NUMBERING AND COLORS
The tables below attempt to list all of the numbering sequences and colors of Mexican plates from 1992 back to the first national standard issue in 1933.
Before 2000, the plate type is not printed anywhere on the plates themselves, so knowing the number sequences can help identify those unknown types.
Numbering becomes complex after 2000 - please refer to the number blocks pages for details.
Legend:   A=any letter;   0=any number;   X=state code (can be stacked like X/X);   Underlined = that specific letter
When I use the term "Commercial" it refers to the Mexican equivalent of "Public Service" (Servicio Publico).
Year Passenger Light Truck
(1966-)
Taxi Commercial
Bus
Commercial
Truck
Commercial
Trailer
Private
Bus
Private
Trailer
Dealer Antique Auto
(1992-)
Handicapped
(1998-)
Motorcycle
(standardized 1992)
2017-
Graphics
Plates all have random graphics and colors.   Requirements/standards changed as of 2017 - see this page for the 2017 changes.
2013-
Graphics
Plates all have random graphics and colors.   Numbering changed as of 2013 - see this page for the 2013 number blocks.
2002-
Gen 2+ Graphics
Plates all have random graphics and colors.   See this page for the number blocks.
1998-2001
Gen 1 Graphics
AAA0000
000AAA (DF)
AA00000
0000AA (DF)
0000AAA
A00000 (DF)
000000A
0000000 (DF)
0AAA000 A000000 0AAA00 0AA0000 0AA000
0AA00 (DF)
AA00
AA000 (DF)
000AA A000A
00000 (DF)
0000A (DF)
1992 Base AAA0000
000AAA (DF)
AA00000
0000AA (DF)
0000AAA
000000 (DF)
L00000 (DF)
S00000 (DF)
000000A
000000 (DF)
0AAA000
000000 (DF)
A000000
000000 (DF)
0AAA00 0AA0000 0AA000 AA00
AA000 (DF)
-- numeric
A000A
 
Year Passenger Light Truck
(1966-)
Taxi Commercial
Bus
Commercial
Truck
Commercial
Trailer
Private
Bus
Private
Trailer
Dealer SPF
1986 Base AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
000000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000
A 0000 (DF)
AA 00 000AA
1984/85 AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
00000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000 AA 00 000AA
1982/83 AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
00000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000 AA 00 A0000
1980/81 AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
00000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000 AA 00 A0000
1978/79 AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
00000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000 AA 00 A0000
1976/77 AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
00000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000 AA 00 A0000
1974/75 AAA000
000AAA (DF)
AA0000
0000AA (DF)
00 AAA
00000 (DF)
00000 A
000000 (DF)
AAA 00
000000 (DF)
A 00000
000000 (DF)
AAA 0 AA 000 AA 00 A0000
1972/73 AAA-000
000-AAA (DF)
AA-0000
0000-AA (DF)
00-AAA
00000 (DF)
00000-A
20000+ (DF)
AAA-00
100000+ (DF)
A-00000
30000+ (DF)
AAA-0 AA-000 AA-00 A0000
1970/71 00-AAA
AAA-00 (DF)
AA-000
000-AA
A-0000
00-000 (DF)
0A-000
70-001+ (DF)
0000-A
60-001+ (DF)
000-A0
95-001+ (DF)
A-000
000-A
AA-00
00-AA
0-AAA 0A-00
00-A0
1968/69 AA000
AA0000
000AA (DF)
000ZA (QR & BCS)
A/A0000 0000A
000-A
00-000 (DF)
00-00 (DF)
0000J
000-J
30001+ (DF)
0000S
000-S
60001+ (DF)
0000R
000-R
80001+ (DF)
A-000 (?) R/A0000 (?) AA-00
A-000
A0000
1966/67 AA000
000AA
A/A0000 00000 (DF)
000-a
0000a
(a = A-K)
50000+ (DF)
000-a
0000a
(a = L-U)
0000X 90001+ (DF)
000-R
0000R
A-000 R/A0000 00-AA A0000
With the 1964/65 series and before, all plates shared the same numbering.
The distinction between types was by color, and sometimes a legend appeared in place of the state name on some issues.

