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Government License Plates

Maine began issuing registration plates in 1905.  The first and only slogan "Vacationland" appeared on the plate in 1936.   Over the years, plate design and colors have changed.  All general plates and specialty plates must be approved by the Legislature.  Following are samples of the plates we issue today. 
The Chickadee plate is Maine's general issue plate. 
Previous to July 1, 1999 Maine's general issue plate displayed a red lobster on the center of the plate.

Chickadee Plate

The general issue plate is the basic design for any plate.  They are issued in a variety of classifications:  Antique Auto, Bus, Combination, Commercial, Commercial Tractor, Disability, Disability Motor Home, Farm, Hire, Horseless Carriage, Motor Home, Special Equipment and Street Rod.

Specialty plates are issued to designate a particular destinction or association.  Specialty plates include:  

University of Maine Plate University of Maine

Conservation Plate Conservation

Purple Heart Plate Purple  Heart

Disabled Veteran Plate
Disabled Veteran

Disabled Veteran MC

Disabled Veteran MC

Veteran Plate

Coach Plate

Municipal Police Plate
Municipal Police

Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate
Pearl Harbor Survivor

Firefighter Plate

Former Prisoner of War Plate
Former Prisoner of War

Sheriff Plate

State Vehicle Plate

Trailer Plate

Apportioned Plate


Lobster Plate

University of Maine Black Bear Plate
Black Bear

Agriculture Plate

Wabanaki Plate


Support our Troops Plate

Support our Troops

Support Wildlife Plate

Support Wildlife

Breast Cancer Support Plate

Breast Cancer Support


All plates on this page, except for the conservation and purple heart plate, may be purchased as SAMPLES for a fee of $5.00 per plate. Please send your request to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Vehicle Services Division, 29 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0029.  Your check or money order should be payable to the Secretary of State. Please specify the type of plate you would like to receive and include your return address.

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