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Amateur Radio 

Farm Truck

Motorcycle Dealer

State Representative

Apportioned (Truck)

Fire Department

Motor Vehicle Business

State Senator

Apportioned (Bus)

Fleet Transporter

Municipal

Steel Worker

ATV Dealer

Foreign Consul (Includes Consular)

Municipal Motorcycle Suburban

Auto Manufacturer

Governor

National Guard

Superior Court

Auto Wheel

Handicapped Person / Person w/ Disability

Official Use

Supreme Court

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

Hearing Impaired

Omnibus (OB prefix)

Taxi

Bus (H prefix)

House Car / Motor Home

Passenger

Temporary

Circus Carnival Truck

Implement of Husbandry

Permanent Trailer

Tractor

Civil Defense

Judiciary

Person w/ Disability Motorcycle

Tractor Dealer

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart)

Legislative

Press Photographer

Trailer

Commercial Implement of Husbandry

Limousine

Purple Heart (see Combat Wounded Veteran)

Trailer Dealer

Commercial Motorcycle

Lincoln University (Official)

Repair / Service Towing

Transporter

Commonwealth Court

Liquid Fuels Permit

Repossessor

Truck

Consular (see Foreign Consul)

Mass Transit

Salvage Yard

University of Pittsburgh (Official)

Dealer

Moped

School Bus

U.S. Congress

Dealer-Farm Equipment

Moped Dealer

School Vehicle

U.S. Senate

Dealer-Multi Purpose

Motorbike

Snowmobile Dealer

Validation Stickers

Dept of Forests & Waters

Motorboat

Special Event

Watercraft Trailer/Dealer

Dept of Hwys

Motorboat Dealer Special Mobile (Equipment)  
Emergency Vehicle Motorcycle Special Organization  

 

PLATE HISTORY - GENERAL ISSUE PLATES A to F

Plate Type (year first issued)

Description / History

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Amateur Radio (1956 to present)

These plates were first introduced in 1956. Plates display the FCC Call Sign, beginning with A, K, N, or W. In the early years W and K calls signs were common, in later years the use of N and A came into use. Most PA Amateur Radio plates use the number 3 to designate the region which also includes DE, MD and DC; however ham radio vanity plates may display a different number from 0 to 9, also out of region licenses can be used, as well as foreign call signs when someone moves to PA. Some plates with a 0 (zero) in the call sign may display a Ø (slash zero) so as not to be confused with the letter O.  If an owner desires a second plate, it will be issued with the call sign plus a hyphen and the number two (-2).  Thanks to ALPCA members and Ham Radio operators Bruce Bufalini and Dave Heller for providing much of the information above.

Jay Hughs offers the following comment: Radio call signs are available as reissue through [the FCC's vanity call sign program. Once a call is inactive for 2 years, anyone can apply for that combination. His theory is, the original owner of the call sign (let's use Jay's call, K3JLT, as an example) had a PA license plate with that call sign. That person gives up the plate, gives up the call sign, and that call sign is reissued some time later through the vanity call sign program. Now the second person, being reissued K3JLT, wants a PA plate with his call sign, so since it's a different registrant, they can't issue the same K3JLT tag, so they issue K3JLT-1. They wouldn't issue -2 or -3 to someone unless the amateur radio license and the registration names match.

Link to page on Ham Radio info

1956 yellow on blue, wide border map outline, expiration date 3-31-57 in upper border, 1956 PENNA under top border, year diagonally stacked on left, wide dies.  

from Ross day

 

1957 blue on yellow, narrower map outline than previous year, narrower dies.

from Clayton Moore

 

1958 revalidated thru 1964, early plates had the tab slot, later plates did not.  Another die change.

with tab slot

from Clayton Moore


from John Willard


without tab slot

from Platedog

 

1960 Suburban revalidated thru 1964

 

 

1965 revalidated thru 1970

credit to Ron Allen


from Klassy Karz


from Clayton Moore

 

1971 yellow on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on top, "BICENTENNIAL STATE '76" on bottom, revalidated thru 1976

from Mike Sells


Need image with

Liberty Bell

 

1977 blue on reflective yellow; PENNSYLVANIA on top, KEYSTONE STATE on bottom, revalidated thru June 2000

from George Kunsman


from John Fedorchak

 

1984 reflective yellow on blue, "You've Got a Friend in" on top, Pennsylvania on bottom; revalidated thru June 2000

from Paul Nutter

 

1987 reflective yellow on blue, "KEYSTONE STATE" on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom; revalidated thru June 2000

from ebay seller thisnthatnc14

 

1988 reflective yellow on blue, "AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR" on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left,  revalidated thru June 2000

from Clayton Moore


from George Kunsman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 7/19

 

1990 reflective yellow on blue, "AMATEUR RADIO" on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left revalidated thru August 2001

Sample

 

from Matt Ciecka


from Bruce Bufalini


Sample

from Dave Heller

 

1999 www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, "AMATEUR RADIO" at bottom.  All previous plates reissued by 2000.  Still current.




 

 

2004 visitPA base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, "AMATEUR RADIO" at bottom.  All previous plates reissued by 2000.  Still current.

from Jordan Irazabal


from Bruce Bufalini


from Brendan Sherry




from Nick Tsilakis

 

2018  On visitPA base with small map outline and without sticker well.  All other characteristics the same as 1999 and 2004.  Variation added 2/11/18.

from Craig Wanner

 

 

Apportioned (Truck) (1982 to present)

1982, AA-00000 to AA-99999, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, steel plate, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.


 

 

1984, AB-00000 to AB-99999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.NOTE: Apportioned plates were never issued with an AC prefix.


 

 

Late 1990s, AD-00000 to AD-16465 or higher,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, APPORTIONED on top,  PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  High point not known.

 

 

2000, AE-00000 to AF-49999,  www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom.  All previous plates reissued in 2000.




 

 

2007, AF-50000 to ~AG-67499,  visitPA tri-color base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom.  The AG series first seen late May/early June 2012.  See Jim Moini's website for more PA Apportioned.

 


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal

& Tom Perri

 

Early 2018, ~AG-67500.  Without sticker well.

from Tom Perri




from Preston Turner

 

 

Mid-2018, AG-73002 to current high.  Observed  6/2018, without sticker well and with map outline.



from Preston Turner

 

 

Apportioned Bus (1982 to present)

VERSION 1, BL-10000, a little over 500 BL plates issued; however, this number is believed to include both the blue on yellow base and yellow on blue Version 2.  Plates are blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, steel plate, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  All plates of this type use an annual M-YY (M= 1 or 2-digit month  - YY= 2-digit year) PA APPORTIONED sticker.

NOTE: Apportioned Bus never issued with BM prefix.

 

Graphic depiction above


from John Anshant

 

VERSION 2, BL-00000, likely from where the previous series left off, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

NOTE: Apportioned Bus never issued with BM prefix.

 

Confirmed

 

Image needed

 

VERSION 3, BN-00000 to BN-03999  www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom.  All previous plates reissued in 2000.


Sample

 

 

VERSION 4, BN-04000 to BN-04999, visitPA base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, APPORTIONED at bottom, first spotted 5/18/17.


Sample

 

 

VERSION 5, BN-05000 to current high visitPA base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, first spotted 6/16/19.

