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New York License Plate Information Summary

By registering your vehicle in New York, you also get your New York license plate. You'll renew your plate every time you renew your registration. You have the ability to transfer the plate from an older vehicle to a new one you buy, either from a dealership or through a private sale.

New York License Plates Offered

New York issues standard, vanity, disability, and license plates that support various organizations. To find out what plates you can get, you can go to the DMV online.

You only need one New York license plate for the rear of your vehicle.

When you buy your vehicle from a dealership, you can get a temporary license plate to use until you get your official plate.

You can also get a temporary license plate if you need to drive your vehicle to your home state, or want to drive it for up to 30 days before you get your New York license plate.

To get your temporary plate go to the DMV with proof of insurance, ID, a bill of sale, and $12.50 for the fee.

When You Need To Get New York License Plate

You need to get a New York license plate within 30 days of moving to the state, or within 30 days of buying a new vehicle.

If you buy your vehicle from a dealership, it is obligated to get your plate for you.

Keeping Your License Plate Up To Date

To keep your license plate up to date, you must have your vehicle inspected once a year. Once that is done, assuming you pass inspection, you'll renew your New York license plate when you renew your registration.

If Your New York License Plate Is Stolen

If your New York license plate is lost or damaged, you must first file a police report regarding what happened. Otherwise, they will not be replaced. Then go in person to the DMV with a copy of the police report.

  • If your plate was damaged, you'll have to pay a $3.50 service fee plus $12.50 for a new plate.
  • If your plate was stolen, you will get a new plate for free.

Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plate

You can always transfer your plate to a new vehicle you've purchased.

You have to surrender most plate if you cancel your auto insurance or move out of state. This will cost you $1. You can surrender your plate by mail or in person at the DMV.

If you own a motorcycle, you do not need to surrender your New York license plate.

New York License Plate Costs

A new New York license plate for first-time registrants costs $25.

Sample New York License Plate

DMV Offices In New York

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