Register an ATV

What is considered an all-terrain vehicle (‘ATV’)?

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is any self-propelled vehicle, include an off-road motorcycle,  that is manufactured for use on off-road trails or in off-road competitions. These vehicles are less than 70 inches wide and weigh less than 1,000 pounds.

For information, see our brochure ATVs: Information for Owners and Operators (C-29).

Does an ATV need a vehicle registration?

Register a boat

Do I need to register my boat?

In New York, watercraft without a motor do not need to be registered.  If you use a motor (electric or fuel-driven), no matter how small the craft or the motor, you must register your boat.

Your boat is exempt from NYS registration if it is 

Register a recreational vehicle (snowmobile, boat, moped or ATV)

How do I register my recreational vehicle?

Recreational vehicles must be registered in New York State. There are some types of motorized devices that cannot be registered or operated here.

Before you purchase a vehicle, trailer, boat, snowmobile, or an ATV, make sure that you can receive proof of ownership.  You’ll need it to register your vehicle or obtain a title certificate.

See the special instructions for how to register your recreational vehicle

Register an out-of-state vehicle

Do I need to register my vehicle in New York State?

It depends

  • if you aren’t a resident of New York, the registration from your state of residence is valid here
  • if you move to New York and become a resident, you must register your vehicle here within 30 days of becoming a resident (moving)
  • if you are a resident of New York and you get a vehicle from another state which you will be driving on New York State roadways, you must register the vehicle here within 30 days

What do I need to bring to the DMV?


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