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New York
2020 NYS License Plate.png
Current series
SloganExcelsior
Size12 in × 6 in
30 cm × 15 cm
MaterialAluminum
Serial formatABC-1234
IntroducedApril 1, 2020; 6 months' time (2020-04-01)
Availability
Issued byNew York Department of Motor Vehicles
History
First issuedAugust 1, 1910; 109 years ago (1910-08-01)
Pre-state plates: 1901-1910

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.[1]

Plates are currently issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Front and rear plates are required on all vehicles except for motorcycles.

Passenger baseplates

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.[2] 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
NEW YORK 1910 LICENSE PLATE FIRST GOV'T ISSUE rivited numbers - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 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 until 1914.[3]
NEW YORK 1911 LICENSE PLATE SECOND GOV'T ISSUE embossed - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1911 Embossed white serial on maroon plate; vertical "NY" at right none 12345 1 to 999; 3000 to approximately 85000
NEW YORK 1912 LICENSE PLATE THIRD GOV'T ISSUE porcelain - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1912 White serial on red porcelain plate; vertical "NY" at right none 123456 1 to 999; 3000 to approximately 106000
NEW YORK 1913 LICENSE PLATE, first DATED plate - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1913 Embossed white serial on purple plate; "NY 1913" at right none 12345 1 to 399; 3000 to 99999 First dated plate.
A1234 A1 to approximately E2000
NEW YORK 1914 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 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.[3]
A1234 A1 to approximately F5000
NEW YORK 1915 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1915 Embossed black serial on yellow plate; "NY 1915" at right none 12345
A1234
NEW YORK 1916 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1916 Embossed dark blue serial on white plate; "N.Y. 1916" centered at bottom none 123-456
A12-345
1917 New York license plate.JPG 1917 Embossed white serial on dark olive green plate with border line; "N.Y. 1917" centered at bottom none 123-456
A12-345
1918 New York license plate.JPG 1918 Embossed white serial on maroon plate with border line; "N.Y. 1918" centered at top none 123-456
NEW YORK 1919 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1919 Embossed white serial on black plate with border line; "N.Y. 1919" centered at top none 123-456
1920 New York license plate.JPG 1920 Embossed black serial on light green plate with border line; "N.Y. 1920" centered at bottom none 123-456
1921 New York license plate.JPG 1921 Embossed white serial on dark blue plate with border line; "N.Y. 1921" centered at bottom none 123-456
1922 New York license plate.JPG 1922 Embossed white serial on green plate with border line; "N.Y. 1922" centered at bottom none 123-456
1-234-567
Issued in blocks by county
1923 New York license plate.JPG 1923 Embossed white serial on purple plate with border line; "N.Y. 1923" centered at top none 123-456
1-234-567
Issued in blocks by county
NEW YORK 1924 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1924 Embossed white serial on gray plate with border line; "N.Y. 1924" centered at bottom none 123-456
1-234-567
Issued in blocks by county
NEW YORK 1925 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 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.
NEW YORK 1926 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1926 Embossed white serial on dark blue plate with border line; "N.Y. 1926" centered at bottom none 1A·12-34 County-coded
NEW YORK 1927 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1927 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate with border line; "NY 27" centered at top none 1A-12-34
A-12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1928 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1928 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 28" centered at bottom none 1A-12-34
A-12-34
County-coded
1929 New York license plate.jpg 1929 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY·29" centered at bottom none A/1 12-34
A/ 12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1930 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1930 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 30" centered at top none A 12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1931 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1931 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 31" centered at bottom none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
1932 New York license plate 01.JPG 1932 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 32" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
1933 New York license plate.JPG 1933 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 33" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
1934 New York license plate.jpg 1934 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 34" centered at bottom none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1935 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1935 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 35" centered at bottom none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1936 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1936 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 36" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
New York 1937 license plate - Number 1J15-83.jpg 1937 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 37" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1938 LICENSE PLATE with NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1939 slogan - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1938 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 38" centered at top "NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" at bottom A-12-34
1A12-34
County-coded First base to feature the full state name.
1939 New York license plate.JPG 1939 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate "NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1939" at top A-12-34
1A12-34
AB-123
County-coded
NEW YORK 1940 LICENSE PLATE with NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1940 slogan - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1940 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate "NEW YORK WORLD"S FAIR 1940" at bottom A-12-34
1A12-34
AB-123
County-coded
1941 New York license plate.JPG 1941 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 41" centered at bottom none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB-123
County-coded
1942 New York license plate.JPG

1943 New York license plate.jpeg

1942–43 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 42" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded Only rear plates issued due to metal conservation for World War II. Revalidated for 1943 with golden yellow tabs.
NEW YORK 1944 LICENSE PLATE overstamped 1942 plate - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1944 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 44" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded Restamped and repainted 1942 plates.
NEW YORK 1945 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1945 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 45" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1946 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1946 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 46" centered at bottom none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded
NEW YORK 1947 LICENSE PLATE - Flickr - woody1778a.jpg 1947 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 47" centered at bottom none A-12-34
1A12-34
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 Embossed black serial on golden yellow plate; "NY 48" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded Revalidated for 1949 with black tabs.
1950 New York license plate.jpg 1950 Embossed golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY 50" centered at top none A-12-34
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded
1951 New York license plate.jpg 1952 New York license plate.JPG 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
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded Revalidated for 1952 with black tabs.
1953 New York license plate.jpg

