Newly Proposed Plates.
State Representative Tim Hennessey recently introduced 3 bills. At present
all three bills are in committee. For future reference these bills can be
accessed from the Legislation
Bill 1710, to create a USA
Semiquincentennial registration plate, similar to the Bicentennial Plate, with
the phrase “Let Freedom Ring- 250 years”, for issue between 2021 and 2026.
Bill 1711, to create a Heritage plate,
adding a limited edition 1950’s [retro] plate with a blue background inside a gold outline of
the Commonwealth and a 1960’s plate with the opposite colors for motorists to
Bill 1712, to create Corporate Logo
Fleet Plates, similar to Indiana.
The Antique Motorcycle
plates on the far left are recent highs. This style plate
dates back to around May of 2013, with the starting number being 01000.
Plate availability tool shows the actual high to be above 08500. They are
also available as vanities. The other plate is the oldest and
lowest number of the first generation Antique
Motorcycle series, shown for comparison. These are still
valid. While the images appear
similar in size the current plates are 4" by 7", older plates
are 4½" by 8".
Somewhere in between the K/C02452
plate and the K/C02498
Knights of Columbus plates, the sticker well was discontinued.
Graphic Special Organization plates are not produced in bulk.
Generally they are produced upon receipt of an order. Thanks to
Tom Perri for the 02452 plate, and
to Arthur Levine for the 02498 image.
Now you see it, now you don't. One
more plate gives up the sticker well. The far left Disabled Veteran
plate still has it, and the two newer highs are without. Thanks to
for the new images.
Distinguished Flying Cross plate, not one you see every day. The
medal is a military decoration awarded to an officer or enlisted member
of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguishes him/herself in support of
operations by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating
in an aerial flight, according to Wikipedia. Nick Tsilakis spotted
this plate which is a new high and now has the map outline. The
previous high of 00055F/C appeared to
still have the sticker well.
Here is, as Devan Ciemiewicz
describes it, his "fresh off the press"
U.S. Marine Corps tag. This is a personalized version of
the Active Duty series. He notes that the plate reflects his MOS
(job) code, it's also his daughter's birthday of June 99. Thank
you for your service and for sharing the plate photo.
Here's another example of a
disappearing sticker well. At some point in between the 02787U/S
and 2806U/S Veteran plate, the
dimple went flat. Unlike the K of C plates above, these Veteran
plates are produced in groups of 100, so it is likely, but not for
certain, that this change took place at 02800U/S. The 2787 plate
is thanks to
Irazabal and the 2806 plate photo is from
Here is a very desirable 2-digit Format 1, 1930 Passenger
plate. The format 1 series ran from 1 to 99999, with 1 to 4 digit
plates measuring 6" by 10", and the 5 digit plates were 6" by 12".
Of course there were 7 more alpha-numeric series to accommodate the
growing number of automobiles. This plate was recently spotted on
the front of the vehicle at a antique vehicle show in Macungie, PA.
It was not a YOM plate.
This rare 2-character Format 7 1932 Passenger
plate is another gem. Format 7 progression ran from AA to ZZ999.
Plates from 1 to 4 characters measured 6 inches by 10 inches. 5
character plates were 12 inches. The photo is thanks to eBay user
These very nice 1964 to 1967
Trailer plates have been added. All plates were 6 digits
starting at 100-001. The far left plate has a family connection
with Tim Gierschick. The other plate belongs to Clayton
Moore, and helps establish a new high.
Here's a like-new, unused 1971 Trailer
plate photo from Tom Firth. This style plate was used from 1968 through
1971. They were unique in that the sticker well was outlined. This
was also the last full size base to still use the map outline, however,
the map has been reduced to a vestige of its former self.
Here is an example of what I'm
describing as a 3rd
Generation Temp Tag from Tim Gierschick. The first and
second generation tags had the state indicated with PENNA, on this plate
it has been reduced to PA. This plate has an issue date of 8/23/67
on a Starcraft Constellation trailer. It also shows the serial
number. It was valid for 1 month. Soon it was replaced by
the 1967, 349-923 Trailer plate shown above.
is a trio of progressively higher Antique Vehicle
plate which were spotted by Bruce Bufalini.
