In 1974, South Dakota came out with a screened graphic plate that was the first of its kind. But it was America’s Bicentennial – the 200th birthday – that inspired many states to issue new colorful graphic passenger plates to celebrate, ushering in a new era of license plates. They all shared at least one of several elements: a red, white, and blue color scheme; screened graphics; the Bicentennial logo; or the word “Bicentennial” in the slogan.
Alabama (1977) Alaska (1976)
Colorado (1975) – this plate actually celebrated Colorado’s 100th year of statehood, but it is also considered a Bicentennial plate by most collectors.
Delaware (1976) & Georgia (1976) – two of several states to issue “Booster” plates; these could be put on the front of the car in states that issued a single passenger plate instead of in pairs.
Hawaii (1976) Illinois (1976)
Indiana (1977) Maine (1976, Booster plate)
Maryland (1976) Michigan (1976)
Mississippi (1976, Booster plate) Missouri (1977)
Montana (1976) Nebraska (1976)
New Hampshire (1976, Booster plate)
New Jersey (1976; Booster plate – one version was embossed, the other flat)
North Carolina (1975) Oklahoma (1976)
Pennsylvania (1971; this plate is a bit different due to the color scheme)
South Carolina (1976) South Dakota (1976)
Vermont (1976; Booster plate) Virginia (1976)
Wyoming (1975) Washington, D.C. (1976)
Some states just issued a special registration sticker.