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Plate types have been linked to various pages

Amateur Radio 

Fire Department

Motorcycle Dealer

State Senator

Apportioned (Truck)

Fleet Transporter

Motor Vehicle Business

Steel Worker

Apportioned (Bus)

Foreign Consul (Includes Consular)

Municipal

Suburban

ATV Dealer

Governor

Municipal Motorcycle

Superior Court

Auto Manufacturer

Handicapped Person / Person w/ Disability

National Guard

Supreme Court

Bus (BA & O prefix) (also see Omnibus)

Hearing Impaired

Official Use

Taxi

Bus (H prefix)

House Car / Motor Home

Omnibus (OB prefix)

Tractor

Circus Carnival Truck

Implement of Husbandry

Passenger

Tractor Dealer

Civil Defense

Judiciary

Permanent Trailer

Trailer

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart)

Legislative

Press Photographer

Trailer Dealer

Commercial Implement of Husbandry

Limousine

Repair / Service Towing

Transporter

Commercial Motorcycle

Lincoln University (Official)

Repossessor

Truck

Commonwealth Court

Liquid Fuels Permit

Salvage Yard

University of Pittsburgh (Official)

Consular (see Foreign Consul)

Mass Transit

School Bus

U.S. Congress

Dealer

Moped

School Vehicle

U.S. Senate

Dealer-Farm Equipment

Moped Dealer

Snowmobile Dealer

Validation Stickers

Dealer-Multi Purpose

Motorbike

Special Event

Watercraft Trailer/Dealer

Dept of Hwys

Motorboat

Special Mobile (Equipment)

 

Emergency Vehicle

Motorboat Dealer

Special Organization

 

Farm Truck

Motorcycle

State Representative

 

 

PLATE HISTORY - GENERAL ISSUE PLATES A to M

Plate Type (year first issued)

Description / History

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History, comments, what's needed?

Amateur Radio (1956 to present)

These plates were first introduced in 1956. Plates display the FCC Call Sign, beginning with A, K, N, or W. In the early years W and K calls signs were common, in later years the use of N and A came into use. Most PA Amateur Radio plates use the number 3 to designate the region which also includes DE, MD and DC; however ham radio vanity plates may display a different number from 0 to 9, also out of region licenses can be used, as well as foreign call signs when someone moves to PA. Some plates with a 0 (zero) in the call sign may display a Ø (slash zero) so as not to be confused with the letter O.  If an owner desires a second plate, it will be issued with the call sign plus a hyphen and the number two (-2).  Thanks to ALPCA members and Ham Radio operators Bruce Bufalini and Dave Heller for providing much of the information above.

Jay Hughs offers the following comment: Radio call signs are available as reissue through [the FCC's vanity call sign program. Once a call is inactive for 2 years, anyone can apply for that combination. His theory is, the original owner of the call sign (let's use Jay's call, K3JLT, as an example) had a PA license plate with that call sign. That person gives up the plate, gives up the call sign, and that call sign is reissued some time later through the vanity call sign program. Now the second person, being reissued K3JLT, wants a PA plate with his call sign, so since it's a different registrant, they can't issue the same K3JLT tag, so they issue K3JLT-1. They wouldn't issue -2 or -3 to someone unless the amateur radio license and the registration names match.

 

1956 yellow on blue, wide border map outline, expiration date 3-31-57 in upper border, 1956 PENNA under top border, year diagonally stacked on left, wide dies.    

from Ross Day

 

1957 blue on yellow, narrower map outline than previous year, narrower dies.

from Clayton Moore

 

1958 revalidated thru 1964, early plates had the tab slot, later plates did not.  Another die change.

 

 

from Clayton Moore

from John Willard

Need image without tab slot

 

 

1960 Suburban revalidated thru 1964

 

 

1965 revalidated thru 1970

from Klassy Karz

 

1971 yellow on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on top, "BICENTENNIAL STATE '76" on bottom, revalidated thru 1976

from Mike Sells

 

Need image with Liberty Bell

 

 

1977 blue on reflective yellow; PENNSYLVANIA on top, KEYSTONE STATE on bottom, revalidated thru June 2000

from George Kunsman

from John Fedorchak

 

1984 reflective yellow on blue, "You've Got a Friend in" on top, Pennsylvania on bottom; revalidated thru June 2000

from Paul Nutter

 

1987 reflective yellow on blue, "KEYSTONE STATE" on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom; revalidated thru June 2000

from ebay thisnthatnc14

 

1988 reflective yellow on blue, "AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR" on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left,  revalidated thru June 2000

 

 

1990 reflective yellow on blue, "AMATEUR RADIO" on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left revalidated thru June 2000

 

 

1990 SAMPLE

from Bruce Bufalini

from Dave Heller

 

1999 www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, "AMATEUR RADIO" at bottom.  All previous plates reissued by 2000.  Still current.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004 visitPA base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, "AMATEUR RADIO" at bottom.  All previous plates reissued by 2000.  Still current.

from Jordan Irazabal

from Bruce Bufalini

from Brendan Sherry

 

 

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

Apportioned (Truck) (1982 to present)

VERSION 1, AA-00000 to AA-99999, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, steel plate, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

 

VERSION 2, AB-00000 to AB-99999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.NOTE: Apportioned plates were never issued with an AC prefix.

 

VERSION 3, AD-00000 to AD-99999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, APPORTIONED on top,  PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  High point not known.

Need approximate high on VERSION 3 plates before the reissue.

 

 

VERSION 4, AE-00000 to AF-49999,  www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom.  All previous plates reissued in 2000.

 

 

 

VERSION 5, AF-50000 to current high,  visitPA tri-color base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom.  Format 4 and 5 currently valid.

 

See Jim Moini's website for more PA Apportioned.

 

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

Apportioned Bus (1982 to present)

VERSION 1, BL-10000 (a little over 500 BL plates issued), blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, steel plate, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

NOTE: Apportioned Bus never issued with BM prefix.

Graphic depiction above

 

Image needed

 

 

Need better image of VERSION 1.

VERSION 2, BL-00000 (from where the previous series left off), yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top(?), APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

NOTE: Apportioned Bus never issued with BM prefix.

 

Was this type ever issued on the yellow on blue base?

 

Unconfirmed

VERSION 3, BN-00000 to current high,  www tri-color base, sticker wells upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom.  All previous plates reissued in 2000.

 

 

Validation Sticker: All plates of this type use an annual 5-YY (YY= 2-digit year) PA APPORTIONED sticker.

 

 

 

 

 

ATV Dealer (1986 to present)   DCNR issued plate

VERSION 1, 0000 to ~1500, olive green on white, PENNSYLVANIA on top, DLR stacked left, ATV stacked right, DEPT. OF ENV. RES. on bottom, 6" by 12" plate.

from Bill Ceravola

 

 

VERSION 2, ~1500 to at least 4000, olive green on white, PENNSYLVANIA on top, DLR stacked left, ATV stacked right, DCNR on bottom, 6" by 12" plate.

 

 

VERSION 3, 0000 to current high, olive green on white,   PA-DCNR on top, ATV DEALER on bottom, DCNR on bottom, 4" by 7" plate. All previous plates reissued in 2006.

 

 

 

 

Auto Manufacturer (~1978 to ~ 1990)

One of the rarest modern plates is the Auto Manufacturer.  It is also little known to collectors and state DMV officials alike.  When Volkswagen opened their plant in New Stanton, PA, they needed plates. Instead of the state making a truly new type, they pulled a sequential block of numbers from the “New Car Dealer” type.  Why many of the DMV officials don’t know they exist is because when they ran the numbers, it came up under the New Car Dealer series.  Although there are Auto Manufacturer samples on the 1984 reflective glass bead yellow on blue plate, no plates were ever issued and/or made outside the original 1977 base issue. Quantity made and issued is unknown, probably around 200 plates. VW wound down their operation around 1988 or 1989, and was officially closed around 1990.

from Chuck Harrington

From approx A38-800A to approx. A38-999A, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, AUTO MANUFACTURER at bottom.  Plates were probably issued as early as 1978 and were revalidated until the late 80 or so.

from Chuck Harrington

 

 

Sample:  This is a sample or prototype on the 1984 base.  No plates were issued on this base.

 

See article from July 1979 issue of Volkswagen Mirror from Andy Keim.

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

 

Bus - Omnibus (H prefix) (1926 to 1929)

*From 1926 to 1929 omnibuses that carried passengers for hire and not required to have a certificate of convenience were designated by an "H" prefix.  This also included buses that were not registered for hire before 1/1/1914.  In 1929 a new law was passed requiring all buses to have this certificate and thereby ending the "H" prefix plate.  Following this all common carrier and for hire buses used the "O" prefix until 1968 when the "BA" prefix came into use.

* Information above from Jake Eckenrode and Eric Tanner.

1926 Bus, H-1 to H-999, then H1-000 to H9-999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, 1926 then PENNA. H prefix was same size as numbers.  This plate appears to be 6" x 13".

From Jerry McCoy

 

1927 Bus, H1 to H999, H1-000 to H9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1927 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

 

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1928 Bus, H-1 to H-99, then H000 to H9999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow over, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, PENNA then 1928.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1929 Bus, H-1 to H-999, then H1-000 to H9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1929 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

from Jake Eckenrode

 

H prefix plates issued after 1929 are believed to be Passenger plates.

 

 

Bus - Omnibus (O & BA prefix) (1924 to present)

(Also see later Omnibus plates)

* Before 1924 buses were registered as commercial vehicles.  In 1924 Omnibus plates were issued with an "O" prefix.  Then in 1926 a separate category of "H" prefix bus plates were issues.  See above.  From 1926 to 1929 those vehicles required to have a certificate of convenience were designated by an "O" prefix.  In 1929 a new law was passed requiring all buses to have this certificate and thereby ending the "H" prefix plate.  Following this all common carrier and for hire buses used the "O" prefix until 1968 when the "BA" prefix came into use.

* Information above from Jake Eckenrode and Eric Tanner.

