NY license plates peeling? Here's what you can do.

Example of a peeling licence plate. (DMV)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - Are your license plates damaged or peeling?

Officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles say that if your plates have become damaged due to "delamination" -- or the top layers peeling off -- you can have the plates replaced, free of charge.

However, you will have to pay a fee if you are looking to keep the same plate number.

If your plate is damaged to the point where it is crushed or the metal is torn, faded or cracked, the DMV says that you will be charged for the new plate and a registration fee. There is also an added fee if you want to keep your existing plate number.

You can call the DMV Custom Plates Unit at 1-518-402-4838 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and you may be asked to submit a photo of the plate.

State Police advise that if your plate is unreadable due to wear and tear or "delamination," there is a possibility you could be stopped.

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