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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...

Michael Flatto, Jérémie Jean, Chris Ackerman, Bradley Gallagher, David Budd, Allison Hoff, Steve Hill, Tom Castelli, Sam Mazmanian, Andy DeCeunynck, Charlie Li, Cam McPhee, Jay Maynard, Jesus Alexis Valentin, Chris Buonanno, Darryl Antoniw, Willie C. Brock Jr. , Raheem Aziz, Tiger Joe, Neal Evenhuis, John Farkas, Keith Dickson, Jaska Borner, Chan, Bill Watson, Eric Tanner, Joshua Fickett, Walter Pilley, Ted Curran, Andrew Osborne, Derreck Cole, Lance Tock, Chad Garner, Craig Powers, David Royer, Kevin Gallagher, Emily Wigley, Cynthia & Larry David, Charles Humphrey, Mark Wegner, Ricky Rose, Kyle Wasson, Paul Lethbridge, Michael Smith, Dave Edmondson, Xavier FitzSimons, Rick Trapp, Rod Gough, Kit Sage, Johnathan Baker, Vincent Perillo, Jordan Irazabal, Dave Fraser, Christian Ponce, Bruno Vernhes and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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