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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 N to Z

Plate Type (year first issued)

Description / History

Image

History, comments, what's needed?
National Guard (1930-35 & 1984 to present)

1930, blue on yellow, 1 to 1000 flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, NAT'L GUARD along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

from eBay

 

1931, yellow on blue, 1 to 1000 flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, NAT'L GUARD along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

from Eric Tanner

from C. McCandless

 

1932, blue on yellow, 1 to 1000 flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1932 stacked on right, NAT'L GUARD along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

from Larry Noble

 

1933, yellow on blue, 1 to 1000 flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, NAT'L GUARD along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

 

from Jeff Francis

from Klassy Karz Sarge

 

1934, blue on yellow, 1 to 1000 flanked by keystones, 1934 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, NAT'L GUARD along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jeff Francis

 

1935, yellow on blue, 1 to 1000 flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, NAT'L GUARD along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

The upper two plates are the pair grouped together.  The single 506 plate is one plate by itself.

 

 

 

 

 

The image to the right is a sample plate.

 

 

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

from John Willard

 

There were no National Guard plates issued after 1935 until 1984.

 

1984, yellow on blue base, N/G0001 to N/G2499, sticker well lower left.  Note use of 2 embossed logos.

Top image is a sample plate.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

 

 

2000, www base, N/G2500 to current high, sticker well upper left.  NOTE: In 2000 when this series was replaced, those with NG0001 through NG0020 from the previous issue had the option to keep the same number on the new plates, while all others got new plate numbers starting at NG2500.  No plates from that 1 to 20 series have been documented.

Top image is a sample plate.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

 

 

 

 

Official Use (1926 to present)

It appears that Official plates were first introduced as early as 1924, although some sources suggest 1926.  The 1924 plates likely used the format described below.  The remainder of the early plates thru 1935 followed the format shown in the 1926 and '27 plates shown below.  In 1936 the format changed slightly and the plate legend became Official Use Only.  In 1938 the format changed again with the appearance of the map outline and a return to Official as the legend.  At least from 1940 to 1956 no plates had the term Official on them but there was a reserved block of numbers from the standard passenger series.  In 1957 the legend again became Official Use Only.  Plates were undated and had Pennsylvania within the top border.  This series was used until 1965 or 66.

1924, 0-S to 000-S serial number with a dash separator, the letter S to identify it as a state-owned vehicle, blue on yellow.  PENNA 1924 along the bottom with keystones in the left and right corners.  Plate appears to measure 6" x 12".

Eric Tanner, found an article in the Altoona Mirror of December 13, 1923, describing all of the new code letters for 1924 types: "The numerals on state-owned cars are followed by the letter "S"."

from Eric Tanner

 

1925, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1925 stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.  (unconfirmed)

 

Image needed

 

 

1926, blue on yellow, serial number, PENNA stacked on left, 1926 stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom, flanked by small keystones.

According to the eBay seller, ultrararecollectables, who gave me permission to use the image, it was used by Governor Gifford Pinchot, and the plate was a gift from the Governor to his grandfather who was the caretaker of Grey Towers in Milford, PA at the time. His father received the plate when he passed and the current owner in turn when he passed. There is no further provenance available at this time.  Grey Towers in Milford, PA was the home of Gov. Pinchot.  No plates this far back in history have been documented with the word Governor, so it is entirely possible that the earliest plates, with a legend, used the term Official prior to the use of the word Governor.  Pinchot served as Governor from 1923 to '27 and from 1931 to '35.  For now this plate will be cross listed with Governor plates.

 

from ultrararecollectables

from eBay

 

1927, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1927 stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.

 

from Jerry McCoy

from Clayton Moore

 

1928, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1928 stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.

 

 

from Eric Conner

unknown source

 

1929, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1929 stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.

 

from Jeff Francis

 

1930, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by 2 keystones unless plate is 4-digit in which case the right keystone is dropped, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.

from Eric Conner

 

1931, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1927 stacked  on left, PENNA stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.

 

from Eric Tanner

 

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

from Sarge/Klassy Karz

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front plate

 

 

 

Rear plate

 

from Sarge/Klassy Karz

from Eric Conner

from Clayton Moore

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

 

 

 

 

 

1934

Image needed

 
 

1935, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by 2 keystones, unless plate is 4-digit in which case the right keystone is dropped, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, OFFICIAL along bottom.

 

Image to the right is a sample plate.

 

from Eric Conner

from John Willard

 

1936, blue on yellow, serial number flanked on the left by a keystone stacked over PA, and on the right by a keystone stacked over 36, OFFICIAL USE ONLY along bottom, wide format over 12 inches, the serial number appears to be part of another series.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1937, yellow on blue, map outline, PA OFFICIAL 37 is the legend below top border.  The serial number appears to be part of a reserve block of numbers from the passenger series.  Plate is 6" by 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1938, blue on yellow, map outline, PA OFFICIAL 38 is the legend below top border.  The serial number appears to be part of a reserve block of numbers from the passenger series.  Plate is 6" by 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

Plates from 1939 thru 1956 were from a reserved number block of passenger plates and therefore had no distinguishing features to identify them as Official plates.  Plates all consisted of 5-digit serial numbers.  See http://www.statetrooperplates.com/pennsylvania.html  for a partial listing with images of these plates.

 

1957 to 1965, map outline border.  Plates were undated yellow on blue.  Plate legend was Official Use Only.  Pennsylvania is embossed in top border.  There were three issues.  Early issue (3290) was on steel with early wide dies.  Next plate (4322) was on steel with '57 dies.  Bottom plates (7772, 7823 & 8038) were on aluminum and use '57 dies.  Number range is unknown.

from Norm Ratcliff

from Clayton Moore

from Klassy Karz

from Sarge

 

 

1965 to '67, map outline border.  Plates were blue on yellow.  Plate legend was Official Use Only below top border.  Pennsylvania was embossed within top border.  Serial numbers began at PA-1000 to PA-9999, then 1000-PA to 9999-PA.

from Clayton Moore

 

1968 to '71, used a smaller map outline border to allow an additional digit.  Plates were blue on yellow.  Plate legend was Official Use along top border.  Pennsylvania was embossed above bottom border.  A sticker well with an embossed border was located on the lower left, with a permanent sticker.  Serial numbers began at PA-10000.

Some earlier plates in the 12000 series used a black on red PA over 68 over permanent sticker.  The plate shown here in the 14000 series just has the etched 68 in the sticker well, and the plate in the 20000 series uses a black on red PA over a black state map over permanent.

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1971 to '77, embossed border.  Plates were yellow on blue.  Plate legend was Official Use along top border.  Pennsylvania was embossed above bottom border.  Serial numbers began at PA-10000.

 

 

 

 

 

This plate is believed to be a sample.

 

 

from Sarge/Klassy Karz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 to 1984 but still valid.  Plates were blue on reflective white.  Plate legend was Pennsylvania along top border.  Official Use was embossed above bottom border. 

Plates from PA-10000 to PA-2999 were issued in pairs to passenger vehicles.

Plates from PA-30000 to PA-55999 were issued as single to commercial vehicles


 

 

1985 to 2009, PA-60000 to PA-99999, reflective white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on top, OFFICIAL USE on top, issued 1985 until early 2009.  Issued to commercial vehicles as single plates.

 

 

 

1985 to 2009, 10000-PA to current high, reflective white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, OFFICIAL USE on top, first issue date uncertain, to present.  Issued to passenger vehicles in pairs.

 

from Chuck Harrington

 

 

 

from Ryan Battin

 
2009 - 2010, PA-0000A to PA-1499A, white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, OFFICIAL USE on top. This is a continuation of the 1985 to 2009 commercial plates. Issued to commercial vehicles as single plates.

