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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
Municipal
Click to see this type in useThese plates are used on town/city government vehicles - police cars to dump trucks.

This type started in the mid-1970s. Prior to this, vehicles such as police cars used regular run-of-the-mill passenger car plates.

The 2 or 3 letters on the plate are the initials of the municipality. Click Here for a list we've been compiling of the codes on these plates.


Municipal plates also appear on the 'Preserve the Sound' base, with a black-on-white validation decal reading 'Municipal' over 'CT'

There are also Municipal motorcycle plates - but only a handful of cities/towns use them. Most simply use regular motorcycle plates.


Click the image above to see this type in use.


 Bridgeport  ki
ca. 1970's
(Bridgeport)
ca. 1970's
Town of Killingly
   
 mn  mfd
1970's (Middletown) 1970's (Milford)
   
CH ch
ca. late 1970s (Cheshire)
ca. 1985 (Cheshire)
I don't know why the letters and numbers are reversed- the usual format is 12-AB as seen in the previous picture.
   
 da el
Map base Municipal Plate (Danbury) Map base Municipal Plate (East Lyme)
   
 Hartford lfd
Map base Municipal Plate (Hartford)
These 3-number, 3-letter plates bear a striking similarity to regular passenger plates of the era- especially since the -HFD passenger series would have been issued around the same time this plate was in use.
Map base Municipal Plate (Litchfield)
   
 li mdn
Map base Municipal Plate (Lisbon)  
Map base Municipal Plate (Madison)
   
stf  
Map base Municipal Plate (Stafford)  
   
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