This new high number for the Organ Donors Save Lives plate type comes from John Clark. The map outline in place of the sticker well started at around 01800.
John Clark shares this image of a recently-issued Implement of Husbandry plate. Implement of Husbandry plates are registered to farm equipment that typically stays on the farm; trucks and other equipment that is used outside of the farm should receive a Commercial Implement of Husbandry plate. This is not a new high number, but a few numbers in the 7000 series have been observed, but none in the 1600 series.
Richard Than sends in this picture of a personalized Dealer plate. These are rare to spot in the wild! There is an additional $112 fee to personalize a Dealer plate!
This is a new observed high number for the Limousine series, spotted by Jordan Irazabal. This series has always advanced quite slowly, starting at LM-10000 in 1990 and advancing only about 21,500 numbers in the last 32 years, or about 672 new registrations per year.
It appears that people are now making their own license plates. Thanks to Doug Bernart for sending this one in.
Here's a Vanity plate that will give you a good laugh... or at least a smirk!
Just wanted to mention that November 12 marked the
20th Anniversary of this website. A sincere "thank you" to everyone who has sent in photos, documents, and legislative updates.
Jordan Irazabal is now the point person for this website. I will still be involved but please make sure to email him too if you are emailing me. John McDevitt at jmcd1 -at- ptd.net and Jordan Irazabal at jordan.irazabal -at- gmail.com, or post them to Keystone State Plates on Facebook.
► Legislative News - PA will soon have a Protect Pollinators plate, thanks to legislation introduced by State Senator Carolyn Comitta and State Representative Kristine Howard. Plates will cost $38 in addition to the normal registration cost, with $25 of the fee going directly to the habitat program fund. "Sales of the specialty license plate will support a new program to support the migration of pollinators by creating native grass and perennial wildflower-filled habitats along our state highways." Link to Daily Local News article.
► Legislative News - PA will soon have a Blue Star Family plate, as well as a Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan plate. The Blue Star Family plate will cost $23 additional to the normal registration fee and will be issued to any family member (spouse, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, stepmother, stepfather, stepson, stepdaughter, mother or father through adoption, foster mother or father in loco parentis, son and daughter by adoption, half-brother, half-sister, grandfather and grandmother) of a person who is an active-duty military service member, including those in the reserve or National Guard. The Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan plate will cost $20. Link to The News-Item article.
This is the Pre-Owned variety of the recently-replated Dealer series. It's still unknown which types will be replated but this site will document them as best as possible! It's also a new high number. Thanks to Richard Than for snapping this picture. Click here to see current highs for all plate types.
This Motorcycle Vanity plate was captured by Bill Stephens. In my experience, it's fairly uncommon to see a vanity/personalized version of a Motorcycle plate.
The People" tag is not a plate display as much as it
is a reminder to vote.
This website has always avoided taking on political
issues, but felt that this election is particularly important.
This plate is the property of John McDevitt.
Just wanted to mention that November 12 will mark the
20th Anniversary of this website.
This beautiful pair of well preserved U.S.
Armed Forces Retired plates is thanks to Devan Ciemiewicz.
Note the American flag with the wording STILL SERVING above and below the
flag. This plate type dates back to 1990, with the original plates then replaced on a
number-for-number basis in October of 2001. The original series, prior
to replacement, ended at D/D03534.
Later plates issued after replacement started at D/D04001
to a high of D/D04599. I was informed
in 2006 that the Tobyhanna Army Depot has opted to no longer support this
plate due to the financial burden it caused. These plates are also
displayed individually at above link.
On the far left is a sample Veteran plate thanks
to Devan Ciemiewicz. As you may know, sample plates are no longer sold
by PennDOT, but somehow a few of them manage to find their way to
collectors. The other plate is an issued Veteran plate also thanks to
This is a new high U.S.
Military Airborne Units plate thanks to John Clark. These
plates date back to 2013, and so far, except for vanity plates, still have
the sticker well.
Missed getting this new high
Passenger plate posted last week. The image is thanks to Bruce
What the heck is this? This plate
image has been placed in with the
plates section. The photo was provided by Donald Lewis and was mounted on a
partially de-badged 3rd generation facelift Mitsubishi Outlander and was
seen in lower Bucks County, PA. The car had a matching flag sticker on its
rear glass. This is not a state or government issued plate, and it likely
belongs to a Sovereign Citizen.
