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Information about Empire Gold plates

Before You Start

To order Empire Gold plates, you will need

  • the vehicle plate number
  • vehicle registration class
  • your name
  • your ZIP Code (on DMV records)

Image of Empire Gold, Empire Blue and White, and Blue Banner Picture plates.

Since April 1, 2010, DMV has issued Empire Gold vehicle license plates. DMV no longer issues Empire Blue and White plates.


Do I need to get the new Empire Gold plates when I renew my vehicle registration?

No. You can keep your current plates when you renew your registration.


When can I get the Empire Gold plates?

You will get Empire Gold plates when you

  • apply to replace plates that are lost or stolen
  • apply for a new (original) registration and do not transfer the plates or registration from another vehicle
  • order new personalized plates

You have the option to order Empire Gold plates 

  • when you renew your registration online, by mail or at a DMV office
  • to replace your current plates (when your registration is not due for renewal)


How can I get Empire Gold plates?

You can order Empire gold plates by phone, online or at a DMV office. The new plates and registration documents will be sent to you separately in the mail. In most cases, you will receive the new registration documents in the mail before you receive your plates.

To avoid traffic tickets, put the new registration document on your vehicle even if your new plates have not yet arrived. Put the new plates on your vehicle as soon as you receive them.

To order online, you must provide

  • the vehicle plate number
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  • your name
  • your ZIP Code (on DMV records)

How much do Empire Gold Plates cost?

You must pay a plate fee of

  • $25 for a two plate set
  • $12.50 for vehicles that receive only one plate (motorcycles, trailers, etc.)

You may need to pay additional fees.  The fee exchange a plate when your registration is not due for renewal is $3.75.


Will I be able to keep my same plate number?

Yes, if your vehicle is registered in the one of the classes listed below, you can keep the same plate number from your current plates on your new Empire Gold plates for an additional fee of $20.00.


What is the plate fee, and do I have to pay it?

You don’t need to get new Empire Gold plates and pay a plate fee when you renew. You can renew and keep your current plates.

If you need a new plate, or you choose to get new Empire Gold plates, you need to pay a plate fee.

  • the fee for a set of two vehicle plates is $25
  • the fee for a single plate (for example, a plate for a trailer or motorcycle) is $12.50

There is an additional $3.75 plate exchange transaction fee to order Empire Gold plates when there is not a registration renewal.

I have a personalized plates.  Can I keep the same plate number if I request Empire Gold plates?

Yes.  You can get new Empire Gold plates and keep your personalized plate number when you renew your registration.

In addition to your renewal fee, you’ll need to be the new plate fee ($25 plate fee for a set of two new plates, or $12.50 for vehicles that receive single plates). You will not be charged an additional fee to keep your same number, because you currently pay an annual personalized plate fee.

If your registration is not due to be renewed, but you want to order Empire Gold personalized plates to replace your current personalized plates, you can order Empire gold plates online or at a DMV office. There is an additional $3.75 plate exchange transaction fee to order Empire Gold plates when there is not a registration renewal.


What do I do with my Empire Blue and White plates once I receive my new Empire Gold plates in the mail?

Do not return your old plate(s) to the DMV. Recycle your old plates based on local guidelines.

For a statewide list of local recycling coordinators, visit the web site of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (www.dec.ny.gov).

Before you recycle your old plates, use a permanent ink marker to cross out the plate number or otherwise deface the plates. For your own protection, separate the plates and put them in the recycle bin during different weeks.

Before You Start

To order Empire Gold plates, you will need

  • the vehicle plate number
  • vehicle registration class
  • your name
  • your ZIP Code (on DMV records)