2010-04-02 / Top Stories

New NYS ‘Empire Gold’ License Plates Available

Commissioner David J. Swarts of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles announced that the new “Empire Gold” license plates are now available.

“Traditionally, new li-cense plates are offered approximately every ten years and the last time we issued a new plate was the current Empire plate in 2001,” said Commissioner Swarts. “We are proud of the retro design of the new Empire Gold plate and we are pleased to offer it to the motoring public.”

As of April 1, 2010, Empire Gold plates will be available in DMV offices for the passenger, commercial and trailer registration classes. Empire blue and white plates will continue to be valid on vehicles registered in New York State, but will no longer be issued by the DMV when the current stock is depleted. Whether the registrant receives Empire blue and white or Empire Gold plates the plate fee, based on the 2009-2010 Budget enacted by the Legislature, is $25 for a two plate set and $12.50 for vehicles that receive single plates such as trailers. Prior to April 1, the plate fee was $15 for a two plate set and $7.50 for a single plate.

By the end of May, it is anticipated that Empire Gold plates will also be available on-line, by phone, and by mail. Customers will be able to order the new plates even if it is not time for them to renew.

Also, by the end of May, customers in most vehicle classes will have the option to keep the same plate number they have on their current Empire plates when requesting new Empire Gold plates. The fee to keep the same plate number is $20 in addition to the plate fee.

Motorists who have Empire blue and white personalized or “vanity” plates may also choose to obtain the new Empire Gold plates.

They will not be charged the additional $20 fee because they currently pay an annual personalized fee. Registrants with custom picture plates (i.e. blue bird, sports teams) will retain those plates.

Old Empire plates should not be returned to the DMV, but should be recycled based on local guidelines. Before those plates are recycled it is strongly advised that motorists effectively deface the old license plates by using a permanent ink marker to cross out the plate number or have them destroyed by cutting them in half.

Plates that are not defaced and simply disposed of may end up being used illegally by unscrupulous persons. For a statewide list of local recycling coordinators, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Web site at www.- dec.ny.gov/chemical/-8511.html.

Additional information regarding the new license plates can be found by visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles Web site at www.nys-dmv.com.

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