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Offline EAAR

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Info from NY license plate
« on: January 17, 2018, 07:53:09 PM »
I recently purchased a 1932 Cadillac which has a 1948 New York license plate on it.  Does anyone know if I can get any history from this?  I tried the formal inquiry going through the NY DMV website but have not gotten any response.

Offline Mike Josephic CLC #3877

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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018, 08:30:09 PM »
Most state DMV's will not provide any information such
as names of former owners due to privacy concerns. 
Also, many states destroy their records after a certain
number of years, usually 20, but some as soon as 10.

That makes it very difficult to trace back ownership. 
I tried to trace my '55 Eldo back about 25 years ago,
and ran into a dead end with California -- they destroy
records after 20 years (at least back then, may be
different now).

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Offline e.kempton

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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 10:15:55 AM »
Some states had license plate number listing books. I do not know if New York had them or not.  I am in MA and they did have them.  I am a member of ALPCA which is a license plate collectors club and I know people in the local club that have these books for MA, NH, & ME.   Maybe you could talk to someone who knows about what NY offered and maybe there are members who have these books.   I hope this helps you.

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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 09:45:00 AM »
Chances are if the plate is 1948 that it may very well have still been registered to the original owner since it is only 16 years. If you get the GM build sheet you can at least see where it was delivered. If it was delivered to NY it also most likely never left the state. Also later in NY state history they made it mandatory to put in sealed beam headlamps so If you still have the original headlights on it probably was not driven after 1948. I think maybe 1949 was when they start only changing the year and had the little tags they you stuck over the previous year.  Plus back then every year you got a new plate with the year stamped on it and the first letter was the county it was registered in. If a Q it is Queens, if K Kings; however I don't know they did that every year.
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Offline Jon S

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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 10:31:34 AM »
NY used to issue plate numbers by county thereby giving you a clue as th where in the state the owner lived. That policy continued through the '50's.

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Offline Jay Friedman

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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 02:33:08 PM »
In the '50s when I was a teenager in rural Sullivan County NY, the plates for that county began with either "9D" or "SC".  However, l later lived in Queens, New York City, where I don't remember any particular letters or numbers on license plates.  There must have been too many plates in the city for that.
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Offline TonyZappone #2624

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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 04:06:07 AM »
Orleans county had: OR, RN, 8H.  Monroe county:  M, MN, Genesee County : 7H, GS.  These were some that I remember.  I do not remember old cars having to be changed over to sealed beams.
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Re: Info from NY license plate
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 08:28:14 AM »
Greene County in New York had GR either before or after the numbers.  My father had GR-21 for many years, GR-3 is extant, and my sister and brother-in-law have GR-27.  In Ulster County, family there had 8D-81 and CU-61 back in the day for a long time.  All on Cadillacs back then of course.
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