How to Order Empire Gold Plates
Since April 1, 2010, DMV has issued Empire Gold vehicle license plates. DMV no longer issues Empire Blue and White plates.
You do not need to get Empire Gold plates when you renew your registration
You can keep your current plates or order Empire Gold plates.
When you are eligible to Empire Gold plates
You will get Empire Gold plates when you
- apply to replace plates that are lost or stolen
- apply for a new (original) registration and do not transfer the plates or registration from another vehicle
- order new personalized plates
You have the option to order Empire Gold plates
- when you renew your registration online, by mail or at a DMV office
- to replace your current non-Empire Gold plates (when your registration is not due for renewal)
How to order
You can order Empire Gold plates by phone, online or at a DMV office. The new plates and registration documents will be sent to you separately in the mail. In most cases, you will receive the new registration documents in the mail before you receive your plates.
To avoid traffic tickets, put the new registration document on your vehicle even if your new plates have not yet arrived. Put the new plates on your vehicle as soon as you receive them.
To order online, you must provide
- the vehicle plate number
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- your name
- your ZIP Code (on DMV records)
You must pay a plate fee of
- $25 for a two plate set
- $12.50 for vehicles that receive only one plate (motorcycles, trailers, etc.)
You may need to pay additional fees. The fee to exchange a plate when your registration is not due for renewal is $3.75.
Keeping your same plate number
If your vehicle is registered in the one of the classes listed below, you can keep the same plate number from your current plates on your new Empire Gold plates for an additional fee of $20.00.
- passenger (PAS)
- commercial (COM)
- motorcycle (MOT)
- trailer (TRL)
- other specific registration classes - see a list of registration classes eligible for Empire Gold plates and keep the same plate number
You do not need to get new Empire Gold plates and pay a plate fee when you renew. You can renew and keep your current plates.
If you need a new plate, or you choose to get new Empire Gold plates, you need to pay a plate fee.
- the fee for a set of two vehicle plates is $25
- the fee for a single plate (for example, a plate for a trailer or motorcycle) is $12.50
There is an additional $3.75 plate exchange transaction fee to order Empire Gold plates when there is not a registration renewal.
I have a personalized plates. Can I keep the same plate number if I request Empire Gold plates?
Yes. You can get new Empire Gold plates and keep your personalized plate number when you renew your registration.
In addition to your renewal fee, you’ll need to be the new plate fee ($25 plate fee for a set of two new plates, or $12.50 for vehicles that receive single plates). You will not be charged an additional fee to keep your same number, because you currently pay an annual personalized plate fee.
If your registration is not due to be renewed, but you want to order Empire Gold personalized plates to replace your current personalized plates, you can order Empire gold plates online or at a DMV office. There is an additional $3.75 plate exchange transaction fee to order Empire Gold plates when there is not a registration renewal.
What to do with your old Empire Blue and White plates
When you receive your new Empire Gold plates, do not return your old plate(s) to the DMV. Recycle your old plates based on local guidelines.
For a statewide list of local recycling coordinators, visit the web site of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8511.html.
Before you recycle your old plates, use a permanent ink marker to cross out the plate number or otherwise deface the plates. For your own protection, separate the plates and put them in the recycle bin during different weeks.