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

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
1A12-34
AB12-34
County-coded Revalidated for 1954 with golden yellow tabs.
1955 New York license plate.jpg

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

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
1A12-34
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 golden yellow serial on black plate; "NY", slogan and "57" at bottom "EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year A-1234
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded First 6" x 12" plate.
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 serial on golden yellow plate; "NY", slogan and "58" at bottom "EMPIRE STATE" between state abbreviation and year A-1234
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1959 with black tabs.
1960 New York License Plate Sample.jpg

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

1960–61 As 1957 base, but with "60" at bottom right "EMPIRE STATE" as on 1957 base A-1234
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Revalidated for 1961 with golden yellow tabs.
New York 1962 Sample license plate.jpg

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

1962–63 As 1958–59 base, but with "62" at bottom right "EMPIRE STATE" as on 1958–59 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 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
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-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
New York 1973 license plate - Number 2228-TL.jpg 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
AB-1234
1234-A
1234-AB
1A-1234
County-coded Some later plates use the 1973 serial dies; all revalidated with stickers.
1974 New York Number Plate.jpg 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
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.
New York license plate 1982.jpg 1980 – June 30, 1986 1234-ABC1 1000-AAA to approximately 9999-BUR;
1000-TAA to approximately 9999-TCS
New York license plate, 1986.png 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
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 NYS License Plate.jpg 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.[3] 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.
NY-2010-License-Plate.jpg April 1, 2010[4] – March 31, 2020 Empire Gold plates. Embossed dark blue serial with state-shaped separator 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" curving to edges of top bar "EMPIRE STATE" screened in dark blue centered at bottom ABC-12344 FAA-1000 to JMU-69995 (as of July 14, 2019) Validated with windshield decal. JMU-7000 through JZZ-9999 may be issued on vanity plates.
2020 NYS License Plate.png April 1, 2020 – future White plates with dark blue serial and state name. Features gold and blue stripes either side of "NEW YORK" along top and images of Niagara Falls and New York City skyline along bottom. "EXCELSIOR" in gold with blue stroke along bottom ABC-1234 TBD Plate design chosen by online vote.[5]

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.

Passenger baseplate variations

1973–1986: 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 1973–74 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, 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, 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 with the ABC 123 format were largely county-coded (so, for instance, ABD 768 and UVK 767 could have been issued in different parts of the state on the same day in 1986) 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 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). By December 1988 other prefixes began to appear, again coded by county (so, for instance, 4AB 234 and 7TC 766 could have been issued in different parts of the state on the same day in 1989).

The 1AB 234 serial format was the last in which the serials were county-coded. During this issue, this system was finally abandoned, and all subsequent passenger plate issues have been in strict alphabetical order, beginning with the plates in the A1B 234 format. 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. The letters I, O, and Q were not used as the second or third letter.
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 and became the last standard passenger plates issued in this manner. The letters I, O, and Q were not used at all on these and subsequent Liberty standard passenger issues, as they could be confused with numbers. 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 manufactured and issued in strict alphabetical 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. These plates were manufactured and issued in strict alphabetical order. 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 AAA-1000 (AAA-ABZ were reserved). 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;[6] 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.

2020—future: New design

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. Until September 2, New York residents will be able to select one of five designs. In April 2020, plates older than ten years will have to be replaced upon the renewal of vehicle registration.[7][8]

Optional plates

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

Below are the non-passenger plates on the Empire Gold base.[9] Empire State non-passenger plates remain valid as of December 2018.

Image Type Serial format Notes
Agriculture 12345-GL
Ambulance 12345-EV EV = Emergency Vehicle
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Apportioned 12345-PC
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Bus 12345-BB
NY license plate 54111ME commercial.jpg Commercial 12345-MA Earlier plates were 12345-JA
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Dealer 1234567 Began at 7100000.
NY license plate 626040 handicapped.jpg Disability 123456 Handicapped/disabled access Began at 600000. Wheelchair symbol updated 2014.[10]
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Farm 12345-FR
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Historical Car HX-12345 Began at HX-50000.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Livery 12345-LV
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Motorcycle 12AB34 Began at 10RA00.
NY license plate official R-14893.jpg

NYC School Construction Authority license plate AJ7546.jpg

Official R-12345
A/B1234
Newer plates display the political subdivision at the left and the county name at the bottom, and use the A/B1234 serial format.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg School 12345-SH
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Special Commercial 12345-SM
NY license plate T641760C.jpg T&LC T123456C Began at T600000C.
Blank License Plate Shape.svg T&LC – Nassau County N123456C
Blank License Plate Shape.svg T&LC – Westchester County W123456C
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Taxi 12345-TY
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Taxi (NYC medallion cabs) Y123456C New format from March 2018. Standby vehicles are in the format S123456V[11].

Previous plates have the medallion number with a serial subscript (e.g. 1X97A), or 999SBVA for standby vehicles, and remain valid.

Blank License Plate Shape.svg Tow Truck 12345-TT
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Tractor 12345-TC
NY license plate BD97582 trailer.jpg Trailer BA-12345
Blank License Plate Shape.svg Transporter 1234567 Probably began at 2100000.

Personalized plates

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.[12]

County coding

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 1973–86 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.

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")

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