 

 

 

ATV Dealer (1986 to present)   DCNR issued plate

VERSION 1, 1986, 0000 to ~1429, olive green on white, PENNSYLVANIA on top, DLR stacked left, ATV stacked right, DEPT. OF ENV. RES. on bottom, 6" by 12" plate.

from Worthpoint


from Bill Ceravola


 

 

VERSION 2, ~1430 to at least 4226, olive green on white, PENNSYLVANIA on top, DLR stacked left, ATV stacked right, DCNR on bottom, 6" by 12" plate.

unknown



from Worthpoint

 

VERSION 3, 2006, 0000 to current high, olive green on white, PA-DCNR on top, ATV DEALER on bottom, 4" by 7" plates. All Dealer plates reissued in 2006.

from Dominic Fornato




from Worthpoint

 

 

Auto Manufacturer (~1978 to ~ 1990)

One of the rarest modern plates is the Auto Manufacturer.  It is also little known to collectors and state DMV officials alike.  When Volkswagen opened their plant in New Stanton, PA, they needed plates. Instead of the state making a truly new type, they pulled a sequential block of numbers from the “New Car Dealer” type.  Why many of the DMV officials don’t know they exist is because when they ran the numbers, it came up under the New Car Dealer series.  Although there are Auto Manufacturer samples on the 1984 reflective glass bead yellow on blue plate, no plates were ever issued and/or made outside the original 1977 base issue. Quantity made and issued is unknown, probably around 200 plates. VW wound down their operation around 1988 or 1989, and was officially closed around 1990.

from Chuck Harrington

From approx A38-800A to approx. A38-999A, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, AUTO MANUFACTURER at bottom.  Plates were probably issued as early as 1978 and were revalidated until the late 80 or so.

from Chuck Harrington


John McDevitt plate

 

Sample:  This is a sample or prototype on the 1984 base.  No plates were issued on this base.

 

See article from July 1979 issue of Volkswagen Mirror from Andy Keim.

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

 

Auto Wheel (1927 to 1942)

If you are a member of ALPCA, you may recall the August 2012 article by Ned Flynn in Plates magazine. Ned did extensive research and learned that the Auto Wheel Coaster Co. of Tonawanda, NY. issued such plates for small 4-wheeled vehicles.  The company made sleds and small wagons.  The plates were issued by that NY company rather than by the PA Dept of Highways or Bureau of Motor Vehicles, therefore they were not official plates.  In spite of this they used PA Colors, although some years were reversed.  They measured 2½" by 10¼" with two mounting holes in the upper left and right corners.  The legend AUTO WHEEL and the year were embossed.  Some years had PA or PENNA embossed, most years did not.  Known serial numbers ranged from 10 to 4258.

1927, AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and PENNA. over 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

unknown

 

1928, AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and PA over 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

from Ned Flynn

From Ned Flynn, this plate was sent to “Master Levere Arnold” of Red Lion, PA by the Auto Wheel Coaster Co. referenced above.  

1929, AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and PA over 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

unknown

 

1930, AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

from Worthpoint

 

1931

   

1932, AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

from Ned Flynn

 

1933

   

1934

   

1935

   

1936

   

1937

   

1938

   

1939

   

1940-

   

1941, has AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

from Ned Flynn

 

1942, has AUTO WHEEL stacked on left, serial number in center, and 4-digit year on right.  Yellow on dark blue.

from Ned Flynn

  

 

Bus - Omnibus (H prefix) (1926 to 1929)

*From 1926 to 1929 omnibuses that carried passengers for hire and not required to have a certificate of convenience were designated by an "H" prefix.  This also included buses that were not registered for hire before 1/1/1914.  In 1929 a new law was passed requiring all buses to have this certificate and thereby ending the "H" prefix plate.  Following this all common carrier and for hire buses used the "O" prefix until 1968 when the "BA" prefix came into use.

* Information above from Jake Eckenrode and Eric Tanner.

1926 Bus, H-1 to H9-999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, 1926 then PENNA. H prefix was same size as numbers. 

Format 1, H-1 to H-99, 6" x 10"

Format 2, H-100 to H-999, 6" x 12"

Format 3, H1-000 to H9-999, 6" x 13"

H+3, 6" by 12"

from Clayton Moore


H+4, 6" by 13"

from Jerry McCoy

 
1927 Bus, H1 to H999, H1-000 to H9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1927 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode

 
1928 Bus, H-1 to H-99, then H000 to H9999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow over, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, PENNA then 1928.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode


from Jake Eckenrode

 
1929 Bus, H-1 to H-999, then H1-000 to H9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1929 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode


from Jake Eckenrode

 
H prefix plates issued after 1929 are believed to be Passenger plates.

 

Bus - Omnibus (O & BA prefix) (1924 to present)

(Also see later Omnibus plates)

* Before 1924 buses were registered as commercial vehicles.  In 1924 Omnibus plates were issued with an "O" prefix.  Then in 1926 a separate category of "H" prefix bus plates were issues.  See above.  From 1926 to 1929 those vehicles required to have a certificate of convenience were designated by an "O" prefix.  In 1929 a new law was passed requiring all buses to have this certificate and thereby ending the "H" prefix plate.  Following this all common carrier and for hire buses used the "O" prefix until 1968 when the "BA" prefix came into use.

* Information above from Jake Eckenrode and Eric Tanner.

1924 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, however, 6733 plates were registered, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, PENNA then 1924, 2 and 3 character plates measure 6" x 10", this plate is believed to be 6" x 12".

from Eric Tanner

 

1925 Bus, O-1 to O-999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, 1925 then PENNA, 2 and 3 character plates measure 6" x 10", 4 character plates were 6" x 12", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

The plate shown here may have been used on a taxi.  See inscription on reverse of plate.

 

O-100, 6" x 12"

from Worthpoint


O1-000, 6" x 13"

from Jerry McCoy

cropped reverse of above plate


from Worthpoint

 

1926 Bus, O-1 to O-999, then O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, 1926 then PENNA. O prefix was same size as numbers.  The smaller plate appears to be 6" x 10", while the larger plate measures 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode


from Eric Tanner


from Clayton Moore

 

1927 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1927 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Clayton Moore


from Drewski


from Drewski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1928 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1928 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Jake Eckenrode


unknown source

 

1929 Bus, O1 to O999, O1-000 to O9-999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at top, keystones at upper left and right corners, 1929 then PENNA.  2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 13".

from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy

 
1930 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right, 1931 then PENNA, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

 

 
1931 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right , PENNA then 1931, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 
1932 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, dark blue on yellow, legend along top, PENNA then 1932, flanked by small keystones, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Eric Tanner

 
1933 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend along top, PENNA then 1933, flanked by small keystones, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Eric Tanner

 
1934 Bus, based on other '34 plates it appears that the series likely started at plate 1 and advance to some 5705, dark blue over yellow, legend 34, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, sll plates measure 6" x 10".

from John Willard

 
1935 Bus, O1 to O6000, yellow over dark blue, legend at bottom, keystones at lower left and right corners, then 35, then BUS, then PA, 2 to 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore

 
1936 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, dark blue over yellow, legend 36, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Mike at pl8source


from Clayton Moore

 
1937 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, yellow over dark blue, legend 37, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy


from ebay

 
1938 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, dark blue  over yellow, legend 38, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Clayton Moore


from Jeff Francis

 

1939 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 39, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Herb Fisher

 
1940 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, dark blue  over yellow, legend 40, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 
1941 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, but possibly around 6,614, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 41, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from John Willard

 
1942 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, but possibly around 7,846, state map outline, dark blue  over yellow, legend 42, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 12".

from John Willard

 
1943 Bus, due to the war effort, for 1943 only a black on red steel tab was issued with a keystone and the year 43 and 3-31-44 expiry within the keystone.  There was also a small serial number lightly stamped below the 3-31-44.  Tab measures 1⅞" x 2⅛" and was to be used with the 1942 plate.  
1944 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 44, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-45 in top border. 4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates were 6" x 11".

from Jeff Francis

 
1945 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 45, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-46 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore

 
1946 Bus, O1 to O9999, actual high unknown, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 46, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-47 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 11".

unknown source


from Jerry McCoy


from Jeff Francis

 
1947 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 47, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-48 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from John Willard

 

1948 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 48, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-49 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 11".

