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Other Years: 2023 Archives
The Plate of the Week award goes to John Clark for spotting this RARE Mayflower Descendant plate. In order to quality for one of these plates, you must have your lineage verified, so I don't expect a ton of these to be issued.
John Clark also sends in this new high for the Waynesburg University type. This college is located in the southwest part of the state - shockingly enough in Waynesburg, PA. Their plate program started in 2012 so about 8 plates are issued per year, on average. For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!
Here's another high for the week, this time from Bruce Sakson for the McDonald Volunteer Fire Company plate type. This fire company is located in the southwest suburbs of Pittsburgh and their plate program has been around since 2012, meaning about 5 plates are issued every year.
John Kerestes spotted this blue base Emergency Medical Services plate. According to a 2004 bulletin from the PA Department of Health, one must be "associated with EMS organizations such as a quick response servive (QRS), licensed ambulance service, or emergency department." This type started in 1985.
Last but not least, we have this beautiful low-number 1919 Passenger plate from Jeff Lesher. The highest number observed for 1919 is 449444 - click the link for more information!
LEGISLATION UPDATE: House Bill 73, which would authorize new "Operation Inherent Resolve" license plates, is now in the Senate. Most recently, the bill received final passage in the House on October 30, 2023, and is now in the Senate where it received first consideration on February 7, 2024. You can see any plate-related legislation news at the Legislation page, linked here.
John McDevitt sends in this prototype image of what appears to be a State Police Motorcycle plate. This represents the first time in the history of the PA State Police that such tags have been issued. More to come on these!
Matt Ciecka shares his latest collecting find with us, an Antique Motorcycle plate in very nice condition. As of this post, the current high for this type is 053A0, which means that 00000 - 09999 were issued, then 000A0 - 053A0 (and counting).
Here's a personalized Autism Society of America plate, spotted by Avery Merz. This is a "first-of" image for this site. This plate costs $50, plus another $104 to personalize. Click here to order one!
Instagram user "mg64" snapped this picture of letter "I". Single letters are tough to spot in the wild but it's always fun when you do see one. These are technically vanity plates and follow the same rules and pricing as other vanity plates. Thanks to Instagram user "pl8thry" for sending to me. To see if a vanity plate is available, check out PennDOT's "Personalized Registration Plate Availability" tool, linked here.
In January 2023, Jordan Irazabal took over the reigns of the website with John McDevitt maintaining creative control and being the primary media editor. At the time the reigns were handed over, the goal was to convert the entire website to a new design, but to also bring the underlying code into the current generation. We are pleased to announce that the website conversion is now complete. Please take a look around and enjoy the new look and features, including clicking "(history)" under any type name to see the entire history for each type. As always, please submit pictures to our email address (listed on the Contact page) and/or on the Keystone State Plates page on Facebook.
Allen Minch sends in this "first-of" picture of the new The Colebrookdale Railroad plate type. This type was announced in July 2023 but it appears that the first plate was issued in January 2024. This organization is located in Boyertown. This plate costs $42, plus an additional $128 to personalize, as seen in this picture. Message them through their Facebook page to order one!
Brayden Harnish shares this picture of this hot-off-the-press Organ Donors Save Lives plate, which is also a new high! This type started in 2004, which means 111 plates are ordered per year, on average. For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!
Here's a personalized U.S. Military Airborne Units plate, spotted by Fred Gardner. Nick Tsilakis previously spotted this one as well. This type started in 2013 and is available to veterans or active duty members of this unit. Click here to order one, cost is $26 for a numbered plate, plus an additional $128 to personalize.
The last post for this week is a fun one: a 1955 YOM plate! YOM stands for "Year of Manufacture" and the term is used when the vinage of the plate matches the vintage of the car. In other words, this is a 1955 plate on a 1955 car. YOM plates are authorized in Pennsylvania from 1906 - 1976, any plate type may be used, and registration is required (click here to learn more). This was spotted in Greenwood, Delaware by Noah Foster.
Here's a type that is seldom spotted: Hearing Impaired. In order to qualify for this plate, your doctor must certify that you are indeed hearing impaired, but you do not get any special parking privileges! If you want to order one of these plates for your car, here is the link to the PennDOT form. Thanks to John McDevitt for the picture.
Avery Merz spotted this picture of a new Truck high. There has been some speculation on what the next serial format will be once ZZZ-9999 is reached. Some people think, 0000-YBA, others think YBA-000A. Head to Keystone State Plates on Facebook to chat about this and other PA plate-related topics! For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!
Here's a personalized University of Pittsburgh plate, courtesy of Mike Natale. This type started in 1988 on the blue base.
Here's another high, this time from Bruce Bufalini for the Permanent Trailer plate type. This type started in 1997 on the blue base and is typically issued to semi trailers.
Mike Sells shares this awesome pair of pictures of a 1911 Passenger plate. The highest number known for 1911 is 44272, and plates were made with a beveled edge starting at 31000. Some numbers under 31000 are known with beveled edges; those are believed to be replacement plates. Click the link for more info!
