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Passenger Plates
1957 - 1959

In 1957, New Jersey started issuing plates in the national standard size of 6 by 12 inches.
Standard passenger plates were issued in the A/A 0000 format, usually starting at number 1000.
(A few counties issued some A/A 0000 format plates on the large size between 1952 and 1956 - in this case the 1957 issues started where these left off.)

The county codes changed again (slightly) for 1957.

COUNTY CODES 1957-1959
AA-AL = Atlantic HA-HZ = Hudson MA-MZ = Monmouth SV-SZ = Sussex ZA-ZK = Gloucester
AM-AZ = Burlington IA-IZ = Hudson NA-NZ = Union UA-UZ = Union ZL-ZV = Cumberland
BA-BZ = Bergen JA-JZ = Essex PA-PZ = Passaic VA-VZ = Morris ZV-ZZ = Cape May
CA-CZ = Camden KA-KZ = Middlesex RA-RZ = Bergen/(statewide) WA-WP = Warren
EA-EZ = Essex LA-LS = Mercer SA-SH = Salem WR-WZ = Hunterdon
FA-FZ = Essex/(statewide) LT-LZ = Ocean SI-SU = Somerset YA-YZ = Essex

In the middle of 1958, the county code system broke down, and existing county-coded plates were issued to whatever motor vehicle office required them.
The FA-FA and RA-RZ series were also issued statewide. Not sure if any were issued to their respective counties (Essex and Bergen) before they were distributed throughout the state.

The IA-IZ, JA-JZ, NA-NZ, and YA-YZ prefixes (grayed out in the list above) were apparently never issued in A/A 0000 format.
Info from Jack Hollingsworth
1957 - 1959A/A 0000
These plates, along with the 1952 base, were issued until 1959, when the replate to the tan base AAA-000 format plates started.
All plates on the road were validated with windshield stickers.

AA-AL = Atlantic

AM-AZ = Burlington

BA-BZ = Bergen

CA-CZ = Camden

EA-EZ = Essex

FA-FZ = Essex/statewide

FA-FZ = Essex/statewide

HA-HZ = Hudson

KA-KZ = Middlesex

LA-LS = Mercer

LT-LZ = Ocean
Jack Hollingsworth

MA-MZ = Monmouth

PA-PZ = Passaic

RA-RZ = Bergen/statewide

SA-SH = Salem

SI-SU = Somerset
Jack Hollingsworth

SV-SZ = Sussex

UA-UZ = Union

VA-VZ = Morris

WA-WP = Warren

WR-WZ = Hunterdon
Jack Hollingsworth

ZA-ZK = Gloucester

ZL-ZV = Cumberland

ZW-ZZ = Cape May




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

AA-AL = Atlantic

CA-CZ = Camden

CA-CZ = Camden

HA-HZ = Hudson

IA-IZ = Hudson

PA-PZ = Passaic

VA-VZ = Morris

WA-WP = Warren


Below is a very late remake - from the damage to the plate you can see it was made on a TAN blank with the newer 1959 dies.
So this plate was made very close to the changeover to the 1959 base.
Notice, it has boltholes instead of bolt slots. This is another indication that it's made on a 1959 blank.
This is the only plate like this that we know of.
Dave Zullo

WA-WP = WarrenDave Zullo