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Current Illinois license plate

The U.S. state of Illinois first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1907. Registrants had to provide their own license plates for display until 1911, when the state began to supply plates. Plates were issued annually until 1978.

Early history[edit]

Automobile owners in Illinois were first required to register their vehicles with the Secretary of State's office in 1907, paying a one-time registration fee of $2. Registrants were issued a numbered aluminum disc to place on their dashboard, but they had to provide their own license plates. Annual registration commenced in 1909.

The state began to issue license plates in 1911. Front and rear plates were required each year, along with an aluminum dashboard disc whose number matched the serial on the plate. The legislation authorizing the state issuance of license plates also provided for the registration and plating of motorcycles, and issued special licenses and plates to mechanics and chauffeurs.

Serials were all-numeric and originally ran to five digits. When 99999 was reached in 1914 and 1915, serials with one letter and four digits were issued. Six-digit all-numeric serials were introduced in 1916, followed in 1925 by seven-digit serials. Aluminum dashboard discs were discontinued after 1917.

1920 marked the first year that plates were issued to different classes of vehicles. Only two general classes were specified, vehicles carrying less than seven people and those that carried more than seven people or carried freight. Trucks received their own special plate for the first time with a vertical "TRUCK" embossed onto the plate. Four years later, the first plates for trailers were issued.

Modern history[edit]

In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles (except those for motorcycles) at 6 inches (15 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width, with standardized mounting holes.[1] The 1956 (dated 1957) issue was the first Illinois license plate that fully complied with these standards: the 1955 (dated 1956) issue was 6 inches in height by 12 inches in width, but had non-standard mounting holes.

Passenger baseplates[edit]

1907 to 1978[edit]

