Register and title a vehicle

You or your business must register and title at a DMV office any vehicle you own or lease. Registrations don’t need to be in the owner's name, or for only one person. Auto dealers can register and title vehicles, and issue plates (and charge a fee for this).

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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. 1

 

Step 2: Bring these documents to the DMV

Click to check/uncheck the box.the original title (or other proof of ownership) 2 

Click to check/uncheck the box.the current NYS Insurance ID card (auto liability insurance) 3  

Click to check/uncheck the box.the bill of sale and proof of sales tax payment / sales tax form 4

Click to check/uncheck the box.your NYS driver license, permit, non-driver ID, or other proof of identity 5

Click to check/uncheck the box.payment for fees and taxes or proof of an exemption 

Click to check/uncheck the box.completed Vehicle Registration Application (MV-82) 

If you register for a business or organization, also bring proof of incorporation. 6

Print this checklist or watch a video which shows what you need to bring (starting on minute 1:55).

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Step 3: 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) 7

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

 

Step 4: 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

The fees depend on the vehicle 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.


Payment types

We accept

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

    You can split your payment between cash and check if you need. 

     

    Additional information


    More help

    See Instructions Vehicle Registration / Titling Application (MV-82.1).

    For specific information about registering various types of vehicles, refer to the webpages listed on this page.  

     

    You do not need to be United States resident to register a vehicle in New York

    As long as you meet the registration requirements, you can register a vehicle here. 

     

    About Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINS) on vehicles or motorcycles 

    In an effort to protect consumers, the DMV would like to inform you about New York State laws pertaining to vehicle identification numbers (also called VINs).

     

    California emissions standards

    Most vehicles must comply with California emission standards.

     

    • 1.

      Your insurance company will:

      1) give you 2 barcoded original NYS Insurance ID cards (see a sample) or provide you with access to your digital electronic NYS Insurance ID Card

      2) send an electronic notice of insurance coverage to the DMV (your insurance agent or broker cannot file this notice)

      Your NYS Insurance ID cards and the electronic notice together verify your coverage. We need both.

      You must register your vehicle within 180 days of the effective date on your Insurance ID Card. Bring one copy or form of your Insurance ID Card with you. The DMV office will keep the paper card.  Keep the other paper card with the vehicle as your proof of insurance. Anyone operating your vehicle must be able to provide proof of insurance.

      Learn more about NYS Insurance Requirements.

    • 2. Cars, trucks, trailers & motorcycles 

      Model year 1973 or newer, either 
      • NYS Certificate of Title (original or certified copy, not a photocopy) with the transfer ownership section completed by the seller, or
      • acceptable proof of ownership from another state (original or certified copy, not a photocopy)

      Model year 1972 or older, either

      • a NYS Transferable Registration (original or certified copy, not a photocopy) and bill of sale, or
      • acceptable proof of ownership from another state (original or certified copy, not a photocopy)

      See acceptable proofs for other vehicles (manufactured homes, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, gifted vehicles, vehicles with deceased owners).

    • 3.  

      Your insurance company will:

      1) give you 2 barcoded original NYS Insurance ID cards (see a sample) or provide you with access to your digital electronic NYS Insurance ID Card

      2) send an electronic notice of insurance coverage to the DMV (your insurance agent or broker cannot file this notice)

      Your NYS Insurance ID cards and the electronic notice together verify your coverage. We need both.

      You must register your vehicle within 180 days of the effective date on your Insurance ID Card. Bring one copy or form of your Insurance ID Card with you. The DMV office will keep the paper card.  Keep the other paper card with the vehicle as your proof of insurance. Anyone operating your vehicle must be able to provide proof of insurance.

      Learn more about NYS Insurance Requirements.

       

    • 4.

      Bill of sale

      You can use the Vehicle Bill of Sale (MV-912) form, or create one that includes the

      • vehicle year and make 
      • vehicle ID number (VIN) or hull ID (HIN)
      • date of the sale
      • purchase price
      • names and signatures of buyer and seller

      Make copies for your records. Give the original bill to DMV.  A bill of sale is not an acceptable without other proofs of ownership. You need a bill of sale even if got the vehicle as a gift.

      Sales tax payment

      If you bought your vehicle from another person in a private sale, both you (the buyer) and the seller must complete the Statement of Transaction {Sales Tax Form} (DTF-802). The DMV calculates the tax and issues a payment receipt.

      If you were not a resident of New York when you purchased the vehicle, use Sales Tax Exemption (DTF-803) to receive a non-resident exemption from NYS sales tax. The DTF-803 defines "non-resident" and "resident".

    • 5.

      You must provide proof of identity and date of birth. You must be at least 16 years old (except for ATV and boat registrations). 

      You can use a New York State

      • driver license
      • learner permit, or
      • non-driver ID card

      that is current or expired less than 2 years as proof of identity and age.

      If you don’t have one of these, see other kinds of proof you can use.

    • 6. See Instructions for Vehicle Registration/Title Application (MV-82.1).
    • 7. The extension sticker allows you 10 days from the registration date to get the vehicle inspected in New York. Any New York State or out-of-state inspection issued to the previous registrant is not valid after the vehicle is registered to you. You must get the vehicle inspected.