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Passenger

It should be noted that the state first issued plates in 1906, and plates from 1906 thru 1909 were assigned to the driver rather than the vehicle. The first year that registrations were issued was 1903, done by counties and a few individual cities. To see these earlier plates, see "Pre-State".

A big thank you to Eric Tanner's "All About License Plates website for a lot of the information presented on these Passenger pages.


1920 - 1929



1920

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial range: 1 - 528754

Plates measure:
- 1 - 999: 6" x 10"
- 1000 - 9999: 6" x 12"
- 10000 - 99999: 6" x 13 1/2"
- 100000 - 999999: 6" x 16"

Bolt/strap slots at top for 6" x 10" format; bolt/strap slots at top plus bolt holes at top and bottom for other formats

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: white on dark blue

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor

According to 1920 Motor Vehicle Registration Records, the number block from 1-000 to 1-199, was registered to, or reserved for the PA State Highway Department. It is unknown if all state-owned vehicles were registered to the PA State Highway Department. It is also unknown if there were additional blocks of numbers reserved for automobiles or trucks.
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From Jeff Hinkle
6" x 12"


From Tim Gierschick
6" x 13 1/2"


From State Museum
6" x 16"


From Worthpoint
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1921

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial range: 1 - 633508

Plates measure:
- 1 - 999: 6" x 10"
- 1000 - 9999: 6" x 12"
- 10000 - 99999: 6" x 13 1/2"
- 100000 - 999999: 6" x 16"

Bolt/strap slots at top for 6" x 10" format; bolt/strap slots at top plus bolt holes at top and bottom for other formats

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: black on gold

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From Worthpoint
6" x 12"


From pl8source.com
6" x 13 1/2"


From eBay (securityautoparts)
6" x 16"


From John Willard
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format

1922

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial range: 1 - 764609

Plates measure:
- 1 - 999: 6" x 10"
- 1000 - 9999: 6" x 12"
- 10000 - 99999: 6" x 13 1/2"
- 100000 - 999999: 6" x 16"

Bolt/strap slots at top for 6" x 10" format; bolt/strap slots at top plus bolt holes at top and bottom for other formats

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: brown on cream

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From Rob Baran
6" x 12"


From Rob Baran
6" x 13 1/2"


From Runkle's Notary
6" x 16"


From Mike Alfonse
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Some plates have the spacing of the strap slots and bolt holes closer to the corners of the plate than others. It is unknown if this changed occurred part way through production or if slot and hole placement is random.



From Rob Baran
   

1923

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Observed serial range: 1 - 989997

Plates measure:
- 1 - 999: 6" x 10"
- 1000 - 9999: 6" x 12"
- 10000 - 99999: 6" x 13 1/2"
- 100000 - 852394: 6" x 16"
- 883073 - 989997: 6" x 15"

Bolt/strap slots at top for 6" x 10" format; bolt/strap slots at top plus bolt holes at top and bottom for other formats

Two variations on separator location: high-centered separator more common to earlier issues, though later six-digit serials use later separator. Issues with later dies also use both separators indiscriminately.

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From unknown
6" x 12"


From Eric Tanner
6" x 13 1/2"


From Chuck Sakryd
6" x 16"


From Runkle's Notary
6" x 15"


From Chuck Sakryd
Not offered on this format Not offered on this format


1924

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Serial formats:
1 - 999999
A-1 - A-99999
Observed high: A-48195

Plates measure:
- 1 - 9999: 6" x 10"
- 10000 - 99999: 6" x 12"
- 100000 - 999999: 6" x 15"
- A-1 - A-99999: 6" x 15"

All plates for this year have bolt holes at top and bottom, and certain blocks of numbers also have bolt/strap slots:
- 3 - 9917: No slots
- 11957 - 32350: Slots
- 34396 - 99433: No slots
- 103066 - 566779: Slots
- 587032 - A-48195: No slots

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: dark blue on gold

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor

It is believed that this year is the first year for sample plates
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From eBay (v16)


