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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
Livery
Click to see this type in useThese plates are used on limousines and for-hire cars (but not taxis).

The
'Livery' type started in 1910 and was used on vehicles which transported people for a charge.
Livery plates were issued from 1910 to 1915. They were the reverse colors of passenger plates with an 'L' suffix. 1916 was skipped because they used 'Commercial' vehicle plates. From 1917 to 1920 they used 'Public Service' plates, with a 'PS'- prefix. In 1921 'Public Service' became 'Omnibus', with an 'O' prefix. Livery returned in 1932 and has been in use since.

In the late 1980s, the format changed from all-numeric to one having an 'L' prefix and suffix - similar to Interstate (Z) and Taxi (T) plates. The present configuration is L1234L, although lower numbers appear in L1L, L12L, and L123L formats. In March, 2016, a 7-digit format was introduced presumably starting at L00001L
.

Click the image above to see this type in use.


1915 1919
1915 Livery.
Thanks to Doug for unearthing this one. This plate was issued for use on a 1911 Studebaker in Lakeville.
1919 Public Service.
This was issued to a 1917 Ford Model T out of Staffordville.
   
1921 1924 
1921 Omnibus 1924 Omnibus 
   
1927 1931 Temp 
1927 Omnibus  1931 Temporary Omnibus 
   
1938 1948
1938 1948
   
1956 1966
1956 Low number 1966
   
1980 1980s 
1980
(MJB Collection)
Early to mid- 1980s
   
map 2008
ca. 1990s 2008
   
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