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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...

Michael Flatto, Charles HumphreyK, Corb Moister Jr. , Ian Thompson, Nate Gee, Walter Pilley, Allison Hoff, Wally Punzmann, Jay Maynard, Jérémie Jean, David Wilson, Colin McGregor, Jordan Irazabal, Ed Richter, Steve Hill, Rob Homa, Judy Keys, David Royer, Paul Breland, Simon Einspahr, Andrew Osborne, Mike Fox, Phillip Mendoza, Will Kendrick, Larry David, Ted Curran, Charles Humphrey, Tiger Joe, Dave Edmondson, Derreck Cole, Michael Smith, Darryl Antoniw, Brian Thayer, Lee Cryer, Johnathan Baker, Kyle Wasson, Daniel Savage, Craig Powers, John Farkas, Ricky Rose, Dave Fraser, Sam Mazmanian, Brent Kirchner, Keith Dickson, Cam McPhee, Xavier FitzSimons, Jim Sadler, Chad Garner, Jaska Börner, Brian Lasaine, Chris Scott, Bruno Vernhes and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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