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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
Error Plates
Although Connecticut has generally been very good at keeping slip-ups from escaping, sometimes there are test plates and errors which make it out.

While I don't have examples of many of the common errors, here is a sampling of some goofs.



 
ca. 1957 issue.
The 'M' is an upside-down 'W'.
 
   
 1981  
"Heavy Dot" error- the dot sank to the bottom. A number of plates in this series had the dot in this position. 1980s inverted-letter vanity. I guess they used both of their 'M's in the first half of the plate, because they used inverted 'W's for the second half. A similar error can be found on the map base plates in the '-JWW' series - the second 'W' is actually an upside-down 'M'.
   
 EBL 1987
1987 "No Dot" error. The EBL and EBM series (possibly more) were missing the dot.
An EBM series no-dot plate.
   
FOG FOH
It wasn't long before the dot disappeared again in the FOG series.
It was missing for the FOH series as well.
   
FOL FON
It still hadn't shown up for the FOL series...
...nor for the FON.
   
FOV  
Thankfully it reappeared after the FOV series, otherwise who knows how many of these no-dot plates I would have picked up along the way.
 
   
   
1988 plate with "half-invert" decal.
There are a few of these decals out there.
1989 7-digit vanity?!?
7-digit plates were only recently approved in Connecticut (on the light blue base).
(MJB Collection)
   
   invert
ca. 1990s error. This can't be a vanity, because you can't go back-and-forth with letters and numbers. Perhaps this was supposed to be a remake of "929-BKZ"? ~mid 1990s passenger invert.
This invert is different from most in that each individual letter was inserted upside-down, as opposed to the usual entire number being inverted and backwards. I.e., this plate number was 821-JWZ, whereas if this were a typical invert the number would be ZWJ-128.
This plate was donated by the Connecticut DMV to the ALPCA convention auction a few years back.
   
myj
ca. 1990s error. It appears that most, if not all, of this series was stamped with the letters and numbers backwards then caught before they were painted.
 A motorcycle plate in the same style. I'm not sure what the issue was with this plate; it looks like it would be a re-made number from the early 1970s made during the early 1980s.
   
blank no paint
A short illustraton of how plates are made: The reflective sheeting is applied to the aluminum plate and the holes and rounded corners are punched.
Next the numbers/letters and border are embossed into the plate.
   
 
Then the raised areas are painted. In this case, the wrong color: Red letters are for Commercial/Trailer/Farm etc. plates, not passenger like this one. 2007 Special Equipment Dealer error - the legend should be "Dealer" instead of "Repair".
   
pky toll  
1976 Parkway Toll plate with an inverted "W" for the "M". Seems to be a common error.  
   
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