Register a recreational vehicle (snowmobile, boat, moped or ATV)

Recreational vehicles must be registered in New York State. There are some types of motorized devices that cannot be registered or operated here.  Remember that if you use a trailer to transport your recreational vehicle, you must register the trailer too.

Before you purchase a vehicle, trailer, boat, snowmobile, or an ATV, make sure that you can receive proof of ownership.  You’ll need it to register your vehicle or obtain a title certificate.





Important:  All motor boat operators regardless of age will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025. For more information, go to the NYS PARKS website.

You can register a boat in New York if

  • the boat isn’t used for commercial purposes in New York State
  • the boat will be used on public waterways in New York State for 90 or more consecutive days



Learn how to register an ATV.



Learn how to register a moped.