 

from Bill Stephens

 

2010 - 2011, PA-1500A to PA-2499A. Note the use of COMMERCIAL as the plate legend in place of OFFICIAL USE.  Issued to commercial vehicles as single plates.

 

 

from Jordan Irazabal

 
2011 to present, PA-2500A to current high. Note the dropping of the word COMMERCIAL and return to using OFFICIAL USE.

 

 

 

 

Omnibus (1974, also see BUS history section)

Bus plates were first introduced in 1924.  Prior to that buses were registered as commercial vehicles.  It should be noted that the term omnibus has been associated with buses and bus plates since 1924 when the first bus plates were issued, some plates used the 'O' prefix; however no plates used the tag legend omnibus until this series was introduced around 1974. 

1974, OB-10000 to between OB-24604 and OB-28999 blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator,  PENNSYLVANIA on top, OMNIBUS on bottom, validated with stickers thru 2000.

 

 

1984, from between OB-24605 and OB-27727 to between OB-46670 and OB-49999, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, OMNIBUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on  bottom, validated thru 2000.

 

 

2000, beginning 4/16/2000, OB-50000 to OB-58999, on www base, dash separator, sticker well upper left, tag line OMNIBUS on bottom, font uses a sans serif I.

 

 

From OB-59000 to OB-60999, series uses the serif I on tag line. Other formatting same as 2000 version.

 

 

 

SAMPLE

 

 

 

From OB-61000 to OB-63999, series uses the sans serif I on tag line. Other formatting same as 2000 version. 

 

 

From OB-64000 to OB-68999, uses the serif I on tag line. Other formatting same as 2000 version.

 

 

5/2006, OB-69000 to current high, on visitPA base, keystone separator, tag line font on this type uses a serif I.

 

 

 

Passenger

 

Plate photos in this section are gradually being moved to the new Passenger Plate Page.

 

1970 Passenger

Here is an image of a very unusual passenger plate.  This is believed to be an 'interim' plate used when the blue on yellow '65 plate stock had run out before the new '71 base could be used, which at the time was March 15.  Note the use of a '70 sticker and note this interim plate is on the non-passenger base.  The plate is apparently owned by another ALPCA member who provided the image to Ned.

 

 

 

 

from Ned Flynn

 

1971 & 77 Passenger Vanities

These two Passenger vanity plate images on a '71 base and '77 base came from Eric Conner. Eric has it on good authority that these plates were made for former Governor Milton Shapp, but he has no proof of this. Shapp was governor from 1971 to 1979.

 

 

 

 

1991 Passenger Plates.  Here's a trio of sequential plates ending at ZZZ-999. This was at the point where the sequence switched from a 6-character format to a 7-character format. The 6-character design actually dates back to the '77 (blue on yellow) base when the sequence shown on the right was started at AAA-000 in 1979. The sequence then continued on the '83 base with the starting point being HAA-000 which ran until the series was exhausted. 

 

 

 

 

 

After the ZZZ-999 plate came the 7-character AAA-0000 on the right.  This new series came about during 1991.  This alpha-numeric series is still in use today.

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown Sample.  Little is known about this unique sample although its formatting is similar to above plates.

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

Permanent Trailer (1997 to present)

VERSION 1: PT-00000 to PT-99999 (actual high unknown), yellow on blue base, PERM-TRAILER on top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no validation stickers, valid thru changeover in 4/2001.

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

 

 

 

VERSION 2: First issued 4/16/2001, PT-0000A to PT-9999K, on www base, PERM-TRAILER on bottom.

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 2

from Jim Moini

 

 

VERSION 3: First seen ~ 3/07, PT-0000L to current high on visitPA base, keystone separator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Photographer (1956 to present)

Found this piece of license plate history recently in the PA state archives. On February 10, 1956, Governor George M. Leader signed the Press Photograph License Plate Bill along with Secretary Gleason, Pat Cahill, Paul Vathis and Tom Leask. This enabled the issuing of Press Photograph License Plates beginning 1956.

 

Chuck Harrington indicated that during the Governor Leader tenure (1/55 - 1/59) legislation was passed to make the Press Photographer plates part of the vehicle code.  A Press Photographer prototype with a silk screened PP inside the keystone was made as a test on the '58 base.  Plate type always issued in pairs. 

VERSION 1: 1956

from eBay

 

VERSION 2: 1957

from eBay

 

VERSION 3: 1958 thru 1963

from eBay

 

VERSION 4: Suburban, 1960 thru 1963

Used on station wagons.

 

from John Willard

from John Willard

from Chuck Harrington

 

VERSION 5: 1964

 

 

from eBay

 

VERSION 6: 1965 thru 1970

unknown source

 

VERSION 7: 1971 thru 1976

from Mike Sells

from Ed Coghill

 

VERSION 8: 1977 thru 2001 unless replaced by a later base.

 

 

from Chuck Harrington

from Chuck Harrington

 

VERSION 9: Error plates.  For those who had the 77 base and wished to update to the 85 yellow on blue base, plates were issued with PP + the large keystone + the number, however, the formatting of these plates was in error.  Most of these plates were recalled.  Information from Chuck Harrington.

from Chuck Harrington

from Chuck Harrington

 

VERSION 10: This is the corrected formatting for the plates above.  Note the use of the PP within the keystone.  Information from Chuck Harrington.

 

from Chuck Harrington

 

VERSION 11: This formatting with Pennsylvania on the bottom is what identifies this plate as a different version, however, Press Photographer plates traditionally started at PP10 and never progressed beyond the a 3-digit number. This plate, and another below, shows a departure form the norm.  No other plates are known to exist with such a low number.  Theses plate may have been a favor or special request.  Information from Chuck Harrington.

from Sol Bress

from Alec Hussey

 

VERSION 12: Beginning 6/11/2000 replacement by number, to current high.

from Sol Bress

from Nick Santiago

 

VERSION 13: Beginning at about PP800, on visitPA base.

NOTE: There may also be a remake of an earlier plate.

 

from Ryan Battin

 

 

Repair / Service Towing (1984 to present)

History:  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 (sometimes referred to as Financier or Collector-Repossessor).  Each of these new types had their own distinctive prefix.  RS & RT for Repair/Service Towing which was abbreviated REP / SER TOWING and later shortened to REPAIR TOWING.  Salvage Yard used a WL prefix, while Transporter and Repossessor used DT and RE respectively.  Some years later (1995) Watercraft Trailer Dealers also became part of this group.  These plates use a WD prefix.

VERSION 1: First issued around 1984, RS-00000 to between RS-01599 and RS-02299, yellow on blue, REP / SER TOWING on top which is screen printed, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no sticker well, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

VERSION 2: From between RS-01600 and RS-02300 to between RS-14999 and RS-16999, REP / SER TOWING on top which is now embossed, Pennsylvania on bottom now uses the "You've got a friend" font, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

VERSION 3: From between RS-15000 and RS-17000 to between RS-25999 and RS-29999, REP / SER TOWING on top which, still embossed, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom now reverts back to standard font, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

VERSION 4: From between RS-26000 and RS-30000 to unknown series high, REPAIR TOWING on top, note change in legend, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

VERSION 4: Sample

 

from Paul Bagnarol

 

VERSION 5: From RT-20000 to RT-46999, on www base with dash separator, REPAIR TOWING on bottom in narrow font, sticker well upper left.  Plate series RT-00000 to RT-19999 reserved for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

 

VERSION 6: From RT-47000 to RT-48999, same as Version 5 but with wider tag legend as used on Version 7, sticker well upper left.

 

 

VERSION 7: RT-49000 to current high, switched to visitPA base with keystone separator and wide legend, sticker well upper left.

