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New 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:

AGRICULTURE: 10000-GL
AMBULANCE: 10000-EV
APPORTIONED: 10000-PC
BUS: 10000-BB
COMMERCIAL: 10000-MA
DEALER: 7000000
FARM: 10000-FR
HANDICAPPED: 600000
HISTORICAL: HX-50000
LIVERY: 10000-LV
MOTORCYCLE: MT
OFFICIAL: R-10000
SCHOOL: 10000-SH
SPECIAL COMMERCIAL: 10000-SM
T & L C: T600000C
TAXI: 10000-TY
TOW TRUCK: 10000-TT
TRACTOR: 10000-TC
TRAILER: BA-10000
TRANSPORTER: 2000000

Stickers
13 - black on white (windshield)
black on blue (plate)
14 - black on white (windshield)
black on gray (plate)
Type Plate Notes Reporter
Empire Gold GVE-1073 NEW This is the new Empire Gold issue that began April 1, 2010.
Low: FAB 1774
John Rotella reports that as of 5/24/10, Cayuga County DMV is offering customers their choice of new Empire Gold or old Empire White plates. Cayuga County's DMV is in Auburn, where the license plates are made at the prison just 4 blocks from the DMV office. The State's official policy was that white plates would be used up before gold were issued in any particular office. John also reports that Cayuga County has been issuing their stock of plates in reverse order.
Rich Daniels reports the following skipped series:
FAG, FAT, FCC, FDA, FDR, FED, FEM, FME were all skipped.
All of the FKx series.
Most FxK series were skipped up through FMK, except for FAK, FBK and FJK, which were produced and issued. FRK, FWK were skipped in the FxK series, but FPK, FSK, FTK, FXK and FYK were produced.
All FxU prefixes were skipped: FAU, FBU, FCU, FDU, FEU, FFU, FGU, FHU, FJU, FLU, FMU.
FNx series also skipped.
FRT, FTA, FTC, and FTD series skipped.
All of the FUx and FVx series were skipped.
All FxU series through FXU were skipped.
GGG was skipped.
From John Rotella (4-10-12): Four weeks ago the Syracuse office was issuing FXG series. Today they are issuing FSP series. More from John:
Cayuga Co. (Auburn) never stops providing us with interesting information. They routinely issue plates (of all types) out-of-sequence or backwards. Last week I registered 2 motorcycles and got plates 35RH66 and 35RH67. Yet we see nnRTnn plates around town, already registered some months ago. Last September my friend got passenger FSG-1245 in Auburn, while three weeks I ago I was issued FSF-9219 for my sister's car.

From JD Merritt: The FZN series were issued predominately by DMV offices on Long Island in September 2012, while GAx series were being issued on Long Island since May 2012. FZN must have been on the back of the shelf, first in last out. Although not exclusively, many GBx series plates have been issued by New York State licensed dealers to retail customers who did not have valid license plates to transfer from their trade in. NY law requires the Insurance ID card to state "REPLACEMENT VEHICLE" to transfer plates from old car to new vehicle.

