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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...

Xavier Dubé, Steve Hill, Jordan Irazabal, Charlie Li, Chad Garner, Jérémie Jean, Dave Fraser, David Royer, Bill Christian, Lance Tock, Sam Mazmanian, Rick Trapp, Neal Evenhuis, Ted Curran, Connell Lindh, Jake Bechtold, Jesus Alexis Valentin, Eric Tanner, Keith Dickson, Jay Maynard, Andy DeCeunynck, Michael G. Koerner, Mike Fox, Christopher Fancher, Jack McGee, Kit Sage, Derreck Cole, Michael Flatto, Ernie MacAulay, Dave Edmondson, Johnathan Baker, Chan, Bruno Vernhes, Craig Powers, Xavier FitzSimons, Tiger Joe, Michael Smith, Tyler Rotondo, Darryl Antoniw, Vincent Perillo, T.D. Goodman, Daniel Savage, Cynthia & Larry David, Corb Moister Jr. , Mark Wegner, Kevin Gallagher, Andrew Osborne, Charles Humphrey, Ricky Rose, John Royle, Adriaan Bergink and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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