Register a vehicle for someone else
How do I register a vehicle for someone else? (also referred to as ‘a second party’)
When a person different from the registrant 1 applies for vehicle registration at a DMV office, they need to show proof of identity for both people. The only acceptable proofs of identity are the most recently issued
- NYS Driver License
- NYS Learner Permit
- NYS Non-Driver ID Card
The person coming to the DMV must show their original NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID card (not a photocopy) or other acceptable proof of identity (see Proofs of Identity for Registration and Title (ID-82)).
The registrant’s NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID can be either a photo copy or the original.
The registrant must sign the required forms (see register and title a vehicle). A second party must have a Power of Attorney to sign a form for another person.
If the registrant is a member of the U.S. Military and is absent from New York, the person coming to the DMV can use these forms
- Affirmation for Renewal of Registration for Absentee Owner (MV-454)
- Certification of Disposition of Vehicle on Behalf of Absentee Owner (MV-456)
If the second person completes either of the above forms, then the registrant’s NYS Driver License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID and signature aren’t required.
Can the NYS Driver License, Learner Permit or Non-Driver ID be expired?
DMV will accept these proofs if they are less than two years past expiration.
- 1. Registrant means the person who the vehicle is or will be registered to.