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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...

T.D. Goodman, Brian Lasaine, Andrew Osborne, Derreck Cole, Chandru Vittal, Michael Flatto, Steve Hill, Lance Tock, Michael Smith, Keith Dickson, Allison Hoff, Bruno Vernhes, Craig Powers, Dave Edmondson, Sam Mazmanian, Paul Kowalski, Tom Kautz, Darryl Antoniw, Johnathan Baker, Emily Morgan, Will Kendrick, Peter Cinquegrana, Ricky Rose, Neal Evenhuis, Bradley Gallagher, Mike Fox, Tiger Joe, Nate Gee, Kyle Wasson, Michael G. Koerner, Cam McPhee, Charles Humphrey, Will Enser, Jérémie Jean, Brent Kirchner, Chad Garner, Walter Pilley, Eric Jones, Corb Moister Jr. , Jay Maynard, Jordan Irazabal, Jack McGee, Mike Gallop, François-Pierre Doyon, Walter Moneypenny, Dave Fraser, Daniel Savage, Larry David, Ed Richter and Kit Sage.

How about you?

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