Note: Our new high as of 2014-10-15 is GWL-3026 seen by Rich Daniels, but we are holding off on posting it as the high because it is somewhat out of sequence, but of more importance, it was FLAT! We have to wonder if this could be some sort of test plate. Stay tuned...
Patrick O'Gara
Empire State HIGH EYH-2999 Series not seen yet: AA-, AB-, AI-, AO-, AQ-, AZZ, BF-, BJ-, BS-, and BU-. AA- & AB- reserved for use on paper In Transit plates. Letters I, O, and Q are not used in any position. After AA- & AB- for paper In-Transit plates, the ZA- series is now being used.
Rich reports other prefixes skipped: AFU, ASS, BAD, BAT, BLK, BMW, BRA, BRP, BVD, BYU, BYV, BZB, BZY, BZZ, CAD, CAT, CBA, CBS, CDC, CFU, CHP, CLT, CNN, CNT, CPA, CPR, CUD, CUF, CUM, CUN, CUS, CVS, CYA, DAD, DAH, DAM, DAV, DCJ, DDS, DEA, DEC, DEM, DET, DKS, DLR, DPW, DSU, DTZ, DUD, DUH, DUM, EAG, EAL, EAP, EAT, EEP, EFU, EMS, EMT, EPA, EPT, ERA.
Some plates in the DNB 8200 (probably 8250 through 8274 at least) series were produced without the state silhouette between the letters and numbers. They have been seen near Rochester.
EYH-2999 was the last Empire State plate produced. Some higher series plates were made, but they were special registrations, not standard issues.
John Rotella reports EYS-24nn, which he does not think was a special issue, so this remains an open question. The EYS plates spotted by John were embossed, whereas they would have been flat if they were specials.
S.J. Dodd
Empire State LOW ACA-1005 As noted above, the AA- and AB- series were used for paper In Transit plates, so the lowest series on the Empire State base is ACA. Steven Weinstein
Non-passenger Plates
Agriculture 31912-GL Probably started at 10000-GR on Empire State. 12042-GR reported as a low.
Sal Dodd informs us that Agriculture plates are for individuals/corporations that are moving farm produce or livestock for the purpose of selling retail or wholesale their own products. Registration rates are somewhat less than Commercial plates. Agriculture plates cannot be used on vehicles "for hire" and the vehicles they are used on must be insured. They were first issued on the "Liberty" base in late 1994. Windshield validation stickers are used for these plates and registrations are staggered, issued for a one year period.
Empire State high: 61782-GR 2014-05-30 Des Elmes
Empire Gold is using the GL suffix.
Low: 10121-GL
John Rotella
Ambulance 12759-EV Empire Gold
MikeR66 has the lowest plate (Empire State), 10000-ET, in his collection.
Mike Vickers
Apportioned 37272-PC Empire Gold
Appears to have started at 10000-PC.
Empire State high: 23135-PB
John Rotella
Bus 28486-BB Empire Gold plates started at 10000-BB.
Empire State plates started at 10000-BA.
10009-BA reported as a low by MikeR66. This would be the 10th Bus plate issued.
Empire State high: 63337-BA
Mike Vickers
Commercial 92877-KA New issue Commercial plates started at 10000-JA, which was spotted by lovefords in Rensselaer Co. Liberty Commercial issues in the 10000-Ax series are being reissued on the new base.
Mike V. notes that it has taken nearly 10 years to get from 10000-JA to 99999-JZ, probably because light trucks may now be registered as passenger cars.
Des Elmes
Commercial (Empire Gold) 32889-MG Series began at 10000-MA. John Rotella reports 10207-MA as a low. MF series skipped. John Rotella
Coroner Coroner 11 01 The first number indicates the county. Mrusso66 reports 01 01 as somewhat of a low for this type, although the first 01 represents Albany Co. Steve/K2WE
Dealer 7145055 Dealer plates appear to have started at 8100000 on the Empire State base, and 7100000 on the Empire Gold base.
Empire State high: 8175404
Geoffrey Gallagher
Division Of State Police DSP1073 Mtnrider
Emergency Management Letters are stacked to the left of numbers is the town/village/county entity. Bottom has the county in red.
Farm 16490-FR Farm plates are for moving equipment between farms, migrant worker buses, or from farm to dump, or any other farming activity. Vehicles with Farm plates do not require insurance. They are registered for one year and all expire in December. Plates are validated with a plate sticker. A legitimate farm or livestock operation must be owned in order to qualify for these plates, and specific information regarding the use of the vehicle must be provided to the DMV. FA suffix was used on the Empire State base, and the FR suffix is on the current Empire Gold base. John Rotella
Handicapped 614333ISA Flat
Empire Gold probably started at 600000.
Wheelchair symbol appears to right of numbers and takes up two of the eight spaces available on the plate. Handicapped plates are in the 200000 and 500000 series and are flat. 400000 series plates are also in use, but are listed here separately as Disabled Veteran since they have that legend. 957363 was just issued to a friend of Bird Man, so no idea why the numbers are jumping around so much.
John Rotella
Historical HX-72399 Flat - Empire Gold
Cars in their 26th model year are eligible for Historial Plates.
Andrew Persaud
In Transit Permit ZEN-8777 NEW This is the paper permit that began at AAA-1000 because of a computer glitch, which made it necessary to begin the Empire State base at ACA-1000. In Transit permits have been changed to the Z-- series. Kevin Gallagher
Limited Use Auto 12405-LS Spotted on an electric vehicle owned by the NY State Park Police. A Limited Use Auto is defined as a motor vehicle, other than one registered or capable of being registered, which has a maximum speed of not more than forty miles per hour.
Jim S. spotted the first of the series, 10000-LU on an electric vehicle of NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
Empire State high: 22283-LU 2012-09-11 Mike Vickers
The LS series is on the Empire Gold base.
Geoffrey Gallagher
Livery 24299-LV Mike Vickers
Medical Doctor
M
D
101504
Steven Weinstein reports M/D 90207 on 2012-06-29 with a large Caduceous emblem (snake wrapped around a staff) on the left with the M on the left and the D on the right of the emblem. Letters "MD" are quite large. It has the newer style New York on top and the words Empire State on the bottom. Spotted in Westchester County, NY.

