Here's the latest high
82nd Airborne Division Association plate spotted by Preston Turner.
The previously reported high was 00269A/B,
which was still sporting a validation sticker. These plates date back
to 2007, and are also available in a personalized version.
This Fraternal Order of Police plate was recently photographed by
Irazabal. This plate still has the sticker well and helps to
narrow down the point at which that feature stopped being issued. Then
there was a run without the sticker well, and before the map outline came
State Alumni Association was one of the earliest organizational plates
dating back to 1985, but if you wanted a Penn State tag and were not a
member of the Alumni Association, then the Penn State
University plate, as shown here, was an option. These became
available in 2009, and now with the map outline as can be seen here in this
photo from Tom Perri.
Irazabal also recently spotted 11174P/S
but was not able to get a picture.
This is the only Villanova
University vanity photo I've seen. Thanks to Jeff Lawson for
the image. Note that the plate has the latest feature of the map
outline. Their plate program dates back to 1987. There was a
graphic redesign in 2006; however, the redesigned plates were not spotted
These are the first images of a Severely Disabled
Veteran plate that is part of the 2 plate series intended for use on
a vehicle that carries a wheelchair or personal assistive device. Such
vehicles are authorized to be issued two plates since the assistive device
and carrier may block visibility of the vehicle mounted plate. In the
photo shown here no assistive device or carrier is visible. Originally
I had listed this series as starting at D/V98000. This is not the case
with the starting point actually at D/V99000. Thanks to Preston Turner
for the photo and to Tom Perri
for passing it along.
Here's a recent shot and a new high of
the latest generation Official Use Dept.
of Transportation Commercial plate. In simpler terms it's a
plate on the rear of a PennDOT truck, thus the PennDOT logo on left.
This is also one of the agency-specific plates which also includes a PA
Turnpike edition with their logo and a generic version with the state coat
Back in February Matt Ciecka spotted
this high number We The
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of US Constitution. This plate was only
issued during a 3½ month period in 1987 ending on December 31 of that year
with fewer than 5000 being issued. This is the only remaining legal yellow
on blue plate. The actual high is believed to be U/S04635,
only three numbers above the plate shown here. I am fortunate enough
to have an unused mint condition plate in my collection — sorry, not for
This is a 1945 Format 2 Dealer
plate. This serial group could run from from 1X00 to 9X999, although
according to the Archives, the series likely ended around 8X921.
Format 1 plates included X100 to X9999. The plate size was 6 inches by
11 inches for all plates. Thanks to Pl8source for the use of the
Here is an unused, near mint condition,
1972 New Car Dealer
plate photo from Tom Firth. This series started at A10-000A and went
at least as high as the plate shown here. Other full size dealer
plates at the time included B series Used Car Dealer, C series M.V.
Business, D series Tractor Dealer, and E series Trailer Dealer.
is a 1931 Format 7 Passenger
plate. Format 7 included the serial progression of AA to ZZ999.
So 2, 3, 4 and 5-character plates were part of this group. Plates up
to 4 characters measured 6" by 10", and 5-character plates were 12" as shown
here. The photo gallery has an example of each of the four character
lengths. Thanks to Kenny Kuhns for the use of this plate photo.
This is a 1946 Format 3 Passenger
plate. That group included the series of 1A00 to 9Z999, so again there
are both 4 and 5-character plates. Beginning in 1945 the plate size
became 6 inches by 11 inches regardless of the number of characters.
And again the alpha character is always last to advance regardless of the
number of characters. This photo was from an ebay seller who did not
On the news front, Charles Sweitzer has
shared an article from the
York Daily Record concerning registration stickers, or the absence
thereof. The article describes a number of issues that have resulted
from discontinuing registration stickers. It also speaks of proposed
legislation to incorporate the registration sticker and the inspection
sticker. Here's another news article from
Penn Live describing some of the failures of the current system.
