Welcome to PA PL8S / PA PLATES

Pennsylvania License Plate Images

John McDevitt and Jordan Irazabal

 Home  |  About this site 

GENERAL DISPLAYS  Highs Page  |  Antique, Classic, etc.  |  Bus, Limo, Taxi, etc.  |  Dealer & MV Business |  Misc. Plates  |  Official Plates  |  Political Plates   |  Veterans Plates

SPECIALTY & SPECIAL ORG.  College, University, etc.  |  Fire, EMS & Police  |  Fraternal, Non-Profit, etc.  |  NASCAR  |  Special Fund Plates  |  Pending/Proposed Plates

UNUSUAL & UNIQUE PLATES  Governor Plates  |  Mystery, Oddballs, etc.  |  Special Event Plates  |  Front Plates  |  Group Displays  |  Older plates in use

REFERENCE Old Documents  |  Legislation  |  Plate Codes  |  Plate Hist A-F  |  Plate Hist G-M  |  Plate Hist N-Z Plate Hist Pass 1  |  Plate Hist Pass 2  |  Plate Hist Trk  | Plate Hist Spec OrgStickers  |  Links

ARCHIVED HOME PAGES BY YEAR 2022  |   2021  |   Older  Archives

MISCELLANEOUS PLATES

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

PLATE TYPE (first year of issue)

PLATE FORMATTING

REFERENCE INFORMATION

PLATE PHOTOS & NEEDED IMAGES

UPDATES

 

SAMPLES AND PROTOTYPES

IS PLATE  VANITY ELIGIBLE?

Amateur Radio (1956 to present)

See new Amateur Radio History Section

 

FORMAT 1: On www base, FCC Call Sign, beginning with A, K, N, or W.  Most PA Amateur Radio plates use the number 3 to designate the region.  The N0XOH call letter is used by someone who brought an existing call sign into PA when they moved.  The call letter is N0(zero)XOH.  In PA the number fonts are larger than the letters.  It's hard to distinguish this on the photo.  The WD5INA call is the same situation.

 

If an owner desires a second Amateur Radio plate, it will be issued with the call sign plus a hyphen and the number two (-2).

 







 

Link to Ham Radio info

Test plate

 

from Matt Ciecka

Not applicable

 

FORMAT 2: On visitPA base.  All other characteristics the same as FORMAT 1.

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 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.

from Jordan Irazabal


from Bruce Bufalini



from Nick Tsilakis


from Pete, NL7XM


from Pete, NL7XM


from Bruce Bufalini


Error plate uses 0 (zero) in place of letter O.

from Bruce Bufalini

     

FORMAT 3: On visitPA base with small map outline and without sticker well.  All other characteristics the same as FORMAT 1.  Variation added 2/11/18.

from Craig Wanner



from Preston Turner


from Colin Schaefer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apportioned Truck (1982 to present)

See new Apportioned History Section

 

FORMAT 1: AE-00000 to AF-49999.  Issued beginning in 2000.

On www base, with dash separator.

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 2: AF-50000 to AG-66499, high unconfirmed.  Issued beginning mid-2007.

On visitPA base, with keystone separator.  The AG series first seen late May/early June 2012.

 


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

FORMAT 3: AG-67500 to AG-73001.  Observed early 2018, without sticker well and without map outline.

 

 

Yes, with weight restrictions

FORMAT 4: AG-73002 to current high.  Observed  6/2018, without sticker well and with map outline.

from Jeff Lawson


AH-00000 series

First spotted 12/2020

 

 

 

Circus-Carnival Truck (1990 to present)

See new Circus-Carnival Truck History Section

 

FORMAT:

B
Z

01500

 to current high

On www base, with stacked perefix.

from Jordan Irazabal


from John McDevitt

 

No

 

Commercial Implement of Husbandry (1997 to present)

See new Commercial Implement of Husbandry History Section

 

FORMAT 1: CI1500H to current high

On www base, with CI prefix and H suffix.