 

 

 

 

Repossessor (1984 to present)

History: 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 (sometimes referred to as Financier or Collector-Repossessor). Each of these new types had their own distinctive prefix. RS & RT for Repair/Service Towing which was abbreviated REP / SER TOWING and later shortened to REPAIR TOWING. Salvage Yard used a WL prefix, while Transporter and Repossessor used DT and RE respectively. Some years later (1995) Watercraft Trailer Dealers also became part of this group. These plates use a WD prefix.

VERSION 1: First issued around 1984, RE-00000 to changeover point possibly at RE-00499, yellow on blue, REPOSSESSOR on top which is screen printed, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no sticker well, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

VERSION 2: Changeover possibly at RE-00500 to unknown high below RE-00785, yellow on blue, REPOSSESSOR on top which is now embossed, dash separator, Pennsylvania on bottom now uses the "You've got a friend" font, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

VERSION 3: From between RE-00524 and RE-00784 to unknown high, REPOSSESSOR embossed on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom now reverts back to standard font, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 4: From RE-05000 to current high, on www base with dash separator, REPOSSESSOR embossed on bottom, sticker well upper left.

 

 

 

 

Salvage Yard (1984 to present)

History: 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 (sometimes referred to as Financier or Collector-Repossessor). Each of these new types had their own distinctive prefix. RS & RT for Repair/Service Towing which was abbreviated REP / SER TOWING and later shortened to REPAIR TOWING. Salvage Yard used a WL prefix, while Transporter and Repossessor used DT and RE respectively. Some years later (1995) Watercraft Trailer Dealers also became part of this group. These plates use a WD prefix.

VERSION 1: First issued around 1984, WL-00000 to between WL-01499 and WL-03599, yellow on blue, SALVAGE YARD on top which is screen printed, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no sticker well, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

from George Kunsman

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 2: From between WL-01500 and WL-03600 to WL-09197 or higher.  SALVAGE YARD on top is now embossed, Pennsylvania on bottom now uses the "You've got a friend" font, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

from Lee Madigan

 
NOTE: It is unknown if there was a yellow on blue base after Version 2 which used the standard font for the state name.  If so, it would likely have been above WL-10000 such as Version 3 of Rep / Ser Towing.

VERSION 3: From WL-15000 to WL-22999, on www base with dash separator, SALVAGE YARD embossed on bottom, sticker well upper left.

 

 

VERSION 4: From WL-23000 to between WL-23449 and WL-23749, switched to visitPA base but with dash separator, sticker well upper left.

from Tom Perri

 

VERSION 5: From between WL-23500 and WL-23750 to current high, on visitPA base now with keystone separator, sticker well upper left.

 

 

 

 

 

School Bus (1956 to present)

1956, 0000 to 9999, yellow on blue, wide border map outline, expiration date 6-30-57 in upper border, PA SCHOOL BUS under top border, year diagonally stacked on left, wide dies.

 

 

1957, 0000 to 9999, blue on yellow, narrower  map border outline than Version 1, expiration date 6-30-58 in upper border, PA SCHOOL BUS under top border, year diagonally stacked on left, narrower dies.

 

1958 to 63, 0000 to 9999, then 10000 to unknown high, yellow on blue, narrower map border outline than 1957, PA SCHOOL BUS 58 on top, tab slot on 4-character plates no slot on 5-character plates, validated with stickers thru '63.

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE, 58 base, without tab slot

 

 

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1964 - 67, 0000 to to unknown 5-digit high, yellow on blue, same map border outline as 1958, PA SCHOOL BUS 64 on top, validated with stickers thru '67.

 

 

 

1968, SA-10000 to >SA-28999, 68 base, blue on yellow, narrow  map border outline, keystone separator, SCHOOL BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left with border, validated with stickers thru '71.

 

1972, SA-10000 to >SA-39999, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, 72 lightly etched in upper left well, keystone separator, SCHOOL BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, validated with stickers thru '76.

 

1977 - '92 or '93, SB-10000, blue on yellow, sticker wells upper left & right, keystone separator, SCHOOL BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, validated with stickers thru 2000 or 2001.

 

 

VERSION 9, 92/93? SB, number series is a continuation of the previous version, yellow on blue, sticker well lower left, SCHOOL BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, validated with stickers thru 2000 or later.

 

VERSION 10, 6/2000, SC-00000 to SC-05499 or more likely SC-05999, on www base with small keystone separator, tag line font has slightly wider characters than the FORMAT 2 plate.

 

SAMPLE, 2000 (www) Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Font comparison

VERSION 10 and

VERSION 11

VERSION 11, 2000, From SC-05500 or more likely SC-06000 to SC-46999, on www base with small keystone separator, tag line font has slightly narrower characters than the FORMAT 1 plate.

 

VERSION 12, 8/2006, From SC-47000 to current high, on visitPA base with larger keystone separator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE, 71 Base, does not correspond to any issued plate.

 

 

 

 

 

School Vehicle (1993 to present)

VERSION 1, SV10000 to unknown high but under SV14000

NOTE: Some pre-www plates are still in use into 2010-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 1

from Ed Coghill

from Ed Coghill

 

 

 

VERSION 2: SV14000 to SV14499, on www base, narrow font on tag line, no separator.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

VERSION 3: SV14500 to SV17499

On www base, wide font on tag line, no separator.

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE of Version 3

 

 

 

VERSION 4: SV17500 to SV17799

On visitPA base, wide font on tag line, no separator, changeover to this type spotted 11/3/05.

 

 

 

VERSION 5: SV17800 to SV19799

On visitPA base, narrow font on tag line, no separator.  Added 7/17/07.

 

 

 

VERSION 6: SV-19800 to SV-20249?

On visitPA base, wide font on tag line, and keystone separator.  Added 1/20/09.

 

 

Same format as above plate.

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

VERSION 7: SV20250? to SV20750?

On visitPA base, wide font on tag line, without keystone separator.  Added 11/12/09.

 

 

 

VERSION 8: SV-20750(?) to SV-21249(?)

On visitPA base, wide font on tag line, with keystone separator.  Appears to be same as Version 6.  Added 5/16/10.

 

 

from Steve Ondik

 

VERSION 9: SV21250(?) to SV21999(?)

On visitPA base, wide font on tag line, without keystone separator.  Appears to be same as Version 7.  Added 3/27/11.

 

 

VERSION 10: SV-22000(?) to current high

On visitPA base, wide font on tag line, with keystone separator. Appears to be same as Version 6 & 8.  Added 3/11/12.

Vehicle Code Reference

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

Snowmobile Dealer (1974 to present)

1974 only, 0000 to unknown high likely under 3000, issued in pairs, white on blue, SNOWMOBILE on top border, PENNA on bottom border, 74 stacked on left side, DLR stacked on right, plate measures 4" x 8", same as motorcycle plates of the era.

 

1975 to the present, 3" by 5" vinyl sticker on plastic, colors vary by year, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SNOWMOBILE on bottom, the year stacked vertically on left and DEALER stacked vertically on right.

 

 

1976

 

 

1977

 

 

2005

 

 

 

Special Mobile (Equipment) (1984 to present)

When Tractor (TR) plates were discontinued about 1984, they were replaced either by Implement of Husbandry (IMP) or Special Mobile Equipment (SME) plates, depending on their use.

VERSION 1, 1984, SME-0000 to SME-9999, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, SPECIAL MOBILE on top, Pennsylvania at bottom uses the "You've got a friend" font. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

 

VERSION 2, 0000-SME to 4402-SME or below where Pennsylvania switches to block letters, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, SPECIAL MOBILE on top, Pennsylvania at bottom uses the "You've got a friend" font. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

from Lee Madigan

 

VERSION 3, from 4402-SME or below to where PENNSYLVANIA switches to block letters to 9999-SME, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, SPECIAL MOBILE on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

VERSION 4, SME-000A to SME-999C, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, SPECIAL MOBILE on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

 

VERSION 5, 4/2000, SME-000D to SME-999Z, www base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SPECIAL MOBILE on bottom with wide font.

