The law requires you to register any boat that is motor-driven and is operated on public waterways in NYS. The boat requires a registration even if the motor is not the primary source of propulsion. If you operate the boat in NYS, you must register the boat with the DMV. After you register your boat, you receive a registration certificate that indicates the registration number assigned to your boat and a set of registration stickers.
You must paint or attach the registration number to each side of the bow of the boat. The characters must be:
You cannot transfer the registration number to another boat.
The registration sticker shows the month and the year that the registration expires. Attach each sticker in line with the registration numbers on each side of the hull, and three inches toward the stern of the boat.
You must register the boat in NYS if:
If your boat was documented by US Coast Guard, you do not receive a NYS registration number. You receive NYS registration stickers only. Attach the stickers in the position where the registration numbers are normally located.
If you have a boat that does not have a hull identification number (HIN), you must get one before you can register the boat if:
You can get an application form from the DMV or from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Send the completed form to the OPRHP. The OPRHP arranges your boat inspection for you. Visit the OPRHP web site .
The DMV issues title certificates for boats that are:
The title certificate is used for proof of ownership for these boats instead of the registration. Title certificates are not issued for boats that do not match the description above or for boats registered with the Coast Guard. For a boat that does not receive a title certificate, the transferable registration is proof of ownership.
To register your boat, bring the following items to a DMV office:
Remember that if you have a boat trailer you must register the trailer. See the instructions to register a vehicle.
Boat registrations are issued for three years. There is a registration fee and a surcharge for boating safety. The fees and surcharges are calculated from the length of the boat as follows:
You can renew your boat registration online, or you can renew by mail. To renew by mail, use the MV-3B renewal notice mailed to you by the DMV, or use form MV-82B (Boat Registration/Title Application). You can also renew at a local DMV office.
Yes. New York State has laws that prohibit the operation of a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. More information is available from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. On April 1, 1999, the Zero Tolerance Law for vessel operators became effective.
The New York State Boater's Guide is available from the DMV, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, or the NYS Canal Corporation. This handbook contains information about registration, operation and safety. Go to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation web site to get information about the operation of a vessel or recreational vehicle in NYS.
You must register your snowmobile if you operate the snowmobile in New York State. A registration is not required if the snowmobile is operated on the private property of the owner or private property the owner has a contractual right to use. A snowmobile that is registered in another state and owned by a resident of that state, but is operated in NYS, must get a NYS registration. A non-resident of NYS with a snowmobile registered in another state can apply online for a NYS snowmobile registration. A temporary NYS registration is issued at the end of the transaction for immediate operation of the snowmobile in NYS.
New York State also requires a NYS or out-of-state registration on trailers.
Snowmobile registration numbers are permanently assigned to the snowmobile when it is first registered. If you have a snowmobile that was first registered before August 1995, you must supply the numbers that attach to your snowmobile. You must display those numbers on each side of the snowmobile cowling or hood. The numbers must be:
New snowmobile registrations receive a Registration Decal set. Attach the decals to each side of the cowling or hood. Validation stickers are issued annually. Put the stickers on the upper left-hand corner of the decal. Put the annual validation stickers to the left of the numbers on snowmobiles registered before 1995.
DMV Commissioner's Regulation section 107.11 requires that any registration decal issued on or after December 24, 2008 must be displayed on a vertical plane of the snowmobile's cowling or hood so it is easily viewed from either side of the snowmobile. You can be subject to a $200 fine if you do not display your registration decal in compliance with this regulation.
The registration fee is $45 if you certify on form MV-82SN that you are a member of a NYS Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) club and show proof of membership. The only acceptable proof of membership is a valid membership voucher issued by the NYSSA, and your certification on form MV-82SN.
If you are not a member of an NYSSA club, the registration fee is $100.
Visit the NYSSA web site for more information about NYSSA clubs.
To register your snowmobile, bring the following items to a DMV office:
You can renew your snowmobile registration online. Have your registration and your snowmobile club membership voucher (if you have one) available when you go to the snowmobile renewal transaction. You can also use your form MV-3SN renewal notice to renew by mail. If you do not have a renewal notice, apply for the renewal with form MV-82SN or visit your local DMV office.
The renewal fee is $45 if you certify on form MV-3SN or MV-82SN that you are a member of a NYS Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) club and show proof of membership.
If you are not a member of an NYSSA club, the fee is $100.
Visit the NYSSA web site for more information about NYSSA clubs.
Yes. Since April 1, 1998, NYS has required each operator and passenger on a snowmobile to wear protective headgear approved by the Commissioner of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation . You are not required to wear a helmet if:
Yes. A court can suspend the privilege of a person to operate a snowmobile if the person is convicted of snowmobiling under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The court can also suspend the snowmobile registration. The law also provides for strict penalties and enforcement for these offenses. A person who refuses to take a chemical test (breath test) immediately receives a suspension of the privilege to operate a snowmobile, pending a DMV hearing.
The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation web site has information about snowmobile insurance, safety training and other information.
