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Passenger Plates
1939 - 1956

Starting in 1939, plates got smaller, and started using different numbering configurations.
The letters on the left side are still a county code.

COUNTY CODES 1939
AA-AT = Atlantic HA-IZ = Hudson MA-MZ = MonmouthSK-SU = SomersetWT-WZ = Hunterdon
AU-AZ = BurlingtonJA-JZ = Essex NA-NZ = Union SV-SZ = Sussex (YA-YZ = Essex)*
BA-BZ = Bergen KA-KZ = MiddlesexPA-PZ = Passaic UA-UZ = Union ZA-ZJ = Gloucester
CA-CZ = Camden LA-LU = Mercer RA-RZ = Bergen VA-VZ = Morris ZK-ZU = Cumberland
EA-FZ = Essex LV-LZ = Ocean SA-SJ = Salem WA-WS = Warren ZV-ZZ = Cape May

In "THE BULLETIN ALMANAC AND YEAR BOOK FOR 1941", the prefixes are listed as:
Atlantic County - AA-AN
Burlington County - AO-AZ
* The YA-YZ prefix for Essex County was not listed in this almanac, so apparently the YA-YZ prefix was instituted after 1941.

1939 | 1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949 | 1950 | 1951 | '52 CODES | 1952-1956

1939A/A 000, A/A 00A

1939Essex
Type 1 - Boltholes
New Jersey License Plate 1939

1939HudsonDave Zullo
Type 1 - Boltholes
New Jersey License Plate 1939

1939HudsonDave Zullo
Type 1 - Boltholes
New Jersey License Plate 1939


1939Bergen
Type 2 - Slots
New Jersey License Plate 1939

1939Hunterdon
Type 2 - Slots
New Jersey License Plate 1939


1940A/A 000, A/A 00A

1940Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1940

1940Passaic
New Jersey License Plate 1940

1940Morris
New Jersey License Plate 1940


1941A/A 000, A/A 00A

1941Atlantic
New Jersey License Plate 1941

1941Bergen
New Jersey License Plate 1941

1941Bergen
New Jersey License Plate 1941

1941Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1941


1942A/A 000, A/A 00A

1942Atlantic
New Jersey License Plate 1942

1942Camden
New Jersey License Plate 1942

1942Camden
New Jersey License Plate 1942


1943A/A 000, A/A 00A
In 1943, validation tabs were used over 1942 plates to conserve metal for the war effort.

1943Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1943

1943Warren
New Jersey License Plate 1943

1943Hunterdon
New Jersey License Plate 1943


1944A/A 000, A/A 00A

1944Morris
New Jersey License Plate 1944

1944Hunterdon
New Jersey License Plate 1944

1944Gloucester
New Jersey License Plate 1944


1945A/A 000, A/A 00A

1945Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1945

1945Warren
New Jersey License Plate 1945


1946A/A 000, A/A 00A

1946Monmouth
New Jersey License Plate 1946

1946Warren
New Jersey License Plate 1946

1946Warren
New Jersey License Plate 1946


1947A/A 000, A/A 00A

1947Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1947

1947Union
New Jersey License Plate 1947

1947Warren
New Jersey License Plate 1947


1948A/A 000, A/A 00A

1948PROTOTYPE693
New Jersey License Plate 1948

1948Camden
New Jersey License Plate 1948

1948Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1948


1949A/A 000, A/A 00A

1949Bergen
New Jersey License Plate 1949

1949Hunterdon
New Jersey License Plate 1949

1949Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1949


1950A/A 000, A/A 00A

1950Union
New Jersey License Plate 1950

1950Warren
New Jersey License Plate 1950

1950Cape May
New Jersey License Plate 1950


1951A/A 000, A/A 00A, A/A 0000

1951Bergen
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951Middlesex
New Jersey License Plate 1951


A few counties issued 1951 plates in the "long" format and numbered A/A 0000.

1951Bergen
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951Mercer
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951Cumberland
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951Cape May
New Jersey License Plate 1951


From "List of License Plates Assigned to Agencies - 1952" (Division of Motor Vehicles)
These prefixes were for the A/A 000 and A/A 00A series initially issued in 1952.

COUNTY CODES 1952
AA-AL = Atlantic HA-IZ = Hudson MA-MZ = Monmouth SI-SU = Somerset WT-WZ = Hunterdon
AM-AZ = Burlington JA-JZ = Essex NA-NZ = Union SV-SZ = Sussex YA-YN = Passaic
BA-BZ = Bergen KA-KZ = Middlesex PA-PZ = Passaic UA-UZ = Union ZA-ZK = Gloucester
CA-CZ = Camden LA-LS = Mercer RA-RZ = Bergen VA-VT = Morris
expanded to VZ after 1952
ZL-ZV = Cumberland
EA-FZ = Essex LT-LZ = Ocean SA-SH = Salem WA-WH = Warren ZW-ZZ = Cape May

Long plates had the county code and 4 digits.   These documented ranges were issued in 1952.
Apparently there were additional plates issued beyond the original ranges (and for additional counties) - see the right-hand column below.
BA1000-BE9999 = Bergen LT1000-LT3999 = Ocean Additional Allocations ('53-'56)
CA1000-CC6999 = Camden MA1000-MB9999 = Monmouth AM1000 - AM2845 = Burlington
EA1000-EH5999 = Essex UA1000-UB4999 = Union HD1000 - HF3818 = Hudson
HA1000-HC9999 = Hudson ZL1000-ZL5499 = Cumberland MC1000 - MC2603 = Monmouth
KA1000-KA2999 = Middlesex ZW1000-ZW3499 = Cape May
LA1000-LB8999 = Mercer

Additional prefixes and numbering patterns were issued between 1953 and 1956 (see below).

1952 - 19561952: A/A 000, A/A 00A, A/A 0000
1953-56: A/A 0A0, A/A A00, A/A 0000
In 1952, new plates were issued with slots for validation tabs.
The initial allocation of plates documented for 1952 were A/A 000, then A/A 00A, and finally A/A 0000.
(Thes plates below were issued in 1952 but some have tabs as they were used in later years.)

1952Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1952/55Monmouth
New Jersey License Plate 1955

1952/56Monmouth
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1952Somerset
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1952Union
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1952/56Morris
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1952/56Morris
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1952/53Hunterdon
New Jersey License Plate 1953

1952Cumberland
New Jersey License Plate 1952



These long format plates were also issued as part of the initial 1952 allocation.

1953Bergen
New Jersey License Plate 1953

1952Camden
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1954Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1954

1952Essex
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1953Mercer
New Jersey License Plate 1953

1952Monmouth
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1952Union
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1952Cape MayFirst long format plate
issued in Cape May !

New Jersey License Plate 1952





From 1953 to 1956, the additional numbering patterns of A/A 0A0 and then A/A A00 were used.
Year tabs were issued for passenger plates for 53, 54, 55, and 56.

1952+Union
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1952+Passaic
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1954Hudson
New Jersey License Plate 1954

1955Hudson
New Jersey License Plate 1955

1952+Hudson
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1956Gloucester
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1952+Cape May
New Jersey License Plate 1952


There were also some additional long format A/A 0000 plates issued from 1953 to 1956.
Their numbers are beyond the additional 1952 allocations, and at least one additional county started using long plates (Burlington).

1956Burlington
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1952+Hudson
New Jersey License Plate 1952

1956Monmouth
New Jersey License Plate 1956



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