One observer commented that the anticipated $3-million savings to PennDOT
has turned into a $22-million shortfall from owners not keeping up with
Here's the latest high
Distracted Driving Awareness plate from Jerry McCoy. These
plates have only been on the road a short time, with the serial numbers
apparently starting at D/A00101. The theme of this plate is certainly
timely — just watch what other drivers are doing, but don't get too
shot of a recent Dealer
Irazabal. This plate, K51-779, is the lowest plate spotted with
the map outline. It is believed that the map was added at K51-500K.
A few weeks ago
Bruce Bufalini snapped a photo of
K52-570, which is the current high.
This California University
(of Pennsylvania) plate was recently spotted by
Bruce Bufalini. The plate is a
new high and Bruce believes that the plate does not have the sticker well.
The previous high of 00233C/U had the sticker well but was spotted back in
2013 according to Tom Perri's highs
This is a low number Penn
State Alumni Association plate that was spotted recently by
Bruce Bufalini. This plate
likely dates back to 5/30/2001 when the original crop of plates was being
replaced by the www base. After a couple facelifts, the Nittany Lion
continues on with the current high not far below P/S30000.
plate doesn't look like anything special, but it's the early
Trailer Dealer plate dating
back to 1972.
Judging by the number, there could be others. The starting point
would have been E10-000E. It is believed that the Trailer
Dealer plate series likely began in 1971, but so far no plates have surfaced to
Here is a nice 'shorty' 1933 Format 5 Passenger.
This format group went from 000A to 999Z9, so both 4 and 5 characters
plates were issued; however, all of the numerals in each letter series
would have been used before the letter would advance. The 4
character one shown here measures 6 inches by 10 inches, while 5 character
plates would be 12 inches wide. Thanks to eBay user Scrane2006 for
the use of this photo.
This is another gem, and another 'shorty'
plate. It's a 1935 Format 4
Passenger plate, which ran from 00A to 99Z9 and which measure 6
inches by 10 inches, and 10A00 to 99Z99 which are 6 inches by 12 inches
in length. Like the 1933 plate above, all of the numerals in each
series would have been issued before the letter would advance.
Thanks to eBay user Ykessa for the use of this photo.
Here we have two 1930 Truck plates.
1930 was an odd year for truck plate formatting. The same classes of R
through Z and ZZ were used but there was no identifying prefix letter as
used in earlier and later plates. Confusing, and a little hard to
identify them as truck plates. The plate on the far left is an S-Class, which ran from 00GA to 999KZ. This plate is thanks to eBay user Powerfullhammer. The other plate is actually a Z-Class tag which ran
from 00UA to 999UZ.
U.S. Open special event plate display is a little out of the ordinary
for this site but I had a few images that were never shown before and one new
photo. So, here they are. From left to the 14 plate may have come from
eBay, 44, 47 were John Willard plates, the 56 plate was from Bill Houser, 97 was
also another John Willard plate, and the newest plate, 109 is thanks to Phil Tedeschi.
Concerning the 56 plate, the reason for the color difference is
unknown. The state still offers special event plates but most of the
plates in recent years have been black and white cardboard — not very appealing
and not easy to collect.
I did not see this one previously in Act 91, and
apparently neither did PennDOT. The
Presidential Service Badge plate was just recently announced in
Bulletin 19-07. The plates is based on the military award, and
according to Wiki, those who serve as full-time military staff to the
President of the United States would be eligible. It may not be an
easy one to spot. So far no plates have been issued.
This is the first image of a
Hill Volunteer Fire Company plate, although Tom Perri
also posted it in his most recent update. The photo was actually taken
Irazabal. An earlier photo of a Barren Hill vanity plates was
posted late in 2018. Both plates had the small map outline. That
plate was spotted by Tom Perri.
Here's the latest high
Sports Car Club of America plate from
Bruce Bufalini. This
plate is on the latest base with the map outline. It's not known at
what point that change took place, but the previous high, 00149S/C
still had a validation sticker and was spotted in June of 2013 according to
website. Plate type dates back to 2005.
