American Samoa


STATUS: United States unincorporated Territory

PRONOUNCED: suh MO uh

CAPITAL: Pago Pago

WORLD LOCATION: South Pacific

FIRST LICENSE PLATES IN USE: 1924

MOTOR VEHICLES CURRENTLY REGISTERED:  5,000

CURRENT SLOGAN: "Motu O Fiafiaga" (Island of Paradise) - since 1967.  Was originally "Pago Pago Motu O Fiafiaga" for the first few years of issuance.

GRAPHICS USED:  Embossed palm tree at left of plate number - since 1967.

PLATES ARE: Officially issued. The following series are known:

Simple number - PASSENGER CAR

AC - AGRICULTURE

AP - AIRPORT AUTHORITY

C - CARGO

CC - COMMUNITY COLLEGE

CF - CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

CI - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

CJ - CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CP - COMMERCIAL

DM - UNIVERSITY

DOT - COAST GUARD

EC - EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT

ED - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FA - FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

FD - FIRE DEPARTMENT

GOVERNOR - The Governor's plate has the word "Governor" as the serial number.

GS - GOVERNMENT SUPPLY

IP - IMPORTANT PERSONS

LT. GOV. - The Lt. Governor's plate has LT.GOV as the serial number.

MC - MEDICAL CLINIC

MD - DOCTORS

Motorcycles have a simple serial number, followed by the two digit year after a hyphen, i.e. "123-97".

MP - MOTOR POOL

MS - MEDICAL SERVICES

MT - MANPOWER TRAINING

PD - POLICE DEPARTMENT

PWD - PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

SE - SPECIAL EDUCATION

ST - SCHOOL TRANSPORT

T - TAXI

TT - TOW TRUCK

TV - TELEVISION STATION

U.S. CONGRESS - Congress issue plates have U.S.CONGRESS spelled out across the bottom of the plate, instead of the slogan, and a low serial number.

UT - UTILITY DIVISION

WM - WEIGHTS & MEASURES

WR - WRECKER


COLOR CODE for all known years:

1924 - black/white; "A.S.", dash, and serial, dash, and vertical "1924";

1925 - Unknown

1926 - black/white; 13 1/2 x 5; “AS”, dash, serial, dash, & “1926” vertical

1927 - black/white; no details

1928 - gold/blue; 8 3/4 x 5; stacked “AS” left; “1928” vertical right

1929 - black/white; “A.S.”, dash, & serial; “1929” vertical right

1930 - colors uncertain; 14x5; “A.S.” + serial; “1930” vertical right

1931 - Unknown

1932 - Unknown

1933 - brass/black; 9 3/4 x 4 3/4 ; “1933 AUTOMOBILE" over "LICENSE” top; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom; numeric serial; solid brass plate;

NOTE! from 1934 to 1952 plates had 1 to 3 digit serial, dash, and last 2 digits of year.

1934 - brown/white; serial, dash, & “34”; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom;

1935 - white/blue

1936 - medium green/cream; "AMERICAN SAMOA" bottom; 00 - "36" serial format

1937 - white/red

1938 - Unknown

1939 - black/white; 10 3/4 x 5; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom; serial, dash, & “39”

1940 - white/red; 39 format

1941 - purple/white; 39 format

1942 - white/vermillion; 39 format

1943 - windshield sticker;

1944 - windshield sticker

1945 - white/blue; 39 format

1946 - white/dark green; 39 format

1947 - white/crimson red; 39 format

1948 - blue/yellow; 39 format

1949 - black/white; "AMERICAN SAMOA" bottom; 000 - "49" serial format

1950 - white/medium blue; 39 format (see photo)

1951 - orange/blue-violet; 39 format

1952 - black/yellow; 39 format

1953 -

1954 - white/violet; "AMERICAN SAMOA" bottom; "19" top left; "54" top right; 000 serial format

1955 - white/red; 54 format

1956 - blue/white; 12 5/8 x 6 5/8; "AMERICAN SAMOA" bottom; "19" top left; "56" top right; numeric serial

1957 - white/black; 54 format

1958 - white/red; 54 format

1959 - red/yellow; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom; “19” top left; “59” top right

1960 - white/dark green; 59 format

1961 - white/orange; 59 format

1962 - black/white; 59 format

1963 - olive green/white; aluminum; “19” upper left corner; “63” upper right corner; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom

NOTE! same format following years

1964 - white/olive green

1965 - white/red; 12 1/2 x 6 1/2

1966 - white/light blue

1967 - white/green; palm tree logo left; “19 AMERICAN SAMOA 67” top; “PAGO PAGO MOTU O FIAFIAGA” bottom

1968 - dark green/pale green; 63 format

1969 - black/yellow; 12 1/2 x 6 5/8; “19 AMERICAN SAMOA 69” top; palm tree logo left; “PAGO PAGO MOTU O FIAFIAGA” bottom

1970 undated - white/dark blue; palm tree logo left; “AMERICAN SAMOA” top; sticker box top right; “PAGO PAGO MOTU O FIAFIAGA” bottom

1970 - white/green sticker

1971 - refl white/red sticker

1972 - black/refl gold sticker

1973 - white/blue sticker

1974 undated - orange-red/white; 12 1/2 x 6 5/8; “AMERICAN SAMOA” top; sticker box upper right; palm tree logo left; numeric serial; “PAGO PAGO MOTU O FIAFIAGA” bottom

1975 - Unknown sticker colors.

1976 - black/gold sticker; 1 1/2 x 1; “SAMOA” sideways left; “76” bottom right; black/gold serial top right

1977 - undated dark blue/refl white; palm tree logo left; “MOTU O FIAFIAGA” top; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom; sticker box bottom right with “77” etched into the sticker box;

1977 - yellow/black sticker

1978 - white/red sticker; “SAMOA” sideways left; “78” bottom right; black/white serial with “P” prefix top

1979 - black/orange sticker; 78 format

1980 - undated white/refl light green; palm tree logo left; “MOTU O FIAFIAGA” top; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom flanked by sticker boxes

1981 - black/white sticker on 80 base

1982 - black/refl red sticker on 80 base

1983 - black/yellow sticker on 80 base; “EXPIRES” top; across the center is the date written “AUG-83” for example; serial bottom;

NOTE! the sticker number should match the plate number and the first number of the serial is the month of expiration

1984 - black/orange sticker on 80 base

1985 - green/white sticker on 80 base; “EXPIRES” over ”MAR. 85”

1986 - white/blue sticker on 80 base

1987 - black/white; 12 3/8 x 6; palm tree logo left; “AMERICAN SAMOA” bottom flanked by sticker boxes; “MOTU O FIAFIAGA” top;

1988 - black/yellow sticker

1989 - black/green sticker; “EXPIRES” over ”APR-88” over serial number

1990 - Unknown

1991 - Unknown

1992 - Unknown

1993 - Unknown

1994 - Unknown

1995 - Unknown

1996 - Unknown

1997 - Unknown


SINGLE PLATES OR PAIRS: Pairs

OVAL: USA    ISO:  AS

CARS DRIVE ON: Right

Type infomation and colors from the Klotz Archive.


1942 American Samoa number 1 plate. This is the first American Samoa plate issued in 1942. Possibly a governor's issue. From the PL8S archive.
1950 American Samoa passenger plate, from the PL8S photo archive. The last two digits indicate the year.


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