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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
Motorcycle
Click to see this type in useThese plates are issued to motorcycles.

This type started in 1903. From 1903 through 1911, the registrant supplied their own (homemade) plates.

In 1912, state-issued plates were introduced. These looked very similar to passenger car plates, in color and format (including "C" prefix), though the size of the plate was smaller. This concept stayed the same through 1936.  Plates of this style with reversed colors are sidecar plates. These were issued from 1916 through 1923.

While passenger car plates moved to a semi-permanent design in 1937, annual motorcycle issues remained through 1942. They were then revalidated with corner date tabs through 1954.

Annual plates were issued through 1961. After this, the plates were revalidated with passenger-type decals expiring in March.

In 1970, the "standard" motorcycle plate size was adopted and has been used since.

At this time an all-numeric series started at 10000, continuing into 6 digits a couple of years later. The 6-digit all-numeric format continued until the mid-2010s, well into the 900-000 series at which time a much more confusing numbering format was introduced.

Municipal motorcycle plates have been reported, though most municipally-owned motorcycles (i.e. police) use regular-issue plates. State police motorcycles also use regular-issue plates.

Veteran and "Early American" motorcycle plates were introduced around 2000. See the Early American page for details of this type.

Finally, handicapped Motorcycle plates are issued as well - with 3 numbers followed by an -M& suffix.


Click the image above to see this type in use.


 1916 1960 
1916
4 extra holes along the top, but still a decent affordable example of this type
 1960
   
 1969
 1978
1969 Revalidated to 1978
The new "standard" sized motorcycle plates now featured narrower dies, which allowed for more than 4 digits. A new series started at 10000.
   
1971 1972
1971 1972
The "CONN" legend was soon centered, which didn't leave much room for the date decal.
   
1976
 1987
1976 Low number Early 1970s
   
1976 1979
1976
Early/mid 1970s revalidated to 1979.
I've seen plates of this style with numbers up to about 150000.
   
1977 1977
1977 Polyvend
This issue started in 1974 at number 300000. I've seen up to around number 393000.
Another 1977, less yellowed.
   
1978 Temp 1979 Temp
1978 temporary 1979 temporary
   
1980 1983
 
1980  Revalidated to 1983.
   
1985  1982
Revalidated to 1985
1982
This is probably the lowest number I've seen in this style.
   
1982 1986
Another 1982
Used until 1986. There was a short period of time where the dot was not used.
   
1982 1983 Temp.
1982. Still with no dot. 1983 temporary
   
 1985  1999 vanity
 1985 Early motorcycle vanity, on a steel plate, revalidated to 1999
   
1991  1987
Revalidated to 1991 1987
The "CONN" was shifted to the left a bit between numbers 523-343 and this one.
 
   
1988  1989
1988 1989
   
1989  1990
ca. 1989  1990
   
1990  
ca. 1990
When the "Map" base passenger car plates came out in 1987, the state name was moved to the top of those plates. The same move was made for motorcycle plates, though no map graphic was added. This took place between numbers 574-896 and 575-916.
 
   
 1997  1997 Vanity
1997
1997 vanity.
A gentleman named Art had this on his 1991 BMW R-100 'Classic'

   
 2000  2002 Vanity
2000 2002 Vanity. 
This one was on Art's '93 BMW K75
   
 2002  Replacement
2002 Plate used until the general reissue in 2000-2002.
   
 2004  60 Days
2004 Motorcycle plate with "60 Days" decal. These decals were also used on passenger car plates. I am told they had something to do with delinquent taxes, though I am not sure that is really the case. In any event, it is amusing to see these - the plate expires 60 days from when? From today, of course!
   
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