Based on the letter progression seen here — P, R, S, the series is
quickly filling. It appears that the letters 'O' and 'Q' were not
used in this current progression, although the 'O' was used in the series with the
letter in the second position.
This is a new high Limousine tag, yet
it still retains the sticker well. This tag type dates back to
1990 on the yellow on blue base. The starting point was LM-10000
or LM-10001. When the re-plating took place in 2000, the new
series on the www base started at LM-20000 or LM-20001.
Here is Motor Home plate
showing the latest features of the map outline in place of the sticker
well. I can't say with complete certainty at what point this
change took place, but based on an older reference source it seems
likely it was at HH-73000. Time will tell. Thanks to Brandon
Sowers for sharing this photo.
Here is a pair of Veteran Motorcycle
plates. Notice the legend VETERAN uses narrow dies on the far left
plate and wider on the other plate.
Irazabal, the ALPCA PA
Archivist, spotted the V2996 image recently and realized that it helped
to narrow the point where the legend changed. The V2675 image is
thanks to Bruce Bufalini, and
the V2996 photo if from Tiger Joe Sallmen. If anyone can help
narrow this gap it would be appreciated.
For reasons unknown to me, it
appears that a good number of 1930
Legislative plates have survived. The photo gallery now
shows 6 plates from 40 to 307. Plates from 1 to 500 may have been
authorized. Both plate photos shown here were provided by Eric
Conner. The Legislative series is believed to have run from 1928
This is a very nice 1945 Motorcycle
plate courtesy of Jeff Hinkle. The serial progression ran from
1 to 9999, then A, A1, to A999,
but likely the series ended before reaching that number. All
4½ inches by 8 inches. The expiration date of 3-31-46 is embossed
into the top border.
This very nice 1st generation Notary
Public plate was provided courtesy of Brandon Sowers. Note
that this plate has the remnants of an '86 sticker, this program dates
back to 1984. This photo was also added to the Organizational
Plate History Page. Current plates are in the N/P03500
series and are still fully embossed.
Here is a low number 1942 Passenger
plate thanks to Tim Gierschick. What makes it a low number is the
fact that as a Format 1 plate the series ran from 10000 to 99999, and
since all were 5 characters, they all measured 6 inches by 12 inches.
It should be noted that there were other formats but all used
Only 65 years difference between
these cardboard plates, but still enough similarities to know at first
glance that they are Temporary tags. The far left tag is dated
1954, and is a second
generation T-tag. The image was provided by Devan Ciemiewicz. The other is a current issue tag which was recently
Irazabal. I know such tags have their origin in the 1940's, but
would like to see more examples of the earliest plates. The ALPCA
Archives suggests it could be as early as 1941.
are both 1951 Truck
plates, with the far left tag representing one of five S-Weight Class
progressions. The near left plate, while
it may not be pretty, is likely the only 1951 Y-Weight Class Truck plate
I'll ever see. There was only one serial progression that year —
Y000A. All plates measured 6 inches by 11 inches and were issued
in pairs. Thanks to eBay users Reformers25 for the S-class plate,
and Hfritz2.570 for the Y-class plate photo.
I keep finding these Motorboat
registration stickers on boats parked along the road. Again, if I
understand the system correctly, this sticker would be good for 2014 and 2015
and then expire in March of 2016.
Cheesesteak or scrapple license
plates? Come on, Pa., let's follow Maryland and upgrade!" Click the
link to a
York Daily Recordnews article in which the author challenges
PA to do something about the "same ol' boring plate". I think many
Pennsylvanians would agree. Thanks to Charles Sweitzer for sharing this
Thanks to Bruce Bufalini,
we have a photo showing the latest iteration in Mass Transit
plates. This plate now has the state map outline. The most recent
previous high spotted was M/T48319, which appeared to still have the
sticker well. This plate type dates back to 1977.
This plate is the first vanity Boy
Scouts of America plate spotted. The plate's owner is
likely an Eagle Scout, or registered to a vehicle owned by such a
scout's family. Wiki says "Eagle
Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in . . . the Boy
Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA plate has been around since 2007
with a current reported high of 00171B/S.