 

 

VERSION 6, 8/2013, A000-SME to current high, visitPA base, sticker well upper left, separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SPECIAL MOBILE on bottom with wide font.

from Ryan Battin

 

 

State Representative (1957 to present)

After 1935, Legislative plates were not issued again until 1957.  Beginning with 1957, Legislative plates were divided into State House of Representatives and State Senate.  Click link to view early Legislative plates.

1957 House of Representatives, blue on yellow, map outline, 1957 PENNA below top border, expiration date in top border.  Serial number used HR in prefix and likely in suffix position also.

unknown source

 

1958 - 1964 House of Representatives, yellow on blue, map outline, PA 58 below top border, originally to be revalidated with a metal tab, annual stickers were used instead.  Early plates had tab slot.  Serial number used HR in prefix or suffix position also.

from Lee Madigan

from Eric Conner

 

1965 - 1970 House of Representatives, could be revalidated to 1970, blue on yellow, map outline, undated, PENNSYLVANIA below top border.  Serial number uses HR with keystone separator in prefix and likely in suffix position also.

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

 

1966 - 1970 House of Representatives, blue on yellow, map outline, undated plate used validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA within top border and LEGISLATOR below top border.  Serial number used HR within keystone in prefix and likely in suffix position also.  Some plates use a keystone separator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This LEGISLATOR PA 0 has the Keystone / PA indicator that would normally only be seen on a State Senator plate.  This plate may have been produced as a test plate, or possibly a sample that was not formatted correctly.

plate source unknown

plate source unknown

from Kyle Kuser

 

 

1971 - 1976 House of Representatives, yellow on blue, undated plate used validation stickers, LEGISLATOR below top border and PENNSYLVANIA above bottom border. Serial number uses HR within keystone in prefix and likely in suffix position also.

from Eric Conner

from Clayton Moore

from Matt Boyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 2/26

 

1977 - 1983 House of Representatives, undated, could be revalidated thru 1999/2000 with stickers, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA below top border and LEGISLATOR above bottom border. Serial number used HR within keystone in prefix and in suffix position.

plate source unknown

from Lee Madigan

Reverse order image needed

 

 

 

1984 - 1999 House of Representatives, yellow on blue, undated plate used validation stickers, REPRESENTATIVE below top border and PENNSYLVANIA above bottom border. Serial number uses HR within keystone in prefix or suffix position also.

Plate to right is a sample.

from Lee Madigan

Reverse order image needed

 

 

 

1999 - 2004 House of Representatives, undated www base, uses validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA screened along top border, REPRESENTATIVE embossed along bottom border (wide and narrow fonts), serial number uses HR within a keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.  Plates still in use.

 

 

 

from Tom Perri

 

 

2005 House of Representatives, undated visitPA base, uses validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA screened along top border, REPRESENTATIVE embossed along bottom border, serial number uses HR within a keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.  Plates still in use.

from Tom Perri

from Tom Perri

 

 

State Senator (1957 to present)

After 1935, Legislative plates were not issued again until 1957.  Beginning with 1957, Legislative plates were divided into State House of Representatives and State Senate.  Click link to view early Legislative plates.

1957 Senator

Image needed

 

 

1958 - 1964 Senator, yellow on blue, map outline, PA 58 below top border, originally to be revalidated with a metal tab, annual stickers were used instead.  Early plates had tab slot.  Serial number used PA in prefix or suffix position and senatorial district number.

The image to the right, PA57, is likely a retired senator plate since the number is above 50, the number of senatorial districts.

from Eric Conner

from Lee Madigan

 

1965 - 1970 Senator, could be revalidated to 1970, blue on yellow, map outline, undated, PENNSYLVANIA below top border.  Serial number uses PA with keystone separator in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.

from Eric Conner

from Michael Wiener

 

 

 

 

1966 - 1970 Senator,  blue on yellow, map outline, undated plate used validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA within top border and SENATOR below top border.  Serial number used PA within keystone in prefix and likely in suffix position also.  Some plates may have used a keystone separator.

Jake Eckenrode plate

 

1971 - 1976 Senator, yellow on blue, undated plate used validation stickers, SENATOR below top border and PENNSYLVANIA above bottom border. Serial number uses PA within keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.

Jake Eckenrode plate

from Eric Conner

from Clayton Moore

 

1977 - 1983 Senator, undated, could be revalidated thru 1999/2000 with stickers, blue on yellow,  PENNSYLVANIA below top border and SENATOR above bottom border. Serial number used PA within keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.

from Michael Wiener

from Clayton Moore

 

1984 - 1999 Senator, yellow on blue, undated plate used validation stickers, SENATOR below top border and PENNSYLVANIA above bottom border. Serial number uses PA within keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.

from ebay

 

 

1999 - 2004 Senator, undated www base, uses validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA screened along top border, SENATOR embossed along bottom border, serial number uses PA within a keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.  Plates still in use.

 

 

 

 

from Eric Conner

 

2005 - Senator, undated visitPA base, uses validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA screened along top border, SENATOR embossed along bottom border, serial number uses PA within a keystone in prefix and in suffix position and senatorial district number.  Plates still in use.

from Eric Conner

from Tom Perri

 

 

Suburban (1960 - 64)

These were multi-year plates, renewable with annual stickers, and were used on station wagons at the time, a term more likely today would be an SUV or crossover, although PennDOT still uses the term SW (station wagon) as a type of vehicle.  They all had the characteristic Q in the serial number, except for Amateur Radio and Press Photographer plates.  Plate legend PA SUBURBAN 60, all 6-character plates used a small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.

Plate sequences according to the ALPCA Archives:

Q100 to Q99-999

 

 

 

0Q00 to 9Q9-999,

 

 

 

 

 

00Q0 to 99Q-999

 

 

 

 

000Q to 999-Q99,

 

 

 

0000Q to 999-9Q9

 

 

 

 

000-00Q to 999-99Q,

 

 

 

 

QA0-000 to QZ9-999,

 

 

 

Q0A-000 to Q4C-280

 


from John Willard





from John Willard



from John Willard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amateur Radio Suburban

Plate legend PA SUBURBAN 60.  Serial number was FCC call sign, W or K usually followed by 3, then 2 or 3 letters.

 

 

 

Press Photographer Suburban

Plate legend PA SUBURBAN 60.  Serial numbers came from the Press Photographer series, always PP followed by 1 to 3 numbers.

from John Willard

from John Willard

from Chuck Harrington

 

 

Superior Court (1980s -90s?)

This plate type has an interesting history; it is unknown when the plate type was first issued, but I saw one in 1997 unfortunately no picture.  That plate was yellow on blue and had SUPR as a prefix followed by a one or two-digit number like 4 or 04.  Then in September of 1999 the plates were reissued on the www base.  Plate were reissued on a number for number basis using the same format as the previous issue.  Then in February 2002 the plates were redesigned and reissued in the current format.  It is unknown how many of these plates are in use, but the series is reserved from S/C01 to S/C30.

1980s -90s, starting year unknown, SUPR1 to SUPR25 and 1SUPR to 25SUPR, yellow on blue, SUPERIOR COURT on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

Images

needed

 

1999 Superior Court, SUPR1 to SUPR25 and 1SUPR to 25SUPR, www base, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SUPERIOR COURT on bottom.

