A certificate of title for a vehicle (also known as a 'title' or 'pink slip') is a legal document 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
- Change address
- Remove a lienholder from a title manually or using the Electronic Lien Transfer System
- Add a lienholder to a title manually or using the Electronic Lien Transfer System
- Change name after lease buyout
- Transfer ownership
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
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).
- About the salvage vehicle examination
- Salvage branding
- Sell a salvage vehicle (salvage vehicle disclosure)