Discontinued License Plates

Discontinued plates are no longer issued by the Nevada DMV. The plates shown here are still valid for vehicle registration except for the Big Horn Sheep plate.

The original owner of the plate must keep it continually registered to a vehicle or allow it to expire for less than 30 days. The plate may be transferred to another vehicle but not to another person.

Some of the dates the plates were issued are approximate. Most plates with a discontinue date of December 31 failed to maintain the minimum of 1,000 active registrations required for charitable plates.

Sesquicentennial Plate
150th Nevada Anniversary
7/24/2013 - 10/31/2016
Nevada Commemorative Plate
Nevada Commemorative
1989 - 10/31/1990
Thunderbirds License Plate
Air Force Thunderbirds
8/12/2013 - 12/31/2014
Agriculture/FFA Plate
Agriculture/FFA Pre-2014
2001 - 7/12/2014
Aviation Plate
Aviation
5/31/2005 - 12/31/2006
Carpenters Plate
Carpenters
10/15/2007 - 12/31/2009
Disabled Veteran License Plates
Disabled Veteran Older Design
Discontinued 6/2013
Ducks Unlimited License Plate
Ducks Unlimited
8/1/2005 - 12/31/2006
Great Reno Balloon Race plate
Great Reno Balloon Race
5/22/2017 - 12/31/2018
Horse Power plate
Horse Power
6/21/2007 - 12/31/2018
Outside Las Vegas License Plate
Las Vegas Federal Lands
3/2005 - 12/31/2013
Las Vegas Springs License Plate
Las Vegas Springs
9/2000 - 12/31/2013
March of Dimes Plate
March of Dimes
4/15/2013 - 12/31/2014
Nevada Airport Association
Nevada Airport Managers
9/1/2013 - 12/31/2014
Nevada Library plate
Nevada Libraries
4/18/2005 - 12/31/2006
Nevada Tourism plate
Nevada Tourism
6/27/2005 - 12/31/2007
City of Reno plate
City of Reno
1/4/2016 - 12/31/2017
Search and Rescue plate
Search and Rescue
9/15/2008 - 12/31/2009
Search and Rescue plate
Share the Road
12/1/2014 - 12/31/2016
Supporting Healthcare License Plate
Supporting Healthcare
8/29/2011 - 12/31/2012
Teamsters Local 631 plate
Teamsters Local 631
4/15/2013 - 12/31/2014
UNLV Plate through 2010
UNLV Pre-2010
1993 - 3/2010
UNLV Plate through 2010
UNLV 2010
3/2010 - 8/2018
UNR Plate through 2010
UNR Pre-2011
1993 - 9/2011
Volunteer Firefighter Plate through 2019
Volunteer Firefighter Pre-2019
7/1/2007 - 3/9/2019
White Motorcycle Plate
White Motorcycle/Small Trailer
Discontinued 2005
Big Horn Sheep License Plate

Sunset  - 2001 - 2017

The Sunset background was replaced by the Home Means Nevada (HMN) design. The first HMN plates were issued in November, 2016. The design was phased in during 2017. Sunset plates remain valid for registration.

Big Horn Sheep License Plate

Big Horn Sheep  - 1983 - 2000

All Big Horn Sheep plates were replaced and are no longer valid for registration. The DMV began issuing the Sunset plate with original registrations in January 2001. Existing Big Horn plates were replaced with Sunset plates in 2002.

1982 Nevada license plate

Blue - 1969 - 1982

Plates issued in the early 1970's abbreviated the state name to "NEV."
The DMV issues replica plates. You may be able to reinstate expired blue plates if they are in good condition. See Circa 1982 Replica plates.
Existing blue plates do not have to be surrendered.

Plates prior to 1969 were issued in many different designs.

Eight-Year License Plate Reissue Top ↑

Most discontinued plates are subject to replacement every eight years as are most Nevada license plates. The renewal notice will notify owners their plates are due to be replaced. Replacement plates are manufactured and mailed after the renewal.

Replacements of discontinued plates are made with the current production process which includes embossed lettering.

Blue plates and Nevada Anniversary (150th and 125th) plates exempt from reissue. Agriculture, UNLV and UNR plates which have updated designs will be issued in the same design the owner currently holds. Sunset plates will be reissued in the Home Means Nevada design.

See 8-Year Plate Reissue.