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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
Temp. Metal Plates

These plates were issued for temporary registrations - often to replace lost plates. They were issued beginning in the 1920s, usually with the letter "T" appearing somewhere as a prefix or suffix. Over the years, many of the non-passenger types have had a temporary plate or two issued at some point in time. Passenger temporary metal plates were also issued.

After expiration, these plates were intended to be returned to the DMV for reuse.

Below is a sampling of a few of these plates.


Passenger Car


1986 Passenger Temp  1996 Passenger Temporary
Passenger temporary used from the 1970s through 1986.  1996. It is rare to have a metal temporary plate issued at this point - paper plates were the norm. However, this one was acutally used- I have both plates of the pair as well as the registration paperwork. These were valid for 40 days.
   

Dealer


1961 dealer
1965 Dealer Temporary
1961 Dealer Temporary  1965 Dealer Temporary
   
 1966 Dealer Temporary 1976 Dealer Temporary
 1966 1976
   
1984 Dealer Temporary 1986 Dealer Temporary
1984  1986
   


Motorcycle


 Motorcycle Temporary  
1970s Motorcycle Temporary  
   


 
 
Omnibus (Livery)
 
 1931 O-T  
1931 Omnibus Temporary. Temporary plates go all the way back to at least the 1920s.  
   


Repair


Repairer 1948  
1942/1948 Repairer Temporary
 
   
Repair Temporary  1965 Repair Temporary
Uncommon Repair Temporary from the late 1950s. Blue on natural aluminum.  1965
   
1980s Repair Temporary Repair 2001 
Late 1980s Mid/Late 1980s used until 2001
   
Repair  
Mid/Late 1980s?  
   
 
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