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District of Columbia License Plate Ephemera

Paper Items

Images of plate-related items such as registration certificates, plate mailing envelopes, key tags, AAA badges, plate toppers, emissions test stickers, and similar items will continue to be added to this page.


Paper Items

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This style of windshield sticker was issued, at least in the late 1970s and early 1980s, to allow owners of newly registered vehicles to operate their vehicles up to 10 days without a valid D.C. inspection sticker. The inspection had to be completed by the expiration date punched in the sticker. These ten-day temporary stickers are no longer needed because a change in registration procedure calls for the inspection to be conducted before the registration is obtained and while the vehicle is being operated with D.C. temporary plates or regular plates from one of the states. Click on the image for an enlarged view of both sides of the sticker.

Listed below are paper items that are shown elsewhere on DCplates.net. The links will take you to the images referenced.


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1937 Presidential Inaugural Registration Card
 
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1937 Presidential Inaugural Plate Mailing Envelope
 
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1941 Presidential Inaugural Registration Card
 
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1949 Presidential Inaugural Registration Card
 
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1953 Presidential Inaugural Registration Card
 
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1957 Presidential Inaugural Registration Card
 
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1957 Presidential Inaugural Plate Mailing Envelope
 
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1959 National Cherry Blossom Festival Window Decal
 
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1961 Presidential Inaugural Plate Mailing Envelope
 
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1967 Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Envelope
 
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1968 National Cherry Blossom Festival Registration Certificate
 
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1969 Renewal Mailing (five documents)
 
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1969 Registration Fee Change Notice
 
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1969, 1971, and 1973 Plate Sticker Location Instruction Slips
 
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1970 Reserved Registration Number Renewal Instruction Letter
 
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1972 Registration Renewal Reminder Notice
 
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c.1975-78 Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Envelope
 
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c.1979-84 Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Envelope
 
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1983 Mayoral Inaugural Registration Certificate
 
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1983 Insurance Certificate
 
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1984 Renewal Mailing (four documents)
 
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1984 Staggered Registration Implementation Brochure
 
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1984 Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Mailing
 
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mid-1980s Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Envelope
 
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1985 Registration Certificate
 
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c.1985 Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Envelope
 
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Late 1980s Registration Renewal Certificate and Plate Sticker Envelope
 
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2003 (exp. 2004) Windshield Sticker and Application Instructions
 
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2004 Registration Renewal Notice
 
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2005 (exp. 2006) Registration Certificate (hire)
 
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2005 (exp. 2006) Registration Certificate (passenger)
 
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2005 (exp. 2006) Renewal Sheet (Reg. Cert., Windshield Sticker)
 
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2006 (exp. 2007) Windshield Sticker
 
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2006 (exp. 2008) Inspection Sticker
 
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Special "two-way" envelopes were used for registration renewal transactions for a number of years. The envelope took paperwork in two directions: first by the DMV to mail a renewal application to the motorist, and then by the motorist to return the form and corresponding fee to the DMV. A small portion of one appears to the right. Click on the image for an enlarged view of both sides of the envelope.
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Key Tags

Key tags that resemble license plates were distributed by the Disabled American Veterans organization from the early 1940s through the mid-1970s, accompanied by contribution solicitations. Earlier tags, such as the 1940 example pictured, are embossed brass and were distributed by of B.F. Goodrich Co. to promote its vehicle tires.

1940 (exp. 3-31-41) B.F. Goodrich key tag no. 64-937
1940
early D.C. DAV key tag no. 159-975, possibly the 1941 (exp. 3-31-42) issue
early D.C. DAV key tag no. 89-995, possibly the 1942-44 (exp. 3-31-43 through 3-31-45) issue
1945 (exp. 3-31-46) D.C. DAV key tag no. 114-373
undated, possibly 1941
undated, possibly 1942-44
1945
1946 (exp. 3-31-47) D.C. DAV key tag no. 85-559
1948 (exp. 3-31-49) D.C. DAV key tag no. 7-5141
1949 (exp. 3-31-50) D.C. DAV key tag no. J-1814
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1950 (exp. 3-31-51) D.C. DAV key tag no. 5703
1951 (exp. 3-31-52) D.C. DAV key tag no. 2-4365
1952 (exp. 3-31-53) D.C. DAV key tag no. 2168
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1953 (exp. 3-31-54) D.C. DAV key tag no. 2-5347
1954 (exp. 3-31-55) D.C. DAV key tag no. 2-5347
1955 (exp. 3-31-56) D.C. DAV key tag no. AA-78-36
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1956 (exp. 3-31-57) D.C. DAV key tag no. AV-78-07
1957 (exp. 3-31-58) D.C. DAV key tag no. JL-759
1958 (exp. 3-31-59) D.C. DAV key tag no. 355
1956
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1959 (exp. 3-31-60) D.C. DAV key tag no. EG-100
1960 (exp. 3-31-61) D.C. DAV key tag no. 237
1961 (exp. 3-31-62) D.C. DAV key tag no. 237
1959
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1962 (exp. 3-31-63) D.C. DAV key tag no. 237
1963 (exp. 3-31-64) D.C. DAV key tag no. MV-908
1964 (exp. 3-31-65) D.C. DAV key tag no. 5X460
1962
1963
1964
1965 (exp. 3-31-66) D.C. DAV key tag no. 3AM37
1966 (exp. 3-31-67) D.C. DAV key tag no. 123-940
1967 (exp. 3-31-68) D.C. DAV key tag no. 102-994
1965
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1967
1968 (exp. 3-31-69) D.C. DAV key tag no. 626-101
1971 (exp. 3-31-72) D.C. DAV key tag no. 577-430
1972 (exp. 3-31-73) D.C. DAV key tag no. 899-878
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1972
1973 (exp. 3-31-74) D.C. DAV key tag no. 962-766
1974 (exp. 3-31-75) D.C. DAV key tag no. 222-646
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1974



Toppers

The link below will take you to images of toppers and similar items.

Vehicle Dealer Toppers and Identification Emblems
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AAA Badges

The badges shown below were distributed to Washington-area motorists that were members of the local branch of the American Automobile Association. All except for the badge-and-bracket combination pictured at the bottom are stainless steel or chrome plated steel.

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The key tags and AAA badges pictured on this page are shown courtesy of Charlie Gauthier, a Washington, D.C. native who now resides in Northern Virginia. DCplates.com appreciates his contributions to this page. For more information about these items or to provide more information about or images of them, please send an e-mail to Mr. Gauthier at Charlie@DCplates.com



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