Image First issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
Illinois - 1907 license plate - 449.jpg 1907 - 1910 Black on white; vertical "ILL" at right none 12345 1 to ? Plates were owner provided during this period with the motorist only provided a small seal, issued by the state, stamped with the vehicle registration number. Most plates were metal or leather. The year was not required on plate, and pairs were required all years.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1911 Black on white; vertical "ILL" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 38000 No year stamped on plate.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1912 White on black; "ILL 1912" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 68000 Front plate with screening to allow air flow to radiator; rear plate solid.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1913 White on dark blue; "ILL 13" at right none 12345 1 to approximately 94000 Front plate is die cut (stencil) to allow air flow to radiator; rear plate solid.
Illinois 1914 68929.jpg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1914 Green on white; "ILL 14" at right none 12345
A1234
Front plates had vertical slits between the characters of the serial; this practice continued until 1919.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Illinois - 1915 license plate.jpg 1915 Dark blue on yellow; "ILL 15" at right none 12345
A1234
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Illinois 1916 130073.jpg 1916 Black on silver with border line; "ILL 16" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 249000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1917 White on black with border line; "ILL 17" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 339000 Last year in which aluminum dashboard discs were required.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1918 Blue on gray with border line; "ILL 18" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 387000
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 1919 White on brown with border line; "ILL 19" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 473000
Illinois - 1920 license plate.jpg 1920 Black on orange with border line; "ILL 20" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 494000
Illinois - 1921 license plate.jpg 1921 White on black with border line; "ILL 21" at right none 123456 1 to approximately 579000
Illinois - 1922 license plate.jpg 1922 Black on gray with border line; "ILL 22" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 681-000
Illinois - 1923 license plate.jpg 1923 White on green with border line; "ILL 23" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 841-000
Illinois 1924 198-565.jpg 1924 Deep yellow on black with border line; "ILL 24" at right none 123-456 1 to approximately 977-000
Illinois 1925 24-086.jpg 1925 White on brown with border line; "ILL 25" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-102-000
Illinois - 1926 license plate.jpg 1926 White on dark blue with border line; "ILL 26" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-180-000
1927 IL passenger plate.jpg 1927 Black on orange with border line; embossed state shape at right containing debossed "ILL 27" in orange none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-249-000
Illinois - 1928 license plate.jpg 1928 White on maroon with border line; "ILL 28" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-313-000
Illinois - 1929 license plate.jpg 1929 Red on black with border line; "ILL 29" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-411-000
Illinois 1930 522-110.jpg 1930 White on black with border line; "ILL 30" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-418-000
Illinois 1931 1-237-904.jpg 1931 Black on light green with border line; "ILL 31" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-411-000
Illinois - 1932 license plate.jpg 1932 Golden yellow on dark blue with border line; "ILL 32" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-301-000
Illinois - 1933 license plate.jpg 1933 White on dark blue with border line; "ILL 33" at right none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-277-000
Illinois - 1934 license plate.jpg 1934 Yellow on black with border line; "ILLINOIS-1934" at bottom none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-285-000 First use of the full state name.
Illinois - 1935 license plate.jpg 1935 Blue on white with border line; "ILLINOIS-1935" at top none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-351-000
Illinois - 1936 license plate.jpg 1936 White on black with border line; "ILLINOIS-1936" at bottom none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-475-000
Illinois 1937 1-221-737.jpg 1937 Black on yellow with border line; "19 - ILLINOIS - 37" at top none 1-234-567 1 to approximately 1-569-000
Illinois - 1938 license plate.jpg 1938 White on green; "ILLINOIS 38" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1579 000
Illinois 1939 969 850.jpg 1939 Yellow on black; "ILLINOIS 39" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1639 000
Illinois 1940 1343 184.jpg 1940 Cream on brown; "ILLINOIS 1940" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1723 000
1941 IL license plate.jpg 1941 Black on golden yellow; "ILLINOIS 1941" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1827 000
Illinois - 1942 license plate.jpg 1942 Golden yellow on black; "ILLINOIS 1942" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1750 000
1943 IL passenger plate.jpg 1943 Cream on green fiberboard; "ILLINOIS 43" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1639 000 Manufactured on soybean-based fiberboard due to metal conservation for World War II. Plates continued to be manufactured in this manner until 1948.
1944 IL passenger plate.jpg 1944 Cream on brown fiberboard; "ILLINOIS 1944" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1515 000
Illinois 1945 206 760.jpg 1945 Orange on black fiberboard; "ILLINOIS 1945" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1513 000
1946 IL passenger plate.jpg 1946 White on maroon fiberboard; "ILLINOIS 1946" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1610 000
Illinois 1947 14 983.jpg 1947 Off-white on green fiberboard; "ILLINOIS 1947" at top none 1234-567 1 to approximately 1747-000
1948 IL passenger plate.jpg 1948 Black on orange fiberboard; "ILLINOIS 1948" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 1949 000 Last fiberboard plate.
Illinois 1949 421 912.jpg 1949 Canary yellow on dark blue;[2] "ILLINOIS 1949" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 2079 000 Steel plates return for the first time since 1941.
Illinois 1950 695 097.jpg 1950 Ivy green on off white; "ILL 1950" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 2287 000 First aluminum plate.[3]
Illinois 1951 854 116.jpg 1951 Maroon on unpainted aluminum;[4] "ILL 1951" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 2403 000
