Bruce Bufalini sent this very early low number Conserve
Wild Resources - Owl plate image. These plates came on the scene
in November of 1993 and this would have been among the first issued. From
the latest PennDOT statistical report there were 71,790 owl plates in use as of
From the earliest Conserve Wild Resources
plate above, to the latest River
Otter plate courtesy of Ryan Battin. From the same PennDOT report
there were 32,761 otter plates in use as of 12/31/2013.
Here's the latest high Moped plate. A plate
previously posted, CA030, had not yet been issued. For 2013 there were
less than 2,700 mopeds registered, while there were over 400 thousand
It was recently noted by
Jordan Irazabal, long time friend and founder of
The Delaware 3000 website, that
the National Greyhound Adoption Program has had their plate serial numbers jump
ahead from G/H00716 to G/H01300. This is not a recent occurrence as the
plate shown here has a 9-03 sticker on it. Jordan posits that plates up
to G/H00716 were number-for-number replacements for the blue base, and that later
plates, those above 1300 were for newer tags issued after the replacement
process. This plate type has been added to the growing list of eight plate
number sequence anomalies.
a start! After vacillating on the issue, I've decided
to add a section on Trailer plate history.
I have posted a number of images of plates from 1964 to the present. Click
the link above to see some of the detail. I don't have a lot in terms of
older trailer plate images, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
This series of Motorcycle plate images was provided by Ryan
Battin. Ryan, who is an astute observer, noticed that there were some
distinct differences in fonts on these motorcycle plates. The plates with
the letter suffix (Format 5), which are also the previous series, are shown here
next plates from the latest series (Format 6) with the letter prefix.
The differences are easy to see when positioned next to each other, especially the 'F', '2' and '4'.
Click on images to enlarge.
Here is what is believed to be a Flagship Niagara
sample plate image from Jason DeCesare. What makes this plate somewhat
unique is the absence of the word
as a column of text, as seen on most samples.
Jason DeCesare also provided these two
images of movie prop plates. He states that they are from the 2012 movie
Won't Back Down. For anyone not familiar with PA plates, the
serial number fonts are not quite correct, also numbers should be larger than
letters and the right side of the plates should be all numeric.
This mid-1980s Trailer plate was spotted
behind a shopping center last weekend.
Judging by the 20 year old stickers, it's been a while since it was legal.
not known when it was on the road last. I don't have a trailer plate
history section on this site, but am giving it some consideration. Check
our Rick Kretschmer's RicksPlates
website for good trailer plate history and images.
And finally this lonely 1956 Tractor plate
picture. This image is an addition to the alpha-numeric image previously
a matter of policy I don't normally rail against PennDOT, but some of the latest
changes to make all plates look alike leaves me with a strong need to speak out.
We all know that there was a problem with visibility of the Flagship Niagara
plate, which resulted in that plate being discontinued. So is it really necessary to
make every plate type look like every other just to improve visibility? And what is the purpose in
having the words Collectible Vehicletwice on the same plate?
Not long ago the
beautiful Save Wild Animals
- Tiger plate was replaced by one of the so called 'family of plates'.
Pennsylvania is gradually transitioning from a state which had some of
the most beautiful plates and replacing them with some of the most monotonous
and repetitive plates
in use anywhere. Shown above is the new PA Collectible Vehicle / Collectible Vehicle plate
shown along side of the version that is being discontinued. Below is
the before and after treatment of the Tiger plate. You decide.
But wait, there's more. You
can form your own opinion of this visitPA clone replacing the older Collectible
Motorcycle plate. What's next to get replaced?
