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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...

John Rotella, Corb Moister Jr. , Phillip Mendoza, Tiger Joe, Walter Pilley, Andrew Osborne, Xavier FitzSimons, Emily Morgan, Steve Hill, Ricardo Chen, Michael Smith, Ricky Rose, Tony Mancini, Michael Flatto, Rick Trapp, Mike Fox, Keith Dickson, Larry David, Allison Hoff, Sam Mazmanian, Brent Kirchner, Charles Humphrey, Dave Fraser, Brian Thayer, Craig Powers, Wally Punzmann, Mike Gallop, Cam McPhee, Daniel Savage, Chad Garner, Kit Sage, Rob Homa, Jordan Irazabal, Dave Edmondson, Bruno Vernhes, Jay Maynard, Frank Foster, Jaska Börner, Lance Tock, Will Kendrick, Darryl Antoniw, Jim Moini, Jérémie Jean, Jack Hollingsworth, Dale Jacobsen, Johnathan Baker, John Vann, Michael G. Koerner, Brian Lasaine, Derreck Cole and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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