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Truck Plates

This page is a new endeavor. When this website was started almost 15 years ago, I never planned to do anything but current plates. As that goal became reachable, the site was expanded to several groupings of older plates. And so it continued to grow until almost every type except older passenger and trucks were included. That said, I'm going to need much help and many photos.

Truck / Commercial, 1914 to present

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

1914, this was the first year for state issued truck plates.

Plates were white on black porcelain.  Serial number from 20000 to 39999 were reserved for trucks, and cars with solid rubber tires, but only some 6000 were issued.  Aluminum weight strip on left with 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight rating.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1914 on left side of plate.  Issued in pairs.  Plate size is 6" by 15".  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

3 star

from Bob Connison

 

 

1915 Truck

Plates were white on sky blue porcelain.  Serial number from 20000 to 29999 were reserved for trucks, and cars with solid rubber tires.  Aluminum weight strip on left with 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight rating.  PENNA over the aluminum keystone with the makers number inscribed on the keystone, over 1915 on left side of plate.  Issued in pairs.  Plate size is 6" by 15".  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

3 star

from Jim Moini


from Kelly Brewer

 

 

Image added 4/16 

 

1916 Truck

Plates were black on orange painted steel.  To the left side of the serial number PENNA embossed over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1916 embossed below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  On the far left were 1 to 5 stars arranged vertically indicating the weight rating.  Issued in pairs.  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

It appears that truck and solid rubber tire vehicles plates were generally in the 20000 to 29999 range, however, truck plates outside of this series are known.  Nominal measurements are considered 6" by 16", actual measurement is 6⅛" by 16⅛".

 

 

 

 

1 star

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

 

 

3 star

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1917 Truck

Plates were white on brown painted steel.  To the left side of the serial number PENNA or PA embossed over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  1917 or 17 embossed below keystone.  PENNA & 1917 were used on lower number plates, while PA & 17 were used on higher plates.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  On the far left were 1 to 5 stars arranged vertically indicating the weight rating.  Issued in pairs.  Plates were made in state prison system.  All truck plates used a S prefix plus 1 to 5 digits.

Nominal measurements are considered 6" by 14" and 6" by 16", actual measurement of the larger plate is 6⅛" by 16⅛".

 

 

 

 

1 star

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

 

 

3 star

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918 Truck

Plates were white on black painted steel.  To the left side of the serial number PA embossed over embossed keystone. Maker's number was stamped into the keystone.  18 embossed below keystone.  An aluminum keystone was only used if the plate was transferred to another vehicle.  On the far left were 1 to 5 stars arranged vertically indicating the weight rating.  Issued in pairs.  Plates were made in state prison system.  All truck plates used a C prefix plus 1 to 5 digits.  Plate measurements for C+1 or 2 digits are 6" x 10", C+3 digits are 6" x 13", and C+4 or 5 digits were 6" x 16".

 

 

 

 

2 star

from Jeff Hinkle

 

3 star

from Jim Moini


from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1919 Truck

Red on black, legend, all embossed, PA over keystone over 19 to the right of the serial number.  The keystone has the VIN number inscribed.  To the far right is a stack of 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight class of the vehicle.  All truck plates used a C prefix plus 1 to 5 digits.  C+1 or 2 digits were 6" x 10", C+3 digits were 6" x 13", and C+4 or 5 digits were 6" x 16".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Stars

from Jim Moini


from Jim Moini


from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

Images

 

 

added

 

 

4/16 

3 Stars

from Jeff Hinkle


From Kelly Brewer


from Phil Tedeschi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920 Truck

White on dark blue, all embossed legend, plates up to 5 digits have COMMERCIAL on top, PENNA. 1920 along bottom and measure 7" high.  5 digit plates measure 7" by 13", plates  with fewer than 5 digits measure 7" by 12".  The 7" dimension is due to the plate legend on the top and bottom.  6-digit plates have COMMERCIAL, PENNA & 1920 along bottom and measure 6" by 16".  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.  Some 3-digit plate have been reported without a dash.

 

  

 

Class 2 or A

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

1921 Truck

Black on yellow, all embossed legend, PENNA COMMERCIAL 1921 along bottom.  All plates are believed to be 6"  by 16" regardless of the length of the serial number.  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.

