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ADP - Advertising Device Permit Dept of Highways

Motorcycle

Special Organization

Amateur Radio 

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Motorcycle Dealer

State Officials & Dignitaries

Apportioned (Truck)

Farm Truck

Motor Vehicle Business

State Representative

Apportioned (Bus)

Fire Department

Municipal

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Auto Manufacturer

Foreign Consul (Includes Consular)

National Guard

Suburban

Auto Wheel

Governor

Official Use

Superior Court

Boat Dock Permit

Handicapped Person / Person w/ Disability

Omnibus (OB prefix)

Supreme Court

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

Hearing Impaired

Passenger Hist. 1 (Pre-state to 1936)

Taxi

Bus-Omnibus (H prefix)

House Car / Motor Home

Passenger Hist. 2 (1937 to present)

Temporary

Cabinet

Implement of Husbandry

Permanent Trailer

Tractor

Circus Carnival Truck

Judiciary

Person w/ Disability Motorcycle

Tractor Dealer

Civil Defense

Legislative

Press Photographer

Trailer

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart)

Limousine

Purple Heart (see Combat Wounded Veteran)

Trailer Dealer

Commercial Implement of Husbandry

Lincoln University (Official)

Repair / Service Towing

Transporter

Commercial Motorcycle

Liquid Fuels Permit

Repossessor

Truck

Commonwealth Court

Mass Transit

Salvage Yard

University of Pittsburgh (Official)

Consular (see Foreign Consul)

Moped

School Bus

U.S. Congress

Dealer

Moped Dealer

School Vehicle U.S. Senate

Dealer-Farm Equipment

Motorbike Snowmobile Dealer Validation Stickers

Dealer-Multi Purpose

Motorboat Special Event Watercraft Trailer/Dealer
Dept of Forests & Waters Motorboat Dealer Special Mobile (Equipment)  

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PASSENGER PLATE HISTORY PAGE 2 - 1937 to present

Plates from Pre-state to 1936 are on Passenger History Page 1

 

1937 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline added, legend 1937 then PENNA along top, legend not flanked by small keystones; however, a small run of plates was produced where the legend was flanked by keystones.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"  Note: a block of plates in the 31000 range was reserved and marked as OFFICIAL.

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 4PV52, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 9A - legend with flanking keystones, 3MK01 to 2PB08, 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

Format 1

from Worthpoint


Runkles Notary

 

Format 2, 10"

from John Wiillard


Format 2, 12"

 

 

Format 3, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 12"

YOM plate

 

Format 4, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 4, 12"

 

 

Format 5, 10"

unknown

 

Format 6

from Pl8source

 

Format 7

from Pinkocelot

 

Format 8, 10"

from Alpca 754 Neale


Format 8, 12"

from Frank and Ryan Vonderhey

 

Format 9, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 9, 12"

from MG00000

 

Format 9A with keystones

from Christopher Zavatski


from Peter Cohen


from Tim Gierschick


from Dave Lincoln

 

Sample

John Willard & John Anshant

 

 

1938 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline, legend 1938 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 10001 to 99999, 6" x 12" Note: a block of plates in the   32000 range was reserved and marked as OFFICIAL.

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

Format 1

Bill Krellner collection


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 2, 12"

 

 

Format 3, 10"


Format 3, 12"

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 4, 10"


Format 4, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 5, 10"

from Worthpoint

 

Format 6

Runkles Notary

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 10"

unknown


Format 8, 12"

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

Format 9, 10"

John Willard & John Anshant


Format 9, 12"

from Pl8source

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1939 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline, legend 1939 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 10001 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2, 10"

from eBay user ALPCA3217


Format 2, 12"

from eBay user Bonner397

 

Format 3, 10"

from Powerfullhammer


Format 3, 12"

from Bill Ceravola

 

Format 4, 10"

from 3540markb


Format 4, 12"

from eBay user wonderplumber

 

Format 5, 10"

from Worthpoint

 

Format 6

Runkles Notary

 

Format 7

from ebay user avintagefind

 

Format 8, 10"

from Mintcandy621


Format 8, 12"

America on Wheels


 

 

Format 9, 10"

Anonymous


Format 9, 12"

from Jerry's Classic Cars

 

Sample

from Eric Tanner

 

 

 

 

 

1940 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline, legend 1940 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 10001 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999, 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 12"

