Vehicle registration plates of New York
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- 1 Passenger baseplates 1910 to present
- 2 Passenger baseplate variations
- 3 Optional plates
- 4 Non-passenger plates
- 5 Personalized plates
- 6 County coding
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Passenger baseplates 1910 to present
In 1956, the U.S. states and Canadian provinces came to an agreement with the Automobile Manufacturers Association that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles, except those for motorcycles, at six inches in height by twelve inches in width, with standardized mounting holes. The 1956 issue (dated 1957) was the first New York license plate that complied with these standards.
|Image||Dates issued||Design||Slogan||Serial format||Serial numbers issued||Notes|
|1910||White on blue||none||12345||unknown||Numbers bolted to flat base|
|1911||White on maroon||none||12345||unknown|
|1912||White on red||none||12345||unknown||Only year issued on porcelain enamel base|
|1913||White on purple||none||12345
|unknown||First year with date listed on plate|
|1914||White on brown||none||12345
|1915||Black on yellow||none||12345
|1916||Blue on white||none||123-456
|1917||White embossed lettering on dark olive-green base||none||123-456
|1918||White embossed lettering on maroon base||none||123-456||unknown|
|1919||White embossed lettering on black base||none||123-456||unknown|
|1920||Black embossed lettering on light green base||none||123-456||unknown|
|1921||White on dark blue||none||123-456||unknown|
|1922||White on emerald green||none||123-456
|Issued by county in numerical allotments|
|1923||White lettering and rims embossed on violet base||none||123-456
|Issued by county in numerical allotments|
|1924||White on French gray||none||123-456
|Issued by county in numerical allotments|
|1925||Black on yellow||none||1A-23-45||County-coded|
|1926||White on dark blue||none||1A-23-45||County-coded|
|1927||Black on yellow||none||A-12-34
|1928||Orange on black||none||A-12-34
|1929||Black on yellow||none||A1 23-45||County-coded|
|1930||Yellow-orange lettering on embossed black base||none||A 12-34
|1931||Black lettering on embossed golden yellow base||none||A-12-34
|1932||Yellow-orange lettering embossed on black base||none||A-12-34
|1933||Black on yellow||none||A-12-34
|1934||Yellow on black||none||A-12-34
|1935||Black on yellow||none||A-12-34
|1936||Yellow on black||none||A-12-34
|1937||Black on deep orange||none||1A23-45||County-coded|
|1938||Yellow-orange on black||"NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" embossed across bottom of plate||A-12-34
|1939||Black on yellow orange||"NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" embossed across top of plate||A-12-34
|1940||Yellow-orange on black||"NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1940" embossed across bottom of plate||A-12-34
|1941||Black on golden yellow||none||1A23-45||County-coded|
|1942–43||Gold on black||none||AB12-34||County-coded||Single plate issued. Revalidated for 1943 with black on gold tabs.|
|1944||Black on gold||none||AB12-34||County-coded||Single 1942 plate held back and re-stamped 44|
|1945||Gold on black||none||AB12-34||County-coded|
|1946||Black on gold||none||AB12-34||County-coded|
|1947||Gold on black||none||AB12-34||County-coded|
|1948–49||Black on gold||none||AB12-34||County-coded||Revalidated for 1949 with black tabs.|
|1950||Gold on black||none||AB12-34||County-coded|
|1951–52||Embossed black on gold; "NY" embossed in black block letters in bottom left corner and "51" in bottom right corner||"THE EMPIRE STATE" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom||AB12-34||County-coded||Revalidated for 1952 with black tabs.|
|1953–54||Embossed gold on black; "NY" embossed in gold block letters in bottom left corner and "53" in bottom right corner||"THE EMPIRE STATE" embossed in gold block letters centered at bottom||AB12-34||County-coded||Revalidated for 1954 with gold tabs.|
|1955–56||Embossed black on gold; "NY" embossed in black block letters in top left corner and "55" in top right corner||"THE EMPIRE STATE" embossed in black block letters centered at top||AB12-34||County-coded||Revalidated for 1956 with black tabs.|
|1957||Embossed gold on black; "NY" embossed in gold block letters in bottom left corner and "57" in bottom right corner||"EMPIRE STATE" embossed in gold block letters centered at bottom||A-1234
|County-coded||First plate to comply with U.S./Canadian Standards: 6" x 12" plate with standardized mounting holes. (See top of section)|
|1958–59||Embossed black on gold; "NY" embossed in black block letters in bottom left corner and "58" in bottom right corner||"EMPIRE STATE" embossed in black block letters centered at bottom||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1959 with black tabs.|