From eBay (stonewall-gold-mining-company)
6" x 12"


(With tab/strap slots)
From Tim Gierschick


(Without tab/strap slots)
From Tim Gierschick
6" x 15"


(With tab/strap slots)
From Mike Alfonse


(Without tab/strap slots)
From Pl8source.com


(Without tab/strap slots)
From Vern Kreckel


(Without tab/strap slots)
From Rob Baran
Not offered on this format
(6" x 10")
From Jerry McCoy
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Number 1-000-000 known for this year, likely produced to commemorate the 1 millionth registration in the state. Plate measures 6" x 17 1/4".

From Swigart Museum
   

1925

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Serial formats:
1 - 999999
A-1 - B99-999
Observed high: B64-987

Plates measure:
- 1, 2, or 3 characters: 6" x 10"
- 4 characters: 6" x 12"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

"B" series plates have thinner dies

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From John Willard


From Tim Gierschick
6" x 12"


From Drew Steitz


From Worthpoint
6" x 13"


From Jeff Hinkle


From Worthpoint
6" x 15"


From unknown


From eBay (roaddogs04)


(Narrower dies)
From Tim Gierschick
Not offered on this format
(6" x 10")
From Jeff Lesher

1926

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Serial formats:
1 - 999999
A-1 - Z99-999
Observed high: C79-216

Plates measure:
- 1, 2, or 3 characters: 6" x 10"
- 4 characters: 6" x 12" (see * below)
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

*Regarding plate numbers that consist of 1 letter and 3 numbers, plates with no hyphen measure 6" x 10" and plates with a hyphen measure 6" x 12"

1926 is the first year where letters are smaller than numbers on plates, a practice that still happens today!

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: dark blue on gold

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From Pl8source.com


From John Anshant & John Willard


From Vern Kreckel
6" x 12"


From Chuck Sakryd


From Jeff Hinkle
6" x 13"


From Tim Gierschick


From Worthpoint


From eBay (aged2perfectionstore1)
6" x 15"


From unknown


From Rob Baran
Not offered on this format
(6" x 10")
From Jerry McCoy

1927

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Serial formats:
1 - 999999
A-1 - Z99-999
Observed high: D62-268

Plates measure:
- 1 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From Tim Gierschick


From Chuck Sakryd


From Clayton Moore


From Bill Krellner
6" x 13"


From Tim Gierschick


From State Museum
6" x 15"


From Jim Moini


From Rob Baran
Not offered on this format
(6" x 15")
From Jeff Lesher

1928

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Serial formats:
1 - 999999
A-1 - Z99-999
Observed high: E28-326

Plates measure:
- 1 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: dark blue on gold

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From Tim Gierschick


From eBay (kope2112)


From Tim Gierschick


From Bill Krellner


From eBay (steinwayb7)
6" x 13"


From Tim Gierschick


From eBay (jeopardyboy1)
6" x 15"


From Jim Moini


From Rob Baran
Not offered on this format
(6" x 10")
From Jeff Francis


(6" x 15")
From eBay (licenseplatekingcompany)


(Test plate)
(6" x 15")
From John Willard

1929

Notes Number Plate Personalized Plate Sample Plate
Serial formats:
1 - 999999
A-1 - Z99-999
Observed high: E28-326

Plates measure:
- 1 - 4 characters: 6" x 10"
- 5 characters: 6" x 13"
- 6 characters: 6" x 15"

Manufactured in Pennsylvania prisons

Issued in pairs

Colors: gold on dark blue

Number 1 is reserved for the Governor
6" x 10"


From David Abla


From Clayton Moore


From Worthpoint


From eBay (bongocruiser2)


From Jeff Hinkle


From Ned Flynn


From Worthpoint
6" x 13"


From Worthpoint


From Clayton Moore
6" x 15"


From Joe Bosch


From Jim Moini
Not offered on this format
(6" x 10")
From Jeff Lesher


(6" x 15")
From Jeff Lesher