O1 to O9999

Format needed


from Jerry McCoy

 
1949 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 49, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-50 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Jerry McCoy


from Drewski


OA000

Format needed

 

 
1950 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 50, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-51 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy


unknown source

 
1951 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 51, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 3-31-52 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 11".

from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy


OA000

Format needed

 

 

1952 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 52, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-53 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

Both plates shown here are believed to be samples.

from Jerry McCoy


from John Willard


OA000

Format needed

 

 
1953 Bus, O1 or O0001 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 53, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-54 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10¼".


from Jerry McCoy

 

1954 Bus, O1 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 54, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-55 in top border. Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

from Drewski


 

 

1955 Bus, O1 or O001 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, dark blue over yellow, legend 55, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-56 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 10¼".

from Jim Moini


from Jerry McCoy


from Clayton Moore

 
1956 Bus, O1 or O0001 to O9999, then OA000, state map outline, yellow over dark blue, legend 56, then BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-57 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from eBay seller nickey2


OA000

from Worthpoint

 

1957 Bus, series began at O10000, dark blue over yellow, state map outline, legend 57 BUS flanked by keystones, then PA, EXP. 5-31-58 in top border.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Chuck Sakryd


from Clayton Moore

 

1958 - 1963 Bus, yellow on blue base, map outline, series began at O10-000, with small keystone separator, PA upper left, BUS upper center, 58 upper right, early plates or possibly all had a tab slot to the left of 58 for a renewal tab.  These were never issued, instead an annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner.  Plates measure 6" x 12".

from Jerry McCoy


 

 

1964 - 1967 Bus, yellow on blue base, map outline, series began at O10-000, with small keystone separator, PA upper left, BUS upper center, 64 upper right, revalidated with stickers.

from Jerry McCoy


from Steve Ondik


from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy

 

1968 - 1971 Bus, blue on yellow base, modified map outline, also last bus base to use this feature, series began at BA-10000, or BA-10001 with small keystone separator, this is the first time the BA prefix was used on a bus plate, BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, embossed outline sticker well lower left, 68 etched into sticker well.

from Clayton Moore


from Chuck Sakryd

 

1972 - 1977 Bus, yellow on blue base, series began at BA-10000 or BA-10001, with small keystone separator, BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker wells upper left and right, high number BA-31410.

from Clayton Moore


 

 

1978 - 1984 Bus, revalidated thru 2001, blue on yellow base, series began at BA-10000, or BA-10001 with dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, BUS on bottom, sticker wells upper left and right, high number spotted BA-34482, number series progressed onto the '84 base possibly at BA-34999 or BA-35999.  The '78 base and the '84 base were in use concurrently.

from Clayton Moore


from Clayton Moore


 

 

1984 - 2000 Bus, revalidated thru 2001, yellow on blue base, series began where previous base ended possibly at BA-35000 or BA-36000, with dash separator, BUS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, sticker well lower left, high number spotted BA-45201, number series progressed onto the 2000 www base as described below.  The '78 base and the '84 base were in use concurrently.

from Clayton Moore



 

 

 

Bus, replacement plates issued April 16, 2000

All previously existing bus plates were replaced number for number beginning at BA-10000 up to a possible high of BA-47999, however, it is believed that the actual high was in the BA-45000 range, www base, no dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, BUS embossed at bottom, sticker well upper left.

 

from Clayton Moore


 

 

April 2000 & after, after above plates were reissued on a number for number basis to existing buses, any new issues began at BA-48000, and now had a dash separator.  Series ran to BA-59999, www base, with dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA screened on top, BUS embossed at bottom, sticker well upper left.

from Clayton Moore


 

 

2007 visitPA Bus, first seen around April 2007, the number series is a continuation of the above series but now on the visitPA base, series began at BA-60000 with larger keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA screened on top, BUS embossed at bottom, sticker well upper left.

Sample


from Bill Stephens


Sample

 

 

2018 Bus, BA-80900, on visitPA base, keystone separator, without sticker well. 


from Tom Perri

 

2019 Bus, BA-81900 on visitPA base, keystone separator, with map outline.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Circus-Carnival Truck (1990 to present)

1990, B/Z00000 to B/Z01499, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, Circus-Carnival Truck on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  High point not known, probably not more than a few hundred issued.

Sample

from Clayton Moore



from Manny Jacob


Sample

 

 

2000, B/Z01500 to current high, www base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, Circus-Carnival Truck at bottom.  All previous plates reissued beginning March 26, 2000.

Sample

 

from Jordan Irazabal


from Tom Perri



Sample

 

 

 

Civil Defense (~1950s-60s)

These undated plates were issued during the cold war years of the 1950s and 60s; however, the exact years of issue are unknown.  Plates were issued by the State Office of Civil Defense, today known as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or PEMA, and were distributed by PA's 67 counties; however, it has also been suggested that not all counties issued these plates.  Plates were front mounted on vehicles, and were given to people who had a role in civil defense.  All plates measure 4" by 9½".  The first part of the plate number represents the county code, the second part is the plate serial number, all are undated. 

VERSION 1: 1 or 2 digit numbers to the left of the dash indicate the county code from 1 to 67, then a dash followed by the serial number of 1 to 4 digits.  Top reads PENNA flanked by 2 keystones, CIVIL DEFENSE on bottom, blue on yellow plates are steel.

County code look up tool

 

Northampton County

 

 

VERSION 2: 2 digit numbers to the left of the dash indicate the county code from 01 to 67, then a dash followed by the serial number of 3 to 4 digits.  Top reads PENNA flanked by 2 keystones, CIVIL DEFENSE on bottom, yellow on blue plates are steel.

County code look up tool

Berks County

from Devan Ciemiewicz


Warren County

 

 

County Issue, such plates were not issued by the state but rather county issued, in this case Erie County.  The plate owner describes it as porcelain, I might call it as enamel.  The plate measures 5⅜" by 12"

from Dean Heeter

 

 

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart) (1986 to present)

VERSION 1: "P/H"00000, PURPLE HEART on top, yellow on blue base, embossed graphic of medal on left, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

SAMPLE

 

from George Kunsman


from Clayton Moore



High plate spotted on eBay

P/H02223

Permission to use photo pending


Sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data updated 7/26

VERSION 2: "P/H"00000, COMBAT WOUNDED VETERAN on top, bluish purple on white base with red legend, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, embossed image of Purple Heart in center, sticker well lower left.  Early-1990s.

 

 

SAMPLE

from Clayton Moore



from Nick Tsilakis


Sample

 

 

VERSION  3: "P/H"00000 to current high

On visitPA base with screened image, P/H and Tag Line, sticker well upper left.  First spotted 11/17/04, after which all previous plates were replaced.

