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    ILLINOIS
     
    Highest 1907-11 pre-state known:  #38207

    Numbering began at 1 each year 1911-67.  All numbers reservable
    at least by 1926.  1911 plate and disc undated.  Dated disc issued
    along with plates 1912-17.  Truck began 1920.

    NUMERIC SERIES
    1911      38055          1928   1-313-133         1945   1512 549*
    1912      67198          1929   1-410-891         1946   1610 032
    1913      94057          1930   1-418-123         1947   1750-414
    1914      99901          1931   1-411-007         1948   1948 805*
    1915      99988          1932   1-300-403         1949   2078 447*
    1916     248390          1933   1-277-003*        1950   2286 337
    1917     338657          1934   1-284-244         1951   2404 733
    1918     388251          1935   1-350-944*        1952   2462 076*
    1919     472179          1936   1-474-441*        1953   2580 021
    1920     493343          1937   1-568-682*        1954   2699 691*
    1921     578548          1938   1578 792*         1955   2848 596
    1922     680-792         1939   1638 759*         1956   2979736*
    1923     840-683         1940   1722 783*         1957   3074445
    1924     976-632         1941   1826 763*         1958   3118894
    1925   1-101-586         1942   1749 341*         1959   3224 011*
    1926   1-179-387         1943   1638 851*         1960   3307 067*
    1927   1-248-408         1944   1515 183

    LETTER SERIES       H0001 - Z9999
    1914   H,K,P,R                        R0832   (130,730 P)
    1915   H,K,P,R,T,U,X,Y (Z expected)   Y9667   (179,648 P)

    1934-35:  Official highway map sent with plates.
    1939-41:  Issued in Chicago and Springfield.
    1956-57:  Aluminum for Mail Order from Springfield, steel for
              office issue in Chicago, etc.

    PRODUCTION FIGURES 1950-57  (#3000000 specially issued 1956)
    1950   2,300,000 P
    1951   2,420,000 P
    1952   2,500,000 P
    1953   2,590,000 P
    1954   2,710,000 P
    1955   2,880,000 P
    1956   2,986,000 P   (1,686,000 P aluminum, 1,300,000 P steel)
    1957   3,080,000 P   (1,680,000 P aluminum, 1,400,000 P steel)

    1961-78 FORMATS    No I,O,Q,Z used.*  No T,U used in 1st position.*
    1961-66   1 - 999 999, AA 1000 - WY 9999      (Capacity 4,185,999)
    1967      1 - 999 999,  AA 100 - WY 9999      (Capacity 4,682,799)
    1968-78   0 - 999 999,    AA 0 - WY 9999      (Capacity 4,710,000+)
     
    1961 LETTTER PROGRESSION                           No I,O,Q,Z used.
    Series 1:  AA-PP (Double letters only)                    (126,000)
    Series 2:  AB-KY (Omitting doubles)  BM,DL omitted.     (1,872,000)
    Series 3:  LA-NY (Omitting doubles)  No R,S,U,V,W used.   (432,000)
                                                      (TOTAL 3,429,999)
    Source:  Troy Tribune newspaper article, August 25, 1960.

    1964 Order:  AA-RD        BM, DL, PM omitted          (3,600,999 P)
                 No R,S,U,V,W in 2nd position of LA-WY series.

    1972 Order:  AA-WY        DL, FU, VD omitted          (4,970,000 P)
                 No U,V in 2nd position of LA-WY series.
     
    OMITTED PREFIXES 
    BM omitted 1961-68, issued 1969-on. (Municipal Bus)
    DL omitted all years.               (Dealer)
    FU issued 1961-71, omitted 1972-on.
    PM omitted 1963-68, issued 1969-on. (Permanently Mounted Equipment)
    ST omitted 1965-68, issued 1969-on. (Semi Trailer) (Verify 1969-71)
    VD issued 1965-71, omitted 1972-on.

    *Letters added as follows:
    1967 - R,S,W in 2nd position in LA-WY series, including RR,SS,WW.
    1969 - T in 1st position.
    1973 - U in 1st position.
    1975 - Y in 1st position.
    1976 - Z in 1st position.


    1961   NP 6343   (3,399,343*)
    1962   PH 7207   (3,499,207*)
    1963   RD 5972   (3,596,972)
    1964   SD 6234   (3,750,234)
    1965   VE 5069   (3,911,069*)  (VN listed in Wheel Tax book)
    1966   WG 3587   (4,080,587)
    1967   SK 1505   (4,228,805*)  (plus VF 2500 - VF 7838)
    1968   SW 8636   (4,348,637)   (plus VF 672 seen on DAV tag)
    1969   TP 3198   (4,523,199*)  (plus VF 426 - VF 4861)
    1970   TW 5545   (4,565,546*)  (plus VF 8092)
    1971   VT 8002   (4,758,003*)
    1972   WX 2838   (4,952,839*)
    1973   UX 1840   (5,151,841*)
    1974   UY 9999   (5,170,000)   (plus YS 6766)
           AAA 100 - AML 471 added (207,372*)
    1975   YT        (5,330,001)   (plus 
    IN, KZ, LZ, OB, QC, QY, SV)
    1976    ZS 165   (5,520,166*)
    1977   ZD 7631   (5,407,632)   (plus OA, OF, OX, YB, ZD, BZ)
    1978   YY 6581   (5,366,582)   (plus ON, QD, YR, JZ, MZ)


