DMV Says Vehicle Owners Can Exchange Peeling Plates

Drivers can exchange peeling license plates for free, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said Tuesday.

“We are encouraging New Yorkers who have peeling license plates to get new ones, without any charge, to avoid the risk of being ticketed and having to pay a fine,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “We do not want that to happen to our customers, so we made the process to replace peeling plates as easy as possible.”

Customers who want the next available standard plate number for free can email DMV at [email protected]. They should include their current plate number in the subject line and the following information in the email:

  • name as it appears on the registration
  • address
  • city, state, ZIP code
  • daytime telephone number
  • peeling plate number
  • a photograph of the peeling plates

A new registration/windshield sticker will be mailed along with the new license plates.

If a customer wants to keep their current plate number, they should mail a completed Application for Replacement Plates -Keep Same Plate Number, a photo of the peeling plates, and a $20 check or money order to ‘Commissioner of Motor Vehicles’ to:

6 Empire State Plaza
Room 414A
Albany, NY 12228

A new registration and windshield sticker will be mailed separately from the plates.

License plates showing natural aging, chips or cracks are not eligible for a free exchange. Customers wishing to exchange plates showing natural aging must pay the $28.75 replacement fee.

Customers should not return peeling plates to DMV and should destroy them so they cannot be reused. When disposing of peeling plates, DMV recommends using a permanent ink marker to cross out the plate number or otherwise deface the plates.

Old plates can be recycled at a local scrap metal yard or recycling drop-off station. For more information, visit Recycle Right New York.

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