This is a 1933 Format 4 Passenger
plate in what appears to be fine original condition. That serial
format ran from 00A to 99Z99. So 6 by 10 inch shorty plates were used
for 3 and 4 character tags while 5 character plates were 6 by 12 inches.
Note that the alpha character "L" is smaller than the numeric characters
which would eliminate any confusion about the first character being the
letter "O" on a Bus plate. Thanks to Tom Pollok for the image.
This is a beautifully refinished 1940 R-Weight Class Truck
plate. The serial formats consisted of R000A, R00A0 and R0A00, with
all plates being 5 characters, and measuring 6 inches by 12 inches.
Thanks to Brandon Sowers for the photo.
Sometimes the plate alone doesn't tell
the story. And so it is with this Historic
Military Vehicle plate and whatever type of vehicle it's mounted on.
Can someone identify it? This plate is also a new high. Looks
like it would make quite the off-road vehicle. Thank you to Jim Moini
for sharing these photos. Check Jim's amazing NJ Plates website:
This is a new high
Let Freedom Ring - Motorcycle plate thanks to John Fedorchak.
The series low is F/R0051, so only 8 serial
numbered motorcycle size plates have been issued so far. I noticed an
inconsistency with how these plates were listed. Originally they were
grouped with Specialty Registration Plates, then sometime later they became
part of the Special Fund Plate group. The fee is $52, or $112 for a
On 10/2 we posted a new high Carnegie Mellon
University plate C/M00129, and today we
have another new high from Bruce Sakson. It should also be noted that in February of
2015, this plate type was discontinued, so there will not be any with the map
outline, and plate check shows the highest plate issued to be C/M00396.
This is the first and only photograph of
a personalized Mount St.
Mary's Universityplate. These plates date back to 2010.
Thanks to Mike Alfonse for the photo.
What's wrong with this Truck plate?
Danny Schell spotted this plate and noted that the expected TRUCK legend was
missing and visitPA was in its place. This does not indicate a change,
but more likely an error. He saw a second one of these so likely there
was a short run of them.
Here's another Truck plate, this one
represents a new high thanks to Bruce Bufalini.
It may be worth mentioning that this
plate and the Truck plate above are listed in both the
Truck History section
and the current Truck
These photos are of the same 1935 #1 Tractor
plate. The far left photo was from 2018 and a previous owner, the
partially restored plate is from Tim Gierschick the new owner, who says that
soon the plate will be fully restored.
This is a 1916 2-Star Truck plate
that was re-branded or reclassified from a 1-Star. The plate, as it
was issued, did not have the aluminum band along the left border.
Originally the plate had a single star embossed into the steel, then when it
was reclassified to a heavier weight class, the 2-Star aluminum band was
are new high 1925
Truck plates and the first photo of a Z-Weight Class Truck plate.
That year used the R through Z weight classification system. This
series would have run from U-1 and Z-1 to the plates shown here or higher.
The plate sizes were 6" by 15" and 6" by 12" respectively. The images came from a
Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers catalog for an auction that took place on
10/22. It is not known who the successful buyer was, but if the new
owner is identified, I will gladly credit the person.
This 1927 U-Weight Class Truck
plate also represents a new high. Like the plates above, this image
came from a Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers catalog for an auction that
took place on 10/22. This series would have run from Z-1 to the plate
shown here or higher. The plate sizes were 6" by 15". It is not
known who the successful buyer was, but if the new owner is identified, I
will gladly credit the person.
This week we have the first image of the
new graphic format
Repair Towing plate thanks to Richard Than. Last week we
posted the first image of the new graphic format
plate. This week's plate has a graphic of what may be a tow truck
along with the expected redundant use of REPAIR TOWING. Note the
serial format changed from RT-20000 to 10000R/T.
More graphic format plates are expected with New Dealer, Salvage Yard,
Transporter, Repossessor, Multipurpose Dealer, Farm Equipment Dealer,
Watercraft Trailer Dealer and likely Trailer Dealer. Challenging —
keep those cameras handy.
Here is the first image of an issued APSCUF plate.
There are only 2 serial numbered plates in use so far. The photo was provided
by the organization through Jordan's efforts. In case you were
wondering, APSCUF stands for Association of Pennsylvania State College and
This is a new high
Philadelphia Folksong Society plate thanks to Mike Alfonse.
This plate type has been around since 2007. According to plate check
this is the highest serial-numbered plate issued.
