Register a leased vehicle
How do I register a leased vehicle?
If you leased the vehicle from a dealer in New York State, the dealer normally provides all your proofs and your registration application to the DMV. You don’t need to do anything more.
If the dealer does not provide the proofs to the DMV, you must provide the proofs and all of the documents listed below
- a copy of the title certificate or original Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO) or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) 3
- authorization from the leasing company to register the vehicle in New York
- a letter from the leasing company that gives you permission to register the vehicle in NYS
- a power of attorney from the leasing company that authorizes you to register the vehicle in NYS
- the signature of a leasing company officer in box 3 on the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82) or on the Registration Authorization (MV-95)
- proof of sales tax payment, sales tax exemption, or purchase price (see below for instructions for to show proof)
How can I show proof of sales tax payment?
- If you paid New York State sales tax to the leasing company or dealer on the total amount of all your lease payments, provide your lease agreement that indicates that you paid the NYS sales tax, and complete the Claim for Sales Tax Exemption (DTF-803).
- If you did not pay New York State sales tax to the leasing company or dealer on all of your lease payments, provide your lease agreement, and complete Statement of Transaction [Sales Tax Form] (DTF-802). You must pay NYS sales tax at the DMV office on any lease payments if the leasing company or dealer did not collect the sales tax. The sales tax is collected in one complete payment at the time of registration.
- If you made one payment to another state for the total amount of sales tax, complete Claim for Credit of Sales Tax Paid to Another State (DTF-804) to request credit for the tax you paid, and then pay the balance of any NYS sales tax. This process can reduce the amount of your NYS sales tax if NYS and the other state have an agreement about sales tax. Not all states have an agreement with New York. See DFT-804 page 2.
- If you made monthly sales tax payments in another state, complete form Statement of Transaction [Sales Tax Form] (DTF-802), and pay the total amount of NYS sales tax in one payment for all the lease payments that remain.
See also Change name on title after lease buyout.
- 1. The DMV requires auto liability insurance to register a vehicle in New York. When you get insurance, your insurance company will issue proof of insurance in two ways
- it will give you two original barcoded NYS Insurance Identification Cards (see sample)
- it will send an electronic notice of insurance coverage to the DMV (your insurance agent or broker cannot file this notice)
Your NYS Insurance Identification Cards and the electronic notice of insurance together verify your insurance coverage. We need both. You must register your vehicle at the DMV within 45 days of the effective date on your insurance ID card. Bring one copy of your Insurance Identification Cards with you. The DMV office will keep it. Keep the other card with the vehicle as your proof of insurance. Learn more about NYS Insurance Requirements.
You must be at least 16 years old to register a vehicle in New York (except for ATV registrations).
A NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID card that is current or not expired for more than 2 years can serve as proof of both identity and age.
If you don’t have a NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID, you can provide other kinds of proof.
- 3. You will not receive the original title certificate as proof of ownership. The leasing company is the owner and holds the title certificate, which displays their name.