 

 

VANITY

 

 

SAMPLE

from Nick Tsilakis



from Ryan Battin


from Tom Perri

and Jordan Irazabal


Vanity

from Chuck Harrington


Sample

 

 

 

 Commercial Implement of Husbandry (1997 to present)

VERSION 1: CI0000H

Comm Imp of Husbandry on top, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no separator PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  See sample below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE

 

from eBay user Geekboy92


 


Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

VERSION 2: CI1500H to current high PENNSYLVANIA on top, www base, sticker well upper left, no separator, Comm Imp of Husbandry on bottom.


from Tom Perri

and Jordan Irazabal

 

 

Commercial Motorcycle (1938 to 1949)

Commercial Motorcycle plates were issued for 12 years from 1938 until 1949, except 1943 when metal tabs were issued.  It appears that plate formatting was the same from year to year with the exception of the color rotation which was the same as passenger plates, and the year which was embossed as part of the COMM over MC over PA  yy where the yy stood for the two digit year.  Expiration date was added in 1941.  All plates measured 4½" by 8".  In 1950 the Commercial Motorcycle registration was reduced from $5 to $4 eliminating the need for this plate type.  Plate serial numbers ranged from 1 to under 1000.

1938, see description above.  This was the first year for this plate type.

from Harry Campbell

 

1939, see description above.

John Willard Plate


from Dave Lincoln

 

1940, see description above.

 

Image needed

 

 

1941, see description above.  This was the first year for the expiration date to be embossed into the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 

1942, see description above.

from Worthpoint

 

1943, see description above.  For 1943 the metal tabs were the same as those used on motorcycles.

 

Image needed

 

 

1944, see description above.

from Dave Lincoln

 

1945, see description above.

 

Image needed

 

 

1946, see description above.

 

 

1947, see description above.

 

Image needed

 

 

1948, see description above.

from Worthpoint



John Willard Plate

 

1949, see description above.

 

Image needed

 

 

 

 Commonwealth Court (1999 to present)

It is believed that 1999 was the first year of issue.  Plates are on the www base.  This plate type is believed not to have been issued on the yellow on blue base.  Commonwealth Coat of Arms riveted to plate on the left side.  The format is C/C1 to C/C30 or C/CJ1 to C/CJ30.

from Tom Perri


from Tom Perri



from Tom Perri

 

 

Consular (see Foreign Consul below)

 

Dealer (1910 to present)

Dealer plates were first introduced in 1910 and continue to this day.  Over the years many other dealer and motor vehicle business types have been issued including Auto Manufacturer, Dealer-Farm Equipment, Dealer-Multi-Purpose, Moped Dealer, Motorboat Dealer, Motorcycle Dealer, Motor Vehicle Business, Repair/Service Towing, Repossessor, Salvage Yard, Snowmobile Dealer, Trailer Dealer, Transporter, and Watercraft Trailer Dealer Some of these dealer types may be shown elsewhere on this website under a specific dealer type listed above, and also shown below under the broad heading of Dealer.

1910, White on dark blue porcelain, PENNA over 1910 over DEALER on left, series began at 1 and ran to 2908 according to DMV records. 

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

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

Format 3, 1000 to 2908, 6" x 12"

 

Format 1 needed

 

 

Format 2

from Worthpoint



reverse reads

ING-RICH

PORCELAIN

ENAMELED IRON SIGNS

COMPANY

INGRAM-RICHARDSON MFG. CO.

BEAVER FALLS

PENNA

both from Jeff Lesher


Format 3

from Clayton Moore


John Willard & John Anshant

1911, Black on yellow porcelain, PENNA over 1911 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 4034 according to DMV records. The 'X' is smaller than the numbers. 

Format 1, X+1 digit, 6" x 8"

Format 2, X+2 digits, 6" x 10"

Format 3, X+3 digits, 6" x 12"

Format 4, X+4 digits, 6" x 14"

 

Format 1

via Peter Cohen


 

Format 2 needed

 


Format 3

from Worthpoint


Format 4

John Willard & John Anshant


from Clayton Moore


 

 

1912, White on brown woodgrain porcelain, PENNA over 1912 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 3555 according to DMV records.  The 'X' is smaller than the numbers.

Format 1, X+1 digit, 6" x 8"

Format 2, X+2 digits, 6" x 10"

Format 3, X+3 digits, 6" x 12"

Format 4, X+4 digits, 6" x 14"

 

Format 1 needed

 

 

Format 2


reverse reads

BRILLIANT MFG. CO.

ENAMELED SIGNS

1035-1037 RIDGE AVENUE

PHILA., PA.

both from Jeff Lesher


Format 3

from Bob Connison


Format 4

from Clayton Moore


John Willard & John Anshant

1913, White on green porcelain, PENNA over 1913 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 3391 according to DMV records.  Most plates used the smaller 'X', while some of the lowest numbered used full size 'X'. 

Format 1, X+1 digit, 6" x 8"

Format 2, X+2 digits, 6" x 10"

Format 3, X+3 digits, 6" x 12"

Format 4, X+4 digits, 6" x 14"

 

 

Other formats needed

 


Format 3

from Jeff Francis


Format 4

from Clayton Moore

 
1914, White on black porcelain, PENNA over 1914 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to 3367 according to DMV records. 

Format 1, X+1 digit, 6" x 8"

Format 2, X+2 digits, 6" x 10"

Format 3, X+3 digits, 6" x 12"

Format 4, X+4 digits, 6" x 14"

 

Other formats needed

 


Format 3

eBay user Pars1-2


Format 4

from Clayton Moore


John Willard & John Anshant

 

1915, White on sky blue porcelain, PENNA over 1915 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to at least X5093, while DMV records indicate 4834. 

Format 1, X+1 digit, 6" x 8"

Format 2, X+2 digits, 6" x 10"

Format 3, X+3 digits, 6" x 12"

Format 4, X+4 digits, 6" x 14"

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Tim Gierschick


Format 3

from Clayton Moore


Format 4

from Kelly Brewer


from Tim Gierschick

 

1916, Black on Orange, steel, PENNA over 1916 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 with some 6000 plates issued, according to DMV records. 

Format 1, X+1 & X+2 digit, 6" x 11"

Format 2, X+3 digits, 6" x 13"

Format 3, X+4 digits, 6" x 16"

 

Other formats needed


from Worthpoint


Format 3

from Jeff Francis

 

1917, White on brown, steel, PENNA over 1917 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to X7891, according to DMV records. 

Format 1, X+1, X+2 & X+3 digit, 6" x 13½"

Format 2, X+4 digits, 6" x 16"

Format 1

from Clayton Moore


Format 2

Unknown

 

1918, White on black, steel, PENNA over 1918 over DEALER on left, series began at X1 and ran to about X7771 according to DMV records. 

Format 1, X+1, X+2 & X+3 digit, 6" x 13½"

Format 2, X+4 digits, 6" x 16"

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint


from Eric Tanner


Format 2

Unknown

 

1919, Red on black, steel, PENNA over 1919 over DEALER on right, series began at X1 and ran to about X9199 according to DMV records. 

