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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
Passenger 1905-1919
Passenger 1920-1929
Passenger 1930-1939
Passenger 1940-1949
Passenger 1950-1959
Passenger 1960-1969
Passenger 1970-1979
Passenger 1980-1989
Passenger 1990-1999
Passenger 2000-
Reserved Series
Low Number
Special Interest
Passenger 1990-1999
In 1987, the law was changed to again require two plates be issued. Since there was no plan for an immediate replacement of all existing plates, a method had to be developed to distinguish plates which were issued as single plates from those which were issued as pairs - both of which had to be displayed on the vehicle. Two small changes were thus effected - a small graphic of the state outline was added to the upper left corner of the plate, and the "Connecticut" and "Constitution State" legends were reversed, so that "Connecticut" was now between the upper bolt holes. These plates became known as "Map" plates among collectors. This changeover happened at the beginning of the -EVY series.

Plates continued on in this style until the general re-issue which began in 2000.


 190-1 1990
Plates from about the
FOG to FOV series were
missing the dot seperator.
I've verified FOG, -H, -L, -N, -S and -U without dots, and FOV with and without a dot.
Another 1990 with the missing dot
1990-3 1991
The dot came back late in the -FOV series.
1991 Low-Number
The late Roy Carson (ALPCA Member #17) was a great influence on many, many collectors, myself included. His selflessness and willingness to help any and all collectors placed him in the highest regard amongst collectors. This is a plate from his collection.
 1991  91 decal
1991 1991 Replacement Decal
 1992  1993
1992 1993
1993 decal  93 decal  1993
1993 Decal variations 1993 super-low number.
[MJB collection]
 1994  1995
1994 1995
 1996  96 decal  96 decal   96 decal
Starting in 1996, there were several
sticker variations each year.
This year also ended the 3-color rotation 
Connecticut had been following for years.
1996 Decal Variations
 1997  97 decal
One of many decal variations
this year.
1997 Decal Variations
 1998  1998 t
1998 1998
This orange one is a temporary decal- these started appearing about the same time dealers began issuing metal plates again.
They came into use with expirations about 2-3 months after they appeared. Any info on these is appreciated.
 98 temp decal  1999
1998 Temp. Decal 1999
1990's Low Number. 
OK, I lied. This illustrates a problem which was been rampant in Connecticut- 'clipping' license plates to steal valid decals. Half of the plate is broken off, and the decal is later removed. This is why many motorists in Connecticut place their plates in their windshields- to combat sticker and plate theft.
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