 

Images

needed

 

2002 Superior Court, www base, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SUPERIOR COURT on bottom S/C01 to S/C30 some with state coat of arms.  Also SCPJ1, for President Judge, with state coat of arms..

from Ned Flynn

from Tom Perri

from Tom Perri

from Ned Flynn

edited by Jim Moini

 

 

Supreme Court (1984)

1984 Supreme Court, SCJ-1 to SCJ-25 and 1-SCJ to 25-SCJ, starting year unknown, yellow on blue, You've Got a Friend in on top, Pennsylvania on bottom.

from ALPCA Archives

 

1987 Supreme Court, SCJ1 to SCJ25 and 1SCJ to 25SCJ, yellow on blue, state coat of arms, SUPREME COURT on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

Sample

 

from Michael Wiener

from Paul Bagnarol

 

2001 Supreme Court, issued on a number for number basis beginning 1/2001, www base, SCJ1 to SCJ25 and 1SCJ to 25SCJ, PENNSYLVANIA on top (screened) and SUPREME COURT on bottom embossed.

 

 

 

Taxi (1977 to present)

Prior to 1977 taxi vehicles used bus plates.

1977, TX-10000 to TX-24999, in actuality plates were issued up to TX-17634, or possibly higher, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator,  PENNSYLVANIA on top, TAXI on bottom, validated with stickers thru 1984(?)

 

 

 

1984, TX-25000 to TX-34999, in actuality plates were issued up to around TX-31821, or possibly higher, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, TAXI on top, PENNSYLVANIA on  bottom, validated thru 2000.

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE

from Clayton Moore

from Jay Embee

from Paul Bagnarol

 

3/2000, TX-35000 to TX-38999, www base, sticker well upper left, plate legend font on this type uses a sans serif I.

 

 

From TX-39000 to TX-45999, www base, sticker well upper left, plate legend font on this version uses a serif I.

 

 

 

2007, from TX-46000 to current high, visitPA base with keystone separator, sticker well upper left, plate legend font on this version uses a serif I.

 

 

 

 

Tractor (1914 - 1977, revalidated to 1984)

Tractor plates were first issued in 1914, and used an E prefix, standing for Engine until 1927, from 1928 to 1933 a TE prefix, meaning Traction Engine, was used.  Then the prefix was removed and the word TRACTOR was used as the legend until the discontinuation of tractor plates after 1983.  Both the 1971 and 77 bases used the prefix TR.  In 1984 tractor plates were replaced by two different types.  If the tractor was used for industrial purposes, it received a Special Mobile Equipment (SME) plate.  If the tractor was used for agriculture, the vehicle was issued an Implement of Husbandry (IMP) plate.  There has been a proliferation of SME plates and profound scarcity of IMP plates.  As of the end of 2011 there were 24,367 SME plates in use and 216 IMP plates.

1914, E1 to E9999, actual high unknown but less than 1350, white on black porcelain, left side has legend PENNA over 1914 over TRACTOR, width depends on number of characters.  Plates with E+1 digit are 6" x 8"; E+2 digits are 6" x 10"; E+3 digits are 6" x 12"; E+4 digits are 6" x 14".  This was the only year that plates were issued in pairs.


 

from Matthew Lerch

& Martha Kohl

anonymous eBay user

 

from Dave Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to watch YouTube video

1915, E1 to E9999, actual high unknown, white on light blue porcelain, left side has PENNA over1914 over TRACTOR, width depends on number of characters.  Plates with E+1 digit are 6" x 8"; E+2 digits are 6" x 10"; E+3 digits are 6" x 12"; E+4 digits are 6" x 14".

from Tim Gierschick

unknown source

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

1916, E1 to E9999, actual high unknown, black on orange, all plates were embossed & painted, left side has PENNA over1916 over TRACTOR, width depends on number of characters.  Both of these plates seem to be the same size at approximately 6" x 14" which differs the the size shown in the archives.

 

from Clayton Moore

from Tim Gierschick

 

1917, E1 to E9999, actual high unknown, white on brown, left side has PENNA over1917 over TRACTOR, size appears to be the same at 6" x 14" regardless of the number of characters.

 

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1918, E1 to E9999, actual high unknown, white on black, left side has PENNA over1918 over TRACTOR, width depends on number of characters.  E+4 digits are 6" x 16".

 

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1919, E1 to E9999, actual high unknown, red on black, right side has PENNA over1919 over TRACTOR, width depends on number of characters.  E+ 1 or 2 digits are 6" x 10", E+3 digits are 6" x 13"; E+4 digits are 6" x 16".

from Clayton Moore

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

 

1920, E1 to E999, E1-000, etc, actual high unknown, white on black embossed & painted, legend PENNA TRACTOR 1920 along lower border of plate.  Size is 6" x 16".

 

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1921, E1 to E999, E1-000, etc, actual high unknown, black on yellow, legend PENNA TRACTOR 1921 along lower border of plate.  Size is 6" x 16".

 

from Tim Gierschick

from Tim Gierschick

 

1922, E1 to E999, E1-000, etc., actual high unknown, brown on cream, legend PENNA TRACTOR 1922 along lower border of plate.  Size is 6" x 16".

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

 

1923, E1 to E999, E1-000, etc., actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA TRACTOR 1923 along lower border of plate.  Size is 6" x 16".

from Jordan Irazabal courtesy of Pl8source

from Tim Gierschick

 

1924, E1 to E999, E1000, etc., actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA 1924 along lower border of plate flanked by keystones.  Size of plates shown here appear to be 6" x 10" for the E+3, and 6" x 12" for the E+4.

 

 

from Jerry McCoy

from Tim Gierschick

 

1925, E1 to at least E1722, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend 1925 PENNA flanked by small keystones along lower border of plate.  The plate pictured here appears to measure 6" x 13". E+1 and E+2 likely measured 6" x 10", and E+3 likely measured 6" x 12".

from Aimee Senott

from Clayton Moore

 

1926, E-1 to E-999, then E1-000, etc., actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend 1926 PENNA along bottom flanked by keystones in the lower corners.  Plates were likely 6" x 12" for E+1, 2 or 3 digits; 6" x 13" for E+4 digits.

from Tim Gierschick

 

1927, E-1 to E-999, then E1-000, etc., actual high at least E4-199, yellow over dark blue, legend 1927 PENNA along top flanked by keystones.  Plates were likely 6" x 10" for E+1, 2 or 3 digits; 6" x 13" for E+4 digits.

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1928, TE-1 to TE-999, then TE1-000, first year for TE (Traction Engine) also TE is smaller than numbers, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA 1928 along top flanked by keystones in the upper corners.  Plates were likely 6" x 15"

from Tim Gierschick

 

1929, TE-1 to TE-999, then TE1-000, yellow over dark blue, legend 1929 PENNA along top, flanked by keystones in the upper corners, width 6" x 15".

 

from John Willard

 

1930, TE-1 to TE-999, then TE1-000, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA 1930 along bottom flanked by keystones in the lower corners, width 6" x 15".

 

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1931, TE-1 to TE-999, then TE1-000, yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA 1931 along bottom, flanked by keystones in the lower corners, width 6" x 15".

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

 

1932,TE-1 to TE-999, then TE1-000, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA 1932 along top, flanked by keystones in the upper corners, width 6" x 15".

 

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1933, TE-1 to TE-999, then TE1-000, yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA 1933 along top, flanked by keystones in the upper corners, width 6" x 15".

from Tim Gierschick

from Dave Lincoln

 

1934, 1 to unknown high, dark blue over yellow, legend 1934 stacked on left, TRACTOR flanked by keystones along bottom, PENNA stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from eBay

from Clayton Moore

from Tim Gierschick

 

1935, 1 to 4699 (authorized high), yellow over dark blue, legend 1935 stacked on left, TRACTOR flanked by keystones along bottom, PENNA stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image to the right is a sample plate.

