The plates for 1977 are lightweight steel, painted white with red lettering. The backs of the plates are painted white. These plates have long, oval slots. The plates with the goldpanner have a "nugget" of gold paint in the gold pan; the goldpanner is embossed.
These plates had one letter followed by three digits. The first letter indicated the location where the plate was issued, the same as in 1976.
There were several varieties of commercial plates for this year:
- CMn CMnn CMnnn CMnnnn-series for commercial vehicles not covered by some specialized type of plate
- LVn LVnn-series for livery (taxi) vehicles
- RYn RYnn-series for recovery vehicles (tow trucks)
- BUSn BUSnn BUSnnn-series for buses
- PSVn PSVnn PSVnnn-series for public service vehicles (PSVs). What are PSVs?
- RESn RESnn RESnnn-series for restricted vehicles. The nature of the restriction is not well understood. Some indications are that restricted vehicles were a class of PSVs restricted to operation only on truck routes, or perhaps restricted to carrying only certain types of cargo. More research required!
- FTn FTnn FTnnn-series for through freighter (freighter-through) trucks
Yukon government: Gnnnn
The Yukon government black-on-orange plates (long slots) were used for many years until they were superceded by the YTGnnn series in 1982.
Federal government: Xn Xnn Xnnn Xnnnn Xn·nnn
Federal (dominion) government vehicles carried dark grey plates with green lettering from the 1950s up to 1982. Some lettering is turquoise due to a bad paint batch. Some with four-digit numbers had a dot between the first and second digits.