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Double Zias

Beginning in 1932, and continuing through 1946, most New Mexico plates with three or fewer digits (i.e., those numbered 999 or lower) were adorned with two zia symbols—one on each side of the serial number. This was done solely for aesthetic purposes to fill up what would have otherwise been a large area of blank space on the tags.  The practice was initiated as much as four years earlier for certain state-owned vehicles, as well as for the Governor’s privately-owned vehicles.

This 1948 Official #1223 is the only known 4-digit Double Zia plate from any year.
Photo Credits: 1932 Guest and 1932 Truck courtesy Steven Graeter.  All others by Bill Johnston.


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