Vehicle registration plates of New York
This article possibly contains original research. (November 2014)
|Size||12 in × 6 in|
30 cm × 15 cm
|Issued by||New York State Department of Motor Vehicles|
|Manufactured by||Corcraft Products, Auburn Correctional Facility, Auburn, New York|
|First issued||August 1, 1910|
(pre-state plates from 1901 to July 31, 1910)
The U.S. state of New York was the first to require its residents to register their motor vehicles, in 1901. Registrants provided their own license plates for display, featuring their initials until 1903 and numbers thereafter, until the state began to issue plates in 1910.
Plates are currently issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV). Front and rear plates are required on all vehicles except for motorcycles and trailers.
1910 to 1965
In 1956, the United States, Canada and Mexico came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles (except those for motorcycles) at 6 inches (15 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width, with standardized mounting holes. The 1956 (dated 1957) issue was the first New York license plate that complied with these standards.
|Image||Dates issued||Design||Slogan||Serial format||Serials issued||Notes|
|1910||Riveted white serial on dark blue plate; vertical "NY" at right||none||12345||1 to 999; 3000 to approximately 61000||Serials 1000 through 2999 reserved for dealers; this practice continued through 1913.|
|1911||Embossed white serial on maroon plate; vertical "NY" at right||none||12345||1 to 999; 3000 to approximately 85000|
|1912||White serial on red porcelain plate; vertical "NY" at right||none||123456||1 to 999; 3000 to approximately 106000|
|1913||Embossed white serial on purple plate; "NY 1913" at right||none||12345||1 to 999; 3000 to 99999||First dated plate.|
|A1234||A1 to approximately E2000|
|1914||Embossed white serial on brown plate; "NY 1914" at left||none||12345||1 to 5999; 8000 to 99999||Serials 6000 through 7999 reserved for dealers.|
|A1234||A1 to approximately F5000|
|1915||Embossed black serial on yellow plate; "NY 1915" at right||none||12345||1 to 999; 3000 to 99999||Serials 1000 through 2999 reserved for dealers (as from 1910–13). Letters A, B, D, E, F, H, K, R, S, V, X and Y used in the A1234 serial format.|
|A1234||A1 to approximately Y3000|
|1916||Embossed dark blue serial on white plate; "N.Y. 1916" centered at bottom||none||123-456
|Coded by district||All-numeric serials issued in New York City district; 'A' series in Albany district (eastern upstate New York); and 'B' series in Buffalo district (western upstate New York). This happened again in 1917.|
|1917||Embossed white serial on dark olive green plate with border line; "N.Y. 1917" centered at bottom||none||123-456
|Coded by district|
|1918||Embossed white serial on maroon plate with border line; "N.Y. 1918" centered at top||none||123-456||Single series of all-numeric serials used for all classes of vehicles, with blocks allocated to passenger vehicles in each of the three districts (above). This practice continued through 1921.|
|1919||Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "N.Y. 1919" centered at top||none||123-456|
|1920||Embossed black serial on light green plate with border line; "N.Y. 1920" centered at bottom||none||123-456|
|1921||Embossed white serial on dark blue plate with border line; "N.Y. 1921" centered at bottom||none||123-456|
|1922||Embossed white serial on green plate with border line; "N.Y. 1922" centered at bottom||none||123-456
|Issued in blocks by county|
|1923||Embossed white serial on purple plate with border line; "N.Y. 1923" centered at top||none||123-456
|Issued in blocks by county|
|1924||Embossed white serial on gray plate with border line; "N.Y. 1924" centered at bottom||none||123-456
|Issued in blocks by county|
|1925||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "N.Y. 1925" centered at top||none||1A·12-34||County-coded||First use of county codes.|
|1926||Embossed white serial on dark blue plate with border line; "N.Y. 1926" centered at bottom||none||1A·12-34||County-coded|
|1927||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "NY 27" centered at top||none||1A-12-34
|1928||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 28" centered at bottom||none||1A-12-34
|1929||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY·29" centered at bottom||none||A/1 12-34
|1930||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 30" centered at top||none||A 12-34
|1931||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 31" centered at bottom||none||A-12-34
|1932||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 32" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|1933||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 33" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|1934||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 34" centered at bottom||none||A-12-34
|1935||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 35" centered at bottom||none||A-12-34
|1936||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 36" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|1937||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 37" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|1938||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 38" centered at top||"NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" at bottom||A-12-34
|County-coded||First base to feature the full state name.|
|1939||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate||"NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" at top||A-12-34
|1940||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate||"NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1940" at bottom||A-12-34
|1941||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 41" centered at bottom||none||A-12-34