Class 1 or AA

from Bob Connison

 

  

 

1922 Truck

Brown on cream, legend, all embossed, PENNA COMMERCIAL 1922 along bottom.  All plates are believed to be 6"  by 16" regardless of the length of the serial number.  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash or a space, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.

 

Class 1 or AA

from Bob Connison

 

 

Class 2 or A

from Kelly Brewer

 

 

1923 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, PENNA COMMERCIAL 1923 along bottom.  All plates are believed to be 6"  by 16" regardless of the length of the serial number.  The connection between plate serial number and weight class may be related to the first digit in the serial number.  The serial number can have 1 to 3 digits in the first grouping, then a dash or a space, then the second grouping which can have up to 3 digits.

Class 1 or AA

from Bob Connison


from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

1924 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, legend, all embossed, PENNA 1924 along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones. New letter weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 2 to 4 characters, 6" by 12" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class V - mid-length

from Bob Connison

 

 

1925 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, 1925 PENNA along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones. Weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 1 to 4 characters, 6" by 12" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class R - mid-length

America on Wheels plate


Class R - long

from Bob Connison


Class R suffix - mid-length

from Bob Connison

 

 

1926 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, legend, all embossed, 1926 and PENNA along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones. Letter weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 12" for 2 to 4 characters, 6" by 13" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class R - long

from Bob Connison


Class R suffix - mid-length

from Pl8source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/9 

 

1927 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, 1927 and PENNA along top, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru Z, excluding X, normally in the prefix position; however, there were R suffix overflow plates.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Letter size in 1927 was smaller than numbers.  Sizes were based on number of characters, 6" by 10" for 1 to 4 characters, 6" by 13" for 5 characters, and 6" by 15" for 6 characters.

Class R - short

from Tim Gierschick


Class R - long

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

1928 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1928 flanked by small keystones.  First letter designates weight class.  Numerical portion can be 1 to 5 digits.  2, 3 & 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 13", 6 character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R-1 to R99-999, some plates identified with R suffix

Class S - S-1 to S53-000

Class T - T-1 to T21-000

Class U - U-1 to U6500

Class V - V-1 to V9200

Class W - W-1 to W5-000

Class Y - Y-1 to Y5-000

Class Z - Z-1 to Z2-000

Class R - long

from Bob Connison

 

Class S - short

from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

1929 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, 1929 and PENNA along top, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru ZZ, excluding X.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  2, 3 & 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 13", 6 character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R

Class S

Class T

Class U

Class V

Class W

Class Y

Class Z

Class ZZ

Class R - mid-size

America on Wheels plate


Class R - long

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

1930 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1930 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Final 2 letters designate weight class.  Numerical portion can be 2 or 3 digits.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

*Class R - 01AA to 999FZ

Class S - 01GA to 999KZ

Class T - 01LA to 999MZ

Class U - 01NA to 999NZ

Class V - 01PA to 999PZ

Class W - 01RA to 999RZ

Class Y - 01SA to 999SZ

Class Z - 01UA to 999UZ

Class ZZ - 01VA to 999VZ

*Much of the class data above came from a 1930 Bulletin Almanac.

Class R

from John Willard


from John Willard


 

 

Class S

from John Willard

 

 

1931 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, PENNA and 1931 along bottom, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru ZZ, excluding X.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Plate sizes need to be resolved.

Class R - R0A00, R00A0, R000A, 0R0A0

Class S - S0A00, S00A0, S000A, 0S0A0

Class T - T0A00, T00A0

Class U - U0A00

Class V - V0A00

Class W - W0A00

Class Y - Y0A00

Class Z - Z0A00

Three axle classes had RZ to ZZ classes, plate formatting uncertain.

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

 

 

Image added 4/16  

 

1932 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1932 then across top flanked by small keystones.  First 1 or 2 letters designate weight class.  Numerical portion can be 5 or 4 digits for a total of 6 characters.  Plate measures 6" x 15".