This is a current Bus plate
photographed by Mike Alfonse. It is hard to see but believed to still
retain the sticker well, which is thought to have been removed at BA-80900,
based on a warehouse inventory report. The current Bus series high is
Here is a new upper tier Emergency Vehicle
high. Upper tier plates are issued to agencies that are fee-exempt or
permanent. The lower tier, currently in the EV-37000 series, are
issued to agencies that are required to pay a registration fee. The
photo was posted by Paramedic John Ryan to a web page then passed on by Bill
This perfect image of a Trailer plate is
thanks to Vern Kreckel. The plate also represents a new series high.
plate on this Oldsmobile reads A00A, and was the first of the redesigned Antique Vehicle
plates issued in early 2005. These plates were to take the place of
white on purple PA Antique Historic Car series. Credit for the image
goes to Jeff Lesher. According to Steve Moskowitz who is, or was, the holder of plate
A00A, the graphic is a 1920 Oldsmobile Model 37 Roadster.
This vehicle is using a 1977 base Farm Truck
plate. The validation stickers are long since expired. The
starting point on these plates was FM-10000.
This is what I list as a Format 5, 1960 Suburban with
validation through 64. Format 5 progression ran from 0000Q to 999-9Q9.
Thanks to Amanda Pierson for this needed image.
This pair of Tractor plate photos is
thanks to Tim Gierschick. The far left 1951, S540,
measures 6 inches by 11 inches, and is close to the high of S896. The
'53, R736, is a new high and measures
inches by 10¼ inches. I
have also added 1951 Tractor S896 from Worthpoint to the plate gallery page.
Love it or hate it, here is the plate image of the month
thanks to Matt Ciecka. This is a new issue Pre-Owned Dealer
plate. A few weeks ago we reported that PA would replace all Dealer
and Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Business plates. The new plates would
have the addition of vehicle silhouettes, and
not surprising is the redundant use of the word DEALER
At this point only limited info is available, but generic Dealer series will
be split into New Vehicle Dealer and Pre-Owned Dealer. Repair Towing will be using 10000RT, currently they use
RT-12345. Plate spotters watch for more.
The HH-prefix Motor Home plates that
have been in use since 2006, have hit the end of the road after reaching
HH-99999. Actually not every plate in the HH-series has been registered
yet, however the new series uses HJ as the new prefix has been launched.
This plate photo is thanks to Richard Than.
This Pearl Harbor
Survivor plate is also a new high, thanks to Allen Minch. The
previous high was PHS0439, making
the plate shown here a significant jump. I don't think that increase is
due to new plates being issued, but just that higher numbers had not been
spotted. After all the Pearl Harbor attack took place almost 81 years ago.
Today there aren't many plates still in use.
This is a new high Operation Iraqi Freedom
plate photo thanks to Brandon Sowers. This series dates back to 2005 with
the series starting at 00001I/F, and adding the
map outline at 05209I/F.
This is a new high U.S. Navy Veteran
plate photo thanks to John Clark. This series dates back to 2009 with the
series starting at 10011N/A, and adding the map
outline at 13232N/A.
This is a personalized Vietnam War Veteran
plate thanks to John Clark. This series dates back to 1999 on a previous
design, then moved to the family of plates in 2014.
While this is not a new high for the Sons
of the American Legion plate type, it is a high for plates with the
sticker well. Previously spotted plate 00067S/L does not have the sticker
well. This plate photo is thanks to John Clark.
This is a new high Deborah
Grand OES-PHA plate from Mike Alfonse. Not an often seen plate.
Plate check shows that the registered high is E/S20124.
This Fire Fighter plate is
also a new high. It was spotted by John Clark. This latest iteration
of the Fire Fighter plate started at FF38700 with the Maltese Cross and legend
screened, but still retaining the sticker well. The
Fire Fighter is PA's oldest
organizational plate dating back to 1983 on the blue on yellow base.
Here's a Philadelphia
Fire Fighters' Union plate that at first glance could be a new high.
This series dates back to 2005 starting at P/F20001,
with the series high being P/F21172. So
why a plate in the 23000 series? It was discovered some time ago that
there is a group of these plate with the number range of P/F23055
to P/F23115 which is outside the expected
range, with the plate shown here being part of that group. It is not known
why this occurred. Thank you to Richard Than for the image.
This is the highest National
Police Defense Foundation plate with the sticker well, and for which I
have a photo. Plate 10104P/F has been
previously documented but no photo. This plate photo is thanks to John
Clark. There are later plates without the sticker well, with the map
outline and personalized.
