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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
Sample
Sample plates are typically made to show what the currently issued license plates look like, or as a prototype to evaluate a new design or numbering format. In Connecticut, these were produced at least as far back as the early 1930s. The early plates used zeroes for the serial number; in the 1970s SAM-PLE became the norm.

These plates have been used for displays at the DMV offices, photographed and sent to law enforcement to familiarize them with the latest plates, and for sale to collectors as well. Connecticut still makes sample plates available to collectors, though the price is now way up at $25/plate.


 1968
 
1968
   
1974 Polyvend
1974 ca. 1974/1975 Polyvend sample. There are a very few of these around with a 000-000 serial as well.
   
 1977 1980 
ca. 1977 1980s- dot was removed.
   
1988  
1988  
   
 1991 1990s 
1991  mid-1990s
The dot is back.
   
CCSU
ca. 2000s CCSU sample. There are a few of each of the various special-issue types with a 000000 serial like this, but most have the SAM-PLE format.
   
 Health Professionals K of C
Health Professionals sample. I'm not sure this type was ever even issued. Knights of Columbus Sample
   
LIS  LIS Commercial
Preserve the Sound sample
 Preserve the Sound Commercial sample.
The actual numbering format started at 100-LC.
   
Special Olympics Special Olympics 
1995 Special Olympics sample  Special Olympics sample in the typical organizational plate numbering format.
Also note the different logo versus the previous plate.
   
   Commercial
ca. 2000 Combination sample, complete with misspelling. There were a batch of these that made it out early on.
(MJB Collection)
ca. Late 1980s/early 1990s Commercial Sample
   
Interstate 1963 MFG
ca. Late 1960s Interstate Sample 1963 MFG. Sample
   
 Motorcycle  Motorcycle
ca. late 1970s/early 1980s Motorcycle. Not too common of a type for sample plates in Connecticut. 1986 Motorcycle
   
Handicapped mc  MC HP
ca. Late 1980s Handicapped Motorcycle Sample/Prototype
 ca. Late 1980s Handicapped Motorcycle Sample/Prototype
   
PUC  Repair Temp.
1968 P.U.C. sample. Another uncommon type for a sample. 1967 Temporary Repair sample.
A rather obscure type for a sample plate.
   
 1971 Trans. Rev.  Trailer
1971 Commercial Transporter Sample
ca. Late 1980s/early 1990s Trailer sample
   
Vanpool  
ca. Early 1980s Van Pool sample  
   
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