Two more special organization types will soon be available to order: The Edward Francis Cancer Foundation and Fairfield Hose Company! We have a picture of the former type (thanks to John Clark) and will post a picture of the latter type when one becomes available. Thanks to John McDevitt for the news of the latter.
Our own John McDevitt snapped this picture of a personalized Distracted Driving Awareness plate. Since personalization became available back in 2014, lots of plates that looked like "Number 1", when in reality they are just a personalized version of a special org plate. In this case, their registration is "DA1."
Bruce Bufalini shares this picture of what is likely a personalized Fire Fighter plate. It's possible that this is a remake of the first Fire Fighter plate issued back in 1983, but the general consensus is that this is personalized to appear that it's the first one issued.
Here's an oldie: a 1931 Department of Highways plate. This was the first year for this plate type and it was only issued for 5 years, through 1935. Click the link to read more about this type. Picture from an eBay listing (seller is rimeice62).
Last but not least we have this new high from Sebastian DiSclafani for Muhlenberg Alumni. This type has been out since 1996 on the blue base, starting at M/C 10001, and then restarting at M/C 11500 on the "www" base in 2001 (white with faded blue and yellow bars at the top and bottom). Since 2001, only 99 have been issued, which means about 4.5 are issued per year (or one per quarter)! For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!
We heard back from Stat MedEvac since last week's post but the person who responded to us was not aware of a plate. A few days after their response, a prototype image appears on PennDOT's website! Along with two other new special organization types (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. & Alliance Fire and Rescue Services, Inc.)!
The Plate of the Week award goes to John Fedorchak for this shot of a Municipal Motorcycle plate, a "first-of" shot since that type has transitioned to the "Family of Plates" design language. Numbering on the Family of Plates design started at M/G 00G ("F" was skipped for some unknown reason). Click the picture for a larger version (it's set to open in a new window, not a Lightbox like the other pictures).
Avery Merz submits this picture of a new high for the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) plate type. This type is split into two classes: Class 1 is a motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a maximum width of 50 inches and a maximum dry weight of 1,000 pounds. The letters X, Y and Z are skipped in the serial because they are used exclusively in the ATV-2 serial. Class 2 is a motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a width which exceeds 50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 1,000 pounds. For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!
Here's another high for the week, this time from Matt Ciecka for the Transporter plate type. This type is one of the Dealer types that was redesigned to adhere to the "Family of Plates" design language. The replating of these Dealer types began in October 2022. The only plate type that has not (yet) switched is the Preserve Our Heritage (Railroad) plate, but it is expected to be redesigned eventually.
Last but certainly not least, we have this shot of a Marshall University Alumni plate from Mike Alfonse. This is a very elusive type to spot in the wild! Their plate program began in 2015 and the current high is only at 00030 M/U, which means a little more than 3 plates are issued every year. Not only is it a rare spot, but also a #1 for the type!
The vanity plate availability tool on PennDOT's website shows Stat MedEvac as a new specialty plate, but no further information is available at this time. We have reached out to the organzation for more information and are awaiting a response.
Jason Cook shares this vintage photograph of a 1947 Motor Boat License plate in use! Check out the "Historic Photographs of License Plates In Use" page to see more! Click the picture for a larger version.
The Plate of the Week award goes to John Clark for this "first-of" picture of a Spay/Neuter Saves Lives plate. This plate is offered through the organization "Spay/Neuter Assistance Program" out of Harrisburg. The plate costs $68 and personalized plates are not being offered at this time. Click here to order one!
Richard Than sends in this picture of a personalized Eagle Scout plate. The plate costs $84 for a standard plate and $212 for a personalized plate. Fun fact: when this plate type came out in 2019, number 00001 was auctioned off and received a high bid of $2,075!
Richard Than also sends in this picture of a U.S. Navy Veteran plate. It helps to narrow down the changeover point between plates with a sticker well and plates with a map outline in place of a sticker well. Thanks Richard!
The Plate of the Week award goes to Chris Van Zandt for this awesome low-number 1917 Passenger plate. Chris reports that the plate belonged to his grandfather, a big collector of automobilia. This plate measures 6" x 11". Check out the link to learn more!
John Clark sends in this picture of a Pennsylvanians for Nebraska Alumni Chapter plate, which happens to be the first picture of this type with the map outline image. It also happens to be a new high! For all current highs, be sure to check out the Highs page!
Bruce Sakson shares this sighting of a Juniata College plate. This type has been around since 2001 and the current high is J/C 00666, which means about 29 plates have been issued per year (a little over 2 per month).
Continuing on the trend of College plates, here's a personalized Rutgers University plate. This is the first image of the personalied version of this plate type. A standard Rutgers U plate costs $88; add $128 to personalize. Thanks to Joe Kobel for the picture!
Clayton Moore shares these two "State Constable" booster plates. In addition to these booster plates, PA offers two specialty plates related to constables: Commonwealth Constables Association and Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Constables. A page dedicated to known booster plates is coming soon!