|1942–43||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 42" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|County-coded||Only rear plates issued due to metal conservation for World War II. Revalidated for 1943 with golden yellow tabs.|
|1944||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 44" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|County-coded||Restamped and repainted 1942 plates.|
|1945||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 45" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|1946||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 46" centered at bottom||none||A-12-34
|1947||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 47" centered at bottom||none||A-12-34
|1948–49||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 48" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1949 with black tabs.|
|1950||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 50" centered at top||none||A-12-34
|1951–52||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY", slogan and "51" at bottom||"THE EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year||A-12-34
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1952 with black tabs.|
|1953–54||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY", slogan and "53" at bottom||"THE EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year||A-12-34
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1954 with golden yellow tabs.|
|1955–56||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY", slogan and "55" at top||"THE EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year||A-12-34
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1956 with black tabs.|
|1957||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY", slogan and "57" at bottom||"EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year||A-1234
|County-coded||First 6" x 12" plate.|
|1958–59||Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY", slogan and "58" at bottom||"EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1959 with black tabs.|
|1960–61||As 1957 base, but with "60" at bottom right||"EMPIRE STATE" as on 1957 base||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1961 with golden yellow tabs.|
|1962–63||As 1958–59 base, but with "62" at bottom right||"EMPIRE STATE" as on 1958–59 base||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1963 with black tabs.|
|1964–65||Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate with border line; "NY", slogan and "64" at bottom||"WORLD'S FAIR" between state abbreviation and year||A-1234
|County-coded||Revalidated for 1965 with red stickers placed at far right.|
1966 to present
|Image||Dates issued||Design||Slogan||Serial format||Serials issued||Notes|
|1966–72||Embossed orange serial on blue plate; border lines around plate and around registration sticker spot at bottom right; "NEW YORK" centered at bottom||none||A-1234
|County-coded||Some later plates use the 1973 serial dies; all revalidated with stickers.|
|1973–80||Embossed dark blue serial on reflective orange plate; border lines around plate and around registration sticker spot at bottom right; "NEW YORK" 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 serial on reflective white plate, with red stripes at top and bottom; red Statue of Liberty graphic screened in center (or at left on vanity plates); "NEW YORK" screened in dark blue centered at top||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 serial with state-shaped separator on reflective white plate with blue bars above and below; upper blue bar has the words "NEW YORK" in white with dark blue outline, over a skyline of Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, and New York City, with sky above all||"THE EMPIRE STATE" screened in white on lower blue bar||ABC-12343||AAA-1000 to EYH-2999||Validated with windshield decal. Letters I, O and Q not used in serials. AAA-1000 through ABZ-9999 reserved for Transit Permit; EYH-3000 through EZZ-9999 may be issued on vanity plates. TWY series used by New York State Thruway Authority.|
|April 1, 2010 – May, 2020||Empire Gold plates. Embossed dark blue serial with state-shaped separator on golden yellow 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" curving to edges of top bar||"EMPIRE STATE" screened in dark blue centered at bottom||ABC-12344||FAA-1000 to JSF-99995||Validated with windshield decal.|
|June 2020 – present||Excelsior plates. Dark blue serial with state-shaped separator on white plate; images of Niagara Falls and New York City skyline at bottom; "NEW YORK" in dark blue centered at top with gold and blue stripes on either side||"EXCELSIOR" in gold, with blue outline, centered at bottom||ABC-12346||KAA-1000 to KCH-9999;7
KDA-1000 to KRH-8999 (as of May 6, 2021)5
|Plate design chosen by online vote.|
Notes on serials
1. Plus remakes of 1966–72 serials, issued upon request.
2. Plus remakes of 1966–72 and 1973–86 serials, issued upon request.
3. Plus remakes of Liberty serials, issued upon request.
4. Plus remakes of Liberty and Empire State serials, issued upon request.
5. This is the highest serial reserved by the NYSDMV.
6. Plus remakes of Liberty, Empire State and Empire Gold serials, issued upon request.
7. These were recalled as being too reflective but are planned to be reissued.
Passenger baseplate variations
1973–1986: Blue on orange
The 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 1973–74 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 1979–80. 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, and WYX 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, with one exception: 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 plates to replace this issue, and it took two years for the blue-on-orange plates to be fully off the road.
