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The High RoadJohn Northup (#3547) and Kit Sage (#1689)

Shown here are the highest license plate numbers observed from most states and provinces, contributed by hobbyists who research and collect license plates from around North America and beyond. “The High Road” is featured in each issue of PLATES Magazine. Send your sightings, or other license plate news, to Red outlines indicate updates needed.


Delaware, Indiana and Rhode Island issue numbers randomly or recycle old numbers continually, resulting in non-sequential issuance; therefore, no progressive “high.”

Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming issue plates by a county code system, so the most populous county's high is shown.

Massachusetts, Missouri and West Virginia issue plates by a month code system, so the latest month of the year issued is shown, usually December.

Thanks to today’s spotters...

Craig Powers, Mike Fox, Ian Thompson, Jay Maynard, Raheem Aziz, Andrew Osborne, Kevin Gallagher, W.P. Blanchard, Jordan Irazabal, Walter Pilley, Ed Angiolillo, Dale Jacobsen, Tiger Joe, Jim Sadler, Jason Slade, Dave Fraser, Michael Smith, Michael Flatto, Paul Breland, Corb Moister Jr. , Nathan G., Sam Mazmanian, Brent Kirchner, Bradley Gallagher, T.D. Goodman, Simon Einspahr, Brian Lasaine, David Royer, Wally Punzmann, Rick Trapp, Darryl Antoniw, Chad Garner, John Weeks, Ricardo Chen, Dave Edmondson, Mike Gallop, Derreck Cole, Phillip Mendoza, Rod Gough, Francis Lapeyre, Lee Cryer, Cam McPhee, Johnathan Baker, Charles Humphrey, Brian Thayer, Bruno Vernhes, Allison Hoff, Steve Hill, Ricky Rose, Jérémie Jean, Keith Dickson and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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