This Kings College Alumni
plate represents another new high, and is another organizational plate still
being issued on the www fade base. Plates up to K/C20999 are in inventory.
After that who knows? There is no mention of alumni plates on their
website. The photo is thanks to John Clark.
This is certainly the week for
highs, including this University of
Pittsburgh plate from Brayden Harnish. Pitt plates date
back to 1988 when they were labeled Pitt Bicentennial.
Villanova University Alumni Assoc. plates date back to 1987 on
the yellow on blue base. The series started at V/U00001
and ran to V/U01790. When the
original plates were replaced in 2001 with the www base, they were
reissued on a number for number basis. This well aged plate shown
here is close to the high listed above. Click the link above to
see more Villanova plate history. This plate photo is thanks to
We don't always think of low-numbered
plates, such as these under-100 tags as vanities, but they are.
Thanks to Ryan B. for the photo. Click the link to see this week's display
are two recent
Passenger highs which were spotted by Matt Ciecka.
Here is a new high PA Choose Life
plate thanks to Chris Wentzel. It is also the first plate from that series
with the map outline. The previous high was 01388C/L
which was without the sticker well. This plate series dates back to 2007.
Another new high American
Cancer Society plate thanks to Richard Than. Like the plate above
it is also the first series plate with the map outline. The previous high
was 00146C/S which was with the sticker well.
This plate series dates back to 2009.
Here is a new high U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the first one documented with the map
outline. The previous high was 00120A/X.
The photo was taken at a tough angle, but all of the important features were
captured, thanks to Mike Alfonse.
It may be hard to believe, but plates on the
www base are still being issued. St. Vincent Alumni
Association choose not to switch to the graphic base. The
warehouse report also shows that plates up to S/V01599 are still on inventory
waiting to be sold. Thanks to Bruce Bufalini for the photo.
See this personalized Person with Disability
plate as well as this week's display
of personalized and vanity plates.
This is a very nice 1925 Bus plate thanks
to Jeff Lesher. The first character is the letter "O". There was
another class of Bus
plates between 1926 and 1929 using the letter "H" as the identifying prefix.
Presumably the "O" stood for Omnibus, while the "H" stood for Hire, but these
are a source of some confusion.
This is a low number 3-digit 1935 Passenger plate, and
came from an old Clayton Moore post. At that time, the initial series of
plates ran from 1 to 99999 before using a number of alpha-numeric combination.
This plate and others up to 4 characters measured 6" by 10".
is a 1920 Class 1 Commercial
or Truck plate, with the original colors being white on dark blue.
From 1914 through 1919 PA used a system of 1 to 5 stars to designate
truck classes, then for 1920 the system was expanded to 7 classes
identified by the first digit in the plate serial number. Plates
like the one shown here with both a top and bottom legend were 7 inches
high, while the width could vary depending on the number of characters
in the serial number. Click the link to see more variations.
Thanks to Clayton Moore for the photo.
Next is this pair of 1923 Commercial or Truck
plates, with the colors being yellow on dark blue. The same weight class
numbering system was in use from 1920 through 1923, with classes starting at 1
for the lightest weight trucks and going to 7 for the heaviest. The plate
on the far left is considered the highest number Class 1, with the picture from
Worthpoint. The Class 6 is the first plate in that class that I have seen.
Credit for the plate goes to Clayton Moore, and it will be going to Rob Baran.
These rusty pieces of tin may not look like
much, but if you are a PA plate collector you might recognize them as 1929 Z-Weight Class Truck
plates. In fact, they may be the only such plates known to exist from that
year and class. A great find! This pair was picked up at
Hershey by Tim Gierschick and will be headed to fellow-collector Rob Baran.
I may have said this before, but I know
little to nothing about the boating world. So pardon me if some of what I
say sounds dumb. Some time ago Eric Tanner alerted me to Pennsylvania
plates called a Boat
Dock Permit. We know that there were
(MBL & MB) plates and stickers, also
Forests & Waters watercraft plates, but how do Boat Dock Permits, which were
also issued by the Dept. of Forests & Waters, fit in? Is it a permit to
have a boat dock on lakes or bodies of water under the Dept. of Forests &
Waters, later by the Dept. of Environmental Resources? Or was it a permit
to dock a boat in such a place? In any case here are two examples from Ian
Emmett. The far left is possibly a 74 Boat Dock Permit with a 77 sticker,
next to that is a 1978 Boat Dock Permit with a 79 sticker. Ian is working
on getting some additional images.
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