Register and Title a Vehicle in New York State

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TOP Register and Title a Vehicle in New York State
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Overview
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All vehicles in New York must be registered to be on the road. To do this, you must visit your local DMV office. Make sure you come prepared too the DMV with all the necessary paperwork and documentation.

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Guidance
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You or your business must register and title at a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office any vehicle you own or lease

Depending on the type of vehicle you are going to register, you may need to bring different documents. Many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed out.

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Fees
Fees
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The fees depend on the weight of the vehicle and where you live. When you register a vehicle for the first time, the total fees normally include:

  • The sales tax
  • A vehicle plate fee or registration transfer fee
  • A title certificate fee
  • A vehicle use tax (in most counties) 
  • Either a 1- or 2-year registration fee, depending on the type of registration

What can I use to pay the fees?

  • Most credit cards, prepaid cards and debit cards that do not require a PIN
  • Cash
  • A personal check or a money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles" 
  • You can split your payment between cash and check if you need
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How To
How To
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Refer to DMV’s Document Guide to make sure you have the correct proofs of identification and other documents before you come to the DMV.

After you register at the DMV, you will receive registration documents, 1 or 2 vehicle plates and an inspection extension.

If applicable, the DMV will mail you the vehicle's new title certificate (please allow up to 90 days to receive).

 

Make a reservation online before you visit DMV offices in NYC, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties. 

 

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Find the proofs needed for registration, printable forms and information about DMV offices near you where you can register.

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What's Next
What's Next
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If your vehicle is already registered in New York State, you can use the My Registrations service to:

  • Renew your registration
  • Check the address and status of your registrations
  • Sign up for paperless registration and inspection reminders
  • Order a replacement registration document
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Contact
Contact

Call us Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM (except holidays).

For General Assistance (DMV Call Centers): 1-518-486-9786.

Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 711 or 1-800-662-1220 (have the relay operator dial 1-518-486-9786).

 

See a list of DMV phone numbers and office hours.

Department of Motor Vehicles 6 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12228