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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
Repair 1970-
Click to see this type in useStarting in 1961, the plates were changed every year. Even numbered years were white letters/numbers on a blue background, and the color scheme was reversed for odd numbered years. This practice continued until 1980.

Instead of being replaced in 1981, the 1980 plates were revalidated with decals expiring in February 1982. There are no dated 1981 Repair plates. These plates were used through 1984.

In 1985, the colors were reversed, and revalidated with decals through 1988. In 1989, the colors went back to white on blue, and these plates were used with decals through 1997.

In 1996, Repair plates once again carried embossed  expiration dates (this time with the month as well). Colors reversed yet again back to blue on white. These plates were used for two years, and a dot was introduced between the letters and numbers.

For the 2000 and 2001 expirations, the lettering was changed to black, still with glass beading for reflectorization of the numbers/letters (reflective BLACK?), and the little map graphic was added to the plates - located next to the word "Connecticut" - which is at the bottom of Repair plates. Colors of the numbers/lettering has changed every two years since.

With the general reissue taking place starting in 2000, Repair plates were changed as well. New narrower (and harder to read) dies were used. The background became a fully-reflectorized silver-grey.

Colors continue to change every two years, though for 2010 and 2011, they were back to black lettering - same as was done 10 years earlier for 2000 and 2001. 2012 and 2013 are green on silver while 2014 and 2015 are maroon on silver.

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

Click the photo above to see this type in use.


1970 1971
1970 1971 
   
1972 1973 
1972  1973 
   
1974  1975 
1974  1975, with a very high number
   
1976  1977
 
1976  1977, with the new narrower dies.
   
1976-8  1976-8 
1978. This is actually a '76.
Some no doubt crooked mechanic got another 
year out of this plate with a screwdriver, a hammer, and some white paint. What really makes this plate stand out is that the number/letter dies for the 1978 plates were completely different. I wonder how many people this actually fooled.
Close-up of the '76-to-'78  
   
1978  1979 
A genuine 1978  1979. The last of the annual issues. 
   
1980  
1980 There were no 1981 plates.
The 1980 plates were used through 1984.
   
1982  1983 
1980 with 1982 decal. 
1983 
   
1983  1984 
Another 1983.
This is actually an error plate - note the dot separator.
 
1984 
   
1985  1986 
1985
The colors were reversed for 1985. 
 
1986 
   
 1987 1988 
1987  1988  
   
1989  1992
1989   1992
   
1998 1999
1998  1999
   
2000  
2000  
   
2001 2001 
2001, with the new, narrow dies. These dies came into use for the '02 expirations, a very few '01 Dealer and Repair plates, such as this one, have them. This was probably a replacement plate made later on. 
Another 2001 with the old, wide dies common for '01 plates.
   
2002 2003
2002
Beginning with 2002 expirations, the entire plate was reflectorized, not just the numbers. Narrower dies were used as well.

2003
   
 2004
 
2004 (and 2005)
Green on silver.
 
   

 2006
2007
 2006
Orange on silver.
 
2007
   
2008 2009
2008
Purple on silver.
 2009
   
2010, 2011 - Black on silver
2012, 2013 - Green on silver
2014, 2015 - Maroon on silver
2016, 2017 - Light blue on silver
 
   
   
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