DMV Relaunches MS License Plate

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM EDT

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DMV Relaunches MS License Plate

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is relaunching a National Multiple Sclerosis Society custom license plate in time for MS Awareness Week (March 12 – 18).

According to a news release:

The plates bearing the MS logo are available to motorists statewide who wish to contribute to the effort to fight MS. The $25 annual renewal fee goes to the “New York State Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund” to support research at the state’s two Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence.

Since the first launch eight years ago, the custom plates have raised more than $26,000. A large portion of the money is planned to be released to Jacobs Neurological Institute in Buffalo to support their current pediatric research programs. The funds will be split with the pediatric MS center at Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital.

In 2004, state lawmakers passed legislation that allowed the National MS Society to join forces with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in creating a license plate displaying the MS Logo. The goal was to create awareness and raise money to support pediatric MS research across the state. This effort was made possible by advocacy efforts of the MS Coalition Action Network (MS CAN), which includes the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter, NYC/Southern New York, and Long Island Chapters. Members from the Government Relations Committee (GRC) volunteered their time towards this effort. 

The MS plate is available in both passenger and commercial class. It can be ordered online at http://www.dmv.ny.gov/ or by calling the DMV Custom Plates Unit at (518) 402-4838, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; or by visiting any local DMV office.

Those who have the previous version of the MS plate can upgrade to the latest design for $28.75. First-time registrants can purchase the MS plate with a standard plate number assigned by DMV for an initial fee of $53.75. The annual fee of $25 is in addition to the standard registration renewal fee. The plate can also be personalized with a number between two and six characters long, including spaces, for an initial fee of $85. The annual renewal fee for a personalized MS plate is $56.25.

In addition to being available for passenger class vehicles, the MS plate is also available with the International Symbol of Access (ISA) on it for any registrant with a disability who qualifies for such a plate. Any individual qualifying for an ISA must contact the Custom Plates Unit at (518) 402-4838 before submitting an application.