 


from Jordan Irazabal

and Tom Perri

 

 

Yes, with weight restrictions

 

 

Farm Truck (1977 to present)

 

See new Farm Truck History Section

FORMAT 1: FM-0000A to FM-9999C


from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

FORMAT 2: FM-0000D to changeover point above FM-2587D, and at or below FM-4184D On VisitPA base.  First seen around October 2014.

 

from Jordan Irazabal

and Tom Perri

 

 

Yes, with weight restrictions 

 

FORMAT 3: From between FM-2587D and FM-4184D to current high.  On VisitPA base now with map outline.  First seen around June 2019.

from John McDevitt


from John McDevitt


from Colin Schaefer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 8/20

 

 

 

Hearing Impaired (1987 to present)

See new Hearing Impaired History Section

 

FORMAT 1: HE-03000 to current high.

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 2 below

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized, up to 5 characters with HE prefix

 

Without HE prefix

from Jordan Irazabal

 

   

 

Implement of Husbandry (1984 to present)

See new Implement of Husbandry History Section

 

FORMAT 1: IMP-5000  on www base to current high.

 


   

Yes, with weight restrictions

 

 

 

In God We Trust (2014)

See new In God We Trust History Section

FORMAT 1:

G
T

00001 to

G
T

00129

Only about 12 plates have been issued in this number range suggesting a two-tiered system.

from Brandon Sowers

 

 

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 1B below

FORMAT 1A:

G
T

00130 to current high

This is an optional plate.

Type added 11/2/2014

from Dale Bernecker


from Bruce Sakson

 

 
FORMAT 1B: Personalized, up to 5 characters with stacked GT prefix

from Tom Perri

     

 

Moped (~1977 to present)

 

See new Moped History Section

 

FORMAT 1: BA000 to BM999

on www base

Plate measures 4 x 7

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 2: BN000

on visitPA base. Format added 9/21/07. To current high.

 

 

 


from Ryan Battin


 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Motor Home (1977 to present)

See new Motor Home History Section

 

FORMAT 1: HG-00000 to HG-05999

On www base with dash separator, uses a wider legend font than later plates, note the 'M'. 

   

No

 

 

FORMAT 2: HG-06000 to HG-99999

On www base with dash separator, uses a narrower legend font than earlier plates, note the 'M'

   

FORMAT 3: HH-00000 to HH-68620 or above. On visitPA base with keystone separator.  Spotted 5/4/06.  Has sticker well.

 

  Yes as configured in Format 4 and later below

 

 

FORMAT 4: Vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 characters.

from Bill Ceravola

   

FORMAT 5: From HH-68750 to HH-72868 or 72999.  No sticker well or map outline.  Spotted 8/6/18.

 

 

FORMAT 6: Likely from HH-73819 to HH-99999, then HJ-00000.  (No HI serial numbers issued.)  With map outline.  HH spotted 7/2019, HJ series spotted 10/2022.

To current high.

from Donald Harman


HJ-00000 series

Sebastian DiSclafani

via Colin Schaefer


from Jerry McCoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added

9/3

 

 

Motorcycle (1914 to present)

See new Motorcycle History Section

 

FORMAT 1A, 2001: www base, AAA00 to GZZ99, characters are oriented to the right leaving space toward the left margin, on 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".

 

 

 

 

Yes, see Motorcycle Vanity section below

Format 1B: www base, HAA00 to NZZ99, characters are center oriented, on 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 2, 2005: visitPA base

  • from PAA00 to ZZZ99,

  • then 0000A to 7599L,

Blue, white, yellow solid bands, PENNSYLVANIA screened as top legend, MC embossed as bottom legend, size 4" x 7". PAA000 format added 5/7/2005, then 0000A format added 5/28/2009.


