Peeling license plates

Peeling Plates

Examples of coating delamination (no fee required):

empire blue peeling plate                     

 Empire Gold Peeling Plate



Replace plates and keep plate number

If you want to keep your same plate number, you must pay a $20 fee.



6 Empire State Plaza
Room 414A
Albany, NY 12228

A new registration/windshield sticker will be mailed separately from the plates.

Allow 4 to 6 weeks for your new plates with the same number to arrive in the mail.


Replace plates and get new plate number

If you want the next available standard plate number free of charge, please email us at [email protected].  Include your plate number in the subject line, and the following information in the email

  • name as it appears on the registration
  • address (Please update your address prior to e-mailing your request, if not current) 1
  • city, state, ZIP
  • daytime telephone number
  • peeling plate number
  • a photograph of the peeling plates must be submitted with this email

A new registration/windshield sticker will be mailed along with the new license plates.

*Important - once you submit your request through email, it is final and you cannot request changes.



Peeling IRP Apportioned Plates

You may request a new set of plates by submitting a completed Schedule A&C (IRP-6) (PDF). Select the Replacement Plate option in Part 1 of the application and include a photograph of the peeling plate. The information can be mailed to the International Registration Bureau (IRB), faxed to 518-486-6579, or emailed to [email protected]. If you have any questions about the replacement of an apportioned license plate, contact IRB at (518) 473-5834.



Damaged Plates

Examples of aging or damage (fee required):

Empire Blue Damage Plate         

 Empire Gold Damage Plate


If your plate shows damage from use, fading or cracking, and not delamination the DMV will issue you a new registration and new Excelsior 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. 

See how to order new (Excelsior) plates.


Before you go to an office

See location, instructions and reservation information for your DMV


What to do with your old plates

Do not return your old plates to DMV. Destroy your old plates so that they cannot be reused. If your plates are not destroyed and someone else uses them, you could be held responsible for any traffic tickets written against the plates and for any fines resulting from the tickets.  When disposing of the old plates, we recommend that you use a permanent ink marker to cross out the plate number or otherwise deface the plates. 

Your old plates are considered to be scrap metal and you can recycle them at your local scrap metal yard or recycling drop-off station.  For more information, visit Recycle Right New York.  


  1. 1. Address - The address on your registration must be current