|1960–61||As 1957 base, but with "60" embossed in bottom right corner||"EMPIRE STATE" as on 1957 base||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1961 with gold tabs.|
|1962–63||As 1958–1959 base, but with "62" embossed in bottom right corner||"EMPIRE STATE" as on 1958–1959 base||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1963 with black tabs.|
|1964–65||Embossed gold on black with border line; "NY" embossed in gold block letters in bottom left corner and "64" in bottom right corner||"WORLD'S FAIR" embossed in gold block letters centered at bottom||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1965 with red stickers placed at far right.|
|1966–72||Embossed orange on dark blue; border lines around plate and around registration sticker spot at bottom right; "NEW YORK" embossed in orange block letters centered at bottom||none||A-1234
|County-coded||First use of full state name. Some later plates use the 1973 dies; all revalidated with stickers.|
|1973–80||Embossed dark blue on reflective orange; border lines around plate and around registration sticker spot at bottom right; "NEW YORK" embossed in dark blue block letters centered at bottom||none||12-ABC
|County-coded||Numbers 51 through 999 were used on the 12-ABC and 123-ABC serial formats. Narrower dies introduced 1979 to accommodate 1234-ABC format. All plates revalidated with windshield decals; plate stickers never used despite sticker box.|
|1980 – June 30, 1986||1234-ABC1||1000-AAA to approximately 9999-BUR;
1000-TAA to approximately 9999-TCS
|July 1, 1986 – December 2000||Liberty plates. Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white plate, with red stripe at top and bottom; "NEW YORK" in plain serifed block font centered at top; red outlined Statue of Liberty screen printed in center (or at left on vanity plates)||none||ABC 123
|County-coded||Validated with windshield decal.|
|A2A 100 to Y9Z 999;
A10 0AA to Z99 9ZZ;
AA1 00A to GS9 99E
|January 2001 – March 31, 2010||Empire State plates. Embossed dark blue numbers on reflective white with blue bars above and below; upper blue bar has the words "NEW YORK" in white serifed block numbers outlined in dark blue, over a skyline of Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, and New York City, with sky above all||"THE EMPIRE STATE" in smaller serifed block letters screened on lower blue bar||ABC-12343 with embossed New York State outline as separator||AAA-1000 to EYH-2999||Validated with windshield decal. Serial numbers EYH-3000 through EZZ-9999 may be issued on vanity plates. TWY series used by New York State Thruway Authority.|
|April 1, 2010 – present ||Empire Gold plates. Embossed dark blue numbers on orange plate, with small blue bar at bottom with thin blue stripe above and curved larger blue bar at top with thin blue stripe below, with orange "NEW YORK" in serifed block letters curving to edges of top bar||"EMPIRE STATE" in smaller serif block letters centered at bottom||ABC-12344 with embossed New York State outline as separator||FAA-1000 to HSG-49995 (as of February 19, 2017)||Validated with windshield decal.|
Notes on serial numbers
1. Plus remakes of 1966–1972 serial numbers, issued upon request.
2. Plus remakes of 1966–1972 and 1973–1986 serial numbers, issued upon request.
3. Plus remakes of Liberty serial numbers, issued upon request.
4. Plus remakes of Liberty and Empire State serial numbers, issued upon request.
5. This is the highest number reserved by the NYSDMV.
Passenger baseplate variations
1973–1980 & 1980–1986: blue on orange
Letter series on the original run of 1973 orange plates were allocated by county and were determined by a number of factors such as geographical names or features found in any said county. The entire 1973–1974 allocation list is displayed below.
By 1975, the DMV began to issue letter series that were not part of the original allocation. These were issued alphabetically, beginning with the 'A' series and running until the final 'V' and 'W' plates were issued in 1979–1980. This was done on a rotating basis in the alphabetical order of the county name. At times, issuing offices or counties ran short of plates and plates would be diverted to where they were needed, sometimes breaking the intended issuing order.
In late 1979, the state introduced new narrower dies that were to be used on the upcoming seven-character passenger plates. Most of the 'V' series of six-character plates used these dies (except for VS, VV, and the series issued in the original allocation), as well as series UYA through UYH, WXC through WXZ, WYX through WYZ, and WZA through WZZ.
