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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...

Andy DeCeunynck, David Royer, Mark Wegner, Chris Buonanno, John Farkas, Nate G, Paul Lethbridge, Ian Thompson, Charles Humphrey, Francis Lapeyre, Eric Tanner, Ted Curran, Kevin Gallagher, Darryl Antoniw, Vincent Perillo, Raheem Aziz, Cynthia David, Keith Dickson, Corb Moister Jr. , Dave Fraser, Walter Pilley, Dave Edmondson, Jaime Carmo, Brad Carroll, Chad Garner, Michael Smith, Neal Evenhuis, Michael Flatto, Dave Hanlon, Jérémie Jean, Sam Mazmanian, Charlie Li, Rick Trapp, Nathan Kuehn, Steve Grandi, Andrew Osborne, Jordan Irazabal, Emily, Kyle Wasson, Bradley Gallagher, Jesus Alexis Valentin, Steve Hill, Derreck Cole, Johnathan Baker, Matt Rucko, Jim Dowell, Cam McPhee, Jeff Fortier, Bruno Vernhes, Joshua Fickett, Tiger Joe, Lance Tock, Jay Maynard and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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