Before you purchase a vehicle, a trailer, a boat, a snowmobile or an ATV, make sure that you can receive acceptable proof of ownership. Without it you can have difficulties when you go to register the vehicle, get a title certificate or transferable registration in your name.
Proof of ownership normally includes a bill of sale (in addition to a 'Retail Certificate of Sale' (MV-50) if purchased from a dealer, or a 'Certificate of Title' (MV-999) for private sales). The seller and the buyer complete the bill of sale.
How to remove a lienholder from a title certificate
PLEASE NOTE: When you sell a vehicle, you do not need to remove a lien from the certificate of title. You can give the original title and the original lien release to the buyer. If you want to get a lien free title, please read below for further instructions.
To remove a lien, you do not need to go to your local DMV. Just mail these items:
When you apply for a replacement title at a DMV office, we will NOT hand you a new title while you are there. We print all title certificates in a secure facility in Albany and mail them to the vehicle owner.
You need to renew your registration before it expires. Your new registration documents will arrive in the mail in about 10 days. Renewing early will not change the new expiration date for your new registration. Members of the Armed Forces may have more time to renew.
Sign-up to receive your registration renewal and inspection reminders by email through the MyDMV 'My Registrations and Paperless Reminders' service. We'll stop sending your renewal reminders by regular mail.
Check the status of your registrations
You can you use 'My Registrations and Paperless Reminders' to see the status of all of your registered vehicles.
To use the service, you must be the primary registrant. That means your name must be the first one listed on the registration.