Rick Kretschmer's License Plate Archives
Gallery of Illinois License Plates
Standard-issue passenger car plates issued 1911 to present
Now up to 98 years in my collection; 106 of 108 years shown on this page.
Latest noteworthy updates to this page
- February 1, 2017 – Replaced photo of someone else's 1927
plate with a photo of one I've added to my collection. Added a placeholder for a 2018
- August 27, 2016 – Added a photo of a 2016 plate.
- February 11, 2016 – Added a photo of a 1912 plate.
Replaced photo of someone else's 1913 plate with a photo of one I've added to my
collection. Replaced photo of a rusty, paintless 1914 plate with a photo of a repainted
1914 plate. Added placeholder for 2017 plate.
This page will eventually show one Illinois passenger car plate for each year they've been issued, featuring plates
from my collection. Illinois is my wife Debbie's home state.
If you have, or can take, a digital photo of a plate from a year not shown below, send it to me in an
e-mail attachment. I'll add it to this page, and will credit you for
submitting it. For any plates dated 1955 or earlier, please also provide me with the dimensions of the plate, so
that I may make the size of the image in proportion to the others.
The 1911 plate (which is undated) is badly discolored; it should have a white background.
The 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1923, and 1930 plates have been repainted. Some of these
plates have reasonably accurate colors, while others do not. In particular, the shade of the 1918 plate is
quite different than the original paint.
The background of the 1916 plate was repainted with red primer paint; the correct color is silver. However,
the numbers on this plate still have their original black paint.
(1911 – Cochran photo / plate;
1912 and 1914 – Likar photos / plates;
1915, 1918, 1921, and 1923 – Podlesak photos / plates;
1917 – Brower photo / plate.)
Thanks to those who have directly contributed to the information on this page:
David Brower, Howard and Marilyn Podlesak, Eric Cochran, and Dan Likar.
Brower, Podlesak, Cochran, and Likar photos are presumed to be copyrighted by
David Brower, Howard and Marilyn Podlesak, Eric Cochran, and Dan Likar, respectively,
and are used with permission.
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