New Yorkers have until Labor Day to vote for a new license plate image and design.
The survey, launched by the Governor’s Office Monday, will allow New Yorkers to select their favorite among five total new license plate designs. The license plate with the most votes will become the state’s next official license plate and will be available for customers beginning in April, 2020.
“The time has come for New York to have a new license plate, which is why we worked hard to create design options that not only capture the heart of the Empire State, but also that our customers will be proud to put on their vehicles,” DMV Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroder said. “I hope everyone across the state will take a few minutes to view the options and vote for their top pick.”
According to the Governor’s Office, this contest kicks off a new 10-year license plate replacement program to ensure all New York license plates on the roadways are reflective and easy to read. Currently, over 3 million vehicles in New York State have aging plates that are 10-years-old or older, according to officials.
Because of their age, many of them are damaged, oxidized and peeling, making it difficult or impossible to read the license plate number. Having a license plate that is legible reduces a motorist's risk of being pulled over and cited for having an illegible license plate.
Beginning April 2020, through the plate replacement program, as customers renew their vehicle registrations over the next two years, those with license plates that are 10-years-old or older will be issued new plates. The current $25 license plate replacement fee will be added to the cost of the vehicle owner's registration renewal.
Customers may also keep their current license plate number for an additional $20 fee. Plate issuance begins for both original issuance and renewals on April 1, 2020.