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Illinois License Plates

The current base began in mid-July, 2001.

Most of the optional issues issued in low quantities that begin with a letter prefix are being reissued with a stacked 2-letter suffix. General issue numbers start at 1000, but lower numbers are available through channels.

Stickers

11 - black on green

12 - black on yellow

13 - black on orange

14 - black on white

15 - black on gold

16 - black on magenta (some are more of a brighter pink.)

17 - black on green

Standard Passenger Plates

2001 series

999 9938
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Dustin Schuchard has confirmed that all 900 0000 block plates are being issued at car dealerships, but some are now being issued through Secretary of State offices. Those plates have reached as high as 999 9170, but Joey Hurd reports a newly issued 983 1123 on 2005-12-25, so they appear to be scattered.

Joey Hurd reports that somewhere in the 550 0000 series, the Abe graphic was made lighter and the blue band across the bottom was made thinner. 554 8454 is the high for the old style, 555 4864 is the low for the new style. Vincent Perillo reports that the 554 series has the wider band and the 555 series has the thinner band.

Ken Reager - 8 Nov ’12

2001 series low

100 0008
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Joey Hurd reports that these lower numbers are already becoming scarce on the road. Noodle reports seeing 8, which is the lowest number available in Illinois that is not reserved for a government official.

Joey Hurd reports 100 0008 belongs to retired Governor Jim Thompson.

Joey Hurd - 7 Dec ’13

2006 series

ZV3 8718
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After all-numeric 7 digit plates reached 999 9999, the remainder of the Gnn nnnn series was issued, then Xnn nnnn, Ann nnnn, Hnn nnnn, Knn nnnn, Lnn nnnn, Nnn nnnn, Pnn nnnn, Rnn nnnn, Snn nnnn, Vnn nnnn, Enn nnnn, Ynn nnnn, and now Znn nnnn. It appears that after exhausting the E series, the last part of the Ynn nnnn series is being issued. The Y series was only issued through Y67 nnnn on the previous base, so the unused Y series numbers are now being issued on the current base.

Highs in order of prefix letter appearance:

G high - G98 0207

X high - X99 9936

A high - A99 7721

H high - H89 7160

K high - K99 8417

L high - L99 8688

N high - N99 9933

P high - P99 9967

R high - R99 9984

S high - S99 8541

V high - V99 7027

E high - E99 9411

Y high - Y99 2951

Although the C series is not known in this format, Gunther Frostyburger reports seeing C89 7813.

As with some other states, Illinois plate numbers are all over the place. Keith Foreman proves that point by informing us that he just received new plates for a new car in Feb. 2011 with the number K51 3190, yet he received K50 3791 in Oct. 2009 for another car.

Keith reports an unusual general issue number, 0111. Illinois does not generally issue a leading zero on any types other than State-Owned Trailer. Joey Hurd reports Illinois issues leading "0" for passenger dealer series and for the highly-coveted four-digit plates. They are available through connections to IL State Gov't.

Gunther Frostyburger reports T51 9581 and T 60 0169 on the new base. They were originally issued on the old base and were kept by the owner.

Keith Foreman spotted Z18 1263 on 2014-08-26, but no other Z series plates in this format have been seen. Keith also spotted Z30 641, which was obviously an older number, but it was on a new plate.

- 1 Jan ’17

Old Base

Y66 1238
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Y67 6916 was spotted by Mark O'Neil on 12-31-05, re-made on the current Abe base.

Clark Wothe - 30 Jul ’02

Non-passenger Plates

Ambulance

8 085 09
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Keith Foreman - 18 Jun ’13

Antique

194 238
AV
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Black on tan

Validated for 5 years at a time. Vehicles displaying these plates may only be driven to and from an antique auto show, exhibition, service station, or demonstration.

Keith Foreman - 2 Mar ’15

B Truck

991 ZY
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Keith Foreman reports seeing a newly issued B Truck in the KM series, which probably indicates that all Z series plates through 99 999 have been issued, and the series has probably picked up where the last base ended.

See "New B Truck" below.

Doug DeMuro - 13 Jun ’03

Charitable Vehicle

38 418 CV
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51 273C/V reported by Ace on 2009-10-17, but this was for a Trailer, so different blocks of numbers may be used for different classes.

Keith Foreman - 3 Mar ’15

Driver Education

2299 DE
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Eric Sivertsen - 21 Dec ’07

Electric Vehicle

6204 EL
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From John Congdon: Unlike the 'special' series plates with the stacked letters (like the new EN suffix for Environmental plates) all EL plates have the same size for numbers and the EL letters at the end. They also are offered at a reduced cost and renewed every 2 years.

1 EL reported as a low.

John Reynolds - 26 Apr ’18

Exempt Vehicle

18 895
EA
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The correct name for this is "Expanded-Use Antique" hence the "E over A" designation. Vehicles displaying these plates during the months of January-March and November-December may only be driven to and from an antique auto show or exhibition, service station or demonstration. Vehicles displaying these plates during the months of April-October may be driven on the highways without being subject to the restrictions of a standard antique vehicle plate.

Keith Foreman - 5 Jun ’15

Fleet Vehicle

FP
35 827
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Used on fleet telecom vans, UPS vehicles, etc.

Keith Foreman reports a low of F/P4955.

Ace - 20 Jan ’16

Funeral Home

6524 FH
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Black serial on passenger base, but without blue gradient.

Keith Foreman reports 1004 FH as a low.

Keith Foreman - 17 Nov ’14

Honorary Consul

69 HC
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New designer style

Joey Hurd - 26 Jun ’06

IL Commerce Commission Police

C 329
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C 2 reported as a low by Ace.

Now identical to State Police plates, but with C prefix.

Ace - 26 Oct ’12

Livery

9474 LY
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This a new 2015 issue and is dark blue on bright green. Also has LIVERY spelled vertically on the left side of plate then a space between that & the serial.

1L/Y reported as the low by Mike Macik. 26L/Y was reported by Keith Foreman.

Keith Foreman - 14 Jan ’15

Medical Carrier

7042 MC
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Charles Fregeau - 29 Jun ’13

Motorcycle

DV 8204
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Mini Abe graphic - new numbering format. AA 693 is the lowest reported in this format.

Jeff Glenn - 13 Oct ’15

Municipal

M 204743
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Green on white

M 4 and M 5 reported by FLB as lows in use by the Venice Police Dept.

M 301 reported as Municipal Wheelchair by Jeff Glenn on 2008-03-06.

Keith Foreman reports Municipal Trailer M 098509. The leading zero apparently is only on Trailer plates. In addition to the usual small P (for Permanent) in the upper left corner, Trailer has a small T in the upper right.

Normal spacing for this type is M 123 456, but M192083 has no spacing. Now there is only one space, and it is between the letter and the numbers.

Jeff Glenn - 7 Aug ’15

Municipal Police

MP
12 383
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M/P10 reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Jeff Glenn - 7 Nov ’15

New B Truck

1829237
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96 reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

It appears Q was skipped. We reported earlier that it appeared R was skipped, but it has been confirmed as being issued.

Now issuing 7 digit all numeric. The plate has the numerals all the way to the left side of the plate so it looks uneven and there is no spacing. This series must have started at 1000000 after they reached 99 999 Z.

7 digit low: 1000751 Jeff Glenn

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 31 Oct ’15

Permanently Mounted Equipment

24 537 PM
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Issued for not-for-hire vehicles having permanently mounted equipment used exclusively by the owner for the transportation of the permanently mounted equipment.

Low: 4101 PM

Ace - 28 Oct ’11

Power - Apportioned

P900148
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Blue on white

Keith Foreman reports P 44 as a low.

