Here's the latest high number Person with
Disability plate. These plates have had the small map
outline since 72000PD. The PD suffix is a part of the
registration number, as were the HP plates in the past. This plate photo is thanks to
Here's the first image of a
82nd Airborne Division Association plate. This plate
program dates back to 2007, and is considered an organizational plate
rather than a military or veterans' plate. Thanks to Tim
Gierschick for providing the photograph.
This is the second image of a Gwynedd-Mercy
University plate with the newer logo. On the previous
plate photo, the tag legend was covered by the frame. Now we see that
the earlier name Gwynedd-Mercy College has been changed to Gwynedd-Mercy
University. The number would suggest that this plate replaced the
previous issue. Thanks to
for the image.
Here is a Rutgers
University sample plate. The Rutgers plate program dates
back to 2011. Samples of current type plates are not easy to come
by, but they are still sought after by some collectors. Some years back
the state used to market samples of almost every type, then they choose
to discontinue the practice. Today a few samples are produced for
each organizational plate at the start of the plate program. These
are intended for the organization to use as they see fit. Thanks
to Paul Bagnarol for sharing this plate photo.
West Virginia Alumni Association plate W/V01715
was recently spotted by
It was a new high, and Bruce reports that it now has the map outline.
Plate W/V01653 still has the sticker well.
These is no way to pinpoint at what number the change took place.
Photo not available.
This is a recent photo of a Severely
Disabled Veteran plate that still has the sticker well.
Previously posted plate D/V95738 does not have the sticker well.
After looking at an old inventory sheet, it appears that the removal of
the sticker well took place at D/V95700. Thanks to
for the plate photo.
Here is a very well preserved 105
year old 1914
Porcelain Dealer plate. In addition it is an X+3 digit
format. The series that year began at X1 and ran to X3367
according to DMV records. Four different plates lengths were used
that year. Thanks to eBay user Pars1-2 for the use of this image.
These 1960 and 1961 Motorboat
plates are the final chapter of this series that was part of John
Willard's display at the Valley Forge ALPCA Convention. The serial
numbers of these numeric plates could have 1 to 5 digits making 1, 2 or
3-digit plates very desirable. Note some similarities between the
'61 MB plate and
Motorcycle plates of the time.
are both 1933 Format 3
Passenger plates. Format 3 includes the series progression
of 0A to 9Z999. Plates with 4-character would be a tougher find
than those with 5 characters. Note that while these are both 1933
plates the legends are reversed. PENNA 1933 is the correct legend,
while the transposed legend on the 1B612 plate is considered an error,
of which a sizeable number were produced. 4-character plates
measured 6" by 10", while the 5-character plates measured 6" by 12".
Thanks to eBay user Hildenbrandmilitaria for the 1V10 plate photo, and
America on Wheels for the other.
Next is this 1950 Format 4 Passenger
plate. This format consists of plates from10A0 to 99Z99. All
passenger plates for 1951 were 6 inches by 11 inches in size for both 4
and 5-character plates. This plate is courtesy of eBay user Jeopardyboy1.
Anyone have a 1950 Sample?
This is a 1924 Class T Weight Class Truck
plate. The Class T series went from T1 to at least as high as the
plate shown here. This plate marks a new class high. 1924 was
the first year for truck plates to use the R through Z prefix system to
designate weight classes. X was reserved for Dealer plates.
This plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches. There were also 10 inch
15 inch (R & S only) plates depending on the number of characters.
Thanks to eBay user tw19670 for the use of this plate photo.
Here is a 1937
Class T Weight Class Truck plate. Class T used 3 serial
progressions that year including T000A, T00A0 and T0A00 of which the
plate shown here is part of the first group. All Class T plates
had 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 12 inches; however, the R and
S classes had some 6-character overflow plates that measured 6 inches by
15 inches. This photo is thanks to eBay user centipede16.
This personalized Antique Vehicle
tag was seen as part of a display at the America on Wheels Antique Auto
Museum in Allentown. The plate suggests a connection to the
Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) located in Hershey. The
small map suggests that it is a relatively recent issue.
Couple of Blue Lodge
Bruce Bufalini. First, the
plate shown here is from a short run of about 200 plates with embossed
logos and legends on visitPA base. These were issued around 2006.
On the next run the graphic and legend were flat. Bruce also
spotted M/B13255 with the map outline — no photo.
