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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...

Kevin Gallagher, Larry David, Dave Edmondson, Allison Hoff, Lee Cryer, Charles HumphreyK, Ricky Rose, Rick Trapp, Brian Tamayo, Daniel Savage, Keith Dickson, Xavier FitzSimons, Craig Powers, Jaska Börner, Walter Pilley, Simon Einspahr, Nick Jankovich, Jim Sadler, Brent Kirchner, Chad Garner, Paul Breland, Jérémie Jean, Bruno Vernhes, John Farkas, Dale Jacobsen, Cam McPhee, Mike Gallop, Charles Humphrey, Johnathan Baker, Brian Thayer, David Royer, Jordan Irazabal, Dave Fraser, Sam Mazmanian, Will Kendrick, John Royle, Nate Gee, Jason Slade, Michael Smith, Andrew Osborne, Steve Grandi, Jack Hollingsworth, Michael Flatto, Derreck Cole, Corb Moister Jr. , Jay Maynard, Mike Fox, Phillip Mendoza, Tiger Joe, Steve Hill, Rob Homa, Ian Thompson and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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