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9, 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from eBay user wonderplumber


from MG00000

 

Format 3, 10"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3, 12"

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4, 10"

from timelesscollections


Format 4, 12"

 

 

Format 5

from Eric Tanner

 

Format 6

America on Wheels

 

Format 7

from Bob Griffen

 

Format 8

 

 

Format 9

from Frank and Ryan Vonderhey

 

Format 10

from Bruce Bufalini

 

Sample

from Eric Tanner

 

 

1941 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-42 in top map border, legend 1941 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 10001 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999, 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 12"

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9, 6" x 12"

Sample -  PA00, 6" x 10"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1, 12", 10001

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

A100 to Z999

This series unconfirmed


Format 2, 12", A1000

America on Wheels

 

Image needed 

Format 3, 10", 1A00

 from eBay user Stationstuff


Format 3, 12", 1A000

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4, 10", 10A0

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 12", 10A00

from eBay user Nekollena

 

Format 5, 10", 000A

from Worthpoint

 

Format 6, 12" 000A0

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 7, 12" 0000A

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 12" AA100

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 9, 12" 1AA00

 

 

Format 10, 12" 10AA0

unknown source

 

Sample, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

1942 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-43 (or EXP without the period) in top map border, legend 1942 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 10001 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 12"

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999, 6" x 12"

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 12"

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9, 6" x 12"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

A100 to Z999

This series unconfirmed


Format 2, 12", A1000

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

Image needed 

Format 3, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3, 10"

from eBay user tjm70

 

Format 4, 12"

from eBay user oldiesmuseum


Format 4, 10"

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

eBay user nickelsndiamonds1013

 

Format 6

from Lizsaysboo

 

Format 7

from John Willard


from 1982boova

 

Format 8

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 9

State Museum

 

Format 10 w/ 43 tab

from Aimee Senott

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1943 Passenger

These tabs were issued in lieu of regular plates to save steel during the war years and were to be bolted over top of 1942 plates. The plates measured 1⅞ by 2⅛, were made of steel, painted red, had 43 painted black and embossed with the 4 and the 3 to the left and right of the bolt hole. Below the 43 was the expiration date of 3-31-44 , below that etched into the tab was a serial number of up to 6 digits or an alpha character and up to 5 digits.

from John Walters


from Tim Gierschick


America on Wheels

 
Looks like a 1943 Passenger Sample based on the expiration date of 3-31-44, but in place of the expected 1944 and PENNA legend, the word VICTORY appears.  This image is thanks to Jeff Lesher who explains that this plate is actually printed onto cardboard, likely 3/16” thick and fully embossed.  Jeff explains that as rumor has it, and this goes back 40 plus years, there were a few full size 1943 plates made for individuals that qualified to purchase a “new to them” first car in 1943.  Jeff only ever saw one - in a collection in Kutztown likely 45 - 50 years ago and it was yellow - but he never held it so can’t say if it was cardboard or metal.  This plate originally came out of Don Merrill’s collection.

from Jeff Lesher

 

 

1944 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-45 in top map border, legend 1944 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 11"

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 11"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 11"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 11"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 11"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 11"

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999, 6" x 10" & 6" x 11"

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 1AA99, then 2AA0 to 2AA99, to 4NB8, 6" x 10" & 6" x 11"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 10"

 

Format 1, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 11"

from John Willard & John Anshant


same format as above

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 11"

Runkle's Notary


Format 2, 10"

eBay user Fabboss7

 

Format 3, 10"

from Steve Ondik


Format 3, 11"

from eBay user Respect-History

 

Format 4, 10"

from Pl8source


Format 4, 11"

from MG00000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 5, 10"

from bantamjeep1116

 

Format 6, 11"

from Don

 

Format 7, 11"

from Barklywheat

 

Format 8, 10"

from John Willard


Format 8, 11"

unknown

 

Format 9, 10"


Format 9, 11"

from Bestplates

 

Sample

none known

 

 

1945 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-46 in top map border, legend 1945 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4 characters

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5 characters

from Jeopardyboy1

 

Format 2, 4 characters

from Tim Gierschick


Format 2, 5 characters

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 3, 4 characters

from Peter Clericuzio


Format 3, 5 characters

from Charles Gilbert

 

Format 4, 4 characters

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 5 characters

from Bob Griffen

 

Format 5, 4 characters

from Worthpoint

 

