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PASSENGER PLATES

If you have Pre-State plates or photos, I'd be happy to post them. 

In the meantime check Eric Taylor's Website, Porcelain Plates.net or http://www.porcelainplates.net/

and

Ned Flynn's February 2012 ALPCA Plates article on The Pennsylvania Pre-State Era.  Link to article, must be an ALPCA member.

Pre-State Licensing and Registrations, beginning in 1903

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

1903, this was the first year for pre-state plates.  County issued.

Pennsylvania passed legislation in 1903 (Act 202) requiring automobiles to be registered in the prothonotary’s office (a county court officer) of one of PA’s 67 counties, and to display a rear registration number.  The display of the registration number was the responsibility of the vehicle owner.  The display devices were generally made of a piece of leather or wood with metal numbers fastened to it such as those shown here.  The home-made 1903 Pre-State tags shown here are from Berks County and were provided by Tim Gierschick. Information on the 46 tag is unknown, but the 47 has provenance.  See 1903 Registration Form.

Vehicle operators were also required to obtain a driver’s license at the county treasurer’s office by paying a fee of three dollars,  For this a driver was issued a receipt which was equivalent to a driver's license and was to be carried by the vehicle operator.  See 1904 treasure's receipt for the license fee to operate the vehicle below right. 

Philadelphia registered vehicles as well, but imposed some additional vehicle safety requirements such as horns and lights.  In addition to registering vehicles, Philadelphia in 1903 began issuing porcelain number plates.  See plate display in next section below.  These plates, however, were assigned to the vehicle operator, so were in effect a driver's license tag rather than a vehicle registration plate, even though they were mounted to the rear of the vehicle.  These 4-inch by 7-inch porcelain plates were issued between 1903 and 1906.  In 1906, following the passage of another act, the state began to issue their own porcelain plates, however, these were drivers' license plates, not registration plates.  With the state taking over the registration process state-wide in 1906, and after some legal wrangling, the Philadelphia pre-state era had come to an end.

The state's drivers' license tags lasted from 1906 thru 1909.  1910 brought about a more conventional vehicle registration plate with makers number.  Henceforth the plates were registered to the vehicle, and not the driver.

Some of the information contained in this section was provided by Ned Flynn, or gleaned from his February 2012 ALPCA Plates article on The Pennsylvania Pre-State Era.  Link to article, must be an ALPCA member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Pre-state registration tags

from Tim Gierschick


1903 Registration Form

from Tim Gierschick


1904 treasure's receipt for the license fee to operate the vehicle.

from Tim Gierschick


1903 Olds Mobile Manf Co, photo caption reads:

First Automobile

in Fleetwood Pa.

A. K. Seaman, owner

1903 License # 47

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

1903 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

Black on white, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101.  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

from Bob Connison

 

 

1904 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

Black on white, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101.  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

from Bob Connison


Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


State Museum

 

 

1905 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

White on red, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101.  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

John Willard & John Anshant


from Bob Connison


Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


John Willard & John Anshant

 

Image added 10/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 10/1

 

 

1906 Pre-State, Philadelphia issued

Dark blue on yellow, porcelain, 4-digit year vertical left, serial number to right, plate issued by City of Philadelphia.  Serial numbers are believed to start at 101.  These plates were assigned to the vehicle operator so were in effect a driver's license rather than a registration plate.  All plates measure 4" by 7".

from Bob Connison


John Willard & John Anshant

 

 

 

 

Passenger Plates

It should be noted that the state first issued plates in 1906, and plates from 1906 thru 1909 were assigned to the driver rather than the vehicle. 

Passenger, 1906 to present

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

1906, this was the first year for state-issued plates.

