The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) had been issuing Empire State Gold license plates since April 1, 2010. This was the replacement for the old blue and white license plates.
The NYSDMV clarified that for those who are still in possession of the blue and white plates, they need not procure the new gold plates during the registration renewal. The new gold license plates are only issued for those who wish to register their vehicle the first time, for those who apply for replacement of lost or stolen plates, or when ordering personalized license plates. But even when license plates are not stolen or damaged, vehicle owners may still choose to order the new Empire State Gold plates during renewal of registration or simply for the intention of replacing current plates.
The new shining plates could be ordered online, by mail, or by personal application at the NYSDMV office. They cost $25 for a set of two for commercial and passenger vehicles and $12.50 for motorcycle vehicles, and for others, i.e., trailers that are one-plated vehicles. You also have the option of keeping your old encoded number if you purchase the new gold ones. For the protection of all vehicle owners acquiring new gold plates, they are advised to deform or deface the old ones and throw them in separate bins at different locations and times.
The complaint of padding $10 more on the old plates was just beside the point. NY citizens miss seeing the Niagara Falls and Lady Liberty pictures from the old license plates which have been erased by a simple blue bar. The words The Empire State was also reduced to Empire State and the people felt that the word The in old caption was a distinction that meant something for them. At certain angles, the glaring yellow gold background mixed with the dark blue letters seems to give off a red color. From a practical aesthetic sense, a heavy shade of gold does not go well with another heavy shade. The new colors were also interpreted as an antiquarian ‘return to the 70s’ when license plates were also of the same color – can’t NY move on any further?
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