The plates for 1985–1990 are galvanized steel painted gold with black lettering. The backs of the plates are unpainted. Many of these plates have round bolt holes instead of oval slots but some of them do have very short slots that are shorter than those on the 1991– plates. The plates with the goldpanner (depends on type) have no "nugget" of gold paint as did previous series; the goldpanner is embossed. On some plates (e.g., GOVERNMENT, FARM-VEHICLE), the top titles are painted while on others (e.g., The Klondike, COMMERCIAL), the top titles are embossed.
Coloured year validation stickers were issued for 1985–1989 and all registrations expired in March. The plan was to start staggered-month registrations in 1989 but that didn't happen so in 1989 all plates received March month stickers to expire in March 1990. Staggered registration finally started in March 1990 at which time year/month stickers 90/JUL to 91/JUN were issued for passenger plates and 90/OCT to 91/SEP were issued for commercial plates. The (19)90 year stickers issued after March 1990 had serial numbers starting with "B" whereas earlier ones started with "A".
Commercial: Cxx·nn (no goldpanner)
There are two types of commercial plates in this series: one with The Klonkidke and one with COMMERCIAL. Neither carries the goldpanner.
Public Service: Pxx·nn (no goldpanner)
The 1985–1990 series was the last to include plates for public service vehicles (PSVs). It's not really clear what PSVs were. Whereas one might think they would include firetrucks and other civic government vehicles, this was not the case. Although some PSVs did carry passengers and were supposedly "for hire," separate bus, livery (taxi), and rental (u-drive) plates were issued in the era overlapping PSV plates. The 1952 definition (top of page) adds little clarity to this other than to imply they were some sort of commercial vehicle different than trucks, which had their own truck plates. More research required!
Yukon government: YTGnnn
Vehicles belonging to members of the Legislative Assembly apparently carried MLx·n plates.