1924 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, however, 6733 plates were registered, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, PENNA then 1924, 2 and 3 character plates measure 6" x 10", this plate is believed to be 6" x 12".

from Eric Tanner

 

1925 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, 1925 then PENNA, 2 and 3 character plates measure 6" x 10", 4 character plates were 6" x 12, 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

The plate shown here may have been used on a taxi.  See inscription on reverse of plate.

from Jerry McCoy

reverse of above plate

 

1926 Bus, O-1 to O-999, then O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, 1926 then PENNA. O prefix was same size as numbers.  This plate appears to be 6" x 10".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1927 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1927 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Clayton Moore

 

1928 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1928 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

unknown source

 

1929 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1929 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

 

1930 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right, 1931 then PENNA, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

 

 

1931 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right , PENNA then 1931, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1932 Bus

Image needed

 

 

1933 Bus

Image needed

 

 

1934 Bus, based on other '34 plates it appears that the series likely started at plate 1 and advance to some 5705, dark blue over yellow, legend 34, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, sll plates measure 6" x 10".

from John Willard

 

1935 Bus, O1 to O6000, yellow over dark blue, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, then 35, then BUS, then PA, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1936 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend 36, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Mike at pl8source

from Clayton Moore

 

1937 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend 37, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy

from ebay

 

1938 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, dark blue  over yellow, legend 38, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

from Jeff Francis

 

1939 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 39, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

Image needed

 

 

 

1940 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, dark blue  over yellow, legend 40, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1941 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, but possibly around 6,614, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 41, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from John Willard

 

1942 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, but possibly around 7,846, state map outline, dark blue  over yellow, legend 42, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from John Willard

 

1943 Bus, due to the war effort, for 1943 only a black on red steel tab was issued with a keystone and the year 43 and 3-31-44 expiry within the keystone.  There was also a small serial number lightly stamped below the 3-31-44.  Tab measures 1⅞" x 2⅛" and was to be used with the 1942 plate.

 

 

1944 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 44, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-45 in top border. 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 11".

from Jeff Francis

 

1945 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 45, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-46 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

 

1946 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 46, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-47 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 11".

 

 

unknown source

from Jerry McCoy

from Jeff Francis

 

1947 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 47, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-48 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from John Willard

 

1948 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 48, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-49 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1949 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 49, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-50 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1950 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 50, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-51 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

unknown source

 

1951 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 51, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-52 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

 

1952 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 52, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-53 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

Both plates shown here are believed to be samples.

from Jerry McCoy

from John Willard

 

1953 Bus, O1 or O0001 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 53, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-54 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1954 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 54, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-55 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

 

 

1955 Bus, O1 or O0001 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 55, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-56 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

from Jerry McCoy

from Clayton Moore

 

1956 Bus, O1 or O0001 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 56, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-57 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from eBay seller nickey2

 

1957 Bus, series began at O10000, dark blue over yellow, state map outline, legend 57 BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-58 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

from Chuck Sakryd

from Clayton Moore

 

1958 - 1963 Bus, yellow on blue base, map outline, series began at O10-000, with small keystone separator, PA upper left, BUS upper center, 58 upper right, early plates or possibly all had a tab slot to the left of 58 for a renewal tab.  These were never issued, instead an annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1964 - 1967 Bus, yellow on blue base, map outline, series began at O10-000, with small keystone separator, PA upper left, BUS upper center, 64 upper right, revalidated with stickers.

from Jerry McCoy

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

 

1968 - 1971 Bus, blue on yellow base, modified map outline, also last bus base to use this feature, series began at BA-10000, or BA-10001 with small keystone separator, this is the first time the BA prefix was used on a bus plate, BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, embossed outline sticker well lower left, 68 etched into sticker well.

from Clayton Moore

from Chuck Sakryd

 

1972 - 1977 Bus, yellow on blue base, series began at BA-10000 or BA-10001, with small keystone separator, BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker wells upper left and right, high number BA-31410.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1978 - 1984 Bus, revalidated thru 2001, blue on yellow base, series began at BA-10000, or BA-10001 with dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, BUS on bottom, sticker wells upper left and right, high number spotted BA-34482, number series progressed onto the '84 base possibly at BA-34999 or BA-35999.  The '78 base and the '84 base were in use concurrently.

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1984 - 2000 Bus, revalidated thru 2001, yellow on blue base, series began where previous base ended possibly at BA-35000 or BA-36000, with dash separator, BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left, high number spotted BA-45201, number series progressed onto the 2000 www base as described below.  The '78 base and the '84 base were in use concurrently.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

Bus, replacement plates issued April 16, 2000

All previously existing bus plates were replaced number for number beginning at BA-10000 up to a possible high of BA-47999, however, it is believed that the actual high was in the BA-45000 range, www base, no dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, BUS embossed at bottom, sticker well upper left.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

April 2000 & after, after above plates were reissued on a number for number basis to existing buses, any new issues began at BA-48000, and now had a dash separator.  Series ran to BA-59999, www base, with dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA screened on top, BUS embossed at bottom, sticker well upper left.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

2007 visitPA Bus, first seen around April 2007, the number series is a continuation of the above series but now on the visitPA base, series began at BA-60000 with larger keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA screened on top, BUS embossed at bottom, sticker well upper left.

 

 

 

Circus-Carnival Truck (1990 to present)

1990, B/Z00000 to B/Z01499,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, Circus-Carnival Truck on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  High point not known, probably not more than a few hundred issued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

 

from Clayton Moore

 

from Manny Jacob

 

 

2000, B/Z01500 to current high, www base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, Circus-Carnival Truck at bottom.  All previous plates reissued beginning March 26, 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil Defense (~1950s-60s)

These undated plates were issued during the cold war years of the 1950s and 60s; however, the exact years of issue are unknown.  Plates were issued by the State Office of Civil Defense, today known as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or PEMA, and were distributed by PA's 67 counties.  Plates were front mounted on vehicles, and were given to people who had a role in civil defense.  All plates measure 4" by 9½".  The first part of the plate number represents the county code, the second part is the plate serial number, all are undated.  It has been suggested that not all counties issued these plates.

VERSION 1: 01-1 to 67-9999 = county code + serial number, PENNA top flanked by 2 keystones, CIVIL DEFENSE on bottom, blue on yellow plates are steel.  The pictured plate is from Northampton County.

 

VERSION 2: 01-1 to 67-9999, = county code + serial number, PENNA top flanked by 2 keystones, CIVIL DEFENSE on bottom, yellow on blue plates are aluminum and have a slightly larger bolt holes than version 1.  The pictured plate is from Warren County.

 

 

 

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart) (1986 to present)

VERSION 1: "P/H"00000, PURPLE HEART on top, yellow on blue base, embossed graphic of medal on left, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

from George Kunsman

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

VERSION 2: "P/H"00000, COMBAT WOUNDED VETERAN on top, bluish purple on white base with red legend, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, embossed image of Purple Heart in center, sticker well lower left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 2

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

VERSION  3: "P/H"00000 to current high

On visitPA base with screened image, P/H and Tag Line, sticker well upper left.  First spotted 11/17/04, after which all previous plates were replaced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 3

 

from Nick Tsilakis

 

from Ryan Battin

from Tom Perri

and Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Implement of Husbandry (1997 to present)

VERSION 1: CI0000H

Comm Imp of Husbandry on top, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no separator PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  See sample below.

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

Image needed

 

 

 

 

VERSION 2: CI1500H to current high PENNSYLVANIA on top, www base, sticker well upper left, no separator, Comm Imp of Husbandry on bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Motorcycle (1938 to 1949)

Commercial Motorcycle plates were issued for 12 years from 1938 until 1949, except 1943 when metal tabs were issued.  It appears that plate formatting was the same from year to year with the exception of the color rotation which was the same as passenger plates, and the year which was embossed as part of the COMM over MC over PA  yy where the yy stood for the two digit year.  Expiration date was added in 1941.  All plates measured 4½" by 8".  In 1950 the Commercial Motorcycle registration was reduced from $5 to $4 eliminating the need for this plate type.  Plate serial numbers ranged from 1 to under 1000.

1938, see description above.  This was the first year for this plate type.

from Harry Campbell

 

1939, see description above.

John Willard Plate

from Dave Lincoln

 

1940, see description above.

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1941, see description above.  This was the first year for the expiration date to be embossed into the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 

 

1942, see description above.

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1943, see description above.  For 1943 the metal tabs were the same as those used on motorcycles.

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1944, see description above.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1945, see description above.

Images needed

 

 

1946, see description above.

 

 

1947, see description above.

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1948, see description above.

 

John Willard Plate

 

1949, see description above.

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Commonwealth Court (1999 to present)

It is believed that 1999 was the first year of issue.  Plates are on the www base.  This plate type is believed not to have been issued on the yellow on blue base.  Commonwealth Coat of Arms riveted to plate on the left side.  The format is C/C1 to C/C30 or C/CJ1 to C/CJ30.

from Tom Perri

 

from Tom Perri

 

 

Consular (see Foreign Consul below)

 

Dealer (1910 to present)

Dealer plates were first introduced in 1910 and continue to this day.  Over the years many other dealer and motor vehicle business types have been issued including Auto Manufacturer, Dealer-Farm Equipment, Dealer-Multi-Purpose, Moped Dealer, Motorboat Dealer, Motorcycle Dealer, Motor Vehicle Business, Repair/Service Towing, Repossessor, Salvage Yard, Snowmobile Dealer, Trailer Dealer, Transporter, and Watercraft Trailer Dealer.

Some of these dealer types may be shown elsewhere on this website under a specific dealer type listed above, and also shown below under the broad heading of Dealer.

1910, White on dark blue porcelain, PENNA over 1910 over DEALER on left, series began at 1 and ran to 2908 according to DMV records.  Sizes ranged from 6" x 8" for 1 & 2 digit, 6" x 10" for 2 digits, and 6" x 12" for 4 digit plates.

