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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
Farm
Click to see this type in useThese plates are used on vehicles operated in conjunction with farming activities.  The farm must have gross annual sales of at least $2500, and the plates cannot be used on vehicles transporting goods for hire. Use of Farm plates on trucks transporting the farm's own goods to market is permitted, however.

Originally, these plates carried limitations on the distance from the farm the vehicles bearing these plates were allowed to operate. In 1978, the radius of operation was increased from within 7 miles of the farm to 25 miles.  In 1985, this was increased again to 35 miles. Finally, in 1989, the mileage limitation was eliminated, but the prohibition on transporting goods for hire and minimum annual sales requirements were enacted.

Starting in 1996, Farm plates could be issued to passenger cars as well as trucks.

This type started in 1933, probably as a means of relief to farmers during the Great Depression.

Up until the mid 1960s, these plates were always distinctively colored- probably to help eliminate misuse of these reduced/no fee plates.

In 1946/47 a small number of these plates were made with black numbers on a light olive green background. Shortly thereafter, the colors went back to the previous black on yellow scheme.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, date tabs were used to designate the year. However, I have seen a white on green farm plate with a '62' embossed year.

In 1985 or 1986, Farm plates became biennial registrations. Prior to this, they had to be renewed every year.

When the graphic 'blue fade' plates were introduced, there were 2 varieties of farm plates - some had blue numbers, and some had red. It appears that a number of re-made plates in the "F" types (Factory, Farm, Fire Apparatus) were mistakenly manufactured with blue instead of red numbers.

Click the photo above to see this type in use.

Reference: Chapter 246 Sec. 14-49 (q).



1936 1940 
1936 1940
   
 1941  1942
1941 1942
   
 1946  1949
1946
One of the odd short-lived light green background plates.
The date is embossed '194  ' in the lower right. Corner date tabs were used to indicate the last digit of the year. This particular plate was on an early 30's Buick
1949
   
 1957  1959
1957 1959
   
 1960  1965
1960
This plate is actually white on a deep, dark green.
1965
   
 1966 1966 
1966 1966
   
 1968 undated 
1968.
I'm not sure whether these plates were supposed to be used through 1968, or whether the owner put the stickers from the plate on the right on his old plates above.
Also note the odd position of the dot - seems like right after they started making the 5-number plates they needed to get a feel for where the dot belonged.
ca. 1966 or so.
The dot separator didn't make it to these plates
   
 1969 1970 
1969 1970
   
 1971  1972
1971 1972
   
 1979  1980
1979 1980
The change in dies happened somewhere between these two plates.
   
 1981  1984
1981 1984
   
 1985 1988
1985 1988
   
 1990  1997
1990 1997
Terrible shape, but I received this plate with a pile of others so I might as well display it here.
   
2001  2002
2001 2002
   
2003  
 2003
Numbers should be red instead of blue
 
   
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