Format 1, X+1, X+2 & X+3 digit, 6" x 13½"

Format 2, X+4 digits, 6" x 16"

 

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Platedog


Unknown

 

1920, White on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1920.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 16"

Format 2, X1-000 to X13-925 or above, 6" x 16"

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison


from Jeff Francis

 

1921, Black on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1921.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 16"

Format 2, X1-000 to X11-503 or above, 6" x 16"

 

Format 1

John Willard plate


Format 2

from Mike & Ruth Culbert


John Willard & John Anshant


from Worthpoint

 

1922, Brown on cream, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1922.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 16"

Format 2, X1-000 to X10-625 or above, 6" x 16"

 

Format 1

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 2

from Clayton Moore


eBay user securityautoparts

 

1923, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA, then DEALER, then 1923.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 16"

Format 2, X1-000 to X13-875 or above, 6" x 16"

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison


from Clayton Moore

 
1924, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA 1924 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then X10-000 to at least X20-404.  Sizes are believed to be 6" x 10 for X+1, 2, or 3; 6" x 12" for X+4 and 6" x 15" for X+5 digits.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, X1000 to X9999, 6" x 12" 

Format 3, X10-000 to X20-404 or above, 6" x 15"

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison

from Bob Connison


Format 2

from Drewski

 
1925, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, 1925 PENNA flanked by keystones toward the lower left and right corners.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, X1000 to X9999, 6" x 12" 

Format 3, X10-000 to X17-535 or above, 6" x 15"

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Eric Tanner


Format 3

from Bob Connison

 

1926, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, 1926 PENNA flanked by keystones.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, X1 to X99, 6" x 10"

Format 2, X100 to X999, 6" x 12" 

Format 3, X1-000 to X9-999, 6" x 13"

Format 4, X10-000 to X26-986 or above, 6" x 15"

 

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


 

Format 2 needed

 


Format 3

from Rob Baran


from Eric Tanner


Format 4

from Bob Connison

 

1927, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, 1927 PENNA flanked by keystones in the upper left and right corners.  Issued in pairs.

Format 1, X1 to X990, 6" x 10"

Format 2, X1-000 to X9-999, 6" x 13" 

Format 3, X10-000 to X28-000 or above, 6" x 15"

 

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

America on Wheels


Format 3

from Clayton Moore


from Bob Connison

 
1928, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1928 flanked by keystones.

Format 1, X1 to X990, 6" x 10"

Format 2, X1-000 to X9-999, 6" x 13" 

Format 3, X10-000 to X21-989 or above, 6" x 15"

 

Format 1

(seeking owner)


Format 2

from Eric Tanner


Format 3

from Bob Connison

 

1929, Yellow blue on dark blue, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1929 flanked by keystones.

Format 1, X1 to X999, 6" x 10"

Format 2, X1-000 to X9-999, 6" x 13" 

Format 3, X10-000 to X22-266 or above, 6" x 15"

 

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Eric Tanner


Format 3

from Bob Connison

 

1930, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA 1930 flanked by keystones, series ran from X1 to X999, then additional series with X in other positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.

Format 1, X1 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2, 0X to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3, 00X to 99X84, (10" & 12")

Format 1

from Mike at Pl8source


Format 2, 10"

from ebay user oldies_museum


Format 3

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

1931, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, PENNA 1931 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X999, then additional series with X in other positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.

Format 1, X1 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2, 0X to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3, 00X to 99X99, (10" & 12")

Format 1

from Jeff Francis


Format 2, 10"

(seeking owner)


Format 2, 12"

Boyertown Auto Museum


 

Format 3 needed

 

 

1932, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1932 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then additional series with X in other positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.

Format 1 - X1 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 0X to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 00X to 89X93, (10" & 12")

 

Format 1, 10"

from Jeff Hinkle


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 1, 12"


 

Format 2 needed

 


Format 3, 10"

from Clayton Moore


Format 3, 12"

from Bob Connison

 

1933, yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, PENNA 1933 flanked by keystones, series likely ran from X1 to X9999, then additional series with X in the second position positions.  Sizes were 6" x 10" for X+1 digit, X+2 digits, and X+3 digits, and 6" x 12" for X+4 digit plates.  Sizes are unconfirmed.

Format 1 - X1 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 0X to 6X781, (10" & 12")

Format 1, 12"

from Bob Connison


 

Format 2 needed

 

 

1934, dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on bottom, 34 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence could be all numeric or alpha-numeric but X was not used.  1, 2, 3 and 4 character all numeric were issued, then a single alpha character followed by 1, 2 or 3 numeric characters were used.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 10".

Format 1 - 1 to 9999,

Format 2 - A1 to Z999

Format 1, 10"


from Clayton Moore


Format 2, 10"

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison


Boyertown Auto Museum

 

1935, yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on bottom, sizes were 6" x 10"  for up to 4 characters, and 6" x 12" for 5 characters.  6" x 10" plates had 35 then DEALER flanked by keystones, then PA; 6" x 12" had the keystones on both sides of the legend to the outside of the bolt holes.  Formatting was X1 to X9999, 1X0 to 9X9999, and 0X to 59X or higher.

Format 1 - X1 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 0X to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 00X to 52X88 or above, (10" & 12")

Format 1, 10"

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison


Format 1, 12"

from Pl8 Source


Format 2, 12"

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 12"

from Hippiechicksfaroutfinds

 

1936, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, 36 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 or fewer character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

Format 1 - X1 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 90X22 or above, (10" & 12")

 

Format 1, 12"

from Bob Connison


Format 2, 10"

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 2, 12"

from Clayton Moore


Format 3, 10"

from Pl8 Source


Format 3, 12"

from Pl8 Source


from Chuck Sakryd

 

1937, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, 37 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in at least the first and second positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 5X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 12X5 or above, (10")

 

 

Format 1, 10"

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison


Format 1, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 2, 12"

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3, 10"

from Jeff Francis

 

1938, Dark blue on yellow, steel, first year for state map outline on dealer plates, legend on top, 38 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in at least the first and second positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates; however, this has not been confirmed.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 97X34 or above, (10" & 12")

Format 1, 12"

from Bob Connison


Format 2, 10"

from Worthpoint


Format 2, 12"

from eBay seller Mollypitcher


Format 3, 12"

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

1939, Yellow on dark blue, steel, legend on top, 39 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in the first three positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 61X54 or above, (10" & 12")

Format 1, 10"

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 1, 12"

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison


Format 2, 12"

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 12"

from Worthpoint


Sample w/ colors reversed

from John Willard

 
1940, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, 40 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in at least the first three positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates; however, this has not been confirmed.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 68X47 or above, (10" & 12")

 

Format 1, 12"

from Worthpoint


Format 2, 12"

from Pl8 Source


Format 3, 12"

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison

 
1941, yellow on dark blue, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-42 in top border, legend on top, 41 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 or fewer characters and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 99X99, (10" & 12")

Format 4 - 000X to 187X4 or above, (10" & 12")

 

 

Format 1, 12"

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison


Format 2, 12"

from Shawn Bergan


Format 3, 12"

from Worthpoint


 

Format 4 needed

 

 

1942, Dark blue on yellow, steel, legend on top, 42 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in varying positions.  Plates are believed to be 6" x 10"  for 4 character plates and 6" x 12" for 5-character plates.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 12")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999, (10" & 12")

Format 3 - 10X0 to 99X99, (10" & 12")

Format 4 - 000X to 160X6, (10" & 12")

 

 

Format 1, 10"

from Jeff Francis


Format 1, 12"

from Jeff Francis


Format 2, 12"

from Worthpoint


Format 3, 10"

unknown


Format 3, 12"

from Worthpoint


Format 4, 12"

from Clayton Moore

 
1943, same as '42 plate above but with addition of validation tab.  Due to the war effort, for 1943 only a black on red steel tab was issued with a keystone and the year 43 and 3-31-44 expiry within the keystone.  There was also a small serial number lightly stamped below the 3-31-44.  Tab measured 1⅞" x 2⅛".

John Willard & John Anshant


from Jeff Francis


from Jeff Hinkle


from Clayton Moore

 

1944, yellow on dark blue, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-45 in top border, legend on top, 44 then DEALER flanked by keystones then PA.  Serial sequence used X in the first and second positions.  4-character plates used a 6" x 10", while 6" x 11" was used for 5-character plates.

