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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 a vehicle for you, and issue plates (they can charge a fee for this).

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Save time! Complete your registration application online.

If you bought your vehicle through a private sale (not from a dealer), you can complete your registration application online and print a barcoded form we can quickly scan and process at the DMV. You'll need

  • your NYS driver license, non-driver ID or permit
  • the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • the NYS Insurance ID Card (FS-20) for the vehicle
  • the vehicle’s NYS Certificate of Title
  • a completed Sales Tax Form (DTF-802)


What do I need to bring to the DMV? 

Bring to a local DMV office

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

 the bill of sale 1

 proof of ownership 2 

 proof of New York State automobile liability insurance 3  

 proof of identity (name) and age 4

 payment for fees, use taxes and sales tax, or proof of an exemption 5

 proof of incorporation (if you register for a business or organization) 6

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


What are the fees?

For most types of registrations the fees depend on the vehicle weight 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

  • most credit cards, prepaid cards and debit cards that do not require a PIN 7
  • 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 you transfer the registration 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) 8

    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 about emission standards

     

    What do I need to know about the Vehicle Identification number on my vehicle or motorcycle? 

    In an effort to protect consumers, the DMV would like to inform you about New York State laws pertaining to vehicle identification numbers (also called VINs).

     

    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.

      An acceptable bill of sale includes all of this information

      • year and make of the vehicle, boat or ATV
      • vehicle identification number (VIN) or the hull identification number (HIN)
      • date of the sale
      • purchase price
      • names and signatures of the buyer and the seller

      The buyer and seller can make photocopies of the bill of sale to keep in their records. The new owner must give the original bill of sale to the DMV with the other required proofs of ownership. A bill of sale is not an acceptable proof of ownership without other proofs. Learn more about bills of sale.

    • 2. 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) with the transfer ownership section completed by the seller, or
      • acceptable proof of ownership from any other state (the original or a certified copy, not a photocopy)

      For cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles that are model year 1972 or older, proof can be either

      • a NYS Transferable Registration (the original or a certified copy, not a photocopy) and the bill of sale, or
      • acceptable proof of ownership from any other state (the original or a certified copy, not a photocopy)

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

    • 3.  

      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.

       

    • 4.

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

      You can use a New York State

        • driver license
        • learner permit, or
        • non-driver ID card

      that is current or expired less 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.

    • 5. If you bought your vehicle from another person in a private sale, both you (the buyer) and the seller must complete the Statement of Transaction {Sales Tax Form} (DTF-802). The DMV calculates the tax and issues a payment receipt.

      If you were not a resident of New York when you purchased the vehicle, use form Sales Tax Exemption (DTF-803) to receive a non-resident exemption from NYS sales tax. The DTF-803 defines "non-resident" and "resident".

    • 6. See Instructions for Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82.1).
    • 7. American Express, Discover Card/Novus, MasterCard, VISA
    • 8. 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 bought your vehicle through a private sale (not from a dealer), you can complete your registration application online and print a barcoded form we can quickly scan and process at the DMV.

    You'll need

    • your NYS driver license, non-driver ID or permit
    • the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • the 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.