Vehicle registration plates of New York

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Current New York license plate

The U.S. state of New York first issued license plates in 1910. Plates are issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Passenger baseplates 1910 to present[edit]

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
NEW YORK 1910 LICENSE PLATE FIRST GOV'T ISSUE rivited numbers - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1910 White on blue none 12345 unknown Numbers bolted to flat base
NEW YORK 1911 LICENSE PLATE SECOND GOV'T ISSUE embossed - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1911 White on maroon none 12345 unknown
NEW YORK 1912 LICENSE PLATE THIRD GOV'T ISSUE porcelain - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1912 White on red none 12345 unknown Only year issued on porcelain enamel base
NEW YORK 1913 LICENSE PLATE, first DATED plate - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1913 White on purple none 12345
A1234
unknown First year with date listed on plate
NEW YORK 1914 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1914 White on brown none 12345
A1234
unknown
NEW YORK 1915 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1915 Black on yellow none 12345
A1234
unknown
NEW YORK 1916 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1916 Blue on white none 123-456
A12-345
unknown
1917 New York license plate.JPG 1917 White embossed lettering on dark olive-green base none 123-456
A12-345
unknown
1918 New York license plate.JPG 1918 White embossed lettering on maroon base none 123-456 unknown
NEW YORK 1919 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1919 White embossed lettering on black base none 123-456 unknown
1920 New York license plate.JPG 1920 Black embossed lettering on light green base none 123-456 unknown
1921 New York license plate.JPG 1921 White on dark blue none 123-456 unknown
1922 New York license plate.JPG 1922 White on emerald green none 123-456
1-234-567
Issued by county in numerical allotments
1923 New York license plate.JPG 1923 White lettering and rims embossed on violet base none 123-456
1-234-567
Issued by county in numerical allotments
NEW YORK 1924 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1924 White on French gray none 123-456
1-234-567
Issued by county in numerical allotments
NEW YORK 1925 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1925 Black on yellow none 1A-23-45 County-coded
NEW YORK 1926 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1926 White on dark blue none 1A-23-45 County-coded
NEW YORK 1927 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1927 Black on yellow none A-12-34
1A-23-45
County-coded
NEW YORK 1928 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1928 Orange on black none A-12-34
1A-23-45
County-coded
1929 NY license plate.JPG 1929 Black on yellow none A1 23-45 County-coded
NEW YORK 1930 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1930 Yellow-orange lettering on embossed black base none A 12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
NEW YORK 1931 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1931 Black lettering on embossed golden yellow base none A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
1932 New York license plate 01.JPG 1932 Yellow-orange lettering embossed on black base none A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
1933 New York license plate.JPG 1933 Black on yellow none A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
1934 NY license plate.JPG 1934 Yellow on black none A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
NEW YORK 1935 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1935 Black on yellow none A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
NEW YORK 1936 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1936 Yellow on black none A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
New York 1937 1J15-83.jpg 1937 Black on deep orange none 1A23-45 County-coded
NEW YORK 1938 LICENSE PLATE with NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1939 slogan - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1938 Yellow-orange on black "NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" embossed across bottom of plate A-12-34
1A23-45
County-coded
1939 New York license plate.JPG 1939 Black on yellow orange "NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" embossed across top of plate A-12-34
1A23-45
AB-123
County-coded
NEW YORK 1940 LICENSE PLATE with NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1940 slogan - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1940 Yellow-orange on black "NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1940" embossed across bottom of plate A-12-34
1A23-45
AB-123
County-coded
1941 New York license plate.JPG 1941 Black on golden yellow none 1A23-45 County-coded
1942 New York license plate.JPG

1943 New York license plate.jpeg

1942–43 Gold on black none AB12-34 County-coded Single plate issued. Revalidated for 1943 with black on gold tabs.
NEW YORK 1944 LICENSE PLATE overstamped 1942 plate - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1944 Black on gold none AB12-34 County-coded Single 1942 plate held back and re-stamped 44
NEW YORK 1945 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1945 Gold on black none AB12-34 County-coded
NEW YORK 1946 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1946 Black on gold none AB12-34 County-coded
NEW YORK 1947 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1947 Gold on black none AB12-34 County-coded
NEW YORK 1948 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

