DMV hopes gold plates will rake in the green

(AP) - The New York state Department of MotorVehicles calls it "Empire Gold," but many drivers lining up tobuy new license plates next year may be reminded of the old yellowones they had on their cars between 1973 and 1986.

The change is supposed to raise $129 million for the state'sgeneral fund over two years.

DMV will begin issuing the new plates for registration renewalsthat expire in May 2010. A plate fee of $25.00 will be added to theregistration renewal fee. Single plate registrations, like thosefor motorcycles, will be charged a plate fee of $12.50.

St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie says it's an outrageto ask families and businesses to pay more for new license platesthey don't need.

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