Here's a personalized Combat
Infantryman Badge sent by Arthur Levine. Up to five characters
are permitted. This plate is part of a series of five Combat-related
plates, with the series dating back to 2014. The others in the group
include, Combat Action Badge, Combat Action Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and
Combat Medical Badge.
Limousines are in the
business of traveling, and so it is with this plate that has been spotted by
both Tom Perri and Nick Tsilakis, who
live in different areas of the state. It is considered the current
high; however, it appears to still have the sticker well. Keep
At first glance, this appears to be what
could be a new high Organ
Donors Save Lives plate, but Tom
Perri's highs page reports a high of D/N01919. This then suggests
that the plate shown here is either an error or a vanity. Vanity check
suggests that the number stands by itself, therefore making this a vanity.
The plate was spotted by
who also believes it to be a vanity.
Here's a new high on a discontinued but
still valid series. NASCAR plates were discontinued in May of 2010,
but this Rusty Wallace plate is still on the road. The NASCAR 2 Rusty
Wallace plates were only issued for the 2004 and 2005 racing
seasons. Thanks to Jeff Lawson for the photo.
Here's an early House Car
plate on the 1977 base, but judging by the number, it was likely issued in
the early '80s. Later in life these plates had their tag legend
changed to Motor Home, which continues in use to this day. The
original HC (House Car) legend has progressed through HD, (HE reserved for
Hearing Impaired), HF, HG and currently HH. Thanks to David Hassell
for the use of this plate.
These two pairs of
stickers represent the 1991 season with a 3-31-92 expiration, and the
1993 season with a 3-31-94 expiration. These are thanks to Bob
Connison. Over the past month or so. boat stickers have been added
representing 16 years; however, there are still quite a few photos needed.
Here's a nice low number 1956 Motorcycle
plate. Plate serial numbers for that year went from
1 to 9999, then the sequencing
began again with an alpha prefix A, A1 to A999, B etc., extending to R713
Eric Tanner's website. Numbers always advance before
letters. Thanks to Clayton Moore for this image.
This is a 1957 Format 2 motorcycle
plate. Format 1
1 to 9999, then Format 2
sequencing began again with an alpha prefix A, A1 to A999, B etc., extending
Eric Tanner's website.
All such plates measured 4½" by 8". This plate photo is courtesy of
Mike at Pl8source.
Here's the latest high number U.S.
Marine Corps Veteran plate from Charles Sweitzer. Charles
has shared a number of new plates with us this week. This is the
first photo I have of a Marine Veteran plate with the map outline,
although Tom Perri's site has
13832M/C with the map. The last plate
spotted before the map was 13545M/C without the
sticker well. This plate type dates back to 2009 with a starting
point of 10000M/C.
Next in this week's lineup is a
Veteran plate. While this is the latest high, and the sticker
well is gone, it does not have the map outline yet. An inventory
sheet suggests this series goes to 02999U/S with the
map possibly coming after that.
This plate type dates back to 2005.
These plates are the Motorcycle
Veteran version of the plate above. The plate on the far
left, also thanks to Charles Sweitzer, is another very recent issue.
The other plate is older, and is being shown for comparison. Note
that both the serial number fonts and the VETERAN legend font are
wider than the older plate. This change was first seen on V3099 on
Tom Perri's website.
Here's a new high
from Charles Sweitzer. The trailer series has had the map outline
at or around XKY-0000, and were first spotted in January of 2018.
No plates without both the sticker well and the the map outline have
This is not a new high, but it is
the lowest number spotted so far without the sticker well. The
highest known with the sticker well is F/L01652, which also had the
early plate legend of Flyers Wives Charities. Then the legend
switched to the singular
Flyers Wives Charity, and the sticker well was removed. At
this point I am of the opinion that both changes happened together. Thanks
Irazabal for the photo.
are a couple more pairs of
stickers. This week featuring a blue 1988 sticker with a
3-31-89 expiration, and an orange 1989 with a 3-31-90
expiration both from Bob Connison. These stickers again follow a 4-year color
cycle of blue, orange, green, and red.
