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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...

Mike Gallop, Chad Garner, Charles Humphrey, Ian Thompson, Wally Punzmann, Nathan G., Steve Hill, Jérémie Jean, Jim Sadler, Andrew Osborne, Brian Lasaine, Dave Fraser, Brian Thayer, Simon Einspahr, Michael Flatto, Ed Angiolillo, Dale Jacobsen, Brent Kirchner, John Weeks, Johnathan Baker, Bradley Gallagher, W.P. Blanchard, Dave Edmondson, Jason Slade, Walter Pilley, Bruno Vernhes, Keith Dickson, Cam McPhee, Tiger Joe, Lee Cryer, Phillip Mendoza, Corb Moister Jr. , Rod Gough, Jay Maynard, David Royer, Derreck Cole, Raheem Aziz, Craig Powers, Ricky Rose, Sam Mazmanian, Mike Fox, T.D. Goodman, Paul Breland, Rick Trapp, Jordan Irazabal, Darryl Antoniw, Michael Smith, Allison Hoff, Ricardo Chen, Kevin Gallagher, Francis Lapeyre and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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