Register an ATV

What is considered an all-terrain vehicle (‘ATV’)?

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is any self-propelled vehicle, include an off-road motorcycle,  that is manufactured for use on off-road trails or in off-road competitions. These vehicles are less than 70 inches wide and weigh less than 1,000 pounds.

For information, see our brochure ATVs: Information for Owners and Operators (C-29).


Does an ATV need a vehicle registration?

Yes. You must have a valid NYS registration to ride your ATV in New York State, unless it is

  • only used for agricultural purposes or not-for-hire snow removal on private property
  • registered in another state to a resident of that state
  • only used at special events (competitions)

If you purchase an ATV (including an off-road motorcycle) from a NYS ATV dealer, the dealer is required to register it before it is delivered to you.


What do I need to bring to the DMV?

To register an ATV not purchased from a NYS ATV dealer, bring the following items to a DMV office

Click to check/uncheck the box.acceptable proof of ownership (see information below)

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

Click to check/uncheck the box.proof that the NYS sales tax was paid or proof of the purchase price of the ATV 1 

Click to check/uncheck the box.proof of identity 2

Click to check/uncheck the box.cash, check, money order or credit/debit card to pay for fees

 

Print the checklist

For quicker service, make a reservation online before visiting offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties. See offices where this service is available.

 

What are acceptable proofs of ownership?

 If you purchase the ATV from an out-of-state ATV dealer, acceptable proof of ownership can be

  • a manufacturer's certificate of origin or a manufacturer's statement of origin, and the bill of sale from the dealer
  • the registration or the title certificate signed by the previous owner that transfers the ownership to the dealer, and a bill of sale from the dealer that transfers the ownership to you

A bill of sale from an ATV dealer must include 

  • the name and the address of the dealer and the registration number of the dealer
  • your name and your address
  • the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the ATV
  • the year, the make, the model, and the number of wheels of the ATV
  • an indication that the ATV is either used or new
  • an indication that the dealer collected the correct NYS sales tax

If the ATV is transferred by a private individual, acceptable proof of ownership is a New York State or out-of-state transferable registration or title certificate signed by the previous owner to transfer ownership to you

If the current owner did not register the ATV, a transferrable registration and bill of sale that transferred ownership to the current owner, and a bill of sale that transfers ownership to you. 

 

Do I need insurance coverage for my ATV?

You don’t need insurance to register your ATV.  However, you must have insurance unless you drive your ATV on private property.  You must show your proof of insurance to a judge, a police officer, or any person who makes a claim of injury or property damage.

 

Do I need a driver license to drive an ATV?

You do not need a driver license to drive an ATV, but restrictions apply to ATV drivers under the age of 16. Children 10 to 15 years of age can drive an ATV only

  • with adult supervision
  • without adult supervision on property where their parent or guardian is the owner or tenant
  • without adult supervision on property where ATV use is permitted and the child completed an ATV safety-training course approved by the DMV (carry your course certificate with you when you drive)

Children under the age of 10 may drive an ATV only

  • with adult supervision
  • without adult supervision on property where their parent or guardian is the owner or tenant

You can operate an ATV on public lands where signs indicate that ATV use is allowed. Only operate an ATV on private property if you have permission from the property owner.

 

  • 1. If you purchased the ATV from an out-of-state ATV dealer, and the bill of sale indicates that the dealer collected the NYS sales tax, no additional sales tax is due. 

    If the out-of-state dealer collects out-of-state sales tax, you can apply for credit toward the payment of the NYS sales tax when you apply for registration in NYS. 

    You can be eligible for credit only if New York and the other state have a reciprocal sales tax agreement (see Sales Tax Paid in Another State (DTF-804)). 

    If you purchased the ATV from a private seller, the seller and the buyer complete the Statement of Transaction [Sales Tax Form] (DTF-802). You can also show your proof of exemption or proof that the tax was paid.
  • 2.NYS Driver LicenseLearner Permit, or Non-Driver ID card that is current or not expired for more than 2 years can serve as proof of identity. If you don’t have one of these documents, you must provide other kinds of proof

Do it at the DMV

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

Make a reservation online before visiting DMV offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.

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