Illinois 1952 611 854.jpg 1952 Midnight blue on burnt orange;[5] "ILL 1952" at bottom none 1234 567 1 to approximately 2462 000
Illinois 1953 1017 046.jpg 1953 Ruby red on buff;[6] "ILL 1953" at top none 1234 567 1 to approximately 2580 000 License plates placed under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State.
Illinois 1954 2236 213.jpg 1954 White on kelly green; "19 ILLINOIS 54" at bottom Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 2700 000 First use of the "Land of Lincoln" slogan.[7]
Illinois 1955 2647 648.jpg 1955 Orange lettering on blue base; "19 ILLINOIS 55" at top Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 2849 000 Issued in the colors of the University of Illinois.[8]
Illinois 1956 2078091.jpg 1956 Ivy green lettering on powder gray base; "19 ILLINOIS 56" at bottom[9] Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 2980 000 First 6" x 12" plate. It is unconfirmed if this year's plate was issued to honor Illinois Wesleyan University, whose colors are actually green and white, as no period reference has been found.
Illinois 1957 442 312.jpg 1957 White lettering on red base; "19 ILLINOIS 57" at top Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 3075 000 Issued in the colors of Illinois State University, in honor of its centennial.[10]
Illinois 1958 325 414.jpg 1958 Purple lettering on white base; "19 ILLINOIS 58" at bottom Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 3104 000 Issued in the colors of Northwestern University.[11]
Illinois 1959 1076302.jpg 1959 White lettering on brown base; "19 ILLINOIS 59" at top Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 3224 000 Issued in the colors of Quincy College, in honor of its centennial.[12]
Illinois 1960 425 147.jpg 1960 Gold lettering on royal blue base; "19 ILLINOIS 60" at bottom Land of Lincoln 1234 567 1 to approximately 3307 000 Issued in the colors of Augustana College and Wheaton College, in honor of their respective centennials.[13]
Illinois 1961 187 318.jpg 1961 White lettering on red base; "19 ILLINOIS 61" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
Letters I, O, Q and Z not used in the AB 1234 serial format.[14] Issued in the colors of North Central College, in honor of its centennial.[15]
AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately NP 7000
Illinois 1962 BY 8791.jpg 1962 White lettering on orange base; "19 ILLINOIS 62" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
The orange base was specifically chosen for its visibility, but police officers complained that they could not read the white numbers especially at night.[16]
AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately PH 8000
Illinois 1963 JJ 3854.jpg 1963 Yellow lettering on dark green base; "19 ILLINOIS 63" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
Issued in the colors of Moline-based Deere & Company, in honor of its 125th anniversary.[17]
AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately RD 6000
Illinois 1964 617 763.jpg 1964 White lettering on purple base; "19 ILLINOIS 64" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
Issued in the colors of McKendree College and Rockford College, the two oldest colleges in Illinois.[18]
AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately SD 7000
Illinois 1965 JB 3176.jpg 1965 Green on white; "19 ILLINOIS 65" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
T and U not used as first letters in the AB 1234 serial format. This continued until 1969.[14] The colors were used to honor Illinois Secretary of State Charles Carpentier who died in office on April 3, 1964.[19]
AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately VE 5000
Illinois 1966 EW 4756.jpg 1966 Red on reflective white; "19 ILLINOIS 66" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
First reflective plate.
AB 1234 AA 1000 to approximately WG 3000
Illinois 1967 53 975.jpg 1967 Black on reflective white; "19 ILLINOIS 67" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
AB 1234 AA 100 to approximately VF 3000
Illinois 1968 436 743.jpg 1968 Red on reflective white; "19 ILLINOIS 68" at bottom; "18" embossed in top corners Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
Commemorated Illinois' 150 years of statehood.
AB 1234 AA 1 to approximately SW 9000
Illinois 1969 NG 203.jpg 1969 Dark blue on reflective orange; "19 ILLINOIS 69" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
T added as first letter in the AB 1234 serial format.
AB 1234 AA 1 to approximately TP 4000
1970 Illinois license plate.jpg 1970 Red on reflective yellow with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 70" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
AB 1234 AA 1 to approximately VF 8000
ILLINOIS 1971 LICENSE PLATE 282-662 - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1971 Black on reflective white with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 71" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
AB 1234 AA 1 to approximately VT 8000
1972 Illinois license plate.jpg 1972 Blue on reflective white with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 72" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
AB 1234 AA 1 to approximately WX 1000
Illinois 1973 53 973.jpg 1973 Green on reflective white with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 73" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
U added as first letter in the AB 1234 serial format following WY 9999.[14] Total passenger plates issued exceeds five million for the first time.
AB 1234 AA 1 to WY 9999;
UA 1 to approximately UX 2000
Illinois 1974 53 975.jpg 1974 Red on reflective white with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 74" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
Three-letter serials used for the first time.
AB 1234 AA 1 to WY 9999;
UA 1 to UY 9999
ABC 123 AAA 100 to approximately AML 500
Illinois 1975 FG 647.jpg 1975 Black on reflective yellow with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 75" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456
AB 1234
Issued in the colors of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc., in honor of its 50th anniversary.
USA Illinois 1976 plate.jpg 1976 Blue on reflective white with red and blue United States Bicentennial graphics Land of Lincoln 123 456
AB 1234
?
remakes of previously issued serials
Design chosen following a children's contest; the winner was 10-year-old Kelley Jordan of Normal, Illinois.
Illinois 1977 AY 2977.jpg 1977 Green on reflective white; "19 ILLINOIS 77" at top Land of Lincoln 123 456
AB 1234
?
remakes of previously issued serials
Plates issued reach the six million mark.
IL 1978.jpg 1978 Black on reflective white with border line; "19 ILLINOIS 78" at bottom Land of Lincoln 123 456
AB 1234
?
remakes of previously issued serials
Last single-year plate, and last year that all license plates in the state expire on the same date.

