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A department of the U.S. Roads WikiProject

Welcome to the Licensing Department of the U.S. Roads WikiProject. This page is devoted to researching the copyright statuses and dealing with the proper licensing of the media files used for articles on highways and major roads in the U.S.

Highway markers[edit]

Interstate and U.S. Highways[edit]

Interstate or US Highway marker status
Sign type Sign code Which MUTCD? Which template? Files updated? Notes
Interstate shield M1-1 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|M1-1}} or
{{PD-MUTCD}}{{trademarked}}
Yes AASHTO holds a trademark on the design, so all Interstate shield graphics need the additional template
Interstate business loop shield M1-2 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|M1-2}} Yes
Interstate business spur shield M1-3 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|M1-3}} Yes
Interstate shield, neutered CA variant G27-1 (CA) California MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-CA|G27-1 (CA)}}{{trademarked}} Files not created AASHTO holds a trademark on the main design
Interstate shield, state-name CA variant G27-2 (CA) California MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-CA|G27-2 (CA)}}{{trademarked}} Yes AASHTO holds a trademark on the main design
US Highway shield M1-4 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|M1-4}} Yes
US Highway shield, CA guide sign variant G26-1 (CA) California MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-CA|G26-1 (CA)}} Only shields are PNG
US Highway shield, CA stand alone variant G26-2 (CA) California MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-CA|G26-2 (CA)}} Yes

State highways[edit]

Please update the table, duplicating a state's line as needed for each marker type that needs to be included.

State or territory highway marker status
Jurisdiction Sign code State MUTCD?[1] PD release? State template? Files updated? Notes
Alabama Supplement Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes Supplement not online
Alaska M1-5 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-AK}} Yes
Arizona M1-5a (2 digit), M1-5b (3 digit), M1-5e (loop) Supplement Yes, adopts the federal MUTCD except where modified {{PD-MUTCD-AZ}} Yes
Arkansas No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
California G28-2 (CA) Yes Yes, both the standard release from the federal MUTCD (p. 54.) and "NOTE: The contents of this publication are not copyrighted. They may be reprinted freely." in the introductory pages {{PD-MUTCD-CA}} Yes Interstate and US Highway shields noted above
Colorado Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-CO}} Yes
Connecticut No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Delaware M1-5 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
Delaware D14-4 DE Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|D14-4 DE}} Yes Delaware Byway marker
Florida No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted[2] {{PD-simple}} Yes
Georgia M1-5 No Yes, Georgia has adopted the MUTCD (page 1-3) {{PD-MUTCD-GA|M1-5}} Yes
Hawaii No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Idaho M1-7 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-ID|M1-7}} Yes
Illinois M1-I100 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-IL}} Yes 2 historic shields not done
Indiana M1-5 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD-IN|M1-5}} Yes
Iowa M1-5 Supplement Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
Kansas No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Kentucky M1-5 No Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD


Louisiana No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Maine No Shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes Same shield and files as MA
Maryland M1-5 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p.I-1) {{PD-MUTCD-MD|M1-5}} Yes
Massachusetts M1-5 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-simple}} Yes Files are shared by ME, thus not tagged for MA
Michigan M1-6 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-1) {{PD-MUTCD-MI}} Yes
Minnesota M1-5b Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. iii) {{PD-MUTCD-MN}} Yes
Mississippi No Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
Missouri M1-5 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-MO}} Yes Primary routes
Missouri M1-5a Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-MO}} Yes Supplemental routes
Missouri D6-4c Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-MO}} Not yet Missouri Scenic Byways Signs
Montana M1-5 No Shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes Primary
Montana M1-12 No Shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes Secondary
Nebraska M1-5 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NE}} Yes Historic not handled
Nebraska M1-8 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NE}} Yes Recreational roads
Nebraska M1-9L Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NE}} Yes Link roads
Nebraska M1-9S Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NE}} Yes Spur roads
Nevada GNV1-2, GNV1-3 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NV}} Yes
New Hampshire No Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted (cannot copyright the mountain) {{PD-simple}} Yes
New Jersey M1-5 No Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
New Mexico M1-NM-5 No Yes, New Mexico has adopted the MUTCD (p. 1.1-1) {{PD-MUTCD-NM|M1-NM-5}} Yes
New York NYM3-1 Supplement Page 11 states that "effective September 13, 2007, the provisions of the MUTCD were formally adopted by the State of New York," incorporating the federal release by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NY}} Yes Sign codes NYM3-2 (3-digit) and NYM3-3 (three-digit suffixed)
Reference routes not done, standard not found
North Carolina M1-5 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-NC}} Yes
North Dakota Supplement Yes, has adopted the MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-ND}} Yes Supplement not online
Ohio M1-5 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-OH|M1-5}} Yes
Ohio M8-H3 Yes Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-OH|M8-H3}} Not yet Ohio Byway marker
Oklahoma Supplement Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Oregon W1 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-OR}} Yes
Pennsylvania M1-5 Supplement Yes, adopts federal MUTCD except where noted {{PD-MUTCD-PA}} Yes Historic not handled
Rhode Island No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
South Carolina M1-5-30, M1-5-45 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-SC}} Yes State route markers
South Carolina M1-21-15, M1-21-24 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-SC}} Shield not created yet Savannah River National Scenic Highway
South Carolina M1-24.1-24 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-SC}} Yes South Carolina Scenic Byway marker
South Carolina M1-24.2-24 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-SC}} Shield not created yet South Carolina Local Byway marker
South Dakota No Yes, shields are too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Tennessee T-S-8 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-TN|T-S-8}} Yes
Texas M1-6T Yes Yes, modified release from federal MUTCD (p. I-1) {{PD-MUTCD-TX}} Yes FM= M1-6F, RM= M1-6R; Texas Heritage Trails D71-XX (XX=two letter code for each named trail)
Utah GS1-4a/b Supplement Yes, modified release from federal MUTCD (p. I-1) {{PD-MUTCD-UT}} Yes
Vermont No Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Vermont (town) No Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
Virginia (primary) M1-V1a (2-digit), M1-V1c (3-digit) Supplement Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD-VA}} Yes HRMB request will take care of these
Virginia (secondary) Supplement Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
Washington M1-601 Supplement Per this, WSDOT adopted federal MUTCD with modifications {{PD-MUTCD-WA}} Yes
West Virginia Supplement (unrelated to signage) Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Wisconsin M1-5 (for CTH), M1-6 Supplement Yes, incorporates federal MUTCD by reference {{PD-MUTCD-WI}} Yes
Wyoming M1-5 No Yes, Wyoming adopted the MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-WY|M1-5}} Yes
American Samoa Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
District of Columbia No Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes Not including historic
Guam No Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes
Northern Marianas
Puerto Rico (primary) Supplement Yes, shields too simple to be copyrighted {{PD-simple}} Yes Supplement not online
Puerto Rico (secondary) Supplement Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-6}} Yes Pentagon from federal MUTCD
Puerto Rico (tertiary) Supplement Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD
U.S. Virgin Islands Yes, standard release from federal MUTCD (p. I-3) {{PD-MUTCD|M1-5}} Yes Circle from federal MUTCD

County roads and similar roadways[edit]

Other roadway marker status
Sign type Sign code Which MUTCD? Which template? Files updated? Notes
County road (pentagon) M1-6 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|M1-6}} Yes Some states may assign a different code
County road (b&w square) M1-H6a Ohio MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-OH|M1-H6a}} Not yet Other states may use it, but Ohio's MUTCD has explicitly included it in their manual. Michigan may have included it in an older edition which can be cited
Township road (b&w square) M1-H6b Ohio MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD-OH|M1-H6b}} Not yet Other states may use it, but Ohio's MUTCD has explicitly included it in their manual
Forest highways M1-7 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|1-7}} Yes Licenses were done by the bot when they were created; others were updated
National Scenic Byways Sign D6-4 Federal MUTCD {{PD-MUTCD|D6-4}} Yes Done at upload
File:National Forest Scenic Byways Sign None {{PD-USGov-USDA-FS}} Yes

Highway maps[edit]

Maps
Map type Which template? Files updated? Notes
1955 Yellow Book {{Yellow Book}} and {{PD-USGov-DOC}} Yes Scans from AJFroggie's website

Photos[edit]

Other files[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Information by state - FHWA MUTCD
  2. While most of Florida government agencies cannot claim copyright, the Florida Department of Transportation can; thus the rationale is PD-simple.