Format 6

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 7

from Runkles Notary

 

Format 8

AA10 to ZZ99

This series unconfirmed


Format 8, 5 characters

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Image needed  

Format 9

credit Alex Zalkin

 

Sample

from Bob Connison

 

 

1946 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-47 in top map border, legend 1946 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 47DB0

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4 characters

from John Willard


from Rob Baran


same format as above

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5 characters

from John Willard & John Anshant


same format as above

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 4 characters

from Worthpoint


Format 2, 5 characters

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 3, 5 characters


Format 3, 4 characters

from Fruitie1

 

Format 4, 5 characters

from Don


Format 4, 4 characters

from shesellsplates1

 

Format 5, 4 characters

from jeopardyboy1

 

Format 6, 5 characters

from Ray Liller

 

Format 7, 5 characters

from Worthpoint

 

Format 8, 5 characters

from Pl8source

 

Format 9, 5 characters

unknown

 

Format 10, 5 characters

from eBay user Dimaulo123

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1947 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-48 in top map border, legend 1947 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1

from JeffLesher


from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Carstuffstore


from ebay user Bigspike5100

 

Format 3

from Tumbleweedtoys


Format 3

from Don

 

Format 4, 10A0

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 10A00

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 5

from Jeopardyboy1


America on Wheels

 

Format 6

from ebay user Southernstylenc

 

Format 7

from Arthur Levine

 

Format 8

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Format 9

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 10

from Aimee Senott

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

1948 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-49 in top map border, legend 1948 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA00 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 44ZP6

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4-character

from Eric Tanner


Format 1, 5-character

from Sarge / Klassy Karz

 

Format 2, 4-character

from Pl8source


Format 2, 5-character

from Eddspl8s

 

Format 3, 4-character

from ebay user Aged2perfectionstore1


Format 3, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4, 5-character

from Sarge / Klassy Karz


Format 4, 4-character

from eBay seller securityautoparts

 

Format 5 pair

ebay user atomicamericana

 

Format 6

 

 

Format 7

 

 

Format 8

from Runkles Notary

 

Format 9

from Bob Griffen

 

Format 10

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


from eBay user Acadia 1671

via Eric Tanner

 

Sample

Worthpoint via Eric Tanner

 

 

1949 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-50 in top map border, legend 1949 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 11 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

State Museum

 

Format 2, 4-character

from Steve Ondik


Format 2, 5-character

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 3, 4-character, 1A00

from  Worthpoint


Format 3, 5-character 1A000

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4, 4-character, 10A0

from  Worthpoint


Format 4, 5-character, 10A00

from Don

 

Format 5

from Pinkocelot

 

Format 6

 

 

 

Format 7

from Shane Oake

 

Format 8, 4-character


Format 8, 5-character

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 9, 5-character

from eBay user Mikym4


Format 9, 4-character

from jeopardyboy1

 

Format 10

from Runkles Notary

 

Format 11

from eBay user x1fstsolx

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

 

 

1950 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-51 in top map border, legend 1950 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 11 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


from  Bob Connison


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 4-character

from eBay user Sisk46


Format 2, 5-character

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3, 4-character

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 5-character

 

 

Format 4, 4-character

eBay user jeopardyboy1


Format 4, 5-character

from Don

 

Format 5

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 6

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 7

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Michael Wiener


Format 8, 4-character

Boyertown Auto Museum


State Museum

 

Format 9, 4-character

from Aimee Senott


Format 9, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 10

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 11

from Runkles Notary

 

Sample

from Devan Ciemiewicz

 

 

1951 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-52 in top map border, legend 1951 then PENNA along top.  Issued in pairs.  All plates measure 6" x 11".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4-character

from Jeff Lesher


from  Bob Connison


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2, 4-character

from Carstuffstore


Format 2, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 3, 4-character

from Peter Clericuzio


Format 3, 5-character

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4, 4-character

from Scott Filis


Format 4, 5-character

from Don

 

Format 5

from Sarge / Klassy Karz

 

Format 6

from Ricksbestbuybooks

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Sarge / Klassy Karz


Format 8, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 9, 4-character

from hpr4661


Format 9, 5-character

 

 

Format 10

00AA to 99ZZ

Image needed

Format 11

from ebay user avintagefind

 

Format 12

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 13

from Ed Burr


from Ray Liller

 