The new seven-character passenger plates started to be issued in late 1980. These plates were issued sequentially, starting at 1000-AAA, with the letters I, O, and Q not used and 0 not used as the first digit. The 'A' series ran until around the end of 1983 and the 'B' series from around the beginning of 1984 until June 1986; there were also a few mis-stamped plates with the GAM suffix in Nassau County. The final known issue was in the BUR series.
The seven-character passenger plates were issued without regard of the meaning of any specific three-letter combination except one: 1000-AUB through 4999-AUB were assigned to Cayuga County for its county seat at Auburn, where the Corcraft plate facility is located.
In 1984 the DMV began to issue plates directly through dealers, using the 'T' series. The plates were issued in the same manner as described above, and can be dated in this manner: TAA-TAZ in 1984, TBA-TBZ in 1985, and TCA-TCS in 1986. The final known issue was in the TCS series.
In July 1986 the DMV began to issue the Liberty series to replace this issue, and it took two years for the old blue-on-orange issue to be fully off the road.
1986–2001: Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty plates used the word "Liberty" in the 3M security mark in the ABC 123 serial format and in the early 1AB 234 format. During 1990 the security mark changed from "Liberty" to a year designation. 1990, 1991, and 1992 were used. By 1993, 3M lot numbers were used until the end of the Liberty issue in 2000. The year security marks only denote the year the sheeting was manufactured; the plates may actually date somewhat later. Neither the ABC 123 nor the 1AB 234 formats were issued consecutively; e.g. plates ABD 768 and UVK 767 could have been issued the same day in 1986. Type One Liberty passenger plate issues were largely county-coded and were issued two ways: "over-the-counter" from a DMV or County office or "mail-out" in which registrants received new plates directly by mail.
When the 1AB 234 format made its first appearance in September 1988, the first serial numbers observed began with 6VB; this was because most plates with serial numbers from 2VA 100 through 9VZ 999 and 2XA 100 through 9XZ 999 were issued from new car dealers, which had exhausted their allocations in the ABC 123 format (roughly VAA 100 through VZZ 999 and XGA 100 through XZZ 999; XAA 100 through XFZ 999 were issued in Suffolk County as mail-out replacement passenger plates). By December 1988 other prefixes began to appear, again not in consecutive order, e.g. 4AB 234 and 7TC 766 both could have been issued on the same day in 1989.
This passenger format had left-side numbers from 2 through 9, with the number 1 not used to avoid confusion with the letter I. This serial format was the last in which the serial numbers were county-coded. During this issue, this system was finally abandoned, and all subsequent passenger plate issues beginning with the following Type Three A1B 234 type have been strictly alphabetical. Most plates, including specialty, vanity, and non-passenger plates, contained embossed characters, except a few in the A12 3BC format, which had screened characters.
To date, these earlier Liberty plates are:
- Type One
- ABC 123 format, issued from July 1, 1986 through at least July 1989. These were issued primarily on a county-code basis. The letters I, O, and Q were not used as the second or third letter, in the second and third serial positions on the plate respectively, on Type One passenger plates.
- Type Two
- 1AB 234 format, issued from around September 1988 through at least October 1991. Those stamped out during 1990 start using the 90 security mark. Type Two plates were at least partially issued on a county-code basis and became the last regular series passenger plates issued in this manner. The letters I, O, and Q were not used as they could be confused with numbers. The numbers 0 and 1 did not appear as the first digit, in the first position, to avoid confusion with the letters O and I, respectively. The number 0 also did not appear as the second digit, in the fourth position.
- Type Three
- A1B 234 format, issued from around January 1991 through at least November 1993. 90, 91 and 92 security marks appear on this format, and this format was manufactured in consecutive order. As with the type-two series, the numbers 0 and 1 did not appear as the first digit, in the second position, to avoid confusion with the letters O and I, respectively; the number 0 also did not appear as the second digit, in the fourth position. Type Three plates began the alphabetically-issued order for all regular series passenger plate issues.
