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Sample plates are made for Law Enforcement agencies so new plate designs can be identified between states. Collectors find these desirable as they are often in excellent condition.

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Sample of Reflective base made by 3M company
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(Ebay photo)

1956 Scotchlite Sample
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Ebay photo

57 base with 58 year tab.
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DS collection

1957 Commercial Sample plate.
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Ebay photo

Note: NO tab holes. (post 63 variation?)
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FILE PHOTO

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ebay photo

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ebay photo

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A "Sample" on the short lived "Polyvend" base of 74-76.

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These were the mid 76 replacements. Same as before but now sporting the "Constitution State" slogan like the Polyvend plates. In 1980, the DMV went to a single plate system to save money.

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Someone in 1987 decided that we needed to go back to a two plate system. So to distinguish which cars now had two plate registrations, they revised the plate to carry a "Map" logo. They flip-flopped the slogan to also distinguish them. This series is referred to as the "Map" series. These ran till the 2000 re-issue.

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Passenger type, issued in 2000.

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Combination type, issued in 2000.

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Commercial type, issued in 2000.

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Above: Early American Plate Sample.

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Extra cost "Environment" plate. These became available in 1993. (See Specialty page for more Samples)

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Current Sample plates can be purchased at your local DMV. Prices vary from state to state. Connecticuts now cost a whopping $25 each.