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N.J. license plates will change next year

licenseplate071009_optMove will yield 25 million new combinations

The drab colors — black on straw — unfortunately won't change. But starting next year, New Jersey's newest license plates will look a little different.

Up until now, the so-called standard issue plates have started with a sequence of three letters, followed by two numbers and a letter. But the state Motor Vehicle Commission has just started issuing plates that start with ZZZ, so a change is in order.

When the final plate in the series, ZZZ-99Z, is issued, sometime next year, the sequence of letters and numbers will be reversed, the Associated Press reports.

The change will yield 25 million new combinations. Officials said the new series, which will begin with A10-AAA and go through Z99-ZZZ, will likely last about 20 years.


Comments (4)
4 Wednesday, 18 December 2013 19:06
morris tomasetto
black with white letters or numbers would look a better
3 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:26
I saw the weird format and decided to pay the extra 50 bucks for the shore to please plates. Best investment ever :)
2 Sunday, 11 July 2010 07:52
Phil Sidotti
A couple of easy changes:
Keep the straw background but switch the black lettering to blue
This would add color and match NJ state colors.
Eliminate or enlarge the symbol of NJ state shape.
It's so small it looks like a smudge. Technology can produce a larger screened version of the state (similar to how they produce the flag, battleship etc.)
Agree with the last poster - the font is outdated and often difficult to distinguish.
1 Sunday, 07 February 2010 20:44
We've had these plates for almost 20 years...enough with the black on yellow already! Black on white would be an improvement. Is it that difficult to change a license plates color! And while I'm at it, why not change the font as well. Telling an 8 from a B, or a 5 from an S shouldn't be a guessing game! Other states have contests or periodically change plates, why not NJ???

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