New York License PlatesNew York is issuing a new base plate starting in April 2010 for transactions that require new plates. An additional $25 fee will be added to renewal charges for the new plates. New plates will be issued to renewals starting in May 2010. Registrants may keep their current plate number by paying an additional $20 fee. Although the new plates will replace the current blue on white base for common types such as Passenger, Commercial, Motorcycle, and Trailer, it will not be used for Specials for professions or special groups. Those plates will be replaced later by a different design to be announced at a later date.
Update: Due to public outcry, it now seems possible, or even likely, that the new plates WILL NOT become a mandatory general reissue, but will be issued for new registrations only. Many people have been objecting to the steep fees associated with the planned reissue, which has much more to due with raising money for the state to use in their budget shortfall than just replacing the current base plates. Had the original plan to make the new base a general reissue gone through, it would have generated $129 million for the state. In addition to the new plates, registration and insurance surcharge fees are increasing.
We now have an answer regarding the T800205T format Taxi plates. Felice advises: These plates are issued to NYC Taxis while they wait for the plate with their medallion number to be made. These plates started in the 1970s when they were the standard issue for NYC taxis, around 1989-90 they were replaced with medallion numbers.
The new Empire State base came out April 1, 2010. Ron Ridolph advises that Passenger plates will start out in the FAB, FAC, FAD, and FAE series. FAA was skipped.
Non-Passenger types on the new base will appear in the following formats and number blocks:
SPECIAL COMMERCIAL: 10000-SM
T & L C: T600000C
TOW TRUCK: 10000-TT
13 - black on white (windshield)
black on blue (plate)
14 - black on white (windshield)
black on gray (plate)