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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
Temp. Reg. Certificate
These plates are issued by new car dealers for temporary use until the permanent registration is processed.

These first appeared in late 1992. Until this time, car dealers kept a supply of license plates on hand, and issued them as people bought cars. These paper plates replaced that procedure.

All of these plates are yellow, number N189AU below is the best example. They quickly fade to a yellowish-white after sitting in the rear windshield of a car for a couple of weeks.

At some point, larger dealers were able to tie into a DMV database and issued these yellow plates with the number of the actual permanent plate which would follow. This was not very common, though.

Around 1999 or 2000, dealers once again started to have a stock of permanent plates on hand, issued as people bought vehicles. These plates are thus becoming much less common.

As somewhat of an odd practice, when the expiration decal for regular metal plates was moved from the plate itself to the front windshield in 2006; a paper "Temporary Sticker of Vehicle Registration" was issued to be displayed in the front windshield when these yellow plates were issued. With the permanent metal plates, there is no indication of expiration on the plate itself, hence the need for the windshield decal. However, these yellow plates have the expiration date written right on them - why the need to duplicate it in the front windshield too?


1992  1993
1992. The series started at N1000A. This is a fairly early example of this type. 1993
   
 1994  1995
1994 1995
After reaching N999Z, a double-letter suffix was used.
   
 1996  1997
1996. Note the larger captions for the state name and other text. 1997
   
 1998 1999 
1998 1999
   
 2000 2004 
 2000
In late 1999, these plates went back to the original series of N1234A. The N123AB series then repeated as well.
2004
   
 2008 Windshield Decal 
2008 Temporary windshield sticker for the front windshield, issued with these plates starting in 2006.
   
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