Titles

A certificate of title for a vehicle (also known as a title or pink slip) is a legal form that establishes a person or business as the legal owner of a vehicle. 

If you own a vehicle that you need to register, title, and receive plates for, see how to register the vehicle


Existing title holders

 

Changes to your title

 

Vehicles, trailers and boats that do not get a title

New York does not issue titles for 

  • cars, trucks, and vans
    • model year 1972 or older
  • boats either
    • model year 1986 or older, or
    • less than 14 feet long 
  • trailers
    • model year 1972 or older, or 
    • weighing 999lbs or less  

The transferrable registration is the ownership document for these vehicles. Learn how to replace the registration.

 

Apply for a title certificate only

Use the Application for Title Only (pdf) (MV-82TON) form. Follow the instructions carefully.

Do not use this form to

  • apply for both a vehicle registration and a title certificate at the same time
  • replace a lost title certificate

See how to register and title a vehicle, or how to replace a title certificate.



Junk & Salvage

Regulations require the DMV to mark or 'brand' a title certificate if an 8 year or older vehicle received damage of 75% or more of the retail value (or was destroyed). 

 


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