Passenger Plates
1939 - 1958

COUNTY CODES 1939
Starting in 1939, plates got smaller, and started using different numbering configurations.
The letters on the left side are still a county code:
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 - 1951A/A 000
A/A 00A
A/A 0000 (1951 only)

1939Type 1 - Slots
New Jersey License Plate 1939

1939
New Jersey License Plate 1939

1939Type 2 - Boltholes
New Jersey License Plate 1939

1940
New Jersey License Plate 1940

1940
New Jersey License Plate 1940

1940
New Jersey License Plate 1940


1941
New Jersey License Plate 1941

1941
New Jersey License Plate 1941

1941
New Jersey License Plate 1941

1942
New Jersey License Plate 1942

1942
New Jersey License Plate 1942


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

1943
New Jersey License Plate 1943

1943
New Jersey License Plate 1943

1944
New Jersey License Plate 1944

1944
New Jersey License Plate 1944

1945
New Jersey License Plate 1945

1946
New Jersey License Plate 1946

1946
New Jersey License Plate 1946

1947
New Jersey License Plate 1947

1947
New Jersey License Plate 1947

1948693PROTOTYPE
New Jersey License Plate 1948

1948
New Jersey License Plate 1948

1948
New Jersey License Plate 1948

1949
New Jersey License Plate 1949

1949
New Jersey License Plate 1949

1950
New Jersey License Plate 1950

1950
New Jersey License Plate 1950

1951
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951
New Jersey License Plate 1951

1951
New Jersey License Plate 1951


Some 1951 plates were issued in the "long" format and numbered A/A 0000.

COUNTY CODES 1952
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:
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 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 ranges were issued in 1952:
BA1000-BE9999 = Bergen LT1000-LT3999 = Ocean
CA1000-CC6999 = Camden MA1000-MB9999 = Monmouth
EA1000-EH5999 = Essex UA1000-UB4999 = Union
HA1000-HC9999 = Hudson ZL1000-ZL5499 = Cumberland
KA1000-KA2999 = Middlesex ZW1000-ZW3499 = Cape May
LA1000-LB8999 = Mercer

Additional prefixes and numbering patterns were issued between 1953 and 1956.
1952 - 1956A/A 000
A/A 00A
A/A 0A0
A/A A00
A/A 0000
In 1952, new plates were issued with slots for validation tabs.
Most plates had the stacked prefix and 3 additional numbers/letters, but there were some long format A/A 0000 plates issued as well.


New Jersey License Plate 1952


New Jersey License Plate 1952


New Jersey License Plate 1952


New Jersey License Plate 1952


New Jersey License Plate 1952


Year tabs were issued for the next 4 years, and used through 1956.

1953
New Jersey License Plate 1953

1953
New Jersey License Plate 1953

1954
New Jersey License Plate 1954

1954
New Jersey License Plate 1954

1955
New Jersey License Plate 1955

1955
New Jersey License Plate 1955

1956
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1956
New Jersey License Plate 1956

1957 - 1958A/A 0000
With the 1957 issue, the standard 6 x 12 size was adopted, and the A/A 0000 numbering became standard.   These plates (and the 1952 base, above) were used until 1959, when an entire replate took place.
These 1957-issue plates were undated, and they were validated with windshield stickers.
(The '52 base plates that were still on the road - all dated '56 by now - also used windshield stickers.)





It was also possible to get 1952 numbers re-made on the 1957 base.