All plates were white on dark blue porcelain.  Serial numbers from 1 to over 13000.  PENNA over 1906 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1906 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich also known as Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

These #6  plates are the oldest surviving state-issued Pennsylvania plates known to exist. It all started off by getting an email from the then-owner of this plate pair in Florida. Unfortunately I no longer have his name. The story he related to me at the time was that many years ago his father picked up these plates at an antique dealer in Quakertown (PA). I don't know what he paid for them. Eventually the plates went to the son in Florida who decided he wanted to sell or auction them. He contacted me to see if there was a way to look up who the original owner was. Thru the help if fellow ALPCA member Jake Eckenrode, it was determined that the plates were issued to a Charles Henry Nadig of Allentown. The Nadig family were Swiss immigrants with a flare for creating some of the earliest horseless carriages. In fact Henry Nadig is credited in a Wiki article that one of his vehicles may be the oldest American made gasoline powered automobile that still exists. There were other Nadig generations in this family such as Henry Charles Nadig. So the plates were auctioned and as I recall fetched $21,000 thru an auction run by ALPCA member Jeff Minard. Since that time the plates have been separated. I recall seeing one of these plates in person at the ALPCA convention in Erie in 2009.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, 10000 to before 11516, 6½" x 10½"

Format 5, Before 11516 to over 13000 , 6½" x 10½", with larger strap slots.

Format 1

 


from Tim Gierschick

Note the difference in the spacing of the 6 on the two plates.

Format 2

from black19821


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 4

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1907

Plates were white on red porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 20000.  PENNA over 1907 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1907 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, 10000 to almost 20000, 6½" x 10½"

 

Format 1

Eric Conner/Swiegart Museum


from Tim Gierschick/Swiegart Museum


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

John Willard & John Anshant

 

 

Image added 10/1

 

Format 3

Sweigart Museum via Eric Conner

 

Format 4

from Don Bucchi

 

 

1908

Plates were black on yellow porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 25000.  PENNA over 1908 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1908 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, 10000 to almost 25000, 6½" x 10½"

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from Drew Steitz


 

Format 4

from Don Bucchi

 

 

1909

All plates were black on white porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 34000.  PENNA over 1909 on right side of 1 and 2 digit plates, PENNA 1909 across top of 3, 4 and 5 digit plates.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 7"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6½" x 7"

Format 3, 1000 to unknown, 6½" x 8¼"

Format 4, some 4-digit plates, 6½" x 10½"

Format 5, 10000 to over 34000, 6½" x 10½"

 

 

 

 

Note that some 4-digit plates use the 6½" x 8¼" base while others use the 6½" x 10½" version.  

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Eric Conner

 

Format 3

unknown

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

Clayton Moore plate

 

 

1910

Plates beginning in 1910 were assigned to the vehicle rather than the driver and bore the makers number.  Plates were white on dark blue porcelain.  Serial number from 1 to over 33000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1910 on left side of plate.  Bolt holes at corners; strap slots at top corners.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14" 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from Don Bucchi

 

Format 4

AACA Museum

 

Format 5

AACA Museum

 

 

1911

Plates were black on yellow porcelain.  Beveled edges were present on many higher numbered plates and replacement plates.  Serial number from 1 to over 43000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1911 on left side of plate.  Bolt holes at corners; strap slots at top corners.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Ing-Rich aka Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA.

Format 1, 1 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14" (some with beveled edges)  

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

Sweigart Museum via Eric Conner

 

Format 4

from Americana1900

 

Format 5

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1912

Plates were white on wood-grain porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to nearly 59000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1912 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA.

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

John Willard & John Anshant

 

 

Image added 10/1

  

Format 3

From Don Bucchi

 

Format 4

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

John Willard/John Anshant plate

 

 

1913

Plates were white on green porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to nearly 80000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1913 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA.

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12", some plates were re-fired over 1912 plates.  The 9497 plate shown here is an example.  The markings on the reverse of the plate were as used on early 1912 plates, not as shown on the 9620 plate below.

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13", some but not all plates were re-fired over 1912 plates.  The 18596 plate shown here is an example.

