Buy or sell a vehicle, trailer, boat or snowmobile (transfer ownership)

To transfer ownership

the seller must

    • complete and sign the section of the title certificate that transfers the ownership, and sign a bill of sale


the buyer must

The proofs of ownership needed to register and title your vehicle in New York are different for different types of vehicles.  Find the acceptable proofs ownership for your vehicle, or and learn what to do if proof of ownership is not available.

Can I change the name on a vehicle registration or title certificate to another person?

No. You cannot change the name on the vehicle registration or the title certificate to the name of another person. You must transfer the ownership of the vehicle.


Where can I find more information about buying vehicle?

Read the DMV brochures, Let the Buyer Be Aware, and Q&A About Your Title Certificate.