NEW YORK 1949 LICENSE PLATE, 1948 plate WITH "49" tab - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

1948–49 Black on gold none AB12-34 County-coded Revalidated for 1949 with black tabs.
1950 New York license plate.jpg 1950 Gold on black none AB12-34 County-coded
1951 NY license plate.JPG 1952 New York license plate.JPG 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 NY license plate.jpg

NEW YORK 1954 LICENSE PLATE, 1953 plate with "54" TAB - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

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 New York license plate.jpg

NEW YORK 1956 EMPIRE STATE, 1955 plate with "56" TAB - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

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.
NEW YORK 1957 LICENSE PLATE, STANDARD 12 X 6 INCH SIZE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 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
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded First plate to comply with U.S./Canadian Standards: 6" x 12" plate with standardized mounting holes. (See top of section)
NEW YORK 1958 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

NEW YORK 1959 LICENSE PLATE, 1958 plate with '59" tab - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

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
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1959 with black tabs.
1960 New York License Plate.jpg

NEW YORK 1961 LICENSE PLATE, 1960 plate with "61" TAB - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

1960–61 As 1957 base, but with "60" embossed in bottom right corner "EMPIRE STATE" as on 1957 base A-1234
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1961 with gold tabs.
New York 1962 Sample.jpg

NEW YORK 1963 LICENSE PLATE, 1962 plate with "63" TAB - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg

1962–63 As 1958–1959 base, but with "62" embossed in bottom right corner "EMPIRE STATE" as on 1958–1959 base A-1234
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1963 with black tabs.
1964-65-New-York-license-plate.jpg 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
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1965 with red stickers placed at far right.
NY-3-73-2228-TL.jpg 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
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded First use of full state name. Some later plates use the 1973 dies; all revalidated with stickers.
1974 New York Number Plate.jpg 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
123-ABC1
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.
NY license plate 1982.jpg 1980 – June 30, 1986 1234-ABC1 1000-AAA to approximately 9999-BUR;
1000-TAA to approximately 9999-TCS
New York 1986 License Plate.jpg 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
1AB 2342
County-coded Validated with windshield decal.
A1B 234
A12 3BC
AB1 23C2
A2A 100 to Y9Z 999;
A10 0AA to Z99 9ZZ;
AA1 00A to GS9 99E
2001 New York License Plate.jpg 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.
NY-2010-License-Plate.jpg April 1, 2010 – present [1][2] 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[edit]

1973–1980 & 1980–1986: blue on orange[edit]

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[edit]

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)[edit]

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"[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Optional plates[edit]

Image Dates issued Design Slogan Serial format Serial numbers issued Notes
NYLogoPlate.JPG

NYLogoPlateCurved.JPG NYS plate SCJ2.jpg

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.

Non-passenger plates[edit]

As of 2015, the serial formats for non-passenger license plates in New York are:[4]

Image Type Serial format Notes
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Agriculture 12345-GL
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Ambulance 12345-EV
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Apportioned 12345-PC
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Bus 12345-BB
NY license plate 54111ME commercial.jpg Commercial 12345-MA Earlier plates were 12345-JA
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Car dealer 7123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Farm 12345-FR
NY license plate 626040 handicapped.jpg Handicapped Wheelchair symbol123456 wheelchair symbol is present on all handicapped plates
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Historical car HX-51234
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Livery 12345-LV
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Motorcycle various
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Nassau County limousine or taxi N123456C
NYC School Construction Authority license plate AJ7546.jpg

NY license plate official R-14893.jpg

Official AA1234

R12345

name of owning organization appears to left and county at bottom.

Alternate plates with a leading "R" and no other information

Blank License Plate Shape.jpg School 12345-SH
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Special commercial 12345-SM
NY license plate T641760C.jpg T&LC T123456C
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Taxi 12345-TY
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tow truck 12345-TT
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Tractor 12345-TC
NY license plate BD97582 trailer.jpg Trailer BA-12345
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Transporter 2123456
Blank License Plate Shape.jpg Westchester County limousine or taxi W123456C

Letters or numbers that are found on every plate are bolded.

