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Penn State License Plates: The Best Of The Best

Sure, tons of us are dedicated to Dear Old State and Happy Valley. We flaunt our blue and white apparel and paraphernalia — but how many of us are dedicated enough to pimp our ride with Penn State pride? As it turns out, more than you think. We asked to see your best Penn State license plates, and with more than 100 submissions, you delivered. Though every plate was impressive, here are the best.

The Classics

Penn State is a huge university, resulting in a massive alumni network. And proud alums, at that! Because there is a pool of older Penn Staters, we received some vintage and classic cars sporting blue and white pride.

Eric M Hite’s 1969 Buick LeSabre. (Photo: Eric M Hite)

“I’ve been a State College local all of my life so PSU is in my blood. Another huge passion of mine is classic cars. You can see me driving my 1969 Buick LeSabre through campus when the weathers nice and I have time to take it for a spin,” shares Hite. “The day before I started my freshman year, I affixed a PSU license plate to the front of it so that whenever I take it to car shows, people know my allegiance is with the blue and white!”

Paul B. Anderson’s 2014 Stingray, flaunting a “WE ARE” license plate. (Photo: Paul B. Anderson)

“Here’s a picture of my 2014 Stingray with a custom PSU wind deflector & “WE ARE” Tennessee PSU Alumni license plate. I have six active TN PSU tags but this is the only personalized one,” Anderson shares. “I love pulling in front of other B1G marked cars (especially OSU’ers in minivans) and letting them see the logo before zooming away.”

Every State Can Rep Pennsylvania State

Think only Pennsylvania residents are sporting Penn State plates? Think again. Blue and white pride is national.

Danny Vance, a graduate from the IST Class of 2013, is proud to represent Penn State in Virginia. (Photo: Danny Vance)

“I got this license plate as soon as I graduated from Penn State in 2013. So now everyone knows what I am all about in the DMV area,” shares Vance.

Nick Panucci is proud to cruise his PSU ride around New Hampshire. (Photo: Nick Panucci)

“I got this plate because when I moved from Pittsburgh to New Hampshire I felt like there were not many PSU fans around and I wanted to show everyone where I am from!” Panucci says.

Nils K. Johannessen, hailing from Norway, is proud of both his home country and his alma mater. (Photo: Nils K. Johannessen)

“I’m a Proud Norwegian-American with Viking blood who loves Penn State!!! So PSUVKNG it is!”

Steve Jarosz enjoys flaunting his blue and white pride in Ohio. (Photo: Steve Jarosz)

“PSU plate on my ride, because I live in Ohio, smack dab in the middle of Buckeye country and I need to express my PSU pride on a daily basis!”

Drew Wolos takes the chilly snow of Iowa and warms it up with some PSU pride. (Photo: Drew Wolos)

“The main reason I got my custom plates was because of the great memories that I made while was an undergrad at PSU. Now every day when I get into my car, I am reminded of those four great years,” explains Wolos.

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Lance Maynard is proud to show off blue and white pride all the way in Alaska. (Photo: Lance Maynard)

“Grew up in Happy Valley and my mom still lives there. Bring my kids back for games every couple years! We will be at the white out game this year! PSU proud!”

409 Forever

Ashley DelSignore is proud of Joe Paterno’s legacy, and wants everyone cruising down the highway to know! (Photo: Ashley DelSignore )

“I got this in the middle of all the turmoil, which hit me really hard,” DelSignore explains. “I was desperate to do anything to show my support for JoePa and his legacy. With the wins now restored, it’s turned into more of a celebratory plate than a statement one. Still love it.”


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David Frantz poses with Joe Paterno himself, showing off his license plate. (Photo: David Frantz)

“The license plate in the attached picture never actually made it on to my car, but it has a good story behind it. A family friend gave me an old license plate of his which read “JOEPA” for my graduation from high school in 2006. Three years later on the day before the 2009 game against Iowa, I was lucky enough to get a picture with Coach Paterno and the plate (he really liked it).”

Kyle Kensinger is a JoePa fan, proud to flaunt “PSU 409” on every road. (Photo: Kyle Kensinger)

“My wife surprised me with these tags a few years ago. I get more than a few smiles and waves from other drivers who sport PSU decor on their vehicles.”

All Decked Out

Some of us like to go above and beyond. Here are some Penn Staters who not only customized their license plate, but jazzed up their entire vehicle with blue and white pride.

John Cohrac’s Jeep appears to be ready for a great tailgate! (Photo: John Cohrac)
Paul Frankhouser truly went above and beyond when pimping out his ride. From bumper stickers to the nittany lion on top, this ride screams “WE ARE!” (Photo: Paul Frankhouser)
Todd Speck, 1982 grad of Penn Tech, is more than proud of Penn State. (Photo: Todd Speck)

“I bought my tailgating vehicle from a person in Philadelphia who owned a car graphics shop in 2010. Prior to picking it up we worked a deal out to have these Penn State “Pride” graphics put on the Durango. I was pleasantly surprised when I requested the license plate and it was available and the rest is history.”

From the deep blue paint to the bumper stickers, Anne Kopanski’s ride is perfectly Penn State. (Photo: Anne Kopanski)

“I’m a proud 2008 grad. When I moved to Virginia this year and found out how easy they make it to get a personalized tag, I just couldn’t resist satisfying a life long urge,” explains Kopanski. “The “akk” part is my initials and, as you can see, I’m proudly supporting our school and JoePa. One time in traffic, I pulled up next to a car with more magnets than me. The driver and I made eye contact and we did the “We Are” chant through two rolled up windows. Totally made my day.”

Blue Band Pride 

Number one on the field, in the country, and in our hearts. What’s not to support?

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Ryan Steigerwalt was able to express his Blue Band pride in both Pennsylvania and Delaware. (Photos: Ryan Steigerwalt)
“As a member of the Blue Band (Trombone) during my four years at Penn State I held the Pennsylvania plate. Upon graduation (IST major) in 2013, my job took me to Delaware where I was able to get the Delaware one. I have had numerous people comment and even take pictures of the plate on my car (both parked and while driving),” Steigerwalt shares. “Looking forward to another great season for the band and football team.  WE ARE!”

For The Kids

Penn Staters aren’t just proud about football and tailgating. THON brings a large sense of pride to many.

Kaitlyn Shifflet ‘s ride is all about THON. “4THEKDS!” (Photo: Kaitlyn Shifflet)

“I have a Four Diamonds license plate because I was a part of THON in high school and then Penn state brought a new aspect of THON into my life. I danced in 2011 and then I ended up going on to work as a nurse I’m the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Children’s hospital,” shares Shifflet.


There you have it. Just a handful of some of the Penn State license plates that blew us away. If these inspired you, perhaps it’s time to consider pimping your own ride with some blue and white pride?

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Carolyn Popescu

Current senior studying Advertising and Visual Arts, Carolyn has a passion for entertainment and music. She also loves photography, film, graphic design, social media, and all things in between. She's the current Sony Music Marketing Representative for State College, so be sure to reach out to her with any local music scene questions, ideas, proposals, or if you just need someone to geek out about music with.

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