Highs & a few Lows for the
Arizona Plates, 1912-1936

 

Everyone knows the lowest-numbered plate made, it's
usually #1. The highest numbers will never be known since
actual plate production statistics are not known to exist. So to
get some idea of how high plate numbers reached, one needs
to keep track of the highs. Some of the highs are unissued
plates that were never registered to vehicles. Plate
overproduction was common in Arizona and at times exceeded
the actual vehicle registration figures by 25% or more.

The tables that follow show the highest numbers known
for every year from prestate to 1958. With the exception of
1912-21, and 1947, all other plate numbers are from actual sightings.
1912-21 are documented Motor Vehicle statistics. 1914 and 1917
are from unissued plates that were known to exist at one time.
Blank cells mean that no sightings from that county/year have
taken place as of yet.
Many of the figures are very beatable while others will
be difficult to surpass.

If you happen to have any plates that top the charts, feel free to
contact me at
AzPlates@Yahoo.com and updates will be made.

Special thanks goes out to Wally Punzmann and Eric Tanner
for their efforts in getting these highs all started.

 

1915 plate with auto

This #7159, is near the top of the 1915 registrations.
Photo was taken on Yarnell Hill, between Wickenburg and Prescott, Az.


Credit: Photo from the collection of Desert Caballeros Western Museum,
Wickenburg, Arizona



The last prestate ,#3584, was issued on 11/24/13. Total prestate registrations included all commercial vehicles and motorcycles.
1912-13 "Prestate"
3584
 


'21 High ( pvt )

1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921
5050 7325 12124 19999 24300 28979 34619 35117
         
         
         
   
         
   
         
         
1914 1915 1916 1917 1920 1921
277 64 84 40 40 11

Above are the LOWEST numbers known for passenger plates for these six years.
CLICK on 1921 for LARGER IMAGE.
( 1914 and 1916 from private collections, 1915: John Spindler collection, 1917 John Willard
collection, 1920: Paul DeBelling collection, 1921: Karl Runkle collection )

For 1917, Dealers used the 100-200 block of which 2 are known. No 1917 passenger
plates were produced using numbers from that same block.

 

County 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928
Maricopa 1-14365 1-17984 1-20864 1-25112 1-28917 1-31050 1-40077
Cochise 2-4151 2-5723 2-6722 2-7390 2-7821 2-8434 2-8376
Pima 3-4629 3-5600 3-7300 3-8060 3-8833 3-10024 3-11826
Gila 4-2651 4-3700 4-5055 4-5867 4-6568 4-6847 4-7269
Yavapai 5-2299 5-4125 5-4999 5-5585 5-6754 5-7584 5-7900
Yuma 6-1762 6-2270 6-2636 6-2986 6-3366 6-3653 6-4155
Pinal 7-1284 7-1713 7-2107 7-3117 7-3375 7-4005 7-2033
Graham 8-1067 8-1297 8-1389 8-1799 8-1796 8-1900 8-2197
Santa Cruz 9-605 9-316 9-1281 9-1205 9-1637 9-727 9-1391
Mohave 10-1237 10-1497 10-1446 10-1216 10-1090 10-1385 10-1616
Coconino 11-1123 11-1523 11-1791 11-1748 11-2472 11-2541 11-2894
Navajo 12-1062 12-1337 12-1694 12-1842 12-2299 12-1918 12-2235
Apache 14-336 14-545 14-618 14-670 14-543 14-813 14-1131
Greenlee 13-490 13- 15-481 15-1060 15-1132 15-1293 15-1108


Greenlee started off with the 13 prefix and switched to 15 in 1924.

    Click on Image to view one of Greenlee County's first registrations
with their new County 15 prefix in January 1924.
Thank you Ronald Shortridge for sharing your family document!.
       

All Counties from 1922 thru 1928 started at 100, i.e. Pima's first plate was # 3-100. Click here

for 1923 Newspaper article ( article contained an error on Yuma County reference )

Thanks again to Eric Tanner for his historical contribution!





1929 Santa Cruz

1931 Apache



1931 Greenlee

This 1931 Greenlee County is the highest known of all the 1931 plates.


1937-1958 Highs

CLICK on Steerhead