Here's an image of the latest high
Honoring Our Veterans Motorcycle plate. As I said in the past, I
was happy to see graphic features had finally arrived on motorcycle plates but
very disappointed that the wide numeric fonts left so little space for the
that it looks like a postage stamp. They could have done better.
Thanks to Jordan Irazabal
for the picture.
This very nice University of
Scranton plate image was provided by Steve Ondik. This series
started at U/S10000, and has they have been in the plate business since 1995,
and switching to the visitPA base in 2006.
plate on the far left was a live traffic shot from Steve Ondik. The plate
on the near left was taken by me some months ago. This is not a new
discovery, but look how the number on the near left plate jumps by some 9000
numbers. It appears that the series went from 01476 to 10477, apparently
an error, but now the error continues. Note, this occurrence is also seen
in the Clarion
University plates and the
I don't do a lot with Passenger Vanities
but thought these were worth posting. The all-X picture is from Nick
Tsilakis, the other, believed to be a phone number, I spotted in traffic
recently. Today the use of vanities has been expanded to allow almost all
plates types including Truck, Trailer, Motor Home, Dealer types, Veterans'
plates and many more. There are some weight restrictions.
The current high number Person with Disability
is 61759PD according to Tom Perri's website,
www.PAPLATES.com. Yet here are
plates in the 98-thousand series. Simple explanation — a while back it was
authorized that vehicle owners who had a device on the rear of the vehicle for
carrying a wheelchair or personal assistive device were authorized to get two
plates since the assistive device carrier may block visibility of the
vehicle mounted plate. Click the image of the far left and the second
plate can be seen above and behind the other. The two far left images are
courtesy of Nick Tsilakis and near left image is from
This 2-plate option is also available to
users of Disabled Veteran
Disabled Veteran plates beginning at DV-79000 and D/V98000 respectively.
The two-plate option extends to vanities for these two plate classes.
Here the latest high Municipal plate.
This one happens to be on a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, but these plates
can be used on everything from 18-wheelers to fire trucks to street sweepers.
This image was provided by Brendan Sherry.
Here's another gem from Harry Campbell's
collection. This 1936
Motorcycle plate is a great example of the alpha-numeric configuration.
Some 11,900 plates were issued that year so the plate sequence likely extended
well into the B series. 1936 plates had embossed borders but they were not
painted. Clink the link above to see 4 examples of '36 plates.
Next we switch focus to dealer plates
beginning with this 1955
Motorcycle Dealer plate. Harry Campbell has been very supportive
in helping to fill many gaps in the motorcycle dealer plate series. I
don't believe the MCD plates went to 4 digits until multi-year plates made their
debut in the 1958 to '61 run.
pair of 1966 Motorcycle
Dealer plates raised a couple questions. For starters 1966 plates
were supposedly single year plates, since new MCD plates were issued in 1967.
Since new plates were issued in '67, why would some plates be a '66 base with a
'67 validation sticker? We really don't know if the '66 - stickered '67
was renewed for 1967 or if it was issued new in '67. By comparison, there
were 1966 Motor Vehicle
Business plates plates issued (or renewed?) with '67, '68 and '69 stickers
even though there were plates issued for '67, '68 and '69.
Here are some group displays from Jeff
Hinkle. They are different shots of the same wall display. Since
they show large groupings of plates. I have not reduced the dimensions of the
original images which are 2592 x 1937 pixels, so the expanded image may load
slowly. These images have been added to the Group Displays page.
This is the first image of a 1916 Trailer plate on
this website, thanks to Judd Clemens. Everyone has their own opinion as to
whether this plates should be refinished or left in its current state.
Originally this plate would have been black on orange. It is unknown how
many of these plates were issued but the number runs at least to T427. The
size is believed to be 6" x 13½"; however, T+1 or 2 digits are believed to be
shorter. If you happen to be a member of
ALPCA, there are some additional '16 Trailer plate images in the Archives.
