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...

Walter Pilley, Andrew Osborne, Charles Humphrey, John Royle, Connell Lindh, Michael Flatto, Ed Richter, Michael G. Koerner, David Royer, John Rotella, Darryl Antoniw, Joshua Fickett, Jordan Irazabal, Jay Maynard, Ed Angiolillo, Tiger Joe, Jason Slade, Mike Gallop, Brad Gallagher, Ian Thompson, Corb Moister Jr. , Wally Punzmann, Dave Hanlon, Larry David, Simon Einspahr, Ted Curran, Michael Smith, Raheem Aziz, Sam Mazmanian, Cam McPhee, Brian Thayer, Francis Lapeyre, Dave Edmonson, Brent Kirchner, Craig Powers, Johnathan Baker, Jim Sadler, Derreck Cole, Bruno Vernhes, Adriaan Bergink, Eric Laberge, John Farkas, Daniel Savage, Kyle Wasson, Phillip Mendoza, Geoff Gould, Chad Garner, Steve Hill, Keith Dickson and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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