What's new? It's not hard to see
the difference between the old and new logos of these
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia plates. The plate with the
updated logo also features the map outline. Both plates were spotted
Tom Perri. The changeover point
This is a new high Juniata College
plate. This is one of those plates that came along not long after the
www plates were introduced and it has remained on the same base since that
time. It appears that affiliation with the college is not necessary to
purchase a plate. The college is located in Huntingdon, PA.
The first two Lebanon Valley
Collegeplates on the far left are part of the upper tier of the www
plates. When the www plates (3 fading bands) were first issued, they
were the result of the replacing the yellow on blue plates on a number for
number basis. New plates that were issued afterward were from a higher
number block of L/V01000 to L/V01172.
The L/V01035 is an example of later plates issued on
the visitPA graphic base. These are not new photos, but thanks to Tom Perri
they do help to fill some gaps.
Mario Lemieux Foundation plate series,
Bruce Bufalini spotted
tag 01680L/F which had the map outline, but was
unable to obtain a photo. This helps to narrow the gap between those
known to still have the sticker well, 01520L/F, and
the plate mentioned above.
University of Notre Dame plate recently spotted by John Fedorchak. Note that the plate no longer has the sticker well, but
does not yet have the small map outline. Plate 02646N/D, shown on
Tom Perri's website still had the
sticker well, so the change occurred between these two plates. The
Notre Dame plate program dates back to 1988.
This low number Seton Hill
University (not to be confused with Seton Hall which is in New
Jersey) plate was recently
Bruce Bufalini. The college is
located in Greensburg, PA. Their plate program dates back to 2006, and
about 111 numbered plates have been issued to date.
change to the prototype of this Shady Side Academy
took place some time ago. I blame myself for not noticing that the
logo had been redesigned. The original prototype is on the far left.
The revised prototype is in the center. The other photo is a
comparison of the two logos side by side. Click to enlarge. It
is unknown if the redesigned plates are on the street.
*** The focus of this website has always
been to keep up with newly issued PA plates, and current plates that as they
go through changes. Over the past few years this website has also
focused on older plates by listing them according to type, date range, formatting,
etc. Much progress has been made, but much more work remains.
The task of finding pictures, or rare plates to photograph, in order to fill
the remaining gaps, has become
increasingly challenging. As a result the weekly posting of older
plates will not be as plentiful. ***
This is a 1924 Format 3 Dealer
plate. Format 3 consisted of the sequence from X10-000 to X20-404 or above.
Because the plates were 6 characters they measured 6 inches by 15 inches.
Plates with X+1, 2 or 3 characters were 6 inches by 10 inches, and X+4
plates were 6 inches by 12 inches. This plate is courtesy of Drewski.
Dealer plates for 1926 was one of the years
where the 'X' identifier could be in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd
position. Plate serial numbers could be as low as X1 or 1X to a high such
as shown here. Plates are believed to be 6" x 10" for 4 or fewer character
and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates. Thanks to Chuck Sakryd for the use of
Here is a U.S. Air Force
Veteran personalized plate. Thanks to Arthur Levine for
sharing this image. This is the first of this plate type spotted
without the sticker well. About 2 months ago a sequentially numbered
plate was spotted that had the map outline. As I've stated on previous
occasions, the evolution of plate design appears to be inconsistent at
times, and frustrating to track.
The original block of numbers on this Lebanon Valley
College series was believed to be L/V00001 to
L/V00414, then Jeff Lawson sent me this image of a
plate outside that range. Some additional checking suggests that a
block of numbers from L/V00445 to L/V00482
was also issued. Any attempt to explain this 'number gap' would only
be conjecture on my part. Still need a photo of the first generation
yellow on blue Lebanon Valley plate.
Twp. Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 photo is not new. It actually dates
back to 2012, but it got buried in my archives until now. The photo
came from Tom Perri, who has the
current Warwick high listed as 10017W/T. A plate check shows that
about 23 tags have been issued. They are located in Bucks County.
Prior to two weeks ago we didn't even know that a
Zeta Phi Alpha Sorority, Inc.
organizational plate existed. Now we have two nice photos to provide a
low and a high. Thanks to Nick Tsilakis for the #2 plate photo and to
Irazabal for the #29 photo.
This is a 1958 Amateur Radio
plate. The FCC call sign is the identifier. This one is without
the tab slot, a feature that is present on the other two photos I have
posted. The tab slot is generally considered to be a part of the
initial run, but dropped from later issues even though they all have 58 even
if issued after that year.
Thanks to Platedog for the use of this photo.