This group of newly issued Antique Vehicle
plates shows a new format of numbers and letters. The previous series,
after hitting 9ZZ9, moved to the new series seen here beginning at 0A00.
If you attend car shows, you quickly get a sense of how many of these have been
issued. Many more of these are seen in comparison to
According to the 2015 Report of Registrations there were some 162-thousand
Antique registrations, compared to 72-thousand Classics.
Street Rod plates have
barely exceeded 68-hundred and
plates a little more than 16-hundered plates. Thank to Ryan Battin for the
Here's a pair of Support Your Zoo
plates showing the more expensive vanity version taken by Arthur Levine, and the
standard issued from Ryan Battin. Before the changeover to the visitPA
base and smaller graphic, these plates were part of the Save Wild Animals series
with the tiger and cub.
This plate is not new but the image is.
The older #27
Cetronia Ambulance Corps image was not as clear. Steve Ondik
provided a better image than the one previously posted. Cetronia's plate
program has been around since 2007. They are located on the west side of
spotted this new high number Bus
plate. PA currently has five different bus plates types in addition to School
Vehicle, Limo and Taxi. The Bus & Omnibus series have an interesting and
somewhat confusing history.
This beat up plate shows a low-number Permanent-Trailer
tag on the visitPA base. These plates switched to the visitPA base at
PT-0000L, then after reaching PT-9999Z, the series switched to PT-000A0 as shown
here. This format is not new, having been first seen over a year ago.
This 1977 base Amateur Radio plate photo was
provided by John Fedorchak. This is not the first appearance of this
plate. Bruce Bufalini also got a traffic shot of this vehicle and plate in
2013. Considering its age, this plate looks to be in great condition, and
it is still a valid registration number.
This week a few more motorcycle plates have
been added beginning with this 1928 Motorcycle plate
from Harry Campbell.
Next photo in line is this very nice 1929 Motorcycle plate
also from Harry Campbell. This 4-digit plate is shown in the plate gallery
with single digit and 5-digit variations.
This very nice 1956 Motorcycle plate
comes from Jeff Hinkle. This three-character alpha-numeric plate would
have been issued after the all-numeric series reached 9999. Click the link
above to the photo gallery to see 4 examples of these variations.
1963 signaled a new issue. The 63
Motorcycle base was issued up thru 1964 with a sticker, and could also
be renewed with a sticker. As a multi-year plate five variations in number
and letter formatting were used. I will have some additional group displays
from Jeff Hinkle in the future.
They just don't get any nicer than this 1953 Motorcycle Dealer
plate provided by Harry Campbell. For 1953 it does not appear likely that
plates extended beyond 3 digits. This plate picture helps to fill another
gap in the motorcycle dealer plate history. Check back for some additional
plates from Harry over the next few weeks.
This high number Geneva College
plate was recently spotted on the move by
Bruce Bufalini. Geneva College plates made their debut in 1994 on the
yellow on blue base, then to the www base and finally to current version.
The school is located in Beaver Falls which is
northwest of Pittsburgh.
This personalized Korean
Defense Services Medal plate picture was provided by Matt Boyer.
These plates were introduced in 2010 and allowed to be personalized in 2014.
I'm going to assume the DMZ stands for the Demilitarized Zone.
Here's the latest high Operation
Iraqi Freedom Veteran plate. Theses have been around since 2005.
This plate, like several other veterans' plates, has been issued in a two-tiered
system. The lower tier are the under-100 group. These are also
available as personalized plates for an additional fee. Thanks to
for the image.
This trio of plates was provided by
Bruce Bufalini and were photographed at recent car shows. Click on
them to see larger images. They all happen to be new highs. On the
far left is a Street Rod
plate, center left is a Classic Vehicle,
and on the near left is an Antique Vehicle plate. So far the
Street Rod is the only plate not available as a vanity plate.
This Moped plate image was provided
Jordan Irazabal. It
is the high
number spotted on the www series before the it transitioned to the visitPA base
at the start of the BN series.
