Register a vehicle with more than one owner or registrant

Register a vehicle that has more than owner or registrant

The procedures to register a vehicle that has more than one owner or registrant 1 are generally the same as to register (and title) a vehicle that has a single owner or registrant. You can find special instructions below.  Follow all the other registrations instructions explained on the register and title a vehicle page.


Can the registration document and the title certificate for a vehicle show two different names?

Yes, they can. 

  • If the registration and title show two different names, the owner (the name on the title certificate) must authorize the other person to register the vehicle by must completing box 3 on the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82) or completing the Registration Authorization (MV-95) form.
  • If the proof of ownership is a New York State (NYS) title certificate in the name of the current owner, the title certificate is examined and returned to you at the DMV office.
  • If the proof isn’t a NYS title certificate in the name of the current owner, we keep the proofs and mail a NYS title certificate to the owner within 90 days.

The required liability insurance and NYS Insurance ID card must display the name of the registrant, not the name of the owner.

Either the registrant or the owner can bring the registration and title application to a DMV office. The person who applies must show the original proofs of identity and date of birth for both the registrant and the owner.

 

Can a vehicle registration have more than one registrant?

Yes. There can be two or more registrants. Both the primary registrant and the co-registrant must sign Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82) and provide their proofs of identity and date of birth. Both names must appear on the NYS Insurance ID Card.

 

Can I add a registrant to a registration?

No. You can’t add a name to a current registration. You must apply for a new registration and new vehicle plates in the two names.

 

Can I remove a name (person) from a registration?

Yes. If there is more than one name on the registration, you can apply for a registration amendment to remove one or more names from the registration.  Complete the Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82) with the names of the registrants that remain, and show proofs of identity and date of birth.  The fee is $3. 

 

To transfer ownership, do both owners need to sign the title certificate?

No. More than one person can own a vehicle, but to transfer ownership, only one of the owners is required to sign the title certificate.

 

Can I add a name to a title certificate?

No. You can’t add a name to a current title certificate. You must apply for a new title certificate that displays the two names. The current owner signs the title certificate to transfer the ownership to the two persons. The two persons must apply for a new title certificate.

  • 1. Registrant means the person who the vehicle is or will be registered to.