Class R - R10-000

Class S - S10-000

Class T - T10-000

Class U - U10-000

Class V - V10-000

Class W - W10-000

Class Y - Y10-000

Class Z - Z10-000

Class RZ - RZ1-000

Class SZ - SZ1-000

Class TZ - TZ1-000

Class UZ - UZ1-000

Class VZ - VZ1-000

Class WZ - WZ1-000

Class YX - YZ1-000

Class ZZ - ZZ1-000

Class T

from John Willard

 

 

 

1933 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, legend, all embossed, PENNA and 1933 along top, legend flanked by small keystones.  Weight classification system from R thru ZZ, excluding X.  These letter classes identified the vehicle as a truck.  Plate measures 6" x 15".

Class R - R10-000

Class S - S10-000

Class T - T10-000

Class U - U10-000

Class V - V10-000

Class W - W10-000

Class Y - Y10-000

Class Z - Z10-000

Class RZ - RZ1-000

Class SZ - SZ1-000

Class TZ - TZ1-000

Class UZ - UZ1-000

Class VZ - VZ1-000

Class WZ - WZ1-000

Class YX - YZ1-000

Class ZZ - ZZ1-000

 

Images needed

 

 

 

1934 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend 34 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across bottom.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  Plate measures 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YX - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R

from Jim Moini


from Bob Connison

 

 

Image updated 4/30

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/2

 

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

Image added 4/2

 

 

1935 Truck

Yellow over dark blue, legend 35 then TRUCK  then PA flanked by small keystones across bottom.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  5-character plates measure 6" x 12", 6-character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000

Class R - R00-00A (15")

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, SA000

Class S - S00-00A (15")

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R

from Bob Connison


Class R 15" design

 

 

Image added 4/9 

 

1936 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, legend 36 then TRUCK  then PA flanked by small keystones across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  5-character plates measure 6" x 12", 6-character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000

Class R - R00-00A (15")

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, SA000

Class S - S00-00A (15")

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R

from Chuck Sakryd


from Bob Connison

 

 

Images

 

 

added

 

 

4/9  

Class T

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 4/9 

 

 

 

 

1937 Truck

Yellow over dark blue, legend 37 then TRUCK  then PA flanked by small keystones across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  5-character plates measure 6" x 12", 6-character plates measure 6" x 15".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, RA000 (12")

Class R - R00-00A (15")

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, SA000 (12")

Class S - S00-00A (15")

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R, 12"

from Bob Connison


Class R, 15"

from Jim Moini

 

 

Image added 4/9

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/23

 

Class S

from Jim Moini


from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/23

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 4/9

 

Class T

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 4/9

 

Class U

unknown source

 

 

Image added 4/9

 

 

1938 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, map outline border, legend 38 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  All plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/23 

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/23

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/23

other classes

 

 

 

 

1939 Truck

Yellow over dark blue, map outline border, legend 39 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  All plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/30 

 

Class T

from Jim Moini

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

 

other classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1940 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, map outline border, legend 40 then TRUCK flanked by small keystones then PA across top.  First letter from R thru Z excluding X, not followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 2-axle truck; first letter from R thru Z excluding X, followed by Z designates the weight classis for a 3-axle truck.  See formatting below.  All plates are 5-character and measure 6" x 12".

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class S

from Jim Moini

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/30 

other classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline with EXP 3-31-42 in top border, legend 41 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.    All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 12", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class S

from Jim Moini


from Bob Connison

 

 

Images

 

 

added

 

 

4/30  

 

Class T

from Jim Moini

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

Class V

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

other classes

 

 

 

1942 Truck

Dark blue over yellow, map outline with EXP 3-31-43 in top border, legend 41 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.    All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 12", and are issued in pairs.

