is another new high Antique Vehicle plate.
Very common, especially at car shows, but less common as the weather grows
colder. This most recent series started at A0AA with the initial A being
the last character to advance. This series was first seen around March of
2020. Another Antique plate was spotted, H8PA, funny, and actually a
higher plate than the one shown above.
about a new Farm Truck
high? Not sure when these plates added the map outline, appears to be
somewhere between FM-2587D and FM-4184D. Can anyone narrow this
And a new School Bus high thanks to
John Fedorchak. The use of the map outline has been in use since SC-82300
which was about 2 years ago.
you haven't spotted any plates in the new Passenger
M-series, here are a few recent photos. The MBA plate is thanks to Brayden Harnish; MBB is from David Dohan;
and MBC is from Richard Than.
with Disability plates released on the www fade base ran from PD0000A
to PD9999Y before switching to the visitPA base at PD0000Z.
The plate shown here is still on the road, and shows a low number in the
S-suffix series. The suffix letter is the last to advance in this series.
Thanks to David Dohan for the photo.
is a personalized
Pennsylvania DUI Association / Team DUI plate from Arthur Levine.
It's a little hard to see but this is also the first of these spotted with the map
outline. These organizational plates came out in 2005 and are pretty rare
with only 114 serial numbered plates registered.
addition to this image on the far left from Clayton Moore, and the near left
from Ken Samen, see this week's display
of personalized and vanity plates.
is a pristine, first generation St. Francis College
plate photo from John Clark. The plate appears to be unused. The St.
Francis plate program dates back to 1999. Up till now, we only had a
sample image from this first edition.
The beautiful 1954 Tractor plate
on the far left, still showing its original gloss, was a flea market find by
Clayton Moore, then passed on to Jeff Hinkle. The other plate is the alpha-numeric series
'54 Tractor high,
with that photo coming from Worthpoint. These plates measured 6" x
always nice to be able to fill a gap in one the historic plate progressions.
And so it is with this 1936 U-Weight
Class Truck plate. 1936 used two U-class progressions,
U000A and U00A0, with the plate shown here being part of the second
group. This plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches. The image is
thanks to eBay user Tagshack.
the plate above, this 1956 Truck
plate also fills a gap in the U-Weight Class series. By 1956, four serial
progressions were used including U000A, U00A0, U0A00, U00AA with the plate shown
here being part of the second group. This plate measures 6 inches by 12
inches. The image is thanks to eBay user Tagshack.
► PA License Plate News -
On 8/28 we reported that PA will be replacing all Dealer and Miscellaneous
Motor Vehicle Business plates. The new plates will be the standard colors,
but with the addition of vehicle silhouettes. At this point only limited
info is available, but generic Dealer series will be split into New Dealer and
Pre-Owned Dealer. The Pre-Owned Dealer series will start at PR00000, it is
unknown how the New Dealer plates will be configured. Repair Towing will
be using 10000RT, currently they use RT-12345. At this point it does not
appear that Motorcycle and Moped Dealer types will be effected. Anyone
► Legislative News -
State Representative Sheryl M. Delozier has introduced legislation that
would allow vendor-designed license plates for those who wanted them. Bill
was passed in the House, then referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. Not
surprisingly PennDOT is opposed to such a move.
The purpose of the legislation would be to
generate revenue for the Motor Licensing Fund, and to offer something more
creative to motorists. The legislation is
House Bill 2632. Link to
WHTM Channel 27 news article.
This is a new high Person with Disability
plate thanks to Bill Stephens. This serial format, with the alpha-prefix
dates back to February of this year.
Here is an Amateur Radio plate
sporting a nice call sign. The plate does have the map outline. The
plastic cover takes away from the photo quality.
This is a personalized Share The Road
plate, which is part of the Special Fund
series. This is also the first of this type spotted with the map outline.
It appears that standard issue Share The Road plates still have the sticker
well. Thanks to Matt Ciecka for the photo.
