British Columbia Agricultural License Plates
("A" Prefix Plates)

The origins of the Farm Truck plate date to 1961 when the province created a separate category for such trucks by introducing the 'A' prefix as a separate designation and retaining the former 'F' prefix exclusively for Farm Tractors.

Farm Tractor license plate

Farm Truck license plate

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1961 - 1963
 
Issuing Statistics
1961:
unknown
1962:
unknown
1963:
unknown

1964 - 1971: "Beautiful" Slogan
Issuing Statistics
1964:
A1 to A12-825
1965:
A1 to A13-725
1966:
A1 to A14-000
1967:
A1 to A13-500
1968:
A1 to A14-000
1969:
A1 to A15-000
1970:
A1 to A15-200
1971:
A1 to A16-000
       

1972 - 1973
Issuing Statistics
1972:
A60-001 to A76-000
1973:
A60-001 to A76-300

One of the challenges in presenting the orange-on-white base used between 1974 and 1978 is not so much with finding appropriately declaed plates, but the appropriate serial issued in that particular year:
1974 - 1978
Issuing Statistics
1974:
A60-001 to A85-000
1975:
A85-001 to A90-000
1976:
A00-001 to A05-000
1977:
A05-001 to A10-000
1978:
A10-001 to A15-000

When a new base plate was introduced in 1979, the Farm Truck serial commenced where the 1976 serial had ended (i.e. A15-000):
1979 - 1986
1979
Issuing Statistics
1979:
A15-000 to A69-999
1983:
A70-000 to A73-999
????
A74-000 to A74-999

As with the Farm Tractor, when the Flag base was introduced in 1985, the Farm Truck serial commenced where the 1979 serial had ended (i.e. A75-000) before recommencing at A00-000. Accordingly, and rather counter-intuitively, plates such as A00-900 (as shown below) are actually later issues ...
1986 - 2001: Flag Graphic
Issuing Statistics
1985:
A75-000 to A92-599
1986:
A92-600 to A99-199
1986:
A00-000 to A14-999
1987:
A99-200 to A99-999
1987:
A15-000 to A25-199
1990:
A25-200 to A31-199
1991:
A31-200 to A33-699
1991:
A33-700 to A37-499
1992:
A37-500 to A42-199
1993:
A42-200 to A48-199
1994:
A48-200 to A54-199
  Dave Hollins Collection

It is thought that 'A' prefix combinations were exhausted sometime in 1999 and that the series was recommenced with a new 'G' prefix starting with plate G0-0000.
It is known that the last License Plate Identification Guide put out by ICBC in which Farm Trucks were listed as having an 'A' prefix was 1998, and that early issue plate usually come with 2001 decals.  
The switch over from Astrogrpahic to Waldale dies is thought to have occured around the G1-9000 mark.
As of April 2010, a full ten years into the issuance of the series, the highest 'G' prefix plate spotted was 'G4-5526'.  One of the reasons it is believed that the 'G' prefix is progressing slower than the 'A' prefix is that many 'A' plates still remain on the roads and can be renewed annually.

1999 - 2013: 'G' Prefix
2000
2002
2003
Issuing Statistics
2000:
unknown
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

In June 2005, ICBC announced a tightening of the rules pertaining to the issuance and renewal of Agriculture plates. Effective from the 15th of that month, farmers were henceforward required to present one of the following documents to an Autoplan broker when applying for or renewing their farm license plates:
• BC Farmer Identity Card issued by the BC Agriculture Council
• Family Farm Emblem issued by the Ministry of Provincial Revenue
• Most recent Property Assessment Notice for farmland.

In 2007, the Farm Truck plate type was one of the lucky six plate types along with passenger, truck, motorcycle, trailer and utility trailer to be made available on the optional 2010 Olympic Winter Games base.  It is thought that no more than a couple hundred of these plates were manufactured.
Ron Garay Collection
Olympic base Farm Truck license plate

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