How to register a vehicle

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Register your vehicle online

If you are a resident of one of the following Counties, you can submit your vehicle registration application online (see steps listed on this page).

  • New York City (New York County, Bronx County, Queens County, Richmond County, and Kings County)
  • Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County)
  • Albany County
  • Rockland County
  • Westchester County
  • Onondaga County 

Register and title a passenger or commercial car, truck, motorcycle, or SUV

You or your business must register and title any vehicle you own or lease. Registrations do not need to be in the owner's name, or for only one person. When you purchase a new vehicle through an auto dealership, the auto dealer can register and title the vehicle, and issue plates (and charge a fee for this).

See more information about registering different types of vehicles and special situations.

Step 1: Get your vehicle insured

You must register your vehicle at the DMV within 180 days of the effective date on your insurance ID card.

Learn more about NY State Insurance Requirements.

Step 2: Gather the required documents

Use the Document Guide to see what you need to register

Complete DMV’s Document Guide for a checklist of proofs of identification and other documents you need to register your vehicle.

Go to DMV Document Guide for Registrations

Summary of documents you may need to register your vehicle

(We recommend you use the DMV Document Guide to ensure you have all the documents you need to register your vehicle.)

  1. a completed Application for Vehicle Registration (PDF) (MV-82)
  2. a completed Statement of Transaction - Sale or Gift of a Motor Vehicle, Trailer, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), Vessel (Boat), or Snowmobile (PDF) (DTF-802) 1
  3. your New York State License/Non-Driver ID (must be current or not expired for more than 2 years) or other acceptable proof for New York State vehicle registrations or title certificates. If you are not registering the vehicle or trailer in person at a DMV office, you must submit a photocopy of your proof of identity - do not include the original.
  4. Bill of sale and proof of sales tax payment/sales tax form 2
  5. Original title (or other proof of ownership) - see acceptable proofs of ownership
  6.  Payment of fees and taxes or proof of an exemption
  7. The current NY State Insurance ID card (auto liability insurance) - see NY State Insurance Requirements


Step 3: Submit your required documents to the DMV

Important: Make copies of all your documents before submitting them to DMV for processing.



Step 4: Get these documents from the DMV

We will give (or mail within 1-2 weeks) these documents when you register

  • 1 or 2 vehicle plates (unless you transfer a registration from another vehicle registered in New York)
  • registration window sticker
  • registration document
  • 10-day inspection extension sticker (if you did not get the vehicle from a New York State auto dealer)


If applicable, we will also send you a new title certificate (within 90 days).


Step 5: Get your vehicle inspected

All vehicles registered in New York State must get a safety inspection at a DMV-licensed inspection station

  • every 12 months
  • when the ownership of the vehicle is transferred

Learn more about inspection requirements.


Fees and payment


The fees depend on the vehicle's weight and where you live. First-time registration 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.


We accept

  • cash
  • most credit, pinless debit, or prepaid cards (American Express, Discover Card/Novus, MasterCard, VISA)
  • a personal check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles"

You can split your payment between cash and check.


Additional information

Transfer the registration from another vehicle you own

After you sell or give away a vehicle, you can transfer the registration and vehicle plates to another vehicle you own. You must bring all of the documents required to register a vehicle, along with a completed Statement of Transaction (if this is a vehicle you have just purchased and do not currently have the title or transferable registration in your name), to a DMV office.

See more