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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, Charles Humphrey, Johnathan Baker, Brian Thayer, Derreck Cole, Brian Lasaine, Mike Fox, Raheem Aziz, Frank Foster, Xavier FitzSimons, David Royer, Simon Einspahr, Wally Punzmann, Dale Jacobsen, Ricky Rose, Jay Maynard, Jordan Irazabal, Sam Mazmanian, Rob Homa, Chad Garner, Larry David, Dave Edmondson, Darryl Antoniw, Will Kendrick, Ricardo Chen, Keith Dickson, Walter Pilley, Michael G. Koerner, Tiger Joe, Jérémie Jean, Craig Powers, Corb Moister Jr. , Kevin Gallagher, Jaska Börner, Lance Tock, Jack Hollingsworth, Michael Flatto, Cam McPhee, Kit Sage, Emily Morgan, Michael Smith, Allison Hoff, Lee Cryer, Steve Hill, Dave Fraser, Brent Kirchner, Rick Trapp, Andrew Osborne, Phillip Mendoza, Daniel Savage, Bruno Vernhes and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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