Licence Plates

LICENCE PLATES for motor vehicles became mandatory in BC in 1904. All plates used between 1904 and 1912 were owner-provided; the majority consisted of metal house numbers and the letters "BC" rivetted to a piece of leather. In 1913 the province issued the first official licence plates, made of porcelain. Wartime restrictions necessitated the conversion to tin plates in 1915, but tin turned out not to be durable enough, prompting the introduction of a sturdier metal base in 1918. This plate,...

If you are already registered on KnowBC, login now to get access to the full article.

You may already have access to KnowBC through your school, university or library.

If you do not already have access to KnowBC, you can subscribe.