Chicago Automobile License

This automobile license belonged to Honor Youngs of Chicago, Illinois around 1901. In Illinois, vehicles were registered on a city level until 1907. Illinois began to require statewide vehicle registration in 1907, but did not issue plates until 1911.
As the number of motor vehicles reached tens of thousands, state and local governments assumed a new power: authorizing vehicles and drivers. In 1901, New York became the first state to register automobiles; by 1918 all states required license plates.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1901
Associated Place
United States: Illinois
Physical Description
cardboard (case material)
velvet (case material)
brass (pin material)
overall: 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; x 1.27 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Honor Youngs
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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