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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 G to M

 

Plate Type (year first issued)

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

Handicapped Person / Person with Disability (1965 to present)

VERSION 1: HP-1000, blue on yellow 65 map outline base, used 1965 to 70, PENNSYLVANIA on top, HP on left inside box, then a dash separator followed by a 4-digit serial number to right.

 

 

Sample

 


from Sarge/Klassy Karz

 

VERSION 2: HP10000, yellow on blue Bicentennial base, used 1971 to 76, PENNSYLVANIA on top, HP on left inside box, (no dash separator) followed by a 5-digit serial number to right beginning at HP10000.


from Clayton Moore

 
VERSION 3: HP00000 to HP90599, blue on yellow '77 base, issued 1977 thru 1984, revalidated until 1999, PENNSYLVANIA on top, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, followed by a 5-digit serial number to right.

from Clayton Moore


from Mike Sells

 

VERSION 4: HP90600 to HP99999, yellow on blue '84 base, issued 1984 until number series all used, revalidated until 1999, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, followed by a 5-digit serial number to right.

 

Sample

 

 

 

from George Kunsman


 

 

VERSION 5: HP0000 to HP9999, yellow on blue '84 base, issued 1984 until number series all used, revalidated until 1999, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, followed by a 4-digit serial number to right.

from George Kunsman


from Tom Firth

 

VERSION 6: 0000HP to 9999HP, yellow on blue '84 base, issued about 1986 - 87, revalidated until 1999, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, 4-digit serial number to left, followed by HP on right over wheelchair symbol.

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 7: 00000HP to 99990HP, yellow on blue '84 base, revalidated until 2000 or so, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, 5-digit serial number to left, followed by HP on right over wheelchair symbol.

from Clayton Moore


 

 

VERSION 8: HPA0000 to HPZ9999, yellow on blue '84 base, revalidated until 2000 or so, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, HP on left over wheelchair symbol, 1-alpha character, then 4-digit serial number to left, alpha character last to advance.

 
VERSION 9: PD00000 to PD99999, yellow on blue '84 base, revalidated until 2000 or so, KEYSTONE STATE on top PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, PD (Person with Disability) on left over wheelchair symbol, then 5-digit serial number to right.

from Clayton Moore

 
VERSION 10: PD0000A to PD5999A, on www base first issued 9-99, font used for PD is taller than later plates, but same as previous plates, and wheelchair symbol is larger, alpha character last to advance.

 

 

VERSION 11: From between PD6000A to PD9999Y, same as above version except font used for PD is lower, and wheelchair symbol is smaller, alpha character last to advance.

 

 

Sample

 


 

 
VERSION 12: PD0000Z to PD9999Z , version added 8/9/07. See note under Version 13 below. On visitPA base.

 

 

VERSION 13: 00000PD to 71999PD

Type added 5/24/07. Only a few examples of this type variation were reported until 7/2008. For reasons unknown, the Version 13 plates were seen prior to the Version 12 plates, then after a few months the Version 12 came out and the Version 13 were not distributed until the Version 12 plate were exhausted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 98000PD to current high.  Vehicle owners who have a device on the rear of the vehicle for carrying a wheelchair or personal assistive device are authorized to be issued two plates since the assistive device and carrier may block visibility of the vehicle mounted plate.

 

 

 

Vanity plates.  On VisitPA base with sticker well.  Personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix

from Nick Tsilakis


from Ryan Battin


Double plates

from Nick Tsilakis


Vanity plates

from Tom Perri

 

VERSION 14: 72000PD to current high On VisitPA base but without sticker well, and with small map outline.  First spotted December 2017.

 

 

Vanity plates.  On VisitPA base but without sticker well, and with small map outline, personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix.  First spotted June 2017.


Vanity plates

from George Kunsman

 

 

Hearing Impaired (1987 to present)

It is my understanding that originally these plates were to have a graphic of an ear, but since they were not an organizational plate, this concept was dropped.  While I have no actual numbers, I'm guessing that there are somewhere around 100 of these plates in use.

VERSION 1, First issued 1987, HE-00001 yellow on blue, HEARING IMPAIRED top, dash separator, sticker well lower left, PENNSYLVANIA bottom, valid thru the 2000 plate changeover.

from George Kunsman


from Brian Craig


Sample

 

 

VERSION 2, Reissued 3/2000, HE-03000, www tri-color base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA top, HEARING IMPAIRED bottom.


Sample

 

 
It is unknown if Hearing Impaired plates were issued on the visitPA base.

 

 
VERSION 3 Vanity, visitPA base, sticker well upper left, PENNSYLVANIA top, HEARING IMPAIRED bottom.  Vanities are supposed to have the HE prefix.

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

House Car / Motor Home (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, First issued 1977, HC-10000 to ~HC-95500, blue on yellow,  PENNSYLVANIA top, dash separator, HOUSE CAR bottom, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.


from David Hassell

 

VERSION 2, First issued 1984, HD-00000 to between HD-41740 and HD-42215, yellow on blue,  HOUSE CAR top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA bottom, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.

 

 

VERSION 3, About 1990, from between HD-41741 and HD-42215 to at least HF-72999, yellow on blue, MOTOR HOME top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA bottom, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.

(Note: HE plates were not issued in this series since the HE prefix is reserved for Hearing Impaired plate series.)

 


 

 

VERSION 4: First issued 5/7/2000 on www base, HG-00000 to HG-05999 on www base, PENNSYLVANIA on top, dash separator, MOTOR HOME on bottom, uses different font than later plates, note the 'M'.

 

 

VERSION 5: From HG-06000 to HG-99999 on www base, uses different font than earlier plates, note the 'M'. Otherwise same format as VERSION 4.

 

 

VERSION 6: From April/May 2006, HH-00000 to current high, On visitPA base with keystone separator.

 

 

 

VERSION 7 : From HH-68750 or below.  No sticker well or map outline.  Spotted 8/6/18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Implement of Husbandry (1984 to present)

VERSION 1: IMP-0000 to IMP-4999 (actual high unknown, over IMP-2167), yellow on blue base, IMPLEMENT OF HUSBANDRY on top, dash separator, Pennsylvania on bottom uses the "You've got a friend" font, sticker well lower left, valid thru changeover.

 

 

SAMPLE

 

from eBay user dmddrk



from Jeff Lawson


Sample

 

 

VERSION 2: IMP-5000 to current high, on www base, IMPLEMENT OF HUSBANDRY on bottom, sticker well lower left.



from Ryan Battin

 

     

 

Judiciary (1928 to 1935)

Judiciary plates have a starting point of at least as far back as 1928, maybe earlier.  They were issued up thru 1935, after which there was a long gap.  It is uncertain exactly when court related plates were issued again but it is believed that it was some time in the 1980s.  These later plates consisted of Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.  Those plates continue thru the present.

1928, 1 to 3 digit serial number followed by J, 1 and 2 digit serials used a dash before the J, blue on yellow, PENNA 1928 along the top flanked by 2 keystones, plates measure 6" by 10". 

from Ned Flynn


from Eric Tanner

 

1929, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1929 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1930, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

 

from Clayton Moore


from Jake Eckenrode

 

1931, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Worthpoint


from Jake Eckenrode

 

1932, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1932 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom.


from Eric Conner


from Ned Flynn


from Jake Eckenrode

 

1933, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1933 stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Clayton Moore


from Jake Eckenrode

 

1934, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, 1934 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom, plates are 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1935, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, JUDICIARY along bottom.  Plates measured 11⅞ by 5⅞.  Plates were authorized from 1 to 300.

