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Old 01-26-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Just got plates for my new car last month XXX-QQZ. Think we've about reached the end of the series.
Yeah, there's a site (License Plate News) that tells you about where we are in the series, and we should be seeing the new ABC-123 series on the standard base plates any time now. Except that you'll first see QAA-### for a while. And if you have old green ABC-123 plates, they may be recalling those to avoid duplicate plates.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:04 AM
 
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Yeah, there's a site (License Plate News) that tells you about where we are in the series, and we should be seeing the new ABC-123 series on the standard base plates any time now. Except that you'll first see QAA-### for a while. And if you have old green ABC-123 plates, they may be recalling those to avoid duplicate plates.
My suspicion is that, when the QQQ series is done, you will see something like A12-Z56 get issued. Texas and other states have gone that route.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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My suspicion is that, when the QQQ series is done, you will see something like A12-Z56 get issued. Texas and other states have gone that route.
You think? Some states, like Utah, take ABC-123 and just bump it over one digit, so you get 3AB-C12. It sort of seems like a logistical nightmare to try and re-run ABC-123 when there are old plates of the same configuration on the road. And I would imagine that a lot of people who have those old plates wouldn't be happy to give them up, considering most of them have been transferred to newer cars.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I got a new car back in August, and to my surprise, they let me transfer the plate from the old car to the new one. (For some reason, I could've sworn that when I'd gotten the previous car back in 2007, they made me switch plates.) So I could conceivably have the 123-ABC format plates for at least another ten years (I've already had them seven.)

I'm surprised that they'd go back to a format that presumably still had plates in the sequence on the road. Wouldn't it be easier to adopt, say, an AB-1234 format for the next round? I'd think you could have such a format out for a long time before you ran out of combinations (since you have more numbers to run through.)

ETA: Presuming I mathed that correctly, I'm coming up with a bit shy of 7 million combinations before they ran out, and I'm guessing it's not likely we'd run through 7 million plates in a tearing hurry.
I still remember my first car's plate number. It was in the AB-1234 format. This was 20+ years ago.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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You think? Some states, like Utah, take ABC-123 and just bump it over one digit, so you get 3AB-C12. It sort of seems like a logistical nightmare to try and re-run ABC-123 when there are old plates of the same configuration on the road. And I would imagine that a lot of people who have those old plates wouldn't be happy to give them up, considering most of them have been transferred to newer cars.
Back when, Colorado issued numerous plates with variations on the two-alpha four-numeric format. Some of these are still out there, e.g., 3AB-123. So, to not conflict with those, they will have to issue an alpha numeric plate with an alpha in each character section, as I said in my example above (3C2-B16, as another example).

It would be a lot cleaner to do a full reissue of all plates, but a) people get attached to their long-term license plate number (especially those very old county-coded plates) and b) fiscally screwed up Colorado doesn't have the money to do a full re-issue. What nobody in law enforcement wants is a return to 7-character plates.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Back when, Colorado issued numerous plates with variations on the two-alpha four-numeric format. Some of these are still out there, e.g., 3AB-123. So, to not conflict with those, they will have to issue an alpha numeric plate with an alpha in each character section, as I said in my example above (3C2-B16, as another example).

It would be a lot cleaner to do a full reissue of all plates, but a) people get attached to their long-term license plate number (especially those very old county-coded plates) and b) fiscally screwed up Colorado doesn't have the money to do a full re-issue. What nobody in law enforcement wants is a return to 7-character plates.
True. I didn't mind the 7 digit plates and found them easy enough to read, but they've already screwed up using that configuration, so it really can't be used again easily. For 7 digit configurations, I find the ABC1234 easy to read as well as California's 1ABC123. But when Texas came up with that weird one a few years ago, it was horrible to try and read/remember. Something like A1B-A3B4.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Alma CO
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Would it not make sense to switch to a format like Florida has? ABCD12 allows for many more combinations to be made. I think a general recall of all older bases and the implementation of this new format would create a clearer, more distinct licensing system, statewide. I think it would also be great to introduce a county identifier on the plates as well. Perhaps a sticker with a 2 letter code, like Kansas, or the full county name at the bottom of the plate like Georgia does. I miss the days of being able to tell where in the state the cars are from. It might even help people with their Colorado geography skills!
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:43 PM
 
Location: CO
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Eh... I still prefer the standard white plates. This (link) is the "alternative base plate" that they charge you extra for. In other words, another way to make money.
I think you're right. As I recall I paid an extra $10 in 2000 when I opted for that plate. It was a one-time charge then, not sure about now.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Would it not make sense to switch to a format like Florida has? ABCD12 allows for many more combinations to be made. I think a general recall of all older bases and the implementation of this new format would create a clearer, more distinct licensing system, statewide. I think it would also be great to introduce a county identifier on the plates as well. Perhaps a sticker with a 2 letter code, like Kansas, or the full county name at the bottom of the plate like Georgia does. I miss the days of being able to tell where in the state the cars are from. It might even help people with their Colorado geography skills!
I guess we'll eventually find out what they do after they get to QQQ-999. But there's no room on CO plates for any county identifier. A sticker would cover part of the mountains at the top, as would spelling out the county. I don't really see any point to it. I grew up in KS and people just used it as a way to stereotype drivers.
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I saw a car with 'Q' in the plate this morning.....given the South Dakota dealership on the car, I guess the person just moved here.
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