|Month/Year||Last two digits of plate number|
|November 1977:||00, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90|
|December 1977:||vanity plates, heavy trucks, heavy trailers, fleet vehicles, some new registrants, or by special request|
From July 1977 through December 1981, motorcycle stickers were made in a combined month/year format (so a total of 54 (!) different looking motorcycle stickers were issued during that period). To reduce the number of distinct stickers that need to be made each year, for 1982 and all later years, separate month stickers have been used with a standard passenger year sticker on motorcycle license plates.
Washington's month stickers, introduced in 1977 for passenger and other vehicles, were color-coded by quarter. First quarter (Jan-Mar) were black, second quarter (Apr-Jun) were blue, third quarter (Jly-Sep) were red, and fourth quarter (Oct-Dec) were green. Motorcycle stickers, in a combined month/year format from July 1977 through December 1981, also conformed to these color codes. For each of these years, there were three different sticker design motifs used in the appropriate color schemes (the first month in each quarter had a particular design, the second month in the quarter had a different design, etc.).
Each of the 54 designs and color schemes are shown below. Except for the 1981 stickers, which are actual sample stickers, these pictures are computer-generated illustrations. They are, however, believed to be very faithful representations of the real stickers, and show the same typeface styles and spacing. Compare these to some of the pictures above of actual 1977-1980 stickers to verify that the designs have been illustrated accurately. The only uncertainty is with the July and October 1977 stickers, as this author has not yet seen intact examples of these stickers.
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