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Typically printed on paper or card stock, temporary tags are received when a motor vehicle is bought from either a new or used car dealer. The tag is good only for a limited amount of time—perhaps 30 days or so—giving the buyer sufficient opportunity to secure regular plates from the MVD. Even though the earliest known temporary plate is from 1964, we can infer from their fragility and ephemeral nature that they were in use long before that year.


Photo credits: 2019 Motorcycle Temporary plate courtesy Paul Westbrook. All others by Bill Johnston.



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