Personalized

First issue 1972, though earlier types are believed to exist through political connections
up to 7 characters used, including ampersand (&)
Issued in pairs 1972-1974
Used passenger colors/design 1972-1978


1972


white/black


1973


white/blue


1974


white/green


1975


white/maroon


1976-1978

passenger stickers
Bicentennial base


1979

"1979" bottom
black/white


1980

same as 1981 passenger base, with raised blue border "1980" top
state-outline design


1981

"1981" bottom
red/white


1982

"EXP NOV. 30TH 82" top
green letters/white background


1983

same as 1981 passenger base; raised blue border "EXP NOV. 30TH 83" top
state-outline design


1984

"EXP NOV. 30TH 84" top (variation: NOV.30 {no TH} known)
white/blue


1985

same as 1986 passenger base; blue raised border
used NOV month sticker and unique "85" sticker
Palmetto base design

1986

"EXP NOV. 30 86" bottom
white/green


1987

same as 1981 passenger base; raised blue border "19   NOV.30   87" top
state-outline design


1988

raised blue border; November month sticker; embossed "88" bottom right.
blue mountains at top; green seagrass bottom; white serial field


1989 TYPE 1

staggered month registration; "89" embossed bottom right.
same as 1988 design
2 styles of stamped "89"


1989 TYPE 2

yellow stripes top and bottom; white cresent moon white in top right;
"THE PALMETTO STATE" top; white serial field; brown serial;
month sticker bottom left; "89" embossed bottom right.
2 styles of stamped "89"
Rare type with no "89" with sticker box

1989 TYPE 3

light yellow background with green rolling mountains design bottom half; palmetto frawns top left; green serial letters; month sticker bottom left; embossed "90" bottom right.
exists with and without embossed border

1990

staggered month registration; "90" embossed bottom right.
same as 1989, Type 3 design
exists with and without embossed border

1991-2008

green mountains top; "Nothing Could Be Finer" top inside mountains;
green seagrass bottom; month sticker bottom left;
screenprinted "91" in sticker well bottom right; renewed with passenger stickers

2008-present

same design as 1991-2008;
flat (digitally screened serial) beginning September, 2008;
existing issues renewed with passenger stickers.
May have a handicapped symbol beginning March 22, 2010.

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