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LICENSE PLATE TABS Metal tabs were used to validate license plates fomr specific years.
 
This is a "tab" which was used to validate prestate plates for 1908. These oval seals were riveted to the prestate plates.


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1908



The first modern validation tabs were used in 1943 to conserve metal during WW2.
These were attached to 1942 passenger plates and most 1942 non-passenger types to validate the plates for 1943.

The following year, "44" tabs were issued ... but only for dated-1943 boat plates !


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1943


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1944



In 1952, a multiyear plate was issued for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and trailers.
It was dated "52" and had tab slots on either side of the date so a tab could be used.

Annual tabs were used with these plates until 1956 for passenger plates, and until 1960 for non-passenger.

black on tan
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1953

red on aluminum
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1954

white on aluminum
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1955

black on aluminum
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1956


blue on aluminum
non-passenger only
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1957

red on aluminum
non-passenger only
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1958

white on aluminum
non-passenger only
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1959

orange on aluminum
non-passenger only
New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1960



Tabs came in small envelopes with a serial number matching the one on the tabs.

New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab 1955

From 1960 to 1971, trailers used blank aluminum tabs with a sticker applied to the tab.
(Apparently the reflective trailer plates did not allow stickers to "stick" very well...)


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1960


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1961


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1962


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1963


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1964


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1965


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1966


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1967


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1968


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1969


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1970


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1971


Some plates with these tabs were used for many years after 1971.


New Jersey License Plate Validation Registration Tab Trailer 1983