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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
Dealer New 1990-
Click to see this type in useThese plates are issued to new car dealers who are operating under a manufacturer's or importer's contract.

The plates are to be used for demonstrating new vehicles, on vehicles picking-up or delivering parts, or loaned to a purchaser while a pending registration is being processed. Full-time dealership employees are also allowed use of these plates for personal use.


In 1980, the white on blue plates had reflectorized numbers. In 1981, instead of replacing the plates as usual, a decal was used to validate the plates through 2/82. Decals were used in some form through the 1997 expirations, on several different bases.

In 1996, for the 1998 expirations, new plates were issued. These plates were for 2 years, and stamped with the month and year of expiration. Every two years since, the colors of the plates have changed. Also at this time, larger dealerships began to receive plates with three prefix letters - i.e., after reaching 'XY-', a plate with 'XAA-' was issued, followed by 'XBA-' and so on.

Dealer and Repair plates can now be seen with a letter suffix, e.g. X-123B instead of XB-123. It appears that these may be replacement plates for lost or damaged ones.

Help us! We're working on compiling a list relating new car dealer numbers to specific dealerships. Take a look at where we are now.

Also, I thought it would be neat to line up all of my one- and two- digit new car dealer plates. I don't have many yet, but if you have one I need which you'd like to sell or trade, let me know!
See them here.


1990 1991 
1990 1991
   
 1996  1997
1996 1997
This was the last year for this style plate, and also the last year for stickered dealer plates.
   
1997  
Another 1997
This plate is an error plate; it has a dot separator. The dot didn't officially appear until the 1998 expirations.
 
   
 1998  1999
1998
The beginning of more changes to dealer plates. Starting with the 1998 expirations, new plates were issued every 2 years. Rather than decals, the expiration date was embossed into the plate.
The dot separator made a permanent comeback.
1999
Three-letter prefixes were introduced for larger dealers with the 1998 or 1999 expirations. Previously, once a dealer reached XY- it received a second number.
   
 2000  
2000
The colors are now changed every 2 years.
The little map icon started appearing on dealer plates at this time as well. There were a few dealer plates made for 2000 which didn't have the dot separator. Unlike the 1987 plates above, these were now the exception.
 
   
 2001 2001 
2001, with the normal dies for the serial 2001 with the new, skinny dies for the serial. This may have been a re-made plate number. There are not many 2001 plates with these dies used.
   
 2002 2002 
This is an odd one. Most of the 2002 expirations have the new, narrow dies. For some reason this one has the old large ones.  Another 2002 from the same dealership, but with the usual skinny dies.
   
 2003 2003 
2003. New Car Dealers receive a set of plates starting at XA-... ...running through XY-.
XQ- and XZ- are skipped, making the set consist of up to 24 plates.
   
 2003  2003
If it's a large dealership requiring more plates, they stick another 'A' on at the end and continue on at XAA-... ...going through however many plates the dealership needs/is eligible for, in this case up to XOA-.  39 plates in this dealership's set.
   
Similar to 2005
Plate needed!
2005
2004
 2005
   
 2006 2007 
2006 2007
   
Purple on Silver 2009
2008
2009
   
Black on Silver Green on Silver
2010, 2011 2012, 2013
   
Purple on Silver  Light Blue on Silver
2014, 2015  2016, 2017
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