 

Graphic design

from Jake Eckenrode


graphic design

 

 

 

Legislative (1928 to 1935, 1957 & later see State Representative, State Senator,

U.S. Congress, and U.S. Senate.)

These plates are believed to have come out in 1928.  The '28 plates were short and used an L prefix followed by a dash on 2-digit plates and the serial number but without any type of LEGISLATIVE legend.  See the description of the '29 plate below.  From 1930 thru '35 the plates followed a similar format and used the word LEGISLATIVE as the bottom plate legend while alternating the colors, and the location of the stacked PENNA and 4-digit year.  After 1935 these plates were discontinued until 1957.
1928, blue on yellow, serial number prefixed by L with a dash on 1 and 2 character serial numbers, and L without a dash on 3 character serial numbers, PENNA 1928 flanked by keystones along top border, likely size 6" x 10".

from PL8S


from Dave Lincoln

 

1929, early plates followed formatting similar to the '28 plates above.  There was a change in the design of the Legislative plates part way thru the year and likely all of the early issue plates were replaced with the plates bearing the LEGISLATIVE legend and setting up the format for legislative plates thru 1935.

Plates were yellow on blue.  Early plates measured 6" by 10" and later plates were 6" by 12".

 

from Dave Lincoln


from ALPCA Archives


from Worthpoint

 
1930, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1930 stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.  Authorized range from 1 to 500.

from eBay


from Eric Conner



from Eric Conner


from Eric Conner


from ebay

 
1931, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1931 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

from Michael Wiener


plate source unknown

 
1932, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1932 stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

From Dave Lincoln

 
1933, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1933 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

from Eric Conner


from Clayton Moore

 
1934, blue on yellow, serial number flanked by keystones, PENNA stacked on left, 1934 stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.

front from Eric Conner

rear from Eric Conner


from Eric Conner

 

1935, yellow on blue, serial number flanked by keystones, 1935 stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, LEGISLATIVE along bottom.  Authorized range from 1 to 400.

 

SAMPLE

 

from Eric Conner


from Klassy Karz


from Bob Connison


from John Willard

 

 

Limousine (1990 to present)

VERSION 1: LM-10000 (only several thousand issued) yellow on blue base, LIMOUSINE on top, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, valid thru changeover in 3/2000.

 

 

SAMPLE


from Lee Madigan


Sample

 

 

VERSION 2: First issued 3/26/2000, LM-20000 to LM-22999, on www base, dash separator, narrow font tag line.

 

 

VERSION 3: LM-23000 to LM-26999, on www base, dash separator, wider font tag line.

 

 

SAMPLE

 


Sample

 

 

VERSION 4: LM-27000 to current high, visitPA base, keystone separator, wider font tag line.  Version added 1/5/11.

from Tom Perri


Sample

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln University (Official) (First year of issue unknown)

These are official plates used on vehicles owned by Lincoln University.

VERSION 1: L0000U to plate changeover during 9/99. Uses 'Title Case' on plate legend.  Lincoln University at top, PENNSYLVANIA at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent.

 

 

Image needed

Version 1 of this plate, with its small number issued and localized usage, may have passed from existence with no plates from the original issue known to have survived, or even photographed.
VERSION 2: L0000U reissued 9/99, uses 'Title Case' on plate legend.   PENNSYLVANIA at top, Lincoln University at bottom, no stickers used, plate is semi-permanent.

from Jordan Irazabal


 

 

 

Liquid Fuels P. or O. Permit

Updated information from Eric Tanner, former ALPCA Archivist. These were not used on vehicles, but were actually mounted on gasoline pumps at gas stations. That explains why there were so many issued, as well as the additional mounting holes. Eric indicated that the law was first effective July 1, 1937, and the license year was 7/1 to 6/30. The 1937 plate should probably have been dated "37-38" but that was not fixed until the next year. Another law was passed 5/26/39 repealing this act, so that is why there are only 2 plate years in the run for this type. Eric plans to do more research on the law but believes it was related to some kind of gasoline tax for sellers. Other states had similar laws and plates at the time, such as the NJ Motor Fuel Dealer etc. Mr. Tanner also theorizes that the meaning of the "P. or O." might mean Petrol or Oil, which if true, would indicate the dealer could sell both. He has not seen any other type of plate that restricted the seller to just one or the other, but that is something we can find out from the original law, which was passed on June 2, 1937.
1937, full serial range uncertain, range known 2829 to 81529, dark blue on yellow, size the same as motorcycle plates at the time, PA on upper left, over LIQUID over FUELS over P. or O. over PERMIT over '37 on lower left.  All plates have 6 holes.

from Worthpoint


unknown source


from Harry Campbell


from Worthpoint

 
1938-39, full serial range uncertain, range known 6396 to 71171, yellow on dark blue, size the same as motorcycle plates at the time, PA on upper left, over LIQUID over FUELS over P. or O. over PERMIT over '38-'39 on lower left.  All plates have 6 holes.

from Worthpoint


from Bob Connison


from Bob Connison

 

 

Mass Transit (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, 1977, M/T-10000 to M/T-17999, blue on yellow base, sticker wells upper left & right, steel plate,  PENNSYLVANIA on top, MASS TRANSIT at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

from Worthpoint


 

 

VERSION 2, 1984, M/T-18000 to M/T-29999,  yellow on blue base, sticker well lower left, PENNSYLVANIA on top, MASS TRANSIT at bottom. Valid thru the 2000 plate reissue.

from Worthpoint



from Stave Ondik

 
VERSION 3, 2000, M/T30000 to M/T32999, stacked prefix on www base, wide font on tag line.



Sample

 

 
VERSION 4, MT-33000 to MT-39999, in-line prefix with dash separator on www base, narrower font on tag line.


from Worthpoint

 

VERSION 5, 2006, M/T40000 to M/T48699 on visitPA base, wide legend on tag line, first observed 6/20/06.



Sample

 

 

VERSION 6, 2006, M/T48700 to current high, on visitPA base, wide legend on tag line, with map outline, first observed 7/2019.

from Bruce Bufalini


from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

Moped (1977 to present)

VERSION 1, ~1977 to 2000 plate changeover, AA000 to AZ999, blue on yellow, PENNA on top, MOPED on bottom, narrow hole spacing, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.  Size is 4" by 8".

 

 

VERSION 2, ~1984 to 2000 plate changeover, 000AA to 999BZ, blue on yellow, PENNA on top, MOPED on bottom, narrow hole spacing, valid thru the 2000-2001 plate changeover.  Moped plates were never issued on the yellow on blue base.  Also Version 2 in B series.

 

from Bruce Bufalini


 

 
VERSION 3, First issued 4/16/2000, BA000 to BM999, on www base, plates use MP legend.  Plate BM275 confirmed still on www base.  Size 4" x 7".