Plates can have from 1 to 5 numerals (6 if there was no prefix/suffix).
X0-00-00 can also be X00-00, X0-00, etc., and 00-00-00 can also be 0-00-00, 00-00, etc.
Year Passenger Taxi Commercial
Bus
Commercial
Truck
Commercial
Trailer
Private
Bus
Private
Trailer
Dealer SPF
1964/65 X0-00-00
00-00-00 (DF)
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
1962/63 0-00-00X
00-00-00 (DF)
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
00-00-0X
00-00-00
1960/61 X0-00-00
00-00-00 (DF)
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
X0-00-00
00-00-00
1958/59 00-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-0000-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-0000-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-00
1956/57 00-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-00
etc.
00-00-00 00-00-00 00-00-00


Up to and including the 1954/55 series, the plate categories are harder to isolate.
The colors of the plates (and in some cases the numbering) were the only way to tell them apart.

Passenger plates (and sometimes other types) used a prefix or suffix for the state.
Plates could have between 1 and 5 numerals - as above, 0-00-00 could also mean 00-00, 0-00, etc.

Since each category started its numbering from (presumably) # 1, some plate types would never reach very high numbers.
In 1953 and before, dealer plates used 4-digit numbers with equal signs (double-dash) on each side: =0000=
Year Passenger Bus/Taxi Commercial Dealer SPF
1954/55 0-00-00 0-00-00 0-00-00 00-00 0-00-00
1953 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
00-000 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
=0000= 00-000
1952 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
00-000 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
=0000= 00-000
1951 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
00-000 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
=0000= 00-000
1950 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
00-000 X00-000
00-000 (DF)
=0000= 00-000
1949 X00-000 00-000
commercial and bus/taxi all used
the same plates in 1949 and before
=0000= 00000
1948 X00-000 00-000 =0000= 00-00
1947 X00-000 00-000 =0000= 00-00
1946 X00-00 00-000 =0000= 00-00
1945 X00-00 00-000 =0000= 00-00
1944 X00-00 00-000 =0000= colors unknown
1943 X00-00 00-000 colors unknown colors unknown
1942 X00-00 00-000 =0000= colors unknown
1941 X00-00 00-000 =0000= 00-00
1940 X00-00 00-000 =0000= 00-00
1939 00-000
0-000A
00-000 colors unknown colors unknown
1938 00-000 0-000 colors unknown colors unknown
1937 00-000 00-000 colors unknown colors unknown
1936 000-000 000-000 colors unknown colors unknown
1935 000-000 000-000 colors unknown colors unknown
1934 tab on '33 plate tab on 33 'plate tab? colors unknown colors unknown
1933 00-000 00-000 colors unknown colors unknown


Fronteriza Plates
Year Passenger Private
Truck/Bus/Trailer
Commercial
Taxi/Truck/Bus/Trailer
2013-
New Numbering
A00-NAA-1 ZAA-000-A A-000-ZAA
2001-
Gen 2 Graphics
000-AAA-0
BAA-00-00 (BC)
ZAA-00-00
BA-00-000 (BC)
00-00-ZAA
1998-2001
Gen 1 Graphics
000AAA0 ZAA0000 0000ZAA
1992 Base 000AAA0 ZAA0000 0000ZAA
1986 Base 000ZAA     (W,X,Y,Z used as initial letter)
1984/85 Base 000ZAA     (X,Y,Z used as initial letter)
1982/83 Base 000ZAA     (X,Y,Z used as initial letter)
1980/81 Base 000ZAA     (X,Y,Z used as initial letter)
1978/79 Base 000ZAA     (X,Y,Z used as initial letter)
1976/77 Base 000ZAA     (Y,Z used as initial letter)
1974/75 Base 000ZAA     (Y,Z used as initial letter)
1972/73 Base 0000-A     (private) 00-AA       (commercial)