Hinkle has recently sent a number of current plates photos and some group shots
from his collection. Shown here on the far left and center left are the
top and bottom sections of a display wall showing mostly motorcycle plates.
The smaller group of motorcycle plates shows duplicates, possibly resulting from
the plates not being properly cut. I'm hoping to get more group shots from
Jeff. These images have also been placed into the Group Displayspage that was
started last week.
This near perfect 1970 Used Car Dealer
plate is the final installment from Bob Connison. This plate finishes the
run of 1970 dealer plates. I want to thank Bob for
so many older dealer plates. At this point in time, there are dealer
images for every year except 1921 and 1930. A number of other years have
incomplete runs, especially C-series Transit Dealer plates.
This 4-digit 1927 Motorcycle plate
has been added to the existing '27 group consisting of a 3-digit and 5-digit
plates. As these were all-numeric, the series ran from 1 to some 14000.
Thanks to Harry Campbell for the plate image.
Next from Harry Campbell is this 1951 Motorcycle Dealer
plate. This series also started at plate the #1 and continued in the
3-digit series as seen here.
To my friends and contributors, I have
received so many plate images over the last week or two that I'm not able
to post them all. Too many pictures is a good thing, unfortunately
I run out of time before running out of material to post.
New plate on the horizon.
Communities in Schools Pennsylvania is getting into the organizational
plate business. They describe themselves as "a nationwide network of
passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a
community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life."
There is no indication that the plates are available yet.
Drexel University Alumni
plates are no longer available. Drexel discontinued their participation in
the program. Plates reached a high of D/U41699. Their number block
began at D/U40000, and the program dated back to 1992. Thanks to Matt
Boyer for the tip. In other plate news, the Fire Fighter plate is
now available to be personalized.
LEGISLATIVE NEWS -
Senate Bill 1155has seen
final passage by the House on 7/1/16.
The bill is xpected to be presented to the Governor for his signature. The
establishes a special vehicle license plate for members of the United States
This is the first image of a Combat Medical Badge.
I wasn't sure what it was when I first spotted it. About 20 of these
plates have been issued so far. According to Wikipedia, it's "an award of
the United States Army which was first created in January 1945. Any member of
the Army Medical Department, at the rank of Colonel or below, who is assigned or
attached to a ground Combat Arms unit of brigade or smaller size which provides
medical support during any period in which the unit was engaged in active ground
combat is eligible.
The U.S. Congress
plate is one of Pennsylvania's rarest plates. Since these plates were
re-issued on the www base only 4 such plates have been photographed. In
fact the plate shown here is formatted differently than the others where there
is a separation between the number and U/SC. It is
unknown how many have been issued since many members of congress choose not to
use them. PA currently has 18 districts; however, there were
21 districts prior to the 2010 census.
In a related matter, there are no PA U.S. Senator plates
in use at the present time. The person providing this picture wished to
the license plate is striking but so is the car. This BMW I8 has a
$140-thousand plus price tag. For that you get an electric motor and an
internal combustion engine that work together to push this thing from 0 to 60 in
just over 4 seconds and can get 76 MPG. Anyway thanks to
Bruce Bufalini for sharing these images including this personalized version
of a Mario
Lemieux Foundation plate.
I recently added a page called Motorcycle
Plate Displays showing groups of plates, and there was an older page called
Sample Plate Displays. The common theme of these pages is that the plates
were shown as groups, usually mounted on a wall, display board, or laid
together. These pages are being combined into one page called Group Displays. Also a new group
of '77 base passenger plates which are almost all sequential
starting at 001-CNG and running to 065-CNG.
Click the link to see the series of images provide by Sarge at Klassy Karz.
To my knowledge PA never issued '77-base plates with a series of 3 numbers
followed by 3 letters. In addition Sarge suggests that these could have
been possibly intended for a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles.
One of the plates has a 5-85 sticker. Does anyone have any knowledge of
these plate? Watch for additional groups to be added as time permits.