Here's a pair of new high Motorcycle plates from
Ryan Battin. Note that not only are the plates sequential, so are the
serial numbers on the validation stickers. Actually I just saw that
spotted L8988 which would make that a new high. Here's the link to the
Ryan also provided a photo of the latest
high number Municipal
plate on the far left is not a real Press Photographer
plate, but the serial number, PP800, does seem to come from the Press
Photographer series. It's obviously a made up plate
with many departures from the real thing on the near left. The image was
sent in by Bill Houser. The near left image is from Eric Butler.
are two more addition to the Motorcycle Section of Plate History 1. On the
far left is a '36 4-digit plate
followed by a '52 3-digit
plate. These images may have come from eBay.
realize that reconfiguring a plate from the traditional horizontal design to a
vertical orientation will limit what can be done with the plate. You can
form your own opinion about the vertical Motorcycle
plate. I think visibility of the small characters could be an issue.
the first image of this new vertical Motorcycle design, and was provided by Ryan
Battin. The plate formatting is M0A1C, then M0A2C, etc., making this plate
the 70th in the series. Check back next week for more on this subject.
Legislative Update — House Bill 770 has been passed and signed into law. On 3/19 the Governor signed
the bill, now Act 23 which authorizes the following:
The issue of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Special Registration Plates;
• Raising the vehicle
weight limit on personal (vanity) and organizational plates from 10,000 lb. to
14,000 lb., and allow the use of vanity plates on Motor Homes & Trailers;
registration plates may be personalized for a $100 fee, as well
personalizing Person with Disability plates and certain veterans plates (DV &
POW) for $50.
• Also makes
provisions for a 70 mph speed limit on certain limited access highways.
Most of the provision take
effect in 120 days (July 17, 2014) but it sounds like the speed limit change can
happen as soon as roadways can be marked. Below is a link to bill
Ryan Battin sent this image of a new high Teen Driver plate.
While a few more of these plate are in use, sales still appear to be sluggish.
To see all the latest highs plates from PA, go to Tom Perri's website,
Ryan also provided this new high Classic Vehicle plate
image. The older traditional purple on white Classic Car plate is no
longer issued and has been replaced by this visitPA style plate.
This week I received several very
interesting and informative emails from a couple of Amateur Radio operators,
their plates shown here.
Included is some detailed information about the formatting of call signs and the
use of the -1 and -2 suffixes, and a map showing the various regions in the U.S.
In order to present as much of this information as possible, a new page has been
added. Link to Amateur Radio Information.
Here's a new high Trailer plate. Thanks
to Ryan Battin for the image.
And Grant MacKenzie shares the latest high
Several plate images have been added to the
section including this hundred year old 1914 5-digit plate. Note the use
of the leading 0 which was used in 1914 and '15.
Here's a very nice 5-digit 1916 Motorcycle plate.
Little by little the M/C history section is taking shape' but many images are
This 1951 Motorcycle plate shows the
all-numeric version which was issued prior to the alpha-numeric plates.
In contrast to the '51 plate above, this
1953 Motorcycle plate shows the alpha-numeric format.
What do we have here? I'm not quite sure, but I am sure the state hasn't
started issuing a vanity version of the Collectible Vehicle plate.
Nevertheless it is an interesting plate, prompting lots of opinions and
conjecture on the Yahoo license plate list. By the way, the vehicle is a
Dodge Viper, thus the VENAMUS plate. The images were passed on by Arthur
Here is a pair of Antique Vehicle plates. The plate on the far left from
Clayton Moore was the new high until the plate on the near left was shared by
Ryan Battin managed to get a couple sample
images of the current Motorcycle
plate on the visitPA base, and also an image of one of the new style Antique Motorcycle
plates. Unfortunately PennDOT no longer markets sample plates.
plate is one of 16 to 17 thousand plates issued that year. Note the use of the
leading zero (0) which was used on 1914 and '15 motorcycle plates, then
discontinued in 1916. 1914 and '15 were also the only years to use porcelain
motorcycle plates. The plate width varied depending on the number of characters in the plate.
This image came from eBay. Click the
link above to see a 5-digit plate.
a pair of 1917 Motorcycle plates. Again the plate width varied by the number of
characters. Plate colors were
white on brown.
an example of a
plate. As was typical at the time, motorcycle plates were issued annually using
the number series 1 thru 9999, after which
an alpha numeric series was used employing a single letter in the first position
followed by 1 to 3 numbers, such as the P271 shown here. This image may have
come from eBay. Some 23 to 24 thousand plates were issued that year.