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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
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Apportioned
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Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
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Combination 1
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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
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Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
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Interstate
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Miscellaneous/Local
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Municipal
M.V. Dept
Parade
Permits
Political - State
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POW
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PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
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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
Fire Apparatus
Click to see this type in useThese plates are issued to firefighting-related vehicles upon request of a fire chief. They are used by volunteer, municipal, and corporate fire departments.  Not all fire trucks use license plates in Connecticut.

This type started around 1963, with white letters on a blue background, and a red decal strip across the top with the "FIRE APPARATUS" legend engraved into the plate. Eventually the plates used red letters on a white background.

When the "blue fade" base was introduced, many of these plates were issued with blue numbers, such as the one in the photo to the left. I have no idea why. Red letters are once again the standard for this type.

'Vanities' are also becoming more common, with the unit number as the plate number: e.g. 'E-177' for Engine 177,  'S-213' for Willington's Service Vehicle 213, 'F-139' for Broad Brook's Forestry 139 Vehicle, and even 'RESQ-1' for Cheshire's Rescue 1.

Click the image above to see this type in use.

 


1977  
1977  Map base, ca. 1990s
   
Map base 2001
Map base, ca. 1990s 2001
   
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ca. 2001  
   
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