Peeling license plates
We are aware that some older license plates may show delamination (peeling) of their printed coating.
License plates that are peeling should be exchanged for a new set of license plates free of charge. License plates showing natural use, fading, chips or crash damage are not eligible for a free exchange.
How do I know if my plates are peeling due to delamination or normal use?
Examples of coating delamination (no fee required):
Examples of aging or damage (fee required):
How do I exchange my peeling plates due to delamination for a new set?
You may request a new set of plates at a DMV office or by contacting the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838 between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday and a telephone representative will walk you through the process. You will be asked to submit a photograph of the peeling plate.
Can I keep my same plate number?
Yes. If you want to keep your same plate number you will be charged a fee of $20.
Call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838 between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
How do I exchange plates that are not peeling due to delamination?
If your plate shows damage from use, fading or cracking, and not delamination the DMV will issue you a new registration and replacement plates.
You will need to pay $25 for the new plates, and a fee of $3.75 to issue a new registration, plus another $20 if you want your new plates to have your old plate number.
Visit your local DMV office or contact the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838 between 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.