 

 

from Woreks Wares Millerstown PA

Unknown possibly eBay

from John Willard

 

1936, 1 to unknown high, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA stacked on left, TRACTOR flanked by keystones along top, 1936 stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

 

 

 

Image to the right is a sample plate.

from Tim Gierschick

from Tim Gierschick

from John Willard

 

1937, 1 to unknown high, yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA stacked stacked on left, TRACTOR flanked by keystones along top, 1937 stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

 

1938, 0001 to unknown high, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, top legend 38, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

Image to the right is a sample.

from Clayton Moore

from Paul Bagnarol

 

1939, 0001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, top legend 39, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1940, 0001 to unknown high, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, top legend 40, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Tim Gierschick

 

1941, 0001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, top legend 41, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Tim Gierschick

from Tim Gierschick

 

1942, 0001 to 9999, A000, the use of the alpha prefix is unconfirmed, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, top legend 42, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-43 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Tim Gierschick

 

43 Validation Tag on 1942 plate, same as '42 plate above but with addition of validation tab.

 

 

1943 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 Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1944, 0001 to 9999, A000, the use of the alpha prefix is unconfirmed, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, top legend 44, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-45 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1945, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, top legend 45, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-46 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

1946, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, yellow
over dark blue, top legend 46, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-47 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1947, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 47 TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-48 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

 

1948, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, yellow
over dark blue, top legend 48, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-49 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Tim Gierschick

from eBay

 

1949, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 49 TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-50 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Tim Gierschick

from eBay

 

1950, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 50, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-51 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Tim Gierschick

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1951, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 51 TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-52 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

from Tim Gierschick

 

1952, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 52, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-53 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

 

1953, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 53 TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-54 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10".

from Clayton Moore

unknown source

 

1954, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 54, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-55 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10".

 

 

from Tim Gierschick

from Clayton Moore

from Julian Marrero

 

1955, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 55, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-56 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10".

 

 

from Tim Gierschick

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1956, 0001 to 9999, A000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 56, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-57 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from Clayton Moore

 

1957, 100000 or 100001 to 136385 state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 57 TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-58 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958 to '64, 100-000 or 100-001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend PA TRACTOR 58, a keystone separator was placed between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Early plates 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.  Later plates did not have the tab slot.  See examples on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

Image to the right is a sample.

from Clayton Moore

 

from Paul Bagnarol

 

1965 to '70, 100-000 or 100-001 to unknown high, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend PA TRACTOR below top border, keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th digit.  A validation sticker was issued for renewal.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Tim Gierschick

from Tim Gierschick

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

1971 to 76, TR-00001 to unknown high, TR prefix, small keystone separator between TR and serial number, yellow over dark blue, legend TRACTOR along top border, PENNSYLVANIA along bottom border.  Sticker wells upper left and right, lightly debossed 71 in left sticker well.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

Image to the right is a sample.

 

 

 

1977 to 1983, TR-00001 to unknown high, TR prefix, small keystone separator between TR and serial number, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA along top border, TRACTOR along bottom border.  Sticker wells upper left and right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

 

 

Tractor Dealer (1915 or '16 to 1984)

It was generally thought that Tractor Dealer plates were first issued in 1916, however, Eric Tanner has suggested that 7 Tractor Dealer plates were issued in 1915.  Unfortunately is it unknown if the plates were issued as part of the regular Dealer plate series, or if they were actually Tractor Dealer plates.  My own research suggests that the vehicle registration records for 1915 are no longer in existence.  The answer to this question may lie within these records.

1916, TX0, black on orange, legend PENNA over 1916, over DEALER, plates measure 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1917, TX0, TX00, white on brown, legend PENNA over 1917, over DEALER, plates measure 6" x 13".

 

Image needed

 

 

1918, TX0, TX00, white on black, legend PENNA over 1918, over DEALER, plates measure 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1919, TX0, TX00, TX000 red on black, legend on right side PENNA over 1919, over DEALER, plates measure 6" x 16".  It is not known if shorter lengths were used for TX+1 or 2 digit serial numbers.

from Robert Rosengarten

 

1920

 

Image needed

 

 

1921

 

 

Image needed

 

 

1922, TX0, TX00, brown on cream, legend PENNA over 1922, TRACTOR DEALER along bottom, plates measure 6" x 16".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1923

 

Image needed

 

 

1924

 

 

Image needed

 

 

1925, TX-0, TX-00, yellow over dark blue, legend 1925 PENNA flanked by keystones along bottom, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1926,TX-0, TX-00, dark blue over yellow, legend 1926 PENNA flanked by keystones along bottom, plates measure 6" by 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1927

 

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1928

 

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1929

 

 

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1930, TX-0, TX-00, dark blue over yellow, legend 1930 PENNA flanked by keystones along bottom, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1931

 

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1932

 

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1933, TX0, TX00, yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA 1933 on top top flanked by keystones.

 

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1934

 

 

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1935, 1 to 29 authorized, plates measure 6" by 12" yellow over dark blue, legend 1935 stacked on left, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on right, TRACTOR DLR along bottom

 

from BMV Plate Design doc

 

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1936, serial unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend TRACTOR DLR along top, PENNA stacked on left, serial number flanked by keystones, 1936 stacked on right.

 

Graphic depiction

 

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1937

 

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1938, TX000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 38, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

Image to the right is a sample plate.

 

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from John Willard

 

1939

 

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1940

 

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1941

 

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1942

 

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1943

 

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1944

 

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1945

 

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1946

 

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1947

 

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1948

 

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1949

 

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1950, TX000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 50, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-51 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

1951

 

 

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1952, TX000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 52, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-53 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10.

from Ed Burr

from John Willard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 1/1 

 

1953

 

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1954

 

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1955, TX000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 52, then TRACTOR flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-53 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10.

 

from old document

 

1956

 

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1957

 

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1958 base revalidated thru '61, TX0-000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend PA, then TRACTOR, then 58.  Early plates had tab slots, later ones did not.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

from Jake Eckenrode

from Jerry McCoy

 

1962 base revalidated thru '63, TX0-000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend PA, then TRACTOR, then 63.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1964, TX0-000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend PA, then TRACTOR, then 64.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from Jake Eckenrode

John Willard plate

from Jerry McCoy

 

1965, undated, TX0-000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend PA, then TRACTOR.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

John Willard plate

from old document

 

1966, TX-0000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend PA, then DEALER then 1966.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from Jake Eckenrode

from old document

 

 

1967, TX-0000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend DEALER then 1967.  PENNSYLVANIA within top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Jeff Lesher

John Willard plate

 

1968, TX-0000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend DEALER then 1968.  PENNSYLVANIA within top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from Mike at pl8source

 

1969, TX-0000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend DEALER then 1969.  PENNSYLVANIA within top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

 

from Jake Eckenrode

John Willard plate

 

1970, TX-0000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend DEALER then 1970.  PENNSYLVANIA within top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

John Willard plate

from Kelly Brewer

from Glenn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from Glenn

Tractor Dealer plates in 1971 used a totally new format of D10-000D and used this format thru the mid-80s and also followed the same minor yearly formatting changes that were seen on other plates in the dealer series, i.e. the years from '71 to '74 had embossed years while plates for '75 and '76 were undated with validation stickers.  Then in 1977 the colors were reversed to blue on yellow and embossed years were used again for '77 and '78.  In 1979 plates were undated and continued to be renewed with stickers up to the time when Farm Equipment Dealer was introduced in 1991.  It should be noted that some time in the mid-80s the A-series New Car Dealer and B-series Used Car Dealer plates were running out of numbers so the D (tractor), E (trailer) and eventually the F series plates were assigned as needed and the letter no longer designated a particular dealer type.

 

1971, D10-000D, new format, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER 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.

 

from Jake Eckenrode

from old document

 

 

1972, D10-000D, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER 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.

 

from Jake Eckenrode

unknown source

 

 

1973, D10-000D, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER 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.

 

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

1974, D10-000D, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER 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.

