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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...

Walter Pilley, Brian Lasaine, Walter Moneypenny, Ricky Rose, Tiger Joe, Peter Cinquegrana, Chandru Vittal, Keith Dickson, Paul Kowalski, Dave Edmondson, Andrew Osborne, Nate Gee, Cam McPhee, Michael Smith, T.D. Goodman, François-Pierre Doyon, Brent Kirchner, Craig Powers, Derreck Cole, Bradley Gallagher, Larry David, Sam Mazmanian, Mike Fox, Ed Richter, Michael Flatto, Neal Evenhuis, Jérémie Jean, Jack McGee, Will Enser, Charles Humphrey, Steve Hill, Jay Maynard, Bruno Vernhes, Darryl Antoniw, Lance Tock, Michael G. Koerner, Corb Moister Jr. , Dave Fraser, Daniel Savage, Chad Garner, Jordan Irazabal, Tom Kautz, Eric Jones, Johnathan Baker, Mike Gallop, Emily Morgan, Allison Hoff and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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