Personalized plates[edit]

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.[5]

County coding[edit]

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[edit]

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.

County Letter blocks
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
Hamilton HAM, LPL
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
Livingston LVA–LVY
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
Schoharie SHA–SHM
Schuyler HEC, KYU, MNF, MTF, SCH, SCR, TYR, WGK, WNE, WTK
Seneca SEB–SEW
Steuben STA–STZ, THA–THV
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
Yates YCA–YCJ

Alphabetical cross-reference

Letter blocks County     Letter blocks County     Letter blocks County     Letter blocks County     Letter blocks County
AAA–ABM Albany CRM Putnam HGH Ulster MTW St. Lawrence SAY Suffolk
ABN Orleans CRN Tompkins HHD Chemung MTX–MTZ Orange SBB–SBM Suffolk
ABO–ACB Albany CRO Putnam HIA–HIZ Nassau MUA–MVZ Monroe SBN Chenango
ACC Ulster CRP Franklin HJD Westchester MXO Oswego SBO–SBQ Suffolk
ACD Albany CRQ–CRV Cortland HLD Columbia MYF Fulton SBR Chenango
ACE Putnam CRW Orange HLF Orange NAA–NAZ Nassau SBS–SCG Suffolk
ACF–ADK Albany CRX–CRZ Cortland HLY Orleans NBA–NBK Orange SCH Schuyler
ADL Nassau CSK Washington HMB Erie NBL Chenango SCI Suffolk
ADM Jefferson CSQ Oswego HMF Nassau NBM–NBQ Orange SCK–SCQ Suffolk
ADN–AED Albany CST Madison HMR Cortland NBR Chemung SCR Schuyler
AEL Schenectady CSU Cortland HNF Greene NBS–NBZ Orange SCS–SCZ Suffolk
AFB Clinton CTG Cattaraugus HNR–HNT Monroe NCA–NCK Nassau SDA–SDO Schenectady
AFT Chenango CTH Saratoga HOF Nassau NCL Tioga SDK Ulster
AGL Schenectady CTK Greene HOH Westchester NCM–NCQ Nassau SDP Warren
AIR Cattaraugus CTL Lewis HOU Allegany NCR Warren SDQ–SDT Schenectady
AJM Albany CTN St. Lawrence HPA–HPS Nassau NCS–NCZ Nassau SDU Wayne
ALE Genesee CTS Greene HPT Washington NDM St. Lawrence SDV–SDZ Schenectady
ALF–ALG Allegany CTT St. Lawrence HPU–HPZ Nassau NED Onondaga SEA Suffolk
ALL–ALM Allegany CTW Warren HRA–HRU Herkimer NEL Putnam SEB–SEW Seneca
ALT Wayne CTY Putnam HRV Sullivan NEP Ulster SFA–SFE Onondaga
ALX Jefferson CUB Allegany HRW–HRZ Herkimer NER Westchester SFF Rockland
ALY Allegany CUH Clinton HTR Greene NET Nassau SFG–SFZ Onondaga
AMA Nassau CUL Ulster HUA–HUC Suffolk NEW Orange SGA–SGD Schenectady
AMB Oswego CVC Cattaraugus HUD Columbia NFA St. Lawrence SGF–SGQ Schenectady
AMD Montgomery CVD Oswego HUE–HUL Suffolk NFB–NFJ Niagara SGR–SGS Saratoga
AMS Montgomery CVI Jefferson HUM Allegany NFK St. Lawrence SGT Ulster
AND Allegany CWL Orange HUO–HUZ Suffolk NFL–NGZ Niagara SGU–SGZ Saratoga
