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MAINE TRAILER PLATES

Last Updated: 06.18.2023
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New Additions 06.18.2023

1974   #114-550
1980   #3115
1988   #695-603
2045   #45 8620Z
#512-5431
#519-3616

1974   L.T.TRAILER
The first Maine Long Term Trailer plates were issued starting in 1968, valid for up to 6 years, to expire at the end of February 1974.
Numbering was all numeric, maybe starting at number 100?, with the dash before the last 3 digits on numbers starting at 10-000.

sample

small state name variation

small state name variation

1980   L.T.TRAILER
The next base was issued starting in 1974 - it was good for another 6 years, and expired on February 29, 1980.
Some of the plates in this series were made in Arkansas and have different dies.
The numbering restarted with this series.

prototype

blank sample

arkansas dies

arkansas dies

1988-1996   L.T.TRAILER
All-numeric plates were issued with expirations in 1988, 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996. These plates were valid for up to 8 years.
Looks like these started at number 600-000, and plates in the 600- and 700- series expired in 1988.
Plates in the 800- and lower 900- series expired in 1992, and Arkansas dies were used again.
Plate number 954-553 expired in 1993.   Plate number 965-736 expired in 1994.
Plate number 976-451 expired in 1995.
Plate number 995-827 expired in 1996. This plate has no border, which indicates it was isssued in 1987 or 1988.

1988

1988

1988

1988

1992 - arkansas dies

1992 - arkansas dies

1992 - special issue?

1993

1994

1995

1996

1992-2005   ALPHA PREFIX
Alpha prefixes started in 1980 when 12-year plates were issued to expire in 1992.
Each expiration year had a distinct prefix letter.
The last plates with wide dies (the A series) were issued in 1993 to exipre in 2005.

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

1995-2006   THIN DIES
Maine switched to thinner dies for all plates in 1993.
The numbering continued where it left off for most years - and two new prefixes were added: P for 2005, and Q for 2006.

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003 Y prefix - plate needed

2004

2005

2005

2006

1997-2013   NUMERIC YEAR
Starting around 1995, a new 7-digit series was issued, using the expiration year as a prefix.
These plates were issued with 3-year to 12-year expirations.
Several 2007 plates were issued in error without the expiration date.
The last of these plates (and the last of the red LTT TRAILER bases) was issued in 2001 to expire in 2013.

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007 - no EXP date in caption

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2012-2014   SEMI-PERMANENT 600000
In 1992, a new series was issued with 20-year expirations, and a SEMI-PERMANENT legend.
Numbering started at 600000 - possible ranges for each year are listed below.
In 1993, these switched to narrow dies, just like the LTT plates.
After the expire-2014 plates, they switched to a numeric prefix.

2012
600000-620000?

2013
620000?-630000?

2014 - narrow TLR
630000?-650000?

2014 - wide TLR
650000?-670000?

2014 - wide TLR
650000?-670000?

2004-2022   SEMI-PERMANENT
Starting in 2001, SEMI-PERMANENT plates were issued for varying registration periods, from 3 to 20 years.
Numbering started for each year at 10000, and when a series is exhausted, a letter suffix is used, so after 99999 would come 1000A.

2004

2005

2005

2006

2006 prototype - black letters

2006 prototype - black letters

2007

2007

2008

2008

2009

2009

2010

2010

2011

2011

2012 - sample Paul Bagnarol

2012

2012

2013

2014

2015

2015

2016

2016

2017

2017

2018

2018

2019

2019

2020

2020

2021

2021

2022

2022

2023-2043   SEMI-PERMANENT
In 1998, a 25-year registration period was introduced, so trailers could now be registered anywhere from 3 to 25 years.
The first 25-year plates expired in 2023 and have an expiration date of 12-31 instead of the standard 2-28.
Some of the 12-31 used an all-numeric pattern, but from 2028, the 12-31 plates have used a "Z" suffix, then "Y", "X", etc., backward through the alphabet,
and the 2-28 plates remained all numeric or have a suffix starting with "A", "B", "C", etc., moving forward.
Both 2-28 and 12-31 expirations were issued until at least 2037.
It is possible that with expirations of 2038 and later, only the 12-31 expiration date was used.

2023   EXP 2-28

2023   EXP 2-28

2023   EXP 12-31

2024   EXP 2-28 (wrong date)

2024   EXP 2-29

2024   EXP 12-31

2024   EXP 12-31

2025   EXP 2-28

2025   EXP 12-31

2026   EXP 2-28

2026   EXP 12-31

2027   EXP 2-28

2027   EXP 12-31

2028   EXP 2-28

2028   EXP 12-31

2028   EXP 12-31

2028   EXP 12-31

2029   EXP 12-31

2030   EXP 2-28

2030   EXP 12-31

2031   EXP 2-28

2031   EXP 12-31

2032   EXP 2-28

2033   EXP 2-28

2034   EXP 2-28

2034   EXP 12-31

2035   EXP 2-28

2035   EXP 12-31

2036   EXP 2-29

2036   EXP 12-31

2037   EXP 2-28

2037   EXP 12-31

2038   EXP 12-31

2039   EXP 12-31

2041   EXP 12-31

2042   EXP 12-31

2020-2045   "MAINE"
In mid-2018, SEMI-PERMANENT trailer plates started being issued without an expiration date, just "MAINE" across the top.
The different numbering groups (A/Z) still persist, and they probably still determine the day of expiration.
All-numeric and the A,B,C... suffix would presumably be 2-28, and the Z,Y,X... suffix would be 12-31.

2020

2022

2023

2024

2024

2025

2025

2026

2026

2027

2029

2030

2031

2032

2033

2039

2040

2042

2042

2043

2044

2045

As of September 8, 2021, the first two digits of the plate number no longer correspond to the year of expiration.
The remaining stock of plates in the 00 0000x format will be used up, assigning random plates to random expiration years.
(This information from Jeff Fortier and Denis Litalien.)



2022-   500 series LONG TERM TLR
In early 2022, new plates were seen in the 000-0000 series, starting with the "500" prefix.
The caption on the new plates has been changed to LONG TERM TLR.
It looks like they started the numbering at 500-0000 to avoid duplication with the previous series, which went up to somewhere above 45 00000.

2022

2022

2022

2022

2022

2023