This is not a new high but it is an
excellent image of an
ATV Class 2 plate. These plates are motorcycle size and are issued
by DCNR (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) not by
PennDOT. The image was provided by
Jordan Irazabal. Click the link for
more image displays and information.
Thanks again to Bob Connison for helping to
fill a couple more gaps with these 1969 New Car Dealer (A-series) and Used Car
Dealer (B-series) plates.
This nice 4-digit 1926 Motorcycle plate
was provided by Harry Campbell. Click the link to see a 5-digit plate.
The series began at #1 and ran to some 14-thousand plates. Plate size
depended on the number of digits and were either 4½" by 6" for 2 and 3-digit
plates, and 4½" by 8" for 4 and 5-digit plates. Single digit plates were
Harry Campbell is also helping fill some of
the dealer plate gaps with this very nice 1950 Motorcycle Dealer.
I don't know how many dealer plates were issued but I don't think 4-digit plates
were needed until multi-year plates were issued starting in 1958 to '61 run.
Jeff Lawson spotted this
63 split window Corvette
coupe with matching vanity Classic Vehicle
plate at a recent Corvette meet.
Also from Jeff Lawson is this
50th anniversary Corvette
also with a matching U.S. Army Veteran
Here's a vanity version of a Northampton Fire
Departmentspecial organization. The 42 is the station number and
the 91 indicates the position or rank of the fire officer. The 90 series
is fire police.
Here's the latest Salvage Yard high
spotted at a recent antique truck show. I never understood the connection
between the prefix WL and the term salvage yard.
Bruce Bufalini recently spotted this new graphic style Prisoner of War
plate on the street. This new design dates back almost 3 years but so few
of these plates are issued today that they are seldom seen. Just guessing
that most are probably re-issues rather than new issues. Anyway, the most
recent issue (high) spotted on the original base was POW-V67 according to Tom
Perri's www.PAPLATES.com website.
recently acquired this 1963
Governor's Inauguration plate. '63 was the fist year for Inaugural
plates and they were reportedly issued to vehicle dealers who had cars in the
inaugural parade. Eric, who specializes in 'PA Politicals', indicates that
there were fewer than 100 such plates issued. Such plates are considered
special event plates and normally have a limited period of validity.
Jim McDevitt sent me this
plate he spotted recently in Philadelphia. A few weeks back I posted a
couple others, click the link above to see the others.
Jeff Lawson sent this image of a first
Implement of Husbandry plate. These plates date back to 1984 after
Tractor plates were discontinued. Tractor plates were replaced by
Implement of Husbandry plates for farm use, and Special Mobile Equipment plates
for industrial and construction vehicles. Of course today Implement of
Husbandry plates can also be used on farm machinery other than tractors
including vehicles that are not self-propelled; however, they are almost never
seen. The good news is that several of these plates are known to exist
within the hobby. The bad news is that the first generation of
Commercial Implement of Husbandry plates seems to have disappeared without a
trace, not even a photo.
This 1966 Used Car Dealer
plate was provided by Bob Connison and fills a gap in the lineup. One
significant change for 1966 is the end of both the 'X' series Miscellaneous
Dealer category and the 'C' (Transit) Dealer plate, the the replacement series,
now called Motor Vehicle Business, uses the same format as the previous 'C'
The next image is a 1968 New Car Dealer
plate, again filling a gap in the photo lineup, and again much thanks to Bob
Harry Campbell has provided some additional
cycle plate images beginning with this 1915 Motorcycle.
The first character on the 1914 and 1915 plates was the letter 'O', which at the
time looked like a zero, '0' and was followed 1 to 5 numeric characters to at
least 17000. Click the link to also see 3 and 4-digit plates from 1915.
Harry Campbell has also made available a
number of Motorcycle Dealer plates. I will add them over the next few
weeks, and they will help fill a number of gaps in the M/C Dealer displays.
For 1949 Motorcycle Dealers
the series is believed to run from 1 to an unknown 3-digit high similar to the
plate shown here. MCD was used as the designator from 1934 to 1966
inclusive, usually in the suffix position.