1979 to present[edit]

Image First issued Description Slogan Serial format Serials issued Notes
1979-Illinois-license-plate.png 1979 Dark blue on reflective white; state name screened in dark blue at top Land of Lincoln 123 456 1 to
999 999
First multi-year base, and first to feature staggered registration. Manufactured in Texas using that state's number dies, and issued in the colors of Illinois College in honor of its sesquicentennial. Vanity plates introduced 1980. Replaced 1984–86.
AB 1234 AA 1 to ZZ 9999
1983-Illinois-license-plate.png 1982 ABC 123 XAA 1 to ZZZ 999
1987-Illinois-license-plate.png 1984 Dark blue on reflective white with light and dark blue stripes; state name screened in dark blue at top left Land of Lincoln ABC 123 AAA 1 to ZZZ 999
123 456
AB 1234
Reissues of 1979–82 serials
1995 A 12 345 B 1 to Z 99 999
(see right)
Letters B, C, D, F, J, S, T, Y and Z used in this serial format.
Illinois 2000 plate.jpg 1996 A 123 456 B 100 000 to approximately Y 677 000 (see right) Narrower dies. Letters B, C, D, F, J, T and Y used in this serial format. All plates on this base replaced 2001–02.
2001 Illinois License Plate.jpg July 2001 Reflective gradient white-to-blue fade with Abraham Lincoln graphic at center; state name screened in blue at top Land of Lincoln 123 4567 100 0001 to 999 9999 Design selected by voters on the state's web site.
123 456
AB 1234
ABC 123
A12 345
A12 3456
Reissues of 1979–2001 serials
2006 A12 3456 A10 0001 to Z99 9999 (see right) Letter progressed as follows: G, X, A, H, K, L, N, P, R, S, V, E, Y (70 0000 to 99 9999), Z and Q. I and O were not used, while M, U and W were reserved for Municipal, State Owned and Disabled plates respectively.
2016 AB1 2345 ZZ1 1001 to approximately ZU9 3000 (see right) Two-letter series progressed as follows: ZX, ZZ, ZY, ZV and ZU. This was to avoid conflicting with serials of the same format on the upcoming 2017 base (below).
Illinois 2017 license plate.png January 2017 Reflective gradient blue-to-white with white Chicago and Springfield skyline and gray Abraham Lincoln graphic at far left; state name screened in black at top Land of Lincoln AB1 2345 AA1 1001 to AF9 9999 Mandatory ten-year plate replacement to be phased in with this base.[20] I and O not used in two-letter series.
AB 12345 AG 11001 to AP 76000 (as of May 26, 2017)

Non-passenger types[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Illinois - 1923 - Truck license plate.jpg 1923 Truck White on green with border line; "TRUCK" embossed vertically at left; "ILL" over "23" embossed at right 111-119 1 to 72726 Format used 1922 - 1929
1951-Illinois-license-plate.png 1951 B Truck (Rear Plate) Maroon on Aluminum; "ILL" and "1951" at top center; "REAR" embossed vertically at left B 123
B1234
B12 345
B123 456
B 1 to ? Front plate similar.
Illinois Truck B License Plate.jpg 1984 B Truck Red on reflective white with red stripes; state name screened in red at top left; "B TRUCK" embossed vertically at right 12 345
123 456
123 AB
1234 AB
various Replaced in 2003
Il2005btruck.jpg 2003 B Truck Dark blue on reflective white with light blue Abraham Lincoln graphic at center; state name screened in red at top; "B TRUCK" screened vertically at right 1234 A
12 345 A
1234567
various, plus remakes of previous issued serials Will be replaced soon[21]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg 2003 Motorcycle Similar to 2001 Abraham Lincoln passenger base AB 1234 AA 101 to DV 9999 Letters I, O and Q not used.

Special plates[edit]

