Register a vehicle I bought at a sheriff or marshal auction

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

If you purchased a vehicle at a sheriff or marshal auction, you might not have the title to that vehicle.  However, you can still apply for a New York State registration and a title certificate at a local DMV office.


What to provide to the DMV

One of these

Click to check/uncheck the box.a copy of the posted notice of sale


Click to check/uncheck the box.a copy of the newspaper ad containing

    • the vehicle year, make and VIN
    • the name of the newspaper and the date the ad was published


Click to check/uncheck the box.a statement from the Marshal or Sheriff that they complied with the law in regard to public notification or sale

All of these documents

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

Click to check/uncheck the box.the Marshal's (or Sheriff's) Bill of Sale, which must contain the following

    • a description of the vehicle (year, make and VIN)
    • the place, date, reason and circumstances of seizure
    • the name and address of the purchaser and the price paid
    •  if the vehicle was sold outside New York City, a statement that all interested parties (owner, lienholder(s), et al.) were notified of the sale

Click to check/uncheck the box.if the vehicle was sold within New York City, a copy of the judgement or execution order giving the Marshal or Sheriff authority to sell the vehicle

Click to check/uncheck the box.if the vehicle was sold within New York City, a statement by the Marshal or Sheriff that they had notified or attempted to notify the owner and lienholder that the vehicle was being auctioned

Click to check/uncheck the box.the current NY State Insurance ID card (auto liability insurance) 1

Click to check/uncheck the box.your NY State driver license, permit, non-driver ID, or other proof of identity 2

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

If you register for a business or organization, also bring proof of incorporation. 3


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



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 (PDF) (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.


    Sharing registration information

    Read more about sharing your information.


    Registering the vehicle if you have a title

    Read more about registering a vehicle if you have a title.