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New York

    The New York Department of Motor Vehicles oversees the distribution and issuance of personalized and customized vanity license plates. New York allows you to determine if your specific lettering on the license plate is available online. Personalized license plates in New York can be ordered online and take up to 6 weeks for processing and delivery. License plates can only be ordered by a registered owner and the plate you order must be registered to an New York vehicle at the time of issuance.
  • Fee: The fee for a personalized license plate in New York is $60 in addition to the regular renewal fee.
  • Number of Characters: In New York, they allow a maximum of 8 characters and a minimum of 2 characters on your Personalized Plate (2 to 6 characters for motorcyles). You can use any combination of Letters A to Z, State Image of New York, Spaces and Numbers 0 to 9 .
  • Limitations: Personalized vanity license plates in New York are subject to approval by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The website also states that the following are not allowed:
    • the letter “O” between two numbers to make what appears to be a number.
    • the letter “I” as first or last characters on a plate when the rest of the characters are all numbers.
    • the number zero (0) between two letters to form a word.
    • the number zero (0) and the letter “O” to form a word or number.
DMV Custom Plates Unit
PO Box 2775
Albany, NY 12220
  • Additional Information: For more information on obtaining a personalized vanity license plate in New York, visit the New York Personalized Plates website, go to any New York DMV office or call the New York Special Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838.

    This Site is not owned or operated by, nor affiliated with any governmental organization. This Site contains general information with respect to personalized license plates at the department of motor vehicles in various states. It is for informational and educational purposes only. You should check with the specific state that your motor vehicle is registered in before ordering