 

 
VERSION 4, ~9/07 BN000 to current high.  Series is reserved to CZ999 on visitPA base, plates use MP legend.  Also Version 4 in C series.


from Ryan Battin

 

 

Moped Dealer (1977 or 78 to present)

It is unknown if the Moped Dealer series began in 1977 or 78.  If there was a 77 dealer, it likely had an embossed date, and likely followed formatting similar to '77 Motorcycle Dealer plate.
1978, 1000 D/L/R, embossed stacked 78 on lower left, blue on yellow base, map outline, narrow hole spacing, DLR stacked on right, PENNA along top border and MOPED along bottom border.

from Jerry McCoy

 

1979, revalidated up 2000-01

1000, validation stickers were used thru 2000 or '01, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", undated,  PENNA along top border, MOPED along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

Circa 1985 image without sticker.

from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal


from Kelly Brewer


 

 
VERSION 3, MPD 4000 on www base, first issued 9/99, the MPD is in small letters along the bottom of the plate similar to the MCD used by Motorcycle Dealer plates.

Jordan Irazabal and John McDevitt


Jordan Irazabal and John McDevitt


Jordan Irazabal and John McDevitt

 

 

Motorbike (1920 to 1949)

Motorbike plates were first introduced in 1920 and continued to be issued until 1949.  In the early years they were sometimes referred to as Motor Bicycles or Bicycle Side Motors; today they are more commonly referred to as Mopeds, short for motorized-pedalcycle.  Also, in the years up thru 1933 the letter O was used on Motorbikes as a prefix to differentiate between them and Motorcycle plates.  Before 1927 the letter O and the number 0 were the same size which makes earlier plates appear to be all numeric.  From 1934 thru 1949 the O was replaced with MB stacked on the left or right side, then with the introduction of the map outline in '38 all plates had the MB stacked on the right side.  It should be noted that Motor Boat plates also used the MB designator between 1955 and 1963.  Thanks to Eric Tanner for some guidance with this section.

1920

 

Image needed

 

 

1921

Letter O prefix + serial number, dark blue on yellow, steel, height 4", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued unknown.

Bill Krellner collection

 

1922

Letter O prefix + serial number, brown on cream, steel, height 4", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued unknown.

 

source unknown

 

1923

 

Image needed

 

 

1924

Letter O prefix + serial number, dark blue on yellow, steel, height 4", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued unknown.

 

Plate image

05

in ALPCA Archives 

 

1925

 

Image needed

 

 

1926

 

Image needed

 

 

1927

 

Image needed

 

 

1928

 

Image needed

 

 

1929

 

Image needed

 

 

1930

 

Image needed

 

 

1931

Letter O prefix + serial number, yellow on dark blue, height 4" by 8" length, legend PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, number issued unknown.

 

 

 

1932

 

Image needed

 

 

1933

Letter O prefix + serial number, yellow on dark blue, height 4" by 8" length,

Format 1, legend, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right

Format 2, legend, 2-digit year upper left over PA lower left

 

Format 1

 

 

Format 2

from eBay

 

1934

1 to unknown high, approx. height 4" by 8" length.  2-digit year stacked upper left over stacked PA lower left, MB stacked on right.

from Worthpoint

 

1935

1 - 50 authorized, yellow on dark blue, height 45/16", length 7⅞", 2-digit year stacked upper left over stacked PA lower left, MB stacked on right, actual number issued unknown.

old BMV document

 

1936

1 to 3 numeric digits, dark blue on yellow, height 45/16", length 7⅞", MB stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked upper right over stacked PA lower right.

 

 

1937

1 to at least 139, yellow on dark blue, height 45/16", length 7⅞", MB stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked upper right over stacked PA lower right.

 

from John Wunderlich

 

1938

1 to 3 numeric digits, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".

SAMPLE

 

 

Image needed

 

 

from Dave Lincoln

 

1939

1 to at least 515, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from John Willard


from Lee Madigan


from Worthpoint

 

1940

1 to at least 923, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from Lee Madigan


from John Willard


from Harry Campbell

 

1941

1 to at least 1030, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1942

1 to about 2,265, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

from Harry Campbell


from John Willard


from John Willard

 

1943

In 1943 plates were not issued, in place a 1942 plate was used with a " by 4" black on red metal validation strip affixed to the top of a 1942 plate.  The tab read PENNA on the left and 1943 on the right, an expiration date of 3-31-44 was debossed over the serial number in the center.

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1943, 1944 and 1945 Motorbike (MB) registration cards.

The make of the vehicle was a Motor Glide, the body type was MB for Motorbike, the annual registration fee was $2.00.

         The top card is the 1943 renewal of the 1942 registration.  The 1942 registration would have been tag 1929, the renewal tab strip serial number 15079.

         The middle card is the 1944 registration, tag 686.

         The bottom card is the 1945 registration, tag 527.

Click to enlarge

from John Anshant

 

1944

1 to at least 1844, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from Dave Lincoln


from Dave Lincoln


from John Willard


from Jake Eckenrode

 

1945

1 to at least 1977, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from John Willard


from Jake Eckenrode


credit Edward F. Jones

 

1946

1 to at least 4178, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from John Willard


from eBay

 

 

1947

1 - 9999, A - A999, etc. if needed, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from Worthpoint


from Clayton Moore


from John Willard

 

1948

1 - 9999, A - A999, etc., yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

 

from Dave Lincoln


from John Willard



from Dave Lincoln


from eBay


from Clayton Moore

 

1949

1 - 9999, A - A999, etc., dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MB stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".  Final year.

 

from John Willard


from Jeff Hinkle



from alligator02

 

 

Motorboat (plates used 1931 to 1963, stickers used later years)

Motorboat plates were first issued in 1931, and were always issued in pairs.  1963 was the last year issued.  See Motorboat Dealer plates next section below.  It appears that boat stickers are still issued as part of a registration process.

1931, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PA stacked on right over stacked 2 digit year, color black on yellow, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1932, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PA stacked on right over stacked 2 digit year, color black on white, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1933, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PA stacked on right over stacked 2 digit year, color white on dark maroon, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy


from John Willard

 

1934 - 1936, multi-year plate if renewed, 1 to 4 digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, undated, color black on white, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1937, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from Jerry McCoy

 

1938, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1939, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy


from John Willard

 

1940, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color black on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1941, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from John Willard


 

 

1942, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1943, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color black on yellow, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from simone54


from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1944, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color red on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1945, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1946, 1 to 4 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color blue on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

from Jerry McCoy

 

1947, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, 1 to 4 digit plates measure 5⅛" by 9", 5-digit plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

  • Format 1, 5⅛" by 9"

  • Format 2, 5⅛" by 11"

Format 1

from Jerry McCoy


Format 2

from ebay

 

1948, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Rob Baran


from Jerry McCoy


source unknown

 

1949, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from Jerry McCoy


from ebay user rqb507


from ebay user mg00000

 

1950, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color red on white, plates now measure 4" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy

 
1951, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".


from Jerry McCoy

 
1952, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4" by 8". 

from Ed Coghill

 

1953, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 4" by 8". 

  • Format 1, early plates, 1 to between 5375 and 9072 on steel

  • Format 2, later plates from between 5376 and 9073 to at least 36255 were fiberboard, only year for non-metallic plates.

