New Orange New York License Plates - Are NY State plates ugly?
The new New York State Plates
Starting April 1, 2010 all new plates issued by the New York State DMV will be the new style known as "Empire Gold."
You have probably already seen these hideous plates in New York streets. Empire Gold is the nice marketable name created by whatever spin doctors were hired to try to pass these visual monstrosities off to the new york state tax payers. According to the official press release, this new design is "retro" and NYS is proud to present it to its motorists.
Initially, New York State planned on requiring all new registrants and renewals to purchase new empire gold plates , this created the buzz that the budget of NYS was to be spurred by forcing drivers of the state to pay the recently increased plate fee of $25 in order to renew their registration.
This policy is revoked and the need for new plates and the resultant $25 fee is to be limited to to new registrations and lost/stolen plate replacement requests.
New Orange New York State Plates
You will receive Empire Gold plates when you:
- Apply to replace plates that are lost or stolen, or
- Apply for a new (original) registration and do not transfer the plates or registration from another vehicle, or
- Order new personalized plates.
You will have the option to order Empire Gold plates when you:
Renew your registration on-line, by phone, by mail or at a DMV office, or
Order Empire Gold plates to replace your current plates at a time your registration is not due to be renewed. You can order Empire gold plates by phone, on-line or at a DMV office.
Why do we have these new orange new york plates?
Supposedly, New York State traditionally releases a new plate design every ten years. It has been near ten years since the last issue of the blue and white plate style we have been accustomed too.
New York State has called these plates "retro" and in fact they are.
Below you will see some retro or vintage selection of New York State plates from the past - the orange or "Empire Gold" motif was common throughout NYS past plates.
Hide your Ugly Plate
If you really hate your new "empire gold" license plate, simply invest in a new license plate holder that takes attention away from its hideousness.