ANG Allegany CWP Nassau HVS Rockland NHB Fulton SHA–SHM Schoharie
AOA Nassau CXA–CXZ Chautauqua HVT St. Lawrence NHF Oneida SHO–SJZ Suffolk
AOH Westchester CYA–CYG Cayuga HWB Bronx NHI Nassau SKH Jefferson
AOK Putnam CYH Tompkins HWF St. Lawrence NHT Oneida SKI Warren
APL Tioga CYI–CYS Cayuga IBM Broome NHU Essex SLA St. Lawrence
ARC Wyoming CYT Jefferson ITH Tompkins NIA–NIK Niagara SLB Orleans
ARG Washington CYU–CYX Cayuga JAA–JAF Queens NIL Allegany SLC Cattaraugus
ARI Allegany CYZ Cayuga JAG Albany NIM–NIR Niagara SLG Bronx
ARM Westchester CZY Clinton JAH–JAJ Queens NIS Schenectady SLN Cattaraugus
ASP Cattaraugus DAM Clinton JAY Essex NIT–NIZ Niagara SLS St. Lawrence
AST Montgomery DAR Kings JBA–JBZ Nassau NJN Montgomery SLU St. Lawrence
ASW St. Lawrence DBG Schenectady JCI Broome NKV Tioga SLV–SLX Sullivan
ATC St. Lawrence DBK Franklin JEA–JEY Jefferson NLP Oneida SLY Onondaga
ATG St. Lawrence DBL Otsego JFC Otsego NNA–NPK Nassau SMB–SMZ Suffolk
ATH Greene DCA–DCG Dutchess JFK Queens NPL Ulster SNA–SNJ Schenectady
ATT Wyoming DCI–DDR Dutchess JGS Albany NPM Nassau SNK–SNZ Onondaga
ATW Ulster DDT–DDZ Dutchess JID Chenango NPN Ulster SOA–SOZ Suffolk
AUB Cayuga DEK St. Lawrence JJC Franklin NPO–NPS Nassau SPA Saratoga
AUR Montgomery DEL Delaware JJG Kings NPT Ulster SPM Albany
AUS Columbia DEP Erie JMG Westchester NPU–NPY Nassau SPN Tioga
AVP Rensselaer DEW Onondaga JMT Chautauqua NPZ Ulster SPP Monroe
AWP Jefferson DEX Jefferson JMV Onondaga NRA–NRG Westchester SPT Rockland
AYP New York DFG Albany JOH Fulton NRH Chenango SPV Rockland
BAA–BAK Suffolk DFM Albany JON Broome NRI–NRV Westchester SPX Onondaga
BAL Putnam DGA–DGU Nassau JOR Onondaga NRW St. Lawrence SPZ Onondaga
BAM–BAU Suffolk DGV Herkimer JPS Bronx NRX Westchester SQA–SQZ Suffolk
BAV Genesee DGW–DGZ Nassau JPT New York NRZ Westchester SRA–SRK Saratoga
BAW–BAY Suffolk DHA–DHZ Dutchess JRG Rensselaer NTA–NTU Niagara SRL Franklin
BBA–BBF Erie DJB Monroe JST Fulton NTW–NTZ Niagara SRM–SRV Saratoga
BBG Chenango DJH Franklin KAA–KAG Kings NWC Chenango SRX–SSL Nassau
BBH–BBR Erie DJP St. Lawrence KAH Westchester NWF Niagara SSM St. Lawrence
BBS Cattaraugus DJW Clinton KAI–KAQ Kings NWH–NWI Chenango SSN–SSZ Nassau
BBT–BBZ Erie DLC Nassau KAR Greene NWK Wayne STA–STZ Steuben
BCR Putnam DLS Schenectady KAS Kings NYA Rockland SUA–SUJ Suffolk
BDA Fulton DLT Washington KAT Fulton NYM Oneida SUL Sullivan
BDL Monroe DMB Saratoga KAU–KDG Kings NYU Bronx SUM–SUZ Suffolk
BDV Dutchess DMC Schenectady KDH Columbia OAK Genesee SVA–SVM Onondaga
BEA Dutchess DMF Oneida KDI–KDK Kings OFN Niagara SVN Sullivan
