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Plate types have been linked to various pages

Amateur Radio 

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Apportioned (Truck)

Fleet Transporter

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Steel Worker

Apportioned (Bus)

Foreign Consul (Includes Consular)

Municipal

Suburban

ATV Dealer

Governor

Municipal Motorcycle

Superior Court

Auto Manufacturer

Handicapped Person / Person w/ Disability

National Guard

Supreme Court

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

Hearing Impaired

Official Use

Taxi

Bus (H prefix)

House Car / Motor Home

Omnibus (OB prefix)

Tractor

Circus Carnival Truck

Implement of Husbandry

Passenger

Tractor Dealer

Civil Defense

Judiciary

Permanent Trailer

Trailer

Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart)

Legislative

Press Photographer

Trailer Dealer

Commercial Implement of Husbandry

Limousine

Repair / Service Towing

Transporter

Commercial Motorcycle

Lincoln University (Official)

Repossessor

Truck

Commonwealth Court

Liquid Fuels Permit

Salvage Yard

University of Pittsburgh (Official)

Consular (see Foreign Consul)

Mass Transit

School Bus

U.S. Congress

Dealer

Moped

School Vehicle

U.S. Senate

Dealer-Farm Equipment

Moped Dealer

Snowmobile Dealer

Validation Stickers

Dealer-Multi Purpose

Motorbike

Special Event

Watercraft Trailer/Dealer

Dept of Hwys

Motorboat

Special Mobile (Equipment)

 

Emergency Vehicle

Motorboat Dealer

Special Organization

 

Farm Truck

Motorcycle

State Representative

 

 

Truck Plates

This page is a new endeavor. When this website was started almost 15 years ago, I never planned to do anything but current plates. As that goal became reachable, the site was expanded to several groupings of older plates. And so it continued to grow until almost every type except older passenger and trucks were included. That said, I'm going to need much help and many photos.

Truck / Commercial, 1914 to present

Description / History

Image

Comments, what's needed?

1914, this was the first year for state issued truck plates.

Plates were white on black.  Serial number from 20000 to 39999 were reserved for trucks, and cars with solid rubber tires, but only some 6000 were issued.  Aluminum weight strip on left with 1 to 5 stars indicating the weight rating.  PENNA over the makers number on the aluminum keystone over 1914 on left side of plate.  Issued in pairs.  Plate size is 6" by 15".  Manufacturer was Brilliant Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. 

3 star

from Bob Connison

 

Image added 2/19

 

 

1915

 

 

 

 

1916

 

 

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1917

 

 

 

 

1918

 

 

 

 

1919

Red on black, legend, all embossed, PA over keystone over 19 to the right of the serial number.  The keystone has the VIN number inscribed.  To the far right is a stack of 1 to 4 stars indicating the weight class of the vehicle.  All truck plates used a C prefix plus 1 to 5 digits.  C+1 or 2 digits were 6" x 10", C+3 digits were 6" x 13", and C+4 or 5 digits were 6" x 16".

3 Stars

From Kelly Brewer

from Phil Tedeschi

 

 

 

1920

 

 

 

 

1921

 

 

 

 

1922

 

 

 

 

1923

 

 

 

 

1924

 

 

 

 

1925

 

 

 

 

1926

 

 

 

 

1927

 

 

 

 

1928

 

 

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1929

 

 

 

 

1930

Dark blue over yellow, legend 1930 then PENNA along bottom flanked by small keystones.  Final 2 letters designate weight class.  Numerical portion can be 2 or 3 digits.  4 character plates measure 6" x 10", 5 character plates measure 6" x 12".

*Class R - 01AA to 999FZ

Class S - 01GA to 999KZ

Class T - 01LA to 999MZ

Class U - 01NA to 999NZ

Class V - 01PA to 999PZ

Class W - 01RA to 999RZ

Class Y - 01SA to 999SZ

Class Z - 01UA to 999UZ

Class ZZ - 01VA to 999VZ

*Much of the class data above came from a 1930 Bulletin Almanac.

Class R

from John Willard

from John Willard

 

 

Class S

from John Willard

 

 

1931

 

 

 

 

1932

Dark blue over yellow, legend PENNA then 1932 then across top flanked by small keystones.  First 1 or 2 letters designate weight class.  Numerical portion can be 5 or 4 digits for a total of 6 characters.  Plate measures 6" x 15".

Classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class T

from John Willard

 

 

 

1933

 

 

 

 

1934

 

 

 

 

1935

 

 

 

 

1936

 

 

 

 

1937

 

 

 

 

1938

 

 

 

 

1939

 

 

 

 

1940

 

 

 

 

1941

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 41 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 12", and are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

1942

 

 

 

 

1943

 

 

 

 

1944

 

 

 

 

1945

 

 

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1946

 

 

 

 

1947

 

 

 

 

1948

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 48 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

Image coming

 

 

 

Image added 1/22 

 

1949

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 49 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

 

 

 

1950

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 50 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11", and are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 1/29  

 

1951

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 51 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11".  Plates are issued in pairs.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

 

 

 

1952

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 52 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 3-31 of following year in top border, although the test/sample plate has a 5-31.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 11", although the Class R test/sample plate shown here measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class R test / sample

from John Willard


Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image added 1/29

 

 

1953

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 53 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 2/5

 

 

1954

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 54 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 2/5

 

 

1955

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 55 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate measures 6" x 10".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 2/12

 

 

1956

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend 56 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 5 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining 3 or 4 characters will include an additional letter, sometimes 2 letters.  Plate are now standardized at 6" x 12".  Some plates use the narrower '57 dies, and a base with a narrower map outline.  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, RZ, SZ, TZ, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 2/12

 

 

1957

Dark blue on yellow, map outline, legend 57 then TRUCK flanked by keystones then PA.  Expiration 5-31 of following year in top border.  All plates are 6 characters, first 1 or 2 letters designate weight class, remaining characters will include an additional letter.  Plate measures 6" x 12".  Plates are issued as singles.  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX, two letter prefixes not confirmed.

Class Z

from John Willard

 

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

 

1958 - 1963, multi-year

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend PA then TRUCK then 58, first use of a small keystone separator which is located between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Early plates had a tab slot to the left of 58 for a renewal tab which was never used.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner in place of the tabs.  Plates measure 6" x 12".  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX.  The WT, YT, ZT classes are for 3-axle truck tractors.  The progression within weight classes R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00.

Class R with slot

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R without slot

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

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Class R  without slot

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

Class ZZ  without slot

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

Class ZX  without slot

from John Willard

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

 

1964 - 1967, multi-year

Yellow on dark blue, map outline, legend PA then TRUCK then 64, small keystone separator between the 3rd and 4th digit.  Annual validation sticker was issued for the upper left corner.  Plates measure 6" x 12".  Weight classes R, S, T, U, V, W, Y, Z, UZ, VZ, WZ, YX, ZZ, WT, YT, ZT, YX, ZX.  The WT, YT, ZT classes are for 3-axle truck tractors.  The progression within weight classes R00-00A, R00-0A0, R00-A00.

Class R - 1st progression

from Chuck Sakryd


Class R - 2nd progression

from Jeff Lawson


Class R - 3rd progression

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

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Class S

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

Class T

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

Class V

from Chuck Sakryd

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

 

1968 - 1971, multi-year

Dark blue on yellow, revised map outline, top legend COMMERCIAL, bottom PENNSYLVANIA, embossed outline for sticker well lower left.  Early plates had 68 etched into the sticker with no sticker used in 68.  A new plate serial coding system was introduced using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers.  The weight (& axle) classes are no longer associated with the registration number.

from Chuck Sakryd

 

Image added 2/19

 

Error plate

from Clayton Moore

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

Test plate

 

 

 

Image added 2/19

 

 

1972 - 1977, multi-year

Yellow on dark blue, the map outline has been replaced by a narrow embossed border, COMMERCIAL, bottom PENNSYLVANIA, sticker wells upper left and right corners.  Serial coding again using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers. 

 

 

 

1978 - 1984, multi-year, renewable to 2000

Dark blue on yellow, top legend PENNSYLVANIA, bottom TRUCK, sticker wells upper left and right corners.  Serial coding again using CA-10000 as the starting point with C as a non-advancing character and the second letter always advancing last after the numbers.  After reaching CZ-99999, the series went to 10000-CA and progressed into the CC series.

 

 

 

1984 - 2000, multi-year, renewable to 2002

Yellow on dark blue, top legend TRUCK, bottom PENNSYLVANIA, sticker well in lower left corner.  Serial coding starting CD-10000 and ran into the CJ series where it was stopped and a new series starting at YA-00000.  As best as I can remember, PennDOT claimed there was a computer issue with too many registrations starting with C.

 

Images coming

 

 

 

 

1999 - 2004, multi-year, renewable to present

Dark blue on white with fading bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, YAA-0000 to YRR-9810 or above, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and TRUCK embossed along bottom.

 

 

 

 

2005 - 2017, multi-year, renewable to present

Dark blue on white with solid bands of blue on top and yellow on bottom, YSA-0000 to YZZ-9999, then ZBA-0000 to current high, PENNSYLVANIA screened across top and visitPA.com screened across bottom; image at right is first of this base issued. 

 

 

 

2017, pending

By the middle of 2017, once the supply of the current plate stock runs out, PennDOT says they will begin issuing these. They look similar in design to the current plate but the sticker well where validation stickers were placed has been removed and the outline of a Pennsylvania map has been put it its place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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