Form MV-440H - Historical License Plates - New York
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l Historical license plates are new plates issued by the DMV to a vehicle that was manufactured more than 25 years before the
current calendar year that is used only as a collector’s item or exhibition piece, and not for daily transportation.
Note: The manufacture date will be based on the model year of the vehicle.
l Standard historical license plates begin or end with the letters “HX” (for cars and trucks), or “HM” (for motorcycles).
However, both types of plates can be personalized for an additional fee. All standard and personalized historical plates
have the word “HISTORICAL” printed at the bottom of the plate.
l Historical registrations are valid for one year.
l If you have any questions about Historical Registrations, contact the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838.
Bring items 1 - 7 to any DMV office or mail to: NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, Custom Plates Unit,
P.O. Box 2775, Albany NY 12220
1. MV-82 (Vehicle Registration/Title Application)
.* Complete and sign form MV-82. Please be sure to fill in your name, address,
daytime phone number, and client ID number (from your NY driver license). If you have questions about the requirements,
please see form MV-82.1 (Registering/Titling a Vehicle in New York State)*.
2. Your NY driver license
. This serves as proof of identity. If you are mailing your application, please provide a photocopy of your
license or other acceptable proofs of identity. (See form ID-82* for a list of acceptable proofs.)
3. Proof of ownership
. If the vehicle is currently registered to you, please bring the current registration. If the vehicle is not currently
registered to you, bring the transferable registration or title signed over to you. If you are mailing your application, send in the
original document (copies are not accepted).
4. Proof of insurance
. Bring a valid NY Insurance ID Card (FS-20, FS-21) issued in the registrant's name for the vehicle; it must be
dated within 180 days of the date you register the vehicle. The ID card must include a scannable barcode and the computer-
printed word "HISTORICAL". Cards without the word "HISTORICAL" will not be accepted. Contact your insurance
company to get information about insurance for an historical vehicle.
5. Sales Tax Receipt
. (Required ONLY if the vehicle has never been registered in your name in New York State.) If you are
mailing your application, you must complete this step before mailing the application. To get a Sales Tax Receipt, you must
bring your bill of sale to any Motor Vehicles office, where you will complete a sales tax clearance form (DTF-802*, 803* or
804*) and receive a Sales Tax Receipt (FS-6T). (If your vehicle is currently registered in your name, or if it was registered to
you previously, proof of sales tax payment is not required.)
6. Payment of fees
. You may pay by check, money order, or credit card. Make a check or money order payable to the
"Commissioner of Motor Vehicles". If paying by credit card, please fill in the appropriate information on Page 2 of this form.
If you are paying the additional fee to have your historical plates personalized, you must complete the appropriate section on
page 2 indicating your top three desired plate combinations.
· If you already have a valid NYS registration for the vehicle in your name, the fee is $28.75 for standard historical plates
or $60 for personalized historical plates.
· If the vehicle is not currently registered in your name, the fee is $53.75 for standard historical plates or $113.75 for
personalized historical plates.
NOTE: If you live in New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Putnam,
Dutchess, or Westchester county, the fee is $78.75 for standard historical plates or $138.75 for personalized historical
plates due to the addition of an annual $25 Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District supplemental registration fee.
· If the vehicle is a 1973 or newer model and does not already have a NYS title issued in your name, there is an additional
title fee of $50.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY ELIGIBLE VEHICLE WITH HISTORICAL PLATES?
WHAT ARE "HISTORICAL" LICENSE PLATES AND WHAT VEHICLES ARE ELIGIBLE?
HISTORICAL LICENSE PLATES
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