1986–2001: Statue of Liberty
All Statue of Liberty plates in the ABC 123 serial format, plus those in the early 1AB 234 format, featured the word "Liberty" in their 3M security marks. During 1990, the security marks changed, with "Liberty" replaced by the last two digits of the year in which the sheeting was manufactured (the plates may actually date from later). In 1993, the marks changed again to feature 3M lot numbers, which were used until the end of Liberty plate manufacture in 2000. Plates 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 serial format made its first appearance in September 1988, the first serials observed began with 6VB; this was because most plates with serials 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).
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 plates were issued primarily on a county-code basis (so, for instance, BXW 415 and ULK 767 could have been issued in different parts of the state on the same day in 1986). The letters I, O and Q were used only as the first letter; they were not used at all on subsequent Liberty standard passenger issues, as they could be confused with the numbers 1 and 0.
- Type Two
- 1AB 234 format, issued from around September 1988 through at least October 1991. These plates were at least partially issued on a county-code basis (so, for instance, 4LV 392 and 7TC 806 could have been issued in different parts of the state on the same day in 1989) and became the last standard passenger plates issued in this manner. The numbers 0 and 1 were not used in the first position, to avoid confusion with the letters O and I respectively, while 0 was also not used in the fourth position. Plates stamped out during 1990 featured the "90" security mark.
- Type Three
- A1B 234 format, issued from around January 1991 through at least November 1993. These plates were issued in strict alphanumeric order, beginning with A2A 100 and ending with Y9Z 999. The numbers 0 and 1 were not used in the second position for the reasons mentioned above, while 0 was also not used in the fourth position. "90", "91" and "92" security marks featured on these plates.
- Type Four
- A12 3BC format, issued from February 1993 through at least August 1999. The first plates featured "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. Some 'Y' series plates during 1998 had screened, rather than embossed, serials and were issued in the Rochester area.
- 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 serials.
- Rental plates
- Plates with serials ZAA 100 through ZZZ 999 were assigned for use on rental cars from 1986 through September 1996. They featured "Liberty", "90", and "91" security marks. They were manufactured as needed in small quantities, and none were made after 1992. The use of rental plates was eventually discontinued and standard passenger plates used instead, in order to discourage carjacking of rental cars.
2001–2010: "Empire State"
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 the first to use the "Empire State" slogan since 1963. As with the Liberty base, standard passenger plates had embossed serials, but unlike on the Liberty base, all vanity plates, most specialty plates, and many non-passenger plates had screened serials. Existing registrants with Liberty plates were given the option of keeping the serials from these plates on new Empire State plates, for a one-time fee. Many took this option, and thus many Liberty serials can still be seen on the road; plates with these serials have them embossed.
The ABC-1234 serial format for standard passenger plates was introduced with this base, beginning at ACA-1000 (series AAA through ABZ were reserved for Transit Permit plates). The 'A', 'B', and early 'C' series were issued during the replacement of the Liberty plates, the last of which came off the road in early 2003. The 'D' series began in 2004, followed by the 'E' series in 2007. The last standard passenger serial issued was EYH-2999. The letters I, O and Q are not used in this serial format.
2010–2020: "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. As with the Empire State base, standard passenger plates have embossed serials, while all vanity plates, all specialty plates, and many non-passenger plates have screened serials. Originally, the Empire Gold plate was supposed to be a reissue, replacing all of the 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 Empire State plates remain valid. All new registrants receive Empire Gold plates, while existing registrants with Empire State plates can keep them or pay $25 for new Empire Gold plates; they can also keep their previous serials on new plates for an additional one-time fee of $20.
Standard passenger serials on the Empire Gold plate began at FAA-1000. The 'G' series began in 2012, followed by the 'H' series in 2015 and the 'J' series in 2018.