 

from Clayton Moore

 

1911, Black on yellow porcelain, PENNA over 1911 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 4034 according to DMV records.  Sizes ranged from 6" x 8" for X+1 digit, 6" x 10" for X+2 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+3 digits and 6" x 14" for X+4 digit plates.

 

via Peter Cohen

from Clayton Moore

 

1912, White on brown woodgrain porcelain, PENNA over 1912 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 3555 according to DMV records.  Sizes ranged from 6" x 8" for X+1 digit, 6" x 10" for X+2 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+3 digits and 6" x 14" for X+4 digit plates.

from Bob Connison

from Clayton Moore

 

1913, White on green porcelain, PENNA over 1913 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 3391 according to DMV records.  Sizes ranged from 6" x 8" for X+1 digit, 6" x 10" for X+2 digits, 6" x 12" for X+3 digits and 6" x 14" for X+4 digit plates.

 

from Jeff Francis

from Clayton Moore

 

1914, White on black porcelain, PENNA over 1914 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 3367 according to DMV records.  Sizes ranged from 6" x 8" for X+1 digit, 6" x 10" for X+2 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+3 digits and 6" x 14" for X+4 digit plates.

from Clayton Moore

 

1915, White on sky blue porcelain, PENNA over 1915 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to at least X5093, while DMV records indicate 4834.  Sizes ranged from 6" x 8" for X+1 digit, 6" x 10" for X+2 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+3 digits and 6" x 14" for X+4 digit plates.

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

from Tim Gierschick

 

1916, Black on Orange, steel, PENNA over 1916 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 with some 6000 plates issued, according to DMV records.  Sizes were 6" x 11" for X+1 digit and X+2 digits, 6" x 13" for X+3 digits, and 6" x 16" for X+4 digit plates.

from Jeff Francis

 

1917, White on brown, steel, PENNA over 1917 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to X7891, according to DMV records.  Sizes were 6" x 13½" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 16" for X+4 digit plates.

from Clayton Moore

Unknown

 

1918, White on black, steel, PENNA over 1918 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to about X7771 according to DMV records.  Sizes may have been as small as 6" x 10", then 6" x 13½" and 6" x 16" depending on the number of characters.

Unknown

 

1919, Red on black, steel, PENNA over 1919 over DEALER on right, series began at X1 and ran to about X9199 according to DMV records.  Sizes may have been as small as 6" x 10", then 6" x 13½" and 6" x 16" depending on the number of characters.

Unknown

 

1920, White on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1920, series ran from X1 to X999, then X1-000 to X13-925 or above.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 16".

from Bob Connison

from Jeff Francis

 

 

 

 

1921, Black on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1921, series ran from X1 to X999, then X1-000 to X11-503 or higher.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 16".

John Willard plate

from Mike & Ruth Culbert

 

1922, Brown on cream, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1922, series ran from X1 to X999, then X1-000 to above X10-000.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 16".

 

from Clayton Moore

from eBay user securityautoparts

 

1923, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1923, series ran from X1 to X999, then X1-000 to above X10-000.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 16".  Issued in pairs.

from Bob Connison

from Clayton Moore

 

1924, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA 1924 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then X10-000 to at least X20-404.  Sizes are believed to be 6" x 10 for X+1, 2, or 3; 6" x 12" for X+4 and 6" x 15" for X+5 digits.  Issued in pairs.

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

 

1925, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, 1925 PENNA flanked by keystones toward the lower left and right corners, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then X10-000 to at least X17-535.  Sizes are believed to be 6" x 10 for X+1, 2, or 3; 6" x 12" for X+4 and 6" x 15" for X+5 digits.  Issued in pairs.

from Bob Connison

 

1926, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, 1924 PENNA flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then X10-000 to at least X26-986.  Sizes are believed to be 6" x 10 for X+1 or 2 digits; 6" x 12" for X+3; 6" x 13" for X+4; and 6" x 15" for X+5 digits.  Issued in pairs.

from Bob Connison

 

1927, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, 1927 PENNA flanked by keystones in the upper left and right corners, series likely ran from X1 to X999, then X1-000 to above X10-000.  Sizes are believed to be 6" x 10 for X+1, 2, or 3; 6" x 13" for X+4 and 6" x 15" for X+5 digits.  Issued in pairs.

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

from Clayton Moore

from Bob Connison

 

Image added 3/5  

1928, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1928 flanked by keystones, series is believed to have started at X10-000.  If that is correct all plates would have been 6" x 15"

from Bob Connison

 

1929, Yellow blue on dark blue, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1929 flanked by keystones, series is believed to have started at X10-000.  If that is correct all plates would have been 6" x 15"

from Bob Connison

 

1930, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA 1930 flanked by keystones, series ran from X1 to X999, then additional series with X in other positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.

from Mike at Pl8source

 

1931, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA 1931 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X999, then additional series with X in other positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.

from Jeff Francis

 

1932, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1932 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then additional series with X in other positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

from Bob Connison

 

1933, yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1933 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then additional series with X in the second position positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.  Sizes are unconfirmed.

from Bob Connison

 

 

1934, dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, 34 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence could be all numeric or alpha-numeric but X was not used.  1, 2, 3 and 4 character all numeric were issued, then a single alpha character followed by 1, 2 or 3 numeric characters were used.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 10".

 

from Clayton Moore

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935, yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, sizes were 6" x 10"  for up to 4 characters, and 6" x 12" for 5 characters.  6" x 10" plates had 35 then DEALER flanked by keystones, then PA; 6" x 12" had the keystones on both sides of the legend to the outside of the bolt holes.  Formatting was X1 to X9999, 1X0 to 9X9999, and 0X to 59X or higher.

 

 

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

 

1936, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, 36 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 or fewer character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

from Bob Connison

from Clayton Moore

 

1937, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, 37 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in at least the first and second positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

from Chuck Sakryd

from Chuck Sakryd

 

1938, Dark blue on yellow, steel, first year for state map outline on dealer plates, legend on top, 38 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in at least the first and second positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates; however, this has not been confirmed.

from Bob Connison

 

 

1939, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, 39 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in the first three positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

 

 

 

 

Image to the right is a sample plate.  Note the colors are reversed.

 

 

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

from John Willard

 

1940, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, 40 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in at least the first three positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates; however, this has not been confirmed.

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

 

 

1941, yellow on dark blue, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-42 in top border, legend on top, 41 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 or fewer characters and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

 

 

1942, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, 42 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 or fewer character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

from Jeff Francis

from Jeff Francis

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1943, same as '42 plate above but with addition of validation tab.  Due to the war effort, for 1943 only a black on red steel tab was issued with a keystone and the year 43 and 3-31-44 expiry within the keystone.  There was also a small serial number lightly stamped below the 3-31-44.  Tab measured 1⅞" x 2⅛".

from Jeff Francis

from Clayton Moore

 

1944, yellow on dark blue, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-45 in top border, legend on top, 44 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 or fewer character plates and 6" x 11" for 5-character plates.

from Jeff Francis

 

1945, dark blue on yellow, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-46 in top border, legend 45, then dealer type flanked by keystones, then PA.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 11".

from Bob Connison

 

1946 , yellow on dark blue, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-48 in top border, legend 47, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 11".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions progressing from the left.

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

John Willard plate

 

1947, dark blue on yellow, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-48 in top border, legend 47, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 11".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions progressing from the left.

 

from Jeff Francis

John Willard plate

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

from Jeff Francis

 

1948, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-49 in top border, legend 48, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

 

John Willard plate

from Jeff Francis

John Willard plate

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

from Clayton Moore

 

1949, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-50 in top border, legend 49, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

John Willard plate

from Jeff Francis

from Bob Connison

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

from Jeff Francis

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

 

1950, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-51 in top border, legend 50, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, TRACTOR legend, TX000, the TX does not advance.

from Chuck Sakryd

Used Car Dealer needed

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

John Willard plate

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1951, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-52 in top border, legend 51, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

from Jeff Francis

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison

Used Car Dealer needed

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

 

 

1952, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-53 in top border, legend 52, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X & Tractor series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

 

The plate to the right is a sample.

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

The plate to the right is a sample.

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix.

 

 

The plate to the right is a sample.

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, TRACTOR legend, TX000, the TX does not advance.

The plates to the right are samples.

 

 

from Bob Connison

John Willard plate

John Willard plate

John Willard plate

Transit Dealer image needed

 

from Jeff Francis

from Ed Burr

John Willard plate

 

1953, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-54 in top border, legend 53, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

from eBay?

 

John Willard plate

Transit Dealer image needed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer needed

 

 

1954, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-55 in top border, legend 54, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance, type now confirmed.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

from Jeff Francis

 

John Willard plate

John Willard plate

 

John Willard plate

 

 

 

1955, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-56 in top border, legend 55 then dealer type, then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance, type now confirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in at least the first and second positions.

 

from Jeff Francis

John Willard plate

 

Transit Dealer needed

 

from Jeff Francis

 

1956, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-57 in top border, legend 56, then dealer type (flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 12".  There were two font types used in '56.

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.  Later plates used '57 font.

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance, type now confirmed.

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

from Clayton Moore

John Willard plate

Used Car Dealer needed

 

Transit Dealer needed

 

from Bob Connison

 

 

1957, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-58 in top border, legend 57, then dealer type (flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 6 characters and were 6" x 12".

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A0000A, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B0000A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance, type now confirmed.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X always in the 1st position.

 

from Bob Connison

John Willard plate

 

Transit Dealer needed

 

 

 

1958 - '61, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type, then 58.  All plates used 6 characters with a small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th characters.  It was generally accepted that early plates had tab slots; however, evidence suggests that this is not consistently the case.  Tab slot that were not used, instead renewal stickers were issued.

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, initial A does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, initial B does not advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transit Dealer, C prefix.

 

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X always in the 1st position.

 

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, TRACTOR legend, TX0-000, the TX does not advance.