This plates was spotted by Brendan Sherry.
While this Harley
Owners Group is not exactly a new overall high, it is a high on
the series prior to switching to plates with the small map in place of
the sticker well. This plate type has been around since 2004.
This plate was spotted by
This is a very nice first generation
Expeditionary Forces Veteran plate from Clayton Moore.
These white plates date back to 1995. In early 2014 all of the
features of this plate, except the serial number, became flat screened,
then later the same year the plates switched to the the visit PA base
with a graphic depiction of the the medal.
This is a DARE (Drug Abuse
Resistance Education) sample plate missing the state name across the
bottom. DARE plates were issued between September of 1996 and June
of 2014. The distinctive colors and graphic helped make these
plates popular. Then the switch to the visit PA base in late 2005
put a damper on plate sales, eventually bringing about the end of this
plate. eBay sales of the black plates can be in the several hundred
dollar range. Thanks to Devan Ciemiewicz for sharing this photo.
This is a 1936 Format 3 Passenger
plate. This serial group ran from 1A00 to 9Z999, so both 4 and
5-character plates were produced, with the 4-character plates measuring 6
inched by 10 inches, and the 5-character ones being 6 inches by 12
inches. This was spotted in use at a car show.
Here is a 1942 Format 2 Passenger
plate. This serial group ran from 1A00 to 9Z999, so both 4 and
5-character plates were produced, with the 4-character plates measuring 6
inched by 10 inches, and the 5-character plates being 6 inches by 12
inches. Thanks to eBay user tjm70 for the use of the photo.
This is a pair of 1940 S-Weight Class Truck
plates. The far left plate is part of the S000A series and the
near left is part of the S00AA progression. There is now at least
one photo from all four of the S-Weight Class serial progressions.
All truck plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12". Both of
these plate are courtesy of Clayton Moore.
Next is this 1950 S-Weight Class Truck
plate. For this year there were 4 serial progressions for the
S-weight class. All truck plates are 5-character and measure 6" x
11". This plate photo is also courtesy of Clayton Moore.
Every once in a while I see a boat
parked with a registration sticker of a year not spotted so far.
Anyway if I understand the system correctly, this sticker would be good for 2015
and '16 and then expire in March of 2017. Are these sticker
photo worth posting? Does anyone really care?
Here is another photo of one of PennDOT's
digital license plates that are part of a test. The photo
was provided by Bill Ceravola, who describes the colors as being not as
bright. Check out the previous posting from 7/7/19 for additional
information on this pilot project. With the ability of a digital
plate system to store and track information, it may be a plus for law
enforcement. It also raises a big red flag for many motorists who
don't want their every move tracked by big brother. Are you aware
that the state already markets your driver information to many
While we're on the subject, here is another
metallic, not digital, PennDOT
Official Use plate. It has the T (for Transportation) in
the prefix position and the P/A in the suffix position indicating that
it is for use on a passenger vehicle. It is also a new high.
This is part of the same numeric series as the digital plate above.
this plate type dates back to 2005, the
PA State Nurses Association announced a facelift in 2015 which
was recently seen for the first time on the far left plate. We
don't know exactly when this revision hit the street. The plate
does not appear to have a sticker well. Thanks to Jaska Börner for
the plate photo. The R/N00121 plate is shown for comparison, and
was photographed by
Tom Perri in 2013.
This pair of
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix plate photos was recently snapped
by John Fedorchak. It's always nice to have a photo of the number 1 plate in
a series, and G/P00292 plate is one number off the current high.
Here is another 'first of its kind'
plate photo. This is a U.S. Army
- Active Duty plate, note the A/D suffix. The are also
Veteran plates with an A/R suffix. For each branch of service
there are both Active Duty and Veteran plates. One big
difference is the number of plates issued. For the U.S. Army -
Active Duty there are only about 43 plates in use, whereas the U.S. Army
Veteran has some 4,500. Thanks to Nick Tsilakis for sharing this
This is a first generation Repair /
Service Towing plate distinguished from the next edition by the
flat screened legend at the top of the plate. What this plate does
is narrow down the the transition point to the next variation which had
the top legend embossed and the state name using the "You've
got a friend" font for
change is now believed to be between RS-02000 and RS-02300. Thanks
to Clayton Moore for the use of the plate photo.
pair of 1937 Format 8
Passenger plate which includes AA10 to ZZ999 As can be
seen here, the 4-character plates are shorties measuring 6-inches by
10-inches, and the 5-character version is 6-inches by 12-inches.
