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IS PLATE  VANITY ELIGIBLE?

Amateur Radio (1956 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1: On www base, FCC Call Sign, beginning with A, K, N, or W.  Most PA Amateur Radio plates use the number 3 to designate the region.  The N0XOH call letter is used by someone who brought an existing call sign into PA when they moved.  The call letter is N0(zero)XOH.  In PA the number fonts are larger than the letters.  It's hard to distinguish this on the photo.  The WD5INA call is the same situation.

 

If an owner desires a second Amateur Radio plate, it will be issued with the call sign plus a hyphen and the number two (-2).

 




from Bob, KE3AW





 

Link to page on Ham Radio info

 

Not applicable

 

FORMAT 2: On visitPA base.  All other characteristics the same as FORMAT 1.

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 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.

from Jordan Irazabal



from Bruce Bufalini


from Brendan Sherry




from Nick Tsilakis



from Pete, NL7XM


from Pete, NL7XM

     

FORMAT 3: On visitPA base with small map outline and without sticker well.  All other characteristics the same as FORMAT 1.  Variation added 2/11/18.

from Craig Wanner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 5/20

 

 

 

Apportioned Truck (1982 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1: AE-00000 to AF-49999.  Issued beginning in 2000.

On www base, with dash separator.

 

 




 

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 3 below

 

FORMAT 2: AF-50000 to current high Issued beginning mid-2007.

On visitPA base, with keystone separator.  The AG series first seen late May/early June 2012.

 


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin


from Tom Perri

& Jordan Irazabal


from Steve Ondik


from Steve Ondik


from Tom Perri

 

   

FORMAT 3: AG-72500 AG-67500 anticipated with small map outline.

 

 

 

     

VANITY FORMAT: Apportioned Trucks over 14,000 are eligible for personalized registration plate of up 7 characters.

       

 

Circus-Carnival Truck (1990 to present) History Link

FORMAT:

B
Z

01500

 to current high

On www base, with stacked perefix.

 

from Jordan Irazabal


from Tom Perri


 

 

 

No

 

Commercial Implement of Husbandry (1997 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1: CI1500H to current high

On www base, with CI prefix and H suffix.

 



from Tiger Joe Sallmen



from Jordan Irazabal

and Tom Perri

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 2 below

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized, up to 4 characters with CI prefix and H suffix

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Truck (1977 to present)

History Link

FORMAT 1: FM-0000A to FM-9999C



from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 3 below

FORMAT 2: FM-0000D to current high.  On VisitPA base.  First seen around October 2014.

 


from Jordan Irazabal

and Tom Perri


from John Fedorchak

 

 

 

FORMAT 3: Personalized, up to 5 characters with FM prefix

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing Impaired (1987 to present)

History Link

FORMAT 1: HE-03000 to current high

 

 

from Tom Perri



 

 

Yes as configured in Format 2 below

 

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized, up to 5 characters with HE prefix

 

Without HE prefix

from Jordan Irazabal

 

   

 

Implement of Husbandry (1984 to present)

History Link

FORMAT 1: IMP-5000 to current high on www base

 



from Ryan Battin

   

Yes as configured in Format 2 below

 

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized, up to 4 characters with IMP prefix        

 

In God We Trust (2014)

FORMAT 1:

G
T

00001 to

G
T

00134

Only about 12 plates have been issued in this number range suggesting a two-tiered system.

Image Needed  

 

 

 

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 1B below

FORMAT 1A:

G
T

00135 to current high

This is an optional plate.

Type added 11/2/2014

from Dale Bernecker


from Ryan Battin


from Clayton Moore


from Ryan Battin


from Bruce Bufalini

 

 
FORMAT 1B: Personalized, up to 5 characters with stacked GT prefix

from Tom Perri


from Arthur Levine

     

 

Moped (~1977 to present)

History Link

FORMAT 1: BA000 to BM999

on www base

Plate measures 4 x 7




from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 2: BN000 to current high

on visitPA base. Format added 9/21/07

 

 

 




from Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin

 

 

Yes

 

 

Motor Home (1977 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1: HG-00000 to HG-05999

On www base with dash separator, uses a wider legend font than later plates, note the 'M'. 

from Clayton Moore



 

   

No

 

 

