Your 'registration' is the sticker placed on your windshield and the paper registration certificate that you must keep in your vehicle. 

You or your business must register and title at a DMV office any vehicle you own or lease. Registrations do not 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).

See information about vehicle plates or vehicle titles.


Vehicles already registered in New York


You can renew your registration online and print a 10 day document to use until your new registration arrives in the mail. Please note: If your vehicle has been altered or stretched to increase the number of passengers or if there are other special circumstances, you cannot renew your registration online. See additional information and other ways to renew a registration.

Renew registration online


Other transactions


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Register a vehicle in New York

You must register any vehicle owned by you or your business at a DMV office. 2  See general information about registering a vehicle and specific requirements for different vehicle types.

What you need to register 

Complete DMV’s Document Guide to make sure you have the correct proofs of identification and other documents before you come to the DMV.


Find your proofs


Special situations


  • 1. DMV does not handle parking violations or regulate parking. If you receive a parking ticket you must respond to the locality where they were issued. Do not contact DMV. If you fail to answer parking tickets, the locality can notify the DMV which can prevent the renewal of your vehicle registration, or suspend your vehicle registration. See a list of local Traffic Courts in New York State
  • 2. This includes all of these types of vehicles (if you plan to drive them on a public road)
    • Cars
    • SUVS
    • Vans
    • Pick-up trucks
    • Motorcycles
    • Trailers
    • Custom and homemade trailers
    • Agricultural and farm vehicles
    • Boats
    • ATVs
    • Mopeds
    • Snowmobiles

    There are some motorized devices that cannot be registered in New York.