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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...

Lee Cryer, Paul Breland, Mike Gallop, Nick Jankovich, Keith Dickson, Ted Curran, Derreck Cole, Michael G. Koerner, Neal Evenhuis, Tiger Joe, Andy DeCeunynck, Bill Christian, Daniel Savage, Jim Moini, Michael Smith, Craig Powers, Mark Wegner, John Rotella, Lance Tock, Corb Moister Jr. , Jack McGee, Eric Tanner, Francis Lapeyre, Jordan Irazabal, Ed Angiolillo, Jérémie Jean, Darryl Antoniw, Chad Garner, Jesus Alexis Valentin, Charles Humphrey, Andrew Osborne, Brad Carroll, Mike Fox, Cam McPhee, T.D. Goodman, Bruno Vernhes, Dave Fraser, Will Kendrick, Johnathan Baker, Bradley Gallagher, Sam Mazmanian, Jake Bechtold, Atif Shaikh, Kit Sage, Ed Richter, François-Pierre Doyon, Michael Flatto, Charles, Larry David, Ricky Rose, Dave Edmondson, Steve Hill and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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