Register a vehicle for someone else
When a person different from the registrant 1 applies for vehicle registration at a DMV office they need to show proof of identity for both people. The only acceptable proofs of identity are the most recently issued
- NY State Driver License
- NY State Learner Permit
- NY State Non-Driver ID Card
The person coming to the DMV must show their original NY State Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID card (not a photocopy) and either a photocopy or the original registrant’s NY State Driver License, Learner Permit, or Non-Driver ID.
The registrant must sign the required forms (see register and title a vehicle). A second party must have a Power of Attorney to sign a form for another person.
If the registrant is a member of the U.S. Military and is absent from New York, the person coming to the DMV can use these forms
- Affirmation for Renewal of Registration for Absentee Owner (pdf) (MV-454)
- Certification of Disposition of Vehicle on Behalf of Absentee Owner (pdf) (MV-456)
If the second person completes either of the above forms, then the registrant’s NY State Driver License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID and signature aren’t required.
- 1. Registrant means the person who the vehicle is or will be registered to.