- Type Four
- A12 3BC format, issued from February 1993 through at least August 1999. These were manufactured in consecutive order. The earlier A plates issued in early 1993 had 92 security marks and were the final plates on galvanized steel. By the end of the A series, plates had lot number security marks and were on thin gauge aluminum. A few of the late A plates had 92 security marks on precleared 3M sheeting on aluminum stock as well. Some plates in the Rochester area had screened serial numbers toward the end of this plate's run, but most other Type Four plates remained embossed, as did plates in all other series.
- Type Five
- AB1 23C format, issued from May 1999 through February 28, 2001. All had lot number security marks, and were aluminum. GS9 99E was the final known Type Five issue.
- "Preferred" plates
- Plates in the 1A 234 format were usually issued by county clerks' offices to constituents who contributed significantly to the counties; some were also issued as remakes of pre-1973 serial numbers.
- Rental plates
- Although technically not passenger plates, those with serial numbers ZAA 100 through ZZZ 999 were assigned for use on rental cars from 1986 through September 1996, when they were discontinued and replaced with standard passenger plates, using Liberty, 90, and 91 security marks. This was done to discourage carjacking of rental cars. It is the only instance of the year-dated marks on this format. They were manufactured as needed in small quantities, and none were made after 1992.
2001–2010: "Empire Blue and White" (blue on white, with "The Empire State" slogan)
In 2001, the state began the process of replacing all of the Liberty plates with a new "Empire State" design depicting Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, and the New York City skyline, including the Empire State Building. This base was also the first to use the "Empire State" slogan since 1963. As on the Liberty base, the serial numbers were embossed onto the plate, but unlike on the Liberty base, all vanity plates, most specialty plates, and many non-passenger plates had screened serial numbers. Renewing registrants were given the option to keep their previous registration number on a new set of plates, for a one-time fee. Many took this option, and received embossed plates with old standard-issue numbers (not in the ABC-1234 format).
The Empire State passenger plate issue began at AAA-1000 in 2001 and ended with EYH-2999. The first letters on these plates are A through E.
2010–: "Empire Gold"
In 2010, the standard plate was redesigned to "Empire Gold". This plate consists of dark blue numbers on a gold background, and retains the ABC-1234 serial format. Standard plate numbers are issued sequentially. As with the Empire State plate, standard-issue plates are embossed, while all vanity plates, all specialty plates, and many non-passenger plates are screened. Originally, the Empire Gold plate was supposed to be a reissue, replacing all Empire State plates in two years; however, after controversy over the new design and the $25 fee for reissue plates, mandatory replacement was called off, and the prior series remains valid. All new registrants receive the Empire Gold plate. Renewing registrants with existing Empire State plates can keep them or pay $25 for new Empire Gold plates. And for an additional one-time fee of $20, the new plates will have the same numbers as the previous plates (embossed).
The Empire Gold passenger plate issue began at FAA-1000 in 2010. The first letters on these plates are F, G, and as of December 2016 H. After HZZ-9999 is issued, the first letter is expected to skip to J, as the letter I is not used on standard passenger plates.
|Image||Dates issued||Design||Slogan||Serial format||Serial numbers issued||Notes|
|from unknown||Blue bar with script New York with thin red stripe below. Logo picture on the left followed by 2 to 6 plate digits. Red and blue stripes run along the bottom. Newer plates have a curved blue banner with yellow stripe below on top, though some of the older designs (such as "regions") have not been transitioned to the new style.||Custom Picture plates with sports logos, universities, professions, emergency services, and military organizations. Also used for some official plates, such as those of judges and assemblymen.||Up to six letters and numbers. If number is random it will be in pre-allocated blocks in the 123ABC format. Serial numbers proceed sequentially within their own plate type, but non-sequentially otherwise, setting them apart from standard-issue plates.||Validated with windshield decal.|
|Commercial||12345-MA||Earlier plates were 12345-JA|
|Handicapped||123456||wheelchair symbol is present on all handicapped plates|
|Nassau County limousine or taxi||N123456C|
|name of owning organization appears to left and county at bottom.
Alternate plates with a leading "R" and no other information
|Westchester County limousine or taxi||W123456C|
Letters or numbers that are found on every plate are bolded.
Before 1977 New York motorists were limited to use up to three letters and up to three digits on personalized/vanity plates, such as ABC-123, MM-123, and AB-12.
Vanity plates have been available since 1977 when DMV began allowing up to six characters using the 1973 plate dies. In 1978 new thin vanity plate dies allowing the issue of up to eight-character vanity plates began to be used. At first, in 1978, these plates had some restrictions: Numbers could only precede or follow letters and a dash—which counted as one character—could only separate letters and numbers.
