New York Press

New York Press custom plate

How much does it cost? 

Custom plate fees
Initial (assigned)$60.00
Annual renewal (assigned)$31.25
Initial (personalized)Can't personalize
Annual renewal (personalized)Can't personalize

The annual custom plate renewal fee is in addition to your vehicle registration renewal fee. You will be billed for the plates every two years when you renew your registration. 


What are the requirements?

  • An original letter from the DMV-approved news organization on the company letterhead that requests that NYP plates be issued to the applicant.  1

  • If the vehicle is registered to the company, a letter is required that states that the vehicle is used for news gathering purposes.

  • A copy of the registration for the vehicle that will receive the NYP plates. The vehicle must be registered in the name of the person who applies for NYP plates or in the name of the news gathering company.

  • An applicant who works in New York City must provide a copy of their NYC Police Department working press identification card.

  • A fee of $60.00 paid with a check, money order or credit card. The fee may vary depending upon the expiration date of your current registration. A check or money order can be made payable to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.


Can I order this plate online?

No, you can't order this plate online.


Can I order this plate by phone?

No, you can't order this plate by phone.


Can I order this plate by mail?

Yes, you must order this plate by mail.  2

Mail the required documents and your payment to:

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


Can I order this plate at a DMV office?

No, you can't order this plate at a DMV office.


Universal Symbol of Access  Universal Symbol of Access

Custom Plates that include the Universal Symbol of Access for individuals who qualify are available only through the Custom Plates Unit. See how to order plates that include the Universal Symbol of Access or call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838.

  • 1. The letter must be signed by a person approved by the DMV to sign a NYP plate request letter. The letter must include the name or pseudonym of the applicant, a daytime phone number for the applicant, the job title including a complete description of duties of the applicant, and a statement that the applicant is employed full-time in a news gathering position and that the use of a personally-owned vehicle is required to cover breaking news, to take photographs or to shoot film.
  • 2. If you have questions, call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838