Format 5, 20000 and over, 6" x 14" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makers Number

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Format 3, re-fired 1912

from Ned Flynn

9497 reverse

from Ned Flynn


Format 3 on '13 base

from Platedog

9620 reverse

from Platedog

 

Format 4,

from Steve Ondik

16384 reverse

from Steve Ondik


re-fired 1912

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 5

John Anshant/John Willard plate


from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

 

 

1914 Passenger

Plates were white on black porcelain.  Serial numbers ran from 1 for the Governor, then 2 to 115000 on pneumatic tired vehicles.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1914 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA.

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 to 39999 reserved for truck and solid rubber tired vehicles with space for weight class band to the left of the legend, plates were 6" x 15¼".  (Click here for 1914 Truck info. However, plates above 30000 from this series were issued to cars and did not have a weight strip attached.  This was in order to use some of the excess plates that had been manufactured and not needed for trucks. 

Format 6, 30000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

Format 7, 100000 to 115000, 6" x 15", then began using tags in the Format 5, 30000 series.

 

Data updated with help from Eric Tanner.  

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

from Steve Ondik


Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

  

Format 5

from old2new4u


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 6

from eBay user ouily2013


John Anshant/John Willard plate

 

Format 7

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1915 Passenger

Plates were white on sky blue porcelain.  Serial number from 2 to over 160000.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1915 on left side of plate.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

Format 1, 2 to 99, 6" x 8"

Format 2, 100 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 3, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 12"

Format 4, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 13"

Format 5, 20000 to 29999 reserved for truck series with space for weight class band to the left of the legend, 6" x 15¼".  Some plates from this series were issued to cars and did not have the weight strip attached.

Format 6, 30000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

Format 7, 100000 and above, 6" x 15"

It has long been noted that some plates have raised numbers and no period after PENNA, while others have sunken numbers and a period after PENNA.  Sunken numbers are first reported in the 56000 series, and then were seen off and on.  At this point no attempt will be made to further parse this mystery.

 

Thanks to Ned Flynn and Eric Tanner for their assistance.

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

State Museum


from Steve Ondik

3781 reverse

from Steve Ondik


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4

John Anshant/John Willard plate

 

Format 5

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 6

 

 

Format 7

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1916 Passenger

Plates were black on orange painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 230000.  On left side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1916 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 11"

Format 2, 1000 to 9999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 10000 to 19999, 6" x 14"

Format 4, 30000 and above, 6" x 16"

(20000 to 29999 were reserved for trucks)

Format 1, 2-digit

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 3-digit

from Bob Connison

 

Format 2

anonymous

 

Format 3

Image needed

 

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


 

 

 

1917 Passenger

Plates were white or light cream on brown painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 300000.  On left side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1917 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 11"

Format 2, 1000 to 1999, 6" x 13½"

Format 3, 2000 to 99999, 6" x 14"

Format 4, 100000 and above , 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 3

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

1918 Passenger

Plates were white on black painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 367000.  On left side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1918 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1000 to 99999, 6" x 13½"

Format 3, 100000 and above, 6" x 16"

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


John Willard/John Anshant plate

 

Format 2

State Museum

 

Format 3

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

1919 Passenger

Plates were red on black painted steel.  Serial number from 2 to over 450000.  Legend has moved to right side of plate, PENNA over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1919 below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  See sizes below.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1000 to 99999, 6" x 13½"

Format 3, 100000 and above, 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Unknown format

from Kettering Enterprises

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


John Willard/John Anshant plate


John Willard/John Anshant plate

 

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle


State Museum

 

Format 3


America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

1920 Passenger

White on dark blue, serial 2 to over 525-000, legend PENNA and 1920 along bottom, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 20-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13½"

Format 4, 100-000 and above , 6" x 16"

 

Note: According to 1920 Motor Vehicle Registration Records, the number block from 1-000 to 1-199, was registered to, or reserved for the PA State Highway Department.  It is unknown if all state-owned vehicles were registered to the PA State Highway Department.  It is also unknown if there were additional blocks of numbers reserved for automobiles or trucks.

