ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York DMV announced the winning license plate design on Friday.

The DMV says plate number 5 is the winning design.

The New York DMV announced the winning license plate design.
Winning license plate design

Voting for the new plates ran from August 19 to September 2.

The results from the vote are as follows:

  • Plate 1   16.0% (Lady Liberty closeup on left side)
  • Plate 2    ‎9.7% (Lady Liberty far away on left side)
  • Plate 3    9.7% (Mario Cuomo Bridge)
  • Plate 4   14.9% (Torch in the midle)
  • Plate 5   49.7% (Niagara Falls on the left side)

The new plates will replace the aging Empire Blue and White plates and the Empire Gold plates next year.

Currently, over 3 million vehicles in New York State have aging plates that are 10-years-old or older.

The current $25 license plate replacement fee will be added to the cost of the vehicle owner’s registration renewal. Customers may also keep their current license plate number for an additional $20 fee. 

Plate issuance begins for both original issuance and renewals on April 1, 2020.

The governor’s office says because of their age, many of them are damaged, oxidized and peeling, making it difficult or impossible to read the license plate number. Having a license plate that is legible reduces a motorist’s risk of being pulled over and cited for having an illegible license plate.