On August 19, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the initiation of a statewide survey to select a new design for New York's license plates, which would be available in April 2020. A design was selected in September 2019, depicting the words "New York"; images of Niagara Falls and mountains on the bottom left; the state motto "Excelsior" at bottom center; and a New York City skyline and Long Island lighthouse at bottom right.
Originally, starting in April 2020, plates older than ten years would have to be replaced upon the renewal of vehicle registration. However, as with the Empire Gold plates, there was controversy over the mandatory replacement scheme, leading Cuomo's administration to consider reducing the new-plate fees. Ultimately, the requirement to replace plates greater than ten years old was dropped, as long as the plates remained legible.
The first deliveries of the new plate design to state DMVs took place in April 2020, but ended up being returned without entering circulation. These early manufactures, in the series KAA through KCH, were too reflective and thus impossible for toll and speed cameras to read. New York state therefore only started issuing Excelsior plates beginning with the KDA series. The earlier codes are to be reissued in the future.
|Image||Dates issued||Design||Slogan||Serial format||Serials 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 assemblypeople.||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.|
Below are the non-passenger plates on the Empire Gold base. Empire State non-passenger plates remain valid as of October 2019.
|Ambulance||12345-EV||Embossed. EV = Emergency Vehicle.|
|Dealer||1234567||Flat. Began at 7100000.|
|Disability||123456||Flat. Began at 600000. Wheelchair symbol updated 2014.|
|Historical Car||HX-12345||Flat. Began at HX-50000.|
|Motorcycle||12AB34||Flat. Began at 10RA00.|
|Older plates with the R-12345 serial format were embossed. Newer plates with the A/B1234 format are flat, and display the political subdivision at the left and the county name at the bottom.|
|T&LC||T123456C||Flat. Began at T600000C.|
|T&LC – Nassau County||N123456C||Flat.|
|T&LC – Westchester County||W123456C||Flat.|
|Taxi – NYC medallion cabs||Y123456C||Flat. New serial format from March 2018. Standby vehicles have the format S123456V. Previous plates display the medallion number with a serial subscript (e.g. 1X97A), or 999SBVA for standby vehicles, and remain valid.|
|Trailer||CA-12345||Flat. Embossed prior to Excelsior Series. Serial format changed from BA-12345 to CA-12345 with the introduction of Excelsior Series plates.|
|Transporter||1234567||Flat. Probably began at 2100000.|
Prior to 1977, all vanity plates, or special registration plates in NYSDMV parlance, in New York had combinations consisting of up to three letters and up to three digits (e.g. RED-123, JD-555, JIM-1).
In 1977, the NYSDMV began to allow vanity plates featuring up to six letters (e.g. ALBANY, WAYNE, METS-1). In 1978, narrower dies were introduced that allowed for vanity plates featuring up to eight characters (e.g. BROOKLYN, AMERICA, GRADE-12). Until 1982, digits could not be interspersed with letters (e.g. GOOD2GO, ALL4U2, TERMIN8R), and a dash (itself considered a character) could only separate letters and digits. Vanity plates began to be issued for some non-passenger types in 1982, including Commercial, Motorcycle, and Trailer.
Since the introduction of the Empire State base in 2001, all vanity plates have been manufactured with screened, rather than embossed, combinations.
As of 2019, vanity plates continue to feature up to eight characters, including letters, digits, spaces, and state-shaped dashes (the last two are not recognized as characters on the vehicle's windshield decal). All plates must feature at least one letter, and combinations that are currently in use on standard plates are not allowed: for instance, if FAB-1000 is currently in use on a standard passenger plate, then FAB 1000 (with a space instead of a dash) and FAB1000 (without a dash or space) cannot be used. Offensive and questionable combinations are also not allowed, and some are permanently banned. Of 152,430 applications for vanity plates from 2010 to 2015, more than 5,000 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. County coding was also used on the first two formats of Liberty plates, 1986 to 1990. While mostly similar, the county coding on Liberty plates did have variations from the 1973-86 orange base (for example, JTA and JTB being used on Liberty plates in Chautauqua County).
1973 base: original allocation
On the 1973–86 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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