Keith Foreman - 21 Dec ’15

Public Transportation

13470 PT
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Public Transportation license plates are issued to any privately owned First or Second Division motor vehicle used, maintained or operated for the non-emergency transportation of persons for compensation.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 10 Jan ’14

Recreational Trailer

618 032
RT
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Keith Foreman - 14 Jan ’16

Recreational Vehicle

367 358
RV
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Green cursive and Abe format.

1R/V reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Keith Foreman - 31 Aug ’13

School Bus

90 309 SB
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1333 SB reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Ace - 4 Feb ’16

Semi-Trailer

555 490
ST
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KE4MAN reports 25S/T as a low.

Keith Foreman - 8 Jun ’15

Sheriff/State Police

S 99-509
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New style. Black on white stylized new S tag - with a yellow seal in the middle. Left side of the plate has a black vertical band with writing inside. This new baseplate may replace the S green small P perm plates used on Sheriff vehicles. Numbering format is S 1-23. with the first number being the county number, and the second number being the unit number. County numbers (1-102) are determined alphabetically by county name.

Ace reports just plain 2 on the State Police format with no S or county number.

Ace - 13 Apr ’12

State

U 28 190
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State-owned vehicles

Keith Foreman reports a low of U 3

Keith Foreman reports an oddity of U 66A, which is the first he has seen with a letter. The A was smaller than the numbers.

Ace - 7 Jan ’16

Taxi - suburban

34 180 TX
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This is not the annual baseplate used for City of Chicago taxis. Ace reports it appears that most, if not all numbers below 10000 in this series are dedicated to the City of Chicago.

Keith Foreman reports 2 TX as a low.

Ace - 11 Sep ’15

Temporary Registration

173U106
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Temps have progressed from T, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, and P, to the R series. Q was skipped.

Motorcycle Temporary plates are in use, but they have 5 digits instead of 6 as on Passenger, and they are smaller in size.

Motorcycle Temp High: 95K 103 2015-05-23 Keith Foreman

- 1 May ’18

Tinted Window

11 319 WT
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Front windows are not allowed to be tinted in Illinois without authorization from a doctor. On Lincoln fade base.

Joey Hurd - 25 Nov ’11

Tow Truck

2 10 447
TW
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1 17T/W reported as a low by Ace.

Jeff Glenn - 7 Aug ’15

Trailer

2857 LV
TA
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There is a Motorcycle Trailer plate that is the same size as Motorcycle plates, but it resembles standard T/A plates.

Motorcycle Trailer high: 2013A T/A 2014-07-19 David Wilson

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 31 Jan ’16

Trailer - Apportioned

T868261
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Blue on white

Gunther Frostyburger - 16 Nov ’13

Transporter

IT
9845
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Ace - 20 Jan ’16

Wheelchair

%293 046
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A low of 28 was spotted by Joey Hurd.

Keith Foreman reports B 803 on a Motorcycle plate, same format as Pass. plates, but in the smaller Motorcycle size.

Keith Foreman - 5 Jun ’15

Specialty Plates

Agriculture

1424
AG
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Joey Hurd reported 1013A/G as a general issue low.

EndlessRyd - 7 Oct ’09

Alpha Phi Alpha

1185
PA
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37 P/A reported as a low by Joey Hurd. 1004P/A reported as an over the counter low.

Joey Hurd - 30 Oct ’07

America Remembers

4815
AR
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21 A/R reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Keith Foreman - 10 Dec ’14

Armed Forces Retired

23 495
RM
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This type formerly used an L prefix.

