Missouri State Highway Patrol

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was created in 1931 by an act of the 56th Missouri General Assembly. Although this new Highway Patrol's authorized strength was set at 125 uniformed officers, due to limited appropriations, the Patrol began with 55 officers and a handful of civilians.

In 1932, the small and new force of patrolmen made over 38,000 arrests, recovered 381 stolen vehicles, arrested 14 bank robbers and solved several murders. The Patrol operated as an independent agency under the control of the executive branch until the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974 made it a division of the Department of Public Safety.

The MSHP patrols out of nine Troops which are divided into zones throughout the Show Me State. Since its inception in 1931, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has evolved from simply a highway patrolling force to a full-service, accredited law enforcement agency.

While enforcing traffic laws and promoting safety on Missouri's approximately 33,000 miles of state- maintained highways remains the Patrol's primary responsibility, the Patrol has been tasked by the Governor and the legislature with many additional law enforcement duties including: motor vehicle inspection, commercial vehicle enforcement, driver's license examinations, criminal investigations, criminal laboratory analysis and research, public education, gaming enforcement, law enforcement training, and more.

In 1992 the Missouri State Highway Patrol became only the 10th State Police/Highway Patrol to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This accreditation demonstrates the Patrol's commitment to professionalism and acceptance of high standards of excellence in law enforcement. This process also provides an ongoing evaluation of the Patrol's policies and procedures so that it may continue to grow and improve in the future.

By the 2000s the Missouri State Highway Patrol has grown to include more than 1,400 uniformed civilians and support staff, and 1,100 uniformed members.

Missouri State Flag

Centered on red, white and blue fields is the Missouri state seal.
It is encircled by a blue band with twenty-four stars representing
the number of states in 1821. The stars in the inner circle have
the same meaning. Two huge grizzly bears support the circular
shield in the center which has three parts:
The motto "United We Stand, Divided we Fall",
the right section representing the United States and
the left section containing a moon representing a new state
and a grizzly bear standing for courage.


1932 issue
Please note that this plate is the EXACT same
license plate as seen on the period "on duty" photo
to the right. Not only can this be confirmed by the
registration number, but also by the positioning of the
fashioned "extra" mounting holes on the center edges
of the plate where you can see it was mounted to the
horizontal bar which supported the car's headlights!
Doesn't get much better than this, folks!

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP

Picture courtesy of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol

1933 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
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1934 issue- Third year for MSHP license plates.
(Approx 7"x12")

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this type plate on duty....
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1935 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
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this type plate on duty....
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1936 issue
Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP

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this type plate on duty....
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1937 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
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this type plate on duty....
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1938 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
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this type plate on duty....
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1939 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
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this type plate on duty....
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1940 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP

Picture courtesy of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol

1941 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
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this type plate on duty....
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1942 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Museum Photo courtesy of Sgt Tom Breen, MSHP

Photo courtesy of Sgt Tom Breen, MSHP


1947
issue
Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP

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this type plate on duty....
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1948 issue

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP

1949 issue
Believed to be last dated issue for MSHP plates
Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
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Circa 1950-1955 issue (Definitely pre-1956 as dimensions do
not appear to be 6"x12") Any clarification on issuance dates
would be greatly appreciated
(Not to mention: so would one of these for my collection!)

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
Can you help us?

Circa 1956-1960's issue. Based on dimensions and color type
that was used on regular Missouri plates of the day.
Any clarification on issuance dates
would be greatly appreciated
(Not to mention: so would one of these for my collection!)

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP

Picture courtesy of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Circa 1965-1967 issue. PAS was prefix for
"PASSENGER CAR". It is said that TRK was used
for MSHP trucks and TRL was used for MSHP trailers.
Based on colors/die types of regular passenger plates of that
time frame. Any clarification on issuance dates
would be greatly appreciated
(Not to mention: so would one of these for my collection!)
Plate courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Museum Photo courtesy of Sgt Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
Can you help us?

Circa 1968-1969 issue. Based on color of regular passenger
plates of Missouri in 1968. Any clarification on issuance
dates would be greatly appreciated
(Not to mention: so would one of these for my collection!)

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
Can you help us?

Circa 1970-1971 issue. Based on color of regular passenger
plates of Missouri in 1970. Any clarification on issuance
dates would be greatly appreciated
(Not to mention: so would one of these for my collection!)

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
Can you help us?

1971 issue- Embossed steel- white over maroon
Photo Courtesy of Larry B. Niederschulte
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this type plate on duty....
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Circa 1972-1975 issue- Embossed steel.

Picture courtesy of Eric Prince

Circa 1975-1979 issue with "OFFICIAL CAR" added. Any
clarification on issuance dates would be greatly appreciated
(Not to mention: so would one of these for my collection!)

Plate courtesy of the Missouri State
Highway Patrol Museum Collection
Photo courtesy of Sgt. Tom Breen, MSHP
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
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Circa 1975-1979

Issued to Superintendent of Missouri State Highway Patrol

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this type plate on duty....
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Circa 1979-1980 issue- Embossed steel
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this type plate on duty....
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1980-Circa 1983 issue- Embossed steel
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this type plate on duty....
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Circa 1983-1989 issue-

Picture courtesy of Eric Prince

1989-1996 issue- These issues ran into 2000 as well.



Picture courtesy of Jay Weinstein


1996-Current issue~Senior Command Staff.
This is the earlier issue which used a dash to separate the
assignment number and the HP suffix. Also had little dark
corner edge marks from where the screen design layout had
been trimmed. In addition, the white line set under the state
bar code extended into the lower left bolt-hole where the
later issues stopped short of the hole.
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
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1996-2008
Although the passenger plate of this style came out in 1996,
it is believed that the MSHP began using it around 2000.

2008-Current Issue
We are looking for a picture showing
this type plate on duty....
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1934 Missouri State Patrol Motorcycle plate assigned to
Clyde Kinder, an original member of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol. RARE!!

Plate Courtesy of Missouri State Highway Patrol Museum
Photo Courtesy of Sgt Tom Breen, MSHP
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this type plate on duty....
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1938 issue motorcycle plate

1940 issue motorcycle plate

Photo courtesy of Tpr. Terry Bible, MSHP

Motorcycle plate from the 1970's
The MSHP disbanded their Motor Unit in 1979

Picture courtesy of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Circa 1979-1980

Photo courtesy of Tpr. Terry Bible, MSHP
 

Motorcycle plate
Current Issue
Photo Courtesy of Sgt Tom Breen, MSHP

Photo Courtesy of Sgt Tom Breen, MSHP

Although embossed metal with "license plate-like"
mounting holes, it is believed that this item was used as
perhaps a door sign for a State Patrol facility in the 1930's.
Any confirmed information on this would be welcomed!
Photo Courtesy of Larry B. Niederschulte
 

NTC Souvenir Plate created my MSHP Association. Year unknown (1990's). Completely silk-screened.

Courtesy of the John Yeaw Collection
 

2006 75th Anniversary front "booster" plate.
Embossed light aluminum.