Yukon License Plates

Information and photos courtesy of the Yukon Motor Vehicles Section

Contact information for the Motor Vehicles Section is as follows:

Motor Vehicles Section
Community & Transportation Services
Government of Yukon
1st Floor, Lynn Building
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Y1A 2C6

Phone: (867) 667-5315


The Yukon Territory's first official license plate was issued in 1924. Unofficial plates of a homemade variety were issued from 1917 to 1923. They had black numbers on a white background with the initials "YT" on the right side and the year under the initials. The size was 5" x 7" until 1920 and 5" x 8 " from 1921-1923. Below is listed the colour combinations and general information for the following years:

1924 Black on Yellow

1925 White on Blue

1926 Black on Red

1927 Black on Yellow

1938 White on Dark Green

1929 White on Deep Dark Blue

1930 Black on Deep Yellow

1931 Orange on Black (5 1/2" x 12" until 1934.)

1932 Black on Orange

1933 White on Dark Green

1934 Black on Sky Blue (5 1/2" x ll 1/4" until 1939.)

1935 Dark Blue on Grey

1936 Black on Red

1937 White on Maroon

1938 Orange on Black

1939 Black on Yellow (5 7/8" x ll 7/8" this year.)

1940 White on Dark Green (5 1/2" x ll 1/4" this year.)

1941 White on Black (5 7/8" x ll 7/8" until 1952.)

1942 Black on Grey

1943 Black on Orange

1944 Black on Yellow

1945 White on Maroon

1946 Black on Blue

1947 White on Dark Green

1948 Orange on Black

1949 Red on Silver

1950 Black on Grey

1951 Dark Green on Grey

1952 White on Sky Blue (First plate issued with the symbol of the strip. Gold miner on the left side and the slogan "Land of the Midnight Sun" on the top strip. This was also the first plate to have "Canada" on the bottom under "Yukon YT".)

1953 White on Blue

1954 White on Blue (First plate to appear with gold miner outlined in black.)

1955 White on Bright Green

1956 Dark Blue on White

1957 Red on White

1958 White on Red

1959 White on Black

1960 Dark Blue on White

1961 Maroon on Light Blue

1962 White on Dark Green

1963 Black on Yellow

1964 Red on White

1965 Green on White

1966 Red on White

1967 Blue on White

1968 Black on White

1969 Black on Yellow

1970 Green on White

1971 Orange on White (First plate to have the new slogan "Home of the Klondike" on the top border instead of "Land of the Midnight Sun".)

1972 Turquoise on White

1973 Black on Light Tan (This plate commemorated the 75th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Yukon.)

1974 Green on White

1975 Orange on White

1976 Black on White

1977 Red on White

1978 Green on White

1979 Orange on White (Slogan change to "The Klondike".)

1980 Green on White

1981 Green on White (Brown validation sticker issued.)

1983 Red on White (Validation decal red on white.)

1983 Red on White (Validation decal black on silver.)

1984 Red on White (Validation decal white on salmon.)

1985 Black on Gold (Validation decal black on gold.)

1986 Black on Gold (Validation decal white on blue.)

1987 Black on Gold (Validation decal white on red.)

1988 Black on Gold (Validation decal white on green.)

1989 Black on Gold (Validation decal white on red.)

1990 Multi-Coloured (First plate issued with multi-colour combination: white background; black identification characters consisting of 3 alpha and 2 numeric; the words "The Klondike" on the top portion of the plate and "Yukon" on the bottom are both red; the gold panner on left side is orange, black and yellow; a strip of blue runs across bottom of plate. Validation decal: red background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1991 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: green background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1992 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: yellow background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1993 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: blue background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1994 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: red background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1995 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: green background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1996 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: yellow background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)

1997 Multi-Coloured (Validation decal: blue background, white year numbers, black identification numbers.)


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