Vehicle (or license) plates are a metal plate attached to a vehicle or trailer for official identification purposes. You will receive plates when you register your vehicle for the first time. 

Excelsior license plates are now available

Get plates for the first time


Transfer plates

You cannot transfer your plates to another person. You can only transfer ownership (title or transferrable registration). See information on how to transfer ownership

After you sell or give away a vehicle, you can transfer the registration and vehicle plates to another vehicle you own. See the registration page for more information.

I already have New York plates


Return plates

Temporary plates

If you are moving a vehicle that does not have plates yet, you will need


People with disabilities


Picture and Professional Custom Plates

A picture or professional plate is a vehicle plate that has the words "New York" contained in a blue banner, and a picture or logo next to the plate number. 

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Personalized Plates

Personalized plates are standard series plates that have a combination of numbers and letters that you select, for an additional fee in addition to your regular vehicle registration fee.