From Mike Russo: This seems to be the new format for all New York special issue plates. They are coded with a "P" on the registration stickers (perhaps standing for picture?), and are dark navy letters on a white background, with the blue "New York" bar across the top from the Empire Gold plates, and a picture of some sort on the far left. Additionally, they have the type ("PHYSICIAN" "NURSE" etc) written out along the bottom of the plate, in between the bolt holes, in navy blue where "Empire State" would normally be. I have seen the RN & MD with the Caduceous, EMT and EMT-P with the Star of Life, and VF with a new design of the maltese cross.
Felice Batisti
Motorcycle 83GZ02 Series started at 10DA00. Mopeds use same format with 10AA, 10BA, or 10CA depending on weight class. ATV/ORV use same format with red lettering in the 10XA series. Mtnrider reports 46YD36 on 2006-02-24. Mike Vickers
Motorcycle (Empire Gold) 79SNxx Started at 10RA00.
ATV/ORV: 67JF40 2013-08-20 Willie C. Brock, Jr.
Felice Batisti
Motorcycle - Dealer 25MD38 Empire Gold started at 00MT00. Chris Scott
Official R-50024 This type was used on the "Liberty" plate from A-10000 through the D-nnnnn series. The "Empire State" series started at K-10000. The "Empire Gold" series started at R-10000.
Empire State high: M-75533
Kevin Gallagher
Official - PSD
A
G
8500 NEW
This is a new type of Official plate that denotes the Political Sub-Division. The town, county, or agency name is spelled out to the left of the numbers, and the county name appears at the bottom. The format is a two letter stack to the left of the four digit number. Chris Scott
School 16312-SH Embossed
Used on smaller school buses not school owned.
"Empire Gold" appears to have started at 10000-SH.
Kevin Gallagher
Semi-Trailer 4086C8 Flat
Earlier numbers in this series have the state silhouette as a separator between letters and numbers. This and newer issues are printed with no separation.
From Sal Dodd:
Semi-Trailer is a five year dated plate. First issued in Nov. 1989 on liberty base for 1990 model semi-trailers, with a 1995 expiration. Only 1990 or newer trailers can be registered with these plates. The numbering format was 1234A5, with the A5 appearing as a constant on all 1995 expiring plates, the lowest number being 1000A5. Each year a new series is started, generally appearing in November for the next 5 year term, i.e. 1991 trailer = 1996 expiration. The format on this plate would be 1234A6. 1992 trailer = 1997 expiration. Format 1234A7 and onward. The year of the trailer from 1990 onward makes little difference in what plate is displayed though. A 1993 trailer may have displayed a standard trailer plate for two years, then get a five year plate if desired, and expiration will reflect 5 years from issuance, with no relationship to model year.
Liberty base: 1995 =A5 1996 =A6 1997 =A7 1998 =A8 1999 =A9 2000 =A0 2001 =A1
2002 =A2 2003 =A3 2004 =A4 2005 =B5
2006 =B6 2007 =B7 2008 =B8 2009 =B9
These were fairly rare, but needed as those renewing exp 00 plates needed plates before the Empire bases were ready, and some were issued in early 2001 due to Empire base not ready in Jan 2001 for some non pass types that were low in registration levels. New 5 year registrants also needed these if registering during Nov or Dec 2000. NY allows up to 60 days before a registration period starts on trailers.
Empire Base: 2006= B6 2007= B7 2008= B8 2009= B9 2010= B0 2011= B1 2012= B2 2015= C5
Mike Vickers
Special Commercial 18103-SM Embossed
SC series on Empire State base, SM series on Empire Gold starting at 10000-SM.
Used on bulldozers, concrete pumpers, cranes, farm tractors, etc., any specialized equipment that uses the roads. Embossed plate. "SPEC-COMM" on bottom.
Empire State high: 46504-SC
Mike Vickers
State 13-5170 Now in Empire Gold.
Former type had www.state.ny.us white on dark blue at bottom of plate. Flat plate. New York outline on left side of plate, "STATE" in red letters under outline. First 2 digits indicate model year of the vehicle or equipment.

