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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...

Jason Slade, Rick Trapp, Paul Breland, Dale Jacobsen, Eric Laberge, Sam Mazmanian, Raheem Aziz, Steve Hill, T.D. Goodman, Daniel Savage, Ian Thompson, Andrew Osborne, Corb Moister Jr. , Chad Garner, Craig Powers, Derreck Cole, Jordan Irazabal, Francis Lapeyre, Larry David, John Royle, Bruno Vernhes, Simon Einspahr, Nathan G., Ed Angiolillo, Charles Humphrey, Gary Hughes, David Royer, Chris Scott, Michael Flatto, Michael Smith, Walter Pilley, Jay Maynard, Steve Grandi, Jim Sadler, Brent Kirchner, Dave Fraser, Mike Gallop, Vincent Perillo, Jack Hollingsworth, Mike Fox, Brian Thayer, Phillip Mendoza, Dave Edmondson, Tiger Joe, Ricky Rose, Johnathan Baker, Cam McPhee, Kyle Wasson and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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