
March 2005 expiration on Michigan Olympics Spirit plate
Images from Greg Gibson of Fenton, Michigan


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October 2004 expiration on Michigan Firefighter plate
February 2004 expiration on Michigan Professional Fire Fighter plate
Image sent by George Kunsman of Easton, Pennsylvania


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November 2004 expiration on Michigan 24,000 lbs gross vehicle weight plate. Image sent by Dennis Griesemer of Ladson, South Carolina


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April 2005 expiration on Michigan Disabled Veteran plate
Current (December 2004) Michigan permanent trailer plate

Images sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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February 2001 expiration on Michigan motorcycle dealer plate.
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October 2002 expiration on Michigan handicapped plate
April 2003 expiration on Michigan Mackinac Bridge handicapped plate
December 2003 expiration on Michigan Mackinac Bridge, Korean War Veteran plate
Images sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota


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February 2001 expiration on Michigan Mackinac Bridge dealer plate
February 2001 expiration on Michigan dealer plate

Images sent by Rob Croft of Canton, Ohio


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July 2004 expiration on Michigan Pearl Harbor Survivor plate.
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Currently used (October 2003) Bay Mills Indian Community trailer plate.
Currently used (effective August 2003) Bay Mills Indian Community government owned vehicle plate.
Images sent by Leo Good of Cloquet, Minnesota



May 2004 expiration on Michigan Korean War Veteran license plate.
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March 2004 expiration on Michigan Mackinac Bridge motorcycle vanity plate.
Image sent by D'Arcy Matters of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


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March 2000 expiration on Michigan in-transit repair plate
2011 expiration on Michigan commercial truck plate in the 130,000 lbs weight class.
Images sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota


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February 2005 expiration on Michigana manufacturer license plate.
Image sent by Eric Sivertsen of Park Ridge, Illinois


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January 2004 expiration on Michigan Great Lakes Splendor vanity plate
May 2004 expiration on Michigan Protecting Our Waters plate
Pictures taken by Danny Beard of Woodinville, Washington in the parking lot during the July 2003 ALPCA Convention


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July 2003 expiration on Michigan Agricultural Heritage plate
September 2003 expiration on Michigan Conserve Wildlife plate
Pictures taken in bright sunlight in parking lot during July, 2003 ALPCA Convention



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May 2003 expiration on Michigan Fraternal Order of Police plate.
Image sent by Eric Sivertsen of Park Ridge, Illinois


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February 2004 expiration on Michigan truck plate with 26,000 lbs weight class sticker.
Marcy 2004 expiration on Michigan Great Lakes Splendor license plate.
April 2004 expiration on Michigan Auto Centennial plate.
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October 2003 expiration on Michigan lighthouse vanity license plate. Image sent by Eric Sivertsen of Park Ridge, Illinois


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December 2002 expiration on Michigan Conserve Wildlife plate with Loon
September 2002 expiration on Michigan State University vanity with clever use of the S
April 2012 expiration on Michigan historical vehicle plate
2001 expiration on Michigan 1961 year of manufacture plate
Images sent by Joe Sallmen of Fairmont, West Virginia



February 2002 expiration on Michigan Wrecker plate.
Image sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota



February 2004 expiration on Michigan manufacturer's license plate.
Image sent by Jeff Fazekas of Montgomery, New Jersey



May 2003 expiration on what looks like a trailer sample plate but was on a regular trailer at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania swap meet.
Picture from Joe Sallmen of Fairmont, West Virginia via Ottawa.



Michigan Keweenaw Bay Indian Community license plate being currently issued.
Image sent by Helmut Stoecker of Schrobenhausen, Bavaria, Germany.



December 2002 expiration on Michigan Olympic Spirit license plate.
Picture sent by Bruce Bufalini of Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania



February 2003 expiration on Michigan Proud to be American license plate.
Picture sent by Whit Whitworth of New Boston, Michigan






December 2002 expiration on Michigan Olympic Spirit license plate.
Sent by Whit Whitworth of New Boston, Michigan


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March 2001 expiration on Michigan motorcycle license plate.
Image sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota



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January 2002 expiration on Michigan Protecting Our Waters license plate on left.
September 2002 expiration on Michigan lighthouse plate on right.


Undated, new Michigan Conserve Wildlife Habitat loicense plate.

Pictures sent by Daniel Hediger of Birsfelden, Switzerland




June 2000 expiration on Michigan Mackinac Bridge trailer plate. Seen on eBay the week of 9/17/01



February 2005 expiration on Michigan truck with Elected Gross Vehicle Weight Sticker of 80,000 lbs.
Sent by Norm Russo of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.



May 2002 expiration on Michigan Kids plate seen at 2001 ALPCA Convention in Peoria, Illinois.
Picture was taken by Scott Kaiser of Hammond, Indiana.



