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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
Trans.
Click to see this type in useTransporter plates are 'floater' plates which have a variety of uses in Connecticut.

These include: Movement of unregistered vehicles for the purposes of inspection, sale or transfer, use on vehicles being reposessed, movement of storage or house-type trailers with removable axle assemblies, transporting boats between a dealership and demonstration location, and movement of vehicles to and from construction sites.

The use of Transporter plates differs from that of Dealer and Repair plates in that the plates may not be loaned, and may not be used for personal business.

This type is believed to have started in the late 1940s. The plates have an all-numeric serial, and are captioned 'Trans.'.

Starting in the 1960s, there were two varieties of Transporter plates - one for vehicles such as passenger cars, and another for commercial-type vehicles. The colors for the two classes were reversed from each other, and the colors for each were reversed every year as well. Thus, the
color scheme for a passenger transporter in, say, 1966 would be the same color scheme as that of a commercial transporter in 1967. The annual reversing of colors ended in 1980, when stickered plates came into use.

In 2002, the distinction between types was done away with, and there is now only one general class of Transporter.

Transporter plates have loosely followed the design of Dealer and Repair plates. In the 1980s, while Dealer and Repair plates used special decals, Trans. plates used standard passenger decals. With the general reissue in 2000, Trans. plates became maroon on reflective yellow - still validated with passenger decals, unlike Dealer and Repair plates which now have an embossed date and are replaced every two years.

Transporter plates expire annually on the last day of March.

Reference Sec. 14-35

 


 1954  1958
1954 1958
   
 1959  1960
1959 1960
   
 1961  1962
1961
These '164' plates are all of the reverse-color variety, as evidenced by this 1961 plate. How were the two types distinguished pre-1961, before the reverse-color scheme came into use? Let me know if you can tell me.
1962 reverse-color
   
 1963  1967
1963 that's seen better days.
I received a pair of these plates that seemed
to be permanently mated with a rusty bolt and nut. It took a bit of work, but I was able to finally cut through the bolt and seperate them.
1967 reverse colors
   
 1968/9  1969
1968 with '69 decal.
I don't know how common this was, or if this decal even belongs there.
1969
   
1970  
1970  
   
1971 1971 Rev.
1971 1971 reverse colors sample
   
 1972  1972
1972 standard colors 1972 reverse colors
   
 1973  
1973  
   
1974 1974
1974 1974 reverse colors
   
 1975  
1975  
   
 1976  1976 Reverse
1976 1976 Reverse Colors
   
1977 1977
1977 1977 reverse colors.
Interestingly enough, this plate has the reflective beading on the numbers - this didn't appear on Dealer/Repair/Trans. plates until the 1980 plates.
   
 1978  
1978  
   
 1979 1979 
1979 standard colors 1979 reverse colors
   
 1980  1984
1980 1984. While Dealer and Repair plates used a different type of decal from '82 to '91, Trans. plates used regular passenger-style decals
   
 1985  1987
1985 1987
   
 1991 2001 
1991 1995 revalidated through 2001 
   
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