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Department of Motor Vehicles

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

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.

Junk & Salvage

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