Indiana Antique License Plates 1940-1949
You may plate a vehicle that is at least 25 years old with an antique license plate (Year of Manufacture license plate) that was issued by the Indiana BMV in the model year of the vehicle.
Number issued: 848,222
Number issued: 929,115
Number issued: 898,464
Number issued: 847,362
Indiana issued license plates in pairs until May 22, 1943. Because of the metal shortage caused by World War II, Governor Henry Shricker asked Hoosiers to turn in their collections of old license plates, along with their front 1942 plates. This load of metal was sent to the Indiana State Prison to be reprocessed into the 1944 plates. Hoosiers completed 1943 with only the plate on the rear of their vehicle--which was a tab for 1943 bolted over the full 1942 plate.
Number issued: 803,433
Hoosiers again fixed a smaller tab for 1944 over the 1942 license plate, in a war-effort to save metal.
Number issued: 830,858
Number issued: 898,741
Number issued: 961,227
Background: Royal Blue
Number issued: 1,011,898
Indiana recorded its first year of issuing over one million license plates in 1948. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Indiana's population in 1950 was 3,934,000.
Number issued: 1,098,675
(Some license plate images presented with the assistance of the Jacob A. Newkirk Historic License Plate Collection.)