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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...

Jesse Wodstrchill, Charles Humphrey, Michael Smith, Dave Fraser, Brent Kirchner, Chan, Chad Garner, Sam Mazmanian, Dave Edmondson, Keith Dickson, Bradley Gallagher, Christopher Fancher, Lance Tock, Kyle Wasson, Kyle Salesky, Kevin Gallagher, Paul Breland, Larry David, Corb Moister Jr. , Chris Buonanno, Vincent Perillo, Walter Pilley, Mark Wegner, Christian Ponce, Jérémie Jean, Andy DeCeunynck, Jordan Irazabal, Jesus Alexis Valentin, Charlie Li, Steve Grandi, Creighton Rabs, Xavier Dubé, Bruno Vernhes, T.D. Goodman, Eric Tanner, Bill Z, Xavier FitzSimons, Kit Sage, Derreck Cole, Paul Lethbridge, Joshua Fickett, Andrew Osborne, Darryl Antoniw, Steve Hill, Rick Trapp, Jay Maynard, David Royer, Cam McPhee, Michael Flatto, Tiger Joe, Neal Evenhuis, Johnathan Baker, Nate Gee and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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