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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
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
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
Combination 1
thumbThese plates are issued to  to pickup trucks, as well as all types of vehicles used for both business and private purposes with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating up to 12,500 lbs. Up until October 1, 2005, the weight limit was 10,000 lbs.

In 2004, P.A. 04-199 changed the requirements for issuance of combination plates to pickup trucks. Starting June 3, 2004, non-commercial pickup trucks with a GVWR under 8500 lbs could now display regular passenger plates. Before this, ALL pickup trucks had to be registered with Combination plates.

This type
started in 1922, with the same size, colors and format as regular passenger plates but with a 'C' prefix. "Comb'n" was first spelled out in 1932. At this time, a stacked 2-letter prefix came into use.

In 1940, these plates took on the same look as regular passenger plates of the time, but always starting with a 'C' as the first letter. In 1946 and 1947, the same variations which passenger plates experienced were also applied to combination plates - i.e. brass base metal (around the C/4 series), and thin aluminum plates towards the end of the series.

In 1948, plates were reissued on the new reflective yellow scotchlite base. The reflectorization didn't hold up well, and around 1951 the white scotchlite was introduced. At the very end of this reflective white base, the numbering format was expanded to C/A 1234. This lasted until 1955, when, like passenger plates, black on bare aluminum plates were issued.

See page 2 for the continuation of the history of this type.

Click the photo above to see this type in use.


 1923 1926 
1923
Second year for this type.
1926
   
1929  1936
1929  1936
   
 1937  1938
1937 1938
   
 1947  1947
1947 Another 1947.
Near the end of the numbering series.
   
 1950  1953
1950
This plate once had reflective yellow sheeting on the background.
1953
The changeover between yellow and white scotchlite apparently happened between the C/5 and C/7 series.
   
 1955  1956
1955
Again, missing the yellow scotchlite.
1956
Somewhere around a 1948/1949 plate, revalidated until 1956.
   
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