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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Who'll have the last white and blue license plate?

I'm hoping it will be me.

Just received my registration renewal forms from the DMV. There are three options: Renew for $53.50. Renew and get the "new" blue and gold plate with a new plate number: $78.50. Or, the third and final choice, renew and get the new plate with the same old number: $98.50. Ninety-eight fifty! Give me a break.

I haven't backed or fronted into any frozen snow banks or parking lot concrete blocks lately, so my current plates are not cracked, bent or in any way noticeably damaged. I am not inclined to donate an extra $35 of my income to our dysfunctional state for the privilege of changing plate color. I placed quote marks around "new" above, because the blue and gold are just a retread of the old combination.

And I resent have to practically double the cost of renewal just to keep my old plate. It's tempting to have one less new thing to have to remember. But to be honest, I'm never sure I correctly remember the plates I have now. And so long as I have a key that makes the car honk at me, who cares?

2 Comments:

Blogger NOW. HERE. THIS. said...

You're not alone in fearing the most disgusting display ever placed upon four wheels since Pontiac Aztek. A lively debate about a "mandatory" switchover sent me to the DMV website. There I found solace... and I share it with great relief--


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q- Do I have to get the new Empire Gold plates when I renew my vehicle registration?

A- No. You will be allowed to keep your current plates when you renew your registration.

http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/empgold/faq.htm

-Kyle York
The Empire Plate

July 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Babs, you're lucky you don't live in the downstate region served by the MTA. Those folks pay an extra $50 commuter charge whether they use the MTA or not.

July 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM 

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