Sample

from Neil Breinig

 

 

1952 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-53 in top map border, legend 1952 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  Early and mid-year plates measured 6" x 11", later plates were 6" x 10".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999, 6" x 11"

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999, 6" x 11"

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999, 6" x 11"

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99, 6" x 11"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 11"

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 11"

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z, 6" x 11"

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999, 6" x 11"

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99, 6" x 11"

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ, 6" x 10"

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9, 6" x 10"

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ, 6" x 10"

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z, 6" x 10"

Sample - PA00, 6" x 11"

Format 1, 4-digit

from Jeff Lesher


from Jeff Lesher


from  Bob Connison


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-digit

State Museum


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2, 4-digit

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 2, 5-digit

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3, 5-digit

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3, 4-digit

from eBay user Life-after-work2

 

Format 4, 4-character

from Pl8source


Format 4, 5-character

from Shane Oake

 

Format 5

America on Wheels
 

Format 6

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 4-digit

from Platedog


Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 8, 5-digit

America on Wheels

 

Format 9, 4-digit

from Steve Ondik


Format 9, 5-digit

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 10

00AA to 99ZZ

Image needed

Format 11, 10"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 12, 10"

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 13, 10"

from  Peter Clericuzio


from Eric Tanner

 

Sample, 11"

from John Willard


Sample, 10"

from Worthpoint

 

 

1953 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-54 in top map border, legend 1953 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  All plates measure 6" x 10".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z (issued simultaneously with Format 6)

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ (issued simultaneously with Format 11)

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z

Format 14 - D00A0 to D88B0 (added 2/28/2021)

Format 15 - (Renumbered from Format 14) - Plates with fewer than 4 characters, non-standard issue, 000, A00, 0A0, 00A, AA0, 0AA, A0A

Sample - PA00 and PA000

Format 1, 4-character

1001 to 9999

from Jeff Lesher


from  Bob Connison


from Rob Baran


from Tim Gierschick


from Ed Burr


Format 1, 5-character

10000 to 99999

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2, 4-character

A100 to Z999

Runkle's Notary


Format 2, 5-character

A1000 to Z9999

 
 

Format 3, 4-character

1A00 to 9Z99

from Kettering Enterprises


Format 3, 5-character

1A000 to 9Z999

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4, 4-character

10A0 to 99Z9

from Ed Burr


from eBay user ALPCA3217


Format 4, 5-character

10A00 to 99Z99

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 5, 000A to 999Z

from Jeopardyboy1

 

Format 6, 000A0 to 999Z9

from Steven Filipowski

 

Format 7, 0000A to 9999Z

from eBay user ricksbestbuybooks

 

Format 8, 4-character

AA10 to ZZ99

from John Willard


Format 8, 5-character

AA100 to ZZ999

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 9, 4 characters

1AA0 to 9ZZ9

from Pl8source


Format 9, 5 characters

1AA00 to 9ZZ99

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 10, 00AA to 99ZZ

from eBay user hpr4661

 

Format 11, 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 12, 000AA to 999ZZ

from Lori Wakefield

 

Format 13, D000A to P999Z

from Mike Alfonse


from Drew Steitz

 

Format 14, D00A0 to D88B0

from eBay user wjtpa

 

Format 15, 000

from Ed Burr


0A0

from Ed Burr


00A

from Forrest Kauffman


from Ed Burr


AA0

from Ed Burr


0AA

from Ed Burr

 

Sample

from Jeff Hinkle


from platedog

 

 

1954 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-55 in top map border, legend 1954 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  Plates were 6" x 10".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z

Format 14 - D00A0 to M51B7

Format 15 - Plates with fewer than 4 characters, non-standard issue, 000, A00, 0A0, 00A, AA0, 0AA, A0A

Sample - PA00 and PA000

Format 1, 4-character

from Jeff Lesher


from  Bob Connison


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 4-character

from Worthpoint


Format 2, 5-character

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3, 4-character

from eBay user jbirds1971


Format 3, 5-character

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4, 4-character

from Licenseplatekingcompany


Format 4, 5-character

from Amber


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 5

from Shane Oake

 

Format 6

from Collis Truck Parts

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Aimee Senott


Format 8, 5-character

America on Wheels

 

Format 9, 4-character

from John Willard


Format 9, 5-character

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 10

from Worthpoint

 