FORMAT 2: HG-06000 to HG-99999

On www base with dash separator, uses a narrower legend font than earlier plates, note the 'M'

 




 

 

 

 

 

   

FORMAT 3: HH-00000 to current high On visitPA base with keystone separator.  Spotted 5/4/06

 

from Clayton Moore




from Jordan Irazabal


from Steve Ondik

 

  Yes as configured in Format 4 below
FORMAT 4: Vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 characters.

from Bill Ceravola

   

 

Motorcycle (1914 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1A, 2001: www base, AAA00 to GZZ99, characters are oriented to the right leaving space toward the left margin, on base with blue, white, yellow fade bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

 

Sample


 

 

 

 

 

Yes, see Motorcycle Vanity below

Format 1B: www base, HAA00 to NZZ99, characters are center oriented, on base with blue, white, yellow fade bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

 

 

 

Format 2, 2005: visitPA base,

  • from PAA00 to ZZZ99,

  • then 0000A to 7599Z,

blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, size 4" x 7". PAA000 format added 5/7/2005, then 0000A format added 5/28/2009.




 

 

from Ryan Battin

 

FORMAT 3, 2010: 7600L to 7599T, LiveFreeRideAlive base, added 4/3/10.  Supposedly released in 3/10.  These were part of a 60,000 plate run.  In Bulletin 10-09 PennDOT says "that the "Live Free Ride Alive" motorcycle registration plate is a limited edition plate and is the current standard motorcycle plate. PennDOT began issuing the redesigned . . . plate in March 2010. Agents are required to issue the "Live Free Ride Alive" plate in place of the regular plate. Once inventory of these registration plates is exhausted, they will return to the previous standard plate design."  This theme was to encourage motorcycle safety.

 


from Jerry McCoy


from Bill Ceravola


 

 

 

 

FORMAT 4, 2011: Following completion of the 60,000 LiveFree plate run, plates returned to the same design as Format 2 above except for a new font or dies for the serial numbers, and possibly for the MC.

  • From 7600T to 9999Z,

  • then in mid-2012, A0000 to Z9999, note font change seen in this serial progression, likely occurred after Format 1A reached 9999Z.

  • then in mid-2015, 0AA00 to current high

 

7600T to 9999Z



from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


Font change


A0000 to Z9999,

from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin



from Ryan Battin


0AA00 to 9ZZ99


from Ryan Battin


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

Motorcycle (vertical) (2014 to present)

 
FORMAT 1: Motorcycle (vertical)

Vertical orientation visitPA, formatting will be M0A0C, the M and the C will be non-advancing characters, at least from the start.

Format added 3/2/2014.

 

from Ryan Battin



from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin



from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin

 

Yes as configured in Format 2 below 

FORMAT 2: Personalized with up to 5 characters.

from Jaska Börner


from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

Yes

 

Motorcycle Vanity (personalized)

History Link

FORMAT 1: Up to 5 characters, one space or dash permitted but not both, on www base

Plate measures 4 x 7

 



from Bruce Bufalini





 

 

 

These plates are vanities — combination of up to five letters and numbers

FORMAT 2: Same formatting as FORMAT 1 but on visitPA base. FORMAT added 5/7/05.  This group includes those vanities issued after the Live Free base had ended.









from Bruce Bufalini



 

 

 

 

FORMAT 3: Same formatting as FORMAT 2 but on Live Free Ride Alive base.

from Justin Davis


from Bruce Bufalini


 

 

 

 

FORMAT 4: Same formatting as FORMAT 2 but with MC legend flat screened.  Format added 9/3/17.

from Kat Keegan

 

 

 

 

Passenger (1906 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1: 1999, DAA-0000 to FYC-9999 www base, Image at right is first of the www.state.pa.us plates.

 

High plate observed: FYC-9994 on WWW base.  From Eric Butler, 8/13/06.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temporary Registration Permit until arrival of validation sticker at which time the Temporary Registration Permit is removed.

 

from Nick Tsilakis


Severely weathered

 with loss of sheeting

from Steve Ondik


from Jim Moini



Temporary credential

 

 

Yes

 

 

FORMAT 2: 2004, GBA-0000

Passenger (visitPA base)

These plates represents a revision to the www base and is similar in design to the new specialty plates.  PennDOT confirmed on 12/15/04 that they were planning to begin using the new visitPA.com base in place of the www.state.pa.us base on all plate types where the web address was normally used.  One source suggests they were first issued on 12/22/04.

