Texas License Plates from 1917-




Texas, due to its size and high population, is a relatively easy state to obtain early license plates. Texas started relatively late, issuing its first official plates in 1917. This first issue was a simple undated, white on black steel license plate.

What made Texas somewhat unusual was the supplemental use of radiator seals. These seals validated the first issue plate from 1917-1922. In 1923, Texas issued its second baseplate, which was then txlidated in 1924 with another seal. From 1925 onwards, Texas then issued annual plates.

The metal shortage caused by World War 2 forced many states to use alternative materials - Texas used tabs for 1943 and 1944.

In 1953 and 1954, Texas issued both aluminum and steel plates. Both types are shown below, although they appear identical in photos.

After 1994, Texas stopped using plates stickers in favor of windshield stickers to cut down on sticker theft. After 1994, I have shown a plate of each major sub-style - notice how the flag position changes.



1917 - baseplate for 1917-1922
1917 - radiator seal
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923 - baseplate for 1923-1924
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953 - aluminum plate
1953 - steel plate
1954 - aluminum plate
1954 - steel plate
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978 - WANTED
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
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