Without tab slot

from Mike at pl8source


With tab slot

John Willard plate


Without tab slot

John Willard plate


With tab slot

John Willard plate


With tab slot

from Jeff Francis


Without tab slot

from Clayton Moore


Without tab slot

John Willard plate


With tab slot

John Willard plate


Transit Dealer needed


Without tab slot

from Mike at pl8source


With tab slot

from Jake Eckenrode


Without tab slot

from Jake Eckenrode


Without tab slot

from Jerry McCoy

 

1962 - '63, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type, then 62.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  Renewal stickers were issued to revalidate.

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Transit Dealer, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, X00-000, the alpha character, X, does not advance.

 

Tractor Dealer, TRACTOR legend, TX0-000, the TX does not advance.

 

from Clayton Moore

Used Car Dealer needed

 

John Willard plate

from Jeff Francis

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type, then 64.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, X00-000, the alpha character, X, does not advance.

 

 

Tractor Dealer, TRACTOR legend, TX0-000, the TX does not advance.

 

unknown source

from Clayton Moore

unknown source

John Willard plate

from Jerry McCoy

 

1965, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type or just DEALER, undated.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X00-000, the alpha character, X, does not advance.

 

 

Tractor Dealer, TRACTOR legend, TX0-000, the TX does not advance.

John Willard plate

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

ShopLicensePlates.com

John Willard plate

from old document

 

1966, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PA then DEALER, or MV BUSINESS, then 1966.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, serialB00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Motor Vehicle Business, MV BUSINESS legend, C00-00A to C44-99D, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Tractor Dealer, TX-0000, DEALER legend, the TX does not advance.

from Clayton Moore

from Bob Connison

 

from Jake Eckenrode

from old document

 
1967, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1967.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, TX-0000, the TX does not advance.

 

Some '66 plates were issued with '67 stickers.

from Jeff Francis

from Clayton Moore

John Willard plate

 

from Jeff Lesher

John Willard plate

 
1968, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1968.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Some earlier plates were issued with 68 stickers.  In this case a '67 plate with a '68 sticker.

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Some earlier plates were issued with 68 stickers.  In this case a '67 plate with a '68 sticker.

 

 

Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, TX-0000, the TX does not advance.

from Bob Connison

John Willard plate

from Clayton Moore

John Willard plate

 

from ebay pl8source

 

1969, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1969.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

 

Some earlier plates were issued with 69 stickers.   In this case a '66 plate with a '69 sticker.  And more than 1 sticker has been applied.

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, TX-0000, the TX does not advance.

from Bob Connison

 

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

1970, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1970.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, TX-0000, the TX does not advance.

 

from Vern Kreckel

 

from Bob Connison

 

from Kelly Brewer

from Vern Kreckel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971, new format, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1971 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.  NOTE: The first year for Trailer Dealer plates is uncertain.  May have been as early as 1971.

 

New Car Dealer Sample

 

 

from Lee Madigan

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from old document

 

Trailer Dealer needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1972 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

from Clayton Moore

from Chuck Sakryd

 

unknown source

Trailer Dealer needed

 

 
1973, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1973 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

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from Jake Eckenrode

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1974 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

from Vern kreckel

Used Car Dealer needed

 

 

from Jake Eckenrode

Trailer Dealer needed

from Vern kreckel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1975 - 1976, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS, undated, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.  Used 75 and/or 76 validation stickers sticker wells upper left and right.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

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from pl8source

from Clayton Moore

 

1977, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1977 on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

from Clayton Moore

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Trailer Dealer needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER, MV BUSINESS, with 1978 on bottom.  All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

from Chuck Sakryd

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Trailer Dealer needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISSUED 1979 - 1983, USED TO 2000, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER, MV BUSINESS, AUTO MANUFACTURER. All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

Auto Manufacturer, AUTO MANUFACTURER legend, undated, 125 plates between A38-800A and A38-999A

 

 

New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

 

 

 

Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

 

 

M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

 

 

Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

 

from Clayton Moore

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from Clayton Moore

 

ISSUED 1984 - 1999

Toward the end of the run of the '79 base dealer plates, it appears that the A-series New Car Dealer and B-series Used Car Dealer plates were running out of numbers, and since the '79 base Dealer plates were not being replaced by the new '84 series, it was decided that for the future, all dealer types would be merged into a single dealer type as far as plate serial numbers.  Therefore it appears that new '84 Dealer plates used the few remaining A & B-series plates and then moved into the D-series, and likely started where the '79 base D-series Tractor Dealer left off.  It also appears that the first D-series plates had PENNSYLVANIA on top whereas later plates at some point after D27-270 had DEALER on top.

As the now-generic Dealer plates progressed from the D-series into the E-series, the E-series would have started above where the E-series Trailer plates left off on the '77 base. Then as the E-series filled up, the progression expanded into the F-series which had not been used on the '77 base. The F-series ran at least as high as the F88-000F series. It is not believed that any G-series plates were ever issued. When the full scale plate replacement was done in 1999 - 2000 the new series started at H00-000H.

It is believed that no C-series, or M.V. Business plates, were issued on the '84 base.

 

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

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1999 - 2005, renewable to present

Includes new and used car dealers, H00-000H to J37-999J, the I00-000I series was not used.  On www base with dash separator

 

 

 

2006, renewable to present

Includes new and used car dealers, J38-000J to J99-999J, then K00-000K, etc.  On visitPA base with keystone separator.

 

from Jim Moini

 

from Bill Cerevola

 

 

Dealer-Farm Equipment (1991 to present)

VERSION 1: FE0000D

Dealer-Farm Equip. on top, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no separator PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

from Jordan Irazabal

from John Anshant

 

 

VERSION 2: FE0000D to current high

PENNSYLVANIA on top, www base, sticker well upper left, no separator, Dealer-Farm Equip. on bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

Dealer-Multi Purpose (1991 or 92 to present)

VERSION 1, MP0000D to MP2999D yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no dash separator,  Dealer-Multi Purpose on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 1999 plate reissue.

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

from Kelly Brewer

from Jeff Minard

 

VERSION 2, MP3000D to current high, www base, sticker well upper left, no dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, Dealer-Multi Purpose at bottom.

 

 

 

 

Dept of Hwys (Department of Highways) (1930 to 1935)

1930

Image needed

 

 

1931, yellow on blue, 1 to 10? flanked by keystones,  1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, DEPT OF HWYS along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

John Willard plate

 

1932

Image needed

 

 

1933

Image needed

 

 

1934

Image needed

 

 

1935, yellow on blue, 1 to 5 flanked by keystones,  1933 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, DEPT OF HWYS along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

John Willard plate

old BMV document

 

 

 

Emergency Vehicle (~1977 to present)

VERSION 1: EV-10000 to EV-14999, red on white PENNSYLVANIA on top, EMERGENCY VEHICLE on bottom.  Type dates to about1977.

 

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERSION 2: EV-15000 to EV-16999,

white on red EMERGENCY VEHICLE on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 2

 

 

 

VERSION 3: EV-17000 to EV-23499 white on red, EMERGENCY VEHICLE on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, glass beads on the raised letters, sticker well added on lower left  .

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 3

 

 

 

VERSION 4: From EV-23500 to EV-28500 pluralizing of tag line EMERGENCY VEHICLES, white on red PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  (Plates from EV-23894 to EV-28448 use VEHICLES, while EV-28854 uses VEHICLE.)

 

VERSION 5: EV-28500 to EV-30130+, (high plate seen on this base EV-30130) tag line has changed back to singular, white on red PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. Similar to Type 3.

Prior to 2006, If an EMERGENCY VEHICLE plate had a validation sticker it meant that the vehicle is not exempt and belongs to a private ambulance company, fire chief's personal vehicle, etc. Exempt status would be indicated on the owners card.  Plates near the end of this run all had validation stickers.

 

 

 

 

 

VERSION 6: Start number between EV-30131 and EV-30309. On visitPA base, large keystone separator, embossed tag legend. On vehicles that required stickers in the past such as those belonging to private ambulance companies, etc. 

NOTE: Version 6 and Version 7 are being issued concurrently.

 

VERSION 7: EV-50000 to current high.  On visitPA base, large keystone separator, embossed tag legend. 

PennDOT notified plate holders in February 2007 that all EV plates would be replaced.  First seen mid-March 2007.

 

 

 

 

This is likely an error plate that was painted with the municipal plate color scheme.  It's also possible there was a short run of these.

 

 

 

Farm Truck (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, 1977, FM-10000 to FM-47281 or above, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, FARM TRUCK (wide font) at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

from Jeff Lawson

Need highs or changeover points of several of these plate versions.

 

 

 

Image added 2/26

VERSION 2, 1984, FM-48650 or below to 52999 or higher,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator,  FARM TRUCK (wide font) on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

SAMPLE of VERSION 2 and/or VERSION 4

from Clayton Moore

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

VERSION 3, FM-53000 or above to FM-58999 or above, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, FARM TRUCK (narrow font) on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

VERSION 4, below FM-65000 to FM-99999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator,  FARM TRUCK (wide font) on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  High point not known.

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

VERSION 5 FM-0000A to FM-999C , www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, FARM TRUCK at bottom.  All previous plates reissued in 2000.

 

 

 

VERSION 6, mid-2014, FM-0000D to current high on visitPA base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, FARM TRUCK at bottom.

 

 

 

Fire Department (1968, issued till mid '80s, replaced by Emergency Vehicle 2007)

This type appears to be on a '68 base; however, in an Allentown Fire Department history book, a Fire Dept plate is pictured at a fire scene that was captioned as 1961.  Can this be?

NOTE: This type is no longer issued. Replaced by Emergency Vehicle in 2007.

Validation StickerS: All are permanent.

VERSION 1: FD-10000 to FD-27999, state map outline base, keystone separator, sticker well lower left.

 

 

 

 

VERSION 2: FD-28000 to approximately FD-29999 or wherever production ended, uses a dash separator.

 

 

ERROR PLATE In this sequential pair the first plate is missing the dash separator.

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 2

 

 

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

Fleet Transporter (1997 to present)

VERSION 1: FL0000T

FLEET TRANSPORTER on top, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no separator PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  See sample below.

