What does PC mean on some Delaware state license plates?

First of all, the letter prefixes no longer carry any meaning. Years ago, the plates with prefixes could only be used on their respective vehicles, but that rule has recently been terminated.

Delaware license plates are now in the 6-digit range, and have been since the late 1950's. Letter prefixes do not count as a digit. (Example: C123456 would be considered a 6-digit license.)


License plates without letter prefixes were reserved for passenger sedans, coupes, and any other form of sedan, excluding the station wagon.


PC stands for "Pleasure/Commercial." It was originally used for station wagons, and then was expanded to include minivans and SUVs in recent years.

C stands for "Commercial." This was used for pickup trucks and utility vans.

CL also stands for "Commercial." This prefix was added in 1984 after the DMV ran out of number combinations for "C". (C and L are the first and last letters of Commercial.)

D stands for "Dealer." These plates are kept by car dealers indefinitely and removed once a car is sold to a private owner.

S stands for "State Owned."

- contributed by a lifetime Delaware resident

First of all, the letter prefixes no longer carry any meaning. Years ago, the plates with prefixes could only be used on their respective vehicles, but that rule has recently been terminated.

Delaware license plates are now in the 6-digit range, and have been since the late 1950's. Letter prefixes do not count as a digit. (Example: C123456 would be considered a 6-digit license.)


License plates without letter prefixes were reserved for passenger sedans, coupes, and any other form of sedan, excluding the station wagon.


PC stands for "Pleasure/Commercial." It was originally used for station wagons, and then was expanded to include minivans and SUVs in recent years.

C stands for "Commercial." This was used for pickup trucks and utility vans.

CL also stands for "Commercial." This prefix was added in 1984 after the DMV ran out of number combinations for "C". (C and L are the first and last letters of Commercial.)

D stands for "Dealer." These plates are kept by car dealers indefinitely and removed once a car is sold to a private owner.

S stands for "State Owned."

- contributed by a lifetime Delaware resident