Thanks to Alpca 754 Neale for the short plate, and to Frank and Ryan
Vonderhey for the full size plate.
Here is a pair of 1931 mystery
plates. They do not fit the Passenger serial progressions of 1931.
They are believed likely to be an early run of Truck plates that
continued to follow the 1930 format prior to the decision to use the R
through Z weight classes for 1931. Click the link above to see
additional explanation from
Eric Tanner, and a
previous photo from Rick
This is a 1951 U-Weight Class Truck.
For that year there were four U-Class serial progressions including U000A,
U00A0, U0A00 and U00AA, with this plate being part of the first group.
The photo display now shoes 3 of the 4 groups. The plates measured
6 inches by 11 inches. Thanks to Frank and Ryan Vonderhey for the
use of the photo.
kind of speak for themselves, but if not, the group consists of a 1972,
1974 and 1979 unused
validation stickers, likely for passenger car use. They measure 1½ inches wide and 1 inch high. Thanks to
Tom Firth for the photos.
in February of this year, a new prototype Pennsylvania State
University (Official) plate was announced. Now thanks to Bruce Bufalini
we have the first actual plate photo on the far left. With this in
mind I visited my local campus and got the center image. By
comparison, the plate on the near left was the highest number spotted on
the previous base. Credit for that plate goes to
These hot off the press
Distracted Driving Awareness plate photo was provided by
Barefoot Jaime. The plate numbers may suggest that these are the
121st and 122nd plates issued since their late February 2019 debut.
Actually the series began at D/A00101 making these the 21st and 22nd
plates issued since that time. It also appears that only three
Distracted Driving Awareness Motorcycle plates have been issued
so far. By comparison, since late 2013 only
about 90 serial-numbered
Teen Driver plates have been issued.
Here's the lowest number Share The Road
plate spotted so far. It was provided by Arthur Levine. This
is a Special Fund
plate with proceeds maintaining PennDOT's central office position of
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and funding highway bicycle signage.
This is a photo of a personalized U.S. Navy
(Active Duty) taken by Nick Tsilakis. It's also the first
personalized plate spotted, and only the second plate of this type seen
so far. There are about 42 serial-numbered plates issued so far,
with this plate series dating back to 2009.
This is the first plate in the Passenger K-series. No KAA plates
were issued as vowels in the second position are no longer used. This
plate was spotted by Tom Perri.
This number was likely issued with
the first round of Temple
University Alumni plates back in 1987, then reissued at least
one more time on the www base. Now the plate is showing the latest
features which would have resulted from a remake of the original number.
Thanks to Noel Torchio for the photo.
the far left is a personalized Fraternal
Order of Police plate with a unique USA-1 number. It looks to me
that this plate has the map outline. Thanks to Jeff Lawson for
sharing this photo. On the near left is a first
generation FOP plate with lots of stickers attesting to it's
age. This image came from Devan Ciemiewicz. These date back to
This pair of American Legion
(link to history page) plate photos came from Devan Ciemiewicz.
The American Legion plate program dates back to 1984. The far left
plate is the highest number I've seen on that base. The near left
plate is an usual sample since it has only 4 zeros instead of the more
common 5. It also uses the "You've
got a friend" font for
Pennsylvania. Link to
These 1913 Passenger plates were
produced using the technology of the day, and were intended to last 1
year, yet here they are 106 years later looking almost like new. The 309
plate belonged to John Willard and John Anshant and measured 6 inches by
10 inches. The 1447 plate belongs to Tim Gierschick and measured 6
inches by 12 inches.
Here is a 1939 S-Weight Class Truck plate.
S-Class trucks used four serial progressions including S000A, S00A0,
S0A00 and S00AA, with this plate being part of the second group.
This plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches.
Thanks again to Drewski for the use of the photo.