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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
Fish
These plates are used on certain commercial fishing boats. The State DEEP is resposible for issuance of these plates.

This type appears to have started in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

There are three different color decals used - red, yellow and green. The color of the decal designates the type of fishing the vessel is licensed for- Commercial Fishing (trawling, lobstering), Commercial Lobster Pot (lobster pots) or Commercial Finfish (gill nets, commercial angling, fish pots, other types of nets, etc).

This type is still issued, but recent plates are rare. Licenses are no longer issued unless the applicant already had a valid registration from June 1, 1995 through December 31, 2003. Newer plates are dark blue on reflective silver, with the dies those used for dealer plates. The large date decal is still used.


 1978  1979
1978 1979
Numbering appears to have started with 00001.
   
 1980 1981 
1980 1981
   
 1987  1988
1987 1988
   
 1991  1991
1991
Sometime around 1990 the lead zeroes were dropped from some new plates.
1991
   
 1991  1995
1992 1995
This is an older plate, with different dies for the CT and FISH (and no dot after CT).
   
 1995  1997
1995 1997
Huge jump in numbering for some reason.
   
 1998 2007 
1998 2007
The background is now fully-reflectorized.
   
2010  
2010  
   
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