 

 

 

Format 1

from Jeff Hinkle


from Jerry McCoy


Format 2

from Bob Connison


from Jerry McCoy


Reverse of above tag

from Jerry McCoy


from Worthpoint

 

1954, 1 to 5 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 4" by 8". 

from John Willard


from Erie Antiques


from Jerry McCoy

 

1955, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4" by 8".

from eBay user snortwheeze55


from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy


source unknown

 

1956, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on dark green, plates measure 4" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy


from bigdave763

 

1957, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

These are cardboard templates used to facilitate plate mounting.


from John Willard



mounting template

from Jerry McCoy

 

1958, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1959, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard



from Jerry McCoy

 

1960, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on white, plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1961, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color yellow on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard



from Jerry McCoy

 

1962, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on purple, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Sample

 

from Ed Coghill


Sample

from Rick Kretchmer

 

1963, 1 to 5 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4" by 8".  Final year for this plate.

from Jerry McCoy


source unknown

 

intervening years

 

 

Images needed

 

 

1980 Boat Registration sticker with 1981 expiry

White keystone with black text on blue background

from Bob Connison

 

1981 Boat Registration sticker with 1982 expiry

White keystone with black text on orange background

from Bob Connison

 

1982 Boat Registration sticker with 1983 expiry

White keystone with black text on green background

from Bob Connison

 

1983 Boat Registration sticker with 1984 expiry

White keystone with black text on red background

 

from Bob Connison

 

1984 Boat Registration sticker with 1985 expiry

White keystone with black text on blue background

 

from Bob Connison

 

1985 Boat Registration sticker with 1986 expiry

White keystone with black text on orange background

 

from Bob Connison

 

1986 Boat Registration sticker with 1987 expiry

White keystone with black text on green background

 

from Tom Firth

 

1987 Boat Registration sticker with 1988 expiry

White keystone with black text on red background

from Tom Firth

 

1988 Boat Registration sticker with 1989 expiry

White keystone with black text on blue background

 

from Bob Connison

 

1989 Boat Registration sticker with 1990 expiry

White keystone with black text on orange background

 

from Bob Connison

 

1990 Boat Registration sticker with 1991 expiry

White keystone with black text on green background

from Tom Firth

 

1991 Boat Registration sticker with 1992 expiry

White outline keystone with white text on red background

 

from Bob Connison

 

1992 Boat Registration sticker with 1993 expiry

 

Image needed

 

 

1993 Boat Registration sticker with 1994 expiry

White outline keystone with white text on orange background

 

from Bob Connison

 

intervening years

 

 

Images needed

 

 

1998 Boat Registration sticker with 1999 expiry

White outline keystone with white text on green background

from Tom Firth

 

intervening years

 

 

Images needed

 

 

2005 Boat Registration sticker with 2006 expiry

White outline keystone with white text on orange background.  Black on white serial number field at bottom of keystone.

from Tom Firth

 

intervening years

 

 

Images needed

 

 

2008 Boat Registration sticker with 2009 expiry

White outline keystone with white text on blue background.  Black on white serial number field at bottom of keystone.

from Tom Firth

 

2009 with 3/31/2010 expiry, Boat Registration sticker. White outline keystone with white text on green background.  Expires 31 March over Pennsylvania over 2010. Black on white number field near bottom.  Issued in pairs.

 

 

intervening years

 

 

Images needed

 

 

2012-13 with 3/31/13 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker. Large 13 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on blue background. Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. There is also un Unpowered registration sticker. Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

2012-13, with 3/31/14 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 14 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on orange background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

 

2013-14, with 3/31/15 expiry, 2-Year Unpowered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 15 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on green background.  Black on white Unpowered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. There is also un Powered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Unpowered, graphic example

 

 

2014-15, with 3/31/16 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 16 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on blue background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. 

There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

2015-16 with 3/31/17 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 17 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on blue background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. 

There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

2016-17, with 3/31/18 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 18 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on orange background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

2017-18, with 3/31/19 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 19 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on green background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. 

There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

2018-19, with 3/31/20 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 20 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on red background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. 

There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

2019-20, with 3/31/21 expiry, 2-Year Powered Boat Registration sticker.  Large 21 in center, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on top, and expiration along bottom, all on blue background.  Black on white Powered field near top, and serial number field near bottom. 

There is also un Unpowered registration sticker.  Issued in pairs.

Powered

 

 

 

Motorboat Dealer (1933 or 34 to 1963)

Motorboat Dealer plates were issued as least as far back as 1934, possibly 1933.  1963 was the last year issued.  These plates always employed an 'X' prefix and otherwise are similar to other motorboat plates.

1933 unconfirmed

 

 

Confirmation needed

 

 

1934 to 1936, multi-year plate if renewed, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, MBL stacked on left, PENNA stacked on right, undated, color black on white, plates measure 6" by 12".

from Jake Eckenrode

 

1937, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1938, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1939, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from John Willard


from John Willard

 

1940, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1941, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1942, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1943, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, black on yellow, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1944, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1945, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

 

Image needed

 

 

1946, X+1 to 2 (3?) digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color blue on white, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".

from Carmen121

via Jordan Irazabal

 

1947, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on dark blue, plates measure 5⅛" by 9".  It is unknown if plates with longer serial numbers use 5⅛" by 11" size.

from Clayton Moore


from Carmen121

via Jordan Irazabal

 

1948, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on green, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".  It is unknown if plates with shorter serial numbers use 5⅛" by 9" size.

from John Willard

 

1949, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color yellow on red, plates measure 5⅛" by 11".

from John Willard


from Jerry McCoy

 

1950, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color red on white, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

from Drewski

 

1951, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Image needed

 

 

1952, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Image needed

 

 

1953, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on green, plates measure 4" by 8".  Fiberboard plates confirmed, steel plates unconfirmed.

 

Image needed

 

 

1954, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, PENNA along top border with 4-digit year, MBL stacked on left, color white on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Image needed

 

 
1955, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy


from Kelly Brewer

 

1956, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on dark green, plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard

 

1957, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Image needed

 

 

1958, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard

 

1959, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on yellow, plates measure 4" by 8".

from Drewski


from Jerry McCoy

 

1960, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color blue on white, plates measure 4" by 8".

from Jerry McCoy


from Drewski

 
1961, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color yellow on blue, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Image needed

 

 
1962, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on purple, plates measure 4" by 8".

 

Image needed

 

 

1963, X+1 to 3 digit serial number, state map outline, EXP. 3-31 of the following year along top border, PENNA along bottom border, MB stacked on right over stacked 2-digit year, color white on red, plates measure 4" by 8".  Plates discontinued.

 

Image needed

 

 

 

Motorcycle* (1914 to present)

1914

O1 - O14335, white on black porcelain, PA upper left over stacked 4-digit year, height 4", length depends on the number of digits, O+1 or 2 digits is 6", O+3 digits is 7", O+4 digits is 8", O+5 digits is 8".

Format 1: O1 to O99, 4" by 6"

Format 2: O100 to O999, 4" by 7"

Format 3: O1000 to O9999, 4" by 8"

Format 4: O10000 to O14335, 4" by 8".

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2


Format 3


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 4

from Tim Stentiford

 

1915

O1 - O17245, white on blue porcelain, PA upper left over stacked 4-digit year, height 4", length depends on the number of digits, O+1 or 2 digits is 6", O+3 digits is 7", O+4 digits is 8", O+5 digits is 8".

