Bus


PRIVATE

possible that buses used "G" prefix before 1940
  (G is normally passenger >4,500 lbs.)

First Issue 1940
issued in pairs through 1974
marked "BUS" vertically through 1985?1987?
"BU" prefix 1986?1988?-present






1940
(pair)

yellow/black


1941
(pair)


black/yellow

1942 (pair)

yellow/black


1943 (single)

yellow/black


1944 (single)
believed to be a full-size plate (not a strip)
yellow/green


1945
(single)

yellow/green (April)
green/yellow (no month = October exp)

1946 (pair)

silver/black


1947 (pair)

black/yellow


1948 (pair)

yellow/black


1949 (pair)

white/black


1950
(pair)

black/white


1951 (pair)

white/black


1952 (pair)

yellow/black


1953 (pair)

black/yellow


1954 (pair)

white/black


1955 (pair)

black/white


1956 (pair)

black/yellow


1957 (pair)

white/blue


1958 (pair)

blue/white


1959 (pair)

white/blue


1960 (pair)

blue/white


1961 (pair)

red/white


1962
(pair)

white/red


1963 (pair)

white/green


1964 (pair)

white/black


1965
(pair)

black/white


1966
(pair)

white/blue


1967
(pair)

blue/white


1968
(pair)
begin reflective letters
white/black


1969 (pair)

white/blue


1970
(pair)
"1670  300 YEARS  1970"
white/green


1971
(pair)

white/brown


1972
(pair)

white/black


1973
(pair)

white/blue


1974 (pair)
last year for pairs
white/green


1975
(single)

white/maroon


1976

"1776 Bicentennial 1976" top
blue/white


1977


red/white


1978


green/white


1979


black/white


1980


blue/white


1981


red/white


1982

"EXP. DEC. 31st 82" top
green/white


1983

"EXP. DEC. 31st 83" bottom
black/white


1984

"EXP. DEC. 31st 84" top
blue/white


1985

"EXP. DEC 31 85" bottom
red/white


1986


green/white


1987

black/white

1988

"EXP. BUS 12/31" bottom
blue/white


1989-1990

stickered; 1989 non-pass; 1990 passenger sticker
2 variations: embossed border, no border
red/white

1991- December 31, 2015

stickered; 1991 non-pass; 1992+ passenger sticker
black/white

transition to flat circa 2013, changeover to stacked "B/U" prefix late 2013


January 1, 2016 - present

full replacement through 2016
stickered; "B/U" stacked prefix
black/white


COMMON CARRIER

Common Carrier = commercial or "pay to ride"

First Issue 1952?
Abbreviated "SC" for South Carolina through 1965
Issued in pairs through 1974
marked "COMMON CARRIER" through 1965;
  marked "C/C" 1966-present
marked "BUS" vertically through 1985?1987?;
  "BC" prefix  1986-present

1/2 year issues marked "4/30" 1952?-1965, "APRIL 30" 1966-1969??
1/2 year issued marked "MAY 15th" 1972?-????


























































Common Carrier believed to begin 1952