In 1982 these restrictions were relaxed allowing numbers to be interspersed with letters and some types like commercial, trailer and motorcycle vanity (six characters) plates were introduced.
- 1977 examples: ALBANY; METS-1; WAYNE; JOHN
- 1978 examples: BROOKLYN; AMERICA; GRADE-12
- 1982 examples: TERMIN8R; GOOD2GO; ALL4U2
Since 1982 NY special registration plates have been available on all subsequent plate issues and has expanded into the NYS DMV's Custom Plate program.
Motorists may select up to eight characters on a vanity plate:
- letters A through Z
- numbers 0 through 9
- spaces (not recognized as a character on the windshield decal)
- a state symbol (which represents a dash, but is not recognized as a character on the windshield decal)
Personalized serial formats in New York are electronically printed directly onto the plate, as opposed to the randomly assigned, default serial numbers, which are embossed onto the front of the plate.
Any plate combination that is in use cannot be assigned as a vanity plate. For instance, if the serial number FAB-1000 is in use, FAB1000 or FAB 1000 cannot be issued as a vanity plate since the three plate numbers are processed as the same serial number on the windshield decal. Any "questionable" or offensive combinations are also not allowed to be assigned; some are permanently banned. Of 152,430 applications for vanity plates from 2010 to 2015, five thousand plate combinations were rejected.
New York never placed the full name of the county of registration explicitly on its standard-issue plates. Some states encode the county of issuance into the selection of serial number, with varying degrees of subtlety. New York intentionally encoded county into the serial number from 1946 through 1986. One system was used from 1946 through 1973, and a second system was used from 1973 through 1986.
1973 base: original allocation
On the 1973–1986 orange base, plates were issued in letter blocks by county, initially with phonetic combinations similar to the county's name or the names of communities, companies, or colleges/universities within the county.
|Albany||AAA–ABM, ABO–ACB, ACD, ACF–ADK, ADN–AED, AJM, BSM, CEM, CPC, DFG, DFM, EJK, FGS, JAG, JGS, LEA, MAC, RJH, RJR, SPM, WJR|
|Allegany||ALF–ALG, ALL–ALM, ALY, AND, ANG, ARI, BEL, BIS, BOL, CUB, FIL, HOU, HUM, NIL, SWA, WEL|