Format 1: O1 to O99, 4" by 6"

Format 2: O100 to O999, 4" by 7"

Format 3: O1000 to O9999, 4" by 8"

Format 4: O10000 to O17245, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2


Format 3

from Tim Stentiford


from John Willard & John Anshant


Format 4

from Tim Stentiford

 

1916

1 - 21439, black on orange steel, height 4", length 6" for 1, 2 & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 21439.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 21439, 4" by 8"

 

 

Format 1

from eBay-er bigdon45

from eBay-er bigdon45


from Dave Lincoln


Format 2


 

 

1917

1 - 24567, white on brown, steel, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 24,567.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 24567, 4" by 8"

  

Format 1


Format 2


from eBay user bigdon45


from Dave Lincoln


from Clayton Moore

 

1918

1 - 26621, white on black steel, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 26,621.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 26621, 4" by 8"

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Jerry McCoy


unknown

 

 

1919

1 - 25760, red on black, steel, height 4", length 6" for 1 - 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 25760, 4" by 8"

  

Format 1

from Worthpoint


Format 2

from Lou Bodie


from Harry Campbell


from Dave Lincoln

 

1920

1 - 23,981, white on dark blue, steel, height 4", length 6" for 1 - 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 23981, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Worthpoint


from Harry Campbell

 

1921

1 - 21111, dark blue on orange steel, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 21,111.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 21111, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from  Thepoolcueshop


from Jerry McCoy

 

1922

1 - 19316, brown on cream, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 19316.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 19316, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

from Harry Campbell


Format 2

from Harry Campbell


from Drewski


from Lou Bodie

 

1923

1 - 19817, yellow on dark blue, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 19817.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 19917, 4" by 8"

 

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint


Format 2

from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy

 

1924

1 - 17540, dark blue on yellow, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, number issued 17681.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 17681, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint


Format 2


from Lou Bodie

 

1925

1 - 16122, yellow on dark blue, height 4", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, number issued 16122.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 16122, 4" by 8"

 

 

Format 1

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 2

from Jerry McCoy


from Worthpoint

 

 

 

1926

1 - 14609, dark blue on yellow, height 4", length 6" for 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued 14609.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 14609, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Harry Campbell


 

 

1927

1 - 99999, yellow/dark blue, painted border, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued 14267.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 14267, 4" by 8"

 

 

Format 1

from Jerry McCoy


Format 2

from Harry Campbell


from Clayton Moore

 

1928

1 - 13807, dark blue on yellow, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued 13807.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 13807, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Harry Campbell


from Jerry McCoy


from Clayton Moore

 

1929

1 - 13670, yellow/dark blue, painted border, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued approx. 13670.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 13670, 4" by 8"

 

 

Format 1

from Lou Bodie


Format 2

from Harry Campbell


from Dave Lincoln

 

1930

1 - 13223, dark blue/yellow, painted border, height 4", length 6" for 1-, 2- & 3-digit, 8" for 4- & 5-digit, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, number issued approx. 13223.

Format 1: 1 to 999, 4" by 6"

Format 2: 1000 to 13223, 4" by 8"

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Harry Campbell

 

1931

1 - 9999, A - C106 or beyond, first year to use the alpha-numeric format, yellow/dark blue, painted border, PA upper right over 2-digit year, height 4", length 7", number issued approx 12,432.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 7"

Format 2: A to C106, 4" by 7"

Format 1


from Harry Campbell


Format 2


from Dave Lincoln


from Harry Campbell

 

 

1932

1 - 9999, A - B000 series, dark blue/yellow, painted border, 2-digit year upper right over PA, height 4", length 7", number issued approx 11,307.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 7"

Format 2: A to B000 series, 4" by 7"

 

 

Format 1

from Harry Campbell



Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1933

1 - 9999, A - B000 series, yellow/dark blue, painted border, PA upper left over 2-digit year, height 4", length 7", number issued approx 11,541.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 7"

Format 2: A to B000 series, 4" by 7"

 

Format 1

from Harry Campbell


Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1934

1 - 9999, A1 - C30?, dark blue/yellow, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8", number issued approx. 12071.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A to C000 series, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

Boyertown Auto Museum


Format 2

from Worthpoint


from Harry Campbell

 

1935

1 - 9999, A - A499 or beyond, yellow/dark blue, painted border, 2-digit year upper left over PA stacked lower left, height 45/16", length 7⅞", number issued approx 11731.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 45/16" by 7⅞"

Format 2: A to C000 series, 45/16" by 7⅞"

 

 

Format 1

from Harry Campbell


Format 2

from Worthpoint


Sample

Jake Eckenrode plate

 

1936

1 - 9999, A1 - B914, dark blue/yellow, MC stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked on upper right over PA stacked on lower right, all plates 4" by 8", number issued approx. 11914.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A to B914, 4" by 8"

 

 

Format 1


Format 2


from Worthpoint


from Harry Campbell


Sample

from Tiger Joe Sallmen

 

1937

1 - 9999, A1 - C000 series, yellow on dark blue, height 45/16", length 7⅞", MC stacked on left, 2-digit year stacked upper right over stacked PA lower right.  Number issued approx. 12195.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 45/16" by 7⅞"

Format 2: A to C000 series, 45/16" by 7⅞"

 

Format 1

from Clayton Moore


from Harry Campbell


Format 2

from Joe Ritchey


from Worthpoint

 

1938

1 - 9999, A1 - B000 series, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".  Number issued approx. 11441.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A to B000 series, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


from Harry Campbell


Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1939

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".  Somewhere between 93-hundred and just under 12-thousand were registered, depending on the source.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A to Z999, series, 4" by 8", may not have been used

 

Format 1

Boyertown Auto Museum



Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1940

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A to Z999, series, 4" by 8", may not have been used

 

Format 1

from John Willard



Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1941

1 - 9999, A1 - B000, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, all plates 4" by 8".  Some 12,275 plates were reportedly registered.

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A to Z000, series, 4" by 8"

Format 1

from Worthpoint


Format 2

from Harry Campbell

 

1942

1 - 9999, A1 - Z999, 1A00 to 9A99, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999, 4" by 8"

Format 2: A1 to E999, series, 4" by 8"

Format 3: 1A00 to 9A99, series, 4" by 8"

 

Format 1


Format 2

from Worthpoint


Harry Campbell / Todd Mickinak


Format 3

from Allen Shrewsbury

 
1943, 1943 plates were not issued, in place a 1942 plate was used with a " by 4" black on read metal validation strip affixed to the top of a 1942 plate.  The tab read PENNA on the left and 1943 on the right, an expiration date of 3-31-44 was debossed over the serial number in the center.

from Bob Connison


Harry Campbell / Todd Mickinak 

 

1944

1 - 9999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 1

from Worthpoint


from Bob Connison

 

1945

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to A999

 

Format 1

credit Edward F. Jones


from Jeff Hinkle


Format 2

ebay user luv2wheels

 

1946

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

 

 

Format 1

from eBay user spillercb21


from Aimee Senott


ebay user luv2wheels


Format 2

from Worthpoint


Harry Campbell / Todd Mickinak 

 

1947

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to F560

 

Format 1

from Harry Campbell


Format 2

from Worthpoint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

1948

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to G503

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint


ebay user luv2wheels


Format 2

from Worthpoint


 

 

1949

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to G146

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint


from Chuck Sakryd


same format as above


Format 2

unknown


from Worthpoint

 

 

Image added 7/26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 7/12

 

 

1950

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to R73

Format 1

from Harry Campbell


from Worthpoint


from Chuck Sakryd


Format 2

Used by John Tomlin on 47 Indian


from Clayton Moore

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 7/12

 

1951

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to V85

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint



Format 2

from Clayton Moore


from Jeff Francis

 

Image added 7/12

 

1952

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to S603

 

Format 1

from Worthpoint



from Clayton Moore


Format 2

from Worthpoint



Sample

from John Willard

 

Image added 7/26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 7/26

 

1953

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border,  all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

 

Format 1


Format 2


from Jeff Hinkle

 

1954

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

  

Format 1

from Dave Lincoln


from Jeff Francis


Format 2


 

 

1955

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".  Number registered 24,016.