  

 

 

Format 1

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3

from State Museum

 

Format 4

from Drew Steitz

 

 

1921 Passenger

Black or dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to over 630-000, legend PENNA and 1921 along bottom flanked by small keystones, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs.  Manufactured in PA prison system. 

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 20-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13½"

Format 4, 100-000 and above , 6" x 16"

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Pl8source

 

 

Format 3

Image needed

 

Format 4

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross


from John Willard

 

 

1922 Passenger

Brown on cream, serial 2 to over 764-000, legend PENNA and 1922 along bottom flanked by small keystones, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13½"

Format 4, 100-000 to over 764-000, 6" x 16"

 

 

 

 

It is unknown why three plates with the same serial number would have been issued.

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

3 plates w/ same number

from John Willard

from John Willard

from John Willard


Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

1923 Passenger

Yellow on dark blue, serial 2 to over 985-000, legend PENNA and 1923 along bottom flanked by small keystones, 10" plates did not have bottom holes.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13½"

Format 4, 100-000 to 852-394, 6" x 16"

Format 5, 883-073 to over 985-000, 6" x 15"

Many plates with dash separators are above the mid-line, while others are at the mid-line.  There are two different locations for strap slots in the Format 4 and Format 5 plates.  Format 4 plates are are closer to the bolt holes; Format 5 are closer to the corners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


unknown source

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

America on Wheels


Runkle's Notary

 

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

 

1924 Passenger

Dark blue on yellow, , serial 2 to 1-000-000, then A1 to over A-45000, legend PENNA and 1924 along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Some plates had strap slots.  This was the final year for slots.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999, 6" x 15"

Format 4, 1-000-000, 6" x 17¼"

Format 5, A-1 to A-45999, 6" x 15"

 

*Alpha plate formatting is subject to verification

 

 

 

Format 1, single digit

Upper right corner area is pre-punched or scribed to allow strap slot

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 4-digit

from stonewall-gold-mining-company

 

Format 2, w/ strap slots

from Tim Gierschick


Format 2, w/o strap slots

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3, w/ strap slots

America on Wheels


Format 3, w/o strap slots

from Pl8source

 

 

Format 4

Sweigart Museum

 

Format 5

from Jaska Börner

 

 

1925 Passenger

Yellow on dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A1 to over B57-000, legend 1925 and PENNA and along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 999 + 2 & 3 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, + 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, + 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 to 999-999, + 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

Format 5, A to B-99 up to 3 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 6, A-100 to B-999, 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 12"

Format 7, A1-000 to B9-999, 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 8, A10-000 to B99-999, 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

Alpha characters were the same size as numeric characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 3

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1926 Passenger

Dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to 999-999, then A to over D65-000, legend 1926 and PENNA and along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 1-000 to 9-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 4, 100-000 to 999-999, 6" x 15"

Format 5, A to C-99 up to 3 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 10"

Format 6, A-100 to C-999, 4 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 12"

Format 7, A1-000 to C9-999, 5 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 13"

Format 8, A10-000 to C99-999, 6 character alpha-numeric, 6" x 15"

Beginning in 1926, alpha characters were smaller than numeric characters.

 

Format 1, Good Roads

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 4

 

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8 alpha-numeric

Runkle's Notary plate

 

 

1927 Passenger

Yellow on dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A1 to over D62-000, legend 1927 and PENNA and along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999

Format 4, A to D999, 6" x 10" (size not verified)

Format 5, A1-000 to D9-999, 6" x 13"

Format 6, A10-000 to D99-999, 6" x 15"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

Format 3


from Jim Moini

 

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

State Museum plate

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

 

1928 Passenger

Dark blue on yellow, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A1 to over E24-000, etc., legend PENNA and 1928 along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999, 6" x 15"

Format 4, A to E999, 6" x 10"

Format 5, A1-000 to E9-999, 6" x 13"

Format 6, A10-000 to E99-999, 6" x 15"

The Format 3 blue on silver plate shown below and to the right is 6"x 15" and believed to be a test plate, and is made of aluminum.