Format 11

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 12

unknown

 

Format 13

from eBay seller Eblaze
 

Format 14

from Michael Vislocky


Runkles Notary

 

Format 15

from Jeff Lesher


from Jeff Lesher


from Charlie Metz


from Tim Gierschick


from Ed Burr


from Ned Flynn


from Jonathan Ortmann

 

Sample

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

1955 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-56 in top map border, legend 1955 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  All plates measure 6" x 10".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z

Format 14 - D00A0 to P99Z9

Format 15 - D0A00 to P9Z99

Format 16 - Plates with fewer than 4 characters, non-standard issue, 000, A00, 0A0, 00A, AA0, 0AA, A0A

Sample - PA00 and PA000

Format 1, 4 characters

from Jeff Lesher


from  Bob Connison


from Worthpoint


Format 1, 5 characters

from Tim Gierschick


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2, 4 characters

from Peter Clericuzio


Format 2, 5 characters

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 3, 4 characters

from Steve Ondik


Format 3, 5 characters

from Worthpoint

 

Format 4, 4 characters

Runkles Notary


Format 4, 5 characters

 

 

Format 5

from Worthpoint

 

Format 6

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 7

from Pl8source

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Eric Conner & R Nixon


Format 8, 5-character

from Don

 

Format 9, 4-character

from Worthpoint


from Jukeboxman


Format 9, 5-character

America on Wheels

 

Format 10

from Samakimpata

 

Format 11

AACA Museum

 

Format 12

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 13

YOM plate
 

Format 14

Car show plate
 

Format 15

YOM plate
 

Format 16

from Jeff Lesher


from Tim Gierschick


from Jerry's Classic Cars


from Worthpoint


from Jeff Hinkle


from Worthpoint


from Ed Burr


from Worthpoint

 

Sample

from Devan Ciemiewicz


from Felix1

 

 

1956 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-57 in top map border, legend 1956 then PENNA along top.  Letters I, O, Q, T, W and X were not used, however, late in the production year T and W were used in several serial progressions, which also used the thinner 1957 dies.  Plates utilizing the thinner dies also used a base where the map borders were thinner and indented for the lower holes.  Plates issued as singles.  Plates were now standardized at 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 8A - AT10 to ZW999 w/ '57 dies*, only T & W in 2nd position

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 9A - 1AW0 to 8MW81 w/ '57 dies*, only W as 2nd letter

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z

Format 14 - D00A0 to P99Z9

Format 15 - D0A00 to J2R93

Format 15A - K6C16 to P9Z99 w/ '57 dies*

Format 16 - Plates with fewer than 4 characters, non-standard issue, 000, A00, 0A0, 00A, AA0, 0AA, A0A

Sample - PA000

*These were 1957 - 5 character dies.  This is because later in 1957 there were also 6 - character dies.

Format 1, 4-digit

from Worthpoint


from  Bob Connison


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-digit

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 4-digit

from Sarge / Klassy Karz


Format 2, 5-digit

from Powerfullhammer

 

Format 3, 4-character

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 5-character

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4, 4-character

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 5-character

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 5

America on Wheels


from Ned Flynn

 

Format 6

avintagefind

 

Format 7

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


Format 8, 5-character

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 8A, '57 5-character dies

from Clayton Moore


Dana Amspacher plate

photo by Clayton Moore

 

Format 9, 4-character

from Worthpoint


Format 9, 5-character

from Steve Ondik


Format 9A

'57 5-character dies

1AW0 to 8MW81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image needed 

Format 10

from Worthpoint

 

Format 11

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 12

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 13

from Pl8source

 

Format 14

from Pl8source

 

Format 15

from Aimee Senott


Format 15A, '57 5-character dies

K6C16 to P9Z99

from Worthpoint


from Ned Flynn


from Worthpoint


from Worthpoint

  

Format 16

from Jeff Lesher

 

Sample

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Paint shop test


both from Devan Ciemiewicz

 

 

1957 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-58 in top map border, legend 1957 then PENNA along top.  Thinner dies were used later in the year to accommodate 6 characters, and the width of the left and right-hand borders were altered to accommodate 6 characters.  Issued as singles.  All plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1001 to 99999

Format 2 - A100 to Z9999

Format 3 - 1A00 to 9Z999

Format 4 - 10A0 to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z

Format 6 - 000A0 to 999Z9

Format 7 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA10 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 00AA to 99ZZ

