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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL LICENSE PLATES

By an Act of Congress, the Inaugural license plates are ordered by the Inaugural Committee through the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles and are manufactured by the District of Columbia Department of Corrections at the Lorton Reformatory in Virginia. The plates are valid on vehicles registered in all States. Some States allow the Inaugural plates to be used "in lieu of" the regular license plates, and some States require the Inaugural plates to be used "in conjunction with" the regular plates. (information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation, dated 1981)

Since 2005, Inaugural plates are no longer valid for registration by the general public. The blue background plates in 2009 were mainly produced for use during the Inaugural festivities on vehicles which were directly involved with the events, and they were not made available to the general public.

REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-2009-INA-A
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2009 (Obama/Biden)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: NON-REFLECTIVE
VALIDATION: NO VALIDATION DECALS USED
NOTES: WHITE SERIAL ON MEDIUM BLUE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-2009-INA-B
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2009 (Obama/Biden)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: NO VALIDATION DECALS USED
NOTES: BLACK SERIAL ON LINCOLN GRAPHIC BASE
USED ON CERTAIN INAUGURAL PARADE VEHICLES


REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-2005-INA-A
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2005 (Bush/Cheney)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: VALIDATION STICKER EXPIRES 3-31-2005
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-2005-INA-B
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2005 (Bush/Cheney)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: VALIDATION STICKER EXPIRES 12-31-2005
NOTES: REFLECTIVE WHITE SERIAL ON CAPITOL DOME GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-2001-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2001 (Bush/Cheney)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: VALIDATION STICKER EXPIRES 3-31-2001
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1997-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1997 (Clinton/Gore)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: VALIDATION STICKER EXPIRES 3-31-1997
NOTES: RED SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1989-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1989 (Bush/Quayle)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: VALIDATION STICKER EXPIRES 3-31-1989
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1985-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1985 (Reagan/Bush)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: VALIDATION STICKER EXPIRES 3-31-1985
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1981-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1981 (Reagan/Bush)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION:
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1977-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1977 (Carter/Mondale)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION:
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1973-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1973 (Nixon/Agnew)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: STEEL
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION:
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



REFERENCE NUMBER: DC-1969-INA
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1969 (Nixon/Agnew)
PLATE TYPE: INAUGURAL ISSUE
BASE MATERIAL: STEEL
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION:
NOTES: BLUE SERIAL ON REFLECTIVE GRAPHIC BASE



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