Format 1 - X100 to X9999, (10" & 11")

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999, (10" & 11")

Sample - PA00, (10")

Format 1, 10"

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 1, 11"

from Jeff Francis


Format 2, 11"

John Willard & John Anshant plate

 

Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

1945, dark blue on yellow, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-46 in top border, legend 45, then dealer type flanked by keystones, then PA.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 11".

Format 1 - X100 to X9999

Format 2 - 1X00 to 9X999

 

Format 1 needed

 


Format 2

from Pl8source


from Bob Connison

 
1946 , yellow on dark blue, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-48 in top border, legend 47, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 11".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions progressing from the left.

New Car Dealer

from Bob Connison

 

 

Used Car Dealer

from Bob Connison

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

John Willard plate


Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 2

John Willard & John Anshant plate

1947, dark blue on yellow, steel, state map outline, expiration 3-31-48 in top border, legend 47, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates are believed to be 6" x 11".

  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions progressing from the left.

New Car Dealer

from Jeff Francis

 

Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Pl8 Source


X position 2

from Jeff Francis

1948, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-49 in top border, legend 48, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

New Car Dealer

John Willard plate


from Jeff Francis

 

Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison


X position 2

from Clayton Moore

1949, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-50 in top border, legend 49, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

 

New Car Dealer

John Willard plate


from Jeff Francis

 

Used Car Dealer

from Bob Connison

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Jeff Francis


X position 2

from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison

1950, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-51 in top border, legend 50, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is unconfirmed.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions

 

New Car Dealer

from Chuck Sakryd


ebay

 

Used Car Dealer

from Shawn Bergan

 

Transit Dealer unconfirmed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Kelly Brewer


X position 2

John Willard plate

1951, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-52 in top border, legend 51, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 11".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix, type is confirmed.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

New Car Dealer

from Jeff Hinkle


from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison

 

Used Car Dealer

from Worthpoint

 

Transit Dealer needed

 

Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Jeff Francis


X position 2

 

1952, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-53 in top border, legend 52, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X & Tractor series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".

  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

New Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


New Car Dealer Sample

John Willard plate


Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate


Used Car Dealer Sample

John Willard plate


 

Transit Dealer

image needed

 


Transit Dealer Sample


Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Jeff Francis


X position 2

Boyertown Auto Museum

 

1953, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-54 in top border, legend 53, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

 

New Car Dealer

from eBay?



Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate


 

Transit Dealer

image needed

 


Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from eBay?


Boyertown Auto Museum

 
1954, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-55 in top border, legend 54, (then dealer type flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in various positions.

New Car Dealer

from Jeff Francis



Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate


Transit Dealer

John Willard plate


Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1


John Willard plate


X position 2

from Pl8 Source

 

1955, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-56 in top border, legend 55 then dealer type, then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 10¼".

  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in at least the first and second positions.

 

 

New Car Dealer

from Jeff Francis


Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate



 

Transit Dealer

image needed

 


Miscellaneous Dealer

X position 1

from Jeff Francis


X position 2

 

 

1956, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, expiration 3-31-57 in top border, legend 56, then dealer type (flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 5 characters and were 6" x 12".  There were two font types and two map outline bases used on later plates in '56.
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A000A or A00A0, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X could be in 1st, 2nd or 3rd position.

 

New Car Dealer

from Jeff Francis


from Clayton Moore


John Willard plate


Used Car Dealer

from Eric Tanner & Ross Day


 

Transit Dealer

image needed

 


Miscellaneous Dealer, X position 1

from Arthur Levine


Miscellaneous Dealer, X position 2

from Bob Connison


Miscellaneous Dealer w/ '57 Dies

X position 3

 

 

 

1957, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, expiration 3-31-58 in top border, legend 57, then dealer type (flanked by keystones on X series) then PA.  All plates used 6 characters and were 6" x 12".
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A0000A, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B0000A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C000A, initial C does not advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X always in the 1st position.

 

New Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


Used Car Dealer

John Willard plate



 

Transit Dealer

image needed

 


Miscellaneous Dealer

 

 
1958 - '61, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type, then 58.  All plates used 6 characters with a small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th characters.  It was generally accepted that early plates had tab slots; however, evidence suggests that this is not consistently the case.  Tab slot that were not used, instead renewal stickers were issued.
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, initial A does not advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, initial B does not advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C prefix.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X always in the 1st position.

  • NOTICE: Tractor Dealer plates using the TX- prefix have been removed from this section.  See Tractor Dealer.  Later Tractor Dealer plates beginning in 1971 using the D00-000D format that were part of the A, B, C, D & E prefix system will remain.

 

New Car Dealer w/o tab slot

from Mike at pl8source


New Car Dealer w/ tab slot

John Willard plate


New Car Dealer w/o tab slot

John Willard plate


New Car Dealer w/ tab slot

John Willard plate


New Car Dealer w/ tab slot

from Jeff Francis


Used Car Dealer w/o tab slot

from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer w/o tab slot

John Willard plate


Used Car Dealer w/ tab slot

John Willard plate


 

Transit Dealer

image needed

 


Miscellaneous Dealer w/ tab slot

from Steve Ondik


Miscellaneous Dealer w/ tab slot

from Mike at pl8source

 

1962 - '63, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type, then 62.  All plates used 6 characters with a keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  Renewal stickers were issued to revalidate.
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Transit Dealer, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, X00-000, the alpha character, X, does not advance.

New Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer

from Jeff Francis


Transit Dealer

John Willard plate


Miscellaneous Dealer

from Jeff Francis

 

1964, yellow on dark blue, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type, then 64.  All plates used 6 characters with a keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, X00-000, the alpha character, X, does not advance.

 

New Car Dealer


Used Car Dealer

unknown source


Transit Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Miscellaneous Dealer

unknown source

 
1965, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PA then dealer type or just DEALER, undated.  All plates used 6 characters with a keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.
  • New Car Dealer, NEW CAR DL'R legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, USED CAR DL'R legend, serial B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Transit Dealer, DEALER legend, serial C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Miscellaneous Dealer, DEALER legend, serial X00-000, the alpha character, X, does not advance.

 

New Car Dealer

John Willard plate


from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Transit Dealer


Miscellaneous Dealer


from Jeff Hinkle

 
1966, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PA then DEALER, or MV BUSINESS, then 1966.  All plates used 6 characters with a keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  It appears that Transit Dealer and Miscellaneous Dealer were combined into Motor Vehicle Business.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, serial A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, serialB00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Motor Vehicle Business, MV BUSINESS legend, C00-00A to C44-99D, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

New Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


Motor Vehicle Business

 

 
1967, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1967.  All plates used 6 characters with a keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

New Car Dealer

from Jeff Francis


Used Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Motor Vehicle Business

John Willard plate


 

 
1968, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1968.  All plates used 6 characters with a keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

    • Some earlier plates were issued with 68 stickers.  In this case a '67 plate with a '68 sticker.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

    • Some earlier plates were issued with 68 stickers.  In this case a '67 plate with a '68 sticker.

  • Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

New Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


67 New Car Dealer w/ 68 sticker

John Willard plate


Used Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


67 Used Car Dealer w/ 68 sticker

John Willard plate


Motor Vehicle Business

 

 

1969, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1969.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

    • Some earlier plates were issued with 69 stickers.   In this case a '66 plate with a '69 sticker.  And more than 1 sticker has been applied.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance. 

 

New Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


from John Willard


Used Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


Motor Vehicle Business

 

 
1970, dark blue on yellow, state map outline, legend PENNSYLVANIA within top border, then DEALER or MV BUSINESS, then 1970.  All plates used 6 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A00-00A, the first alpha character, A, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B00-00A, the first alpha character, B, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

  • Motor Vehicle Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend, C00-00A, the first alpha character, C, does not advance, the final alpha character is the last to advance.