 



from Bruce Bufalini



from Jaska Börner


from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin


from Jason Embee


from Kyle Kuser


from Steve Ondik


Inversion error


from Bruce Bufalini

   

FORMAT 3: 2017, KLF-0000 to current high

Expected to be released by mid-2017.  Proposed variation added 12/18/16. Plates first seen as vanities in January of 2017, and standard plates in June of 2017.

 

from Ryan Battin



from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

Passenger - previous bases still in use

1971 Bicentennial State Base

Photographed in use 2/16/2003

 

 

 

Not applicable

1977 Passenger Base

These plates should have been replaced by 8/02.

from Ed Coghill



Aaron of Levittown

 

 

 

1983 Passenger Friend Base

The owner, had the registration, KFG-670, as a remake on the current visitPA base until it was damaged by vandals. He inquired of PennDOT as to what he should do. The response he received was, "You would be able to keep and use the undamaged plate. Please destroy the other plate so that no one else may use it."

 

 

 

1986 Passenger Keystone State Base

This plate, which was just recently replaced, had a valid registration card which did concur with the plate number. Somehow it missed getting replaced way back when. The answer many have something to do with the purchase of a new vehicle in 2001 and this yellow-on-blue plate being issued rather than a www base plate.


from Bill Ceravola


from Nick Tsilakis


from Bill Adams

 

 

 

 

Passenger - re-make of old bases

Re-Makes of 1977 Keystone State Base, yellow on blue. Plate could be 6-digit numeric or 5-digit with an alpha character in the 1st, 2nd or 6th position.

from Salvatore J. Dodd, Sr.

 

 

 

Note use of keystone separator.

From The Triborough Organization

 

 

 

Re-Make of 1983 You've Got a Friend Base.  Originally issued starting in 1983 with the series HAA-000 to RZZ-999

 

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

 

Re-Make of 1987 Keystone State Base

Originally issued starting in 1987 with the series SAA-000 to ZZZ-999

 

 

 

 

 

Re-Make of 1991 Keystone State Base

Originally issued starting in 1991 with the series AAA-0000 to CEE-????.  Owner requested to keep old number on new base.  This then makes the plate a personalized plate.  However, note the use of a keystone separators in place of the dash separator. See License Plate Replacement Fact Sheet for additional information.

 

from Nick Tsilakis


from Steve Ondik

 

 

 

 

Passenger Vanity - previous bases still in use History Link
1977 - 1984 Base


from Bruce Bufalini



from Bruce Bufalini

   

Not applicable

 

 

1984 - 1987 Base

 

   
1987 - 2000 Base

from Nick Tsilakis


from Bruce Bufalini


from Adam Garrettson

   

 

Passenger Vanity (www base)

History Link

Up to 7 characters, one space or dash permitted but not both. At least two 8-digit plates have been confirmed ("HUMPBACK" and "MCERLANE").  At least the latter, if not both, have been recalled by PennDOT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 plates to the right and below are Amateur Radio call signs without the Amateur Radio legend making them vanity plates.

from Michael Dixon


from Tom Perri


from Cody Raspen


from Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin




from Bill Jesse


from Jim McDevitt


from Eric Conner


from Nick Tsilakis



GJS-MSON is actually an invert error plate. Note the second S is upside down.

from Nick Tsilakis



both above from Rob Macsi



from Nick Tsilakis



from Bill Ceravola



from Nick Tsilakis


from Chas Stokes II






from Nick Tsilakis


from Steve Ondik


from Bruce Bufalini


from Jordan Irazabal


from Eric Conner


from Nick Tsilakis


from Tom Perri


from Tom Perri


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/22

 

These plates are vanities

 

Passenger Vanity (visitPA.com)

These plates with their visitPA.com tagline represent a departure from the www base.  It is similar in design to the Specialty Plates except for the 'tag line'. 12/04

from Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin




from Ryan Battin


from Ned Flynn


from Grant MacKenzie


from Tom



from Grant MacKenzie



from Ned Flynn


from Chas Stokes II


from Steve Ondik




from Jim McDevitt



from Nick Santiago


from Grant MacKenzie

 

 

Yes

The plates to the right is actually read 3 and the letter O, not thirty (30).