 

from Ryan Battin

 

FORMAT 3, 2010: 7600L to 7599T, LiveFreeRideAlive base, added 4/3/10.  Supposedly released in 3/10.  These were part of a 60,000 plate run.  In Bulletin 10-09 PennDOT says "that the "Live Free Ride Alive" motorcycle registration plate is a limited edition plate and is the current standard motorcycle plate. PennDOT began issuing the redesigned . . . plate in March 2010. Agents are required to issue the "Live Free Ride Alive" plate in place of the regular plate. Once inventory of these registration plates is exhausted, they will return to the previous standard plate design."  This theme was to encourage motorcycle safety.

from Devan Ciemiewicz


from Devan Ciemiewicz

 

 

FORMAT 4, 2011: Following completion of the 60,000 LiveFree plate run, plates returned to the same design as Format 2 above except for a new font or dies for the serial numbers, and possibly for the MC.

From 7600T to 9999Z,


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

Format 4A, mid-2012:

A0000 to Z9999

 

 

from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin

     

Format 4B, mid-2015:

0AA00 to 9ZZ99


 

   

Format 4C, 2023:

00AA0 to current high.

Format added 5/14/23

from John McDevitt

 

 

 

 

Motorcycle (vertical) (2014 to present)

 

See new Motorcycle (vertical) History Section

 
FORMAT 1: Motorcycle (vertical)

Vertical orientation visitPA, formatting will be M0A0C, the M and the C will be non-advancing characters, at least from the start.  Plates measure 4 inches by 7 inches.

Format added 3/2/2014.

 

from Ryan Battin


from Ryan Battin

 

Yes as configured in Format 2 below.

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized with up to 5 characters.

 

 

 
FORMAT 3: Second formatting progression now MA0AC, the first M and the final C are non-advancing characters. To current high.

Format added 2015.

 

from Tim Martin


from Jeff Hinkle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motorcycle Vanity (personalized)

 

FORMAT 1: Up to 5 characters, one space or dash permitted but not both, on www base

Plate measures 4 x 7

 


 

 

 

These plates are vanities combination of up to five letters and numbers

FORMAT 2: Same formatting as FORMAT 1 but on visitPA base. FORMAT added 5/7/05.  This group includes those vanities issued after the Live Free base had ended.


 

 

 

FORMAT 3: Same formatting as FORMAT 2 but on Live Free Ride Alive base.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

 

FORMAT 4: Same formatting as FORMAT 2 but with MC legend flat screened.  Format added 9/3/17.

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

Passenger (1906 to present) History Link

FORMAT 1: 1999, DAA-0000 to FYC-9999 www base, Image at right is first of the www.state.pa.us plates.

 

High plate observed: FYC-9994 on WWW base.  From Eric Butler, 8/13/06.

 

 

from Nick Tsilakis


 

Yes

 

 

FORMAT 2: 2004, GBA-0000

Passenger (visitPA base)

These plates represents a revision to the www base and is similar in design to the new specialty plates.  PennDOT confirmed on 12/15/04 that they were planning to begin using the new visitPA.com base in place of the www.state.pa.us base on all plate types where the web address was normally used.  One source suggests they were first issued on 12/22/04.

 


from Steve Ondik


Inversion error

from Bruce Bufalini

 


 

FORMAT 3: 2017, KLF-0000  

Plates with the small map outline replacing the sticker well expected to be released by mid-2017.  Proposed variation added 12/18/16. Plates first seen as vanities in January of 2017, and standard plates in June of 2017.

To current high.


Oddball, without sticker well and without map


from Richard Than


from Bill Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added

8/13

 

 

Passenger - previous bases still in use

1971 Bicentennial State Base

Photographed in use 2/16/2003

 

 

 

Not applicable

1977 Passenger Base

These plates should have been replaced by 8/02.

from Ed Coghill


Aaron of Levittown

 

 

 

1983 Passenger Friend Base

The owner, had the registration, KFG-670, as a remake on the current visitPA base until it was damaged by vandals. He inquired of PennDOT as to what he should do. The response he received was, "You would be able to keep and use the undamaged plate. Please destroy the other plate so that no one else may use it."