BEL Allegany DMK Lewis KDL Clinton OGB St. Lawrence SVO–SVZ Onondaga
BER Chenango DNA–DNL Nassau KDM–KDZ Kings OGD St. Lawrence SWA Allegany
BEY–BEZ Broome DNM St. Lawrence KEA–KEM Erie OLE Cattaraugus SWB–SWX Onondaga
BFA–BFZ Erie DNN–DNZ Nassau KEN Putnam OLN Cattaraugus SWY St. Lawrence
BHF Nassau DOB Westchester KEO–KEQ Erie ONA–OND Onondaga SWZ–SYK Onondaga
BHG Putnam DOU Otsego KER Ulster ONE Otsego SYL Oneida
BIS Allegany DPK Orange KES–KET Erie ONF–ONS Onondaga SYM–SYZ Onondaga
BIW St. Lawrence DPT Warren KEV Essex ONT Ontario SZA–SZZ Suffolk
BJP New York DQA–DRX Nassau KEW–KEZ Erie ONU–ONZ Onondaga TAA–TAT Westchester
BKK Washington DRY Tompkins KFA–KGR Kings ORA–ORE Orange TAU Tompkins
BKS Tioga DRZ–DTZ Nassau KGS–KGT Ulster ORF Oneida TAV–TAZ Westchester
BLG Orange DUA Franklin KGU–KHR Kings ORG–ORK Orange TEM Greene
BLL Saratoga DUB–DUZ Dutchess KHS Ulster ORL–ORZ Orleans TES Saratoga
BLT Warren DWA–DWL Delaware KHT–KHZ Kings OSA–OSB Oswego TEX Oswego
BMF Nassau DWM Nassau KIA Sullivan OSC Putnam THA–THV Steuben
BMT Kings DWN–DWX Delaware KIB–KIF Kings OSD–OSZ Oswego TIA–TIO Tioga
BNA–BNZ Broome DYT Madison KIG Ulster OTA–OTN Ontario TIR Niagara
BOA Suffolk EAL Schenectady KIH–KIM Kings OTP–OTZ Otsego TIV Dutchess
BOL Allegany EAR Chenango KIN Ulster OVB–OVZ Onondaga TJD Rockland
BON Oneida ECT Broome KIO–KNF Kings OWE Tioga TMB Jefferson
BOV Cattaraugus EDW Washington KKV Onondaga PAL Wayne TMC Greene
BPT Monroe EEA–EEY Erie KNH–KNW Kings PAR St. Lawrence TMR Sullivan
BQA–BQB Erie EGB Rensselaer KNX Orange PAT Putnam TNA–TNZ Niagara
BRB–BRC Broome EGY Monroe KNY–KNZ Kings PAW Dutchess TOA–TOX Tompkins
BRD Fulton EHG Chemung KPA–KZK Kings PBP Rensselaer TPM Suffolk
BRE Putnam EIL Genesee KYU a Schuyler PCA Suffolk TPP Rockland
BRF–BRG Broome EJA Nassau KZL Sullivan PCO Putnam TRA Richmond
BRH Saratoga EJK Albany KZM–KZZ Kings PCP–PCZ Suffolk TRB Tompkins
BRI–BRK Broome EKT Fulton LAK Putnam PDM St. Lawrence TRC–TRH Richmond
BRL Rensselaer ELA Chemung LBA–LBX Nassau PER Fulton TRI Nassau
BRM–BRU Broome ELB Essex LBY Sullivan PGH Dutchess TRJ–TRZ Rensselaer
BRV Jefferson ELC Cattaraugus LBZ Nassau PGK Dutchess TSP Columbia
BRW–BRZ Broome ELD Chemung LCS Sullivan PGT Montgomery TUC Westchester
BSM Albany ELE Clinton LDA–LDZ Suffolk PHE Essex TUL Onondaga
BST Saratoga ELF–ELH Chemung LEA Albany PHI Putnam TUP Franklin
BSU Monroe ELI Essex LED Greene PHL Jefferson TUR Lewis
BTA–BTU Broome ELJ–ELK Chemung LEE Suffolk PHM Greene TUS Niagara
BTV Genesee ELL Ulster LEM Onondaga PHO Ulster TUX Orange
BTW–BTY Broome ELM Chemung LER Genesee PIT Monroe TYE Essex
