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    NEW YORK

    Highest 1903-10 prestate plate known:  #107365
    Highest 1903-10 prestate disc known:  #108158
    #108401 highest issued as of the final month, July 1910.
     

    1910-15

    1910-12 plates are undated.  Commercial began 1913.

    1912 "A" prefix believed to be passenger, issued after 6 digits

    discontinued.  New York Times article 9/14/1912 lists registrations

    issued as of 8/31/1912 = #101095.  #103680 issued 9/23/1912.

    1910   1 -  999, 3000 -  60557                            (58,557 P)
    1911   1 -  999, 3000 -  84294                            (82,294 P)
    1912   1 -  999, 3000 - 105731, A1 - A1310               (105,041 P)
    1913   1 -  999, 3000 -  99850, A1 - E1826 (A,B,D,E)     (129,673*P)
    1914   1 - 5999, 8000 -  99437, A1 - F4914 (A,B,C,D,E,F) (152,346 P)
    1915   1 -  999, 3000 -  99091, A1 - Y2985 (A,B,D,E,F,H,

                                                K,R,S,V,X,Y) (210,065*P)


    NON-PASSENGER TYPES
    DEALER:      1910-13, 1915  M1000 - M2999, 1914  M6000 - M7999
    COMMERCIAL:  1913  C1 - C9999, 10000 - 19999, 1914-15  1 - 29999
    TEMPORARY:   1912  O1 - O500
    RESERVED:    1914  A1 - C99, A01 - A09, C01 - C09
     

    1916-17

           1916 ALLOCATION             1916 SEEN         1917 SEEN
     1 -  1-000,  18-001 -  95-000      157-404*      26-222 -  175-227*
    A1 - A1-000, A10-001 - A57-000      A81-721      A11-226 - A105-697
    B1 - B1-000, B10-001 - B67-000      B93-582      B14-437 - B118-125
                          (184,000)    (297,707*)        (352,167*)

     

    1917:  NYC added reserved series D1 - D1-000; A,B,C already issued.

           Source:  Orange County Times-Press, 2/16/1917.

           Unknown series #449-141 also seen.

           Also seen 107-736, 114-166, B108-267, B109-338.


    NON-PASSENGER TYPES
    COMMERCIAL:  See Truck page

    DEALER:   1916 M1-001 - M3-000 allocated, 1916 M564 - M943 also seen,

              1917 M1-751 - M3-184 seen
    OMNIBUS:  1917 4-434, A3-713 - A3-826, B3-781 - B5-232,

                   O5-783 - O23-906, O109-091 seen
    TRAILER:  1917  310-009 - 310-065, 320-072 - 320-215 seen
     

    1918-21

     

     TYPE              1918          1919          1920          1921
     PASS. RESERVED      178         1-074           382           434

    (NYC DISTRICT)       382         1-952         1-267         1-470
     DEMONSTRATION     2-633         2-520         2-245         2-852

    ("DEALER" 1920)    6-318         5-794         5-585         7-094
     PASSENGER         9-559        10-891         9-827        10-350

    (NYC DISTRICT)    44-263        48-055        46-819        49-619
     OMNIBUS         O50-675       O52-571       O59-159       O50-584

                     O92-666       O94-015       O94-949       O96-562
     PASSENGER       101-317       101-347       102-469       107-535

    (NYC DISTRICT)   212-719*      239-844*      267-913*      297-618

     PASSENGER       400-742       401-153       400-985       401-481

    (B DISTRICT)     523-463       546-785       583-243*      594-502
     PASSENGER       600-119       600-008       600-053       600-344

    (A DISTRICT)     704-876       724-626       733-581       780-629

     COMMERCIAL      804-013       801-986       801-235       822-504

                     894-446       905-481       978-206       981-798
     TRAILER         920-285       920-346       993-363       993-265

                     920-595       920-805       996-265       996-528

                     930-238       930-128

                     930-339       930-899                            
    (PASS. TOTAL)   (373,793*)    (446,794)     (519,112)     (603,699)
     

    RESERVED LETTER SERIES LISTED  (All start at #1)

    (R = Rochester, S = Schenectady)

                       1918          1919          1920

    NYC DISTRICT      D2-000        D2-000        D2-000

                      E1-000        E1-000,H,K    E1-000,H,K

                                                   G-500,J,L,T,V,X,Y

    A DISTRICT        A2-000        A1-000,S        ?

    B DISTRICT        B2-000        B1-000,R        ?