|Bronx||BWB, BXA–BXZ, BZA–BZZ, CBE, FOR, HWB, JPS, LSG, MSV, NYU, SLG, VCP, XAA–XHZ, XJA–XJJ|
|Broome||BEY–BEZ, BNA–BNZ, BRB–BRC, BRF–BRG, BRI–BRK, BRM–BRU, BRW–BRZ, BTA–BTU, BTW–BTY, ECT, ENA–ENU, ENW–ENZ, IBM, JCI, JON, VES|
|Cattaraugus||AIR, ASP, BBS, BOV, CAC, CAF–CAH, CAK, CAM, CAO, CAQ, CAT–CAX, CCC, CCV, CGS, CTG, CVC, ELC, LTV, OLE, OLN, ROP, SLC, SLN|
|Cayuga||AUB, CAY, CGK–CGR, CGU–CGZ, CYA–CYG, CYI–CYS, CYU–CYX, CYZ|
|Chautauqua||CCA–CCB, CCD–CCS, CCU, CCW–CCZ, CHA, CHC–CHD, CHJ–CHL, CHQ–CHR, CHU, CHW–CHZ, CXA–CXZ, JMT, MAY|
|Chemung||CHE, CHM, CMA–CMO, CMQ–CMS, CMU–CMZ, EHG, ELA, ELD, ELF–ELH, ELJ–ELK, ELM, ELO–ELR, HHD, NBR|
|Chenango||AFT, BBG, BER, CHG, CHN–CHO, EAR, JID, NBL, NRH, NWC, NWH–NWI, REM, SBN, SBR, TYN|
|Clinton||AFB, CDV, CHP, CLI–CLJ, CLL–CLP, CMP, CUH, CZY, DAM, DJW, ELE, KDL, PLA–PLB, PLT, PRU, PTG, ROP, RPT|
|Columbia||AUS, CAA, CHH, CLA–CLB, CLE–CLH, CLQ–CLS, CLU–CLW, COL, FFM, HLD, HUD, KDH, LFN, PLM, TSP, VLT|
|Cortland||CLD, COR, CRA–CRF, CRH–CRL, CRQ–CRV, CRX–CRZ, CSU, GPS, HMR, MCG, MRT|
|Delaware||DEL, DWA–DWL, DWN–DWX|
|Dutchess||BDV, BEA, DCA–DCG, DCI–DDR, DDT–DDZ, DHA–DHZ, DUB–DUZ, FHK, MIL, PAW, PGH, PGK, POK, POU, RHB, TIV|
|Erie||BBA–BBF, BBH–BBR, BBT–BBZ, BFA–BFZ, BQA–BQB, BUA–BYZ, CEA–CEL, CEN–CFR, CFT–CGA, DEP, EEA–EEY, EQA–ERN, ERP–ERZ, EUA–EWZ, EYA–EZZ, HMB, KEA–KEM, KEO–KEQ, KES–KET, KEW–KEZ|
|Essex||ELB, ELI, ELY, ESX, FTY, JAY, KEV, LPE, MIV, NHU, PHE, TYE, WIT|
|Franklin||CHT, CLC, CRP, DBK, DJH, DUA, FRA, FRN, FTC, HAR, JJC, MAL, MLC, PSM, RRL, SRL, TUP, WAV, WDS|
|Fulton||BDA, BRD, EKT, EPH, FLT, FUL, GLO, GLV, JOH, JST, KAT, MCO, MYF, NHB, PER, RWT, SAC, VMI, WPR|
|Genesee||ALE, BAV, BTV, EIL, GNA–GNZ, LER, OAK|
|Greene||ATH, CAI, CGF, CKL, CTK, CTS, GRE, GRN, HNF, HTR, KAR, LED, PHM, PRV, TEM, TMC, WND|
|Herkimer||DGV, FFT, HRA–HRU, HRW–HRZ, LIT, MOH|
|Jefferson||ADM, ALX, AWP, BRV, CMT, CVI, CYT, DEX, HAL, HDS, JEA–JEY, PHL, SKH, TMB, WTO, WTR, WTT, WTW|
|Kings (Brooklyn)||BMT, DAR, GAP, JJG, KAA–KAG, KAI–KAQ, KAS, KAU–KDG, KDI–KDK, KDM–KDZ, KFA–KGR, KGU–KHR, KHT–KHZ, KIB–KIF, KIH–KIM, KIO–KNF, KNH–KNW, KNY–KNZ, KPA–KZK, KZM–KZZ, WKH|
|Lewis||CGH, CRG, CTL, DMK, LEW, LOW, LWS, LYF, TUR|
|Madison||CAZ, CGT, CHF, CHI, CLK, CST, DYT, MAD, MDA–MDC, MDE–MDR, MRV, PTB, WMP|
|Monroe||BDL, BPT, BSU, CGJ, DJB, EGY, FAI, GRC, GRI, HEN, HNR–HNT, MCA–MCC, MCE–MCF, MCH–MCN, MCP–MCU, MCW–MCZ, MJA–MJZ, MMA–MNE, MNG–MNS, MNU–MOG, MOI–MPA, MQA–MRS, MRU, MRW–MRZ, MUA–MVZ, PIT, PTF, RHA, RHC–RHZ, RMA–RMC, RME–RMR, RMT–RMZ, RPA–RPL, RQA–RQZ, SPP, WEB|