BUA–BYZ Erie ELN Ulster LES Rensselaer PJA–PJB Suffolk TYN Chenango
BUR Saratoga ELO–ELR Chemung LET Wyoming PJC Rockland TYR Schuyler
BWB Bronx ELT St. Lawrence LEW Lewis PJD–PJU Suffolk TZB Rockland
BWT Onondaga ELV Ulster LFN Columbia PJV Orange UHC Oneida
BXA–BXZ Bronx ELY Essex LGE Warren PJW–PJZ Suffolk UKA–UKZ Oneida
BYS Rensselaer ENA–ENU Broome LHA–LHZ Suffolk PKA–PKZ Westchester ULA–ULZ Ulster
BZA–BZZ Bronx ENV Ulster LIA Nassau PLA–PLB Clinton UNY Oneida
CAA Columbia ENW–ENZ Broome LIB Sullivan PLE Westchester UQA–UQB Oneida
CAC Cattaraugus EPH Fulton LIC–LIR Nassau PLK Oswego UST Ulster
CAE Suffolk EQA–ERN Erie LIS St. Lawrence PLM Columbia UTA–UTZ Oneida
CAF–CAH Cattaraugus ERO Nassau LIT Herkimer PLR Rockland VAL Putnam
CAI Greene ERP–ERZ Erie LIU–LIZ Nassau PLT Clinton VAR Wyoming
CAJ Montgomery ESC Rensselaer LKT Ulster PLY Wayne VCP Bronx
CAK Cattaraugus ESP Suffolk LLH Sullivan PMY Wayne VER Oswego
CAM Cattaraugus ESX Essex LMG Oswego POE Rensselaer VES Broome
CAN Ontario ESY Onondaga LNV Orleans POK Dutchess VLT Columbia
CAO Cattaraugus ETN Tompkins LOA–LOV Niagara POM Onondaga VMI Fulton
CAP Suffolk EUA–EWZ Erie LOW Lewis POU Dutchess VPR Montgomery
CAQ Cattaraugus EYA–EZZ Erie LOX–LOZ Niagara PRS Warren VRN Oneida
CAS Putnam FAB Onondaga LPD Niagara PRU Clinton VSA–VSZ Nassau
CAT–CAX Cattaraugus FAI Monroe LPE Essex PRV Greene VVA–VVZ Westchester
CAY Cayuga FAM Otsego LPL Hamilton PSK Oswego VWN Montgomery
CAZ Madison FAY Onondaga LPO Onondaga PSM Franklin WAA–WAQ Wayne
CBE Bronx FDA Montgomery LRA–LRZ Suffolk PTB Madison WAR Wyoming
CBK–CBL Suffolk FEN Otsego LSG Bronx PTF Monroe WAS–WAU Wayne
CBR Washington FFM Columbia LSR St. Lawrence PTG Clinton WAV Franklin
CCA–CCB Chautauqua FFT Herkimer LTV Cattaraugus PTJ Orange WAX–WAZ Wayne
CCC Cattaraugus FGS Albany LTY Sullivan PTN Putnam WBA–WBZ Nassau
CCD–CCS Chautauqua FHK Dutchess LUZ Warren PTO St. Lawrence WCA–WDA Westchester
CCU Chautauqua FIA–FIK Suffolk LVA–LVY Livingston PTV–PUZ Putnam WDB Sullivan
CCV Cattaraugus FIL a Allegany LWS Lewis QAA–QBX Queens WDC–WDR Westchester
CCW–CCZ Chautauqua FIL a Suffolk LWT Niagara QBY Warren WDS Franklin
CDE Oneida FIM–FIZ Suffolk LYA–LYE Nassau QBZ–QZZ Queens WDT–WDX Westchester
CDV Clinton FLT Fulton LYF Lewis RAA–RAP Richmond WDY Orange
CEA–CEL Erie FMP Putnam LYG–LYL Nassau RAQ St. Lawrence WEA Westchester
CEM Albany FON Montgomery LYM Sullivan RAR–RBZ Richmond WEB Monroe
CEN–CFR Erie FOR Bronx LYN–LYZ Nassau RCA–RCL Rockland WEC–WEK Westchester
CFS Putnam FPA–FPZ Nassau LYO a Wayne RCM Oswego WEL Allegany
CFT–CGA Erie FRA Franklin MAC Albany RCN–RCQ Rockland WEM–WEZ Westchester