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 13 - 100000 to 795799 (6 character, '57 dies)

Format 14 - 802945 to 883083 (6 character, '58 dies)

Format 15 - Plates with fewer than 4 characters, non-standard issue

Sample - PA000

 

Dies used on 1957 Passenger Plates

1957 5-character dies

 

1957 6-character dies

Note the 3 has a flat top

 

1957 6-character dies

Note the 5 does not curl up at the bottom

1958 6-character dies

Note the 5 does curl up at the bottom

 

1958 6-character dies

Note the 3 has a rounded top

Format 1, 4-digit

from  Bob Connison


from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-digit

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 4-character

from Steve Ondik


Format 2, 5-character

from Lori Wakefield

 

Format 3, 4-character


Format 3, 5-character

from Peter Clericuzio

 

Format 4, 4-character

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 5-character

from Pl8source

 

Format 5

America on Wheels

 

Format 6

from ebay user SecurityAutoParts

 

Format 7

from Pl8source

 

Format 8, 4-character

from John Willard & John Anshant


Format 8, 5-character

AACA Museum

 

Format 9, 4-character

John Willard & John Anshant


Format 9, 5-character

 

 

Format 10

from Worthpoint

 

Format 11

from Pl8source

 

Format 12

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 13, 1957 6-character dies

from Jeff Hinkle


from Worthpoint

 

Format 14, 1958 dies

from Pl8source


from Corb Moister via Eric Tanner

 

Format 15

from Jeff Lesher

 

Sample

 

 

 

1958 - 1964 Passenger

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, PA embossed across top center, then tab slot on early plates, then 58 embossed upper right, small embossed keystone separator in center of plate between the third and fourth characters of 6 character plates, plate valid without sticker until '59.  There were variations on the reverse color.  A few plate were steel instead of aluminum.  Certain letters were not used.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9H9-999

Reserve issue below.  A series of 4 and 5 character plates were also issued without the keystone separator -

Format 5 - 1001 to 99999

Format 6 - A000 to Z9999

Format 7 - 000A to 9999Z

Format 8 - AA00 to ZZ999

Format 9 - 00AA to 999ZZ

SAMPLE - PA0-000

Format 1, w/ slot

Drew Steitz plate

 

Format 2, w/ slot

Drew Steitz plate

 

Format 3, w/o slot

 

 

Format 4, w/o slot

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 5, 4 digit, w/ slot

from Jeff Lesher


from Tim Gierschick


from  Bob Connison


Format 5, 5 digit, w/ slot

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 6, 4 digit, w/ slot


Format 6, 5 digit, w/ slot

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 7, 4 character, w/ slot

America on Wheels


Format 7, 5 character, w/ slot

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 8, 4 character, w/ slot

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 8, 5 character, w/ slot

America on Wheels

 

Format 9, 4 character, w/ slot


Format 9, 5 character, w/ slot

from Steve Ondik

 

Sample

from Steve Ondik

 

 

1965 - 1970 Passenger

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA embossed across top, embossed keystone separator in center of plate between left and right grouping of characters, undated in '65 then later plates issued and revalidated with stickers.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9Z9-999

Format 5 - 00A-000 to 00U-000

Format 6 - Vehicle code permitted FCC radio & TV call sign. This is not the same as Amateur Radio plates.

Format 7 - Special registration plate / additional fee, 1000 - 99999, A10 - Z9999, AA1 - ZZ999, AAA1 - ZZZ99, 10A - 999Z, 1AA - 999ZZ, 1AAA - 99ZZZ, with or without keystone separator.

Format 8 - Plates from 2 to 999 were reserved for the Lt. Governor (2), cabinet members (3-23), state officials and dignitaries (24-999).

Sample - SAM-PLE

Prototype - PA  00

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 3

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4

from Shawn

 

Format 5

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 6 FCC radio call sign

Magee Family display

America on Wheels


from Jerry McCoy

 

Format 7, special registration plate

from Jerry McCoy


from Jerry McCoy


from Jerry McCoy


from Eric Tanner


from Jeff Hinkle


 

 

Format 8, Lt. Governor

from Chuck Harrington


Format 8, cabinet level

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 8, state officials/dignitaries

from Tim Gierschick



from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Sample

 

 

Prototype

from Jeff Hinkle

 

1970 Interim plate

This is a very unusual passenger plate. It 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 Flynn.