The Vehicle and Traffic Law defines a limited use motorcycle as "a low-speed vehicle with two or three wheels." Terms frequently used for limited use motorcycles are "mopeds" and "motor scooters."
The requirements to operate a moped are like those for motorcycles. You must have a driver license and you must register a moped to drive it on streets and highways. The exceptions to these requirements are listed in the table below. You can never operate a moped on a sidewalk.
The DMV certifies a moped as a Class A, Class B or Class C limited use motorcycle according to top speed. The manufacturer requests the certification through the DMV Technical Services Bureau. Only a DMV-certified model of limited-use motorcycle can get a registration in NYS. The phone number for the Technical Services Bureau is (518) 474-5282.
To register your moped, bring the following to a DMV office:
|Guide to Limited-use Motorcycle Requirements|
Determined by Range of Top Speed
Over 30 mph
to 40 mph
Over 20 mph to
20 mph or less
|License/Permit Required||Class M/MJ 1||Any Class 1||Any Class 1|
|Headlight on When Operating?||YES||YES||YES|
|Helmet and Eye Protection Required?||YES||YES||Recommended|
|May Operate On||Any Traffic Lane||Right-hand Lane or Shoulder Only 2||Right-hand Lane or Shoulder Only 2|
|Insurance Required?||YES||YES||Recommended 3|
You cannot register any of the motorized devices from the list below in NYS. You cannot operate these devices on sidewalks, public streets or highways in NYS. These devices are motor vehicles, but they do not have the correct equipment or design for operation on roadways.
These devices are not allowed on any street, highway, parking lot, sidewalk or other area that allows public motor vehicle traffic. You are subject to arrest if you operate one of these motorized vehicles and do not have a registration, driver license, inspection, insurance or correct equipment. The DMV can not provide any information about operation of these devices on private property. Contact the local authorities and property owners.
An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is any self-propelled vehicle that is manufactured for use on off-highway trails. These vehicles are less than 70 inches wide and weigh less than 1,000 pounds.
You must register an ATV to drive the vehicle on public property or private property in NYS. An ATV that is only used for agricultural purposes or not-for-hire snow removal on private property does not require a registration. A registration for an ATV that was issued in another state to a resident of that state is valid in NYS.
If you purchase an ATV from a NYS ATV dealer on or after April 1, 2005, the dealer is required to register your ATV before it is delivered to you.
To register an ATV not purchased from a NYS ATV dealer, bring the following items to a DMV office:
Acceptable proof of ownership
If you purchased the ATV from a NYS ATV dealer on or after April 1, 2005, the dealer must register your ATV before it is delivered to you. Your proof of ownership is the NYS transferable ATV registration.
If you purchase the ATV from an out-of-state ATV dealer, acceptable proof of ownership to apply for registration at a DMV office can be:
A bill of sale from an ATV dealer must include this information:
If the ATV is transferred by a private individual, acceptable proof of ownership is:
Insurance coverage is required unless you drive the ATV on your private property only. You must show your proof of insurance to a judge, a police officer, or any person who makes a claim of injury or property damage.
You do not need a driver license to drive an ATV, but restrictions apply to ATV drivers under the age of 16:
Children 10 to 15 years of age can drive an ATV only:
Children under the age of 10 may drive an ATV only:
You can operate an ATV on public lands where signs indicate that ATV use is allowed. Only operate an ATV on private property if you have permission from the property owner.
New York State law requires that bicyclists and in-line skaters 14 years old or younger wear bicycle safety helmets. The parents or guardians of children who break the helmet laws can pay a fine of up to $50.
A law that began in July of 2002 now requires scooter riders to wear a helmet. A parent or legal guardian of a young person that rides a scooter and who does not wear a helmet can receive a warning for the first violation and a fine of up to $50 for following violations.
Bicyclists, in-line skaters, and motor vehicle drivers must all use and obey the same traffic laws. A motorist must recognize that a bicyclist or in-line skater has the same rights as any another motor vehicle driver. Bicyclists and skaters must obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. The bicyclists must use a signal to turn on a roadway, a bike lane or bike path. The bicyclists and skaters who break the law are subject to traffic tickets. Parents are responsible for the violations committed by their children who less than the age of 18.
Bicyclists and skaters have the legal right to share the road on most public highways. Bicyclists and skaters are not allowed on interstate highways and expressways. The jurisdictions that manage other controlled-access highways, for example parkways, can prohibit all bicycles.
The law requires that bicyclists ride or in-line skaters glide with the traffic. The main cause of accidents is bicyclists or skaters that ride against traffic. The bicyclists and skaters that move with traffic are easier for motorists to see and their actions are easier to predict. Bicyclists and skaters that move with traffic also prevent interference with the flow of traffic and pedestrians.
Bicyclists or in-line skaters can travel side-by-side on the road, but must ride in single-file when other vehicles need to pass. If there is enough space, more than two bicyclists can travel side-by-side on a shoulder, lane or bicycle path that is for bicyclists and skaters. When bicyclists or in-line skaters overtake the other bikers and in-line skaters, they must ride in single-file.
The web site of the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) has more information about bicycles, in-line skates and scooters.