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from eBay seller Kope2112


from Chuck Sakryd


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 3


from Jim Moini


Format 3 test

from John Willard

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

 

1929 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, serial 2 to 999-999, then A, A-1 to over F19-000, etc., legend 1929 then PENNA along top border flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, 2 to 9999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, 10-000 to 99-999, 6" x 13"

Format 3, 100-000 to 999-999, 6" x 15"

Format 4, A to F-999, 6" x 10"

*Format 5, A1-000 to F9-999, 6" x 13"

Format 6, A10-000 to F99-999, 6" x 15"

*Certain Alpha plate formatting is subject to verification

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

AACA Museum plate


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 3

from Joe Bosche

  

Format 4

from Jeff Hinkle


from Ned Flynn

 

Format  5

Image needed

 

Format  6

from Jim Moini


 

 

 

1930 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1930 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z9999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Format 8 - 0AA00 to 9ZZ99

Format 9 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 10 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Unknown if all formats were used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1, 10-inch

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 1, 12-inch

from Jim Moini

 

Format 2

from Jeff Hinkle


from Joe Bosche

 

Format 3

unknown source


AACA Museum plate

 

Format 4

America on Wheels plate


colors reversed

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/24  

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

from John Willard


from Nick Smith

 

Format 8

Image needed

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

 

1931 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA then 1931 along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z9999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Format 1, 10"

from Clayton Moore


from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick


unknown source


Format 1, 12"

from Tim Gierschick

Governor's plate or not? Probably just the #1 Passenger plate of 1931.  Read the article and comments on this plate.  This plate was likely refinished with the wrong color.

 

 

 

Format 2, 10"

America on Wheels plate


Format 2, 12"

from Joe Bosche


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 3

Image needed

 

Format 4, 12"

from Deb Kaczmar

 

Format 5, 10"

Runkles Notary


Format 5, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 6, 12"

from Jim Moini

 

Format 7, 10"

from John Willard


from Nick Smith


from Fred Carlton


Format 7, 12"

 

 

 

1932 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1932 along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z9999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ999

Format 8 - 0AA to 9ZZ99

 

 

Format 1, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Sweigart Museum / Eric Conner


Format 1, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2, 12"

from Bob Connison

 

Format 3, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 4, 10"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 4, 12"

from Joe Bosche

 

 

 

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6, 12"

from John Willard

 

Format 7, 10"

Runkle's Notary


Format 7, 12"


America on Wheels

 

Format 8

Image needed

 

 

1933 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, legend PENNA then 1933 along top flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".  Note some plates had the legend reversed reading 1933 PENNA.

Format 1 - 1 to 99999

Format 2 - A to Z9999

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z999

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z99

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z9

Format 6 - 0000A to 9999Z

Format 7 - AA to ZZ & AA1 to ZZ99

Format 8 - AA100 to ZZ999

 

 

Format 1, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 1, 12"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, reversed legend

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 9/17  

Format 2, 12"

from John Willard


Format 2, reversed legend

Runkles notary

 

Format 3, 12"

from Joe Bosche


America on Wheels

 

Format 4, 10"

from PA plate collector Paul Fry

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from Dennis Miglicio

 

Image added 9/17

 

Format 7, 10"

from Sarge / Klassy Karz


from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 8, 10"

Image needed

 

 

This was an experimental or test plate, made of aluminum with a reflective year tab riveted to the plate.  The color is burnt orange or copper, while the embossed features are not painted.  The reverse is also painted orange.  The tab appears to contain the year, 33, and a serial number A25369.  Plate measures 6" x 10".