 

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

1975 - 1976 - two-year undated plate, D10-000D, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER, 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 in sticker wells upper left and right..

Mike at pl8source

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977, D10-000D, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER 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.

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

 

 

1978, D10-000D, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER 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.

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

1979 - 1983, multi-year undated base could be revalidated until 1991 or '92 when Dealer Farm Equipment was released.  Dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER on bottom.  All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.  See information above.

 

 

 

 

 

Trailer (1914 to present)

1914, T1 to unknown high, white on black porcelain, left side has legend PENNA over 1914 over TRAILER, width depends on number of characters.  Plates with T+1 digit are 6" x 8"; T+2 digits are 6" x 10"; T+3 digits are 6" x 12". 

from Harry Nowak

 

 

1915, T1 to unknown high, white on sky blue porcelain, left side has legend PENNA over 1915 over TRAILER, width depends on number of characters.  Plates with T+1 digit are 6" x 8"; T+2 digits are 6" x 10"; T+3 digits are 6" x 12". 

Jake Eckenrode plate

Image from Stephen Tuday

 

 

1916, T1 to at least T427, actual high unknown, black on orange, left side has PENNA over 1916 over TRAILER, width depends on number of characters.  T+3 digits are 6" x 13".

from Judd Clemens

 

1917,T1 to at least T715, actual high unknown, white on brown, left side has PENNA over 1917 over TRAILER, width may depend on number of characters.  According to the pixel count, the plate measures about 6" by 15", but that size is not a listed for that year, the closest size is 6" by 16".

from John Willard

 

1918, T1 to unknown high, white on black, left side has PENNA over 1918 over TRAILER, width depends on number of characters.  This plate is believed to measures 6" by 13".

from John Willard

 

1919, T1 to T9999, actual high unknown, red on black, right side has PENNA over1919 over TRAILER, width depends on number of characters.  T+3 digits are 6" x 13"; T+4 digits are 6" x 16".

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1920

 

 

Images needed

 

 

1921, T1 to unknown high, dark blue over yellow, T prefix and the legend PENNA along the bottom left, TRAILER bottom center and the 4-digit year along the bottom right.  Plates measure 6" by 15" or 16"

from Mike & Ruth Culbert

from John Willard

 

1922, T1 to unknown high, yellow over dark blue, T prefix and the legend PENNA along the bottom left, TRAILER bottom center and the 4-digit year along the bottom right.  Plates measure 6" by 15" or 16"

 

Image needed

 

 

1923, T1 to unknown high, dark blue over yellow, T prefix and the legend PENNA along the bottom left, TRAILER bottom center and the 4-digit year along the bottom right.  Plates measure 6" by 15" or 16"

 

Image needed

 

 

1924, TT prefix, number series uncertain.

 

Image needed

 

 

1925, Likely started at TT1, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend 1925 PENNA flanked by small keystones along lower border of plate.  The plate pictured here appears to measure 6" x 15"; however, other sizes were possible depending on the number of digits.

from John Willard

 

1926, Likely started at TT1, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend 1926 PENNA flanked by small keystones along lower border of plate.  The plate pictured here appears to measure 6" x 15"; however, other sizes were possible depending on the number of digits.

from John Willard

 

1927

 

Image needed

 

 

1928

 

Image needed

 

 

1929, TT-1 to TT1-999, TT is smaller than numbers, yellow over dark blue, legend 1929 PENNA  along top flanked by keystones in the upper corners.  This plate is likely 6" x 15"

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1930, T1 to T9999, no identifying legend except for year and state along bottom flanked by keystones, dark blue on yellow.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from John Willard

from Clayton Moore

 

1931, T1 to T9999, no identifying legend except for year and state along bottom flanked by keystones, yellow on dark blue.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from John Willard

 

1932

 

 

Images needed

 

 

1933, T1 to T9999, no identifying legend except for year and state along top flanked by keystones, yellow on dark blue.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from John Willard

 

1934, 1 to 9999, A to Z999, dark blue over yellow, legend 1934  stacked stacked on left, TRAILER flanked by keystones along top, PENNA stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1935, 1 to 9999, A to Z999, yellow over dark blue, legend 1935  stacked stacked on left, TRAILER flanked by keystones along top, PENNA stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1936, 1 to 9999, A to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA stacked stacked on left, TRAILER flanked by keystones along top, 1936 stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1937, 1 to 9999, A to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA stacked stacked on left, TRAILER flanked by keystones along top, 1937 stacked on right.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from Jordan Irazabal

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1938, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 38, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1939, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 39, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1940, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 40, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1941, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 41, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-42 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1942 & '42 with '43 tab, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 42, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-43 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1943 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 Clayton Moore

 

1944, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 44, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-45 in top border.  Plates measure 5⅞" x 11⅞".

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1945, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 45, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-46 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

1946, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 44, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-47 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1947, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 47, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-48 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

 

 

1948, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 48, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-49 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

 

 

from Clayton Moore

from Clayton Moore

 

1949, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 49, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-50 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

 

1950, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001, if needed, to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 50, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-51 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1951, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 51, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-52 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1952, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 52, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-53 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image to the right is a sample.

from Clayton Moore

from Chuck Sakryd

from Chuck Sakryd

 

from John Willard

 

1953, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 53, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-54 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10".

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1954, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 54, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-55 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 10".

from Clayton Moore

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1955, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 55, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-56 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10".

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

1956, 0001 to 9999, A000 to Z999, 0A00 to 9Z99, 00A0 to 99Z9, 000A to 999Z, 10001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 56, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-57 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1957, 100001 to ~216256, all plates use a 6-digit serial, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 57, then TRAILER flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-58 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1958 to '64, 100-001 to unknown high, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend PA TRAILER 58, first use of a keystone separator which is located between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Early plates had a tab slot to the left of 58 for a renewal tab, this may have been on plates under 275-000.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner in place of the tabs.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

from Clayton Moore

from John Willard

1964 to '67, 100-001 to unknown high above 394-880, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend PA TRAILER 64 below top border, keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th digit.  A validation sticker was issued for renewal.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

 

 

1968 to '71, TA-10000 to unknown high above TH-76947, 68 base, blue on yellow, narrow map border, keystone separator, TRAILER on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left with border, early plates had 68 lightly stamped into the sticker well.

 

 
1972 to '77, TA-10000 to unknown high above TJ-72134, yellow over dark blue, embossed border, TRAILER legend below top border, PENNSYLVANIA above bottom border, small keystone separator between the 2-letter prefix and the 5-digit serial number.  Sticker wells upper left and right corners.

 

 

1978 to ~'84, revalidated until 2000,

TA10000 to TL-13999, blue on yellow, embossed border, PENNSYLVANIA legend below top border, TRAILER legend above bottom border, dash separator between the 2-letter prefix and the 5-digit serial number.  Sticker wells upper left and right corners.

 

 

~1984 to ~'93, revalidated until 2002,

TL-10000 to TZ-99999, however, TR- and TX- were not used for Trailers.  Yellow on blue, dash separator, earliest plates from an unknown point below TL-16365 had PENNSYLVANIA on the top and TRAILER on the bottom.  Sticker well lower left.  Later plates from the changeover to TZ-99999 had TRAILER as top legend, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, yellow embossed border, sticker well lower left.

from Clayton Moore

unknown

 

 

~1993 to 2002, XA-00000 to XJ-99999, yellow on blue, dash separator. TRAILER legend on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, yellow embossed border, sticker well lower left.

 

 

2000 to 2004, revalidated to present

XK-00000 to  XZ-99999, on www base with dash separator

 

from Clayton Moore

 

 

2004 to 2005, revalidated to present

XBA-0000 to XBZ-9999, on www base with dash separator, series began with XBA.  XAA was skipped.  First seen May 2004.