Here is another Mass Transit high from
Brayden Harnish. Brayden provided M/T50464
a couple weeks ago. Makes me think they were from the same batch plates
issued to the same bus company.
this out — Rob Baran snapped a photo of a utility trailer with a Railroad -
Preserve Our Heritage plate. Legal — yes. Unusual —
also yes. It's PA's only remaining full graphic plate. PA says
“Requests for Special Fund registration plates are restricted to passenger cars,
motor homes, trailers or trucks with a registered gross weight of not
more than 14,000 lbs.” The plate registration number is valid.
addition to this image from Nick Tsilakis, see this week's display
of personalized and vanity plates.
Chris Van Zandt snapped the photo on the far
left of a single digit Antique Historic Car
plate. The photo is from a recent car show. It is my understanding
that this plate series dates back to 1956, beginning at plate 1, which is also
shown on this website. In 2005 the series went to the family of plates
base, with a new plate legend
Both styles of plates continue to be in use, and are very common at car shows.
Here is a new high 1907 Passenger plate.
This white on red porcelain plate measures 6½ inches by 10½ inches; however, 1
and 2 digit plates were 6 inches tall since the PENNA 1907 legend was along side
rather than on top. Click the link to see examples. The manufacturer
was Ing-Rich also known as Ingram Richardson of Beaver Falls, PA. This
photo came from Worthpoint.
This 1912 Passenger plate
appears to be a new high, unfortunately it no longer has the aluminum keystone
emblem with the maker's number. This white on wood-grain porcelain plate
measures 6 inches by 14 inches. The manufacturer was Brilliant
Manufacturing Co., Phila., PA. This photo came from Worthpoint.
I finally decided to bring the
section on Dept.
of Forests & Waters watercraft plates to life. For most
plate enthusiasts these boat plates don't seem to rise to the same level
of collectibility as plates used on highway vehicles. These were
plates issued to watercraft which were used on lakes or bodies of water
under the ownership or control of the Department of Forests and Waters.
The plates measured 3½" by 4½", and are believed to be issued as early
as 1937 and up to 1970. Plates were all-numerical with the serial
progression going from 1 or
2 digits up to five digits. Later the Department of Forests and Waters became part of the
Department of Environmental Resources.
Last week I posted the 1945 and '47 images
seen to the left from Worthpoint. These photos of the 1963, '64 and '65
plates are from eBay user Themudlarks.
Several years ago Jason Michaels maintained
an extensive display of such plates on his website. Sadly Jason passed
away in March of 2020, and the website has been taken down. Previous
efforts to contact someone associated with the website have been futile.
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks on
the United States. Let us never forget what took place that day, the
losses suffered and the sacrifices endured since then. Nearly 3000
lives were taken that day, among which were 343 firefighters.
Here is a personalized Gold Star Family plate
from Eric Conner. Eric captions this photo with "A special and somber
vanity on a plate base that many parents don't really want." Plate check
shows that 852 serial numbered plates have been registered to date. Sad.
Here is a a new high Silver Star plate
thanks to Nick Tsilakis. These plates have been around since 2012, with
only 60 serial numbered plates issued to date. The Silver Star Medal is
the United States Armed Forces' third-highest military decoration for valor in
combat. The Silver Star Medal is awarded primarily to members of the United
States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United
Next up is this personalized U.S. Military Airborne
Units plate, also thanks to Nick Tsilakis. These plates have been
around since 2013, with some 650 serial numbered plates issued to date in
addition of those personalized.
This is a low number Conserve Wild Resources
plate on the small graphic base. This base dates back to November of 2017,
after the full-graphic base was discontinued. Thanks to Nick Tsilakis for
the photo. The latest reported high on this base is R/C04999.
This is a new high
Delaware Valley Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America, thanks to
Richard Than. These plates date back to 2011, with the map outline first
seen at 00174B/W. The name of this
organization, with its 54 letters and spaces, appears to be the longest of any
Another new high from Dickinson College,
and another thank you to Richard Than. The Dickinson plate program dates
back to 1998 on the yellow on blue base.
Here is a new, slightly higher, Bus plate from Mike
Alfonse. This was in use on a limo-type vehicle, not an unusual
combo here in PA. Here is a link to a
Fact Sheet that describes all of the many types of Bus, Limo, Taxi, etc.
plates offered in PA.
