You can register your vehicle and obtain license plates in New York from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
There are various license plates to choose from, such as standard plates, specialty plates, or disability plates. Most of these plates have the option to be personalized with a custom plate number.
To look up available plate numbers in New York, use the search bar above.
Vehicles owned by New York residents must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
You can choose from a variety of license plates, such as:
Most of these license plates can be personalized to have a custom plate number. Personalization requires an application and has to follow the DMV’s guidelines.
In addition to the plates listed above, there are also temporary license plates. Temporary plates are required if you are purchasing a new vehicle and permit you to drive legally while you wait for your vehicle’s registration to be processed.
Temporary plates are valid for 30 days only and cannot be renewed.
You can apply for the following speciality license plates in New York:
The fees for specialty plates vary by type. To obtain a complete list of available plates and the prices to register, please contact your local DMV office.
Any personalized license plate in New York must be approved by the DMV. Here are the guidelines that must be followed:
Your application will be processed by the NY DMV, and you may be required to provide alternative plate numbers if your first choice is not approved.
The decal stickers on your rear license plate indicate when your vehicle’s registration will expire.
You may receive a notification in advance, reminding you that it is time to renew your registration.
Renewing your vehicle before the stickers expire lets you avoid any unnecessary late fees.
Note: Vehicle inspections are required every 12 months, and you may be required to submit a certificate upon renewal.
It is possible to replace any lost, stolen, or broken license plates at the NY DMV.
If your license plates were stolen, you may be required to submit a police report.
All replacements require the following:
You may have to wait for your replacement plates to arrive by mail.
Note: Replacements for stolen license plates are free with a valid police report.
You may transfer your license plates to a new car if you have sold your previous vehicles. Your license plates cannot be transferred to anyone when sold.
When you transfer your plates, you’ll be required to pay a transfer fee at the DMV.
If you are not going to purchase a new vehicle, you may be required to surrender your license plates. You are also required to surrender your license plates when you move to a new state.
Note: Motorcycle license plates do not have to be surrendered.
License plates fees in New York vary by plate type and vehicle type. You may be required to pay state taxes and service fees in addition to the standard registration fees.
The following is a summary of some of the standard registration fees in New York:
Your renewal fees will be based on your vehicle type and the type of license plate that you chose to register.
You can look up license plates in New York using the search bar above.
All you need is the plate number and the state, and you can find out whether the plate number is available.
If the license plate is registered to a vehicle, you can obtain additional information, such as: