Apply for historical plates

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

 

How to apply

Historical license plates can only be registered to a vehicle manufactured more than 25 years before the current calendar year that is used only as a collector’s item or exhibition piece, and not for daily transportation.  1

Learn more about historical plates

 

Requirements

You must apply for personalized historical plates by mail (you may apply for standard historical plates by mail or at your county's DMV office), and are required to submit the following documents

Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

See instructions for your county

 

Mail all of the above to:

NYS DMV
Custom Plates Unit
P.O. Box 2775
Albany, NY  12220

 

Cost

Passenger Vehicles:

  • If you already have a valid New York State registration for the vehicle in your name, the fee is $28.75 for standard historical plates or $60 for personalized historical plates.
  • If the vehicle is not currently registered in your name, the fee is $53.75 for standard historical plates or $113.75 for personalized historical plates.
    NOTE:  If you live in New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, or Westchester county, the fee is $78.75 for standard historical plates or $138.75 for personalized historical plates due to the addition of an annual $25 Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District supplemental registration fee.
  • If the vehicle is a 1973 or newer model year and does not already have a New York State title issued in your name, there is an additional fee of $50.00 for the title.
  • The standard yearly renewal fee for passenger vehicles is $28.75 for standard historical plates or $60.00 for personalized historical plates.

Motorcycles (motorcycle registrations have a fixed expiration date of April 30):

  • If you already have a valid New York State registration for the motorcycle in your name, the fee is $23.75 for standard historical plates or $42.50 for personalized historical plates.
  • If the motorcycle is not currently registered in your name, the fee is $37.50 for standard historical plates or $56.25 for personalized historical plates.  
    NOTE:  If you live in New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, or Westchester county, the fee is $62.50 for standard historical plates or $81.25 for personalized historical plates due to the addition of an annual $25 Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District supplemental registration fee.
  • If your motorcycle is a 1973 or newer model and does not have a New York State title issued in your name, there is an additional title fee of $50.00.
  • The standard yearly renewal fee for motorcycles is $25.00 for standard historical plates or $43.75 for personalized historical plates. 

Do it by phone

You cannot apply for historical plates by phone

Do it by mail

You must apply for personalized historical plates by mail.

Mail required documents to: 

NYS DMV
Custom Plates Unit
P.O. Box 2775
Albany, NY  12220

Do it at the DMV

You can apply for standard historical plates at any DMV office.  (You must apply by mail for personalized historical plates.)

Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

See instructions for your county

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.