This is a new high Apportioned Truck
plate. The AH-series was first spotted in December of 2020 and advances
almost 30-thousand plates since then. Thanks to Richard Than for the
Here is a new high Truck plate thanks to
Richard Than. This current series with the map outline started at ZKJ-0000
and was announced by PennDOT on 12/18/2016, but not spotted until April of 2017.
Two weeks in a row we have a new
plate high thanks to Bill Young. Last week it was PT-502P2.
Here are a couple of Person with Disability
vanity plates. The WZ plate photo came from me, while the XION photo was
from Mike Alfonse. Not sure what the colorful design is on the XION plate.
This is the first personalized Mario
Lemieux Foundation plate spotted with the new logo. Brendan Sherry
spotted the plate and interprets it to mean
66, 68, 87 and 71 in five characters, the numbers of four Pittsburgh Penguins
Here is a very unusual 1953 YZ-Weight Class Truck
plate. The double prefix letters indicates that this is a 3-axle truck
plate. For various reasons very few double letter prefix truck plates
have survived. Probably one reason is the small number issued.
Anyway, thank you to Rick Kretschmer and his website,
for the use of this photo.
Here is another unusual plate, this one
being a 1956 Y-Weight Class Truck.
Two things make this plate unique, first it represents a new Y-series high (with
the previous high being Y09N4), secondly, with this plate nearing the end of
production, it uses the thinner '57 5-character dies. Another thank you to
Rick Kretschmer for the plate photo.
For a while plate watchers have been
pondering the debut of Passenger plates in the M-series. The expected sequence would
start at MBA-0000, etc. since vowels are no longer used in the second position,
so no MAA- plates. Record check as of 9/3 indicates that so far MBA-0000
has not been registered; however, plates from MBA-0820 to MBA-0827 are
registered. Dealers and tag services receive plates in groups, so it's
understandable that plates would be registered out of sequence. Thanks to
John Silbert for this image.
Here is a new high Severely Disabled Veteran
plate photo thanks to Matt Ciecka. This new format was first spotted in
October of 2021, with the starting point being 80000DV.
Here is a new Mass Transit high thanks
to Brayden Harnish. The use of the map outline likely began at M/T47700.
Mass Transit plates date back to the 1977 base, and were originally blue on
Here is another new Motorcycle high.
Last week we had 5YD02. So the sequence is quickly moving toward the end point
of 9ZZ99. Where will it go next — 00AA0? The current series, 0AA00
dates back to mid-2015. Thanks to Preston Turner for the photo.
Here is a new high Municipal Government
plate on a police SUV. The plate was spotted by Bill Young. This
"family of plates" base was first spotted in February of 2017, and took the
place of the white on blue, all embossed Municipal plate. Many of those
older plates continue to be in use, including some of the previous blue on white
Here's another Penn State University
plate, also from Brayden Harnish. This plate type is available to any Penn
State fan, there is no need to be an alumni. There is also a
Alumni Association plate which does require alumni association membership. Click this link to
see more about Penn State plates.
of organizational plates, there are several organizations with full-size plates where a
motorcycle version is also available. These include
International Association of Fire Fighters (no plates photographed),
Blue Knights Int'l Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (1 vanity photographed),
Fraternal Order of Police (no plates photographed). The IAFF prototype
shown here was provided by PennDOT; however, none of these motorcycle prototypes are shown on PennDOT's webpage showing the artwork for such plates. The downside of
these motorcycle plates is that the organizational logo has been reduced to
the size of a postage stamp.
This is an unused NASCAR 19 Jeremy
Mayfield plate. Thanks to Tom Firth for the photo. These NASCAR 19 plates were issued for the 2004,
2005 and 2006 racing seasons, with a total of only about 21 plates being issued.
The NASCAR program had its start in late 2004, and as of 5/1/2010 PA NASCAR
plates were no longer issued but still renewable. There are still about 15
NASCAR plate types for which plates were issued but no photos are known. A
number of types had no issued plates.
Last, but certainly not least, is this 1925 Format 1 Dealer
plate thanks to Bill Koneski. For many years plate size depended on the
number of characters in the serial number. For 1925 Dealer plates could be
a 6" by 10" shorty as shown here, also 6" by 12" and 6" by 15". The shorty
plates would have been configured as X-1 to X-99, then X100 to X999.
With so many friends, plate spotters and
facebook posts, it's a real challenge some weeks to keep up with the
ever-changing list of plate highs, new types, and occasional plates of
PA License Plate News - Your license
plate frame is enough to get you cited according to the PA Superior Court.
Both articles linked below say essentially the same thing, that no portion
of the plate may be obstructed. Ironically 3 of the 5 Superior Court
plate photos on this website have frames.
In other Plate News - PennDOT to replace
all Dealer and Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Business plates. The
Miscellaneous group includes Repair Towing (RT), Salvage Yard (WL), Transporter
(DT), Repossessor (RE) and Watercraft Trailer Dealers (WD). The new plates will
be the standard colors, but with the addition of vehicle silhouettes.
Don't know if this change includes Dealer-Multi Purpose, Dealer-Farm Equipment
and Trailer Dealer.
Here's a #1 and the first Upper
Gwynedd Township Fire Department plate spotted. Nice find Jaska
Börner. This plate type was added earlier this year, but with only a
prototype image. Plate check suggests there are currently six serial
numbered plates issued.
Here's another first. This is the only
PA National Guard
plate photographed so far, and is thanks to Nathan Krawzyk. It is also a
personalized plate reflecting the zip code of the owner. Standard issue PA
National Guard plates would be in the 90000A/D
series with some 68 of them registered. It should be noted that these
plates are not the same as the
National Guard plates with the N/G prefix that are considered organizational
is a pair of new high Pennsylvania State
University official plates. The far left was recently spotted by Brayden Harnish,
the other is from Jaska Börner. Then Brayden spotted A4904P but was not
able to get a photo. These plates are used on vehicles owned by Penn State. The current 'family
of plates' format came into use in 2019 at A4700P.
Two weeks in a row we have another
Classic Vehicle high.
This photo is thanks to Jaska Börner.
Here is a new high Motorcycle plate
thanks to Jaska Börner. As you can see the current series is not all that
far from the end at 9ZZ99. Where will it go next — 00AA0? It may be
a while, the current series, 0AA00 dates back to mid-2015.
This Person with Disability
from the A-series also represents a new high. This photo is thanks to Jaska Börner.
Here's a new Trailer high from
Brayden Harnish. A little recent history on Trailer plates. In 2000
when plates were replaced, the series started at XK-00000 on the www / fade band
base. Then in 2004 that series was exhausted and a new 3-letter prefix
started at XBA-0000. In 2005 the base was changed to the solid band /
family of plates base at XCA-0000. 2018 saw the disappearance of the
sticker well and the addition of the map outline at XKY-0000. And on it
This PA Passenger
plate was snapped by Tom Castelli with the caption "Why do people do this?"
Unfortunately not everyone in PA has the fondness for the "Family of Plates"
look that PennDOT has. And unfortunately there is only one full graphic
plate that is not part of the "Family of Plates", that being the
Heritage - Railroad plate.
This is the latest Motorboat
Registration sticker. There is also a UNPOWERED version. It
is my understanding that these represent a 2-year registration period, with the
large number, 24, indicating the year of expiration.
Here is a very nice 1954 Y-Weight Class Truck plate
from the Y00A0 serial progression which is the second of two. I previously
posted another of the same progression but this one is much nicer. Still
need one from the Y000A progression, as well as several other classes.
1954 plates measured 6" by 10¼". Plates were issued as singles.
Photo is from Worthpoint.
Finally found a 1957 W-Weight Class Truck
plate. This plate was on Worthpoint with two photos, neither of which
showed the entire plate, so with a little editing, it now does. By 1957
all plates measured 6" by 12", and all Truck plates contained 6 characters.
The original photos posted for the 1964-67 W- & Y-Class
Truck plates were of insufficient size, so these were added. These photos
are from Worthpoint.
Here is a Council plate provided by
Sarge from Klassy Karz. I believe these plates could have been used as
front plates on vehicles used by members of a city or borough council. Not
sure of the plate's vintage, although this is the third variation on this
website. Click link to view others.
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