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license plate from the 90's for my car?

is there anyway i can get a period correct 1992 license plate from NY on my car registered with the DMV?

i think it would be nice if i had the 1992 license plate in NYS on my model year alfa.

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is there anyway i can get a period correct 1992 license plate from NY on my car registered with the DMV?

i think it would be nice if i had the 1992 license plate in NYS on my model year alfa.

thanks.
Some states, like Texas, allow this sort of thing. When I lived in Texas, I asked my local DMV if it was possible. I was told they would need to inspect the plates to make sure they reflected light at night. So, check with your local DMV. New plates should be easy to find.

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Why don't you go to your local DMV and ask?

Just kidding. I don't think it's going to fly here. Just keeping my "6 character" plate was pain enough!
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Why don't you go to your local DMV and ask?

Just kidding. I don't think it's going to fly here. Just keeping my "6 character" plate was pain enough!
i am going to call them, but i don't think it will work.

just wanted to get some experience from anyone who might have done it.

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i called DMV - has to be 25 years old.

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my "understanding" has always been that the issuance of the new (crrent) format plates was intended to entirely and completely replace the old (statue of liberty) format plates. it was "suggested" to me at the time by a cop (as part of a road-side chat) that the statute of liberty format plates had been rendered illegal and would subject anybody who continued to use and display then to a ticket and fine, even though the number on the plate was the same and even though the displayed number agreed with the registration (as the case with my plates). in fact I still have the old statute of liberty format plates.

I'd be curious to know what DMV says these days on this issue.

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KY does the same thing. The car must be licensed as "Historic", then you can display any other plate (or facsimile) as long as it is 25 years or older. I just did this; registered the '76 Spider as Historic, and excempt from tax, then transferred it's "ALFA" plate to the '91 Spider and dug out a 25 year old ALFA plate for the '76. To comply with KY regulations, I still have to keep the historic plate in the older car.

So now I have two Alfas with ALFA plates...and it's legal.

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my "understanding" has always been that the issuance of the new (crrent) format plates was intended to entirely and completely replace the old (statue of liberty) format plates. it was "suggested" to me at the time by a cop (as part of a road-side chat) that the statute of liberty format plates had been rendered illegal and would subject anybody who continued to use and display then to a ticket and fine, even though the number on the plate was the same and even though the displayed number agreed with the registration (as the case with my plates). in fact I still have the old statute of liberty format plates.

I'd be curious to know what DMV says these days on this issue.
So you are saying the cop told you "All" Statue Of Liberty plates are no longer legal and need to be replaced even if you are the same owner as when they were issued?

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Tango: pretty much (although this was some years ago, not too long after the then "new" NY style plates had begun to be issued) and yes, they were replaced by NY DMV whether you asked or not. they just showed up (when you renewed your registration I seem to recall). the current style plates have been in issue for what 5, 6 years now (maybe longer)

I have had the same "tag" (alpha numeric vanity plate) since the early '90's, so it was the same for both the Statute of Liberty plate and the "new" style. the new style plates have been on my '6 since this "chat" (I had resisted putting the new one on even though I had received them) and while I still have both front and rear Statue plates, I've thought it not especially prudent to put this to a test (travelling under the radar is the better approach to things I think).

as an aside, my 3.0 '6 is stealthy grey, not arrest-me red, for which I have had occassion to be thankful.

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Wow, what do you think the logic was behind that? Too hard to see the letters or some other BS? I know here in California that some specialty plates are criticized for being hard to decipher but they do not make you replace them.

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Tango I note that your use of logic and DMV in the same sentence. I don't think I'm brave enough to do that. all kidding aside, it made then and still makes no sense to me either. sort of a "go figure" personally I like the old Statue plates better anyway but... I did have it in the back of my mind to frame one of them, maybe with a picture of the '6 (I have a great one at speed at Watkins Glen in the rain...)

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with all the changing of plates in this state, we're lucky the're made by criminals who don't command too much of a salary - otherwise we'd be more in the hole than we already are. But the good governor has all the answers - he's now going to increase the gas tax, increase the liquor tax, tax diet soda's, raise the bridge fees when we want to take a trip and get the **** out the state, etc. Another real genius.

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a related "go figure": the regular, non-vanity/special order plates are stamped (I think, anyway raised letters and numbers, like in the "old" days), while the much more expensive vanity plates look like the letters and numbers look like they are merely painted onto a flat sheet of metal and look cheap.

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Just stumbled across this old thread today while looking for something else and figured I'd reply with some actual data. I've been (legally) running with a 90's era NYS Liberty plate for a few years now on my '91 164. I had to apply for an exception to have it be registered as "Historic", but it was quickly approved.

Unfortunately, there's currently not much of an advantage in NY to having a historic registered vehicle. Inspection fees are $10 instead of $21, but registration fees are about the same. There's been talk for years of a single-time registration fee, but it never gets approved by the inept NYS gov't. I did it more for the novelty of running the old plate.

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Just stumbled across this old thread today while looking for something else and figured I'd reply with some actual data. I've been (legally) running with a 90's era NYS Liberty plate for a few years now on my '91 164. I had to apply for an exception to have it be registered as "Historic", but it was quickly approved.

Unfortunately, there's currently not much of an advantage in NY to having a historic registered vehicle. Inspection fees are $10 instead of $21, but registration fees are about the same. There's been talk for years of a single-time registration fee, but it never gets approved by the inept NYS gov't. I did it more for the novelty of running the old plate.
thanks for the feedback.

your license NY license plate does say "historic" on it though?

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