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

Image needed

 

 

 

 

VERSION 2: FL1000T to current high

PENNSYLVANIA on top, www base, sticker well upper left, no separator, FLEET TRANSPORTER on bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Consul & Consular (1958 to ~ 1984 or 85)

CONSULAR plates were first issued in1929 and continued until 1935.  No plates are believed to have been issued again until 1957 or '58 when FOREIGN CONSUL plates were first issued.  This type was last issued on the 1977 base and was discontinued when the U.S. Dept. of State started issuing their own plates.  Once the US Dept of State started issuing plates to diplomats, states were no longer allowed to issue plates to foreign diplomats.  "FC" plates do not exist on the 1984 and later bases although a sample exists on the '84 base.

1929 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 

number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.

1930 Consular, dark blue on yellow, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 

 

1931 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

unknown source

 

1932 Consular, dark blue on yellow, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones,  1932 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 

 

1933 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 

 

1934 Consular, dark blue on yellow, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones,  1934 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

from Larry B. Niederschulte

 

1935 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

The image to the right is a sample plate.

 

 

The image to the right is a BMV design drawing of the 1935 Consular plate.

Image needed

 

 

from John Willard

 

 

1957 Foreign Consul, FC000, blue on yellow on map outline, 1957 PENNA across top center.

from John Willard

 

1958 Foreign Consul, FC1-000, 58 base, issued from 1958 to 1964, yellow on blue, map outline, PA top center, 58 top right, after 1958 re-validated with stickers upper left, small keystone separator.

 

 

 

1965 Foreign Consul, FC-1000, 65 base, issued from 1965 to 1970, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA top, undated, validation stickers upper left, small keystone separator.

from Chuck Harrington

 

1971 Foreign Consul, FC-10000, 71 base, issued from 1971 to 1976, yellow on blue, yellow border, PENNSYLVANIA top, sticker wells upper left & right, 71 lightly stamped in upper left sticker well, after 71 revalidated with stickers upper right & left, small keystone separator, BICENTENNIAL STATE '76 on bottom.

 

1977 Foreign Consul, FC-10000, 77 base, issued from 1977 to 1984 or 85, blue on yellow, blue border, PENNSYLVANIA top, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, FOREIGN CONSUL on bottom.

 

SAMPLE of '77 base

from Chuck Harrington

 

 

SAMPLE: This is a sample or prototype on the 1984 base.  No plates on this base were issued.

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

 

Handicapped Person / Person with Disability (1965 to present)

VERSION 1: HP-1000, blue on yellow 65 map outline base, used 1965 to 70, PENNSYLVANIA on top, HP on left inside box, then a dash separator followed by a 4-digit serial number to right.

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

 

from Sarge/Klassy Karz

 

VERSION 2: HP10000, yellow on blue Bicentennial base, used 1971 to 76, PENNSYLVANIA on top, HP on left inside box, (no dash separator) followed by a 5-digit serial number to right beginning at HP10000.

 

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 3: HP00000 to HP90599, blue on yellow '77 base, issued 1977 thru 1984, revalidated until 1999, PENNSYLVANIA on top, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, followed by a 5-digit serial number to right.

from Clayton Moore

from Mike Sells

 

VERSION 4: HP90600 to HP99999, yellow on blue '84 base, issued 1984 until number series all used, revalidated until 1999, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, followed by a 5-digit serial number to right.

 

SAMPLE of Version 4

from George Kunsman

 

 

VERSION 5: HP0000 to HP9999, yellow on blue '84 base, issued 1984 until number series all used, revalidated until 1999, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, followed by a 4-digit serial number to right.

from George Kunsman

 

VERSION 6: 0000HP to 9999HP, yellow on blue '84 base, issued about 1986 - 87, revalidated until 1999, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, 4-digit serial number to left, followed by HP on right over wheelchair symbol.

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 7: 00000HP to 99990HP, yellow on blue '84 base, revalidated until 2000 or so, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, 5-digit serial number to left, followed by HP on right over wheelchair symbol.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

VERSION 8: HPA0000 to HPZ9999, yellow on blue '84 base, revalidated until 2000 or so, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, 1-alpha character, then 4-digit serial number to left, alpha character last to advance.

 

VERSION 9: PD00000 to PD99999, yellow on blue '84 base, revalidated until 2000 or so, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, PD (Person with Disability) on left over wheelchair symbol, then 5-digit serial number to right.

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 10: PD0000A to between PD5199A and PD5899A, on www base first issued 9-99, font used for PD is taller than later plates, and wheelchair symbol is larger, alpha character last to advance.

 

 

VERSION 11: From between PD5200A & PD5900A to PD9999Y, same as above version except font used for PD is lower, and wheelchair symbol is smaller, alpha character last to advance.

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 11

 

 

 

VERSION 12: PD0000Z to PD9999Z , version added 8/9/07. See note under Version 13 below. On visitPA base.

 

 

VERSION 13: 00000PD to current high

Type added 5/24/07. No other examples of this type variation were reported until 7/2008. For reasons unknown, the Version 12 plates were seen prior to the Version 11 plates, then after a few months the Version 11 came out and the Version 12 were not distributed until the Version 11 plate were exhausted.

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing Impaired (1987 to present)

It is my understanding that originally these plates were to have a graphic of an ear, but since they were not an organizational plate, this concept was dropped.

While I have no actual numbers, I'm guessing that there are somewhere around 100 of these plates in use.

VERSION 1, First issued 1987, HE-00001 yellow on blue, HEARING IMPAIRED top, dash separator, sticker well lower left, PENNSYLVANIA bottom, valid thru the 2000 plate changeover.

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

from George Kunsman

 

 

VERSION 2, Reissued 3/2000, HE-03000, www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA top, HEARING IMPAIRED bottom.

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 2

 

 

 

 

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House Car / Motor Home (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, First issued 1977, HC-10000 to HC-99999, blue on yellow,  PENNSYLVANIA top, dash separator, HOUSE CAR bottom, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.

 

 

VERSION 2, First issued 1984, HD-00000 to between  HD-41999 and HD-43999, yellow on blue,  HOUSE CAR top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA bottom, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.

 

 

VERSION 3, About 1990, from between HD-42000 and HD-44000 to at least HF-72999, yellow on blue, MOTOR HOME top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA bottom, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.

(Note: HE plates were not issued in this series since the HE prefix is reserved for Hearing Impaired plate series.)

 

 

 

 

VERSION 4: First issued 5/7/2000 on www base, HG-00000 to HG-05999 on www base, PENNSYLVANIA on top, dash separator, MOTOR HOME on bottom, uses different font than later plates, note the 'M'.

 

VERSION 5: From HG-06000 to HG-99999 on www base, uses different font than earlier plates, note the 'M'. Otherwise same format as VERSION 4.

 

 

VERSION 6: From April/May 2006, HH-00000 to current high, On visitPA base with keystone separator.

 

 

 

Implement of Husbandry (1984 to present)

VERSION 1: IMP-0000 to IMP-4999 (actual high unknown, over IMP-2167), yellow on blue base, IMPLEMENT OF HUSBANDRY on top, dash separator, Pennsylvania on bottom uses the "You've got a friend" font, sticker well lower left, valid thru changeover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

from eBay user dmddrk

 

from Jeff Lawson

 

 

 

 

VERSION 2: IMP-5000 to current high, on www base, IMPLEMENT OF HUSBANDRY on bottom, sticker well lower left.

 

 

 

 

Judiciary (1928 to 1935)

Judiciary plates have a starting point of at least as far back as 1928, maybe earlier.  They were issued up thru 1935, after which there was a long gap.  It is uncertain exactly when court related plates were issued again but it is believed that it was some time in the 1980s.  These later plates consisted of Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.  Those plates continue thru the present.

1928, serial number, dash and J, blue on yellow, PENNA 1928 along the top flanked by 2 keystones 

from Ned Flynn

 

1929, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1929 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

 

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1930, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

 

 

from Clayton Moore

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1931, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1932, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1932 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom.

 

from Eric Conner

from Ned Flynn

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1933, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Clayton Moore

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1934, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, 1934 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1935, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom.  Plates measured 11⅞ by 5⅞.  Plates were authorized from 1 to 300.

from Jake Eckenrode

graphic depiction

 

 

Legislative (1928 to 1935, 1957 & later see State Representative, State Senator, U.S. Congress, and U.S. Senate.)

These plates are believed to have come out in 1928.  The '28 plates were short and used an L prefix followed by a dash on 2-digit plates and the serial number but without any type of LEGISLATIVE legend.  See the description of the '29 plate below.  From 1930 thru '35 the plates followed a similar format and used the word LEGISLATIVE as the bottom plate legend while alternating the colors, and the location of the stacked PENNA and 4-digit year.  After 1935 these plates were discontinued until 1957.

1928, blue on yellow, serial number prefixed by L with a dash on 1 and 2 character serial numbers, and L without a dash on 3 character serial numbers, PENNA 1928 flanked by keystones along top border, likely size 6" x 10".

from PL8S

from Dave Lincoln

 

1929, early plates followed formatting similar to the '28 plates above.  There was a change in the design of the Legislative plates part way thru the year and likely all of the early issue plates were replaced with the plates bearing the LEGISLATIVE legend and setting up the format for legislative plates thru 1935.

Plates were yellow on blue

 

 

from Dave Lincoln

from ALPCA Archives

 

 

1930, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.  Authorized range from 1 to 500.

from eBay

from Eric Conner

 

from ebay

 

1931, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

from Michael Wiener

plate source unknown

 

1932, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1932 stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

 

 

From Dave Lincoln

 

1933, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1933 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

from Eric Conner

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

1934, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1934 stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

front from Eric Conner

rear from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

 

1935, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.  Authorized range from 1 to 400.

 

The image to the right is a sample plate.

from Klassy Karz

from John Willard

 

 

Limousine (1990 to present)

VERSION 1: LM-10000 (only several thousand issued) yellow on blue base, LIMOUSINE on top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, valid thru changeover in 3/2000.

