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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
Ambulance
Amateur Radio
Apportioned
Boat Ramp
Bus
Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
Classic Vehicle
Combination 1
Combination 2
Commercial to 1957
Commercial 1958-
Common
Construction
Dealer Motorcycle
Dealer New to 1969
Dealer New 1970-1989
Dealer New 1990-
Dealer Spec. Equip.
Dealer Used to 1969
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Dealer Used 1990-
Dismantler
Early American
Error Plates
Exp. Test
Factory
Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
Hearse
High Mileage Veh.
Interstate
Junk
Livery
Marine Trailer
M.F.G.
Military
Miscellaneous/Local
Motorcycle
Municipal
M.V. Dept
Official
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
Postmaster
POW
Prototype
PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
Service Bus
Snowmobile
Special Equipment
Sphinx
State
Student Transport
Taxi
Temp. Metal Plates
Temp. Non-Passenger
Temp. Pass.
Temp. Reg. Certificate
Toll
Trailer
Trans.
Vanpool
Veteran
Volunteer Firefighter
Wrecker
Apportioned
These plates are used on trucks which operate interstate.

Before the establishment of the Interstate Registration Plan (IRP), commercial trucks over 26,000 lbs which operated in more than one state had to display a plate from each state which they traveled in.  Eventually, in the western states, "waffle plates" or "bingo cards" were used. These were license plates which were divided up into a number of small boxes. When a truck was licensed to operate in a particular state, a decal from that state went into a box on the plate. This made the front bumpers of the trucks much less cluttered.

Once the IRP was established, and as the various stated joined the program, "Apportioned" plates were issued by the states. These indicated that the registration fees for that truck were apportioned amongst the states in which the truck traveled.

This type seems to have started in Connecticut in the mid-1980s, in the 1000-A series. Eventually the numbering format moved to 12345-A. Apportioned trailer plates were also issued early on in a 1234-AT format. However, since the IRP does not specifically require apportioned registration of trailers, this type is no longer issued. Some plates of this type were re-made on the graphic base during the general reissue in 2000; though these are even rarer than the original series.

"Low-number" apportioned plates have been sighted on the roads lately (e.g. 8-A), and these seem to have been issued to "connected" companies.

Click the photo above to see this type in use.

1986 1991
1986
There were only a few thousand plates made on this base, as the map base was introduced shortly after the Apportioned type started.
1991
   
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1990s 1996 Apportioned Trailer
(MJB collection)
   
1997 1998
1997 1998
   
1999 2001
1999 2001
   
2002
2002. Remake of an older number. 2000s
   
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