May 2002 expiration on new narrower dies Michigan passenger car plate.
Sent by Bruce Bufalini of Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania



July 2001 expiration on Michigan truck license plate brought to you by Bruce Bufalini of Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania.



April 2001 expiration on Michigan World's Motor Capital license plate seen on Yahoo auctions.



Another type of Michigan 2001 August expiration brought to you by Whit Whitworth of New Boston, Michigan

2007 tab


2008 tab

2009 tab

2010 tab


A quartet of Michigan expiration stickers for the years 2007 to 2010 brought to you by Whit Whitworth of New Boston, Michigan



Michigan 2001 tab brought to you by Whit Whitworth of New Boston, Michigan.

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The above two plates brought to you by Jim Palmer, ALS#2020


Brought to you by Andrea 'Enthal of Agoura Hills, California. Taken at an Edsel Convention



Sent by Whit Whitworth of New Boston, Michigan

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Whit Whitworth and wife vanity plates for the year 2000

Mike Linacres's explanation for red on white sticker.

Information below brought to you by Mike Linacre of Haslett, Michigan

Let me tell you what I know and what I've seen recently. As most of you know, Michigan now uses a single month/year sticker.  The 1999 colors are black on orange, and 2000 is black on teal.  Last December, I decided to get a vanity plate for my car.  When I got the plate in the mail in January, I was quite suprised to see separate month and year stickers.  Furthermore, the year sticker was red on white! I called the local Secretary of State office and asked if this was a mistake or if it would cause a problem.  After being transferred four times, I was told that the dual stickers would be no problem (they
seemed to "ignore" my question about if it was a mistake.) Since that time, I've seen a few other vanity plates with the red on white 00.  I've also seen them with the single black/teal sticker.  I've also seen separate month and year stickers, with the year sticker the current black/teal.  Just to make future collecting more interesting, I saw a car a the grocery store a month ago that had an 11/99 sticker, but this sticker was black/teal instead of black/orange!
I suspect there will be more of these inconsistencies in the future. With Michigan's new sticker system, the stickers are printed for you at the local SoS offices.  However, you can also get your renewals via mail or fax, so those stickers come from the main office here in Lansing.  I can easily imagine the local offices messing things up (like using the wrong color sticker, etc.) All I can say is that Michigan plate collecting may be VERY interesting
in the future.

Follow-up explanation by Joe Ross of Potterville, Michigan


The "red on white" stickers are valid and are not an error.  These were originally issued starting in 1997 for plate with a 5 year expiration
(non-profit organization, historical vehicle).  The color scheme is what we *would* have used for all tabs had Michigan not gone to laser printers in
the Secretary of State branch offices. The laser-printed tabs are the black on teal (aka green) format.  Why the color change?  It's because the laser printers can only print with black toner at present.  The toner is a special heat sensitive type that fuses with a chemical on the tab material to keep the lettering from rubbing off. You should be able to rub the tab hard with your thumb and the lettering should not come off.  For the background color, the tab stock comes in about 16 shades.  Unfortunately most are too dark to allow the black printing to show well (something law enforcement officers tend to like).  There's onlys For Michigan's Renewal by Mail, Internet Renewal, and Touch tone telephone renewal programs, the tabs are printed by a main-frame based laser printer on a different form than the branch offices use.  However, the layout of the tab is the same as the branch issued tabs. But personalized and some of the special purpose plates (such as in-transit repair, manufacturer, transporter) are produced in a different manner.  For personalized, the registration are printed in Lansing, before the plates are manufactured in Adrian.  The registrations are matched with the plates just before mailing.  Because the ordering system prints the old type registration, the old stock of tabs are used with these plates.  The old tabs only show the year; therefore a month tab is included to keep the law enforcement types from hassling you.  In fact, most branch offices returned their stock of month tabs to Renewal by Mail (who sends the plates) for this purpose.  The Department of State is working on a service request to print personalized plate tabs the same way as the Renewal by Mail tabs, but with Y2K testing and new legislation with October 1 effective dates, it will probably be next year before the tabs all match. So if the 2000 tab on a personalized plate is white with red, that means the person has a new personalized plate that was purchased sometime after Aug 1, 1998.  If there's a teal with black print on the plate, the person has had the configuration for a while and renewed it at a branch office or by mail, web, or phone. As far as the 11/99 tab on green stock, I believe you guessed correctly. Someone at the branch probably put the wrong form in the printer and printed the tab on the wrong background.  Odds are the driver renewed the plate late, when 2000 renewals were abounding and the branch did not notice the mistake. BTW, Mike Sells, on your web site, the trailer and vehicle green with black tabs are the same; the main difference is the plate number prints in the fine print at the upper right of the tab.  The codes at the bottom tell the branch and day the tab was issued.  The same stock is used for both. This information brought to you by Joe Ross of Potterville, Michigan




Michigan trailer tab brought to you by Howard Cutler of Highland, Michigan


Michigan plate with April 2000 expiration