 

 

 

1986 Passenger Keystone State Base

This plate, which was just recently replaced, had a valid registration card which did concur with the plate number. Somehow it missed getting replaced way back when. The answer many have something to do with the purchase of a new vehicle in 2001 and this yellow-on-blue plate being issued rather than a www base plate.


from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

 

 

Passenger - re-make of old bases

Re-Makes of 1977 Keystone State Base, yellow on blue. Plate could be 6-digit numeric or 5-digit with an alpha character in the 1st, 2nd or 6th position.

from Salvatore J. Dodd, Sr.

 

 

 

Note use of keystone separator.

From The Triborough Organization

 

 

 

Re-Make of 1983 You've Got a Friend Base.  Originally issued starting in 1983 with the series HAA-000 to RZZ-999

 

from Nick Tsilakis

 

 

 

Re-Make of 1987 Keystone State Base

Originally issued starting in 1987 with the series SAA-000 to ZZZ-999

 

 

 

 

 

Re-Make of 1991 Keystone State Base

Originally issued starting in 1991 with the series AAA-0000 to CEE-????.  Owner requested to keep old number on new base.  This then makes the plate a personalized plate.  However, note the use of a keystone separators in place of the dash separator. See License Plate Replacement Fact Sheet for additional information.

 

from Nick Tsilakis


from Steve Ondik

 

 

 

This is likely a re-make of a Bicentennial issue.  The letter U is no longer used in serial progressions.

from Tom Perri

 

 

 

 

Passenger Vanity - previous bases still in use History Link
1977 - 1984 Base


   

Not applicable

 

 

1984 - 1987 Base

 

   
1987 - 2000 Base

from Adam Garrettson

   

 

Passenger Vanity (www base)

 

Up to 7 characters, one space or dash permitted but not both. At least two 8-digit plates have been confirmed ("HUMPBACK" and "MCERLANE").  At least the latter, if not both, have been recalled by PennDOT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plate to the right is an Amateur Radio call signs without the Amateur Radio legend making it a vanity plate.

from Michael Dixon


from Tom Perri



from Jim McDevitt


GJS-MSON is actually an invert error plate. Note the second S is upside down.

from Nick Tsilakis



both above from Rob Macsi



from Nick Tsilakis


from Eric Conner


from Tom Perri

 

 

These plates are vanities

 

Passenger Vanity (visitPA.com)

These plates with their visitPA.com tagline represent a departure from the www base.  It is similar in design to the Specialty Plates except for the 'tag line'. 12/04

from Ryan Battin



from Ned Flynn


from Steve Ondik


 

 

Yes

The plates to the right is actually read 3 and the letter O, not thirty (30).

 

Next is 7 and the letter O, not seventy (70). 

 

Letter characters are smaller than numbers.  The state coat of arms was added by the owner

from Tom Perri


 

 

 

 

A vanity plate with a number from the emergency vehicle series.

 

     

Plate with dash & space

from Bill Houser

 

 

 

 

Passenger Vanity (with Map)
Same rules as earlier plates.  Plates first seen in January of 2017.

from Nick Tsilakis


Anonymous


from Ryan Battin


from Rob Baran


Plate altered from WRAPM-CH

from Matt Ceicka

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Permanent Trailer (1997 to present)

See new Permanent Trailer History Section

 

FORMAT 1: PT-0000A to PT-9999K on www base, dash separator.  Sticker well upper left, no sticker issued.

from Jim Moini

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

FORMAT 2: PT-0000L to PT-9999Z, first seen 3/2007, then PT-000A0 to ~PT-499D9, first seen 5/2015 on visitPA base base, keystone separator. Sticker well upper left, no sticker issued.


 

 

No

 

FORMAT 3: ~PT-500D0  on visitPA base base, keystone separator.  The sticker well has been removed and the state map outline put in its place.  First seen 8/2017. To current high.

from Preston Turner

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

Person with Disability (1965 to present)

See new Person with Disability History Section

   

FORMAT 1:

P D

0000A to

P D

5999A

On www base, font used for PD is taller than later plates, and wheelchair symbol is larger.

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 5 below

FORMAT 2:

P D

6000A to

P D 9999Y

Same as Format 1 except font used for PD is lower, and wheelchair symbol is smaller.


