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Illinois: Passenger

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.  1-250-000 issued 1927.

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   1753-118*
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     501972          1937   1-569-302*        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:     Chicago branch office began.
1934-35:  Official highway map sent with plates.

PRODUCTION FIGURES (#3000000 specially issued 1956)
1919     480,000 P
1920     518,700 P
1924     990,000 P   1933   1,300,000 P   1950   2,300,000 P
1925   1,100,000 P   1934   1,300,000 P
1926   1,200,000 P   1935   1,352,000 P   1951   2,420,000 P
1927   1,255,000 P   1936   1,475,000 P   1952   2,500,000 P
1928   1,315,000 P   1937   1,575,000 P   1953   2,590,000 P
1929   1,415,000 P   1938   1,570,000 P   1954   2,710,000 P
1930   1,475,000 P   1939   1,640,000 P   1955   2,880,000 P
1931   1,425,000 P   1940   1,735,000 P   1956   2,986,000 P
1932   1,400,000 P   1941   1,850,000 P   1957   3,080,000 P
                     1942   1,750,000 P
                     1945   1,527,500 P
                     1946   1,648,700 P


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)
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 6500   (3,399,500*)
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, WA 2824)
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   TX 2922   (4,572,923*)  (plus VF 8092)
1971   VT 8002   (4,758,003*)  (Plain 0 added)
1972   WX 2838   (4,952,839*)  (Plain 00, 000, 0000 added)
1973   UX 1840   (5,151,841*)
1974   UY 9999   (5,170,000)   (plus YS 6766)
       AAA 100 - AML 471 added (207,372*) (assuming no I,O,Q,U,V,Z)
1975   YT        (5,330,001)   (plus 
IN, KZ, LZ, OB, QC, QY, SV, YK 3605)
1976    ZS 165   (5,520,166*)  (QC = Quad Cities)
1977   ZM 1495   (5,481,496)   (plus OA, OF, OX, YB, BZ)
1978   ZG 6047   (5,436,048)   (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     PSE 696 -   ZZZ 999      (6,963,304 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.
 

2002-19 LINCOLN PORTRAIT BASE
7-11-01  "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.
 
 
2017-20 NEW LINCOLN BASE               No I,O used.  BJ,BS omitted.
11-?-16 "11-17" Type 1        AA1 1001 - AF9 9999       (533,994 P)
 1-3-17         Type 2        AG 11001 - AP 76000       (687,993 P)
 3-1-18 "02-19" Type 3        AP 76001 - CD 80519     (3,204,483 P)
                                                (TOTAL 4,426,470 P)
 
Description of Types:
Type 1 - Dark gray jacket, old spacing
Type 2 - Dark gray jacket, new spacing
Type 3 - Light gray jacket
 
Before Type 3 issued, random 6-digit plates issued off-center right
to use up old sheeting, whereas remakes for renewals are centered.