CGF Greene FRB–FRM Nassau MAD Madison RCR Wayne WGB Schenectady
CGH Lewis FRN Franklin MAH Putnam RCS–RCZ Rockland WGK Schuyler
CGI Suffolk FRO–FSZ Nassau MAL Franklin RDJ Schenectady WGT St. Lawrence
CGJ Monroe FTA Washington MAM Westchester REA–REL Rensselaer WGY Schenectady
CGK–CGR Cayuga FTC Franklin MAN Onondaga REM Chenango WHA–WHG Westchester
CGS Cattaraugus FTE Washington MAR Schenectady REN–RER Rensselaer WHH Washington
CGT Madison FTO Oswego MAS St. Lawrence RET–REZ Rensselaer WHI–WHZ Westchester
CGU–CGZ Cayuga FTY Essex MAT Onondaga RFA–RFZ Suffolk WIL Wayne
CHA Chautauqua FUL Fulton MAY Chautauqua RGA–RGV Richmond WIT Essex
CHB Wayne FUT Oswego MCA–MCC Monroe RGW Orleans WJR Albany
CHC–CHD Chautauqua FWH Warren MCE–MCF Monroe RGX–RGZ Richmond WKH Kings
CHE Chemung FYV Onondaga MCG Cortland RHA Monroe WLT Saratoga
CHF Madison GAB Oneida MCH–MCN Monroe RHB Dutchess WMF Nassau
CHG Chenango GAP Kings MCO Fulton RHC–RHZ Monroe WML Oneida
CHH Columbia GAR Putnam MCP–MCU Monroe RIA–RIB Suffolk WMP Madison
CHI Madison GCA–GCZ Nassau MCV Saratoga RIC Otsego WND Greene
CHJ–CHL Chautauqua GEC Schenectady MCW–MCZ Monroe RID–RIR Suffolk WNE Schuyler
CHM Chemung GEN Ontario MDA–MDC Madison RIS Otsego WOL Wayne
CHN–CHO Chenango GIM Washington MDD Tompkins RIT–RIZ Suffolk WPA–WPQ Westchester
CHP Clinton GLE–GLF Warren MDE–MDR Madison RJE Rensselaer WPR Fulton
CHQ–CHR Chautauqua GLN Schenectady MDT Orange RJH Albany WPS Westchester
CHS Orange GLO Fulton MGP Sullivan RJR Albany WPT Orleans
CHT Franklin GLV Fulton MHA–MHU Suffolk RKA–RKZ Rockland WPU–WPZ Westchester
CHU Chautauqua GNA–GNZ Genesee MHV Saratoga RLA–RLB Richmond WRA–WRJ Warren
CHV Otsego GOR Warren MHW–MHZ Suffolk RLD–RLZ Richmond WRK Orange
CHW–CHZ Chautauqua GOU St. Lawrence MIA–MIC Orange RMA–RMC Monroe WRN Warren
CIC Onondaga GPH Washington MID Suffolk RMD St. Lawrence WSA–WSK Washington
CJH Montgomery GPS Cortland MIE–MIJ Orange RME–RMR Monroe WSL Rensselaer
CKL Greene GRA St. Lawrence MIL Dutchess RMS Oneida WSS Sullivan
CKT Rockland GRC Monroe MIM–MIU Orange RMT–RMZ Monroe WTA Westchester
CLA–CLB Columbia GRE Greene MIV Essex RNA–RNX Rockland WTB Sullivan
CLC Franklin GRI Monroe MIW–MIZ Orange RNY Oneida WTC–WTJ Westchester
CLD Cortland GRN Greene MJA–MJZ Monroe RNZ Rockland WTK Schuyler
CLE–CLH Columbia GRV Sullivan MKS Westchester ROA–RON Oneida WTL–WTN Westchester
CLI–CLJ Clinton GSA–GSL Suffolk MLA Nassau ROO St. Lawrence WTO Jefferson
CLK Madison GSM Rensselaer MLB Suffolk ROP a Cattaraugus WTP St. Lawrence
CLL–CLP Clinton GSN Orange MLC Franklin ROP a Clinton WTQ Westchester
