How do I order personalized plates and vanity plates in New York? New York

Personalized Plates and Vanity Plates

Before ordering a custom plate, be aware that the NY DMV will not honor your personalized plate request if:

  • It does not have at least one letter.
  • It has letters or numbers arranged in a format reserved for specific classes of vehicles other than passenger cars.
  • It matches that reserved for historical vehicles.
  • It consists of six numbers followed by one letter.
  • It is found to be lewd, obscene, offensive, or derogatory.
  • It creates the false sense your vehicle is operating in an official capacity for a governmental department or function.
You are limited to eight characters or fewer on a standard license plate and six characters or fewer on a picture license plate or a custom license plate for a motorcycle. 

To spare yourself of disappointment, be sure to check if your custom plate idea is available before ordering. You can do this online (found on the New York DMV's Web site) or by calling (518) 402-4838.

Ordering Personalized and Vanity Plates

Professional, emergency services, and several other organization plates may have to be ordered directly through the organization itself, or through the Custom Plates Unit. 

Order by Phone

When ordering specialty plates be aware that you will be required to explain what your combination means or what it represents. 

To order, call (518) 402-4838 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When you do, have at the ready:

  • Your current vehicle registration.
  • A valid credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express) to pay personalized plate fee (see fees below).
Your new registration documents will arrive in the mail in about two weeks; your license plates in six weeks. If you've recently moved, make sure the DMV has your new address on file. 

Order by Mail

  • Download and complete Order Form for Personalize Plates of Cause, Organization, Regional, Colleges and Fraternities or Sports Picture Plates (Form CP-62.1).
  • Write a check for the proper fee (see below).

Send to:

DMV Custom Plates Unit
P.O. Box 2775 
Albany, NY 12220


The fees for Custom Picture Plate Fees (second fee represents personalized cost) are:

  • Sports Teams: $60/$91.25
  • New York State Regions/Tourism: $60/$91.25
  • Most Organizations: $60/$91.25

The fees for Personalized Empire Gold Plate (standard) are:

  • Passenger and Commercial Plates: $60
  • Motorcycles: $35

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