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Sarita
04-17-2005, 03:50 PM
Does anyone know how license plate numbers would have appeared on a NJ car in the early 80's? It is just 7 straight letters/numbers or were there specific combinations? (I'm writing a car crash scene that occurs in the 80's for my WIP)

Thanks for the help,

~Sara

soloset
04-17-2005, 11:57 PM
Try here?

http://www.aaroads.com/license_plates/new_jersey.htm

Otherwise, this site has a LOT of information.

http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/


If that's not exactly it, you may want to try http://www.alpca.org/.

I had no idea there was an official organization for the collection of license plates. I think I always figured you had to turn them in or something when you were done with them, like driver's licenses.

three seven
04-18-2005, 03:08 AM
It should look like this:

firehorse
04-18-2005, 03:13 AM
I only know that in the mid (and even late) 70s, they were six numbers, split in two groups. I'm trying to recollect ours. I think it was three letters, then a space, then three numbers (JDJ 522 comes to mind). Good idea to check with NJ Dept of Transporation, though. Also, it was some time around the early 80s (I think) that license plates chanced from ivory with black type to light blue with yellow type (much more becoming of the Garden State)

Hope this helps... a little...

three seven
04-18-2005, 03:19 AM
I'm pretty sure it should have 3 letters + 3 numbers before 1985 (3 letters, 2 numbers, 1 letter 1985-93 and 1998-date).

Colour is correct though.

three seven
04-18-2005, 03:25 AM
Grrrr @ disappearing license plates! I pity the site that doesn't allow remote access!

Sarita
04-18-2005, 04:36 AM
Perfect. Thanks Three (and soloset & sarah). Um, Three. Did you design that plate yourself? :)

(what a good little mod you are!)

reph
04-21-2005, 10:42 AM
I think I always figured you had to turn them in or something when you were done with them, like driver's licenses.
In California you keep your old driver's license, or throw it away after dicing it to prevent identity theft, or do whatever you want.

I mention this in case you ever set a story in Calif. and it has an old driver's license in it.