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National Plates - Private/Passenger

1937 - 1943

Mexican License Plates

No state coding used in 1937, 1938, and 1939
(A) State coding used but prefix G was used in Guanajuato and Guerrero
(B) State coding used but prefix P was used in Pueblo and San Luis Potosí
(C) State coding used but prefix Y was used in Morelos and Yucatan

National Plates - Federal Government

Servicio Publico Federal (SPF)
Secretaria del Autotransporte Federal (SAF)
Secretaria de Comunicaciónes y Transportes (SCT)

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National Plates - Miscellaneous

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Diplomatic & Consular Corps

Mexican License Plates

States & Federal District

Aguascalientes Baja California Baja California Sur Campeche Chiapas
Chihuahua Coahuila Colima Federal District Durango
Guanajuato Guerrero Hidalgo Jalisco México
Michoacán Morelos Nayarit Nuevo León Oaxaca
Puebla Querétaro Quintana Roo San Luis Potosí Sinaloa
Sonora Tabasco Tamaulípas Tlaxcala Veracruz
Yucatán Zacatecas      

Border Zone with the United States

Beginning in 1972, México started issuing special plates for privately owned vehicles in all of Baja California and Baja California Sur and for privately owned vehicles registered in the 20 mile border zone with the United States in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora and Tamaulípas

In the end-1990's, other vehicle classes also received border zone plates.

These plates differ from the standard passenger plates in their different color and numbering schemes.

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Country Information

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LocationNorth America
CapitalCiudad de México [Mexico City]
Main ReligionChristianity
Main LanguageSpanish
HistoryIndependence from Spain in 1821
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(1) Jim Fox/Picture by Greg Gibson
(2) Picture by Ricky Stein

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