Image Type Design Serial format Serials issued Notes
Illinois 1987 Govr Conf 77.jpg 1987 Midwest Governor's Conference White on pale blue Used for 30–60 days.
Illinois 1992 LPGA 40.jpg 1992 LPGA Chicago Challenge Black on yellow Used for 30–60 days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garrish, Christopher (October 2016). "Reconsidering the Standard Plate Size". Plates. Vol. 62 no. 5. Automobile License Plate Collectors Association. 
  2. ^ "Mail Out First Auto License Plates". Christopher Progress. Christopher, Illinois. December 16, 1948. p. 1. The plates were made of steel this year instead of the substitute materials used during the war years. They have a dark blue background and canary yellow numerals. 
  3. ^ "Auto License Plates Go On Sale Tomorrow". Chicago Tribune. August 25, 1949. p. 23. The 1950 Illinois license plates will have ivy green numerals on an off-white base . . . . Passenger car plates will be made of rust resistant aluminum, said [State Secretary] Barrett. 
  4. ^ "Illinois License Plates For 1951, Maroon on Silver". The Daily Register. Harrisburg, Illinois. September 29, 1950. p. 6. Secretary of State Edward J. Barrett announced today that 1951 Illinois license plates will feature maroon numbers on an unpainted aluminum background, which is silverish in color. 
  5. ^ "Auto License Plates Go On Sale Tomorrow". Chicago Tribune. December 3, 1951. p. E7. The Illinois plates for 1952 will be of midnight blue on a burnt orange background. 
  6. ^ "Illinois Auto Plates In '53 To Be Red On Buff". Chicago Tribune. May 26, 1952. p. 2. Illinois' 1953 auto license plates will be ruby red figures on a buff background, Secretary of State Edward J. Barrett announced yesterday. 
  7. ^ "Order Lincoln Slogan on '54 License Plates". Chicago Tribune. July 22, 1953. p. 1. 
  8. ^ "'55 State Auto Plates To Be Blue, Orange". Chicago Tribune. August 3, 1954. p. 6. The plates will have a navy blue background with orange numerals. Samples of materials used for Illini football uniforms were provided by Coach Ray Eliot of the University of Illinois so the plates can be of matching colors. 
  9. ^ "1956 Auto Tag Color Scheme: Gray and Green". Chicago Tribune. August 10, 1955. p. 12. Illinois' 1956 automobile license plates will be powder gray with ivy green numerals. 
  10. ^ "1957 Illinois Licenses Make Artists See Red". Chicago Tribune. December 17, 1956. p. 18. He said, there was nothing to prevent a combination of red lettering on a white background, but that the university preferred white on red. 
  11. ^ "Purple And White Auto Plates For Illinois in 1958". Chicago Tribune. August 16, 1957. p. 1. As a tribute to Northwestern University the 1958 automobile license plates will have purple numbers on a white background. 
  12. ^ "Quincy College". Chicago Tribune. August 20, 1958. p. 20. Secretary of State Carpentier's recent announcement that the 1959 motor vehicle license plates will honor Quincy College is a fine outward expression of the realization by our legislators and citizens of the importance and quality of the many small colleges in our state. 
  13. ^ "Illinois Auto Tags For 1960 Will Be Gold, Royal Blue". Chicago Tribune. July 14, 1959. p. B7. Royal blue and gold, in honor of Augustana and Wheaton Colleges will be the color combination of Illinois motor vehicle license plates, the secretary of state's office announced Monday. 
  14. ^ a b c "Illinois License Plates". allaboutlicenseplates.com. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  15. ^ "North Central Colors To Be On Licenses". Chicago Tribune. June 6, 1960. p. 16. The colors are those of North Central [College], and were chosen in honor of that school's centennial. Illinois license plates each year carry the colors of a college or university in the state. 
  16. ^ "White, Orange To Be License Colors In 1962". Chicago Tribune. July 25, 1961. p. B5. The secretary of state's office said the color combination was chosen from a list of 22 recommended by the University of Illinois engineers who prompted the change this year to the numeral-letter system. . . . The colors are not those of a college or university as has been the custom of recent years. No college or university requested its colors be used in 1962. 
  17. ^ "New Hues For Illinois Auto Plates". Chicago Tribune. November 9, 1962. p. 1. Birgitte Lundstrom, blue-eyed beauty from Sweden, displays yellow and green Illinois license plates for 1963. Colors were chosen to honor John Deere Farm Machinery Company, which is observing 125th anniversary this year. 
  18. ^ "Our Town: New License Plates Are Pretty Purple - but on Orange Cars?". Chicago Tribune. December 15, 1963. p. A1. The purple license plates with white lettering were chosen by the secretary of state to honor Illinois' oldest colleges. They are McKendree college, Lebanon, founded in 1828, and Rockford college, Rockford, founded in 1847. 
  19. ^ "Here Is an Exclusive Look at the Midwest's Official License Plate for Next Year". Chicago Tribune. September 7, 1964. p. C14. 
  20. ^ "Illinois Launches License Plate Replacement Program After Rusting Issue". CBS Chicago. November 15, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  21. ^ http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/news/2016/november/161115d1.pdf

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