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ANTIQUE, CLASSIC, COLLECTIBLE, & STREET ROD PLATES

PLATE TYPE (first year of issue)

PLATE FORMATTING

REFERENCE INFORMATION

PLATE PHOTOS & NEEDED IMAGES

UPDATES

SAMPLES AND PROTOTYPES

Antique Historic Car (1954 to present)

FORMAT 1: 1 to 9999

First issued 1954, type still in use.

Debossed border

     Single-digit plate

 

     Two-digit plate

 

 

 

 

     Three-digit plate

     Circa 1956

 

 

 

     Four-digit plate

 

 

from Jake Eckenrode

 

 

 

 

from Bob Connison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from Bob Connison

FORMAT 2: A000 to Z999

Debossed border

     Circa 1965 ~ 1985

 

 

from Ed Coghill

 

 

FORMAT 3: 000A to 999Z

Debossed border

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 4: AA00 to BZ99

Debossed border

 

 

 

FORMAT 5: CA00 to ZZ99

Embossed white border

 

 

 

FORMAT 6: 00AA to 99ZZ

Embossed white border

High plate observed: 99ZS

 

 

 

 

Antique Vehicle

FORMAT 7: A00A to Z99Z

According to Steve Moskowitz, the holder of plate A00A, the graphic is a 1920 Oldsmobile Model 37 Roadster Applications for an antique tag received after 1/31/05 get the new style plate, or a purple plate holder can replace that plate for $7.50 and a completed MV-44.  All new plates will be in the A00A format - no reissues will be done of existing numbers.  The new series began with A00A.

Note that the characters placement is not always uniform.  On some plates it has been shifted to the right.  Also plate series P00A - P99Z is reserved for Person with Disability Motorcycle plates and would not be duplicated.

Note that some plate holders place an image of their own vehicle over the image on the plate.  In PA the use of the letters I, O, Q and U would not be used in this series.

 

from Jeff Lesher

from Brian Hite

 

from Steve Ondik

from Bill Ceravola

 

FORMAT 8: 0AA0 to 9DZ9

The first alpha-character is the last to advance, the second alpha-character, is next to the last. The progression appears to be 0AA0, 0AA1, then after 9AA9 would come 0AB0, etc.  Format first seen 5/2012

 

 

from Bruce Bufalini

from Ryan Battin

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from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 9: 0EA0 to between 4FJ6 and 3FM5.  Only difference between Format 8 & 9 is the use of a bolder font on the ANTIQUE VEHICLE legend.  The first alpha-character is the last to advance, the second alpha-character, is next to the last.  Format first seen 7/2013.

 

Vehicle Code Reference

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparison of Format 8 & 9 legend

 

FORMAT 10: From between 4FJ7 and 9FM0  to current high.  The car image has been replaced with the words PA ANTIQUE HISTORIC VEHICLE.  Format first seen 8/2013.

from Jordan Irazabal

from Bruce Bufalini

from Jerry McCoy

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 3/23

 

FAKE

The V83H plate appears to have a number from the current Antique Vehicle series, but is on a base that resembles the previous issue Antique Historic Car, with the colors coming from the Collectible (Vehicle) series. The frame is hiding the border. The plate is considered a fake.

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

Antique Motorcycle (Between 1967 & 71 to present)

Plates between 1 and 999 are now believed to have not been produced.  The plate to the right was made at a later date possibly as a favor.

From Michael Wiener

 

 

FORMAT 1: A0 to D99

PENNA on top MOTORCYCLE on bottom.

Narrow hole spacing

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 2: E00 to E99

MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom

Narrow hole spacing.

 

from Ned Flynn

 

 

 

FORMAT 3: F00 to G99

PENNA on top, MOTORCYCLE on bottom

Narrow hole spacing.

 

from Vman

 

 

 

FORMAT 4: H00 to between J99 and P99  MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom.  Narrow hole spacing.

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 5: Between K00 and R00 to Z99  MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom.  Wide hole spacing.

from Tom Perri

 

 

FORMAT 6: 00A to 99Z

MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom

Wide hole spacing.

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 7: 0A0 to 9Z9

MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom

Wide hole spacing

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 8: AA0 to ZZ9

MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom, wide hole spacing, format added 9/11/05

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 9: A0A to Z9Z

MOTORCYCLE on top, PENNA on bottom, wide hole spacing, format added 7/13/08

 

 

 

 

 

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 10: A0, A00

After exhausting the A0A to Z9Z series, 0AA was expected.  Instead some older numbers from Format 1 and possibly other old formats were being issued, but the legends are reversed and the hole spacing is wider on the new plates.  This A45 plate on the right was issued recently (10/2012).  The formatting is similar to Format 1 which was exhausted many years ago.  This also shows two plates with the same number issued many years apart.  There are also reports of new plates X5 and G8 being newly issued.

