Open a repair or body shop

How do I open a repair or body shop?

To become a registered Repair Shop with the New York State DMV, you must

You can also call the DMV Office of Vehicle Safety and Clean Air at 1-518-474-4653 to get the forms, or call 1-518-474-0919 to get more information.


What do I need to send with my application?

Your completed Original Facility Application must include

  • proof that you have permission to use the property at the business location (notarized statement from property owner, lease (may be contingent on facility approval), sub-lease with primary lease, mortgage, deed or receipted tax bill)
  • proof of zoning: See the Repair Shop Zoning Requirements Letter (VS-146) for the specific requirements
  • your Sales Tax ID number and a copy of your Sales Tax Certificate of Authority (you may need a FEIN from the IRS  before this step)
  • proof of Workers Compensation Insurance for your employees (if you do not have employees, indicate that on the application) you can visit the NYS Workers Compensation Board website for instructions on this process
  • a photocopy of driver license(s) or other government issued photo ID for everyone listed on the application
  • a receipt for your purchase of the repair shop sign 1
  • all required fees, via a check payable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles (Note: you may need to submit a separate check for MV-50 fees if also applying to become a dealer)
  • a Filing Receipt from NYS Department of State (Corporation or LLC) or a Business Certificate from the County Clerk (individual using assumed name or partnership)

 

I do not have my proof of zoning yet, what do I do?

Do not submit an application with DMV yet!

Review the Repair Shop Zoning Requirements Letter (VS-146) for specific zoning requirements.

 

I do not have my Certificate of Authority yet, what do I do?

Do not submit an application with DMV yet!

The Certificate of Authority and Sales Tax ID number are issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF). You may apply by visiting the NYS DTF website. Be sure to record your Sales Tax ID on the Original Facility Application.

 

I do not have my Proof of Business name yet, what do I do?

Do not  submit an application with DMV yet!

  • Corporations and LLCs: You must submit a copy of your Filing Receipt from the Department of State. Instructions to file can be found on the NYS Department of State website.
  • Partnerships and Individuals Using an Assumed Name: You must submit a copy of your “Business Certificate of Assumed Name”. Contact your county clerk to obtain your business certificate.

 

I do not have proof of Workers Compensation Insurance yet, what do I do?

Do not submit an application with DMV yet!

If you have any employees (family included) you must submit proof of Workers Compensation Insurance. You can visit the NYS Workers Compensation Board website for instructions on this process.  If you do not have any employees, indicate that on your application.

Click here for more Workers Compensation Insurance Information.

 

Where do I send my application?

You must submit a hard copy of your application, associated documents and fee to this address:

NYS DMV Bureau of Consumer & Facility Services
Application Unit
P.O. Box 2700
Albany, NY  12220-0700

 

What happens after I apply?

DMV's Vehicle Safety’s Application Processing Unit will contact you. 

Once your application is complete and accurate you will be issued a repair shop registration.

Note: Mobile Repair Shops require an on-site investigation.  For more information contact Application Processing at 1-518-474-0919.

 

How do I get an official repair shop sign?

DMV does not provide official repair shop signs. You may purchase these signs from various sign shops and automotive supply stores.  See Motor Vehicle Repair & Body Shop Regulations CR-82 (82.7) for specific requirements.