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd



Format 2

eBay?


 

 

1956

1 - 9999, A - Z999, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

  

Format 1

from Clayton Moore


from Chuck Sakryd


from Bob Connison


Format 2

from Harry Campbell


from Jeff Hinkle

 

1957

1 - 9999, A - Z999, dark blue/yellow, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on upper left over PA stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, expiration date in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".  Approx 25,851 plates issued.

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to V29

 

 

Format 1

unknown


from Harry Campbell


Format 2

unknown


from Pl8source

 

1958 - 1962

1 - 9999, A - Z999, 0A-999Z, 0A0 - 9Z99, 00A0 - 99Z9, not all series were fully utilized, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 58 stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, PENNA in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".  Early plates had slots for renewal tabs on either side of the year.  These were never used, and the tab slots were missing on later issues.  Renewed thru '62 with validation stickers placed in the upper left.

Format 1: 1 to 9999 (with tab slots)

Format 2: A to Z999 (A to V with tab slots, Y & Z without)

Format 3: 0A to 999Z

Format 4: 0A0 to 9Z99

Format 5: 00A0 to 51U5

Sample - 00000

 

 

Format 1

from Tim Gierschick


Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3

from Jeff Francis


Format 4

from Jeff Francis


Format 5

from Jeff Francis

 

Sample

from Drewski

1963 Base, revalidated thru 64

1 - 9999, A - Z999, 0A - 999Z, 0A0 - 9Z99, 00A0 - 02M1, yellow/dark blue, map outline, 2-digit year stacked on lower left, MC stacked on right, PENNA in upper map border, all plates 4" by 8".  Renewed in '64 with validation sticker.  Approx. 81,000 plates issued.

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

Format 3: 0A to 999Z

Format 4: 0A0 to 9Z99

Format 5: 00A0 to 02M1

 

 

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd



Format 3

0A to 999Z needed

 


Format 4



Format 5

from Jeff Hinkle

 

1965 Base, undated, revalidated thru '70

1 - 9999, A - Z999, 000A - 999Z, 0A00 - 9Z99, 00A0 - 99Z9, then around 1966, A00 - Z99, 0A0 - 9Z9, 00A - 99Z uncertain, A00A - Z99Z, then around 1967 a 5-character format was used for the first time.  The new format was 0A000 - 7Z396, with the addition of a 5th character the stacked MC was replaced by the word MOTORCYCLE along the lower border of the plate.  All plates had PENNA along top border.  Dark blue/yellow, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1: 1 to 9999

Format 2: A to Z999

Format 3: 0A to 999Z

Format 4: 0A0 to 9Z99

Format 5: 00A0 - 99Z9

Format 6: A00A - Z99Z

Format 7: 0A000 to 7Z396

Samples

 

 

Format 1

from Chuck Sakryd


from Chuck Sakryd


Format 2

from ebay


from Dave Lincoln



Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 4

from Harry Campbell


from Clayton Moore


Format 5

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 6

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 7

from Jeff Francis


Samples

from Dave Lincoln


from Dave Lincoln


from Dave Lincoln

 

 

1971 Base, undated, revalidated thru '76

0A000 - 9Z999, 00A00 - 99Z99, 000A0 - 999Z9, A000A - C034C.  MOTORCYCLE along the upper border, PENNA along lower border, yellow/dark blue, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, see additional details below and in right column.  All plates were 4" by 8". 

Format 1A: 0A000 to between 0N243 and 9P518, steel, reverse color was blue 

Format 1B: From between 0N243 and 5P086 to between 6S517 and 2V904, changed to aluminum, reverse was blue

Format 1C: From between 6S517 and 2V904 to 9Z99 plates were aluminum, reverse was yellow

Format 2:   00A00 to 99Z99, all plate from this point were aluminum, reverse was yellow

Format 3:   000A0 to 999Z9

Format 4:   A000A - C034C

 

FORMAT

SERIES

0A000-9Z999

MATERIAL

REVERSE COLOR

1A

5A537

Steel

Blue

1A

2B565

Steel

Blue

1A

2B636

Steel

Blue

1A

8E111

Steel

Blue

1A

4H553

Steel

Blue

1A

0N243

Steel

Blue

1B

5P086

Aluminum

Blue

1B

2R092

Aluminum

Blue

1B

8R644

Aluminum

Blue

1B

6S517

Aluminum

Blue

1B

2V904

Aluminum

Yellow

1C All later series

Aluminum

Yellow

 

 

Format 1A



Format 1B

Harry Campbell / Todd Mickinak 


Format 1C

Image needed


Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3

from Jeff Hinkle


from Chuck Sakryd


Format 4


Inversion error


both from Bill Pratt

 

 

 

1977 Base, undated, issued thru '85, revalidated thru 2000

0A000 - 9Z999, 00A00 - 99Z99, 000A0 - 999Z9, 0AA0A - 9ZZ9Z, undated map outline, blue on yellow, PENNA along top border and MOTORCYCLE along bottom.

Format 1: 0A000 - 9Z999, narrow hole spacing

Format 2: 00A00 - 99Z99, narrow hole spacing

Format 3: 000A0 - 999Z9, narrow hole spacing

Format 4A: 0AA0A - 5AN5M, narrow hole spacing

Format 4B: 2AP6S - 9AP1V, wide hole spacing

Andrew Turnbull provided research on the evolution of PA's Motorcycle plates.  He unveiled the fact that while almost all '77-base plates had narrow bolt hole spacing, there was a run of plates toward the end where the wide hole spacing came about in preparation for the '85 issue.  This group is now referred to as Format 4B.

 

Format 1

from Andrew Turnbull


from Jeff Francis


Format 2

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 3

from Chuck Sakryd


Format 4A

from Jeff Francis


from Andrew Turnbull


Format 4B

from ebay via Andrew Turnbull


Inversion error


from Dave Lincoln

 

1985 Base, undated, issued thru 2002, revalidated thru '02

0AA0A, map outline base, MOTORCYCLE along the upper border, PENNA along lower border, yellow/dark blue, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, all plates 4" by 8".

Format 1A: 1AR3C8JE1X, wide PENNA

Format 1B: 7JF7G - 4NA9Y, skinny PENNA

Format 1C: 6NB3Y - 4TH0G, wide PENNA

 

1985 Base Vanity, undated, issued thru 2002, revalidated thru '02

Up to 5 characters, letters and/or numbers, a dash or space permitted but not both, map outline base, MOTORCYCLE along the upper border, PENNA along lower border, yellow/dark blue, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, all plates 4" by 8".

