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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...

Dave Hanlon, Kyle Wasson, Vincent Perillo, Kevin Gallagher, Ted Curran, Brad Carroll, Andy DeCeunynck, Ian Thompson, Jordan Irazabal, Chad Garner, Jesus Alexis Valentin, Keith Dickson, Jay Maynard, Bradley Gallagher, Steve Hill, Eric Tanner, David Royer, Joshua Fickett, Steve Grandi, Jeff Fortier, Derreck Cole, Jaime Carmo, Dave Edmondson, Michael Flatto, Corb Moister Jr. , Matt Rucko, Darryl Antoniw, Jim Dowell, Tiger Joe, Dave Fraser, Bruno Vernhes, Paul Lethbridge, Mark Wegner, John Farkas, Neal Evenhuis, Charlie Li, Cam McPhee, Sam Mazmanian, Emily, Francis Lapeyre, Rick Trapp, Johnathan Baker, Charles Humphrey, Walter Pilley, Nathan Kuehn, Cynthia David, Jérémie Jean, Michael Smith, Raheem Aziz, Andrew Osborne, Lance Tock, Nate G, Chris Buonanno and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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