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 = Monmouth||SK-SU = Somerset||WT-WZ = Hunterdon|
|AU-AZ = Burlington||JA-JZ = Essex ||NA-NZ = Union ||SV-SZ = Sussex ||YA-YZ = Essex|
|BA-BZ = Bergen ||KA-KZ = Middlesex||PA-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|
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 0000 (1951 only)
1939Type 1 - Slots
1939Type 2 - Boltholes
In 1943, validation tabs were used over 1942 plates to conserve metal for the war effort.
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
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.
Year tabs were issued for the next 4 years, and used through 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.