                      (7,000)       (9,000)       (8,500+)

     

    Source:  New York Evening Telegram, 2/3/1918, 8/12/1919, 3/13/1920.


    RESERVED LETTER SERIES SEEN
    1918-20   A1-309*
    1920        P961
    1921      A1-063, B1984, M104, N792, P866, W382, Z53

     

    1922-24

    County assignments 1922-24 on file.
    1922:  County assignments began, reserved letter plates dropped,
           Official (public-owned cars - state, county, city) began.
           Supplemental assignments for Ulster Co. up to 796-700
           listed in period news articles.

    TYPE                  1922                    1923                    1924
    Official              1 -     2-000           1 -     2-000           1 -     2-000
    Demonstration     2-001 -     6-999       2-001 -     6-999       2-001 -     8-000
    Omnibus         O50-000 -   O88-476*    O50-561 -   O89-101*     O8-001 -   O52-625*
    Passenger         7-000 -    49-999       7-001 -    49-999      60-001 - 1-261-184*
                    100-000 -   798-248     100-001 -   800-000
                  1-001-234 - 1-060-665*    870-901 -   999-489
                                          1-200-098 - 1-229-813
                                          1-401-013 - 1-524-300*
    Commercial      800-000 -   987-616*    800-001 -   867-771   1-500-001 - 1-766-920*
                                          1-000-001 - 1-168-447*
    Trailer         993-000 -   997-350*  1-300-215 - 1-302-999   2-001-179 - 2-003-815
     

    1925-38

    County assignments 1925-70 on file (no 1943).

    1925:  Albany Mayor Gillmore assigned Official plate #14-44, not #A.

    1925-28 FORMATS
    1925-28:  1A-1 - 1A-99, 1A-1-00 - 1A-9-99, 1A-10-00 - 9A-99-99
    1927-28:   A-1 -  A-99,  A-1-00 -  A-9-99,  A-10-00 -  A-99-99

    2nd Format added gradually:  1927 X,Z, 1928 A,C,D,E,K,L,N,S,T,V,Y,
                                 1929 B,F,M,P,R, 1930 H,J.

    1929 FORMATS    A/1  1 - A/1  999, A/1 10-00 - A/9 99-99
                    A/   1 - A/   999, A/  10-00 - A/  99-99

    1930 FORMATS       A 1 -  A 999, A 10-00 - A 99-99
                      1A 1 - 1A 999, 1A10-00 - 9A99-99

    1931-38 FORMATS    A-1 -  A-999, A-10-00 - A-99-99
                      1A-1 - 1A-999, 1A10-00 - 9A99-99

    1931:  10-A-1 - 10-A-99 (100 by 1933) format added.
    1932:  Only I,O omitted, 1 - 100 reserved in all series,
           AA-1 - AA-99 (100 by 1933) format added.
    1934:  A, 1-A - 100-A added.  NYC added (NY in 1935).


           ASSIGNED     LETTERS OMITTED                   ASSIGNED
    1925   1,491,753*   G,I,O,Q,R,U,W,X,Z          1932   1,973,336*
    1926   1,685,684*   G,I,O,Q,R,U,W              1933   1,970,161*
    1927   1,729,829*   G,I,O,Q,R,U,W              1934   1,893,766
    1928   1,822,770*   G,I,O,Q,R,U,W              1935   1,972,582
    1929   1,949,395*   G,I,O,Q,U,W  (W seen)      1936   2,010,304
    1930   1,999,902*   G,I,O,Q,W    (W seen)      1937   2,153,185
    1931   2,179,517*   I,O,Q                      1938   2,266,523*

     

    1939-56

    1939-56 FORMATS
    STANDARD:   A-101 -  A-999, A-10-00 - A-99-99, (201 1948-56)
               1A-101 - 1A-999, 1A10-00 - 9A99-99  (201 1948-56)
    Added:  1942  AA10-00 - AA99-99
            1952  10-00-A - 99-99-A, 10-00AA - 99-99AA

    RESERVED:  A-1 - A-100, 1A-1 - 9A-100, A, 1-A - 100-A,
               AA, AA-1 - AA-999, 1-AA - 9-AA, AAA, AAA-1 - AAA-99,
              (1948-56 increased to 1 - 200 in all standard series)
    Added:  1940  10-AA - 99-AA, 1942  100-AA, 1947  101-AA - 999-AA,
            1946  AAA100 - AAA999, 1947  1-AAA - 10-AAA,
            1948  11-AAA - 99-AAA, 1956  100AAA - 999AAA,
            1951  101-A - 999-A, 2WE-1 - 9WE-100

    No I,O used (except O, O-1 - O-9 and O in 2-letter series).
    1948 1F98-71 seen beyond assignment.
     