60R/M reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Joey Hurd - 11 Jun ’09

Army Veteran

3012
GI
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A new type in November 2009.

Ace - 11 Sep ’15

Bradley University

5108
AB
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Ace - 15 Nov ’10

Breast Cancer

9906
CD
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20C/D reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Joey Hurd - 23 May ’12

Bronze Star

6985
BZ
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John Reynolds - 30 Apr ’18

Chicago Bears

2277
BD
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Eric Sivertsen - 26 Nov ’13

Chicago Blackhawks

4641
BH
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Debuted 2011

Keith Foreman - 5 Aug ’14

Chicago Cubs

4365
CC
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1032 C/C reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Joey Hurd - 9 Apr ’12

Chicago Police Memorial

29
CP
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Joey Hurd - 29 Apr ’12

Delta Sigma Theta

1185
DS
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1D/S reported as a low by Jeff Glenn. 1009D/S reported as a general issue low by Joey Hurd. All general issue specials start at 1000.

Joey Hurd - 7 Mar ’08

DePaul University

5180
AD
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7A/D reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Joey Hurd - 5 Nov ’09

Disabled Veteran

14 140
DV
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New style - with the D/V suffix. Joey Hurd reports 8D/V for a low.

Ace - 19 Feb ’16

Eastern Illinois University

5051
AE
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Keith Foreman - 21 Jun ’10

Education

2117
ED
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1001E/D spotted by Joey Hurd. That is the lowest available for a regular issue, however, Joey also reports 1E/D that belongs to a politically well-connected person. 3E/D has also been seen by Joey.

Joey Hurd - 23 Feb ’12

Environment

184614
EN
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E 11 reported as a low on the original type by Joey Hurd.

31E/N reported as a low by Keith Foreman on the second type.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 30 Jan ’16

Ex-Prisoner of War

5004
XP
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Keith Foreman - 5 Jul ’10

Fallen Officers' Memorial

8104
LE
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2L/E reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Joey Hurd - 29 Apr ’12

Firefighters

FV
4-200
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"Firefighters' license plates are issued to a firefighter employed by a municipal fire department or fire protection district or a volunteer firefighter." "F/V" is probably for "Firefighters' Vehicle."

Ace - 3 Nov ’15

Firefighters' Memorial

96763
FF
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17F/F reported as a low by Jeff Glenn

John Reynolds - 8 May ’18

Gold Star

3038
GS
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Eric Sivertsen - 2 Jan ’09

Hearing Impaired

265
HI
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H 19 reported as a low by Mike Macik. These will be replaced by H/I suffix plates so the H series will be available for eventual use in the passenger series. 14H/I reported as a low on the new series by Joey Hurd.

Jeff Glenn - 25 Sep ’10

Il. Police Assoc.

2905
IP
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1I/P reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Shawn Cozart - 5 Apr ’15

IL/MI Canal

3902
CA
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16C/A reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Joey Hurd - 26 Jul ’09

Illinois Hospice

1056
HS
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1 H/S reported as a low by KE4MAN.

Joey Hurd - 18 Sep ’11

Illinois State Univ.

5291
AI
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Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 13 Jan ’14

Loyola University

5401
AL
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19A/L reported as a low by Joey Hurd. The A/L suffix is screened in red.

Joey Hurd - 13 May ’12

Marines

7454
DD
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Ace - 4 Feb ’16

Master Mason

6188
MM
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2 M/M reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Shawn Cozart - 5 Apr ’15

Mayor/Village President

387
CB
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4C/B reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Ace - 28 Jan ’09

National Guard

17 517
NG
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70N/G reported as a low by Eric Sivertsen.

Joey Hurd - 24 Jan ’09

Northern Illinois University

5568
AH
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Joey Hurd - 1 Jan ’13

Northwestern University

5708
AN
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6A/N reported as a low by Keith Foreman. 1095A/N reported as a general low by Joey Hurd.

Joey Hurd - 23 Feb ’12

Organ Donor

10 324
DN
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1D/N reported as a low by KE4MAN.

Joey Hurd - 17 Mar ’12

Pan Hellenic Series

2042
KA
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2K/A reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

There are 7 types.