This is a low-number steel 1953 Motor Boat License.
Serial numbers ran from 1 to at least 28406; however, at some point in
between 4251 and 9433 the plate material was changed from steel to
fiberboard. If anyone has an in-between plate, please let me know. 1953 was the only year for non-metallic plates.
Plates measure 4½" by 8". Thanks to Jeff Hinkle for the use of the
Here is a nice 3-digit 1959 Motor Boat License
plate. Notice that the MBL designator has now been shortened to MB,
not to be confused with Motorbike which ended after 1949. Also the use
of the state map outline was added in 1955. The colors could also be
confusing, but at least for 1959 they were the opposite of automotive
plates. This photo is from a John Willard display at the ALPCA
This is a very nice 1958
Motorcycle Dealer plate, which may have been professionally
refinished. This was the first year for multi-year plates with the
exception of the 1942 - '43 used during WW2. The slots were never used,
instead stickers were used in their place, and the plates could be revalidated
through 1961. Thanks to ebay user jeopardyboy1 for the plate photo.
This 1972 Base School Bus
plate may not win any prizes for beauty, but it does provide two important
pieces. First it presents a new high in the SA-series. Secondly,
and of greater importance, this plate was photographed as part of a larger group of older
Bus plates with 7-00 validation stickers. Previously I listed that
series of plates as used from 1972 to 1977. Thanks to Clayton Moore
for sharing a larger group of photos of which this plate was a part.
These are Vehicle Registration
Credentials for yellow on blue Omnibus plates. They show that
Omnibus plates were issued at least as high as OB-49201 on the 1984 thru
2000 yellow on blue base. These credentials also indicate that plates
were not necessarily issued in order. The OB47415 registration has a
validation date of 2/3/2000. The next generation of plates on the www
base began issue shortly thereafter on 4/16/2000. Thanks to Clayton
Moore for sharing these and other bus-related images.
Here is a 1940 T-Weight Class Truck
plate. Class T for 1940 consisted of three serial progressions —
T000A, T00A0 and T0A00. The plate shown here is part of the first
group. All such plates used 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 12
inches. Thanks to eBay user Pinkocelot for the use of this photo.
Next is this 1953 U-Weight Class Truck
plate. Class U plates that year used four serial formats — U000A,
U00A0, U0A00 and U00AA. The plate shown here is part of the second
group. All such plates used 5 characters and measured 6 inches by 10¼
inches. Thanks to eBay user Carstuffstore for the use of the picture.
Here's the latest Classic Vehicle high.
According to the
2017 Report of Registrations, there were 75,000 Classic Vehicles
registrations in PA. By comparison, there were only 717 Classic
Motorcycle registrations. Antique Vehicles, on the other hand, had
181,000 registrations, and 14,000 Antique Motorcycles. Thanks to
for spotting this plate in amongst the traffic.
Several weeks ago we had the first and
only sighting of a
Township Fire Dept. plate, provided by Arthur Levine. Now this
week we have a photo of a personalized plate from Nick Tsilakis.
Personalized plates can have 1 to 5 characters plus the organization's
prefix or suffix and logo.
The first and only one of these
Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Constables plates was posted back in
July of 2017, now a year-and-a half later the #2 plates was spotted by Nick
Tsilakis. It appears currently that there are only 4 of these plates
This very low number Second
Alarmers Rescue Squad was spotted recently by
Irazabal. A number check suggests that the highest plate is 00012S/A.
This plate program dates back to 2006. The organization is an EMS
provider located in Willow Grove, Montgomery County.
Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company photo was snapped by Tom Perri
more than four years ago, but recently came across it in my plate photo
archives. You can tell its age by looking at the validation stickers.
The Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company has had a plate program since 2013.
They are located in Butler County.
Here's the latest reported high U.S. Navy Veteran
plate. These plates first hit the streets back in late 2009, with the
starting point being 10011N/A, which seems a little
odd but it would appear that 11 is the lowest plate registered. My
thanks to Jeff Lawson for the plate picture.
This appears to be the new high Municipal Government
plate. If you recall, this new design started at M/G9000J
around February of 2017. Since that time, the series has progressed
through the 'K' series and is now in the 'J' series. Thanks to Nick
Tsilakis for sharing this traffic shot from a School Vehicle.
This is a 1954 Format 4 Passenger
plate. That serial format includes plates from 10A0 to 99Z99, so both
4 and 5 character plates were issued. With the addition of this plate
there are examples of both. Regardless of the number of characters,
all plates measured 6 inches by 10¼ inches. Thanks to eBay user
Jbirds1971 for the use of this photo.