All above plates measures 4 x 8

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

 

from Ryan Battin

   

FORMAT 11: 01000 to current high

This new format and numbering system appears to have been released around 5/2013.  Plate measures 4x7

 

Vehicle Code Reference

 

from Cody Raspen

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

from Jerry McCoy

Image added 3/23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from Ryan Battin

 

Classic Car (1977 to present)

FORMAT 1: 10000 to 19999

PENNSYLVANIA on top and CLASSIC CAR on bottom.

 

from Bruce Bufalini

 

   

FORMAT 2: 20000 to 20999

A brief series of 1000 plates were stamped with conventional dies in place of the 'antique' dies.  PENNSYLVANIA on top and CLASSIC CAR on bottom.

 

from Bruce Bufalini

 

   

FORMAT 3: 21000 to 39499

At 21000 the plates returned to the antique dies, PENNSYLVANIA on top and CLASSIC CAR on bottom.   

 

   

FORMAT 4: 39500 to 50499

CLASSIC CAR on top and PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.

 

 

 

 
FORMAT 5: 50500 to 50999 PENNSYLVANIA on top and CLASSIC CAR on bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 6 51000 to 99999

CLASSIC CAR on top and PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  Note the 51746 plate has a permanent validation sticker.  This has not previously been seen on this plate type.

 

from Bruce Bufalini

 

   

FORMAT 7 C00000 to C27999?

CLASSIC CAR on top and PENNSYLVANIA on bottom.  First seen circa 7/04.

from Bruce Bufalini

from Vern Kreckel

from Rob Weis

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

   

 

FORMAT 8 C27500? to current high, visitPA base, PENNSYLVANIA on top, PA CLASSIC VEHICLE on left side, CLASSIC VEHICLE along bottom  First seen circa 11/13.

Vehicle Code Reference

from Ryan Battin

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

Image added 3/30

 
FAKES: These plates have a number from the Classic Car series, on what appears to be a '77 base, but without sticker wells, using a pre-1971 font, and was seen at a car show.  It is not believed to have been issued by PennDOT.  The plate is considered a fake.  Further research confirms this. 

from Jordan Irazabal

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Classic Motorcycle (first year of issue unknown, to present)

FORMAT 1:

C
L

0000 to

C
L

0199

PENNA legend uses narrow font

 

 

 

FORMAT 2:

C
L

0200 to current high

PENNA legend uses wider font

Plate measures 4 x 8

Vehicle Code Reference

 

from Bill Houser

from Ryan Battin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collectible Motorcycle (2000 to present)

FORMAT 1: CM000

Plate measures 4 x 8

Vehicle Code Reference

graphic depiction

Image needed

FORMAT 2:

C
M

???

New format as of 4/2014

 

Format added 4/6

 

 

Collectible Vehicle (1996 to present)
VENAMUS may be a legitimate vanity but it was not issued as a Collectible Vehicle plate.

 

The CV0097 may not be an issued plate.

from Arthur Levine

from Michael Wiener

Image added 3/23

 

FORMAT 1: CV 0100 to current high

Vehicle Code Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMAT 2: CV????

New format as of 4/2014.

 

 

Format added 4/6

 

 

Street Rod (1982 to present)

FORMAT 1:

0000

S
R

 - 3999

S
R

First issued 1981, type still in use.

Pennsylvania and STREET ROD use a bold font.  The top red stripe is thinner than the bottom one.  Actually the red stripes on the earliest plate don't extend to the right plate border.  It is not known if this is part of the earliest format or something peculiar to this plate.  Some plates have validation stickers.

 

 

 

FORMAT 2:

4000

S
R

 - 4999

S
R

Pennsylvania and STREET ROD use a bold font.  Both red stripes are the same thickness but don't extend to the border.  Most plates use validation stickers.

 

FORMAT 3:

5000

S
R

 to current high

Pennsylvania and STREET ROD have been changed to a lighter weight font.  The top red stripe is again thinner than the bottom one and extends to the border.  Almost all plates have validation stickers.

Vehicle Code Reference

 

 

 

 

from Bruce Bufalini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown Format

from Bill Ceravola

   

 

YOM/Vintage (2012 to present)
Act 25, signed into law on 4/12/12, provides for vintage plates a/k/a year of manufacture  or YOM registration plates to be displayed in lieu of antique or classic plates. This law was effective 8/10/12. A vintage registration plate is one issued from 1906 to 1975 to be displayed on an antique or classic vehicle with the same corresponding year of manufacture (YOM). Plates will be provided by the vehicle owner.

FAKE

above plate is fake

 

 

 

1954 - Passenger

from Jordan Irazabal

 

from Jordan Irazabal

1955 - Passenger

 

 

1969 - Passenger

 

 

1970 - Commercial

from Clayton Moore

 

 

from Clayton Moore

1972 - Dealer (used car)

 

 

1974 - Passenger

from Vern Kreckel / Kreckel Enterprises

 

 

from Vern Kreckel / Kreckel Enterprises

 

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