    1957-73
                      
    1957-73 FORMATS
    STANDARD:   A,   A-1 -  A-9999,   1-A -  9999-A,  1A-1 - 9A-9999
    RESERVED:  AA,  AA-1 - AA-9999,  1-AA - 9999-AA, 2WE-1 - 9WE-100
              AAA, AAA-1 - AAA-999, 1-AAA - 999-AAA

    No I,O used (except O, O-1 - O-9 and O in 2-letter series).
    1958 7J-1840, 9X-2855 seen beyond assignment.
    1966-73 base replaced during 1973.

    TABS/DECALS       ASSIGNED         OBSERVED     NON-PASSENGER
    1943 TAB        Not numbered                      Red/Gold
    1949 TAB     1000001 - 4170500*               All Years 1949-65:
    1952 TAB     1000001 - 5371085*                     1 -  999999,
    1954 TAB     1000001 - 4606800     4642907    8000001 - 9700000
    1956 TAB     1000001 - 5133200*
    1959 TAB     1000001 - 5109500*
    1961 TAB     1000001 - 5653000*
    1963 TAB     1000001 - 5942200*    6022449*
    1965 STICKER 1000001 - 6450000*
     

    1974-PRESENT

    1974-88 ORANGE BASE     All letters used.  No I,O,Q on 7-figure.
    1-2-73  "1-74"  Type 1       51-AAA -  999-YZZ    (Types 1-2
    1979            Type 2      220-UYD -  454-WZB     15,714,366 P)
    1980            Type 2a    1000-AAA - 2015-BUP     (8,371,016 P)
    1984            Type 2b    1000-TAA - 9293-TCS       (557,294 P)
                                       (TOTAL STANDARD 24,642,676 P)

    Description of Types:  Type 1 - 1973-79 dies
                           Type 2 - 1987-2003 Liberty dies

    Types 1-2:  Early issues have non-serif "I".
                County assignments on file.  ZAA-ZZZ = Rental Car.
    Type 2a:  ASS, BLC, BRA omitted.
              County assignments on file to 9999-BUE. (BUR reported)
              GAM (mistaken AGM) issued in Nassau County.
    Type 2b:  Issued by new car dealers. (TCX reported)

    Reserved numbers:  1 - 50 in all Type 1 series. (878,800 P cap.)
    County clerk series:  All 1957-73 formats (168,083 P, list on file)
    Replaced September 1986 through 7/31/1988.

    1987-2003 LIBERTY BASE                           No I,O,Q used.*
    7-1-86   Type 1:  Steel      AAA 100 - YZZ 999    (11,902,500 P)
    Sep.88   Type 1a             2AA 100 - 9YZ 999     (3,643,200 P)
    Jan.91   Type 1b             A2A 100 - Y9Z 999     (3,477,600 P)
    Feb.93   Type 1c             A10 0AA - A86 5EL        (92,566 P)
    1993     Type 2:  Aluminum   A96 1SV - Z99 9ZZ    (10,622,739 P)
    4-25-99  Type 2a             AA1 00A - GS7 14E     (3,171,315 P)
                                                (TOTAL 33,144,915 P)

    *Type 1:  No I,O,Q used except in 1st position.
    *Type 1b:  No U used in 1st position.

    Numbers always progress before letters, regardless of position.
    ZAA-ZZZ = Rental Car.  VAA-VZZ, XAA-XZZ issued by dealers.
    Limited Use:  2LU 100 - 2LU 999 (small statue at left).
    Any 1974-86 number could be reserved for $15 extra; most have
    small statue at far left, some with thinner dies.
    GS9 99E highest reserved for regular issue, plus GS1 00J to
    GS9 00J, even hundreds only.
    Replaced February 2001 to January 2003.  Last valid display date
    4/30/2003.

    2003-11 EMPIRE STATE BASE                         No I,O,Q used.
    1-2-2001                    ACA-1000 - EZD-1811   (22,230,812 P)

    Sample ABC-2345. (Verify BSA-BSZ, BUA-BUZ) See omitted prefixes.
    Issued only to new registrations until February 2001.
    Any 1987-2003 number could be reserved for $20 extra; some have
    unusual spacing (Y748-SY, ED28-1Y).

     

    2011-17 GOLD BASE                                 No I,O,Q used.

    4-1-2010                    FAB-1000 - HHA-4655   (10,965,656 P)