|Montgomery||AMD, AMS, AST, AUR, CAJ, CJH, FDA, FON, MTG, MTI–MTU, NJN, PGT, VPR, VWN|
|Nassau||ADL, AMA, AOA, BHF, BMF, CWP, DGA–DGU, DGW–DGZ, DLC, DNA–DNL, DNN–DNZ, DQA–DRX, DRZ–DTZ, DWM, EJA, ERO, FPA–FPZ, FRB–FRM, FRO–FSZ, GCA–GCZ, HBF, HEM, HIA–HIZ, HMF, HOF, HPA–HPS, HPU–HPZ, JBA–JBZ, LBA–LBX, LBZ, LIA, LIC–LIR, LIU–LIZ, LYA–LYE, LYG–LYL, LYN–LYZ, MLA, MLD–MLK, MLM–MLZ, NAA–NAZ, NCA–NCK, NCM–NCQ, NCS–NCZ, NET, NHI, NNA–NPK, NPM, NPO–NPS, NPU–NPY, RSA–RSB, RSD–RSZ, RVA–RVZ, SRX–SSL, SSN–SSZ, TRI, VSA–VSZ, WBA–WBZ, WMF|
|New York (Manhattan)||AYP, BJP, JPT, YSA–YZZ|
|Niagara||LOA–LOV, LOX–LOZ, LPD, LWT, NFB–NFJ, NFL–NGZ, NIA–NIK, NIM–NIR, NIT–NIZ, NTA–NTU, NTW–NTZ, NWF, OFN, TIR, TNA–TNZ, TUS, YON, YOU|
|Oneida||BON, CDE, DMF, GAB, NHF, NHT, NLP, NYM, ORF, RMS, RNY, ROA–RON, ROQ–ROZ, SYL, UHC, UKA–UKZ, UNY, UQA–UQB, UTA–UTZ, VRN, WML|
|Onondaga||BWT, CIC, DEW, ESY, FAB, FAY, FYV, JMV, JOR, KKV, LEM, LPO, MAN, MAT, NED, ONA–OND, ONF–ONS, ONU–ONZ, OVB–OVZ, POM, SFA–SFE, SFG–SFZ, SLY, SNK–SNZ, SPX, SPZ, SVA–SVM, SVO–SVZ, SWB–SWX, SWZ–SYK, SYM–SYZ, TUL|
|Ontario||CAN, CNA–CNC, CNE, GEN, GVA–GVF, ONT, OTA–OTN|
|Orange||BLG, CHS, CNG–CNZ, CRW, CWL, DPK, GSN, HBG, HLF, KNX, MDT, MIA–MIC, MIE–MIJ, MIM–MIU, MIW–MIZ, MTA–MTB, MTD–MTE, MTH, MTX–MTZ, NBA–NBK, NBM–NBQ, NBS–NBZ, NEW, ORA–ORE, ORG–ORK, PJV, PTJ, TUX, WDY, WRK|
|Orleans||ABN, HLY, LNV, MLL, ORL–ORZ, RGW, SLB, WPT|
|Oswego||AMB, CSQ, CVD, FTO, FUT, HBL, LMG, MXO, OSA–OSB, OSD–OSZ, PLK, PSK, RCM, TEX, VER|
|Otsego||CHV, CPS–CPT, CPW, DBL, DOU, FAM, FEN, JFC, ONE, OTP–OTZ, RIC, RIS|
|Putnam||ACE, AOK, BAL, BCR, BHG, BRE, CAS, CFS, CRM, CRO, CTY, FMP, GAR, KEN, LAK, MAH, NEL, OSC, PAT, PCO, PHI, PTN, PTV–PUZ, VAL|
|Queens||JAA–JAF, JAH–JAJ, JFK, QAA–QBX, QBZ–QZZ|
|Rensselaer||AVP, BRL, BYS, CPH, EGB, ESC, GSM, JRG, LES, PBP, POE, REA–REL, REN–RER, RET–REZ, RJE, RPI, TRJ–TRZ, WSL, WYS|
|Richmond (Staten Island)||RAA–RAP, RAR–RBZ, RGA–RGV, RGX–RGZ, RLA–RLB, RLD–RLZ, RTA–RTC, RTE–RUA, TRA, TRC–TRH|
|Rockland||CKT, HVS, NYA, PJC, PLR, RCA–RCL, RCN–RCQ, RCS–RCZ, RKA–RKZ, RNA–RNX, RNZ, RPO, RZA–RZZ, SFF, SPT, SPV, TJD, TPP, TZB|
|St. Lawrence||ASW, ATC, ATG, BIW, CTT, CLT, CNF, CTN, DEK, DJP, DNM, ELT, GOU, GRA, GUV, HVT, HWF, LIS, LSR, MAS, MTW, NDM, NFA, NFK, NRW, OGB, OGD, PAR, PDM, PTO, RAQ, RMD, ROO, RUS, SLA, SLS, SLU, SSM, SWY, WGT, WTP|