 

Next is 7 and the letter O, not seventy (70). 

 

Letter characters are smaller than numbers.  The state coat of arms was added by the owner

from Tom Perri


 

 

 

 

In spite of the Corvette Club logo, and masking off the visitPA plate legend, I believe this is a vanity.

 

 

 

 

A vanity plate with a number from the emergency vehicle series.

     

Plate with dash & space

from Bill Houser

 

 

 

 

Passenger Vanity (with Map)
Same rules as earlier plates.  Plates first seen in January of 2017.

from Nich Tsilakis


Anonymous



from Brian Feil

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Permanent Trailer (1997 to present)

FORMAT 1: PT-0000A to PT-9999K on www base, dash separator.  Sticker well upper left, no sticker issued.


from Jim Moini

 

No

FORMAT 2: PT-0000L to PT-9999Z, first seen 3/2007, then PT-000A0 to ~PT-499D9, first seen 5/2015 on visitPA base base, keystone separator. Sticker well upper left, no sticker issued.


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal



from Bruce Bufalini


from Tom Perri


from Steve Ondik




from Bruce Bufalini


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 3: ~PT-500D0 to current high on visitPA base base, keystone separator.  The sticker well has been removed and the state map outline put in its place.  First seen 8/2017.

from Steve Ondik


from Jeff Lawson


from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/29

 

No

 

 

Person with Disability (1965 to present)

FORMAT 1:

P D

0000A to

P D

5999A

On www base, font used for PD is taller than later plates, and wheelchair symbol is larger.



from Ryan Battin

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 5 below

FORMAT 2:

P D

6000A to

P D 9999Y

Same as Format 1 except font used for PD is lower, and wheelchair symbol is smaller.


 

 

 

FORMAT 3:

P D

0000Z to

P D

9999Z

Type added 8/9/07.  See note under Type 4A below.  Now on visitPA base.

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 4A:

00000

P D

 to 71999

P D

Type added 5/24/07.  No other examples of this type variation were reported until 7/2008.  For reasons unknown, the Type 4A plates were seen prior to the Type 3 plates, then after a few months the Type 3 came out and the Type 4A were not distributed until the Type 3 plate were exhausted.

 

There is a spacing variation between the plates. There is a noticeable shift of the 5-digit number to the left on the higher number plate, while the wheelchair symbol is located in the same place on both.  The change happened at 23000 PD.  Later the serial number again shifted right.

 

from Jordan Irazabal


from Nick Tsilakis



from Nick Tsilakis


from Nick Tsilakis


from Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin


from Jaska Börner

 

 

 

FORMAT 4B:

98000

P D

to current high

Vehicle owners who have a device on the rear of the vehicle for carrying a wheelchair or personal assistive device are authorized to be issued two plates since the assistive device and carrier may block visibility of the vehicle mounted plate.

from Bruce Bufalini


from Nick Tsilakis

     
FORMAT 4C: On VisitPA base with sticker well.  Personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix

from Bill Stephens


from Nick Tsilakis


from Jaska Börner


from Jeff Lawson


from Bruce Bufalini


from Tom Perri


from Jeff Lawson

     

FORMAT 4D: On VisitPA base with sticker well.  Personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix.  Vehicle owners who have a device on the rear of the vehicle for carrying a wheelchair or personal assistive device are authorized to be issued two plates since the assistive device and carrier may block visibility of the vehicle mounted plate.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

 

FORMAT 5:

72000

P D

to current high

On VisitPA base but without sticker well, and with small map outline.  First spotted December 2017.


from Jaska Börner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image

added

4/15

   
FORMAT 5A: On VisitPA base but without sticker well, and with small map outline, personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix.  First spotted June 2017.

from George Kunsman


from Steve Ondik

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image

added

4/15

   

 

Person with Disability, Motorcycle (2007 to present)

FORMAT 1: The standard motorcycle plate with a handicap sticker, making it a Person with Disability Motorcycle plate.  These plates were to be replaced by the plate below.

 

   

No

 

 

FORMAT 2: P00A to current high, the PD and wheelchair symbol which are flat screened are not part of the registration number.  The embossed P is part of the number but is a static, non-advancing character.

