National Guard

Active Guard

verified in the 1940's a plate marked "GUARDS" as serial. Possible vanity or booster.

First Issue 1969
used passenger plate colors through 1975
issued in pairs through 1974
marked "NATIONAL GUARD"
'Minuteman' embossed logo 1972? -2002?
logo with U.S. flag and S.C. flag on left with N/G prefix 2003?-current; decal of branch of service, top

1969

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 69" bottom
white/blue


1970

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 70" bottom
white/green


1971

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 71" bottom; begin Minuteman logo
white/brown


1972

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 72" bottom
white/black


1973

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 73" bottom
white/blue


1974

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 74" bottom
white/green


1975

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 75" bottom
white/maroon


1976

"1776 NATIONAL GUARD 1976" top
blue/white


1977

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 77" bottom
red/white


1978

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 78" top
green/white


1979

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 79" bottom
black/white


1980

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 80" top
blue/white


1981

"19 NATIONAL GUARD 81" bottom
red/white


1982

"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" top
green/white


1983
"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" bottom
black/white


1984

"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" top
blue/white


1985

"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" bottom
red/white


1986

"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" bottom
green/white


1987

"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" bottom
black/white


1988

"EXP NATIONAL GUARD 11/30" bottom
blue/white


1989-1990

stickered, "NATIONAL GUARD" bottom
red/white, with or without embossed border


1991-1999
stickered (passenger stickers), "NATIONAL GUARD" bottom
black/white
  - valid through 4/30/2017 if continuously renewed

1999-2009

black numbers, white background,
        Air Guard, Army Guard, Retired Guard or State Guard stickers
        numbers began at 20001
  - valid through 4/30/2017 if continuously renewed

2009-2015

same design as previous, flat/screenprinted serial; logo enlarged
        Air Guard, Army Guard, Retired Guard or State Guard stickers
        transition approximately plate number 30000
  - valid through 4/30/2017 if continuously renewed


SCDMV photo
2015-present
First issue 5/1/2015
        Air Guard, Army Guard, Retired Guard or State Guard stickers
        transition approximately plate number 32000
        Full replacement of previous design complete by 4/30/2017


RETIRED GUARD

Approved by Legislature 5/12/1986 (SB24)

First Issue 1987?
'Minuteman' embossed logo followed by "RET" vertical, left


1987 black/white marked EXP 10/31, bottom
1988 blue/white marked EXP 10/31, bottom
1989 red/white stickered with white/blue "89" (exist with and without embossed border)
1990 same as 1989 with passenger sticker
1991 black/white stickered with red/white "91"
1992-1999 same as 1991 stickered with passenger stickers
1999 combined with National Guard with sticker "Retired", top

Deleted by Legislature 7/6/1999 (SB150)
Decal issued to standard National Guard plate


STATE GUARD

Approved by Legislature 6/15/1993 (HB3099)

"SC" prefix
black numbers, white background
blue strip top & bottom and yellow strip accents bottom,
"State Guard", top
yellow circular logo with palmetto tree design

renewed with passenger stickers (currently valid 2010+);
New issues after 1999 combined with National Guard with sticker "State Guard", top
 - leftover inventory may have been issued past 1999.

Deleted by Legislature 7/6/1999 (SB150)