Test

from John Lemons

 

 

1934 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1934 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".  Serial number dies were new in 1934.

Format 1 - 1 to 9999, 6" x 10" & 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A to Z999, 6" x 10" & A1000 to Z9999, 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z99, 6" x 10" & 1A000 to 9Z999, 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z9, 6" x 10" & 10A00 to 99Z99, 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10" & 100A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

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

Format 7 - AA to ZZ & AA1 to ZZ99, 6" x 10"

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

Format 1, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 12"

America on Wheels

 

Format 2, 10", single letter progression

from Eric Tanner


Format 2, 10", A00 progression

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 2, 10", A000 progression

from Graham Ham

of West Australia

 

Format 3, 12"

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4, 10"

unknown source


Format 4, 12"

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

John Willard & John Anshant

 

 

Image added 10/1   

Format 7, 10", AA progression

from John Willard


Format 7, 10", AA1 to ZZ99 progression

from John Willard

 

Format 8

Image needed

 

 

1935 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, legend 1935 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Issued in pairs.  1 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1 to 9999, 6" x 10" & 10000 to 99999, 6" x 12"

Format 2 - A to Z999, 6" x 10" & A1000 to Z9999, 6" x 12"

Format 3 - 0A to 9Z99, 6" x 10" & 1A000 to 9Z999, 6" x 12"

Format 4 - 00A to 99Z9, 6" x 10" & 10A00 to 99Z99, 6" x 12"

Format 5 - 000A to 999Z, 6" x 10" & 100A0 to 999Z9, 6" x 12"

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

Format 7 - AA to ZZ, 6" x 10" & AA1 to ZZ999, both sizes

Format 8 - 0AA to 9BD99, both sizes

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2, 12"

America on Wheels

 

Format 3

Runkles Notary

 

Format 4, 10"

from Joe Bosche


Format 4, 12"

from Jim Moini

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7, 10"

John Willard/John Anshant plate


from John Willard


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 7, 12"

From Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 8

Image needed

 

 

1936 Passenger

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1936 then PENNA along top flanked by small 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 USE ONLY, but formatted differently.

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"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2, 10"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 3, 12"

from Joe Bosche


from Jim Moini

 

Format 4

Runkles Notary

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from James Andreucci

 

Format 7

America on Wheels

 

Format 8

 

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

 

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 9ZZ99, 6" x 10" & 6" x 12"

Format 9 with keystones - 2MC86 to 9PK34, 6" x 12"

Format 1

Runkles Notary

 

Format 2, 10"

from John Wiillard

 

Format 3

YOM plate

 

Format 4

 

Format 5, 10"

unknown

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

Image needed

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

Format 9 with keystones

from Christopher Zavatski


from Dave Lincoln

 

 

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 - 10000 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"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

 

 

Image added 9/17  

 

Format 3, 10"


Format 3, 12"

from Joe Bosche

 

Image added 9/17   

Format 4, 10"


Format 4, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 5, 12"

Runkles Notary

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 10"

unknown

 

Format 9

John Willard & John Anshant

 

Image added 10/1

 

 

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 - 10000 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 9ZZ9, 6" x 10"

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

from Bill Ceravola

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Runkles Notary

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

America on Wheels


 

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

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 - 10000 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"

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3, 10"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3, 12"

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4

 

 

 

Image added 10/8 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

America on Wheels

 

Format 7

from Bob Griffen

 

Format 8

 

 

Format 9

State Museum

 

Format 10

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

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 - 10000 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"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

America on Wheels

 

Format 3

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 9

 

 

Format 10

unknown source

 

 

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 - 10000 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"

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

from Joe Bosche

 

Format 9

State Museum

 

Format 10 w/ 43 tab

from Aimee Senott

 

 

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

 

 

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 - 1000 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 9ZZ9, 6" x 10"

Format 1, 10"

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 11"

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 3, 10"

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from Don

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

unknown

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

 

