DMV Introduces Historical License Plates
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner David J. Swarts have announced the availability of personalized historical license plates for eligible vehicles.
“Seeing a historical car, truck or motorcycle often brings back fond memories,” said Swarts. “DMV is very pleased to now offer the owners of these historical vehicles the option to obtain personalized li-cense plates which will make their vehicle even more unique and distinctive.”
A historical vehicle is one that is more than 25 years old, or has unique characteristics determined by the Commissioner to be of historical, classical or exhibition value. The vehicle can only be operated on the public highways as a collector’s item or exhibition piece and not for general daily transportation. Current historical plates, which are not available with personalization, were issued beginning or ending with the letters “HX” for cars and trucks or “HM” for motorcycles and the word HISTORICAL printed on the bottom. The new personalized historical plates will be Empire Gold plates which have a gold background and blue lettering. The word HISTORICAL will still be located at the bottom of the plate.
Customers may choose up to eight characters to personalize their passenger plate and up to six characters for a motorcycle plate.
For a vehicle with a valid New York State registration in the owner’s name, the fee for cars and trucks is $28.75 for standard historical plates or $60 if it is personalized. For motorcycles, the fee is $23.75 for a standard historical plate or $42.50 if it is personalized. As in the past, all registrations are valid for one year. There are currently more than 30,000 historical vehicles registered in New York State including nearly 300 motorcycles. Additional information on historical plates is available on the DMV Web site at http://www.nydmv.- state.ny.us/cpl8faqs.htm#Historical.
Historical plates can be ordered in person at any DMV office or by mail through the DMV Custom Plate Unit in Albany.
Additional information is available on the DMV Web site or by calling 518- 402-4838 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m.