 

New Car Dealer

from Vern Kreckel


from Tom Firth


Used Car Dealer

from Bob Connison


Motor Vehicle Business

 

 
1971, new format, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1971 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.  NOTE: The first year for Trailer Dealer plates is uncertain.  May have been as early as 1971.

  • New Car Dealer Sample

 

New Car Dealer

from Lee Madigan


from ShopLicensePlates.com


Used Car Dealer

from ShopLicensePlates.com


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer

from Jake Eckenrode


 

Trailer Dealer

image needed

 


New Car Dealer (sample)

 

 

1972, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1972 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

New Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


from Tom Firth


Used Car Dealer

from Chuck Sakryd


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer

from Jake Eckenrod


 

 

1973, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1973 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.

  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

New Car Dealer

ShopLicensePlates.com


Used Car Dealer

ShopLicensePlates.com


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer

from Jake Eckenrode


Trailer Dealer

from Clayton Moore

 

1974, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1974 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

 

New Car Dealer

from Vern kreckel


from Vern kreckel


Used Car Dealer

from Platedog


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer

from Jake Eckenrode


 

Trailer Dealer

image needed

 

 

1975 - 1976, yellow on dark blue, legend DEALER or MV BUSINESS, undated, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.  Used 75 and/or 76 validation stickers sticker wells upper left and right.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

New Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer

FROM ShopLicensePlates.com


Motor Vehicle Business



Tractor Dealer

from PL8 Source


Trailer Dealer

from Clayton Moore

 
1977, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER or MV BUSINESS with 1977 on bottom. All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

New Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer

from ShopLicensePlates.com


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer

from Jake Eckenrode


Trailer Dealer

from eBay user hpr4661

 
1978, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER, MV BUSINESS, with 1978 on bottom.  All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.
  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

 

New Car Dealer

from Chuck Sakryd


Used Car Dealer

ShopLicensePlates.com


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer


 

Trailer Dealer

image needed

 

 
ISSUED 1979 - 1983, USED TO 2000, dark blue on yellow, legend PENNSYLVANIA on top, DEALER, MV BUSINESS, AUTO MANUFACTURER. All plates used 7 characters with dash separator between the 3rd and 4th character.  First and last alpha characters do not advance.
  • Auto Manufacturer, AUTO MANUFACTURER legend, undated, approx. 125 plates between A38-800A and A38-999A taken from the New Car Dealer number series.

  • New Car Dealer, DEALER legend, A10-000A.

  • Used Car Dealer, DEALER legend, B10-000B.

  • M.V. Business, M.V. BUSINESS legend,C10-000C.

  • Tractor Dealer, DEALER legend, D10-000D.

  • Trailer Dealer, DEALER legend, E10-000E.

Auto Manufacturer


New Car Dealer

from Clayton Moore


Used Car Dealer

ShopLicensePlates.com


Motor Vehicle Business


Tractor Dealer


Trailer Dealer

from Clayton Moore

 

ISSUED 1984 - 1999

Toward the end of the run of the '79 base dealer plates, it appears that the A-series New Car Dealer and B-series Used Car Dealer plates were running out of numbers, and since the '79 base Dealer plates were not being replaced by the new '84 series, it was decided that for the future, all dealer types would be merged into a single dealer type as far as plate serial numbers.  Therefore it appears that new '84 Dealer plates used the few remaining A & B-series numbers and then moved into the D-series, and likely started where the '79 base D-series Tractor Dealer left off.  It also appears that the first D-series plates had PENNSYLVANIA on top.  See D-series breakdown below.

D-Series,

·         Format 1, Pennsylvania top; Dealer bottom, narrow typeface, series likely started after the 1979 to ’83 run at D17-348D , verified from D21-657D to D27-207D

·         Format 2, Dealer top, narrow typeface; Pennsylvania bottom, D38-602D to D75-394D

·         Format 3, Dealer top, wide typeface; Pennsylvania bottom,  D83-970D to D94-794D

As the now-generic Dealer plates progressed from the D-series into the E-series, the E-series would have started above where the E-series Trailer plates left off on the '77 base. Then as the E-series filled up, the progression expanded into the F-series which had not been used on the '77 base. The F-series ran at least as high as the F88-000F series. It is not believed that any G-series plates were ever issued. When the full scale plate replacement was done in 1999 - 2000, the new series started at H00-000H.

It is believed that no C-series, or M.V. Business plates, were issued on the '84 base.

 

A - Series

from Clayton Moore


B - Series

from Clayton Moore


D - Series, Format 1

from ShopLicensePlates.com


D - Series, Format 2

from Matt Ciecka


from ShopLicensePlates.com


D - Series, Format 3

from Matt Ciecka


E - Series

from ShopLicensePlates.com


F - Series

from ShopLicensePlates.com


from Tom Firth

 

1999 - 2005, renewable to present

This series replaced all previous plates.  Includes new and used car dealers combined, H00-000H to J37-999J, the I00-000I series was not used.  On www base with dash separator, sticker well upper left.

 

H - Series


J - Series, www base

 

 

2006, renewable to present

Includes new and used car dealers, J38-000J to J99-999J, then K00-000K, etc.  On visitPA base with keystone separator, sticker well upper left.

 

J - Series, visitPA base

from Jim Moini



K - Series, visitPA base

from Bill Cerevola


from Jordan Irazabal

 
2015, visitPA, (renewable to present) base was available for personalization, allowing up to 7 characters.

VisitPA Personalized

from Nick Tsilakis

 
2017, visitPA, (renewable to present) base was modified by removing the sticker well and adding a small white map outline in its place. Personalized plates still allow up to 7 characters.

Map Outline Personalized

 

 

2018, visitPA, (renewable to present) base was modified by removing the sticker well and adding a small white map outline in its place.

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

Dealer-Farm Equipment (1991 to present)

VERSION 1: FE0000D

Dealer-Farm Equip. on top, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no separator PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. 

 

 

SAMPLE

 

from Jordan Irazabal


from John Anshant


Sample

from Paul Bagnarol

 

VERSION 2: FE0000D to current high

PENNSYLVANIA on top, www base, sticker well upper left, no separator, Dealer-Farm Equip. on bottom.

 

from Tom Perri

& Jordan Irazabal


 

 

 

Dealer-Multi Purpose (1991 or 92 to present)

VERSION 1, MP0000D to MP2999D yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no dash separator,  Dealer-Multi Purpose on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 1999 plate reissue.

 

 

SAMPLE

 

from Kelly Brewer


Sample

from Jeff Minard

 

VERSION 2, MP3000D to current high, www base, sticker well upper left, no dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, Dealer-Multi Purpose at bottom


 

 

 

Dept of Forests & Waters (1937 to 1970)

These were plates issued to watercraft used on lakes or bodies of water under the ownership or control of the Department of Forests and Waters.  The plates measured 3½" by 4½".  Later the Department of Forests and Waters later became part of the Department of Environmental Resources.