1001 P/A was spotted by Joey Hurd. It was the first regular issue of this type.

Joey Hurd - 27 Aug ’10

Park District Youth

2143
YP
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Eric Sivertsen reports 1Y/P as a low.

Shawn Cozart - 5 Apr ’15

Pearl Harbor Survivor

P 407
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Pearl Harbor Survivor plates with a P prefix will be replaced with a P/H suffix so the P series will be available for eventual use in the passenger series.

Eric Sivertsen - 27 Jul ’06

Pet Friendly

5632
PF
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1P/F reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Keith Foreman - 11 Nov ’14

POW/MIA Illinois Remembers

2154
PW
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19P/W reported as a low by Eric Sivertsen.

Keith Foreman - 28 Mar ’10

President Obama

678
PBO
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Joey Hurd reports 1515 P/B/O as mint leftover stock.

Keith Foreman - 20 Feb ’10

Prevent Violence (Dove)

96121
PV
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7P/V reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Joey Hurd - 1 Jan ’13

Purple Heart

14676
PR
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968P/R reported as a low by Ace.

A 12 reported as a low by Eric Sivertsen on the previous format. A 13112 reported by Joey Hurd as the high.

Purple Heart plates now have a stacked P/R prefix to eliminate the former A prefix plates for eventual use as passenger series.

Ace - 21 Aug ’15

Retired Forces

10555
RF
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7R/F reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Joey Hurd - 16 Sep ’08

Route 66

5456
SS
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This is an optional plate, not a special event plate. 6S/S reported as a low by Ace.

Jeff Glenn - 7 Aug ’15

Silver Star

402 SV
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53 SV reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Joey Hurd - 23 Feb ’05

Southern Illinois University

1206
AZ
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1030A/Z reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Bradley Gallagher - 17 Nov ’08

Sporting Series Bass

9138
SF
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65S/F reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 1 Jan ’14

SS Deer

7488
SW
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1S/W reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Joey Hurd - 17 Apr ’07

SS Duck

3895
SD
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284S/D reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Keith Foreman - 21 Oct ’14

SS Goose

3084
SG
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Joey Hurd - 10 Mar ’07

SS Pheasant

3678
SP
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1S/P reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Keith Foreman - 9 Dec ’14

SS Turkey

1130
SY
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160S/Y reported as a low by Ace.

Joey Hurd - 19 Oct ’06

Univ of Illinois

13557
AA
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1A/A reported as a low by Noodle.

Joey Hurd - 29 Dec ’13

University of Illinois - Chicago

5137
AC
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2A/C reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Joey Hurd - 5 Feb ’09

University of Illinois - Springfield

4436
AP
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50A/P reported as a low by Jeff Glenn.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 4 Dec ’09

University of Notre Dame

2102
ND
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First Ill. college series honoring an out of state college.

Joey Hurd - 6 Feb ’12

Veteran

44451
US
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U/S is the universal plate for people in any branch of the armed forces. Joey Hurd reports 35U/S as the low for this type.

Keith Foreman - 21 Feb ’15

Veteran - Korean

6219
KW
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635K/W reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Ace - 19 Feb ’09

Veteran - Vietnam

11370
VN
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2V/N reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Keith Foreman - 21 Oct ’13

Veteran - World War II

3478
WW
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199W/W reported as a low by Ace.

Joey Hurd - 27 Dec ’06

Veteran Motorcycle

1102
US
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First available July 15, 2008. Same as other Veteran design, but smaller.

Ace - 31 Jan ’09

West Point

588
CK
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156C/K reported as a low by Ace.

Willie C. Brock, Jr. - 25 Jan ’14

Western Illinois University

5105
AW
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Joey Hurd - 1 Jan ’13

Wildlife Prairie Park

3603
WP
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98W/P reported as a low by Joey Hurd.

Joey Hurd - 29 Apr ’12

Youth Golf

777
YG
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12Y/G reported as a low by Keith Foreman.

Keith Foreman - 10 Oct ’14