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Mental Health Update

November 22, 2022
Mental Health Update

Mental Health License Plates

Several years ago, MHANYS advocated for creating a mental health license plate. A bill was then signed into law.  Recently, in legislation introduced by Assembly member Gunther, language was added that the license plate be highlighted on the OMH Web Page.  Listed below is a copy of the webpage.

Also this is a reminder that any funds recouped by the State for the license plate goes to a fund created by the Office of Mental Health to be utilized for anti-stigma work in the community.

Hope you all take the time to support mental health by getting a license plate that speaks out about public awareness.

Have a peaceful holiday.

Glenn Liebman

194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415
Albany, N.Y. 12210

Mental Health Awareness


The custom plate fee varies if the plate number is assigned by DMV or if you personalize it.  Learn more about personalized plates.


Custom plate fees
Initial (assigned) $  85.00
Annual renewal (assigned) $  56.25
Initial (personalized) $116.25
Annual renewal (personalized) $  87.50

The annual custom plate renewal fee is in addition to your vehicle registration renewal fee. You will be billed for the plates every two years when you renew your registration. $25 of the annual fee supports the Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund.

Order online

Ordering online is faster and easier than ordering by phone, mail, or in an office. 

  • you must have a valid NY State registration that does not expire within 60 days.  This will have your current plate number and registration class code.  See a sample registration document.  1
  • your name and address must be up to date with DMV. You can change your address online before ordering picture or professional plates.  2
  • you must have a credit or debit card that DMV accepts, and a valid email address for confirmation purposes.

Order by phone

Call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838.

Office hours are 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday.

Order by mail

Use the Application for Custom Plates (pdf) (CP-30).

Mail the completed form and your payment to:

Custom Plates Unit
P.O. Box 2775
Albany, NY  12220

Order at a DMV office

Find a DMV office.
Universal Symbol of Access  

Custom Plates that include the Universal Symbol of Access for individuals who qualify are available only through the Custom Plates Unit. See how to order plates that include the Universal Symbol of Access (PDF) or call the Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838.