CLQ–CLS Columbia GSO–GSX Suffolk MLD–MLK Nassau ROQ–ROZ Oneida WTR Jefferson
CLT St. Lawrence GSY Sullivan MLL Orleans RPA–RPL Monroe WTS Westchester
CLU–CLW Columbia GSZ Suffolk MLM–MLZ Nassau RPI Rensselaer WTT Jefferson
CLY Wayne GUV St. Lawrence MMA–MNE Monroe RPO Rockland WTU–WTV Westchester
CMA–CMO Chemung GVA–GVF Ontario MNF Schuyler RPT Clinton WTW Jefferson
CMP Clinton GVL Washington MNG–MNS Monroe RQA–RQZ Monroe WTX–WTZ Westchester
CMQ–CMS Chemung GWH Washington MNT Sullivan RRA–RRK Suffolk WVL Tioga
CMT Jefferson HAL Jefferson MNU–MOG Monroe RRL Franklin WYA–WYM Wyoming
CMU–CMZ Chemung HAM Hamilton MOH Herkimer RRM–RRZ Suffolk WYN Wayne
CNA–CNC Ontario HAR Franklin MOI–MPA Monroe RSA–RSB Nassau WYO–WYQ Wyoming
CND Tioga HAW Westchester MQA–MRS Monroe RSC Sullivan WYS Rensselaer
CNE Ontario HBF Nassau MRT Cortland RSD–RSZ Nassau XAA–XHZ Bronx
CNF St. Lawrence HBG Orange MRU Monroe RTA–RTC Richmond XJA–XJJ Bronx
CNG–CNZ Orange HBL Oswego MRV Madison RTD Schenectady YCA–YCJ Yates
COA–COB Suffolk HCK Washington MRW–MRZ Monroe RTE–RUA Richmond YKA–YKZ Westchester
COL Columbia HCM Washington MSV Bronx RUS St. Lawrence YOA–YOM Westchester
COR Cortland HDL Saratoga MTA–MTB Orange RVA–RVZ Nassau YON Niagara
CPC Albany HDS Jefferson MTC Sullivan RWT Fulton YOO–YOT Westchester
CPH Rensselaer HEC Schuyler MTD–MTE Orange RYA–RYZ Westchester YOU Niagara
CPS–CPT Otsego HEM Nassau MTF Schuyler RZA–RZZ Rockland YOV–YOZ Westchester
CPW Otsego HEN Monroe MTG Montgomery SAC Fulton YQA–YQK Westchester
CRA–CRF Cortland HFA Washington MTH Orange SAG Suffolk YRA–YRZ Westchester
CRG Lewis HFD Washington MTI–MTU Montgomery SAR Saratoga YSA–YZZ New York
CRH–CRL Cortland HFL Washington MTV Westchester SAV Wayne

Notes

a. Duplicate use.

FIL: Allegany County (from "Fillmore")

ROP: Clinton County (from "Rouses Point")

LG: Warren County (from "Lake George")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Empire Gold - NYS DMV Press Release New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  2. ^ "Bold School: NY's New License Plate - Hot Or Not?". WCBS-TV. Archived from the original on November 15, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ Frankel, Katherine (July 19, 2010). "Not Everyone Happy With New NYS License Plates". Patch.com. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.licenseplates.cc/highs.php?where=NY
  5. ^ Eisenstadt, Marnie (March 25, 2015). "In New York, you can't have these 6,942 dirty vanity plates (search for banned licenses)". Syracuse.com. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 

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