|Saratoga||BLL, BRH, BST, BUR, CTH, DMB, HDL, MCV, MHV, SAR, SGR–SGS, SGU–SGZ, SPA, SRA–SRK, SRM–SRV, TES, WLT|
|Schenectady||AEL, AGL, DBG, DLS, DMC, EAL, GEC, GLN, MAR, NIS, RDJ, RTD, SDA–SDO, SDQ–SDT, SDV–SDZ, SGA–SGD, SGF–SGQ, SNA–SNJ, WGB, WGY|
|Schuyler||HEC, KYU, MNF, MTF, SCH, SCR, TYR, WGK, WNE, WTK|
|Suffolk||BAA–BAK, BAM–BAU, BAW–BAY, BOA, CAE, CAP, CBK–CBL, CGI, COA–COB, ESP, FIA–FIK, FIM–FIZ, FIL, GSA–GSL, GSO–GSX, GSZ, HUA–HUC, HUE–HUL, HUO–HUZ, LDA–LDZ, LEE, LHA–LHZ, LRA–LRZ, MHA–MHU, MHW–MHZ, MID, MLB, PCA, PCP–PCZ, PJA–PJB, PJD–PJU, PJW–PJZ, RFA–RFZ, RIA–RIB, RID–RIR, RIT–RIZ, RRA–RRK, RRM–RRZ, SAG, SAY, SBB–SBM, SBO–SBQ, SBS–SCG, SCI, SCK–SCQ, SCS–SCZ, SEA, SHO–SJZ, SMB–SMZ, SOA–SOZ, SQA–SQZ, SUA–SUJ, SUM–SUZ, SZA–SZZ, TPM|
|Sullivan||GRV, GSY, HRV, KIA, KZL, LBY, LCS, LIB, LLH, LTY, LYM, MGP, MNT, MTC, RSC, SLV–SLX, SUL, SVN, TMR, WDB, WSS, WTB|
|Tioga||APL, BKS, CND, NCL, NKV, OWE, SPN, TIA–TIO, WVL|
|Tompkins||CRN, CYH, DRY, ETN, ITH, MDD, TAU, TOA–TOX, TRB|
|Ulster||ACC, ATW, CUL, ELL, ELN, ELV, ENV, HGH, KER, KGS–KGT, KHS, KIG, KIN, LKT, NEP, NPL, NPN, NPT, NPZ, PHO, SDK, SGT, ULA–ULZ, UST|
|Warren||BLT, CTW, DPT, FWH, GLE–GLF, GOR, LGE, LUZ, NCR, PRS, QBY, SDP, SKI, WRA–WRJ, WRN|
|Washington||ARG, BKK, CBR, CSK, DLT, EDW, FTA, FTE, GIM, GPH, GVL, GWH, HCK, HCM, HFA, HFD, HFL, HPT, WHH, WSA–WSK|
|Wayne||ALT, CHB, CLY, LYO, NWK, PAL, PLY, PMY, RCR, SAV, SDU, WAA–WAQ, WAS–WAU, WAX–WAZ, WIL, WOL, WYN|
|Westchester||AOH, ARM, DOB, HAW, HJD, HOH, JMG, KAH, MAM, MKS, MTV, NER, NRA–NRG, NRI–NRV, NRX,NRZ, PKA–PKZ, PLE, RYA–RYZ, TAA–TAT, TAV–TAZ, TUC, VVA–VVZ, WCA–WDA, WDC–WDR, WDT–WDX, WEA, WEC–WEK, WEM–WEZ, WHA–WHG, WHI–WHZ, WPA–WPQ, WPS, WPU–WPZ, WTA, WTC–WTJ, WTL–WTN, WTQ, WTS, WTU–WTV, WTX–WTZ, YKA–YKZ, YOA–YOM, YOO–YOT, YOV–YOZ, YQA–YQK, YRA–YRZ|
|Wyoming||ARC, ATT, LET, VAR, WAR, WYA–WYM, WYO–WYQ|
|Letter blocks||County||Letter blocks||County||Letter blocks||County||Letter blocks||County||Letter blocks||County|
|BBH–BBR||Erie||DJP||St. Lawrence||KAH||Westchester||NWF||Niagara||SSM||St. Lawrence|
|CLK||Madison||GSM||Rensselaer||MLB||Suffolk||ROP a||Cattaraugus||WTP||St. Lawrence|
a. Duplicate use.
FIL: Allegany County (from "Fillmore")
ROP: Clinton County (from "Rouses Point")
LG: Warren County (from "Lake George")
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