Register a vehicle I bought at a sheriff or marshal auction
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
Your insurance company will:
1) give you 2 barcoded original NY State Insurance ID cards (see a sample) or provide you with access to your digital electronic NY State Insurance ID Card
2) send an electronic notice of insurance coverage to the DMV (your insurance agent or broker cannot file this notice)
Your NY State 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. Provide 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 NY State Insurance Requirements.
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
- 3. See Instructions for Vehicle Registration/Title Application (PDF) (MV-82.1).