 

 

FORMAT 3:

P D

0000Z to

P D

9999Z

Type added 8/9/07.  See note under Type 4A below.  Now on visitPA base.

 

 

 

FORMAT 4A:

00000

P D

 to 71999

P D

Type added 5/24/07.  No other examples of this type variation were reported until 7/2008.  For reasons unknown, the Type 4A plates were seen prior to the Type 3 plates, then after a few months the Type 3 came out and the Type 4A were not distributed until the Type 3 plate were exhausted.

 

There is a spacing variation between the plates. There is a noticeable shift of the 5-digit number to the left on the 24059 plate, while the wheelchair symbol is located in the same place on both.  The change happened at 23000 PD.  Later the serial number again shifted right.


from Nick Tsilakis


from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

FORMAT 4B:

98000

P D

This provision dates from 12/2014. 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.

from Nick Tsilakis

 

   
FORMAT 4C: On VisitPA base with sticker well.  Personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix

from Tom Perri

     

FORMAT 4D: On VisitPA base with sticker well.  Personalized, up to 5 characters with PD suffix.  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.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

 

FORMAT 5:

72000

P D

99999P D

On VisitPA base but without sticker well, and with small map outline.  First spotted December 2017.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

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

from George Kunsman


from John Anshant

 

   

FORMAT 5B:

This provision allowing two plates dates from 12/2014. 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.

Such plates can also be personalized.

from John Clark

 

 

 

FORMAT 6:

A0000

P D

to current high

New serial format 2/2022

both from Matt Ciecka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Person with Disability, Motorcycle (2007 to present with screened PD & wheelchair symbol, also with sticker dating to mid-90s. )

See new Person with Disability (Motorcycle) History Section

 

FORMAT 1: The standard motorcycle plate with a handicap sticker, making it a Person with Disability Motorcycle plate.  It is unknown when the Person with Disability stickers were first issued, but likely in the late 1990s.   These plates were to be replaced by the plate below.

Plates are in order of Handicapped sticker serial number.

from Clayton Moore


from Clayton Moore

   

No

 

 

FORMAT 2: P00A to current high, the PD and wheelchair symbol which are flat screened are not part of the registration number.  The embossed P is part of the number but is a static, non-advancing character.

Type added 11/15/07, plates available 12/21/07.  


  Yes as configured in Format 3 below

FORMAT 3: Personalized, up to 3 characters with PD & symbol which are not part of the registration number.  The first character in the serial number, P, does not advance.

from Bruce Bufalini

 

   

 

Press Photographer (1948 unofficially, 1956 officially, to present)

 

See new Press Photographer History Section

 

FORMAT 1:

P P

0,

P P

00,

P P

000

to PP 799 or PP 800 Issued in pairs.  Only the rear plate gets a validation sticker.

from Sol Bress


from Jordan Irazabal


from Eric Butler

   

Yes as configured in Format 3 & 4 below

 

 

This plate is considered a fake, although the serial number PP800 may be real.

from Bill Houser

     

FORMAT 2:

 PP

800 to current high,

on visitPA base

There may also be a remake of an earlier plate.

from Chris Post

     

FORMAT 3: Personalized, up to 3 characters with PP prefix.

from Joe Pavlo


from Drew Steitz

     

FORMAT 4: Plates with small map outline in place of sticker well.  Personalized, up to 3 characters with PP prefix. These plates may be personalized or a re-make of an earlier issue.

from Jim McDevitt

     

 

Special Mobile Equipment (1984 to present)

 

See new Special Mobile Equipment History Section

 

FORMAT 1: SME-000D to SME-999Z

On www base, sticker well upper left, dash separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SPECIAL MOBILE on bottom with wide font.  

from Clayton Moore


   

No

 

 

FORMAT 2: A000-SME to B999-SME visitPA base, sticker well upper left, keystone separator, PENNSYLVANIA on top, SPECIAL MOBILE on bottom with wide font.  Format added 8/2013

from Brendan Sherry


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

   

FORMAT 3: C000-SME to D444-SME or above, same as above except SPECIAL MOBILE is entirely between the bolt holes.  Spotted 10/2017.

