Albany – New Yorkers will be able to decide which one of five designs should appear on the new license plate that will be on vehicles from Long Island to Utica next year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a statewide survey this morning to select the state’s new license plate design. The voting runs through Monday, Sept. 2, on the governor’s website and at the governor’s exhibit at the Great New York State Fair starting this Wednesday.
The license plate with the most votes will become the state’s official plate and will be available to customers beginning April 2020.
“License plates are a symbol of who we are as a state,” Cuomo said, “and New Yorkers should have a voice and a vote in its final design.”
The new plates will replace the aging Empire Blue & White plates, most of which are more than 10 years old. Once the new plates become available, the Department of Motor Vehicles will also stop issuing the Empire Gold plates and begin fully transitioning to the new design.
More than 3 million vehicles across the state have plates that are over 10 years old. 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.