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 - 1000 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 9ZZ9

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 3

Image needed

 

Format 4

from Bob Griffen

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 7

from Runkles Notary

 

Format 8

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

 

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 - 1000 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

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 3

Image needed

 

Format 4

from Don

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

Image needed

 

Format 9

unknown

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

 

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 - 1000 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

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

from Don

 

Format 4

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 5

America on Wheels

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

Format 10

from Aimee Senott

 

 

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 - 1000 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

Format 1

from Sarge / Klassy Karz

 

Format 2

Image needed

 

Format 3

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4

from Sarge / Klassy Karz

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

 

 

Format 8

from Runkles Notary

 

Format 9

from Bob Griffen

 

Format 10

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

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 - 1000 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

Format 11 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 1, 4-character

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

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

from Don

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

 

Format 9

Image needed

 

Format 10

from Runkles Notary

 

Format 11

Image needed

 

 

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 - 1000 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 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99

Format 10 - 10AA0 to 99ZZ9

Format 11 - 000AA to 999ZZ

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 3

 

 

Format 4

from Don

 

Format 5

America on Wheels / Kyle Gross

 

Format 6

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 7

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 8

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

 

 

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 - 1000 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 1, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

from Don

 

Format 5

from Sarge / Klassy Karz

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Sarge / Klassy Karz


Format 8, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 9

 

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

Format 11

Image needed

 

Format 12

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 13

Image needed

 

 

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 10¼".

Format 1 - 1000 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, 6" x 10¼"

Format 11 - 00AA0 to 99ZZ9, 6" x 10¼"

Format 12 - 000AA to 999ZZ, 6" x 10¼"

Format 13 - D000A to P999Z, 6" x 10¼"

Bottom plate is a sample.

Format 1, 4-digit

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

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

America on Wheels
 

Format 6

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 8

America on Wheels

 

Format 9, 4-digit

from Steve Ondik


Format 9, 5-digit

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

Format 11

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 12

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 13

Image needed

 

Sample

from John Willard

 

 

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 10¼".

Format 1 - 1000 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 1, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2, 4-character

Runkle's Notary


Format 2, 5-character

 
 

Format 3, 4-character

from Kettering Enterprises


Format 3, 5-character

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from Steven Filipowski

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8

from Jeff Hinkle

 

Format 9

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

Format 11

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 12

from Lori Wakefield

 

Format 13

from Drew Steitz

 

 

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 10¼".

Format 1 - 1000 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 - Plates with fewer than 4 characters, non-standard issue

Format 1, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-character

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 9/17 

Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 9/17 

Format 4

from Amber


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 9/17  

Format 8, 4-character

from Aimee Senott


Format 8, 5-character

America on Wheels

 

Format 9

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 9/17

 

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

Format 11

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 12

unknown

 

Format 13

from eBay seller Eblaze
 

Format 14

Runkles Notary

 

Format 15

from Charlie Metz

 

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 10¼".

Format 1 - 1000 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

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Steve Ondik

 

Format 2

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 3

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 4, 4 characters

Runkles Notary


Format 4, 5 characters

 

 

Format 5

Image needed

 

Format 6

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Eric Conner & R Nixon


Format 8, 5-character

from Don

 

Format 9

America on Wheels
 

Format 10

AACA Museum

 

Format 11

Image needed

 

Format 12

 

 

Format 13

YOM plate
 

Format 14

Car show plate
 

Format 15

YOM plate
 

Format 16

from Tim Gierschick

 

 

1956 Passenger

Yellow over dark blue, state map outline with EXP. 3-31-57 in top map border, legend 1956 then PENNA along top.  Issued as singles.  Thinner 1957 dies were used later in the year.  Plates were now standardized at 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1000 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 (later plates used '57 dies)

Format 9 - 1AA0 to 9ZZ99 (later plates used '57 dies)

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 (later plates used '57 dies)

 