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

 

 

 

VERSION 2: First issued 3/26/2000, LM-20000 to LM-22999, on www base, dash separator, narrow font tag line.

 

 

 

VERSION 3: LM-23000 to LM-26999, on www base, dash separator, wider font tag line.

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 3

 

 

 

VERSION 4: LM-27000 to current high, visitPA base, keystone separator, wider font tag line.  Version added 1/5/11.

from Tom Perri

 

 

 

Lincoln University (Official) (First year of issue unknown)

These are official plates used on vehicles owned by Lincoln University.

VERSION 1: L0000U to plate changeover during 9/99. Uses 'Title Case' on plate legend.  Lincoln University at top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent.

 

Image needed

Version 1 of this plate, with its small number issued and localized usage, may have passed from existence with no plates from the original issue known to have survived.

VERSION 2: L0000U reissued 9/99, uses 'Title Case' on plate legend.   PENNSYLVANIA at top, Lincoln University at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent.

 

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

Liquid Fuels P. or O. Permit

Updated information from Eric Tanner, former ALPCA Archivist. These were not used on vehicles, but were actually mounted on gasoline pumps at gas stations. That explains why there were so many issued, as well as the additional mounting holes. Eric indicated that the law was first effective July 1, 1937, and the license year was 7/1 to 6/30. The 1937 plate should probably have been dated "37-38" but that was not fixed until the next year. Another law was passed 5/26/39 repealing this act, so that is why there are only 2 plate [years] in the run for this type. Eric plans to do more research on the law but believes it was related to some kind of gasoline tax for sellers. Other states had similar laws and plates at the time, such as the NJ Motor Fuel Dealer etc. Mr. Tanner also theorizes that the meaning of the "P. or O." might mean Petrol or Oil, which if true, would indicate the dealer could sell both. He has not seen any other type of plate that restricted the seller to just one or the other, but that is something we can find out from the original law, which was passed on June 2, 1937.

1937, serial range uncertain, range seen 11000 to 69000, dark blue on yellow, size the same as motorcycle plates at the time, PA on upper left, over LIQUID over FUELS over P. or O. over PERMIT over '37 on lower left.  All plates have 6 holes.

unknown source

from Harry Campbell

 

1938-39, serial range uncertain, yellow on dark blue, size the same as motorcycle plates at the time, PA on upper left, over LIQUID over FUELS over P. or O. over PERMIT over '38-'39 on lower left.  All plates have 6 holes.

unknown source

 

 

Mass Transit (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, M/T-10000 to M/T-17999 or M/T-18999, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, steel plate,  PENNSYLVANIA on top, MASS TRANSIT at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

VERSION 2, M/T-18000 or M/T-19000 to M/T-29999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, MASS TRANSIT at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

 

VERSION 3, M/T30000 to M/T32999, stacked prefix on www base, wide font on tag line.

 

 

VERSION 4, MT-33000 to MT-39999, in-line prefix with dash separator on www base, narrower font on tag line.

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 4

 

 

 

VERSION 5, M/T40000 to current high, on visitPA base, wide legend on tag line, first observed 6/20/06.

 

from Eric Butler

 

 

 

 

 

Moped (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, ~1977 to 2000 plate changeover, AA000 to AZ999, blue on yellow, PENNA on top, MOPED on bottom, narrow hole spacing, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.

 

 

VERSION 2, ~1984 to 2000 plate changeover, 000AA to 999BZ, blue on yellow, PENNA on top, MOPED on bottom, narrow hole spacing, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.  Moped plates were never issued on the yellow on blue base.

 

Also Version 2 in B series.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

VERSION 3, First issued 4/16/2000, BA000 to BM999, on www base, plates use MP legend.  Plate BM275 confirmed still on www base.

 

 

 

VERSION 4, ~9/07 BN000 to current high.  Series is reserved to CZ999 on visitPA base, plates use MP legend.

 

 

 

Also Version 4 in C series.

 

from Ryan Battin

 

 

Moped Dealer (1977 or 78 to present)

It is unknown if the Moped Dealer series began in 1977 or 78.  If there was a 77 dealer, it likely had an embossed date, and likely followed formatting similar to '77 Motorcycle Dealer plate.

1978, 1000 D/L/R, embossed stacked 78 on lower left, blue on yellow base, map outline, narrow hole spacing, DLR stacked on right, PENNA along top border and MOPED along bottom border.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

 

1979, revalidated up 2000-01

1000, validation stickers were used thru 2000 or '01, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", undated,  PENNA along top border, MOPED along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

Circa 1985 image without sticker.

 

 

from Jordan Irazabal

from Jordan Irazabal

from Jordan Irazabal

from Kelly Brewer

from Jordan Irazabal

 

VERSION 3, MPD 4000 on www base, first issued 9/99, the MPD is in small letters along the bottom of the plate similar to the MCD used by Motorcycle Dealer plates.

 

partial credit for above 2 images to Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorbike (1920 to 1949)

Motorbike plates were first introduced in 1920 and continued to be issued until 1949.  In the early years they were sometimes referred to as Motor Bicycles or Bicycle Side Motors; today they are more commonly referred to as Mopeds.  Also, in the years up thru 1933 the letter O was used on Motorbikes as a prefix to differentiate between them and Motorcycle plates.  Before 1927 the letter O and the number 0 were the same size which makes earlier plates appear to be all numeric.  From 1934 thru 1949 the O was replaced with MB stacked on the left or right side, then with the introduction of the map outline in '38 all plates had the MB stacked on the right side.  It should be noted that Motor Boat plates also used the MB designator between 1955 and 1963.  Thanks to Eric Tanner for some guidance with this section.

1920

Image needed

 

 

1921

Image needed

 

 

1922

Letter O prefix + serial number, brown on cream, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued unknown.

source unknown

 

1923

Image needed

 

 

1924

Image needed

 

 

1925

Image needed

 

 

1926

Image needed

 

 

1927

Image needed

 

 

1928

Image needed

 

 

1929

Image needed

 

 

1930

Image needed

 

 

1931

Image needed

 

 

1932

Image needed

 

 

1933

Letter O prefix + serial number, yellow on dark blue, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued unknown.

from eBay

 

1934

Image needed

 

 

1935

1 - 50 authorized, yellow on dark blue, height 45/16", length 7⅞", 2-digit year stacked upper left over stacked PA lower left, MB stacked on right, actual number issued unknown.

old BMV document

 

1936

Image needed

 

 

1937

1 to at least 139, yellow on dark blue, height 45/16", length 7⅞", MB stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked upper right over stacked PA lower right.

from John Wunderlich

 

 

1938

1 to 3 numeric digits, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".

SAMPLE

Image needed

 

from Dave Lincoln

 

1939

1 to at least 366, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".

from John Willard

from Lee Madigan

 

1940

1 to at least 923, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".

from John Willard

from Harry Campbell

 

1941

1 to at least 1030, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

Image added 2/12

 

1942

1 to about 2,265, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Harry Campbell

from John Willard

from John Willard

 

1943

In 1943 plates were not issued, in place a 1942 plate was used with a ¾" by 4¾" black on red metal validation strip affixed to the top of a 1942 plate.  The tab read PENNA on the left and 1943 on the right, an expiration date of 3-31-44 was debossed over the serial number in the center.

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

Image added 2/12

 

1944

1 to at least 1844, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Dave Lincoln

from Dave Lincoln

from John Willard

from Jake Eckenrode

 

Image added 3/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 2/12

1945

1 to at least 1977, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from John Willard

from Jake Eckenrode

credit Edward F. Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 2/12 

1946

1 to at least 4178, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from John Willard

 

1947

1 - 9999, A - A999, etc. if needed, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Clayton Moore

from John Willard

 

1948

1 - 9999, A - A999, etc., yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Dave Lincoln

from John Willard

 

 

from Clayton Moore

 

Image added 3/12 

1949

1 - 9999, A - A999, etc., dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".  Final year.

from John Willard

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

 

 

Motorboat (1931 to 1963)

Motorboat plates were first issued in 1931, and were always issued in pairs.  1963 was the last year issued.  See Motorboat Dealer plates next section below.

1931, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PA stacked on right over stacked 2 digit year, color black on yellow, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1932, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PA stacked on right over stacked 2 digit year, color black on white, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1933, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PA stacked on right over stacked 2 digit year, color white on dark maroon or brown, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1934 - 1936, multi-year plate if renewed, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, undated, color black on white, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1937, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1938, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1939, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

 

1940, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color black on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1941, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

 

 

1942, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1943, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color black on yellow, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

 

from simone54

from Jerry McCoy

 

1944, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color red on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1945, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1946, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color blue on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1947, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, 1 to 4 digit plates measure 5⅛" by 9½", 5-digit plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Jerry McCoy

from ebay

 

1948, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Jerry McCoy

source unknown

 

1949, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1950, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color red on white, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1951, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 4½" by 8".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1952, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4½" by 8". 

from Ed Coghill

 

1953, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 4½" by 8". 

 

Early plates, below 9433 (?) were steel.  Later plates above 9432 (?) were fiberboard, only year for non-metallic plates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reverse of above tag.

from Jerry McCoy

from Bob Connison

from Jerry McCoy

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 3/5 

1954, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 4½" by 8". 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1955, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

source unknown

 

1956, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on dark green, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1957, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on blue, plates measure 4½" by 8".

 

 

 

 

 

These are cardboard templates used to facilitate plate mounting.

 

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1959, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4½" by 8".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1960, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on white, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1961, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color yellow on blue, plates measure 4½" by 8".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1962, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on purple, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Ed Coghill

 

1963, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

source unknown

 

 

Motorboat Dealer (1933 or 34 to 1963)

Motorboat Dealer plates were issued as least as far back as 1934, possibly 1933.  1963 was the last year issued.  These plates always employed an 'X' prefix and otherwise are similar to other motorboat plates.

