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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...

Steve Hill, Ricky Rose, Nate Gee, Keith Dickson, Charles HumphreyK, Xavier FitzSimons, Kyle Wasson, David Wilson, Charles Humphrey, Jordan Irazabal, Simon Einspahr, Larry David, Andrew Osborne, Mike Fox, Jay Maynard, Sam Mazmanian, Bruno Vernhes, Allison Hoff, Cam McPhee, Dave Fraser, Colin McGregor, Paul Breland, Rob Homa, Dave Edmondson, Brian Thayer, Tiger Joe, Ian Thompson, Craig Powers, David Royer, Corb Moister Jr. , Johnathan Baker, Lee Cryer, Michael Flatto, Ted Curran, Wally Punzmann, John Farkas, Brent Kirchner, Jérémie Jean, Darryl Antoniw, Walter Pilley, Will Kendrick, Phillip Mendoza, Chad Garner, Ed Richter, Jim Sadler, Derreck Cole, Daniel Savage, Chris Scott, Judy Keys, Jaska Börner, Brian Lasaine, Michael Smith and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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