Here's an image of a 1935 T-Weight Class Truck
plate. For that year there were 3 T-Class serial progressions — T000A,
T00A0, T0A00. All 5-character plates measured 6 inches by 12 inches;
however, there was a series of overflow R and S series plates that used 6
characters and therefore were increased to 6 inches by 15 inches.
Thanks to MG00000 for the use of this photo.
Here is another pair of unusual 1958 to '63 Truck
plates. The far left YZ plate represents the next to the heaviest
3-axle truck class, while the YX plate represents lightest of the 2 classes
of 4-axle trucks. My thanks to Sal Dodd for these and a number of
other plate pix.
the picture on the far left was sent to Colin M. asking what's a ZP plate? No one had ever seen one, and it was not listed in any
did some research and in short
order solved the mystery. The plate is very new and was identified by
Bruce as a Zeta Phi Alpha Sorority, Inc. from their Facebook page.
Strangely, although this plate was issued by the state, it does not appear
anywhere on PennDOT's website; however, a vanity check shows that there are
some 35 plates currently in use.
I wonder how many other new organizational plate
types there are on the street?
But wait, there's more! A check of pending
legislation showed that House Bill 1294 was passed by the legislature and
signed into law by the Governor as
Act 108. This act authorizes 2 new plates. The first is
a Purple Heart/Combat Wounded Veteran Motorcycle plate. The
second plate will be for recipients of the Legion of Merit
military award, which will be available for passenger vehicles and trucks
with a gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds. The plate related
portions of the legislation are expected to take effect on or about
2/21/2019. No prototypes yet.
Here's a recent photo of a
University of Notre Dame plate in a personalized format. Note
that this plate does not appear to have a sticker well. The current
high in the numerical series is 02646N/D according to
Tom Perri's PA Plates website.
Notre Dame's plate program dates back to 1988.
Here is a pair of
Pennsylvania Hunting Heritage vanity plates. I've had these
photos for a while but never got them posted. They both have
validation stickers. A photo of a more recent vanity appears to not
have the sticker well. Thanks to
Bruce Bufalini for the 30-30 photo,
and to Arthur Levine for the HEBE plate.
The far left
Shippensburg University Alumni plate is from the series of S/U01500
to S/U01689 which was a separate numbering group issued
to new purchasers after the
re-plating in 2001. It shows a jump in plate numbers leaving a block of numbers
skipped. Photo was taken by Jordan
and passed on to me by Tom Perri.
The other plate is the new high, however, it also is the first one
documented with the map in place of the sticker recess. That photo was
taken by Preston Turner and also passed on to me by Tom Perri.
There is nothing all that special about this Official Use
Commercial (truck) plate, but it does help to narrow the point at
which these white on blue plates moved to the coat of arms design. The
lowest reported plate with the coat of arms is PA-2215B. So far only
PennDOT and Turnpike vehicles have begun to use plates with agency-specific
Here's the latest high
University of Pittsburgh (official) plate. Still retains the
sticker well. These are issued to university-owned vehicles and are
not the same as plates issued to alumni and friends. Similar official
plates are also issued to Penn State, Temple and Lincoln University.
for the photo.
This is a 1944 Format 4 Passenger
plate. Format 4 included the serial progression of 10A0 to 99Z99,
meaning both 4 and 5 character plates were produced. The 4 character
plates measured 6 inches by 10 inches, and the 5 character plates were 6
inches by 11 inches. This plate photo is thanks to MG00000.
We move ahead to this 1957 Format 3 Passenger plate.
Format 3 included the serial progression of 1A00 to 9Z999, and like the
plate above both 4 and 5 character plates were issued, but unlike the plate
above all were 6 inches by 12 inches. Thanks to Peter Clericuzio for
the plate photo.
This pair of 1956 Truck plates represents the S Weight
Class on the far left and the V Class on the near left. The S Class is
one or five formats used including S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA, S0AA0.
The V Class actually had three formats including V000A, V00A0, V0A00.
The S Class plate is thanks to eBay user rqb507, and the V Class is thanks
Here's another 1958-63 3-axle Truck Class.
As you may recall, these weight classes progressed from RZ to ZZ, with no XZ
class. The WZ class identifier never advances; however, the final
letter, in this example, C, advances after the numbers. Thanks to Sal
Dodd for the use of so many photos.