 

 

2005 to present

XCA-0000 to current high, on visitPA base with keystone separator, first reported in early July 2005.

 

 

 

 

Trailer Dealer (1971 to present)

The first Trailer Dealer plates (sometimes referred to as Utility Trailer Dealer) had no distinguishing features except the word DEALER and the E00-000E format. They may have made their debut as early as 1971 and from then thru the mid-80s used the E10-000E format and also followed the same minor yearly formatting changes that were seen on other plates in the dealer series, i.e. the years from '71 to '74 had embossed years while plates for '75 and '76 were undated and used validation stickers.  Then in 1977 the colors were reversed to blue on yellow and embossed years were used again for '77 and '78.  In 1979 plates were undated and continued to be renewed with stickers up to the time that Trailer Dealer plates with that legend were introduced in 1995.  It should be noted that some time in the mid-80s the A-series New Car Dealer and B-series Used Car Dealer were running out of numbers so the D (Tractor), E (Trailer) and eventually the F series plates were assigned as needed and were no longer designated as a particular dealer type.

 

1971

 

 

 

Image needed

 

1972

 

 

 

Image needed

 

 

1973, E10-000E, yellow on blue, DEALER 1973 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

from Clayton Moore

 

1974

 

 

 

Image needed

 

1975 -'76, undated, E10-000E, yellow on blue, DEALER on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, used validation stickers both years.

from Clayton Moore

 

1977

 

Image needed

 

 

1978

 

Image needed

 

 

1979 - '94

from Clayton Moore

 

1995: TD0000D to TD0999D (actual high unknown), yellow on blue base, the TD prefix and D suffix are static non-advancing characters, Trailer Dealer on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no separator used, sticker well lower left.

 

1999: TD1000D to TD9999D (or current high), www base, the TD prefix and D suffix are static non-advancing characters, PENNSYLVANIA on top, Trailer Dealer on bottom, no separator used, sticker well upper left.

 

 

 

 

Transporter (1984 to present)

History: 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 (sometimes referred to as Financier or Collector-Repossessor). Each of these new types had their own distinctive prefix. RS & RT for Repair/Service Towing which was abbreviated REP / SER TOWING and later shortened to REPAIR TOWING. Salvage Yard used a WL prefix, while Transporter and Repossessor used DT and RE respectively. Some years later (1995) Watercraft Trailer Dealers also became part of this group. These plates use a WD prefix.

VERSION 1: First issued around 1984, DT-00000, yellow on blue, TRANSPORTER on top which is screen printed, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no sticker well, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

from Jake Eckenrode

 

VERSION 2: Range unknown but above DT-00100 and below DT-00989.  TRANSPORTER on top is now embossed, Pennsylvania on bottom now uses the "You've got a friend" font, sticker well lower left, valid thru the 1999 plate changeover.

 

Confirmation & Image needed

 

It has not been confirmed that this version was produced  however it was made for Repair / Service Towing, Salvage Yard and Repossessor plates, which are all part of the same family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from Jim Moini

 

 

University of Pittsburgh (official) (starting year unknown to present)

VERSION 1: "U"0000"P" to plate changeover during 9/99. Uses 'title case' on plate legend.  University of Pittsburgh at top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent.

 

 

VERSION 2: "U"0500"P" (reissued 9/99) to format change at or before U1000P. Uses 'title case' on plate legend.   PENNSYLVANIA at top, University of Pittsburgh at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

VERSION 3: From changeover at or before U1000P to U1099P. Uses 'small caps' on plate legend.  PENNSYLVANIA at top, University Of Pittsburgh at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent. Issued in pairs.  Format added 2/08.

 

VERSION 4: From changeover at or before U1100P to current high on visitPA base.  Plate legend format unchanged.  Format added 1/22/10.

 

from Eric Conner

 

 

U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressional and Senatorial plates are not easy to research, nor are images easy to come by.  Additional pictures or information would be appreciated.

It is unknown if this plate type existed on the '57 base.

?

 

1958 - 1964 Member of Congress

 

Image needed

 

 

1965 - 70 Member of Congress, '65 base blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, MC for member of Congress, small keystone separator, then a 1 or 2 digit number.  The opposite configuration with the number followed by MC was also likely possible.  It is unknown if the number stood for the congressional district at the time.

Jake Eckenrode plate

 

1966 - 70 Member of Congress, this plate configuration is unconfirmed but is likely a 1966 update that was seen in other political plates.  PENNSYLVANIA was now embossed in the top border, US stacked, a C and a 1- or 2-digit number.  The U/SC stood for United States Congress.  A reversed configuration, such as 16 U/SC was also likely available.

unknown source

from Barefoot Jaime

 

1971 - 76 Member of Congress, early plate format used the Bicentennial State base, yellow on blue, PENNSYLVANIA along top border and BICENTENNIAL STATE '76 along bottom border, MC then liberty bell then serial number, or in reverse order with serial number first.  Later format PENNSYLVANIA along top border and U.S. CONGRESS along bottom border, serial number had US stacked left of center then number to right.  Also in reverse order with serial number first.  Both variations used two sticker wells upper left and right. 

from Eric Conner

from Barefoot Jaime

from my collection

from Barefoot Jaime

 

1977 - 83 Member of Congress, could be revalidated until 2000, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA along top border and U.S. CONGRESS along bottom border, serial number had US stacked, then C to left of serial number on right.  Also in reverse order with serial number first followed by US stacked, then C.

from Reid Williamson

from Lee Madigan

from Michael Wiener

 

1984 - 99 Member of Congress, could be revalidated until 2000, yellow on blue base, PENNSYLVANIA along top border and U.S. CONGRESS along bottom border, serial number had US stacked left of center then number to right.  Also in reverse order with serial number first.  No sticker wells. 

from Eric Conner

from Eric Conner

unknown source

 

1999 Member of Congress can be revalidated to present.  On www base. U.S. Congress embossed at bottom.  Serial U/SC1 to U/SC19 or C1U/S to C19U/S representing the congressional district.

from Tom Perri

& Jordan Irazabal

from Bill Ceravola

from Tom Perri

& Jordan Irazabal

 

 

U.S. Senate

U.S. Congressional and Senatorial plates are not easy to research, nor are images easy to come by.  Additional pictures or information would be appreciated.

It is unknown if this plate type existed on the '57 base.

?

 

1958 - 1964 U.S. Senate, yellow on blue, map outline, PA 58 below top border, annual stickers were used instead.  Early plates had tab slot.  Serial number used US1 and US2, and likely 1US and 2US for the two U.S. Senate positions.

Jake Eckenrode plate

 

1965 - 1970 U.S. Senate, like other political plates between 1965 and '70 there were at least two versions, with the second version coming around 1966.  It is unknown which of these was first.  Blue on yellow, map outline, annual stickers were used to revalidate.  Serial number used US1 and US2, and likely 1US and 2US, or USS1 and USS2, and likely 1USS and 2USS for the two U.S. Senate positions. 

ALPCA Archives

from David Sampugnaro

Unknown

 

1971 - 1976

 

Image needed

 

 

1977 - 1983

 

Image needed

 

 

1984 - 1999 U.S. Senate

from Eric Getchell

 

1999 - 2004, revalidated to present U.S. Senate

Fax rendering above

Fax rendering above

 

2005 to present U.S. Senate

 

Not known to exist

 

 

 

Watercraft Trailer/Dealer (1995 to present)

1995, WD00000 to plate changeover during 9/99, yellow on blue,  Watercraft Tlr / Dlr top legend, PENNSYLVANIA bottom legend.

 

 

Sample plate is not an accurate representation of an actual plate.

 

Image needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999, WD00500, www base, PENNSYLVANIA screened top legend, Watercraft Tlr / Dlr embossed bottom legend.

 

 

 

 

 

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