1933 or 1934

Images needed

 

 

1935

Image needed

 

 

1936

Image needed

 

 

1937

Image needed

 

 

1938

Image needed

 

 

1939, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½".

from John Willard

 

1940

Image needed

 

 

1941

Image needed

 

 

1942

Image needed

 

 

1943

Image needed

 

 

1944

Image needed

 

 

1945

Image needed

 

 

1946

Image needed

 

 

1947, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on dark blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9½", 5-digit plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Clayton Moore

 

1948

Image needed

 

 

1949, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1950, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color red on white, plates measure 4½" by 8".

 

from Drewski

 

1951

Image needed

 

 

1952

Image needed

 

 

1953

 

Image needed

 

 

1954

 

Image needed

 

 

1955, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

from Kelly Brewer

 

1956

 

Image needed

 

 

1957

 

Image needed

 

 

1958

 

Image needed

 

 

1959, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1960, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on white, plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

from Drewski

 

1961

 

Image needed

 

 

1962

Image needed

 

 

1963

 

Image needed

 

 

 

Motorcycle (1914 to present)

1914

O1 - O14335, white on black porcelain, PA upper left over stacked 4-digit year, height 4½", length depends on the number of digits, O+1 or 2 digits is 6", O+3 digits is 7", O+4 digits is 8¼", O+5 digits is 8¾".

 

 

from Tim Stentiford

 

1915

O1 - O17245, white on blue porcelain, height 4½", length depends on the number of digits, PA upper left over stacked 4-digit year 

 

from Tim Stentiford

from Harry Campbell

 

1916

1 - 21439, black on orange steel, height 4½", length 6" for 1, 2 & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 21439.

 

from eBay-er bigdon45

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

 

1917

1 - 24567, white on brown, steel, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 24,567.

 

 

 

 

Both 4-digit plates have similar formatting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both 5-digit plates have similar formatting.


 

from eBay-er bigdon45


from Dave Lincoln

from Clayton Moore

 

1918

1 - 26621, white on black steel, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 26,621.

from Jerry McCoy

 

1919

1 - 25760, red on black, steel, height 4½", length 6" for 1 - 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right.

from Harry Campbell

from Dave Lincoln

 

1920

1 - 23,981, white on dark blue, steel, height 4½", length 6" for 1 - 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left.

from Harry Campbell

 

1921

1 - 21111, dark blue on orange steel, height 4½", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 21,111.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1922

1 - 19316, brown on cream, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 19316.

 

from Harry Campbell

from Harry Campbell

 

1923

1 - 19817, yellow on dark blue, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 19817.

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

 

1924

1 - 17540, dark blue on yellow, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 17540.

 

 

 

 

1925

1 - 16122, yellow on dark blue, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, number issued 16122.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1926

1 - 14609, dark blue on yellow, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued 14609.

from Harry Campbell

 

 

 

1927

1 - 99999, yellow/dark blue, painted border, height 4½", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued 14267.

 

from Jerry McCoy

from Harry Campbell

from Clayton Moore

 

1928

1 - 13807, dark blue on yellow, height 4½", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued 13807.

from Harry Campbell

from Jerry McCoy

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1929

1 - 13670, yellow/dark blue, painted border, height 4½", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued approx. 13670.

source unknown

from Harry Campbell

from Dave Lincoln

 

1930

1 - 13223, dark blue/yellow, painted border, height 4½", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued approx. 13223.

from Harry Campbell

 

1931

1 - 9999, A - C106 or beyond, first year to use the alpha-numeric format, yellow/dark blue, painted border, PA upper right over 2-digit year, height 4¼", length 7¾", number issued approx 12,432.

 

from Harry Campbell

 

from Dave Lincoln

from Harry Campbell

 

 

1932

1 - 9999, A - B000 series, dark blue/yellow, painted border, 2-digit year upper right over PA, height 4¼", length 7¾", number issued approx 11,307.

 

from Harry Campbell

 

 

  

1933

1 - 9999, A - B000 series, yellow/dark blue, painted border, PA upper left over 2-digit year, height 4¼", length 7¾", number issued approx 11,541.

from Harry Campbell

 

1934

1 - 9999, A1 - C30?, dark blue/yellow, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8", number issued approx. 12071.

from Harry Campbell

 

1935

1 - 9999, A - A499 or beyond, yellow/dark blue, painted border, 2-digit year upper left over PA stacked lower left, height 45/16", length 7⅞", number issued approx 11731.

from Harry Campbell

 

1936

1 - 9999, A1 - B914, dark blue/yellow, MC stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked on upper right over PA stacked on lower right, all plates 4½" by 8", number issued approx. 11914.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE

from ebay

 

from Harry Campbell

from Tiger Joe Sallmen

 

1937

1 - 9999, A1 - C000 series, yellow on dark blue, height 45/16", length 7⅞", MB stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked upper right over stacked PA lower right.  Number issued approx. 12195.

from Harry Campbell

 

1938

1 - 9999, A1 - B000 series, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".  Number issued approx. 11441.

from Harry Campbell

 

1939

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".  Somewhere between 93-hundred and just under 12-thousand were registered, depending on the source.

 

 

 

 

1940

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".

 

from John Willard

 

 

1941

1 - 9999, A1 - C000, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4½" by 8".  Some 12,275 plates were reportedly registered.

from Harry Campbell

 

 

1942

1 - 9999, A1 - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

 

A - Z999 format needed

 

 

 

1943, 1943 plates were not issued, in place a 1942 plate was used with a ¾" by 4¾" black on read metal validation strip affixed to the top of a 1942 plate.  The tab read PENNA on the left and 1943 on the right, an expiration date of 3-31-44 was debossed over the serial number in the center.

 

from Bob Connison 

 

 

 

1944

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Bob Connison

 

 

1945

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

credit Edward F. Jones

ebay user luv2wheels

 

1946

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Aimee Senott

 

1947

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Harry Campbell

 

 

1948

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

ebay user luv2wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1949

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Chuck Sakryd

 

A - Z999 format needed

 

 

 

1950

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Harry Campbell

from Chuck Sakryd

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

1951

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

 

from Clayton Moore

from Jeff Francis

 

 

 

1952

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image to the right is a sample.

 

from Clayton Moore

 

from John Willard

 

1953

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border,  all plates 4½" by 8".

 

 

from Jeff Hinkle

 

1954

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Dave Lincoln

from Jeff Francis

 

 

Image added 3/12

 

1955

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".  Number registered 24,016.

from Chuck Sakryd

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

1956

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".

from Chuck Sakryd

from Bob Connison

from Jeff Hinkle

from Harry Campbell

 

1957

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".  Approx 25,851 plates issued

from Harry Campbell

 

 

1958 - 1962

1 - 9999, A - Z999, 0A-999Z, 0A00 - 9Z99, 00A0 - 99Z9, not all series were fully utilized, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 58 stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, PENNA in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".  Early plates had slots for renewal tabs on either side of the year.  These were never used, and the tab slots were missing on later issues.  Renewed thru '62 with validation stickers placed in the upper left.

from Tim Gierschick

from Chuck Sakryd

from Jeff Francis

from Jeff Francis

from Jeff Francis

 

1963 Base, revalidated thru 64

1 - 9999, A - Z999, 0A - 999Z, 0A0 - 9Z99, 00A0 - 02M1, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, PENNA in upper map border, all plates 4½" by 8".  Renewed in '64 with validation sticker.  Approx. 81,000 plates issued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 9999 format needed


from Chuck Sakryd


0A - 999Z format needed


 


from Jeff Hinkle

 

1965 Base, undated, revalidated thru '70

1 - 9999, A - Z999, 000A - 999Z, 0A00 - 9Z99, 00A0 - 99Z9, then around 1966, A00 - Z99, 0A0 - 9Z9, 00A - 99Z uncertain, A00A - Z99Z, then around 1967 a 5-character format was used for the first time.  The new format was 0A000 - 7Z396, with the addition of a 5th character the stacked MC was replaced by the word MOTORCYCLE along the lower border of the plate.  All plates had PENNA along top border.  Dark blue/yellow, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, all plates 4½" by 8".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLES

 

1 - 9999 format needed


from ebay

from Dave Lincoln


from Chuck Sakryd


from Clayton Moore


from Chuck Sakryd


from Harry Campbell


from Chuck Sakryd


from Jeff Francis/ebay


from Dave Lincoln

from Dave Lincoln

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971 Base, undated, revalidated thru '76

0A000 - 9Z999, 00A00 - 99Z99, 000A0 - 999Z9, A000A - C034C.  MOTORCYCLE along the upper border, PENNA along lower border, yellow/dark blue, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, see additional details below and in right column.  All plates were 4½" by 8". 

 

SERIES

0A000 - 9Z999

MATERIAL

REVERSE

COLOR

5A537

Steel

Blue

2B565

Steel

Blue

2B636

Steel

Blue

8E111

Steel

Blue

4H553

Steel

Blue

0N243

Steel

Blue

9P518

Aluminum

Blue

2R092

Aluminum

Blue

8R644

Aluminum

Blue

6S517

Aluminum

Blue

2V904

Aluminum

Yellow

All later series were

Aluminum

Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two images are of an inversion error plate.

 

 

From 0A000 to between 0N243 and 9P518, plates were steel, reverse color was blue.

 

 

Image needed

Between 0N243 and 9P518 to  between 6S517 and 2V904 plates went from steel to aluminum, reverse was blue. 

 

Image needed

 

between 6S517 and 2V904  to 9Z99 plates were still aluminum, reverse now yellow

from Chuck Sakryd

00A00 - 99Z99, aluminum, reverse yellow.

from Chuck Sakryd

000A0 - 999Z9, aluminum, reverse yellow.

A000A - C034C, aluminum, reverse yellow.

from Bill Pratt

from Bill Pratt

 

1977 Base, undated, issued thru '85, revalidated thru 2000

0A000 - 9Z999, 00A00 - 99Z99, 000A0 - 999Z9, 0AA0A - , undated map outline, blue on yellow, PENNA along top border and MOTORCYCLE along bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an inversion error plate.

from Jeff Francis

from Chuck Sakryd

from Chuck Sakryd

from Jeff Francis

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 Base, undated, issued thru 2002, revalidated thru '02

0AA0A, map outline base, MOTORCYCLE along the upper border, PENNA along lower border, yellow/dark blue, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, all plates 4½" by 8".    

