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    ILLINOIS

    Highest 1907-11 prestate plate known:  #38207

    Numbering began at 1 each year 1911-60.  All numbers reservable
    at least by 1926.  1911 plate and disc undated.  Dated disc issued
    along with plates 1912-17.  TB 1920.

    NUMERIC SERIES
    1911      38055          1928   1-312-676         1945   1512 549*
    1912      67198          1929   1-410-753         1946   1610 032
    1913      94057          1930   1-418-123         1947   1746-876
    1914      99901          1931   1-411-007         1948   1948 805*
    1915      97088          1932   1-300-403         1949   2077 714*
    1916     247002          1933   1-277-003         1950   2286 337
    1917     338657          1934   1-284-244         1951   2402 623
    1918     384763          1935   1-350-944*        1952   2462 076
    1919     461314          1936   1-470-280*        1953   2580 021
    1920     493343          1937   1-568-682*        1954   2699 691*
    1921     574515          1938   1578 792*         1955   2848 596
    1922     680-792         1939   1637 754*         1956   2979736
    1923     840-683         1940   1722 783*         1957   3074445
    1924     971-649         1941   1826 763*         1958   3103713
    1925   1-097-066         1942   1749 341*         1959   3224 011
    1926   1-174-257         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   (176,748 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.  (Bus Municipal)
    DL omitted all years.                (Dealer)
    FH issued 1961-72, assumed omitted 1973-78.        (Verify 1973-78)
    FU issued 1961-71, omitted 1972-on.
    PM omitted 1963-68, issued 1969-on.  (Permanent Machinery)
    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.

                   I   O   Q   U   V   X   Y   Z
    1st position - 76  75  75  --  --  81  74  76
    2nd position - 82  81  82  82  75  --  --  75  (_ = LA-WY only)

     
     
    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 2597   (4,079,597)
    1967   VF 2500   (4,388,200*)
    1968   SW 8636   (4,348,637)
    1969   TP 3198   (4,523,199*)  (VF 426 - 4861 also seen; not counted)
    1970   VF 8092   (4,648,093*)
    1971   VT 8002   (4,758,003*)
    1972   WX  101   (4,950,102*)
    1973   UX 1840   (5,141,841*)  (WS 6454)
    1974   UY 9999   (5,160,000)   (Personalized began; YS 6766 seen)
           AAA 100 - AML 471 added (207,372*)
    1975   YA, YC-YD, YF-YH, YJ, YL-YN, YP, YS-YT,
           IN 5574, KZ, LZ 8810, OB 8592, QC, QY 3086, SV
    1976   YE, YK, YW, YY, ZA, ZC, ZE-ZH, ZJ-ZN, ZP, ZR, ZS 165
    1977   OA, OF, OX, YB, ZD, BZ
    1978   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 - WY 9999        (4,170,000 P)

    Previously omitted letters:                           (2,590,000 P)
    Type 1     IC 3006, IL 1979, OP 7391, QY 3551, ZC 3093, ZX 1371
    Type 1/2   YF 8450, "JUL 80" ZS 4133, "5 82" AQ 9842, WZ 4444,
               "NOV 80" ZZ 2225
    Type 2     IF 9926, "4 82" BQ 1200 - HQ 1802
    Type 3     IA 8145, "6 82" IK 2331 - IY 9996,
               "9 81" OG 3498 - OZ 6409,
               "7 82" QG 3436 - QZ 432, QQ 3252,
               "9 81" XB 9169 - XY 2458, "7 82" BI 6047 - NI 1212,
               "12 81" BO 8832 - JO 7894, "8 82" JQ 4549 - PQ 499,
               RU 3514 - TU 2162, "10 81" FZ 3568 - NZ 740

    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 9,967,827 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:  1973 letters assumed used.
    *Type 3a:  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

    1984-2002 BASE                                   All letters used.*
    Aug.83  "AUG 84"  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.

    2002-14 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 - V56 8876       (9,468,866 P)
                                                   (TOTAL 18,468,865 P)
    Type 1a letters used:  G,X,A,H,K,L,N,P,R,S,V
    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 will become increasingly
    scarce.  Dealer-issue series began 11/19/04 at 900 0001.

       WALDALE LTD.                  MACON RESOURCES  2-8-02 "04-03"
    100 0001 - 295 0000 (1,950,000)  295 0001 - 317 8000   (228,000)
    317 8001 - 342 0000   (242,000)  342 0001 - 359 5000   (175,000)
    359 5001 - 465 3000 (1,058,000)  465 3001 - 510 3000   (450,000)
    510 3001 - 552 7000   (424,000)
    All old formats
                  (TOTAL 3,674,000)                  (TOTAL 853,000)

    As of 7/1/07, Waldale ended at X58 8000, returned to Macon.

    OTHER VARIATIONS
    Type 1:  Steel, thick bottom band  100 0001 - 555 0000  (4,550,000)
                                      (also all old formats)
    Type 2:  Steel, thin bottom band   555 0001 - 664 1000  (1,091,000)
            (Reported 11/18/03)
    Type 3:  As Type 2, but aluminum   664 1001 -
            (Reported 6/?/04)

    Y601 ---, Y609 --- in old spacing; 7160884 no space.
    Wider font seen "08-05".