     
FORMAT 4: D445-SME to D945-SME or above, same as above but now with map outline.  Spotted 10/2017.

 

from John Fedorchak

    Yes 

FORMAT 5: E706SME to current high, Plate without keystone separator is possibly an error plate but was also with other such plates also without the keystone.

from Ryan Battin

     
VANITY FORMAT: Vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 characters.        

 

Steel Worker (1997 to present)

This is not a special organization plate but a special class of plates.

 

See new Steel Worker History Section

FORMAT 1:

S
W

00001

 to

S
W

00624

Original yellow on blue series, embossed graphic, organization name and state.  Replaced by www base on 7/18/2001.

from John Fedorchak

 

from Jordan Irazabal

 

FORMAT 2:

S
W

00001

 to

S
W

00624

Note the colorized seal on the low numbered plate, not seen in higher number plates.

On www base with embossed logo and tag line.  This series consisted of previous base numbers reissued on the www base.


 

 

Yes as configured in Format 4 below 

FORMAT 2A:

S
W

05000

 to

S
W

05499

This series consists of plates issued since the re-plating, and shows a jump in plate numbers leaving a block of numbers skipped.

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

FORMAT 3:

S
W

05500 to current high

On visitPA base with flat screened color graphic and tag line.

from Bruce Sakson

 

 

 
MYSTERY PLATE This plate at first glance looks like the same plate as the S/W00009 above. Upon closer examination the fading bands of the www base are now solid like the visitPA base, PENNSYLVANIA at the top of this plate, however, has retained the font used by the www base. It may have been repainted, but then the shape of the zeros is a little different.

from John Clark

 

   

FORMAT 4: Personalized, up to 5 characters with SW prefix and colored logo

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Driver (2013)

 

See new Teen Driver History Section

FORMAT:

T
D

00000 to current high

This is an optional plate.  Note the use of the bold visitPA.com.

Type added 10/20/2013

from Tom Perri &

Jordan Irazabal


from Tom Firth

 

Yes as configured

in Format 2 below

 

FORMAT 2: Personalized, up to 5 characters with TD prefix

 

 

 

Temporary Intransit (1946) Plates in this section only date back to the time of the 1999-2000 plate changeover.  Click the history link to see the early evolution of these plates.

 

See new Temporary History Section

 

FORMAT 1: This format has predated yearly boxes from 1999 to 2002, does not seem to match any previous or later style of temp tag.

from Clayton Moore

 

 

Not applicable

FORMAT 2: PENNSYLVANIA  over 30 DAY TEMPORARY INTRANSIT. This format may date back into the 1970s, 0000-000 to ~ 0499-999. Uses Commonwealth seal as watermark.

from Bruce BufalinI

   

 

 

 

FORMAT 3: PENNSYLVANIA  over 30 DAY TEMPORARY INTRANSIT. ~0500-000 to ~ 0999-999.  Uses Commonwealth coat of arms as watermark.

 

     
FORMAT 4: PENNSYLVANIA  over 30 DAY TEMPORARY INTRANSIT. ~1000-000 to 1499-999 or 1749-999.  Uses a repetition of square PennDOT logos as a watermark

 

     
FORMAT 5: PENNSYLVANIA  over 30 DAY TEMPORARY INTRANSIT. ~1500-000 to ~3100-000.  Pennsylvania over Department of Transportation followed by a PennDOT keystone logo as a watermark.  Format added 1/15/10.

 

   

FORMAT 6: PENNSYLVANIA  over 60 DAY TEMPORARY INTRANSIT. ~3100-000 to current high.