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

 

1985 Base Vanity, undated, issued thru 2002, revalidated thru '02

Up to 5 characters, letters and/or numbers, a dash or space permitted but not both, map outline base, MOTORCYCLE along the upper border, PENNA along lower border, yellow/dark blue, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, all plates 4½" by 8".

 

 

 

 

 

2001 www base, undated, revalidated thru present

AAA00 to NZZ99, on www base with blue, white, yellow fade bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, size 4" x 7".

 

 

 

2005 visitPA base, undated, revalidated thru present

PAA00 to ZZZ99, then in 2009, 0000A to 7599Z or 7600Z on visitPA base with blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, size 4" x 7".

 

 

 

2010 LiveFreeRideAlive.com base, undated, revalidated thru present

From 7600L or 7601L to between 7499T and 7599T on Live Free base with blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, LiveFreeRideAlive.com screened as bottom legend, size 4" x 7".  This was part of a 60,000 plate run to encourage motorcycle safety.  This series ran from about March or April of 2010 to about August or September of 2011.  Vanities were also produced on this base.

 

 

 

 

2011 visitPA base, undated, revalidated thru present

About August or September 2011, following completion of the 60,000 Live Free plate run, plates returned to the visitPA base from between 7500T and 7600T to 9999Z, then in June 2012 a new serial format was introduced, A0000 to current high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorcycle Dealer (1923 to present)

1923, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

 

1924, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, dark blue on yellow, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

 

1925, X-1 - X-999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, yellow/dark blue, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character.  (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1926

 

Image needed

 

 

1927, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character. (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Jerry McCoy

 

1928,  X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, dark blue on yellow, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character. (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Bob Connison

 

1929, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character. (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Bob Connison

 

1930, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character. (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Bob Connison

 

1931, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, height 4½", PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character. (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Bob Connison

 

1932,  X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, dark blue on yellow, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4½", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character. (6" plates need to be verified.)

from Bob Connison

 

1933, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right on low number plates, 2-digit year upper left over PA lower left on higher number plates, height 4½", length 6" (unconfirmed) for 2-character, 8" for 3 and 4-character plates.

 

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue on yellow, the X dealer designator is gone and replaced by MCD stacked on the right.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper left over PA stacked vertically on the lower left.  All plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Bob Connison

 

1935, serial range 1 to 200; yellow on dark blue, the MCD designator is stacked on the right.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper left over PA stacked vertically on the lower left.  All plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Bob Connison

 

1936, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue on yellow, the MCD designator is stacked on the left.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper right over PA stacked vertically on the lower right.  All plates measure 4½" by 8".

from Bob Connison

from John Willard

 

1937, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow on dark blue, the MCD designator is stacked on the left.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper right over PA stacked vertically on the lower right.  All plates measure 4½" by 8".

from John Willard

from Bob Connison

 

 

1938, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; first year for state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE

from John Willard

from Bob Connison

from Dave Lincoln

 

1939, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.

from John Willard

from Bob Connison

 

 

1940, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.

from John Willard

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

1941, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31-42 has been added to the top border.

from Bob Connison

 

1942, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

credit Edward F. Jones

 

1943, 1943 plates were not issued, in place a 1942 plate was used with a ¾" by 4¾" black on read metal validation strip affixed to the top of a 1942 plate.  The tab read PENNA on the left and 1943 on the right, an expiration date of 3-31-44 was debossed over the serial number in the center.

 

Image needed

 

 

 

1944, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

 

 

1945, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Tim Gierschick

from Tim Gierschick

 

1946, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1947, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

 

 

1948, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

 

 

1949, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 

1950, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell

from Dave Lincoln

 

1951, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 

1952, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

 

 

1953, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 

1954, 1 - 999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.  The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

 

 

1955,  1 - 999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on left over PA, expiry along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Harry Campbell

 

1956, 1 - 999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on left over PA, expiry along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1957, 1 - 999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on left over PA, expiry along top border, MCD stacked on right.

 

 

1958 base used thru '61, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 58 stacked on lower left with tab slots, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.  Renewal stickers were used from '59 thru '61.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1962 base used thru '63, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 62 stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

 

 

 

 

1964, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 64 stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

from Bob Connison

 

Image added 2/26

1965 undated, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

1966, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 66 stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

from Harry Campbell

 

Image added 2/26

 

 

1967, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Clayton Moore

from Jerry McCoy

from Dave Lincoln

from Harry Campbell

 

1968, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

 

1969, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1970, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

 

1971, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

 

1972, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1973, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Jerry McCoy

 

1974, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

 

 

1975, 1000 - below 1325, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", Undated base with 76 sticker,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

 

1976, above 1300 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4½" by 8", Undated base with 76 sticker,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

 

 

 

1977, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1978, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1979 revalidated up 2000-01, 1000 - 6999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4½" by 8", undated, validation stickers were used thru 2000,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

from Clayton Moore

 

1999, issued until mid-06, still current with validation, MCD7000 - MCD9999, on tri-colored www base, plates now measure 4" by 7", undated, renewed with validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA flat screened at top, MCD embossed at bottom.

NOTE: While the designator switched from DLR to MCD, it appears that the numerical sequence continued from the '79 base which ended at 6999 and began anew at 7000.

 

 

 

Mid-2006 to present, MCD000A to current high, on visitPA base, PENNSYLVANIA flat screened at top, MCD embossed at bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle (M.V.) Business

(1966, last issued ~ 1984, revalidated to ~ 2000)

In 1966 a new series of plates was issued called Motor Vehicle Business.  This series continued until about 1984, when it was split into four groups, the largest of which was Repair/Service Towing.  The other three included Salvage Yard, Transporter and Repossessor; however, some of the M.V. Business plates continued to be revalidated until the plate changeover in 1999 or 2000.

There was an earlier series of Dealer plates, sometimes referred to as Transit Dealer plates, the first year of issue is unknown.  They are believed to have been issued at least as far back as 1954 up thru 1965 using a similar format of C00-00A, earlier plates likely did not use a dash.   The meaning of the term Transit Dealer is unknown.

There was also a Miscellaneous Dealer employing an X in the serial.  Again the meaning of the term Miscellaneous Dealer is unknown.  It is also unknown what if any connection there is between the Transit Dealer, the Miscellaneous Dealer and Motor Vehicle Business.

1966, C00-00A to C44-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PA MV BUSINESS 1966 on top.

 

 

1966 plates issued (or renewed) with 67, 68 and 69 stickers.  From at least C45-00C to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PA MV BUSINESS 1966 on top.  The image shown has the 66 covered by the 67 sticker.

 

  1966 with 68 sticker

 

 

 

 

  1966 plate with 69 sticker

 

 

 

 

 

1967, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1967 on top.

John Willard plate

 

 

1968, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1968 on top.

 

 

1969, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1969 on top.

 

 

1970, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1970 on top.

 

 

1971, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1971 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

1972, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1972 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

1973, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1973 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

 

 

1974, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1974 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

1975-76, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, undated, validated with stickers for 75 and 76.

 

 

With 76 sticker

 

 

 

 

1977, C10-000C to C99-999C, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, M.V. BUSINESS 1977 on bottom

 

 

 

 

1978, C10-000C to C99-999C, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, M.V. BUSINESS 1978 on bottom

 

 

1979 to about 1984, C10-000C to C99-999C, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, M.V. BUSINESS on bottom, undated, revalidated with stickers thru 1999 and 2000.

 

 

 

 

Municipal (1971 to present)

VERSION 1: MG-10000 yellow on blue base, MUNICIPAL on top, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

from Tom Perri

from Matt Ciecka

 

 

VERSION 2: MG-00000 to MG-91999 blue on white, PENNSYLVANIA on top, wide MUNICIPAL font on bottom, 1977-1984 issue, type still in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERROR PLATES: MG prefix transposed

from  Klassy Karz

 

 

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

from pl8s.com

 

VERSION 3: From MG-92000 to MG-99999 white on blue PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, wide MUNICIPAL font, addition of sticker well, issued 1984 until c1985-1986.

from Eric Butler

 

 

VERSION 4: 00000-MG to unknown point below 24852-MG white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, narrow MUNICIPAL font.  Issued circa 1985-1986.

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 5: From unknown point below 24852-MG to 99999-MG white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, narrow MUNICIPAL font.  Issued circa 1986 until 2003.

 

 

 

 

VERSION 6: MG-0000A to current high, white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, narrow MUNICIPAL font, 2003 to present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERROR PLATE: No dash separator. 

from Eric Butler

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

Municipal Motorcycle (1974-75 to present)

VERSION 1, 1971 base but first issued in 1974-75 to 1977, MG000 to MG999, yellow on blue, map outline, MUNICIPAL on top border, PENNA on bottom border, plate measures 4½" x 8".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE

 

 

from Dave Lincoln

from Harry Nowak

from Dave Lincoln

 

VERSION 2, issued 1977, believed to be no longer in use, MG000 to MG999, blue on reflective white, map outline,  PENNA on top border, MUNICIPAL on bottom border, plate measures 4½" x 8".

 

 

VERSION 3, 1977 or later, still current, 000MG to 999MG, blue on reflective white, map outline,  PENNA on top border, MUNICIPAL on bottom border, plate measures 4½" x 8".

from Allan Cooper

 

VERSION 4, first issued 1984, still current, MG000 to MG999, reflective white on blue, map outline,  MUNICIPAL on top border, PENNA on bottom border, plate measures 4½" x 8".

 

 

VERSION 5, first issued 2007, still current, MG00A to MG99Z, reflective white on blue, map outline,  MUNICIPAL on top border, PENNA on bottom border, plate measures 4½" x 8".

 

 

 

 

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