Format 1, 4-digit

from Tim Gierschick


Format 1, 5-digit

from Tim Gierschick

 

Format 2

from Sarge / Klassy Karz

 

Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 4

from Aimee Senott

 

Format 5

America on Wheels


from Ned Flynn

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

from Drew Steitz

 

Format 8, 4-character

from Tim Gierschick


Format 8, 5-character

from Jeff Hinkle


Format 8, 5-character, '57 dies

 

 

Format 9

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 10

Image needed

 

Format 11

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 12

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 13

Image needed

 

Format 14

Image needed

 

Format 15 w/ standard dies

from Aimee Senott


Format 15 w/ 1957 dies

from Ned Flynn

 

Sample

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

1957 Passenger

I'm planning a special article with '57 Passenger plates.  The theme will be the different plate dies used, and what appears to be inconsistency, but first I'd like to fill as many of the format gaps below as possible.  Thanks.

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 accomodate 6 characters.  Issued as singles.  All plates measure 6" x 12".

Format 1 - 1000 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

Format 1, 4-digit

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 4

Image needed

 

Format 5

America on Wheels

 

Format 6

Image needed

 

Format 7

Image needed

 

Format 8, 4-character


Format 8, 5-character

AACA Museum

 

Format 9, 4-character

John Willard & John Anshant


Format 9, 5-character

 

 

 

Image added 10/15 

Format 10

Image needed

 

Format 11

 

 

Format 12

Runkle's Notary

 

Format 13

America on Wheels

 

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.  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

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 Tim Gierschick


Format 5, 5 digit, w/ slot

from Steve Ondik

 

Format 6, 4 digit, w/ slot


Format 6, 5 digit, w/ slot

from Steve Ondik

 

Image added 9/24

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 - Reserve 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).

 

 

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

 

Format 7, reserve

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

 

Image previously posted on

Governors' Plate Page

 

Sample

 

 

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.

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


from Eric Conner

 

Format 8, Lt. Governor

from Chuck Harrington


Format 8, state officials/dignitaries

from Eric Conner


from Jeff Hinkle

 

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-744 *

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

 

 

 

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 2

 

 

Format 3

from Jim and Lori Wakefield

 

Format 4

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Format 5

from George Kunsman

 

Format 6, vanity

w/ 84 to 93 stickers

from Tim Gierschick


w/ 89 to 98 stickers

from Tim Gierschick



from Lee Madigan


from Eric Conner

 

Format 7, Political Lt. Governor

from Eric Conner

 

 

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

Unknown/oddball/error

from John Anshant


Inversion error

from Matt Ciecka

 

Sample

 

 

 

1983 - 1987 Passenger, renewable to 2002

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. *

 

 

 

Standard issue

HAA-000 to RWP-255


 

 

Vanity

from Ned Flynn


from Ned Flynn


from Tom Perri

 

Inversion error

from Clayton Moore

 

Sample


Oddball sample

from Steve Ondik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 10/8 

 

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. 

Format 1



from Eric Conner

 

Format 2

from Eric Conner



from Steve Ondik


from Steve Ondik

 

Vanity

from George Kunsman


from Tim Gierschick


from Grant


from Ned Flynn

 

Format 1 sample


Format 2 sample

 

 

 

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. 

Standard issue

from Nick Tsilakis



 

 

Remake

 

 

Vanity

from Tom Perri


from Bill Jesse


from Nick Tsilakis



from Bill Ceravola


from Eric Conner


from Nick Tsilakis


 

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 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 to current high, 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image updated 9/17

 

 

 

 

 

Images

 

 

updated

 

 

10/8

 

Format 2


from Ryan Battin



from C.R. Sweitzer

 

 

Image updated 9/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image updated 9/17

 

Vanity

 

anonymous

 

Prototype

 

 

Oddball, without sticker well and without map

 

 

 

* Some statistical data thanks to Eric Tanner.

 

 

 

 

 

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