The number series comes from the Format 1 series above, possible using some unused or dead tag numbers.

1970 Interim plate

from Ned Flynn

 

 

1971 - 1976 Passenger

Yellow on dark blue, PENNSYLVANIA embossed across top, BICENTENNIAL STATE '76 embossed across bottom, sticker wells upper left and right corners, embossed symbol of Liberty Bell in center of plate between left and right grouping of characters.  Early plates had 71 etched in left sticker will.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999*

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z*

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9Z9-999*

Format 5 - 00A-000 to 00Z-000

Format 6 - 000-A00 to 000-H00

Format 7 - Reserve / special issue / additional fee, 1000 - 99999, A10 - Z9999, AA1 - ZZ999, AAA1 - ZZZ99, 10A - 999Z, 1AA - 999ZZ, 1AAA - 99ZZZ

Format 8 - Plates from 2 to 999 were reserved for the Lt. Governor (2), cabinet members (3-23), state officials and dignitaries (24-999, A1-Z9, 1A-9Z).

*Initially T, W, X not used, then subsequently used.

Sample - SAM-PLE

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

from Matt Ciecka

 

Format 5

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 6

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 7

from Steve Ondik


U.S. Congress?

from Clayton Moore


from Eric Conner

 

Format 8, Lt. Governor

from Chuck Harrington


Format 8, state officials/dignitaries

from Eric Conner


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Inversion error


both from Matt Ciecka

 

Sample

 

 

 

1977 - 1984 Passenger, renewable to 2000

Dark blue on reflective yellow PENNSYLVANIA embossed across top, KEYSTONE STATE embossed across bottom, large embossed keystone outline in center, sticker wells upper left and right corners.

Format 1 - 100-000 to 999-999

Format 2 - A00-000 to Z99-999

Format 3 - 000-00A to 999-99Z

Format 4 - 0A0-000 to 9Z9-999

Format 5 - AAA-000 to about GKY-898 *

Format 6 - Vanity plates

Format 7 - Political plates, not including Senator & Representative plates

Other mystery, oddball, error plates not fitting one of the above formats

Samples - SAM-PLE & 000-000

 

 

 

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

from Jim and Lori Wakefield

 

Format 4

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 5

from George Kunsman


from Bill Koneski

 

Format 6, vanity

from Jeff Lesher


from Jeff Lesher


w/ 84 to 93 stickers

from Tim Gierschick


w/ 89 to 98 stickers

from Tim Gierschick



from Lee Madigan


from Eric Conner


from Bruce Bufalini

 

Format 7, Political, Lt. Governor

from Eric Conner

 

 

(Also posted as part of the Governors' plate display)

Unknown/oddball/error

from John Anshant


Inversion error

from Matt Ciecka

 

Sample


from Worthpoint

 

 

1983 - 1987 Passenger, renewable to 2002

HAA-000 to RWP-255, yellow on dark blue, 'You've Got a Friend in' embossed across top, Pennsylvania embossed across bottom, large solid embossed keystone in center, sticker well lower left corner only.

HAA-000 to RWP-255. *

Sample - SAM-PLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This KPF-97 Sample plate may have been a conceptual plate as part of a "Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful" slogan or campaign in 1987 which apparently never came to fruition.

Standard issue

from Clayton Moore


from Tom Firth



 

 

Vanity

from Jeff Hinkle


from Ned Flynn


from Ned Flynn


from Tom Perri

 

Inversion error

from Clayton Moore

 

Sample


Oddball sample

from Steve Ondik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1987 - 2000 Passenger, renewable to 2002

Yellow on dark blue, KEYSTONE STATE embossed across top, PENNSYLVANIA embossed across bottom, large embossed keystone in center on Format 1, 6-character plates, small embossed keystone in center on Format 2, 7-character plates, sticker well lower left corner.

Format 1 - SAA-000 to ZZZ-999

Format 2 - AAA-0000 to CEG-3865, began issue 1992 *

Vanities: Available from 1 to 7 characters alone, or as a combination of numbers and letters, 1 space or hyphen permitted but not both.  While the limit was 7 characters, there was an 8 character plate issued on the www base reading MCERLANE on the 87 keystone base with a 91 sticker shown below right. 