 

Format 1A

from Andrew Turnbull


Format 1B

from Licenseplatekingcompany


Format 1C

from Chuck Sakryd


Vanities

from Chuck Harrington





Sample

 

 

2000 www base, undated, revalidated thru present

Format 1A: AAA00 to GZZ99, characters are oriented to the right leaving space toward the left margin, on www base with blue, white, yellow fade bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

Format 1B: HAA00  NZZ99, characters are center oriented, on www base with blue, white, yellow fade bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

Vanities: Up to 5 characters, letters and/or numbers, a dash or space permitted but not both, www base, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

Sample plate.

 

Format 1A


Format 1B

from Ryan Battin


Vanities




Sample

 

 

2005 visitPA base, undated, revalidated thru present

Format 1: PAA00 to ZZZ99, blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, size 4" x 7".

Format 2: then in 2009, 0000A to 7599Z on visitPA base with blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, size 4" x 7".

Vanities: Up to 5 characters, letters and/or numbers, a dash or space permitted but not both, www base, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

Sample plate.

Format 1


Format 2


Vanities



Sample

 

 

2010 LiveFreeRideAlive.com base, undated, revalidated thru present

From 7600L to 7599T on Live Free base with blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, LiveFreeRideAlive.com screened as bottom legend, size 4" x 7".  This was part of a 60,000 plate run to encourage motorcycle safety.  This series ran from about March or April of 2010 to about August or September of 2011. 

Vanities were also produced on this base.

Vanities: Up to 5 characters, letters and/or numbers, a dash or space permitted but not both, www base, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, all plates undated, renewed with validation stickers, size 4" x 7".

 

Live Free base



Vanities

from Justin Davis


from Bruce Bufalini

 

2011 visitPA base, undated, revalidated thru present, following completion of the 60,000 Live Free plate run, plates returned to the visitPA base.

Format 1A: 7600T to 9999Z, around August or September 2011

Format 1B: A0000 to Z9999 first spotted in June 2012, note use of new font  

Format 1C: 0AA00 to current high, authorized to 9ZZ99, first spotted July 2015

Format 1A


Format 1B

from Ryan Battin


Format 1C

 

Note font change seen in Format 1B, which likely occurred after Format 1A reached 9999Z.

from Ryan Battin

 

*Some statistical date for the Motorcycle section obtained from Eric Tanner.

 

Motorcycle Dealer (1923 to present)

1923, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, height 4", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character.

Format 1: X+1 or 2 characters, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 3 characters, 4" x 8"

Format 1

from Jerry McCoy


Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1924, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, dark blue on yellow, PA upper left over 2-digit year lower left, height 4", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character.

Format 1: X+1 or 2 characters, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 3 characters, 4" x 8"

 

Format 1

from Jerry McCoy


Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1925, X-1 - X-999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, yellow/dark blue, height 4", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 4-character.  *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 or 2 characters, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 3 characters, 4" x 8"

 

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Jerry McCoy

 

1926

Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

Image needed

 

 

1927, X-1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4", length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 3 or 4-character. *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 2 or 3 characters, 4" x 8"

 

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from ebay user sree5440


from Jerry McCoy

 

1928,  X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, dark blue on yellow, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4", length 6" for 2-character, 8" for 3 or 4-character. *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 2 or 3 characters, 4" x 8"

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison

 

1929, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4", length 6" for 2-character, 8" for 3 or 4-character. *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 2 or 3 characters, 4" x 8"

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison

 
1930, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4", length 6" for 2-character, 8" for 3 or 4-character. *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 2 or 3 characters, 4" x 8"

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison

 
1931, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, height 4", PA upper right over 2-digit year lower right, length 6" for 3-character, 8" for 3 or 4-character. *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 2 or 3 characters, 4" x 8"

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison

 
1932,  X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, dark blue on yellow, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right, height 4", length 6" for 2-character, 8" for 3 or 4-character. *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6"

Format 2: X+ 2 or 3 characters, 4" x 8"

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison

 
1933, X1 - X999 (?), the X prefix designates a dealer, yellow on dark blue, 2-digit year upper right over PA lower right on low number plates, 2-digit year upper left over PA lower left on higher number plates, height 4", length 6" for 2-character, 8" for 3 and 4-character plates.  *(6" plates need to be verified.)

*Format 1: X+1 character, 4" x 6", year & PA on right

Format 2: X+ 2 characters, 4" x 8", year & PA on right

Format 3: X+ 3 characters, 4" x 8", year & PA on left

 

*Format 1

Image needed

 


Format 2

from Bob Connison


Format 3

 

 

1934, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue on yellow, the X dealer designator is gone and replaced by MCD stacked on the right.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper left over PA stacked vertically on the lower left.  All plates measure 4" by 8".

from Bob Connison

 

1935, serial range 1 to 200; yellow on dark blue, the MCD designator is stacked on the right.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper left over PA stacked vertically on the lower left.  All plates measure 4" by 8".

from Bob Connison

 

1936, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue on yellow, the MCD designator is stacked on the left.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper right over PA stacked vertically on the lower right.  All plates measure 4" by 8".

from Bob Connison


from John Willard

 
1937, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow on dark blue, the MCD designator is stacked on the left.  The 2-digit year is stacked vertically on the upper right over PA stacked vertically on the lower right.  All plates measure 4" by 8".

from John Willard


from Bob Connison

 
1938, serial range 1 to several hundred, unconfirmed; first year for state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.

Sample

from John Willard


from Bob Connison


Sample

from Dave Lincoln

 
1939, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.

from John Willard


from Bob Connison

 
1940, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.

from John Willard


from Dave Lincoln

 
1941, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31-42 has been added to the top border.

from Bob Connison

 
1942, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Jeopardyboy1


from Bob Connison


credit Edward F. Jones

 

1943, 1943 plates were not issued, in place a 1942 plate was used with a " by 4" black on read metal validation strip affixed to the top of a 1942 plate.  The tab read PENNA on the left and 1943 on the right, an expiration date of 3-31-44 was debossed over the serial number in the center.

 

Image needed

 
1944, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

 
1945, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Tim Gierschick


from Tim Gierschick

 
1946, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Dave Lincoln

 
1947, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Dave Lincoln


from Bob Connison

 
1948, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison

 
1949, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

unknown


from Harry Campbell

 
1950, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell


from Dave Lincoln

 
1951, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 
1952, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Bob Connison


from Worthpoint

 

1953, serial range 1 - several hundred, unconfirmed; dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right. The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

from Harry Campbell

 
1954, 1 - 999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked vertically on upper left over PA stacked vertically on lower left, MCD stacked on right.  The expiration date of 3-31 and the following year are along the top border.

 

 
1955,  1 - 999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on left over PA, expiry along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Harry Campbell

 
1956, 1 - 999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on left over PA, expiry along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 
1957, 1 - 999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on left over PA, expiry along top border, MCD stacked on right.

 

 
1958 base used thru '61, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 58 stacked on lower left with tab slots on lower numbered plates (544 & 665), not on higher numbered plates as shown here on plate 838, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.  Renewal stickers were used from '59 thru '61.

with tab slots

eBay user jeopardyboy1


from Bob Connison


without tab slots

from Dave Lincoln

 

1962 base used thru '63, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 62 stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.



