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Old 06-03-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
Oct 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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My wife and I were in Lake Placid for a wedding this weekend, and one thing we couldn't figure out was why some NY license plates were white, and some were yellow. Can someone crack the code for me?

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Old 06-03-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
Jan 2011
Syracuse, New york
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The yellow ones are the "new" style which are actually intended to look retro. The white ones are the previous style and there are many still valid out there. I was bummed when I got my new car and had to get an ugly yellow one.

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Old 06-03-2013, 12:53 AM   #3
Apr 2013
, NH
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I remember the old old ones woth the red statue of liberty...'merica
"Now is the time to think of only one thing, that which I was born for" EH

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:31 AM   #4
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Buffalo, NY
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A few years ago - the state legislature tried to have a money grab and rolled out new plates (the ugly yellow ones) that were going to be mandatory for all to replace the previous generation (the white and blue ones) at a cost of about a hundred bucks a pop.

The white and blue ones have been in use for a little over a decade, having replaced the previous red and white statue of liberty plates.

Uproar ensued and the legislature changed course.

Now - any new registrations get the new Yellow plates while existing registrations can keep the white and blue plates. You have the option to upgrade, but it tacks on around $60 to your re-registration fee.

They were supposed to give a retro look to the plates, but instead just look terrible.

All of my cars still have the blue and white plates - I registered the last one a week before the switch was made.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
May 2012
Sacramento, CA
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New York actually used to have blue-on-yellow plates. I remember them, and even the tag on my parents' '81 Bonneville that had them. They switched over to the red white & blue liberty tags in the mid/early 90's I think and then the blue on white ones in the early 00's. Now they are going to back to the old color scheme. I kind of like that they went retro, but I wish retro wasn't so ugly in this case.

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