Moving to or from New York

Exchange out-of-state driver license 

If you move to New York State and become a resident 1, you must get a New York State driver license within 30 days.

Learn how to exchange your out-of-state driver license.


I am studying in New York State. Do I need a New York State driver license?

Students from other states, countries or nations who attend school in New York State are normally not considered residents of New York State, so they do not need to exchange their current driver license.

You cannot have a New York State driver license and a driver license from another state at the same time. It is a violation of Federal law to hold more than one commercial driver license (CDL).


Register a vehicle from another state in New York

The registration requirements are generally the same as to register and title vehicle in New York. However there are a few exceptions for out-of-state vehicles, and imported vehicles.


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  1. 1. Definition of Resident per Section 250 (5) of the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law: "As used in this section, the term 'resident' shall mean domiciliary, that is, one who lives in this state with the intention of making it a fixed and permanent abode. It shall be presumptive evidence that a person who maintains a place of abode in this state for a period of at least ninety days is a resident of this state." To live in a house, a home, an apartment, a room or other similar place in NY State for 90 days is considered "presumptive evidence" that you are a resident of New York State. A police officer can use this as evidence to issue a traffic ticket if you drive in New York State without a NY State driver license or vehicle registration. A judge considers the law and the evidence of your intent and decides if you are a resident of New York State. If you pay taxes or your children attend school in another state, a judge considers these facts to decide if your intent is to make NY State a "fixed and permanent" residence. According to this law, students from other states or from other nations who attend school in New York State are usually not considered residents of NY State. DMV does not decide if you are a resident of New York State, if you must get a NY State driver license, or if you must register your vehicle in New York State.