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Register and title a vehicle

You or your business must register and title at a DMV office any vehicle you own or lease. 

  • a registration doesn’t need to be the in the owner's name, or for only one person
  • auto dealers can register and title your vehicle for you, and issue a temporary registration and vehicle plates (they can charge a fee for this service)
  • see important information about laws pertaining to identification numbers on vehicles and motorcycles
  • if you are a member of the Armed Forces, see Military & Veteran Resources, and thank you for your service!


Save time! E-ZVisit is the fastest way to register your vehicle

If you purchased a vehicle through a private sale (not from a dealer), you can complete your registration application online and print a barcoded form which we can quickly scan and process at a DMV office.


What do I need to bring to the DMV? 

Bring to a local DMV office

 a completed Vehicle Registration / Title Application (MV-82) 

 proof of ownership 1 

 proof of New York State automobile liability insurance 2  

 proof of identity and age 3

 payment for fees, use taxes and sales tax, or proof of payment or exemption

 proof of incorporation (if you register for a business or organization) 4

For quicker service, make a reservation online before visiting DMV offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.


What are the fees?

The fees for most types of vehicles depend on the weight of the vehicle and where you live. When you register a vehicle for the first time, the total fees normally include

  • the sales tax
  • a vehicle plate fee or registration transfer fee
  • a title certificate fee
  • (in most counties) a vehicle use tax
  • either a 1 or 2 year registration fee, depending on the type of registration

You can estimate the registration fees you will need to pay.


What methods of payment can I use?

You can use these types of payment

  • most credit cards, prepaid cards and debit cards that do not require a PIN 5
  • cash
  • a personal check or a money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles"

    You can split your payment between cash and check if you need. 


    What registration documents will the DMV give me?

    At the DMV (or sent to you within 1-2 weeks after you register),

    • 1 or 2 vehicle plates (unless the registration was transferred from another vehicle registered in New York)
    • the registration sticker to put on the vehicle 
    • the registration document 
    • an inspection extension sticker (if you did not get the vehicle from a NYS automobile dealer) 6

    If applicable, we will send you your new title certificate separately. Allow up to 90 days to receive it.

    For quicker service, make a reservation online before visiting DMV offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.


    Can I register a vehicle in New York if I am not a United States resident? 

    Yes.

    Must my vehicle comply with California emission standards? 

    Most vehicles must comply.  Learn more

     

    Where can I find more instructions for how to register and title my vehicle?

    Read the Instructions Vehicle Registration / Titling Application (MV-82.1), and refer to the webpages listed on this page for specific information about registering various types of vehicles.  

     

     

    • 1. For cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles that are model year 1973 or newer, proof can be either 

      • a NYS Certificate of Title (the original or a certified copy, not a photocopy)
      • acceptable proof of ownership from any other state (the original or a certified copy, not a photocopy)

      See acceptable proofs for other vehicles (older than 1973, manufactured homes, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, gifted vehicles, vehicles with deceased owners).

    • 2.  

      Your insurance company will:

      1) give you 2 barcoded original NYS ID Cards (see a sample) or provide you with access to your digital electronic NYS Insurance ID Card

      2) send an electronic notice of insurance coverage to the DMV (your insurance agent or broker cannot file this notice)

      Your NYS Insurance ID Cards and the electronic notice together verify your coverage. We need both.

      You must register your vehicle within 45 days of the effective date on your Insurance ID Card. Bring one copy or form of your Insurance Identification Cards with you. The DMV office will keep the paper card.  Keep the other paper card with the vehicle as your proof of insurance. Anyone operating your vehicle must be able to provide proof of insurance.

      Learn more about NYS Insurance Requirements.

       

    • 3.

      You must be at least 16 years old (except for ATV registrations). 

      You can use a NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID card that is current or not expired for more than 2 years as proof of both identity and age.

      If you don’t have one of these, see other kinds of proof you can use.

    • 4. See the Instructions for Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82.1).
    • 5. American Express, Discover Card/Novus, MasterCard, VISA
    • 6. The inspection extension sticker allows you 10 days from the registration date to get the vehicle inspected in New York. Any New York State or out-of-state inspection issued to the previous registrant is not valid after the vehicle is registered to you. You must have the vehicle inspected.

    Before You Start

    If you purchased a vehicle through a private sale (not from a dealer), you can use E-ZVisit to save time.

    Complete your registration application online and print a barcoded form which we can quickly scan and process at a DMV office. You’ll need

    • your NYS Driver License, Non-Driver ID or permit
    • your NYS Insurance ID Card (FS-20) for the vehicle
    • the vehicle’s NYS Certificate of Title
    • a completed Sales Tax Form (DTF-802)

    Do it at the DMV

    Bring your completed registration application, additional documents and payment for fees to a local DMV office.

    Make a reservation online before visiting DMV offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.

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    For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.