Drivers in New York Can Replace Peeling License Plates for Free

ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY–)  The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding vehicle owners they can exchange any New York license plate that is peeling free of charge.

Customers who want the next available standard plate number free of charge can email DMV at

They should include the following information in the email…

  • name as it appears on the registration
  • address (Please update your address, if not current, prior to e-mailing your request)
  • 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 wishes to keep the same plate number, they should mail a completed Application for Replacement Plates -Keep Same Plate Number, a photograph of the peeling plates, and a $20 check or money order payable 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.

For more information, visit Recycle Right New York.


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