This is an unused Handicapped Person
plate from Tom Firth. It's on the 1984 base, but this 4-digit
series was part of a short run of plates from
HP0000 to HP9999.
After that series was used, the next series had the HP symbol in the
suffix position. Click the link above to see more of the
Here's an usual 3-character plate.
It's actually a 1932
Format 2 Passenger plate which included the range of A then A1,
and continuing all the way to Z9999. The serial numbers following
the letter would be entirely used before he next letter came into play.
So plate size was a function of the number of characters. 1 to 4
character plates were 6 inches by 10 inches, and 5 character plates were
6 inches by 12 inches. Thanks to eBay user kope2112 for the use of
This ia a 1928 Format 2 Motorcycle
to Clayton Moore.
Format 2 means that it's part of the group of plates from
1000 to 13807. The 4 and 5-dight plates measure
4½ inches by 8 inches.
Format 1 plates on the other hand had serial numbers from 1 to 999,
4½ inches by 6 inches.
Anyone have one?
Next is this 1937 Format 1 Motorcycle
plate. Format 1 plates were consisted of 1 to 4 digit plates,
while Format 2 plates were the same size but the serial progression went
from A1 to A99 then progressed to somewhere in the C-series, so quite rare.
Plate size was
45/16" by 7⅞".
Here's a recent photo of an Apportioned Truck
plate from Preston Turner. What the plate shows is that the
transition point to the map outline, which was previously thought to be
at AG-73000, has to be above the plate shown here. The next plate
spotted is AG-73399, so the map was added somewhere in between.
Here's another early
Distracted Driving Awareness plate from Jonathan Ortmann. Also
Irazabal for photo editing. It
appears that this series started at D/A00101
making this the 12th plate issued. These plates became
available back on February 21, and are eligible for use on passenger
cars, trucks not over 14,000 lb. and motor homes,
the plate is also available in this downsized motorcycle edition of the
Distracted Driving Awareness tag. Tim Martin recently
received this plate and posted it on Facebook. It appears that
this series may have started at D/A061 as
this number and D/A062 are the only ones showing
in the vanity check.
Irazabal reports spotting Official Use
plate PA-1063B on the blue base which is the highest number recorded on
that base. This helps to narrow the gap between the blue base and
the newer graphic base. The lowest plate spotted on the graphic
base is PA-2215B.
Here is the first plate spotted of
U.S. Coast Guard (Active Duty)series. These active duty
military types came out in February of 2017, but so far have been
elusive. The image was provided by Matthew Wehner, and the photograph
was actually taken in the state of Washington.
are a couple more pairs of
stickers. This week featuring an orange 1985 sticker with a
3-31-86 expiration from Bob Connison, and a green 1986 with a 3-31-87
expiration from Tom Firth. These stickers follow a 4-year color
cycle of blue, orange, green, and red.
The remainder of the 1909 Pittsburgh Press
newspaper clippings have been posted. The Pittsburgh City
record of the Green 98 plate can be viewed by clicking the image to the
right of the plate. Then zoom the jpg until you can see the
record for the single seat 98 and 2-seat 263. It also lists the
state-issued plate, 1295 belonging to one of the vehicles. Click
the image to the right of the brown 1160 to see the Pittsburgh City
record for that plate with the corresponding state-issued plate of 662. Again I
want to thank Eric
Tanner for the great work in researching and assembling these
newspaper articles. And thanks again to
Eric Taylor for the plate
This is a 1953 Format 3 Trailer
plate. Format 3 represents the serial number range of 0A00 to 9Z99.
All such plates measure 6 inches by 10¼" inches. Most plates for
that year were 4 characters; however there was also a run with 5 digits
as well. Thanks to Rob Baran for the photo.
This is a 1933 S-Weight Class Truck
plate. 1933 again used the R through Z, etc. weight classes, and
this is the first S-class photo. The size of truck plates were 6
inches by 15 inches. This plus the letter prefix, and the number of
characters were the features that identified this as a truck plate.
Thanks to eBay user hfritz2.570 for the use of this photo.