Off Road Vehicle (ORV) plates 1988-present...

With an increasing number of unregulated recreational off road vehicles in the 1980s, the government implemented mandatory registration and insurance beginning in October 1988. As part of this change, snowmobiles (which had their own 3-year "SM" plates since 1970), ORVs and their dealers in 1988 started registering with new black on yellow ORV plates. These featured a debossed "91" expiry date in the lower left corner, renewed with a 3-year "91-94" sticker, then a distinctive 1-year sticker in 1995 followed by regular date stickers from 1996-2016.

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Snoman dies, yellow plate
  • The initial batch of ORV plates was made by Western Tools in 1987 in the 1A1 to 999K9 range. No letters were omitted; even the letter I was used and plate stocks were finally depleted in 2002.
  • The second batch of plates was made in 1988 by Hi Signs in the ranges 1L1 to 999L9, 1N1 to 999N9 and 1P1 to 999P7. These did not start appearing in use until 1998.
  • The third and several subsequent batches were made by Waldale in 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006; the first ones appeared in use in 2000. These plates can be found in the ranges 1M1 to 999M9, 1R1 to 999R9, 1S1 to 999S9, 1T1 to 999T9, 1U1 to 999U9, 1V1 to 999V9, 1W1 to 999W9, 1X1 to 999X8.
  • The next batches of plates were the first to be reflective, were manufactured in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and first appeared in use in 2008. They were made in ranges 1X9 to 999X9, 1Y1 to 999Y9, 1Z1 to 999Z9 and 1A001 to 6C999; the latter first appeared in use in 2011.
  • Manitoba snowmobilers gain access to the Snoman trail system upon payment of an annual fee. A trailpass sticker used to be issued by Snoman and applied to the license plate, but that changed with the creation of a new black on orange "Snoman" plate which replaced trailpass stickers effective December 1, 2015. Shortly after this in March 2016, date stickers were eliminated for all license plate types. Snoman plates started with 1S001 and have advanced quickly, reaching the U series by the end of the first sled season in March, 2016. Regular ORV plates had been issued as high as 1H001 when the Snoman series debuted in 2015.
  • I observed a yellow ORV plate (4K510) with the smaller Snoman dies in April 2018. PHOTO of 3J062 with old dies observed in 2019. 1K341 found Aug 2020.
  • Snow Vehicle plates (shown elsewhere on this site) ceased issuance on 3-1-19 and were replaced with ORV plates.
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  • The first ORV dealer plates were made by Western Tools in 1987. These plates were unreflective black on yellow and produced in the SD101 to SD600 range. Supplies of this 600-plate order lasted until the last ones were issued in the mid-1990s.
  • The second batch was black on white and made by Hi Signs in 1993 and first appeared in 1994. These poorly-made plates went from SD601-999 for an order of 399 plates. They started to be exhausted in 1996.
  • The third 500-plate batch was again black on white, made by Hi Signs in 1995 and numbered from OR101 through OR500.
  • Batch #4 reverted to the black on yellow ORV colour scheme. Waldale made 499 of these in 1997 in the OR501 to OR999 range.
  • The fifth batch of 999 ORV dealer plates was made by Waldale in 2000. These plates continued the black on yellow ORV scheme but were the last ones to use the unreflective background. The number range of these was DL001 through DL999.
  • The first reflective ORV dealer plates were produced in the 1001D to 2000D range in 2009. The high observation as of 2019 was 1207D.
  • Snowmobile dealers had their own plate series (SD prefix) from 1970-88, used ORV dealer plates (still with the legacy SD prefix until plates exhausted around 1999) between 1988-2015 and again received their own plate design with the orange Snoman dealer plate introduced in 2015. The high observation as of 2019 was DS068.
  • ALL ORV dealer bases issued since 1988 remain valid to this day.
  • Thanks to Andrew Osborne for all of the ordering information and some of the photos found on this page.


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