Consular Corps, Remote Area, Snow Vehicle, Dealer, Repair and Vintage Auto
Consular Corps
Remote Area
Snow Vehicle
Western Tools
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  • Consular Corps number range on this base started at CC 451 in 1997 and had only reached the mid-500 series by 2019.
  • Remote Area (RA) plates made their debut in 1975 for vehicles operated only in northern communities isolated from the main highway network. Vehicles with RA plates are not insured for use on the main highway network, making them marginally useful. Today, there are only a few hundred RA plates in use at any time. Most of the vehicles in the eligible communities (with the exception of Churchill) use regular passenger plates so they can legally drive on main roads during the short February-March winter road season. More details, including a list of eligible communities can be found on MPI's Remote Area web page. Current series RA plates were produced from RA 1000-5000 in 1997 and have only reached the mid-3000 series as of 2019.
  • Starting in about 1939, Snow Vehicle plates were used by large, specialized snow vehicles heavier than 450KG that were equipped with tractor treads/skis rather than wheels. A typical example was the timeless, classic Bombardier snow bus operated by commercial fishermen. Snow Vehicle plates always had an S prefix but after 1997 they used a pair of regular passenger plates with an SV sticker in the top left corner of the stickered plate. After 80 years of issuance, SV plates were eliminated on 3-1-19 and replaced with ORV plates.
  • Vintage Auto plates were introduced in 1967 for use on antique (at least 30 years old) cars, trucks and buses in parades, repair movements and other rallies in accordance with permission by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The initial batch of plates was produced by Western Tools on the 1960s-era black on white base and numbered 100-999. The 900 series plates had a slot for 1960s-era date tabs. It took almost 40 years -- until the mid-2000s to finally exhaust that first batch of 900 plates. The next batch of Vintage Auto plates was made by Waldale in the early-2000s, maintained the same overall painted black on white plate format and used the number range 1500-1999. The high in 2018 was #1913 but issuance of these plates has slowed considerably since the advent of Collector plates in 2014.
  • Yellow Collector vehicle plates were introduced in 2014 for cars and motorcycles which were more than 25 years old and typically operate in the spring and summer seasons. They are available for a discounted insurance rate and have proven very popular among classic vehicle owners. Regular series Collector plates have a CL prefix but can also be personalized. See MPI's Collector web page for more information.


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