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

FAKE FORMAT: A contributor, Christopher Hainesport, noticed the recent postings of unusual looking Temporary Intransit cardboard plate images on this page. The font on one plate was different and the other was 4 million above the current high. Chris explains that it's because they're counterfeit temp tags. It's a common practice of illegal immigrants and others who cannot obtain a drivers license, insurance, and/or registration by legal means. They print them up on a computer and paste it to cardboard. The incorrect font, incorrect number sequence, and use of the outdated PennDOT logo are the biggest giveaways.  Chris works for the Philadelphia Parking Authority and confiscates a bunch of these fakes each month.

from Jordan Irazabal


from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

     

 

Trailer (1914 to present)

 

See new Trailer History Section

 

Previous base still in use

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 1, 2000: XK-00000 to  XZ-99999.  On www base with dash separator

 

from Clayton Moore


from Tom Firth

   

Yes as configured in Format 3A below

 

FORMAT 2, 2004: XBA-0000 to XBZ-9999.  On www base with dash separator.  The XK-00000 to XZ-9999 series exhausted the usable combinations.  Series began with XBA.  XAA was skipped.  First seen May 2004.

 

 

   

FORMAT 3, 2005: XCA-0000 to XJF-9999.  On visitPA base with keystone separator, first reported in early July 2005.

     
FORMAT 3A, Legend font change believed to have taken place at XJG-0000.  Series ran to XKX-9999  This change likely occurred during 2014.

Font comparison

font change


from Ryan Battin

 

   
FORMAT 3B: Personalized Trailer plate, vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 to characters.  Plates use the Passenger base.


     
FORMAT 4: Personalized Trailer plate, vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 to characters. Without the sticker well and with a small map outline upper left.

from Codey Bowman

     
FORMAT 4A, 2018: XKY-0000 to current high.  Without the sticker well and with a small map outline upper left.  First seen late January 2018.

from Vern Kreckel


from Vern Kreckel

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 4 above

 

 

Truck (1914 to present)

History Link

BICENTENNIAL COMMERCIAL BASE Still in use.

 

    No

YELLOW ON BLUE BASE

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 1: YAA-0000 to YRR-9810 or higher

On WWW base with dash separator.

www base high plate observed: YRR-9810 from Bruce Bufalini on 7/3/05.

 

 

No

 

FORMAT 2: YSA-0000 to ZKH-9999

On visitPA base with keystone separator.  First seen 5/17/05.  Z series first seen 2/13/11.  In 2017 plates issued without stickers.  See below.

In December of 2016 PennDOT announced that by the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, they would begin issuing slightly redesigned plates, similar in design to the visitPA plate but the sticker well where validation stickers were placed has been removed and the outline of a small Pennsylvania map has been put it its place. 2017 is a mixture of both variants. There is no prototype image of the Truck plate. Format 1 - up to ZKH-9999, same as older Truck plates on visitPA base, with sticker well, no sticker, no map. The ZKI prefix was not used. Note: Plates without the sticker well and without the map outline are not known to exist. Format 2 - ZKJ-0000 , similar to Format 1 Truck plates on visitPA base but now without sticker well, and with a small map outline in its place. Plates first seen in mid-May of 2017.


from Ryan Battin

 

 

Yes as configured in Format 3 below

FORMAT 3: Vehicles of 14,000 lb or less can be issued a personalized registration plate of up 7 characters; however, most truck vanities are on the standard passenger base.

Vanity

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

Yes

FORMAT 4: ZKJ-0000 to current high. Without the sticker well and with a small map outline upper left.  First seen late April 2017.  Variation announced by PennDOT 12/18/16.

 

Trk_1/16/22

from Jeff Lawson


from Ryan Battin


Error plate, visitPA

in place of TRUCK

from Danny Schell

 

 

Yes

 

 

We The People (Constitution)

(issued mid-Sept. to Dec. 31, 1987, still legal)

 

See new We The People History Section

FORMAT:

U
S

00000 to ~4635

Commemorates the 200th anniversary of US Constitution.  Plate type is still in use; however, only issued during a 3 month period ending on December 31, 1987. Less than 5000 were issued.  This is the only remaining legal yellow on blue plate.

 


from Nick Tsilakis




Devan Ciemiewicz

  Not applicable

 

 

 

Page Up  |  Home  |  Contact