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Bill would prevent state from charging for new license plates

Bill would prevent state from charging for new license plates

August 22, 2019 11:43 AM

You might not to be forced to pay for new license plates if a bill in the state Assembly becomes law. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara introduced the measure, which would ban the state from requiring drivers to replace license plates if they're still in good shape, no matter how old the plates are.

Gov. Cuomo announced Monday that a new license plate design will be introduced starting April 1, 2020. Anyone with a plate that's 10 years old or older would be required to get a new plate when they renew their vehicle registration.

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This will mostly impact the blue and white Empire plates initially.

On top of the usual registration fee, there will be an additional $25 fee to get the new plates. If you want to keep your current license plate number, that will cost another $20.

“It seems like the state is finding new reasons to replace our license plates and it’s happening over and over again, costing us, the taxpayers, more money each time. Enough is enough,” Santabarbara said in a statement. "If these new plates are so important, he should pay for them, period.”

Five different license plate designs were unveiled Monday. Three of them prominently feature images of the Statue of Liberty. Another one shows the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that recently replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge. The last one shows Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, the New York City skyline, and a Long Island lighthouse. New Yorkers can click here to vote on the design they like best.

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