Register an imported vehicle

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

How to register

To register an imported vehicle in New York, the vehicle must

  • clear the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 1
  • comply with NYS safety and emissions standards 2 

You must provide the DMV:

  • acceptable U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents
  • acceptable proof of ownership of an imported vehicle
  • all other documents needed to register and title a vehicle

Note: You must provide a certified English translation of any document printed in any language except English.

 

Acceptable U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents

The DMV accepts the following U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents

  • CPB Form 368 - Collection Receipt or Informal Entry
  • CPB Form 7523 - Entry and Manifest of Merchandise Free of Duty, Carrier's Certificate of Release
  • CPB Form 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
  • CPB Form 3311 - Declaration for Free Entry of Returned American Products
  • CPB Form - 7501 Entry Summary 
  • CPB Form - 6059B Customs Declaration

 
Acceptable proof of ownership documents

The DMV accepts the following documents as proof of ownership of an imported vehicle

  • Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) for a new vehicle manufactured for export to the US.
  • New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS) for a new vehicle manufactured in Canada and never registered.
  • Manufacturer's Invoice (copy) for a new vehicle not manufactured for export to the US and never registered.
  • Certificate of Title or equivalent document for a used vehicle or a new vehicle registered before in another country. The DMV can also require a statement from the motor vehicle authorities in that country that the document is equivalent to a title certificate
  • Military Registration and Certificate of Title of Motor Vehicle (DD-430) for a vehicle with a registration and title certificate issued by the US Armed Forces. Only form DD-430 is accepted to issue a NYS title certificate. Other US Armed Forces documents are accepted to issue a NYS registration only. You must provide us with acceptable proof of ownership to receive a NYS title certificate or transferable registration.

Do it at the DMV

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

Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

See instructions and reservation information for your county

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