Millions of New Yorkers will soon be forced to buy new license plates.
A few weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a contest to choose the new New York State license plate. That contest veiled a change that will force many drivers to pay $25 to upgrade their plates to the newer version.
New York drivers with the current blue and yellow plates that are less than 10 years old can keep those plates without having to pay the fee, but those with the white and blue version will be forced to upgrade next year.
The voting on the new version of the plate closes Monday at 11:59pm, but what wasn’t in the headline of the contest was that fact that many folks will have to pay a $25 license plate replacement fee in addition to the cost of renewing their registration. If you want to keep your old license plate number, that’s another $20.