New York Press

New York Press custom plate


Custom plate fees
Initial (assigned)$60.00
Annual renewal (assigned)$31.25
Initial (personalized)Cannot personalize
Annual renewal (personalized)Cannot 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. 



  • An original letter from the DMV-approved news organization on the company letterhead that requests that New York Press (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 the news-gathering company's name.

  • An applicant in New York City must provide a copy of their NYC Press Identification Card, issued by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. 

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


Order by mail  2

Mail the required documents and your payment to:

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


You cannot order this plate online, by phone, or 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 (PDF) or call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838.

  1. 1. The letter must be signed by a person approved by the DMV to sign an 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. 2. If you have questions, call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838