JD Merritt reports a new NY State Government series. He reports 111103 on a silver Toyota Prius in Queens on 1/9/13.
The plate is on the Empire Gold plate with the Seal of New York to the left and the serial to the right. Instead of "Empire State" on the bottom, www.ny.gov is inscribed. The plate is flat.
Chris Scott
State Park Police 8H122 Flat
New York State Park Police logo on left, "Empire State" on bottom.
Now in Empire Gold.
First number is State Park District (No. 1-11) then vehicle Radio Call Sign No.
Jim Schaller
T&LC (Taxi & Limo) T658556C Flat - Empire Gold
"T&LC" replaces The Empire State bar at the bottom of the plate.
Series originally started with T10000C on the Liberty base, then expanded to 8 characters in 1999 with numbers reaching as high as T34xxxxC. All previous numbers on the Liberty base have been replaced with Empire plates starting at T400000C. All T&LC plates are flat. Our thanks go to Felice Batisti for providing this information.
Empire Gold low: T600004C
Patrick O'Gara
T&LC - Nassau Co. N202486C This is a new issue only for Nassau Co. Used in conjunction with a checkerboard style (black & red) much the same as the regular T&LC. At the bottom of the plate where "THE EMPIRE STATE" usually appears, this type has "NASSAU COUNTY T&LC" on it. Some "door to door" taxis in Nassau Co. have traded their TX suffix Taxi plates for this new type.
Empire Gold started at N200000C
Low spotted: N200003C
Andrew Persaud
T&LC - Suffolk Co. S100003C Flat in the same style as the other T&LC plates, but legend at the bottom couldn't be verified because of a plate frame. Bradley Gallagher
T&LC - Westchester Co. W202184C Similar to the Nassau Co. type, this issue is for Westchester Co.
Empire State high: W104042C
Empire Gold started at W200000C.
Patrick O'Gara
Taxi 17618-TY Now in Empire Gold in the TY series. Mike Vickers
Taxi - City of New York 9Y28J These were issued in the NXNNA, NXNNB, NXNNC, NXNND, on the Niagara Falls base, and NXNNH and NXNNJ on the Empire Gold base. The end letter is about half the size of the other characters.

From Felice Batisti: The license plates on NYC Taxis are the same as their medallion numbers. The numbers run from 1A10-9Y99, excluding the letters F, I, O, Q, R, S, X, and Z. All numbers have been issued. On the Empire Gold base plate number 1A10H would be the second plate issued to that taxi. On the Liberty base a small number was used. Numbers 1-6 have been verified. On the Empire State base the letters A-E and G were used. F has not been used on any base. On the Empire Gold base the letters H-K (excluding I) have been verified.
Low: 1A70A
Colin MG
Thruway Authority TWY-851 Kevin G.
Tow Truck 33003-TT Empire high: 35360-TW
Empire Gold started at 10000-TT
Empire Gold low: 10001-TT 2013-01-25 Mike Vickers
Mike Vickers
Tractor 18200-TC Assigned to tractor portion of tractor/trailer rig. Flat plate. "TRACTOR" on bottom of plate. John Rotella
Trailer BG-46628 The Empire State base began at AA-10000. Low is AA-10181 and the High is AX-37774. AO & AQ series not used. The Empire Gold base began with BA-10000. Mike Vickers
Transporter 2101826 Flat plate. "TRANSPORTER" in place of "EMPIRE STATE" on bottom. Issued to Businesses (not dealers) involved in transporting vehicles from one location to another.
NOTE: Transporter plates are issued by the state in blocks to branch offices in descending order, or a backwards progression, but the offices issue the individual plates in an ascending order. Therefore, the low is actually the high for this type.
Empire State was in the 3000000 series.
Empire Gold are in the 2000000 series.
Sam Farley
Van Pool VAN1221 Flat, Empire Gold Base. VAN-POOL on bottom of plate Kevin Gallagher
Specialty Plates
Assn of Former Troopers 188AFT Mtnrider
Birthplace of Baseball 5993 Baseball surrounded by words "Birthplace of Baseball" on left.
Mike Russo reports a new design for this plate for the Empire Gold series that conforms to the other organization designs on the new plates.
Numbers go from 1 to at least 6000.
Jim Schaller
Bluebird Plate Environmental 947-BWY Flat
"Conserve Open Space" on bottom, Blue Bird on left side
Willie C. Brock, Jr.
Conserve Habitat 155HBT Bird flying on left, numbers to right, Conserve Habitat on bottom. Mtnrider
Disabled Veteran 412036ISA Wheelchair emblem to right of numbers. This also has the new Veteran design with the American flag over the entire backround of the plate. Kevin Gallagher
Drive for the Cure 465DFC Cancer Research and Education Mtnrider
Emergency Medical Technician 1292-emt Issued through the DMV with a copy of EMT certificate card. Chris Scott
Empire State Flower 167NYF Flat
Red Roses with green stems to the left of the serial. "Empire State Flower" printed on the bottom of the plate in script.
JD Merritt
EMT- Paramedic 2218 emtp Flat
Same as the "EMT" plates, just for Paramedic Level Providers. The letters EMTP are smaller than the numbers.
"EMTP" are very small letters, apparently the size of stacked letters, but are not stacked. The small letters are to the right of the normal size four digit numerical serial.
Mike Russo
Former Prisoner of War 999 Red Small Letters On left Blue Numbers to Right Mtnrider
Korean War Veterans 535KWV Gold medal logo to left of serial. Jim Sadler
Long Island 487ADH Flat
Regional specialty plate available with either Nassau or Suffolk County on the bottom of the plate. Light house to the left of the serial and a graphic map of Long Island water marked under the serial.
Kevin Gallagher
Marine Corps League
756
M
C
L
Large numbers, small letters stacked on right, "Leathernecks" on bottom. Mtnrider
NASCAR 562CAR Flat
While we don't plan to track highs on these, it is worth mentioning Tyler Rotondo's report that the New York version of these plates looks nearly identical to New Jersey's version, and they could easily be mistaken for each other.
JD Merritt
New York Giants 628DDC Flat
Giants helmet to the left of the serial.
Kevin Gallagher
New York Jets 178BGA Flat
Jets helmet to the left of the serial.
JD Merritt
New York Rangers NYR582 Flat
New York Rangers Logo to the left of the serial.
JD Merritt
New York Yankees MBP93 Flat
The red, white, and blue ball, bat, and top hat logo to the left of the serial.
Now on the new style flat plate.
Geoffrey Gallagher
Our Best Friends 306PTZ "Our Best Friends" on top left side with box picture of 4 Dogs. The PET suffix has also been used. Kevin Gallagher
Pearl Harbor Survivor 99 Jim Sadler
Press
N
Y
P
-7627
New York Press plates, used by members of the news media. Numbered in sequence, NYS does not grant request for low numbers. NYP 1 is usually given to the president of the New York Press Club. Usually seen in New York City area. Weegee reports the NYC Police Department has ceased issuing parking placards to members of the press. NYP plates are now the only method of media vehicle parking. Professional organizations are working with the city to reinstate the placards.