 

 
1964, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 64 stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln


unknown


from Bob Connison

 
1965 undated, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln


from Dave Lincoln

 
1966, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 66 stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MCD stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln


from Harry Campbell

 
1967, 1 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left, PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

1966 with 67 validation sticker & MCD stacked on right.

from Clayton Moore


from Jerry McCoy


from Dave Lincoln


1966 w/ 67 sticker

from Harry Campbell

 
1968, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Chuck Sakryd


from Dave Lincoln

 

1969, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 
1970, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.


from Dave Lincoln

 

1971, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Steve Ondik


 

 
1972, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 
1973, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Jerry McCoy

 
1974, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.



from Dave Lincoln

 
1975, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", Undated base with 76 sticker,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

 

 
1976, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, yellow/dark blue, 4" by 8", Undated base with 76 sticker,  MOTORCYCLE along top border, PENNA along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln


 

 
1977, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Jerry McCoy


from Dave Lincoln

 

1978, 1000 - 9999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", 2-digit year stacked on lower left,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln

 
1979 revalidated up 2000-01, 1000 - 6999, state map outline border, dark blue/yellow, 4" by 8", undated, validation stickers were used thru 2000,  PENNA along top border, MOTORCYCLE along bottom border, DLR stacked on right.

from Dave Lincoln



from Clayton Moore

 

1999, issued until mid-06, still current with validation, MCD7000 - MCD9999, on tri-colored www base, plates now measure 4" by 7", undated, renewed with validation stickers, PENNSYLVANIA flat screened at top, MCD embossed at bottom.

NOTE: While the designator switched from DLR to MCD, it appears that the numerical sequence continued from the '79 base which ended at 6999 and began anew at 7000.

 



 

 

Mid-2006 to present, MCD000A to current high, on visitPA base, PENNSYLVANIA flat screened at top, MCD embossed at bottom.



 

 

 

Motor Vehicle (M.V.) Business

(1966, last issued ~ 1984, revalidated to ~ 2000)

In 1966 a new series of plates was issued called Motor Vehicle Business.  This series continued until about 1984, when it was split into four groups, the largest of which was Repair/Service Towing.  The other three included Salvage Yard, Transporter and Repossessor; however, some of the M.V. Business plates continued to be revalidated until the plate changeover in 1999 or 2000.

There was an earlier series of Dealer plates, sometimes referred to as Transit Dealer plates, the first year of issue is unknown.  They are believed to have been issued at least as far back as 1954 up thru 1965 using a similar format of C00-00A, earlier plates likely did not use a dash.   The meaning of the term Transit Dealer is unknown.

There was also a Miscellaneous Dealer employing an X in the serial.  Again the meaning of the term Miscellaneous Dealer is unknown.  It is also unknown what if any connection there is between the Transit Dealer, the Miscellaneous Dealer and Motor Vehicle Business.

1966, C00-00A to C44-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PA MV BUSINESS 1966 on top.

from J.C. Sarge


 

 

1966 plates issued (or renewed) with 67, 68 and 69 stickers.  From at least C45-00C to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PA MV BUSINESS 1966 on top.  The image shown has the 66 covered by the 67 sticker.

 

 

  1966 with 68 sticker

 

 

 

 

 

  1966 plate with 69 sticker

 



 

 
1967, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1967 on top.

John Willard plate


 

 
1968, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1968 on top.

 

 
1969, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1969 on top.

 

 
1970, C00-00A to C99-99D, blue on yellow, map outline, PENNSYLVANIA in top border, M.V. BUSINESS 1970 on top.

 

 
1971, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1971 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 
1972, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1972 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

1973, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1973 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

 

1974, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS 1974 on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

1975-76, C10-000C to C99-999C, yellow on blue, M.V. BUSINESS on top, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, undated, validated with stickers for 75 and 76.

 

 

 

With 76 sticker

 


 

 

1977, C10-000C to C99-999C, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, M.V. BUSINESS 1977 on bottom

 

 

1978, C10-000C to C99-999C, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, M.V. BUSINESS 1978 on bottom

from Tom Firth


 

 

1979 to about 1984, C10-000C to C99-999C, blue on yellow, PENNSYLVANIA on top, M.V. BUSINESS on bottom, undated, revalidated with stickers thru 1999 and 2000.

 

 

 

Municipal (1971 to present)

VERSION 1: MG-10000 yellow on blue base, MUNICIPAL on top, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, issued 1976 - 1976.

from Tom Perri


from Matt Ciecka


 

 

VERSION 2: MG-00000 to MG-91999 blue on white, PENNSYLVANIA on top, wide MUNICIPAL font on bottom, 1977-1984 issue, type still in use.

 

Error plates: MG prefix transposed

from  Klassy Karz




from Clayton Moore


Error plate

from Clayton Moore


from pl8s.com

 

VERSION 3: From MG-92000 to MG-99999 white on blue PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, wide MUNICIPAL font, addition of sticker well, issued 1984 until c1985-1986.

from Eric Butler


 

 

VERSION 4: 00000-MG to unknown point below 24852-MG white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, narrow MUNICIPAL font.  Issued circa 1985-1986.

from Clayton Moore

 

VERSION 5: From unknown point below 24852-MG to 99999-MG white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, narrow MUNICIPAL font.  Issued circa 1986 until 2003.



 

 

VERSION 6: MG-0000A to MG-8999J, white on blue, PENNSYLVANIA on bottom, narrow MUNICIPAL font, 2003 to February 2017.

 

 

Error plate: No dash separator. 

 

from Eric Butler


from Jordan Irazabal



Error plate

 

 

VERSION 7: MG-9000J to current high, On visitPA base. MG screened and stacked on left, 4 digit serial number followed by one letter, embossed, letter advances last, PENNSYLVANIA on top, MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT on bottom, screened. This new format first seen early February 2017.

 

 

Prototype

from Bill Houser



Prototype

 

 

 

Municipal Motorcycle (1974-75 to present)

VERSION 1, 1971 base but first issued in 1974-75 to 1977, MG000 to MG999, yellow on blue, map outline, MUNICIPAL on top border, PENNA on bottom border, plate measures 4" x 8".

 

Sample

from Dave Lincoln


from Harry Nowak


Sample

from Dave Lincoln

 

VERSION 2, issued 1977, believed to be no longer in use, MG000 to MG999, blue on reflective white, map outline,  PENNA on top border, MUNICIPAL on bottom border, plate measures 4" x 8".

 

 

VERSION 3, 1977 or later, still current, 000MG to 999MG, blue on reflective white, map outline,  PENNA on top border, MUNICIPAL on bottom border, plate measures 4" x 8".

from Allan Cooper

 

VERSION 4, first issued 1984, still current, MG000 to MG999, reflective white on blue, map outline,  MUNICIPAL on top border, PENNA on bottom border, plate measures 4" x 8".

 

 

VERSION 5, first issued 2007, still current, MG00A to MG99Z, reflective white on blue, map outline,  MUNICIPAL on top border, PENNA on bottom border, plate measures 4" x 8".

 

 

VERSION 6, MG00G on visitPA motorcycle base. MG screened and stacked on left, 2 digit serial number followed by one letter, embossed, letter advances last, PENNSYLVANIA on top, MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT MC on bottom, screened. This is a new format announced early February 2017. Plates measures 4" x 7".

 

Prototype

Plates not believed

to be in use yet.


Prototype

 

 

 

 

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