Type added 11/15/07, plates available 12/21/07.  





from Bruce Bufalini

  Yes as configured in Format 3 below
FORMAT 3: Personalized, up to 4 characters with PD prefix which is not part of the registration number        

 

Press Photographer (1948 unofficially, 1956 officially, to present)

History Link

FORMAT 1:

P P

0,

P P

00,

P P

000

to PP 799 or PP 800 Issued in pairs.  Only the rear plate gets a validation sticker.

from Sol Bress


from Tom Perri

& Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal



from Nick Santiago


from Nick Santiago


from Eric Butler

   

Yes as configured in Format 3 & 4 below

 

 

This plate is considered a fake, although the serial number PP800 may be real.

from Bill Houser

     

FORMAT 2:

P P

800

to current high, on visitPA base

There may also be a remake of an earlier plate.

from Ryan Battin


from Jaska Börner

     

FORMAT 3: Personalized, up to 3 characters with PP prefix.

from Joe Pavlo


from Drew Steitz

     

FORMAT 4: Plates with small map outline in place of sticker well.  Personalized, up to 3 characters with PP prefix. This plate may be personalized or a re-make of an earlier issue.

from Jim McDevitt

     

 

 

     

 

Special Mobile Equipment (1982 to present)

History Link

FORMAT 1: SME-000D to SME-999Z

On www base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SPECIAL MOBILE on bottom with wide font.  




from Brendan Sherry

   

No

 

 

FORMAT 2: A000-SME to B999-SME visitPA base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SPECIAL MOBILE on bottom with wide font.  Format added 8/2013

from Brendan Sherry


from Ryan Battin



from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

  Yes as configured in Format 4 below

FORMAT 3: C000-SME to current high, same as above except SPECIAL MOBILE is entirely between the bolt holes.  Spotted 10/2017.


both above from

Nick Tsilakis


 

   

VANITY FORMAT: Vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 characters.

 

     
         

 

Steel Worker (1997 to present)

This is not a special organization plate but a special class of plate. 

FORMAT 1:

S
W

00001

 to

S
W

00624

Original yellow on blue series, embossed graphic, organization name and state.  Replaced by www base on 7/18/2001.

from John Fedorchak

 

from Jordan Irazabal

 

FORMAT 2:

S
W

00001

 to

S
W

00624

Note the colorized seal on the low numbered plate, not seen in higher number plates.

On www base with embossed logo and tag line.  This series consisted of previous base numbers reissued on the www base.


 

 

Yes as configured in Format 4 below 

FORMAT 2A:

S
W

05000

 to

S
W

05499

This series consists of plates issued since the re-plating, and shows a jump in plate numbers leaving a block of numbers skipped.

from Bruce Bufalini


from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

FORMAT 3:

S
W

05500 to current high

On visitPA base with flat screened color graphic and tag line.

from Bruce BufalinI


from Steve Ondik

 

 

 
MYSTERY PLATE — This plate at first glance looks like the same plate as the S/W00009 above. Upon closer examination the fading bands of the www base are now solid like the visitPA base, PENNSYLVANIA at the top of this plate, however, has retained the font used by the www base. It may have been repainted, but then the shape of the zeros is a little different.

from John Clark

 

   

FORMAT 4: Personalized, up to 5 characters with SW prefix and colored logo

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Driver (2013)

FORMAT:

T
D

00000 to current high

This is an optional plate.

Type added 10/20/2013

from Tom Perri &

Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin


from Jordan Irazabal

& Tom Perri


from Jerry McCoy

 

Yes as configured

in Format 2 below

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized, up to 5 characters with TD prefix


from Bruce BufalinI

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/29

 

 

Temporary Intransit

FORMAT 1: 0000-000 to ~ 0499-999

Uses Commonwealth seal as watermark.

from Bruce BufalinI

   

Not applicable

 

 

FORMAT 2: ~ 0500-000 to ~ 0999-999.  Uses Commonwealth coat of arms as watermark.

 

     
FORMAT 3: ~ 1000-000 to 1499-999 or 1749-999.  Uses a repetition of square PennDOT logos as a watermark

 

     
FORMAT 4: ~ 1500-000 or 1750-000 to current high. Uses Pennsylvania over Department of Transportation followed by a PennDOT keystone logo as a watermark.  Format added 1/15/10.