Steven Weinstein reports a strange version of an NYP plate was spotted on 2010-08-20. The plate, NYP 4304 had the new gold type New York across the top and the words Empire State (not The Empire State as in the blue/white plate) at the bottom but the plate has the white (not gold) background with blue letters. Sort of a cross between the old and new plates. The plate was spotted in Dobbs Ferry, NY

Mike Russo speculates that this will be the "Empire Gold" version of all Special Organization plates with small letters and large numbers. He has seen a few NYPs in this style in addition to an Appellate Court Judge (all three words spelled out to the left of a 3 digit number) in Albany.
Kevin Gallagher
Purple Heart
7755
P
H
Purple Heart to the left of numbers, normal numbers, P/H stacked at right.
Jim Sadler reports TJM 518 on a different design. This one has the words Combat Wounded and a Purple Heart image are on the left.
Jordan Irazabal
Registered Nurse
1728
R
N
This plate is for those nurses who are registered under the New York State Education Department. R/N stacked at right of the numbers. Kevin G.
Survivor of the Shield 2174 Issued to the spouses and children of New York City Police Officers killed in the performance of their duty. Survivor of the Shield is written to the left of the numbers.
Kevin Gallagher
US Submarine Vet
S
S
999
SS stacked before numbers, service logo to left of numbers, Silent Service in red on bottom. Jim Schaller
Veteran 980MLV American flag to left of numbers, Veteran in red below flag. Veteran plates have appeared with VET, SVC, SRV, VTN, VTR, and MLV. Order of issue is uncertain. VET has been confirmed by Jim S. as being the first used. He had the second plate issued, which was 101VET.
Persian Gulf Veteran - 146PGV
Vietnam Veteran - 515VNV
Steven Weinstein reported a new Veteran design 6/29/12 with the American flag over the entire backround of the plate with the word Veteran on the left.
Kevin Gallagher
Vietnam War Veteran 11B20A Flat
New flat Empire Gold style.
Geoffrey Gallagher
Volunteer Ambulance Service
V
A
S
9911
Ron Ridolph
Volunteer Firefighter
V
F
90728
V/F 8 reported as a low by Steven Weinstein.
Chris Scott reports that numbers are being recycled on the new base as of at least July 2012. His neighbor was just issued V/F 14351 as of that time.
Mtnrider
World War II Veteran 370WW2 WW II Veteran on bottom in gold Geoffrey Gallagher
Inactive Series
Liberty GS7 14E Sal Dodd reports that Statue of Liberty plates expired Apr. 1, 2003, and that Apr. 30, 2003 was the last date for display. Sal J. Dodd