Sample

First Issue 1923?
Samples were generally traded between states for law enforcement to recognize style/color from other states.
Always representative of normal passenger.
Only issued as single.
See Passenger section for colors/design.


1923


white/dark green


1924


black/orange


1925

white/green


1926
"SC" inside Palmetto Tree design
red/white


1927

"SC" inside Palmetto Tree design
green/white


1928


black/yellow


1929


black/white


1930
"IODINE" vertically on right side
white/black


1931
"THE IODINE STATE" bottom
green/gray


1932
"THE IODINE STATE" bottom
black/yellow


1933

"THE IODINE PRODUCTS STATE" bottom
black/white


 
1934
 
"APRIL 30" top or "OCTOBER 31" bottom
black/yellow(April) yellow/black(October)
believed that Samples exist for both color schemes

1935
"APRIL 30" top or "OCTOBER 31" bottom
color variations: red/white; white/red; black/white; white/black
no rhyme or reason known as to color variations
believed that Samples exist for all color schemes

1936

"APRIL 30" top or "OCTOBER 31" bottom
yellow/black(April) black/yellow(October)


1937

unknown if APRIL exists - all I've seen are OCT
black/white


1938


black/yellow


1939


black/white


1940
"OCTOBER 31" bottom
yellow/black


1941


black/yellow
type exists without second dash

1942


yellow/black


1943

restamped from collected plates - most '42; rare unstamped exist
yellow/black


1944
strip applied to existing 1943; weight class matched, plate number did not
yellow/green
unknown if Samples were available

1945

yellow/green


1946


silver/black


1947


black/yellow


1948


yellow/black


1949


white/black


1950

black/white


1951


white/black


1952

yellow/black


1953


black/yellow


1954


white/black


1955


black/white


1956


black/yellow


1957


white/blue


1958


blue/white


1959

white/blue


1960

blue/white


1961


red/white


1962

some experimental reflective (some debossed in E and F series)*
white/red
unknown if experimental Samples were available

1963


white/green


1964


white/black


1965


black/white
unknown if normal A-00-000 format was available

1966


white/blue
1964 was the first year 2-letter prefixes were issued on passenger plates. Two types of 1966 Samples known.

1967


blue/white


1968

begin reflective letters; "AUTO" bottom (passenger only)
white/black
single letter prefix also valid on passenger plates; unknown if single-letter Sample available

1969


white/blue


1970

"1670  300 YEARS  1970"
white/green


1971


white/brown


1972

begin 3-letter, 3-number format
white/black


1973


white/blue


1974


white/green


1975


white/maroon


1976-1980

"Bicentennial" base

sample stickers used

1981-1985

State Outline base

sample stickers used

1986-1990
Palmetto base

sample stickers used
1991-1998

Wren (state bird) base

sample stickers used

1999-June, 2008

"Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places" base
regular plates transitioned to flat, debossed border, beginning Sept, 2007
unknown if flat Samples were available
sample stickers used
July, 2008-March, 2016


"Sunrise" base
sample stickers used

February, 2016-present


"Hope" base
no stickers used on samples


No specialty samples are issued by South Carolina. Any plates with only "000" are considered prototypes.