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal

 

   
FAKE FORMAT: A contributor, Christopher Hainesport, noticed the recent postings of unusual looking Temporary Intransit cardboard plate images on this page. The font on one plate was different and the other was 4 million above the current high. Chris explains that it's because they're counterfeit temp tags. It's a common practice of illegal immigrants and others who cannot obtain a drivers license, insurance, and/or registration by legal means. They print them up on a computer and paste it to cardboard. The incorrect font, incorrect number sequence, and use of the outdated PennDOT logo are the biggest giveaways.  Chris works for the Philadelphia Parking Authority and confiscates a bunch of these fakes each month.

from Jordan Irazaball


from Jordan Irazaball

 

 

     

 

Trailer (1914 to present)

Previous base still in use


 

 

 

 

FORMAT 1, 2000: XK-00000 to  XZ-99999.  On www base with dash separator

 

from Clayton Moore


 

   

Yes as configured in Format 3A below

 

FORMAT 2, 2004: XBA-0000 to XBZ-9999.  On www base with dash separator.  The XK-00000 to XZ-9999 series exhausted the usable combinations.  Series began with XBA.  XAA was skipped.  First seen May 2004.

 

 

   

FORMAT 3, 2005: XCA-0000 to XKX-9999.  On visitPA base with keystone separator, first reported in early July 2005.

 



from Vern Kreckel, III / Kreckel Enterprises


from Ryan Battin


from Bill Stephens

     
FORMAT 3A: Personalized Trailer plate, vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 to characters.  Plates use the Passenger base.

 

     
FORMAT 4: Personalized Trailer plate, vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 to characters. Without the sticker well and with a small map outline upper left.

from Codey Bowman

     
FORMAT 4A, 2018: XKY-0000 to current high Without the sticker well and with a small map outline upper left.  First seen late January 2018.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 4 above

 

 

Truck (1914 to present)

BICENTENNIAL COMMERCIAL BASE Still in use.

 

    No

YELLOW ON BLUE BASE The owner of the ZV-4 plate states that he received it when he bought a new 2000 pickup.  PennDOT has sent him validation stickers every year but no new plate.  He has been stopped several time but the plate registration is valid.


from Rick

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 1: YAA-0000 to YRR-9810 or higher

On WWW base with dash separator.

www base high plate observed: YRR-9810 from Bruce Bufalini on 7/3/05.

 

From Steve Ondik


 

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 2: YSA-0000 to ZKH-9999

On visitPA base with keystone separator.  First seen 5/17/05.  Z series first seen 2/13/11.  In 2017 plates issued without stickers.  See below.

In December of 2016 PennDOT announced that by the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, they would begin issuing slightly redesigned plates, similar in design to the visitPA plate but the sticker well where validation stickers were placed has been removed and the outline of a small Pennsylvania map has been put it its place. 2017 is a mixture of both variants. There is no prototype image of the Truck plate. Format 1 - up to ZKH-9999, same as older Truck plates on visitPA base, with sticker well, no sticker, no map. The ZKI prefix was not used. Note: Plates without the sticker well and without the map outline are not known to exist. Format 2 - ZKJ-0000 to current high, similar to Format 1 Truck plates on visitPA base but now without sticker well, and with a small map outline in its place. Plates first seen in mid-May of 2017.



from Grant MacKenzie


from Ryan Battin


2017 no sticker


from Steve Ondik

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 3 below

FORMAT 3: Vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 characters; however, most truck vanities are on the standard passenger base.

Vanity

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

Yes

FORMAT 4: ZKJ-0000 to current high

Without the sticker well and with a small map outline upper left.  First seen late April 2017.  Variation announced by PennDOT 12/18/16.

 

from W. Young


from Kyle Kuser



from Steve Ondik


from Jeff Lawson

 

 

Yes

 

 

We The People (Constitution)

(issued mid-Sept. to Dec. 31, 1987, still legal)

FORMAT:

U
S

00000 to ~4635

Commemorates the 200th anniversary of US Constitution.  Plate type is still in use; however, only issued during a 3½ month period in 1987 ending on December 31 of that year, less than 5000 were issued.  This is the only remaining legal yellow on blue plate.

 

from Bill Ceravola




from Jeff Lawson

  Not applicable

 

 

 

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