Sample - SAA-00, AAA-000

Format 1



from Eric Conner


from Eric Conner

 

Format 2

from Eric Conner


from Eric Conner



from Steve Ondik


from Steve Ondik

 

Vanity

from George Kunsman


from Tim Gierschick


from Grant


from Ned Flynn


from Worthpoint

 

Format 1 sample


Format 2 sample


unknown sample

from Jerry McCoy

 

 

1999 - 2004 Passenger, renewable to present

Dark blue on white with fading bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, DAA-0000 to FYC-9994, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and WWW.STATE.PA.US along bottom; image at right is first of this base issued.

 

Remakes: For those who wanted to keep their alpha-numeric combination from their old standard-issue plates this was an option available only for passenger plates, motorcycle plates and plates for trucks/motor homes with a registered gross weight of not more than 9,000 pounds. The cost was an additional $20 to make this a personalized plate.  Generally remakes had the small keystone separators in place of the dash separator. 

 

Vanities: Available from 1 to 7 characters alone, or as a combination of numbers and letters, 1 space or hyphen permitted but not both.  While the limit was 7 characters, there was at least one 8-character plate issued on the www base reading HUMPBACK.  I saw this plate in traffic on a couple occasions but I was not photographing plates at the time.  This was not long after the www plates were on the road.  It is believed that this plate was then recalled.  Also, there is a photo of an earlier plate reading MCERLANE on the 87 keystone base with a 91 sticker shown above. 

 

Sample - DAA-000

Standard issue

from Nick Tsilakis


from Jeff Lawson



 

 

Remake

 

 

Vanity

from Tom Perri


from Bill Jesse


from Nick Tsilakis



from Bill Ceravola


from Eric Conner


from Nick Tsilakis


from John Fedorchak


 

Sample

 

 

 

2005 - 2017 Passenger, renewable to present

At the very end of 2004 PA introduced this updated edition of the passenger plate which consisted of dark blue on white with solid bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, series began at GBA-0000 and ran to KLE-9999, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and visitPA.com screened across bottom.  Plates are referred to by many as visitPA plates or solid band plates.  PennDOT uses the term Family of Plates.

At the end of 2016, PennDOT discontinued issuing validation stickers.  Some 2017, and even 2018 stickers are in use but were issued before 2017.

 

 

Standard issue



from Jordan Irazabal


from Ryan Battin


from Steve Ondik

 

Vanity

from Jordan Irazabal



from Ned Flynn


from Steve Ondik




 

 

Inversion error

 

 

Sample


 

 

 

2017 & later Passenger

In December of 2016 PennDOT announced that by the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, they will begin issuing slightly redesigned plates. They look similar in design to the current 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.

Format 1 - up to to KLE-9999, same as older Passenger plates on visitPA base, with sticker well, no sticker, no map.

Format 2 - KLF-0000 , similar to Format 1 Passenger plates on visitPA base but now without sticker well, and with a small map outline in its place.  Plates first seen as vanities in January of 2017, and standard plates in June of 2017.

Note:        At least one plate without the sticker well and without the map outline is known to exist.  See KLR-1647 below.  Is this an error plate? Is it one of, or part of a series? The following plate prefixes have been spotted, all with the map outline: KLG, KLH, KLM, KLP, KLS, KLT, KLW, KMA, KMC, KMF, KMH, KMR, and none without.  Plate KLR-3601 was recently spotted and it does have the map. 

 

Format 1

from Steve Ondik



from Steve Ondik


from Jeff Lawson


from Bruce Bufalini


from Jay Embee

 

Format 2


from Ryan Battin



from C.R. Sweitzer


from Ryan Battin


July 2018 high

from Matt Flamini


early August 2018

from Charles Sweitzer


early August 2018

KVF-5188

from Bruce Bufalini


early November 2018

from Tylar Scavello


from Jordan Irazabal


from Eric Conner


early September 2021

LTV-7657

from Bruce Bufalini


4/17/22 high

from Bill Young


First image of a plate in the M-series; however, it appears that this plate may not yet be registered as of 8/30/22.

from John Silbert


from  Matt Ciecka


from  Matt Ciecka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanity

 

anonymous

 

Prototype

 

 

Oddball, without sticker well and without map

 

 

 

Plates from Pre-state to 1936 are on Passenger History Page 1

 

* Some statistical data is thanks to Eric Tanner.

 

 

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