At this point I do not intend post photos to this page, other than a single example below.  Suggest visiting the website of Jason Michaels for an extensive display of such plates.

http://www.oldtacklebox.com/html_forests_waters/paforests_waters.htm

1962 Department of Forests & Waters watercraft plate

from Worthpoint

 

 

Section and image added 7/19

 

Dept of Hwys (Department of Highways) (1930 to 1935)

1930

 

Image needed

 

 

1931, yellow on blue, 1 to 10? flanked by keystones,  1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, DEPT OF HWYS along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

John Willard plate

 

1932

 

Image needed

 

 

1933

 

Image needed

 

 

1934

 

Image needed

 

 

1935, yellow on blue, 1 to 5 flanked by keystones,  1933 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, DEPT OF HWYS along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

John Willard plate


 

 

Emergency Vehicle (~1977 to present)

VERSION 1: EV-10000 to EV-14999, red on white PENNSYLVANIA on top, EMERGENCY VEHICLE on bottom.  Type dates to about 1977.

Version 1

from Steve Ondik


Registration credential

unknown



from Nick Tsilakis



 

 

VERSION 2: EV-15000 to EV-16999, white on red EMERGENCY VEHICLE on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, no sticker well.

SAMPLE of Version 2

 

Version 2


Sample

 

 

VERSION 3: EV-17000 to EV-23499 white on red, EMERGENCY VEHICLE on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, glass beads on the raised letters, sticker well added on lower left.

SAMPLE of Version 3

Error plate, painted with the municipal plate color scheme. It's also possible there was a short run of these. 

Version 3


from Jim Moini


Sample


Error

from Nick Tsilakis

 
VERSION 4: From EV-23500 to EV-28500 pluralizing of tag line EMERGENCY VEHICLES, white on red PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  (Plates from EV-23894 to EV-28448 use VEHICLES, while EV-28854 uses VEHICLE.)

Version 4

from ebay


 

 

VERSION 5: EV-28500 to EV-30130+, (high plate seen on this base EV-30130) tag line has changed back to singular, white on red PENNSYLVANIA on bottom. Similar to Version 3.

Prior to 2006, If an EMERGENCY VEHICLE plate had a validation sticker it meant that the vehicle is not exempt and belongs to a private ambulance company, fire chief's personal vehicle, etc. Exempt status would be indicated on the owners card.  Plates near the end of this run all had validation stickers.

  

Version 5



 

 

VERSION 6A: The starting number is between EV-30131 and EV-30309 and the series progresses to the current high.  On visitPA base, large keystone separator, embossed tag legend. On vehicles that required stickers in the past such as those belonging to private ambulance companies, etc. 

NOTE: Version 6A and Version 6B are being issued concurrently.

Version 6A


from Dominic


Brendan Sherry


6A & 6B Sample

from Devan Ciemiewicz

 

VERSION 6B: EV-50000 to EV-70999.  On visitPA base, large keystone separator, embossed tag legend.  PennDOT notified plate holders in February 2007 that all white on red EV plates would be replaced.  First seen mid-March 2007.

NOTE: Version 6A and Version 6B are being issued concurrently.

Version 6B



From Brendan Sherry


from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin


from Jeff Lawson


 

 
FORMAT 6C: EV + up to 5 characters as a personalized plate.


from Nick Santiago


from Steve Noll

 

VERSION 7A: EV-71000 to current high.  On visitPA base, large keystone separator, state map outline in place of sticker well, embossed tag legend. First seen September 2017. 

from Nick Santiago



 

 

 

Farm Truck (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, 1977, FM-10000 to FM-47281 or above, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, FARM TRUCK (wide font) at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.


from Jeff Lawson

Need highs or changeover points of several of these plate versions.

VERSION 2, 1984, FM-48650 or below to 52999 or higher,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator,  FARM TRUCK (wide font) on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

 

SAMPLE of VERSION 2 and/or VERSION 4

 

from Clayton Moore


Sample

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

VERSION 3, FM-53000 or above to FM-58999 or above, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator, FARM TRUCK (narrow font) on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

 

 

VERSION 4, below FM-61328 to FM-99999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, dash separator,  FARM TRUCK (wide font) on top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.  High point not known.


from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 5 FM-0000A to FM-999C , www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, FARM TRUCK at bottom.  All previous plates reissued in 2000.


 

 

VERSION 6, mid-2014, FM-0000D to current high on visitPA base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, FARM TRUCK at bottom.


from John Fedorchak

 

 

Fire Department (1968, issued till mid '80s, replaced by Emergency Vehicle 2007)

This type appears to be on a '68 base; however, in an Allentown Fire Department history book, a Fire Dept plate is pictured at a fire scene that was captioned as 1961.  It is now believed that the book was in error.

NOTE: This type is no longer issued. Replaced by Emergency Vehicle in 2007.

Validation Stickers: All are permanent.

VERSION 1: 1968, FD-10000 to FD-27999, state map outline base, keystone separator, sticker well lower left.

Version 1

from Clayton Moore


 

 
VERSION 2: FD-28000 to approximately FD-29999 or wherever production ended, uses a dash separator.

Version 2


Error plate


Sample

 

 

 

Fleet Transporter (1997 to present)

VERSION 1: FL0000T

FLEET TRANSPORTER on top, yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, no separator PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  See sample below.

 

SAMPLE

 

 

Image needed

 


Sample

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

VERSION 2: FL1000T to current high

PENNSYLVANIA on top, www base, sticker well upper left, no separator, FLEET TRANSPORTER on bottom.

 



from Tom Perri

 

 

Foreign Consul & Consular (1929 to 1935 and 1957 or '58 to ~ 1984 or '85)

CONSULAR plates were first issued in1929 and continued until 1935.  No plates are believed to have been issued again until 1957 or '58 when FOREIGN CONSUL plates were first issued.  This type was last issued on the 1977 base and was discontinued when the U.S. State Department started issuing their own plates.  Once the State Department started issuing plates to diplomats, states were no longer allowed to issue plates to foreign diplomats.  "FC" plates do not exist on the 1984 and later bases although a sample exists on the '84 base.
1929 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 
1930 Consular, dark blue on yellow, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 

 
1931 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

unknown source

 
1932 Consular, dark blue on yellow, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones,  1932 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 
1933 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Image needed

 

 
1934 Consular, dark blue on yellow, plate serial number in center, number range likely from 1 or 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones,  1934 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

from Clayton Moore

 

1935 Consular, yellow on dark blue, plate serial number in center, number range 10 to 100.  Number flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, CONSULAR along bottom.  Plates measure 6" by 12".

 

Sample

 

Design drawing

 

 

 

 

 

Image needed

 


Sample

from John Willard


BMV design drawing

 

 
1957 Foreign Consul, FC000, blue on yellow on map outline, 1957 PENNA across top center.

from John Willard

 
1958 Foreign Consul, FC1-000, 58 base, issued from 1958 to 1964, yellow on blue, map outline, PA top center, 58 top right, after 1958 re-validated with stickers upper left, small keystone separator.

 

 
1965 Foreign Consul, FC-100, FC-1000, 65 base, issued from 1965 to 1970, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA top, undated, validation stickers upper left, small keystone separator.

from Brandon Sowers


from Chuck Harrington

 
1971 Foreign Consul, FC-10000, 71 base, issued from 1971 to 1976, yellow on blue, yellow border, PENNSYLVANIA top, sticker wells upper left & right, 71 lightly stamped in upper left sticker well, after 71 revalidated with stickers upper right & left, small keystone separator, BICENTENNIAL STATE '76 on bottom.

from Tom Firth


 

 

1977 Foreign Consul, FC-10000, 77 base, issued from 1977 to 1984 or 85, blue on yellow, blue border, PENNSYLVANIA top, sticker wells upper left & right, dash separator, FOREIGN CONSUL on bottom.

 

Sample

 

from Chuck Harrington


 

 
1984 Foreign Consul: This is a sample or prototype on the 1984 base.  No plates on this base were issued.

from Pauli Bagnarol

 

 

 

 

 

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