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Highway Department

Prior to mid-1923 New Mexico State Highway Department vehicles received regular “civilian” license plates, but from then on its vehicles were given their own unique plates. Those from mid-1923 through 1933 were manufactured by private companies and varied widely in appearance from one year to the next.  Beginning in 1934, concurrent with license plate production being taken over by the New Mexico State Penitentiary, a special over-stamped HD monogram was added. The monogram was switched HC (for Highway Commission) for a very short time in 1960s before being dropped altogether. Further changes in the appearance of the plates occurred upon changes in its name, first to Highway and Transportation Department, then to Department of Transportation. The New Mexico DOT now uses generic State Government plates like all other state agencies.  Note: In 1929 and 1930 Highway Department vehicles used the same Official plates as all other state-owned vehicles, rather than their own unique plates. There are other (later) years for which Highway Department plates are not known to exist, and it may be that Official plates were used in those years, too.

Highway Commission/Department Trailer Plates
  Highway Commission Vice Chairman, 1972, 1974, 1975   Highway Commissioner, 1996  
Photo credits:  Highway Commission #02HC002 courtesy of Mike Wade.  All others by Bill Johnston.


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