Class R - R000A, R00A0, R0A00, R00AA

Class S - S000A, S00A0, S0A00, S00AA

Class T - T000A, T00A0, T0A00

Class U - U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA

Class V - V000A

Class W - W000A

Class Y - Y000A

Class Z - Z000A

Class RZ - RZ00A

Class SZ - SZ00A

Class TZ - TZ00A

Class UZ - UZ00A

Class VZ - VZ00A

Class WZ - WZ00A

Class YZ - YZ00A

Class ZZ - ZZ00A

Class R

from Bob Connison


from Jim Moini

 

 

Images

 

 

added

 

 

4/30 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

Class U w/ 43 tab

from Kelly Brewer

 

 

Image added 4/30

 

other classes

 

 

 

 

 

1943 Truck

 

 

 

 

1944 Truck

 

 

 

 

1945 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, top legend 45 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YZ, ZZ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class R

from Bob Connison

 

Class S

from Bob Connison

 

Class T

from Bob Connison

 

Class Y

from Bob Connison

 

 

1946 Truck

 

 

 

 

1947 Truck

 

 

 

 

1948 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, top legend 48 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

 

Class S

 

 

 

 

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1949 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 49 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

 

 

 

1950 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 50 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1951 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 51 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

 

 

 

1952 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 52 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border, although the test/sample plate has a 5-31.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11", although the Class R test/sample plate shown here measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class R test / sample

from John Willard


Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1953 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 53 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1954 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 54 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1955 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 55 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1956 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 56 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate are now standardized at 6" x 12".  Some plates use the narrower '57 dies, and a base with a narrower map outline.  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1957 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 57 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 6 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining characters will include an additional letter.  Plate measures 6" x 12".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX, two letter prefixes not confirmed.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

 

1958 - 1963, multi-year Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend PA then TRUCK then 58, first use of a small keystone separator which is located between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Early plates had a tab slot to the left of 58 for a renewal tab which was never used.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner in place of the tabs.  Plates measure 6" x 12".  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX.  The WT, YT, ZT classes are for 3-axle truck tractors.  The progression within weight classes R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00.

Class R with slot

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R without slot

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class S  without slot

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class ZX  without slot

from John Willard

 

Class ZZ  without slot

from John Willard

 

 

1964 - 1967, multi-year Truck

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend PA then TRUCK then 64, small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner.  Plates measure 6" x 12".  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX.  The WT, YT, ZT classes are for 3-axle truck tractors.  The progression within weight classes R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00.

Class R - 1st progression

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R - 2nd progression

from Jeff Lawson


Class R - 3rd progression

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class S

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class T

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Class V

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

1968 - 1971, multi-year Truck

Dark blue on yellow, revised map outline, top legend COMMERCIAL, bottom PENNSYLVANIA, embossed outline for sticker well lower left.  Early plates had 68 etched into the sticker with no sticker used in 68.  A new plate serial coding system was introduced using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers.  The weight (& axle) classes are no longer associated with the registration number.

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Error plate

from Clayton Moore

 

Test plate

 

 

 

1972 - 1977, multi-year Truck

Yellow on dark blue, the map outline has been replaced by a narrow embossed border, top legend COMMERCIAL, bottom legend PENNSYLVANIA, sticker wells upper left and right corners.  Serial coding again using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers. 

 

 

 

 

1978 - 1984, multi-year, renewable to 2000 Truck

Dark blue on yellow, top legend PENNSYLVANIA, bottom TRUCK, sticker wells upper left and right corners.  Serial coding again using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers.  After reaching CZ-99999, the series went to 10000-CA and progressed into the CC series.

 

 

 

1984 - 2000, multi-year, renewable to 2002 Truck

Yellow on dark blue, top legend TRUCK, bottom PENNSYLVANIA, sticker well in lower left corner.  Serial coding starting CD-10000 and ran into the CJ series where it was stopped and a new series starting at YA-00000.  As best as I can remember, PennDOT claimed there was a computer issue with too many registrations starting with C.

 

 

 

 

1999 - 2004, multi-year, renewable to present Truck

Dark blue on white with fading bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, YAA-0000 to YRR-9810 or above, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and TRUCK embossed along bottom.

 

 

 

 

2005 - 2017, multi-year, renewable to present Truck

Dark blue on white with solid bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, YSA-0000 to YZZ-9999, then ZBA-0000 to current high, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and visitPA.com screened across bottom; image at right is first of this base issued. 

 

 

 

2017, pending Truck

By the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, PennDOT says they will begin issuing these. 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 Pennsylvania map has been put it its place. 

 

 

 

 

 

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