    1979-84 BASE                                      All letters used*.
    1979   "SEP 79" Type 1              0 - 999 999        (1,000,000 P)
    1979   "SEP 79" Type 1a          AA 0 - ZY 9999        (4,570,000 P)
    Nov.79 "NOV 80" Type 1b-3  (Previously omitted letters)(2,160,000 P)


    Type 1 "NOV 80"   IC 3006, OP 7391, OW 284, WZ 5370, ZZ 1499

    Type 2  "4 82"    AQ 9842 - HQ 1802, IF 9926
    Type 3  "9 81 "   JQ 4549 - ZQ 1473, IA 8145, IK 2331 - IY 9996,
                      AZ 1160 - RZ 8322, XZ 8823
     
    Apr.82  "4 83"  Type 3a        XAA 0 - ZZZ 999        (2,028,000 P)
    Dec.82 "12 83"  Type 3b      PXJ 784 - PZU 145           (62,362 P)
    Apr.83  "4 84"  Type 3c      NVG 566 -  NZU 30          (117,465 P)
                                                    (TOTAL 9,937,827 P)
    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Dated "79", square corners, Texas dies
    Type 2 - Undated, square corners, Texas dies
    Type 3 - Undated, round corners, Illinois dies

    *Type  1a:     1976 letters assumed used.
     Types 1b-3:   IA-IZ, OA-OZ, QA-QZ, XA-XZ, AI-ZI, AO-ZO, AQ-ZQ,
                   LU-ZU, LV-ZV, AZ-ZZ.
     Types 3a-3c:  All letters used. (Some personalized issued earlier)

    Replaced 1984-86 as follows:  1984 - 0 - 999 999
                                  1985 - AA-MZ, AAA-MZZ
                                  1986 - NA-ZZ, NAA-ZZZ
     

    1983-2002 BASE                                   All letters used.*
    Aug.83  "DEC 83"  Type 1           0 -   999 999      (1,000,000 P)
                      Type 1a       AA 0 -   ZZ 9999      (6,760,000 P)
                      Type 1b      AAA 0 -   PRM 616     (10,594,617 P)
                      Type 2     PSZ 701 -   ZZZ 999      (6,942,299 P)
    Sep.95  "SEP 96"  Type 2a        B 0 -  Z 99 999        (900,000 P)
    Jul.96  "DEC 96"  Type 3   B 100 000 - Y 624 927      (5,924,928 P)
    2001     "07-02"  Type 4    Y62 5616 -  Y67 6125         (50,510 P)
                                                   (TOTAL 32,212,126 P)
    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Dated "83/85, 84/86", small (3" Illinois) legends
    Type 2 - Undated, large legends (3 3/8" Illinois), wide dies
    Type 3 - Undated, large legends, narrow dies
    Type 4 - As Type 3, but new spacing (change reported at Y62 5000)
    (Reported:  Y 506 000 no hologram, Y65 0000 - Y70 0000 hologram)

    Type 1:  AAA 100 - AYB 184 issued first to new registrants.
    *Type 2a letters used:  B,C,D,F,J,S,T,Y,Z
     Type 3 letters used:   B,C,D,F,J,  T,Y
    Type 2a formats:  B 0 - B 9999, B 10 000 - B 99 999
    Previous formats still issued as of 1999.
    Replaced August 2001 to July 2002.
    T sticker issued in some cases.
     

    2002-17 LINCOLN PORTRAIT BASE
    7-17-01  "08-02"  Type 1    100 0001 - 999 9999       (8,999,999 P)
    4-6-06   "12-07"  Type 1a   G10 0001 - Q99 9999      (12,899,986 P)
    10-17-16 "08-17"  Type 1b   ZZ1 1001 - ZU9 3000 (no ZW) (437,996 P)
                                                   (TOTAL 22,337,981 P)
     
    Type 1a letters used:  G,X,A,H,K,L,N,P,R,S,V,E,Y*,Z,Q. (No I,M,O,U,W)
                           *Y only Y70 0000 - Y99 9999
    Type 1b:  Prefixes progress backwards, number progress forwards.

    Renewals received previous formats (0 - 999 999, AA 0 - ZZ 9999,
    AAA 0 - ZZZ 999, B 0 - Z99 999, B00 0000 - Y99 9999) unless
    registrants signed a form to the contrary.  New registrations
    issued 100 0001 series.  For vehicle transfers, registrants may
    keep their old number for a fee or be issued a new number at no
    charge.  Therefore, old combinations have become increasingly
    scarce.  Dealer-issue series began 11/19/2004 at 900 0001.
     
     
    2018-19 NEW LINCOLN BASE
    1-1-17? "01-18" Type 1        AA1 1001 - AF9 9999       (533,994 P)
    2-?-17          Type 2        AG 11001 - AP 76000       (687,993 P)
    2-?-18  "02-19" Type 3        AQ 13774 - AR 11001        (86,227 P)
                                                    (TOTAL 1,334,986 P)
     
    Description of Types:
    Type 1 - Dark gray jacket, old spacing
    Type 2 - Dark gray jacket, new spacing
    Type 3 - Light gray jacket